Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Worktable Wednesday - at the easel

...well, trying to be. Plenty of distractions to go around this fall and not enough time in the studio. Still.... I'm working this week and starting new paintings for upcoming deadlines. These are just the first pass, getting the drawings right before really diving in.

Mule Deer, Dixie National Forest,Utah ©

Wee Birdie ©

California Bushtit ©

Monday, September 22, 2014

California Dreaming - An International Portrait of Southern California

The freeways are a huge part of our lives here in Southern California and getting to be more so with new overpasses, carpool lanes and throughways being built each year as an attempt to alleviate some of the congestion. I don't know that Caltrans can keep up with our population explosion, it takes far too long to erect something of this scale while trying to keep commuters commuting.

I digress though... this post is about an exhibition, an exhibition that is representative of a snapshot portrait of Southern California. It was an open call to artists from the Oceanside Museum of Art with the lure of a year long exhibition that travels to three venues, Oceanside Museum, Riverside Museum and the Salone d’Ingresso of Il Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone. That's right, the show launches in Italy!

Of 900 works by 335 artists, 50 artworks were selected by a panel of 4 curators. "Overpass No. 5" 30x30" Reductive Woodblock Monoprint was accepted to show and travel until next July.  The Italian leg of the journey has started and the exhibition will open October 4th and run through the 28th, Then the work is crated and shipped back to the states for an opening in Oceanside in December 2014.

OPS No. 5 ©2014 Nicole Strasburg

Our Italian Host

Alfio Borghese, Gallery Director of Il Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone, has been acclaimed throughout Italy for over 40 years as art critic, curator, film director and journalist. He serves as artistic director of the Festival of Contemporary Visual Arts sponsored by the City and the Province of Frosinone and frequently curates prominent exhibitions throughout Italy. Since 2012 Borghese has served as president and curator of the Biennale di Frosinone, Anagni and Alatri.

A member of one of Italy’s most prominent noble families founded in 1266, Borghese has produced hundreds of live theatrical performances, in addition to a distinguished series of films and documentaries featuring the most important European artists, writers and political figures of the twentieth century.

Exhibition Venue

California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California is privileged to exhibit in the grand Salone d’Ingresso of Il Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone for the month of October 2014.

Located 56 miles (90 kilometers) southeast of Rome’s Villa Borghese, Il Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone was constructed in the 1930’s by architect and sculptor Giovanni Jacobucci. Designed in the neoclassical style, the monumental structure dominates the Piazza Antonio Gramsci with its immense proportions. The grandeur of the Palazzo’s Salone d’Ingresso is enhanced by a majestic double staircase leading to the upper levels of the structure, which house the provincial offices of Frosinone and a permanent collection of artworks by notable artists including abstract sculptor Umberto Mastroianni and mannerist painter Giuseppe Cesari, instructor of Caravaggio during the late 16th century.


Just in case you can't rush off to Italy, there will be two opportunities to see the show in Southern California.

Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone, Frosinone, Italy, October 4 – 28, 2014
Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside CA, December 6, 2014 – March 29, 2015
Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA, April 21 – July 5, 2015


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sullivan Goss Celebrates

This Thursday Sullivan Goss 
opens the season with a group show 
celebrating 30 years in business. 1984-2014 

I will be celebrating 10 years with the gallery ... time flies.

See you there!!

February Shore 48x24" ©

Monday, June 16, 2014

Northern Exposure: Paintings on the road

Foggy Shore 48x24" ©N Strasburg
Santa Cruz Art League
84th Annual Juried Landscape Exhibition
June 6 through July 6, 2014

Mountain Swim 12x12" ©N Strasburg
California State Fair
Fine Art Competition
July 11 through July 27, 2014

Bare Limbs 1 28x19.5" ©N Strasburg
Slice:A Juried Cross-section of Regional Art
June 29 - August 24, 2014
Reception & Award Ceremony: Friday, July 11, 6 - 9 pm 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Winter Shoreline: another opportunity ...

to be seen. This painting, Winter Shoreline, was painted six years ago in 2008. It has hung in several different galleries, two shows and won one award in Santa Cruz. Yet it sits in my cupboard in my studio, waiting.

It's sad to me that many shows have expiration dates that don't allow older, viable, worthy work to come out from hiding in an artist's studio to grace the walls and be admired again. Not only do beautiful works sit in collector's homes to be admired by few but so do many wonderful works sit in the artist's collections because viewers want to see what's new, what is the artist making now.

This painting, one of my personal favorites, favorite for it's ethereal ambiguity, will be heading south to San Diego next week; selected by Peter Frank, juror for the San Diego Art Institute open juried show running from April 5th to May 20th 2014. It's a chance to hang on the gallery wall again, to be seen, at least for a month, by others, in a city south by the sea.

Winter Shoreline 36x48" ©Nicole Strasburg

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Worktable Wednesday

Back to the easel...

snow path, low tide, foggy shore, roiling clouds
after a printmaking workshop using copper drypoint.

Wilson's Warbler in the shrub

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