On December 2nd, we hosted the First Annual Local Artists Holiday Art Sale in conjunction with the monthly First Friday. We invited a dozen or so artists from the Tuscaloosa area to showcase their work in our studio. Each one who participated had never shown their work at O'Connor before, and one hundred percent of sales went directly back to the artists to support their work.
Many of the pieces will be on display and for sale in the studio until this Friday, December 16th. If you're still looking to find the perfect Christmas gifts for the special people on your list and you'd like to shop local and support artists in our area we invite you to stop by and browse these unique pieces of art! Call us at (205) 396-9892 with questions about what may be available or for hours.
To see more from the participating artists view their individual websites or Facebook pages through the links below.
Just another day at O'Connor Art Studios.... Caleb takes a break from painting on the current portrait and steps back to see how his progress is going. Ruth decides that the painting BEHIND the easel looks pretty good, too.... and should be dry by now. She pulls it out, they look at it together and notice that the beautiful hand-made gold frame by Guido Frames might just fit this piece just perfectly.
Visit us to see the final piece, varnished and fit to size in the golden frame. This painting, titled "Cahaba Lillies" is an oil on paper, completed earlier this year, during the season these beautiful blooms are most active. Contact the studio for more details.
If you've ever been to the studio, you know it is set up with everything you need to get started. Students coming to learn art from Caleb O'Connor and Ruth Jatib O'Connor only bring their own supplies, but do not need to carry their own easels, tables or even paint palettes. The studio is equipped with high-quality eucalyptus wood easels, which are fully adjustable to all heights and can tilt forward & back and even lay totally flat to use as a table. The hand-made artist taborets where specifically tailored with the artist in mind, at just that right height for either standing or sitting. The taborets are on wheels for easy moving (you know us artists need to find just the right spot!) and have the option of a glass top to use as a paint palette (super easy clean-up, too!)
The studio also has two bathrooms, a kitchen for students and visitors to use, and a utility sink for those oh-so-yucky materials we need to clean after class. We promote the use of non-toxic solvents and mediums, which keeps our air as clean as possible and our minds clear. Even the plants have been carefully chosen.... they are all on the list for the best indoor air-filtering plants, according to NASA research. So come and join us, the studio is ready for YOU!!!!
Classes forming now... click here for a complete list of courses for the Spring/Summer of 2014.
If you've been to O'Connor Art Studios recently, you might have noticed that the 7 foot clay sculpture of King Kamehameha is now looking a little different! It no longer has it's complete look, as it has undergone the process of getting completely covered with urethane and plaster. Inferno Art Foundry from Atlanta sent it's mold maker to our studio to undertake this part of the project. Read the captions to learn a little more about the process.
Next will be a visit to the foundry to finalize a few details in the wax phase. Then the bronze is poured. The final product will be sent over seas to Ka'anapali Resort on the island of Maui. Unveiling will be done later this year for the grand opening of the new resort and gardens. A special thanks to Paul Lucchesi who helped sculpt the clay for a solid 3 weeks of intense work! Stay tuned for more images of the final product.
It all started last month.... the first use of clay at O'Connor Art Studios. After the first bust, came a second and then a third.... all to be cast in bronze later next month. Private sculpture lessons have been given for those interested, working along side with Caleb during every step from start to finish. If interested in sculpture, please call the studio at (205) 396-9892 for more information.
September 6, 2013
FIRST FRIDAY event
"Let's Get Plastered" was a great success! It was a fun evening full of familiar faces and new ones, including the arrival of sculptor Paul Luchessi from New York! Thank you for all that participated, watched and even helped during our hours of constant plastering. This coming week participants will return to the studio at no extra cost and be a part of the pouring process. The plaster casts will emerge and be ready to go home. All that registered had their chance under the plaster. There where full faces, partial faces, necks and we even had a chance to do a few extra little feet. For all that came to get plastered but did not get a chance to participate, please stay tuned for our next event.... possibly another opportunity to create something unique!
Special thanks to Tricia Schuster who volunteered all evening with a variety of tasks. O'Connor Art Studios.
This month has proven to be a very exciting month. With the start of a new medium in the studio, the space has really taken a dynamic turn; the studio is now a place for drawing, painting AND sculpture. Caleb has begun to work with plaster casts, including life-masks, wire armatures and clay. The first sculpture, a portrait of Jim Harrison III.
Why sculpture? Well it all started about 15 years ago. While still a student, Caleb took a sculpture course during his undergraduate studies at Maryland Institute College of Art. The instructor quickly recognized Caleb's gift for sculpture and advised Caleb to switch his major from painting to sculpture. At the time, Caleb was deeply involved with painting, so the painting continued. Painting became the major focus of his studies while attending the Institute, but obviously not his only interest.
About four years down the road, he was awarded with one of the most prestigious international awards, a Fulbright Grant. The grant enabled him to live and study in Italy for nine months. During this time, he lived in Seravezza, a little town strategically located near Pietrasanta which is know as the center of marble and bronze sculpture. This is where he learned to carve marble and cast bronze. That was over 10 years ago.... this month is the re-introduction of sculpture into his hands.