Friday, August 20, 2010

Love Bug 2010--now online

Bart Cusick # 4, "I heart stuff!"
ink on paper, 8 x 10" unframed
$25, or any 2 for $45, 3 for $65, 4 for $85

At the beginning of August, there was a clever, interesting, and fun event that took place in City Market, downtown Raleigh. At Epona and Oak there was an Insect drawing competition and exhibition of artwork. The theme of the show and event is insects, farming, environment, etc.,and was hosted by The Toxic Free NC organization. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit this North Carolina organization. Their mission since 1986 has been fighting insecticide pollution and educating families about the wise and discriminate use of various chemicals around the household. They were formally known as Agriculture Resources Center and Pesticide Education Project.

There is a juried exhibition at Epona and Oak that will be up until the end of August, and Toxic Free NC has recently posted the art work online for the public to look at and purchase. The work is divided up into two groups.

One group is the artwork that was produced on the spot Friday evening in the Love Bug draw off. Artists could sign up for the draw off via the Toxic Free NC's website by the deadline given (which was around the end of June)---(so keep this in mind if you want to participate next year). The artists sat around a table and drew various sketches of insects. There was also a children's drawing competition. You can view pictures from that evening at their website here and you can see the grouping of the drawings here. All of the work is for sale and they have a shopping cart set up so you can purchase online.

The second group are images of the pieces that are now on exhibit at Epona and Oak. You can view these images here. Bruce and I both have a couple pieces represented. One of Bruce's spider cups sold, but there is one left. We posted the images of the pieces that we sent in an earlier post here.

If you would like to see the show in person, Epona and Oak is located in downtown Raleigh, City Market on 329 Blake St. Their hours are Mon-Sat 11-7 and 9-7.

We have picked out a few images to show you the range of work that was exhibited and created that evening.

Denee' Black
Bees at Work II
approx 1.5 ft square

Elizabeth Niemeyer
approx 1.5 ft x 1.5 ft

Chris Norris # 4
ink & watercolor on paper, 5x7" unframed
$25, or any 2 for $45, 3 for $65, 4 for $85

Wesley Hare # 3
ink and watercolor on paper, 8x10", unframed
$25, or any 2 for $45, 3 for $65, 4 for $85