Ellen Dieter Returns to the Swift

Ellen Dieter Returns to the Swift
The Bay Park Paintings give a beautiful taste of home

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Rewnewed Dorafshan show to dazzle once more Friday Night Liberty

A renewed show awaits viewers Friday October 7th, at Liberty Station's gallery crawl. Shahla has provided some exciting new works to grace our walls for the opening, and the artist will be present for the opening. Several new paintings have been added since the original installation...can you find them all?  
Window- Acrylic on Canvas 2011
c Shahla Dorafshan all rights reserved

My latest love is this new work, "Window." Finished just this week (9/22/11), it bears all the hallmarks of Dorafshan's  best work. Direct, almost confrontational composition for one... The dark depths of the right side of the canvas seem to push the figure toward the viewer, while the strong light  of the left side returns spaciousness to the pose. And as to the figure herself, she exudes a calm energy;
she is not sitting, or posing, but waiting, as if about to rise at the next moment .  Her expression is enigmatic, the slightest of smiles upon her lips, like the one that leads to tears. Her gaze is unfocused- perhaps bearing witness to some half-concealed thought... A bittersweet memory? A secret sorrow?  Come ask her yourself...

This month's show is expected to be well attended, with its sponsorship by the San Diego Union Tribune, which will be printing a "passport" of sorts, to be stamped at each gallery. Completed passports will qualify gallery-goers for a prize drawing at night's end. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"Recovering the Artist"- An exciting New Show is on the Horizon

This year our annual Expressive Arts Week show is being transformed into a larger and more exciting venture than ever before. Working in partnership with NAMI San Diego, and the Creative Arts Consortium, we have sent out a call for artists who are in recovery from mental illness county wide, with the idea of creating a juried exhibition featuring the finest artists in the mental health community. This will be, to my knowledge, the most ambitious such show ever in San Diego. With community partnership and a broader base of artists, much has changed about this years offering, but one thing remains constant...The show is, as always, designed to focus upon and celebrate the art, rather than disability. "Recovering the Artist" will open November 4th from 5-8pm, and remain on display through the year's end. Come see it...