Tuesday, June 16, 2015

June exhibit: Art from the Canal Welcome Center at the Maurice Del Mue Galleries

by Ernesto Hernandez Olmos
This month at the Maurice Del Galleries of the San Geronimo Valley Community Center we feature murals and paintings from the Canal Welcome Center.  This exhibit, and the adjacent show, The Latino Photo Project, are on display for the month of June.

                                by Maricela Mora (courtesy of Latino Photo Project and the artist)

We aligned the art shows to run during our annual outdoor Latino Arts Festival (formerly known as the Mexican Arts Festival). The Latino Arts Festival featured music, regional dances and a lot of good Mexican food.
We displayed the above 20+ foot mural--created by lead artist Ernesto Hernandez Olmos and at least a dozen other artists from the Canal Welcome Center --over the main stage during the event.

These paintings below, on exhibit in the gallery space, were painted by Ernesto Hernandez Olmos with the assistance of the Canal artists.

Many thanks to Douglas Mundo of the Canal Welcome Center.

For more information on the latino Photo Project see  http://galleryrouteone.org/latino-photo-project/

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Larry's Cartoon Vault: Cartoonists Look at Fine Art

                                             Cover by Richard Taylor

There’s a rich print history of comic art poking fun at the realm of fine art—a certain tension between high brow/low brow approaches to art and society

(This seemed especially true in the early half of the 20th century).

                                                       E.W. Kemble 1917

Cartoonists seemed to love to address the pretensions of gallery artists and the elitist social trappings of the fine art world.

                                                  Donald McKee

Interestingly, in the earliest days of American comic art, cartoonists often carried on parallel careers as fine artists.  Rudolph Dirks, creator of the Katzenjammer Kids, would often take a hiatus to devote time to painting. He even exhibited in the Amory Show of 1913. Others who straddle the fine art/ popular art fence included George Luks (one of  “The Eight” and cartoonist of the Yellow Kid), Walt Kuhn, Lyonel Feininger, Marjorie Organ, Boardman Robinson and John Sloan as well as other ‘Ash Can’ artists such as William Glackens and Everett Shinn.

But that was mostly before modernist trends set such as cubism and abstract art.

Here’s a selection from the Vault:

                                                    S. J. Perelman

Let's not forget artists and poverty


Brewerton early 1900's

Judge cartoon from 1922

                                                          Modern art
R. B. Fuller again 1927
Frank Hanley from Judge 1927

                                                        Nate Collier 1927

                                                      From Ballyhoo 1933

Reprinted in Judge

                          John Sloan's critique on Cubism from the Masses

                         Jeffersom Machamer from Collier's magazine

                                                       W.M. Hendy 1936

                                               Harry Mace This Week 1949

                                                   J.W. Taylor circa 1950's

                                          From the Yale Record 1950's

                                                 Kovarsky from This Week


                                                 A. E. Beard  Punch 1952

                                                      William Sillince 1959
                                      And finally....
                                               Paul Reilly from Judge 1927

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Michele Wrightson RIP

                              Art by Michele Brand (aka Michele Wrightson)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

On trial for drawing cartoons

I don’t usually ‘borrow’ or re-post from other sites but I wanted to acknowledge the plight of this young Iranian cartoonist, Atena Farghadani. She’s currently on trial for drawing a cartoon. 

Atena Farghadani


The cartoon depicts members of Iranian parliament as various animals (a grand tradition in political cartooning to be sure) voting on a law prohibiting access to contraception and vasectomies.  

By American editorial cartoon standards this wouldn’t be a particularly controversial cartoon. However, Farghadani is being charged with “spreading propaganda against the system; insulting members of parliament through paintings; and insulting the supreme leader.”

If found guilty she could be sentenced to two years or more in prison.

She was first arrested last August and held in solitary confinement in the Evin prison where she was interrogated and beaten. She was released and rearrested after publicly describing her prison time in interviews and on the internet.

This isn’t a singular event—cartoonists are censored, detained, arrested, beaten, tortured and killed around the world for drawing funny pictures (and please note: I’m not talking about terrorist attacks; I’m describing actions that are perpetrated by the cartoonist's own governments).   I monitor this stuff and it happens every month, maybe ever week, in Malaysia, South Africa, Turkey, Ecuador, Tunisia, India, Honduras, Syria….

Here’s a couple links for more info:

Comic Book Defense League:


Cartoonist Rights Network International:


Globally, it’s dangerous work being a cartoonist.

You can check out the story of American cartoonist Art Young's trial for treason in this blog's archive:  Dec.17, 2013 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

25th annual Spring Art Show Wrap Up

The 25th annual Spring Art Show has come and gone. It's always a wild and wooly roller coaster ride for Molly and I.  Here are a few shots from the show.

Elan Kamesar


Jack Kamesar with steel sculpture

Jan Jahnke with monotype

Chris Ducey with "YRUU?"

Devin Wilson and his video art

Alexandra Adu and collage

Victor Stangenberg and sculpture

Tobias Berardi

Linocut by Fred Berensmeier

Xander Weaver-Scull's innovative approach to stencil prints

Lovely pastel work by Jeanne Carlson

Para O'Siochain with his goats

Ed Healy

"Sleeper" by Sophie Larsen

Elaine Nehm with monotype

Sierra Salin 

Brittany Eaton

Leonard Leinow

Lela Shields

Gaetano DeFelice

Tom Tabakin with encaustic

Song Feng Liu

"Surrender" by Eileen Puppo

"Ravens in the Moonlight" by  Brian Frank Carter

"The Ink Wells at Samuel P.Taylor State Park" by Matt Tasley

Harry Cohen's classic abstract expressionist approach

Donn DeAngelo taking Harry Cohen's picture (Photo by M.Kotski)

Harry Cohen by Donn DeAngelo

Donn DeAngelo

Michel Kotski

Geoff Bernstein

The Valley Room: free standing pieces

Molly's portrait of Richard Shaw

Molly with "Banjo Shaw"

Rouge Dezza and Fearless Leader

The reception warming up

The Thursday Night crew

This is just a small sampling of the artists and their works from the show (There were 90+ artists participating)

Artist portrait shots courtesy of Donn DeAngelo.

Other photos courtesy of Michel Kotski

Photos copyright by respective photographers