What is our connection to the Earth, her seas, her oceans, her tribes, her history? Is she really just a rock floating through space? Three artists explore the cosmic connection with our planet and beyond.
Akron has been good to me. My whole outlook on the arts in Midwest towns has changed. I see that me having been mostly gone for 13 years has not left Ohio without growth! (Insert wry smile here.) Attitudes have shifted to understand that supporting the arts is essential to revitalize depression, not only on personal levels, but for macro-city-wide improvement as well. There are so many more venues and actual art sales happening in Ohio these days; it lifts my spirit to have witnessed the new growth.
So join me in my last hurrah here this Wednesday, October 9th, at Lil’ RedPresents on 30 South Maple Street in Akron, Ohio. I am inspired by, dedicating, and donating my live creation to Lil’ Red and Joshua Page for their determination to bring more arts to Akron’s Nightlife. Watch my vision unfold on 36×96″ of blank board as you savor a mid-week drink, socialize with like minds, and shake it to the sounds of musician Derek, Dj’s Encyclopedia Brown and Secret Sauce.
Here’s the rest of my Akron story: the live paintings and reflections upon Ohio past, present, and future.
Join myself and artists Doug Meyer of Rustbelt Rebirth and Eartha L. Goodwin this Saturday, September 28th at The Earth Fare Block Party in Fairlawn, Ohio. We’ll be showing art furniture, photography and more! I’ll be demonstrating live painting from 12 to 4pm. This may be the last opportunity for viewing my work in action before I head back to San Francisco in 2 weeks! As always, you can get a piece for yourself here in my shop, but I will be offering special deals to Akron buyers!
The Block Party will also feature a bouncy house, crafts, give-aways, and many local artists!
Unexpected inspiration in downtown Canton happened yesterday. This place is known for The Football Hall of Fame, not public art. However, public art and a district of galleries and locally produced goods was a refreshing surprise tucked away in another industrial city of Ohio.
Upon my Canton visit with local delight, Jenny Spencer, I witnessed the art of Joseph Carl Close with this poignant metal and painted sculpture on a parking deck in the arts district alley. Executed with precision and depicting scenes of metal factory workers, political rebellion, native American traditions, and musical expression, this work speaks to the heart of rust belt residents. I was not immune to its energy of truth and beauty.
Today I helped set up the rabbit hole studio space, and worked in collaboration with Joshua Page in Rubber City.
We’ll be doing another collaborative mural at The Rabbit Hole at Lil Redpresents in Akron, Ohio to be sold as a fundraiser for future art endeavors via silent auction . Location: 60 S MAPLE ST, Akron, Ohio 44303.
The night will feature DJ sets from Dj Orion Rob, Kflow, and Derek n the Rabbit hole.
Here’s our work in progress today… See you Wednesday night Akron! xxoo Yabette
Sea Star Collection among others are 20% off in the shop now.
If you’ve been eyeing my work because you need Earth/Sea energy and beauty in your space, NOW is the time to get it! The elemental sea star collection is on sale now, as well as other select art and accessories. Thank you for your support. xxoo Yabette
This was completed at the Lovethang Annual Picnic, and tonight, I’ll do a larger piece with The Rabbit Hole at Lil Redpresents in Akron, Ohio to be auctioned for children’s charity. Location: 60 S MAPLE ST, Akron, Ohio 44303.
Come join the dancers, the dreamers, the creators and lovers for a night of camaraderie, creativity and high frequency! xxooYabette