Gallery Watch

We motored into bela dubby to check out the latest exhibit, "Car Kulture Show", which is meant to be an introduction to the "Lakewood Car Kulture Show", which was held in Madison Village on Saturday, August 26th.

This exhibit is a gathering of works by artists heavily influenced by the Kustom Kulture. Kustom Kulture is a term used to describe artwork, vehicles, hairstyles, and the fashions of those who drove and built custom cars and motorcycles in the U.S. from the 1950s to the present. Artists such as Von Dutch, or cartoonist "Big Daddy" Ed Roth, who developed the well-known hot rod icon character, Rat Fink, along with numerous tattoo artists, and automobile painters, all helped to form what is known as Kustom Kulture.

We were amazed at the different perspective each artist took in portraying their perception of the Kustom Kulture. Photographer Hadley Conner, in her work, King of Hearts, captures the essence of 1950's Americana with this shot of a woman seated at a diner. The viewer can almost imagine her burly grease-monkey boyfriend with a pompadour hairdo, who's out in the parking lot conversing with other hotrod aficionados- while she waits inside for her king of hearts. Jeremy "Jaybird" Lockhard's monochrome paintings, Study of Speed, and Revel in Roth, are monuments to the beginnings of the movement, while in comparison, the works of Scott Menke reflected the complicated pin striping detail found on today's hot rods.

While at the show, we had the opportunity to speak to one of the artists, Lori Diemer, a fine art photographer, whose work can regularly be seen in Heart of Lake County magazine. Her prints on canvas portray various close-up details found on old model cars. She indicated her preference for the detail compositions versus photographing the complete car and feels it provides a better graphic. Lori used a Polaroid SX70 manipulation technique which involves first applying pressure to the emulsion of the print as it develops with various tools, scanning the print with a flatbed scanner and downloading the digital file into Photoshop where she then enlarges and crops the image, which is later printed onto canvas via an inkjet printer. This technique, paired with her composition choices, produced vibrant and exciting images in a contemporary style that we felt really worked.
Whether you're into Kustom Kulture or not, the trip was well worth it to view the works of the talented artists exhibiting at bela dubby this month.
"In America the biggest is the best."
- Roy Liechtenstein

Upcoming Arts and Entertainment Must Sees for September 5 through September 19


Beck Center for the Arts
17801 Detroit Avenue
"Paintings and Prints," Marge Arthur, September 1 - October 27, 2006
Painterly surfaces evoke tensions and moods that suggest a sense of time, place, or event. Shoe forms are used as metaphors that represent humanity and become the main characters in narratives and psychological landscapes.

bela dubby
13221 Madison Avenue
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 am - 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-midnight.

Local Girl Gallery
16106 Detroit Avenue
September 16th 7-10 Pm
Local Girl proudly presents the opening reception of:
"The Elemental Vision: Portraits in the Mische Technique". By Krisztina Lazar
Award winning artist Krisztina Lazar will have on exhibit her paintings created using the mische technique. Krisztina has recently returned from intensive study with Visionary artist, Brigid Marlin in London, England and will be offering a class at the gallery September 7th thru Sept 10th for those interested in learning this technique. Students will have a space to display their works in progress in the gallery, and their finished pieces will be on display the night of the opening! Class fee is $135.00. Please contact the gallery for further information.
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 12-5pm, Friday and Saturday, 12-6pm.

Pop Shop Gallery and Studio
17020 Madison Avenue
Opening Reception will be on Saturday, September 9th 2006 from 6-9pm. Wine, refreshments and tasty treats will be served during the opening reception. An after party, at Mullens, will follow the opening from 9-close with drink specials (located next to the gallery). The show will run from September 9th through October 7th. The gallery's hours of operation are Monday-Friday 4-8pm or by appointment

Wobblefoot Gallery and Frame Studio
1662 Mars Avenue
Call to Artists! Wobblefoot will be hosting another Juried Art Show. All artist should contact the gallery for entry forms. First place will be $500.00 Second place $250.00 Third place 150.00 and honorable mention.
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm.

Waterbury Couch House 13333 Madison Ave.
Wednesdays with Gerry Keating (vocal) and Neil Kammiller (keyboard). Fridays "Jazz you like it" featuring Doris Long (vocal) joined by Neil Kammiller (keyboard) with guest musicians on drums & guitar. 7:00-10:30 p.m.
Swing Dance, Friday, September Lakewood Masonic Temple, COST: $10/person, $7/studentr.TIME: 8pm - 12am, LIVE Band (Hepcat Revival) & DJ music. Get Hep Swing Jitterbug lesson from 8-9pm.

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Volume 2, Issue 18, Posted 10:10 PM, 08.29.06