Hooray! Its time for our May artists Char Norman & Helen Hoffelt!
As a special treat - Helen is a photographer, so props to her for supplying us with these amazing photos! (Pictured is Char).
Ohhh, this one looks dramatic and engaging! Lets take a look!
S.Dot Gallery is pleased to present “Take Back : an installation by Char Norman and Helen Hoffelt”
Mother Nature is coming through the door!
Let’s hear from our artists about the installation.
“Nature has become subservient to the desires and perceived needs of humans. S. Dot Gallery is the perfect venue to stage a “take back”. Elements of nature have invaded the space, upsetting human living quarters. Mushrooms bloom from walls pushing out into the room, shoving furniture out of the way, while shelf mold and fungus fill rooms and carpet floors. Vines have grown into the space, twining around human belongings in the process. Honey comb and wasp nests cover floors and walls. The aggressive invasion and take-over of what was once occupied by humans belies the usual containment of nature by civilization.” - C.Norman, H.Hoffelt
Looks like the director is missing once again!
Dot and Dorrie feel safe snuggled in a nest!
Thanks so much for exhibiting with us C.Norman and H.Hoffelt! We love what you’ve done and the message too. May we all be more thoughtful and respectful when it comes to our dear Mother Nature. XO S.
O. Barney Apr 2019
Hooray! Its our April 2019 artist, Olivia Barney (Liv) installing her work!
We can't wait to see what she has to share with us!
S.Dot Gallery is pleased to present "A Voice from Native America : New Works by O. Barney"
Can't wait to get started on our gallery tour!
Lets hear from our artist!
"I am a Diné (Navajo) artist who creates work that often relates to my Indigenous identity. "
"My enjoyment for creating stems from the fact that it can have an impact on people while representing parts of or my whole self."
Chile Ristras for All acrylic on paper, mat boarder, 2019 $35 sold DB
Where has that director gone again?!
"I have a passion for art because it can bring communities together, express a variety of cultures, and tell people's stories."
Sunset Village #1 (left) & #2 (right) acrylic on paper, 2019 set of 2, $60 - sold JR
“A Voice from Native America is a series of paintings that reflect the beauty and strength I’ve been able to see and have as a Native American."
"Many of the pieces are also inspired by the colors and scenery of New Mexico, which is where the Diné (Navajo) side of my family is from."
"It is my way of sharing a bit of the Southwest with the Midwest in addition to growing the Indigenous American presence, especially in a city called Columbus."
"One of the well known practices and art forms of my people, the Diné (Navajo), is their weavings. The subjects of my paintings can sometimes be seen having blankets wrapped around them featuring different designs and styles."
Weavings of Our People acrylic on paper, 2019 $35 sold STV
A Blanket from Spider Woman acrylic on paper, 2019 $30
In Bloom acrylic on paper, 2019 $40 sold TTB
We see you eyeing the chips and salsa Dorrie!
"At pow wows, many kinds of dancers and regalia can be seen, especially at intertribal ones. In front of us, we can see a fancy dancer!"
Dazzling Fancy Dance acrylic on paper, 2019 $30 -sold STV
Let's head upstairs to Dots favorite room!
Orange Yei acrylic on paper, 2019 $35
"These two dancers come from the Southwest!"
Gourd Dancer acrylic on paper, 2019 $35 - sold STV
Diné Basket Dance acrylic on paper, 2019 $35 sold JMD
Dottie's dancing too!
"Another type of dancer is the jingle dress one, who has many metal jingles that move with the clothing."
Jingle Step acrylic on paper, 2019 $35 - sold N.O.
All of these rooms are so beautiful!
"This painting is inspired by a Diné (Navajo) prayer, Walk in Beauty.”
We Walk in Beauty II acrylic on paper, 2019 $35 - sold CS
"A hoop dancer dances with any number of hoops, which can be used in a representational way."
Hoop Stories acrylic on paper, 2019 $30 sold HB
"The Yei are spiritual beings of the Diné (Navajo). There are ceremonies in which the Diné may wear masks and dress as these beings."
Blue Yei acrylic on paper, 2019 $35 - sold HB
Dorrie says thank you for exhibiting with us O.Barney! We love your work and you so much! xo
V.S.H. March 2019
Hooray! Our March artist installing her work!
Ohhhh!! Cant wait to see what's happening this month!
This looks like a nice place to sit and read V. Sucheston Hughes' artist statement
"For me painting is a meditative, flow state. Time slips away as I get lost in blending colors and developing a peaceful composition. My paintings seek to translate the beauty of nature. The sky is an ever changing magical display. Painting the sky, water and rocks found during my walks is such a joy for me…soothing my soul and keeping my mind in the moment."
Stack oil on canvas, 2019 $20
Looks like Nate might have been here rocking the accoustic.
Heavy oil on canvas, 2019 $20
Solid oil on canvas, 2019 $25
What goes better together than a piano and paintings?
A Delicate Balance oil on canvas, 2019 $20
Stepping Stones oil on canvas, 2019 $20
No YOU are the cat's meow!
Who is your little friend snacking on the food Dorrie?
She says his name is Scooter.
Let's continue on our tour of the gallery!
Is that a witch's broom we spy?
Centered oil on canvas, 2019 $20
And where has that director gotten off to this time? Why is she NEVER here? Sigh.
Follow oil on canvas, 2019 $25
Dot looks like the cat who ate the canary!
We love the chill vibe of V. Sucheston Hughes install!
Lift oil on canvas, 2019 $20
Balance oil on canvas, 2019 $20
What can you see about our future?
Wow! This room feels like a celebration of Spring!
A rare sculpture all the way from Florence Italy. ;)
Energy oil on canvas, 2019 $20
Lets get a closer look at the artwork.
Shelter oil on canvas Permanent Collection of S.Dot Gallery
Happy St Patricks Day!
Where Dot and Dorrie like to nap and dream of spring and flowers.
Flower Therapy oil on canvas, 2019 $30
Coping Mechanism oil on canvas, 2019 $25
Hmmm, this little birdie seems to be a fan favorite of all our artists - making it into just about every exhibition. New gallery mascot perhaps? Or hints of where our latest artist dreams of moving maybe?
Let's head off into the next room!
A place to sit for solitude, beer and contemplation.
Purple Cairn oil on canvas, 2019 $20
Remember oil on canvas, 2019 $30
Last but not least!
Antrim oil on canvas, 2019 $25
What a beautiful setting!
Dancing Clouds oil on canvas, 2019 $20
Missing furniture legs? Use books of course!
Drift oil on canvas, 2019 $20
Flow oil on canvas, 2019 $20
Thanks for exhibiting with us V. Sucheston Hughes we love everything about your exhibit! XO
A.Y Feb 2019
Hooray! Time for our Feb 2019 exhibition. Meet our artist, Ambivalently Yours!
Dottie loves the exhibition so much, she sits as a constant companion.
S.Dot Gallery is pleased to present "The 12 Feelings of Valentine's Day : new works by Ambivalently Yours"
Exhibition Statement: "The 12 Feelings of Valentine’s Day is a small offering of mixed feelings to hold onto during a holiday that celebrates mainstream heteronormative culture’s most coveted and oversimplified emotion."
Come on in!
Montreal-based artist Ambivalently Yours makes work inspired by her ambivalence, feminist questions and online interactions. Her aim is to highlight the potential for political resistance and emotional empathy that exists within conflicting emotions. Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally, shared virally on the Internet, and featured prominently in online media publications, teenage blogs and zines worldwide. ambivalentlyyours.com
Tender ink & watercolour on paper, 2019 $50 -sold CBS
Disappointed ink & watercolour on paper, 2019 $50
Now where has that gallery director gone off to this time?
Love all the pink, pink and pink!!
The 12 Feelings of Valentine’s Day (part 1) ink & watercolour on paper, 2019 $50
Which do you feel like most?
Our director has been up to some good zine reading!
Let's continue and see what other feels we can have!
These pink walls didn't paint themselves!
Scared ink & watercolour on paper, 2019 $50
Ambivalent ink & watercolour on paper, 2019 $50
A pink bunny drinks pink lemonade while pondering Valentine's Day thoughts.
Tired ink & watercolour on paper, 2019 $50 - sold AL
Dot and Dorrie love this room so much. They relate to tired, they sleep a lot. Heehee.
A bedroom isn't complete without a jack-in-the-box princess and a unicorn!
Last room, lets see whats happening in here!
Looks like we just missed Ambivalently Yours working on her zines!
Lonely ink & watercolour on paper, 2019 $50
Please PM the gallery for purchase info. :)
Anxious ink & watercolour on paper, 2019 $50 - sold - EMS
Where the magic happens!
Lovesick ink & watercolour on paper, 2019 $50
Bored ink & watercolour on paper, 2019 $50
Thank you for exhibiting with us Ambivalently Yours! We love you, your thoughts and your work. XO! S.
H.V Jan 2019
Yay, it's time for our next S.Dot artist to move in!
But first we must have kitten time, Dorrie approves!
Welcome Hemalatha Venkataraman!
We cannot wait!
S.Dot Gallery is pleased to present "For Here or to Go? : new works by Hemalatha Venkataraman"
"In my culture, art is ubiquitous. Finely interspersed with our everyday lives, it never seemed as an a separate adoption of something I do for me, it was always just there. This is a South Indian ‘kolam’, a drawing made out of rice flour that you’d see at the thresholds of our homes. They’re meant to welcome people into our homes, and also serve as food for ants, and birds and signifies the concept of living in harmony with all other living beings. It’s the first thing women do in the morning, starting their days off with art. My grandmother draws intricate kolams to this day, an artist in her own right. This particular type of kolam is usually drawn as a watery-thin-paste and drawn using four fingers. To watch my elder women do this is one of the most graceful things I’ve ever seen, and so, here I am, welcoming you to this show, just like they taught me. (The script here says 'nalvaravu', it means 'welcome')."
Nalvaravu Pentel brush pen on canvas, 2019 | $25 - sold
"My Pati (grandmother) and some of her kolams!"
Let's delve into our artist's work and her statement!
"This series explores my navigation through the American landscape as a brown immigrant woman, particularly now as I transition between phases of my life, a massive transformation brewing. Titled ‘For Here or To Go’, the artwork in this setting at the S.Dot gallery represents the uncertainties of my life right now, having to sometimes revise the ways I exhibit my cultural identity, and everyday micro-aggressions."
The Alien Worker, micron pens on artist trading card, 2019 | $35
"The visa application that would help me stay in this country... 'Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker'."
Home sharpies on sticky notes, mixed media, 2019 | $30 "With two decades of living in India, I was given a ‘home’, without any questions whatsoever. When I came to America, I had to build a ‘home’ for myself from scratch. As I navigate through my uncertainties, I am also experiencing the concept of having no home…or two homes? Either way, it’s a hard and nuanced place to be at."
"As an Indian living in America a few months out of graduate school and in the workforce, I am constantly worried about visa issues and am plotting different plans of action based on how my circumstances may change. To have to sit with a constant sense of uncertainty is unsettling especially when it comes to making plans for the future, accepting later commissions or art shows, relationships, or job opportunities."
The Working Professional pen and Ink, watercolours on Arches watercolour paper, Plastic sheet (Mixed media), 2019 | $38
"What defines ‘formal’ or ‘professional’ in America to an Indian woman? Where I am from, sarees are formal and professional…but here, ‘ethnic’ doesn’t quite 'sell'. There is a tendency for immigrants in cultural wear to be viewed as folks who don’t know English, or incompetent because we don’t ‘know what professional wear’ means."
"I am still learning to navigate through this space— constantly at war in assimilating with this culture while also significantly staying with my cultural stance and identity."
"The lower level of the show is indicative of how a lot of Indian students and folks, in general go through our lives in America, sometimes not even buying furniture because we don’t know when our visas would get cancelled."
Eternal Universe pen and ink, watercolours on Arches Watercolour paper, 2018 | $15 - sold
"The materials and art techniques chosen are outside my comfort zone with the rampant use of layers, mixed media, and portraiture that I don’t usually indulge in."
"I wanted to reuse existing materials and push my boundaries. So, here we are with a drawing in a vintage automative fuse box for a frame. This piece perfectly fits in your palm...and is one of my recent favourites."
Unapologetic pen and Ink and watercolours on Arches watercolour sheet, Mixed Media, 2019 | $30 - sold
"If you go read threads online, you’d see recurring comments by a lot of (American) men commenting on ‘hairy Indian women’. This is essentially me flipping them all off. If I want to shave, I will. If I choose to not do so, I won’t. My brownness is glorious, either way."
Two Songs, and a Mood pen and ink on weaved cardstock, and used teabag (Mixed Media) 2019 | $40 - sold
"I can read, write, and speak three languages fluently, and speak two others conversationally. The two main languages I tend to switch between, and think are English and Tamizh, my mother tongue. I’ve frequently been made fun of for my accent or the ways I pronounce a few words. I don’t care about it as most of them have been in jest. However, sometimes I find myself wanting to say something in my language so I may viscerally convey myself to an American friend using all the perfect words…and it ends up being useless. I find it interesting and sometimes tiresome to switch between languages all the time for sometimes, I really don’t want to translate.
This piece in particular is layered by being weaved with the two different languages on my tongue, two different songs indicative of my mood as I made this piece. The Tamizh song is ‘Undhan desathin kural’ from Swades and the other is Kitchen door by Wolf Larsen (listen to the pieces if you haven’t already)"
Lost Dates pen and ink, watercolors on Arches Watercolour paper, textured colour cardstock, and polaroid film holder, 2019 | $35
"By now, I have no patience for those that consciously choose to turn a blind eye to cultural appropriation, especially as it applies to chai. While we're here, there is no such thing as 'Chai-tea'."
English-Vinglish pen and ink, watercolors on Arches Watercolour paper, textured colour cardstock, and polaroid film holder, 2019 | $35
"Just some everyday micro aggression. The woman in this illustration is inspired by the Tamizh pulp fiction comic style (this particular woman inspired by illustrator Shyam). Check it out sometime, it's snazzy. Also, 'otha' is the ubiquitous F-word in my language."
"This is a piece close to my heart, one tracing my journey in my transition moving from my city of Madras, to Columbus four years ago. The portrait is layered with hand-drawn maps of Columbus and Madras (Chennai) with the Bay of Bengal flowing in my saree."
Madras to Columbus: A Representative Self-Portrait pen and ink, watercolors, and metal gold leaf on artists trading cards- a two part panel, 2019 | $75
"The upper level, on the other hand, is laid out to depict my apartment here in America…my life in a nutshell, a paradox of sorts. While some pieces of my life has stayed on, the rest keeps changing…accelerating pain, power of self, and growth at the same time. "
My kitchen has a mini-garden now and I love it!
"Want some chai?"
A Brown Woman's Remembering: The First Time I Wore Kann Mai pen and ink, watercolours and Gouache on used Black tea teabag, 2018 | $40
"This is a part of my ongoing series, #100DaysofTeabagArt where I draw on used tea bags. This piece is particularly to commemorate the first time I ever wore the cultural eye cosmetic Kann may (kajal/kohl). I remember feeling more beautiful, confident, and feminine that day. It's a feeling I'll never forget."
Change alone is the Changeless Law: Eternal meets Ephemeral, #1 pen and ink on cardstock, 2017 | $30 - sold
"This is also a part of my ongoing series, #100DaysofTeabagArt where I draw on used tea bags. This piece is particularly to celebrate the first time I owned and learned intimately my happy brown body. America definitely gave me the space and liberty to expand the limits of my body, and physical presence."
A Brown Woman's Remembering: The First Time I... pen and ink, watercolours and Gouache on used Bigelow teabag, 2018 | $45
Change Alone is the Changeless Law- Eternal meets Ephemeral, #2 pen and ink on cardstock, 2017 | $30
"I am now a confluence of two cultures. I stand out in both of them as the other, and find it increasingly hard to relate with folks on the other side. It's a time of immense growth but also a time of wandering as I find my place, who I am to those I love, and where I stand in their lives and cultural territory."
From the Land of In-Betweens pen on Artist Trading card, 2019 | Permanent Collection S.Dot Gallery
Thanks H.Venkataraman for sharing your story and art with us! XO
T.S. & A.A. Oct 2018
Let's welcome our latest exhibition artists Tera Stockdale and Andrea Artopoeus!
Tiny representations of idealized versions of the big. Artistic reproductions in symbol and metaphor... a time of girlhood performance and play.
Orchestrating ultimate acts of domesticity, a theatrical stage set for the life we envision. Create, recreate, rearrange to endless combinations of possibility.
And of course Dorrie is hard at work assisting!
S.Dot Gallery is pleased to present : Maiden. Mother.Crone artwork by T.Stockdale and A. Artopoeus "Maiden. Mother. Crone. is the culmination of many years of creative friendship between artists Andrea Artopoeus and Tera Stockdale. Having grown up in a rural community, appreciation for nature and feminine power was developed at an early age; the power of the trees in the forest, symbiosis with animals, the cycles of seasons, and phases of the moon. Through their work both artists breach topics of spirituality, magic, and self-realization. Maiden. Mother. Crone. explores the archetypes of womanhood through the Triple Goddess and the waxing, full, and waning stages of life. In their perspective rooms the maiden, the mother, and the crone [wise woman] present both their inherent characteristics and those placed upon them by society. It is for the viewer to choose what they see in each of these rooms and take from them the stories of possibility, exploration, mystery, beauty, stability, manifestation, strength, compassion, endurance, perspicacity, longevity ...wisdom- the inherent qualities of woman."
What does the color purple symbolize for you? Self-esteem, spirituality, transformation, nobility, enlightenment? Modern day legend has it, a purple door means a witch lives there.
Ready to enter S.Dot's next adventure? Step on in for a tale of the three fold modern Triple Goddess.
Enter through the mystical purple door: our invitation for you to experience the magic to be found within.
What does your future hold? May all things good be in your cards.
Master of sky and land, bring forth the creative spirit and beauty in all of us, the ability to fly beyond the physical realm into the heavens. "Lightening & Luck" stoneware gold luster wishing disk, $20 - sold EMS
Begin your journey with "I am..." mantras. What do you seek more of in your life? Love, Happiness, Strength, Self-Acceptance, Endurance? "I am the love and light I deserve". Declare your desire- say it, repeat it, believe it. "I AM", ceramic amulet disk, $15
So many stories upon these shelves!
Did you know if a fork appears to you in a dream it's a symbol of "selecting or acquiring things you want, like, or find useful or inspirational & the methods, actions, activities, or practices you use to nurture yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually. May we all only choose for our best selves.
"Three Forks" ceramic tile, $15 -sold KL
As creatures of the night, owls are deeply connected to the moon and the feminine powers of the mystery and magic held within. With their natural intuition, these wise owl plates will bring perspicacity to any table. "Wisdom Plates", S.Dot permanent collection
Come sit, eat, nurture your body, mind, and soul at our table. Just don't overlook the elephant in the room.
"Receive" stoneware pendant, $10 Waxing, Full, and Waning Moons. The archetypes of Maiden. Mother. Crone. "Triple Goddess" ceramic tiles, set of 3, $20. sold AL
So much to cast our eyes upon!
Monument to Inner Child Hand cast baby, $25 "HELP" acorn shakers, $25 each
Ancient symbol, fertility goddess, bringer of life, standing within the red glow of the moon while haloed by a golden light. The moon symbolic of the inner world of thoughts and emotions, red representing courage and strength, and gold for light and divinity. Nicole Kesel, “Gefn” (2018), acrylic on canvas, NFS. Representation of the mother, inspired by pre-contact Columbian double spouted vessels used to carry water; Giver of life and having more than one spout to pour, this vessel can be thought of as an extension of oneself. "Double Stirrup Motherland", ceramic, Natalia Arbelaez, 2018, NFS gift to the artist "Butterfly & Pine" ceramic Wishing Disk, $15
Songs our mothers sing, the words and melodies carried across time and place- to bond, communicate, and comfort. What lullabies do you keep alive?
A mere rolling pin, to the naked eye. It represents more than pastry for pie.
A handle on each end. For Husband and Wife.
The journey it takes, symbolizes life.
The rolling may come easy, and then sometimes tough
The paths it must take will be both smooth and rough.
It will roll two steps forward, and then three steps back,
But with gentle persistence, it will roll back on track.
As usual our director is absent, but Dorrie and Raggedy Ann patiently wait for her return!
I spy a banjo, a handle, a bead, A bag of gold, and a wishful seed; A magic wand, Raggedy Ann, A kitty, a cowry, and a protective hand.
Time to head upstairs for the journey through maiden-mother-crone...
The Maiden. Spring. Youth. Enchantment. Enthusiasm. New beginnings as the moon grows from dark to full. "XX HELP" Triple Goddess stoneware gold luster amulet, $20
Wishing Disks: "Tree of Life", $15 "BE HER", $15 "apple of TIME", $15 "Triple Wishes", $15
Be her, believe her.
A mythical creature, innocent and pure of heart. May the magic and miracles of purity and grace abound. Break out of fear and limitation to unlock the infinite possibilities within. "HeLP" Triple Goddess stoneware gold luster amulet, $15
Like a bird soaring above in the heavens, the sky is limitless in possibilities. With levity and ascension the Maiden's feathers connect her to travel of mind and spirit; freedom of flight, defiance of gravity. "Free Bird" glass tiles, $10 each - sold MJF
What do the rocks in the path from Maiden to Mother contain? Growth, groundedness, to give, sustain, and nurture life. Where does the childless mother stand, in her eyes and those upon her? By choice or circumstance is she considered complete?
A Mother's second sight, instinct to protect the hive against all odds.SAFE" ceramic amulet, $20 "HELP" wishing disk, $20
Do you trust what you see? Protected deep inside the brain lies our third eye, shaped like a pinecone in sacred geometry connecting us to the highest source of ethereal energy, seeing beyond the space-time continuum."Pineal Eye" amulet, $20 - sold RLH
The peak in the cycle, mother, creator of all things; teacher. She is summer, the ripening. The gardener and protector of animals. Warmth and peace when nothing else suffices.
The Mother Alter
"Mother" ceramic acorn shaker, $20
From mother, the guider and teacher, to Crone, the wise woman, seer, and healer.
Triple acorns: can be consumed to see the future, carried dried to ward off the brutalities of the day, worn to be blessed with possibilities for unlimited potential. A symbol of longevity, independence, and immortality. "For every Mighty Oak there was a Nut that stood its ground"- Anonymous "seeded", blue glass gold luster tile, $5 [TS] "old" stoneware gold luster octagon amulet, $20 "Help", stoneware gold luster amulet disk, $20
"KARMA" stoneware gold luster amulet, $20 -sold
A very full and beautiful gallery! Thanks to our artists for all the info and inspiration!
Our aritsts wish just for you - "May you be the love and light within you." XO!
S.S.W July 2018
Hooray! Dorrie is super excited for our July artist to install!
And here he is! Welcome Steven S. Walker!
Brilliant! The back of a shirt is smart marketing :)
Dorrie can't wait to share with you all!
S.Dot Gallery is pleased to present "The Odd Couple Residency : New Works by Steven S. Walker"
Come on in, but wipe your paws first please.
Ooohhh looks so homey and comfy, just like a residency should be. Let's hear from our exhibiting artist.…
"The Odd Couple residency is the story of two very accomplished writers who have reluctantly been paired together as roommates for an artists residency. They both were under the impression that they’d have a place of their own."
"One writes about his travels across the country while the other writes about nature and its demise. “The traveler” is neat and orderly and doesn’t even bother to unpack with the exception of his wine. The “nature boy” is an utter slob who dines on 7up and Chinese food. "
On set oil on panel, 2018 $55 - sold LCM
"They can’t stand each other and how each has disrupted their getaway but the one thing that they can agree on is that the pieces on the wall inspire their own writing. "
Well we would say so! Theses pieces are so beautiful!
Millwood spout study oil on panel, 2018 $40
But little did our two writers know.....
The artist who painted these works hated their books. giggle.
spring alum oil on panel, 2018 $55 - sold
Aha - this must be where Nature Boy hangs out and works!
Let's see what's on the other side of the residency!
Dot and Dorrie are on high alert guarding the paintings!
Well our gallery director certainly isn't here - she's allergic to strawberries and arguing residents.
We have to wonder if our residents noticed any beautiful shadows as the sun sets upon the gallery each night.
from the trees #1 oil on panel, 2018 $20 - sold - MJF
from the trees #2 oil on panel, 2018 $20 - sold - MJF
We cant help but contemplate the sunsets when looking at this beautiful work!
last light study oil on panel, 2018 $60 - sold
This must be where our writers slept, wonder who snored and who kept late hours.
At least someone had Seuss to cuddle with.
through the forest oil on panel, 2018 $60 sold LCM
dusk tallboys oil on panel, 2018 $50
And it looks like the other had "Art and Fear" to cuddle with! LOL! S.Dot Gallery highly recommends reading it, owning it, visiting it often if your'e any kind of creative being.
spring light study oil on panel, 2018 $50 -sold
Love how the clouds float in a seas of blue here!
A place to pack ones dreams.
inflight triptych oil on panel, 2018 $50
The mirrors in this photo mimic the mirror of the river. Gorgeous.
morning strip study oil on panel, 2018 $50 - sold
Last but not least! The room where two personalities found peace with one another.
Looks like our painter left behind some supplies!
inflight #7618 oil on panel, 2018 $55
Play guitar anyone?
south dune oil on panel, 2018 $40
The sweet sounds of Queen play on the stereo.
branching out oil on panel, 2018 $45 - permanent collection S.Dot Gallery
Whoops! Looks like a painting needs to be rehung....or is it meant for floor spaces. We can dig it!
inflight #7118 study oil on panel, 2018 $55
Thanks so much Steven for exhibiting with us. Dorrie was happy to be your assistant too! :) XO S.
Can't wait to see what A.Hernandez has in store for S.Dot Gallery!
S.Dot Gallery is pleased to present "Godmask Series I : new works by Adam Hernandez"
Come on in!
Amaranthine Cat Godmask 1 of 4 digital print, 2018 $20 (set of 4, $60) sold PM
Lets hear from the artist. "My work exists in a world called the Land of Thunderbirds. A mythical world of the imagination where magic and impossibility are as commonplace as the everyday happenings that surround us."
Amaranthine Cat Godmask 2 of 4 digital print, 2018 $20 (set of 4, $60) sold PM
"Though this universe exists in my imagination, the characters and symbolism I create are inspired by real world practices of lost religions and spirituality."
"The Godmasks in particular draws direct inspiration from ceremonial masks worn by shaman and spiritual leaders of civilizations in times past. "
"Though fierce and roaring, these Godmasks are not meant to intimidate, but rather guide the bearer, and those in its presence, through a journey beyond time and space"
"Their purpose is to remind us that there is more to the world than the physical matter we are surrounded by. And if we are brave enough to channel their power, there is nothing than can stop us from bettering the world and ourselves."
Amaranthine Cat Godmask 3 of 4 digital print, 2018 $20 (set of 4, $60) sold pm
Amaranthine Cat Godmask 4 of 4 digital print, 2018 $20 (set of 4, $60) sold pm
Flower Bursts digital print of watercolor painting, 2018 $35
"I chose to create multiple versions of each new Godmask for this show almost as a challenge into a genre of art I have never played with, Pop Art. I asked myself, what might it look like if Andy Warhol did Godmasks?"
The Jungle Watcher Godmask 1 of 3 digital print, 2018 $20
The Jungle Watcher Godmask 2 of 3 digital print, 2018 $20 sold ER
A nice place to do some art research!
A light bulb above ones head.
The Jungle Watcher Godmask 3 of 3 digital print, 2018 $20 - sold AL
Seems like an perfect place for the cats to hang out!
Drunken Bear Godmask 1 of 2 digital print, 2018 $20 (set of 2, $35)
Corteo, Dorrie and a suprised Dot.
Dot really digs the Dot Carpet. (teehee)
Drunken Bear Godmask 2 of 2 digital print, 2018 $20 (set of 2, $35)
Where is that director?
Jocular Jackal Godmask 1 of 3 digital print, 2018 $20 (set of 3, $50) -sold GL
Jocular Jackal Godmask 2 of 3 digital print, 2018 $20 (set of 3, $50) - sold GL
Jocular Jackal Godmask 3 of 3 digital print, 2018 $20 (set of 3, $50) Sold GL
Thanks for exhibiting with us A.Hernandez. You get the medal for fastest install ever!
B.N May 2018
Hooray! Its time for the latest greatest S.Dot Gallery exhibition!
Our May Artist is out of this world! Hi Bekah Nunn, love the shirt ;).
What is in store in our little universe this month?!
S.Dot Gallery is pleased to present "Space Craft : New Works by Bekah Nunn"
Pack your bags, 'cause we're heading into outer space with this show!
Stardust Cut Paper, Gel Pen, Rhinestones 2018 $20
Let's chill on the couch and read B. Nunn's artist statement. "Hi! I'm Bekah! I create illustrations using cut-paper and fun materials like stickers, rhinestones, glitter and gel pens......
"Right now I'm really enjoying using galaxy & space imagery in my work (it's sparkly, abstract, and colorful, which is totally my aesthetic). Almost everything in the show has been meticulously hand cut with tiny little scissors -- even the miniature Curiosity Rover! Come explore the galaxy with me and enjoy the show!"
Bekah's cat Stiles is keeping an eye on the space jellyfish in the living room!
Sky's the limit with this exhibit. teehee
Starfield Cut Paper, Gel Pen, Rhinestones 2018 $30
Now where is that gallery director...did she need her passport for intergalactic travel?
That screen saver couldn't be more fitting!
Stars, planets and Dorrie, Oh My!
Fire extinguishers are as important as fireworks!
The Nine Cut Paper, Gel Pen 2018 $3 each, $15 for set of 9 - sold
Looks like Dorrie is watching her favorite show on the i-paw.....Cats in Spaaaaaccce.
Gliese 504 b Cut Paper, Gel Pen, Rhinestones 2018 $20
There's a mouse in the house!
The Nine Cut Paper, Gel Pen 2018 $3 each, $15 for set of 9 - sold
Who doesn't love a good brain pillow?
Ring System Cut Paper, Gel Pen 2018 $15
Always gotta keep up with the awesome space events at COSI!
Looks like the gallery lights want to be stars too.
Venus Cut Paper, Gel Pen 2018 $20
Love the nod to time in this room.
Messier 81 Cut Paper 2018 $10 each, $15 for set
Our important scientific research center!
Wow! Now this is a cozy little den of knowledge!
Gas Giant Cut Paper, Gel Pen 2018 $15
Space the final frontier....
Where no man, woman or cat has gone before....
Local Cluster Cut Paper, Gel Pen, Rhinestones 2018 $15 - sold
Dot says its important to stay hydrated for space travel!
Last but not least by any means!
Is that a photo of a flamingo in space way off in the distance?!
This artwork is cosmic greatness!
Falling Star Cut Paper, Gel Pen, Rhinestones 2018 $20
Atmosphere Cut Paper, Gel Pen 2018 $3 each, $10 for set
Cat Astronaut to Earth, Come in Earth.
Curiosity Cut Paper, Marker 2018 $30 -sold
Earth to Cat Astronaut. Copy we hear you.
Terrestrial Cut Paper, Gel Pen, Rhinestones 2018 $20 sold SG
WOW! What a fantastic exhibition. Thanks for showing with us B.Nunn. And a shout out to C. Belland for the connection. Pink Flamingos love you both. XO S.
A.J & OSU April 2018
Hooray its time for our March S.Dot exhibition!
It's our artist and guest curator Aubrey Jenkins with artist Malu Marzarotto!
Can't wait to see what's in store for us this month!
S.Dot Gallery is pleased to present "Satisfactory: artworks by students at The Ohio State University"
Welcome to the Satisfactory!
As Ohio State students, there is an immense amount of pressure that is put on us as the future of the workforce. To combat this, students have found a million different ways to destress within their daily schedule, whether it be a physical or mental outlet. One way that I have found to distract myself is through technology. Scrolling on social media sites, online window shopping, or playing video games are all forms of distraction from the impending doom that is midterm season. I have found myself scrolling for hours on the social media accounts of artists mixing paints, frosting cakes, carving bars of smooth soap or fine wood, mixing slime, creating pancake art, forming pottery, and several other oddly satisfying phenomena. These mundane tasks that are strangely therapeutic to watch. Thus, I have created the Satisfactory. Not only do I hope that these pieces are aesthetically pleasing for those who see but I’m hoping that the OSU students that I enlist will find themselves de-stressed after creating these tiny pieces of art.
Ohhhh! Look at these lovely materials used to decompress!
We feel more zen already.
A.Jenkins Lasso Twine and hot glue on card stock, 2018 $25
A.Jenkins Clock Deconstructed clothes pins and hot glue on card stock, 2018 $25
Time keeps on tickin' ticken'....
A. Jenkins Magic 8 Twine and hot glue on card stock, 2018 $25
"I am an Arts Management major at OSU. As someone who is interested in museum work as a career, pale wood and white walls have always been calming for me."
"As an impatient person, this piece provided some difficulty in my goal of satisfaction while creating art, but it turned out to be very aesthetically pleasing to me."
A. Jenkins Wave Clothes pins and hot glue, 2018 $25
Such eloquent and peaceful vibes.
A. Jenkins Untitled Deconstructed clothes pins and hot glue, 2018 $25
This fireplace mantel set-up is definitely Pinterest worthy.
A. Jenkins Untitled Clothes pins and hot glue, 2018 $25
"Huge thank you to Stephanie for this amazingly fun opportunity at S. Dot. This vibrantly colored show has brought me and my friends at OSU much needed stress relief and, of course, satisfaction. Even amidst midterm season, there is always time for art and creativity."
Shhh, Dot is meditating.
A place to contemplate.
Wow! Look at that 3D printed hand!
J. Pfahl Up High, Down Low, Too Slow PLA Filament, 2018 $30
We spy some sketch books and pencils!
Z. Dorner Arches Mixed media, 2018 $30
"What is it about mini stuff that's so cute? I had so much fun with all the mini furniture and loved the idea of a mini cozy reading corner!"
A. Jenkins Untitled Acrylic on canvas, 2018 $25
Is there anything more satisfying than bubble wrap?
"Stephanie and I had so much fun covering anything we could find in bubble wrap!"
Possibly a fire hazard?
No one can resist the bubble wrap! Not even Dorrie!
Real flowers were not used in this installation.
K. Cousineau Untitled Acrylic on canvas, 2018 $25
A. Jenkins Untitled Oil on bubble wrap applied to cardboard, 2018 $25
M. Marzarotto R JU E AN NO BOUT IT Breadboard, 250 K Resistor, 5v Battery, LED, cardboard, acrylic, and earring backs, 2018 $30
Love the mirror A. Jenkins installed on the ceiling!
Last but not least! A quiet place to have a cup of tea.
K. Cousineau Untitled Acrylic on canvas, 2018 $25
Where has that pesky director gotten to now?
"My self-proclaimed "non-artistic" roommate painted this canvas. No matter what level of experience someone has in the arts, painting is always a great stress reliever."
G. Adrian Butterfly Acrylic on canvas, 2018 $25
Dorrie has the right idea!
A. Jenkins Untitled Acrylic on canvas, 2018 $25
Left - E. Altobelli Untitled Acrylic on canvas, 2018 $25
Right - A. Jenkins Untitled Oil on canvas, 2018 $25
Thanks so much for exhibiting and sharing with us A. Jenkins and the other OSU artists. We love what you've done and wish you many peaceful moments for years to come. XO
J.G & L.L Feb 2018
YAY! Our Feb artist/curators are setting up! Cant wait to see whats in store for us this month.
Hmmm...the theme may be "Murder in Your Heart" but this room is all HER heart.
Cats and bunnies abounded. Who is that lady behind the mask?
It's guest artists and curators J.Goldstein and L.Luce! S.Dot Gallery is pleased to present "Murder in Your Heart : by artists Jami Goldstein, Lacey Luce and a little help from their friends.
Murder in Your Heart. It began with a simple phrase “I am going to KILL him.” Who hasn’t said that before, right?! That common throwaway comment led to a late-evening discussion (#drinkingmayhavebeeninvolved) about those deeply buried murderous fantasies that some of us harbor in our dark little hearts. The friend who inspired this exhibition (who shall remain nameless) is aware. And proud. He possibly has ideas for the next round!
Sometimes it’s a flash of a thought when someone cuts us off in traffic, other times it’s a more drawn out plan that allows us to exorcise frustration, anger or feelings of powerlessness. Initially we thought it would be fun to write these fantasies out—ala Life of Walter Mitty, but sadly only one story ever got written. http://luce-thoughts.tumblr.com/
However, the idea of creating an exhibition started to gel and survived the test of time.
We debated the welcome mat. Do we really want to welcome people into this thinking?! Ultimately we decided everyone was most likely already there and put it down. Is it a book, a movie, current event or political figure the fills your heart with the longing to murder? The inspiration doesn't matter. You are welcome here. Find yourself exploring current events, ancient myths, or TV shows--all with a slightly murderous bent. Ready to play out your darkest thoughts in miniature? We are....
Our first stop is "A.Z. Rael's Study. Detail of a life. And a death." an installation by Heidi Madsen and J.J. Jones. Heidi Madsen - Mixed media design and sculpture using vintage customer cards and modge podge · Paneling on the walls · Wood floor · Lamp shade
J.J. Jones Levels acrylic on canvas, $25
The index cards write the story, like the actions write the man.
J.J. Jones Wings acrylic on canvas, $15
J.J. Jones Roses acrylic on canvas, $25
"The Angel of Death is a realtor by the name of A. Z. Rael. We came upon his card catalogue in the study at an estate sale. On these 3x5 index cards he keeps track of you from illness until your passing. Cards are cross-referenced by family members to ensure everyone on the planet is accounted for. Like the impermanence of life, the limited details of each person are handwritten and the card material is biodegradable. Mr. Rael was also an avid art collector. The abstract paintings that hung on the wall of the study were still wet. A chill ran down our spines when we found a card that matched a wet painting. The artist’s signature matched the name on the card. Would you consider A. Z. Rael a murderer?"
A.Z. Rael's Study. Details here of many lives, and many deaths. Who decides? For an Angel of Death does the the life of the smoke in the pipe matter? Is a swig from a flask the same as a roll of the die?
J.J. Jones Ascend acrylic on canvas, $15
J.J. Jones Descend acrylic on canvas, $15
Dot ponders the mysteries of life...and death. The ashes of a loved one keep the fire warm..for cats and death alike.
J.J. Jones Fire acrylic on canvas, $25
The nine lives of cats suit A. Z. Rael very well.
Dont sit too long, Mr Rael might be coming for you.
Let's move on to a L.Luce installation with some guest artists!
Clearly there is a feminist theme going on here.
The Kat Who Saw Red (with bows to Lillian Jackson Braun)
Equal? I don't know? Is there Potty Parity? All you need in the bathroom is toilet paper? Are there Tampons? There are in the S.Dot Gallery!! EQUALITY!! (Painting by MT Bush NFS)
Murder in HER Heart room. Pussy Hat Riot thanks to the mad knitting skills of L.Luce
Originally the idea for this exhibition was somewhat literary. This book is the last surviving memento of that seed, but delightful nonetheless to the organizers, one of whom has read all of the Lillian Jackson Braun "Cat Who.." series. Table drawings by Amandda Tirey, NFS.
Lacey Luce Death to the Patriarchy cardboard, chalk pen, fingerlering-weight wool $15 (each for hats)
Armies of pink and a black resist cat :)
PussyRiot portraits, S.Dot permanent collection, Roger Kent Grosswiller
PussyRiot portraits, S.Dot permanent collection, Roger Kent Grosswiller
Poisoner/Poisoned. Kate Morgan's Homage to Edward Gorey (furniture by Maryann Crago, NFS). Installation by Lacey Luce.
Dot knows something is not right.
She drinks. But should she? Kate Morgan The Cup of Life pen and ink on mat board, $70
So many concoctions! What if one is badly mixed!?
But they're so pretty...
Even if they're pure evil...
But it's just a lovely flower...of Hemlock...
Kate Morgan Hemlock is for Lovers pen and ink on mat board, $70
Smells just like parsnips...and possibly apples...
Will put you in the coffin just the same...
Kate Morgan Gravitational Pull pen and ink on mat board, $70
"Die. Joe. Die." by Sharon Dorsey
"2002 was a dark time for children’s television, specifically for the Nickelodeon network. This was the year that my oldest child turned seven, my youngest three, and this was the year that one of the worst things ever happened to a show called Blue’s Clues. When Blue’s Clues began on September 8, 1996, it was revolutionary. The show presented material in a narrative format and replied upon repetition to reinforce its curriculum. The lessons were a breath of fresh air from the traditional children’s programming of that era. Rumor has it that Nickelodeon held over 1,000 auditions before casting Steve Burns as the host."
Sharon Dorsey Die Joe Die $30
"No small wonder as his alter ego bearing the same name quickly became an icon among children’s programming. He was the gold standard of hosts. Blue’s Clues was a show that parents felt good about, and if we’re honest with ourselves, Steve was the glue that held the whole thing together. Until his untimely announcement of his intent to leave Blue’s Clues to start a recording career."
"What? In 2002, Nickelodeon sprayed poison all over the children of the world and introduced Joe. Joe was “eased in” over three episodes as “Steve’s brother”. As if those two could possibly share DNA."
"Joe was the biggest disappointment that children’s programming has ever encountered. We literally could not watch the show any longer with Joe at the helm."
"His hair, his voice, his eyebrows, his interaction with sweet Blue. All repulsive. And. I. Just. Could. Not. Joe became the receptacle of all my hatred. And many years later… This cursed room happened..." - Sharon Dorsey
Sharon Dorsey Stop $15 Wrong $20
Sharon Dorsey No $17 Over $25
Earworms by Jami Goldstein
For me it immediately conjurs up the scene from the Wrath of Kahn and the thought controlling ear creature slides out of Chekov's ear. Except, they really exist.
They live as jingles, sayings, and tidy little kicks that advertisers drum up to (ideally) get us to buy their goods. But for the most part, just drive us to distraction.
Crowdsourced from FB, the earworm jingles are pervasive and destructive. Thanks to everyone for the wallpaper :)
I've heard that people have clawed their ears to death to get away from them... (Painting by MT Bush NFS).
And yet our lips sing them, and hum them and our ears welcome the worms...
It's Slinky, It's Slinky, for fun it's a wonderful toy...
Repeating, and repeating, and repeating....
Meow meow meow, meow meow meow....
Women sexualized in advertising? Never! (Mollie Hannon artwork NFS)
For all those times you just can’t get that F*#$%@! Jingle out of your head. Earworm wallpaper contents sourced from Facebook. Many thanks to all who contributed and my apologies for getting those F*#$%@! Jingles stuck in your head. :)
Credit card koi, by Jami Goldstien, NFS
With special thanks to Stephanie Rond, Lacey Luce and Alan Jazak. Much love to all the poeple that inspire us everyday. We hope you enjoyed a little Murder in Your Hearts.
J.C & J.B Jan 2018
In memory of God's Special Angel, Janice Chandler
Happy 2018 everyone! Lets find out who our Jan artist is!
It's Jodi Blacksher, sharing the works of her Mom Janice Chandler.
S.Dot Gallery is pleased to present : works by Janice Chandler, installation and words by Jodi Blacksher
What can you say about the best, most talented mom?I guess you can say I still wear rose colored glasses.
She was everything to me as I was everything to her.
As I sat in front of the dollhouse intent on picking just the right pieces the color red called to me.
For some unknown reason each room had to have an element of red, my least favorite color.
It wasn't until writing this statement that the irony resonated with me.
Red is the color of love, energy, fire, pain, strength, determination, passion--- all the very essence of my mother!
She was smart, kind, strong and resilient.
Life was a fight and a challenge she didn't back down from, no matter the struggle she gave it her all for she was a warrior!
Through it all she stayed vibrant and delightful even as her demons of pain, deep physical pain, tried to ravish her body and depression destroy her mind she was a light, a beacon of hope!
And, her truest friend--- Creativity--- remained her constant for art was she and she was art.
My mom was an extraordinary being who lit the world afire in a quiet but explosive way.
She was not one for the spotlight but one that deserved it!
No, her glory was in the creative, abstract process.
It was a world that made sense to her. She could see the potential and beauty of a blank canvas or unformed clay, the dancing figures made from charcoal sticks or from basic black ink.
There was something chemically, almost magical, that happened to her when her paintbrush touched the watercolor or the way the acrylics laid upon the canvas or the simplistic glory of graphite swirled on paper.
Those were the things that lit her on fire, she was ALIVE! Her light was so bright and it touched everyone she met.
Although she no longer exists in this realm her spirit lives on --- her light is in me, in her grandson, in her work.
This exhibition is a tribute to the unique style and energy that Janice--- my mom--- brought to this world... Truly one-of-a-kind! Enjoy!
Thank you Jodi! You have moved us to tears, what a beautiful journey this has been. Thanks for sharing your Mom's and your own light with us. xo
CAHS Dec 2017
Hooray! Please welcome our December artists, Drawing and Painting students at Columbus Alternative High School (CAHS if you're in the know).
What kinda awesome is this?!!
Can't wait to take a closer look - the theme couldn't be better.
S.Dot Gallery and CAHS artists are pleased to present : Eye See You
What do we spy with our little Eye?
Why it looks like Ms. Hughes and our artists have been working on a series of Nazar Eyes.
"Evil Eye" by Helen Santos
"Shiny Evil Eye" by Jazeba Ahmad
A nazar (from Arabic نظر, meaning sight, surveillance, attention, and other related concepts) is an eye-shaped amulet believed to protect against the evil eye.
Hindi, Urdu and Persian have borrowed the term as well.
A typical nazar is made of handmade glass featuring concentric circles or teardrop shapes in dark blue, white, light blue and black, occasionally with a yellow/gold edge.
"Kory's Eye" by Kory. "I decided to add dots to my eye because I wanted to give it a little extra umph".
"Eyes Lost in the Galaxy" by Jennifer.
"greenie" by Zuri Sims
CAHS students are known for their outside the box thinking, we love this ones addition of pink!
"Spot it" by Le'Darius Gunn
The Nazar is a common sight in Turkey, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Armenia, Iran, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Azerbaijan.
"pond" by Zuri Sims
Yes! Nazars united!
"Nazar" by Rabika Lohar
"Nazar" by Libby Palmer
"Red Dots" by Reagan Seymour
As usual, our director is no where to be found. But wait, whose that sitting in her chair :)
"Evil Within the Iris" by Dalia Fabb-Soto
"Nazar" by Lindsey Smith
"Nazar" by Lindsey Smith
"Hafsa J" by Hafsa
"Nazar" by Ayan Ali
Hopefully these eyes insure a successful 2018!
"Rib Cage" by Reagan Seymour
A Nazar is often hung in homes, offices, cars, children's clothing, or incorporated in jewellery and ornaments.
"Green Ocean" by Ashwaq Abdinur
Now THIS is a cozy room!
"Sun of the Eye" by Leila Clark
A nice and comfy room, just to hang out in!
"Nazar" by Raven Allberry
"Nazar" by Raven Allberry
CBS Fall 2017
Hooray! Its a very special treat! We will let the artist, Catherine Bell Smith explain - "During the months of September and October, S.Dot Gallery graciously agreed to appear in the exhibit, Visible Evidence, a collaboration with nature by Catherine Bell Smith.
In this iteration, the gallery within a gallery became a home and studio in the landscape of rural Ohio. This homestead in miniature settled perfectly within the rolling hills of Watershed, an installation about destination and travel and how the journey becomes place.
The seed mosaics installed in the galley are pieces that I work on between larger installations. Simple landscapes and designs inspired by my travels through rural and small town Ohio and Wisconsin and the places in between. Constructed of seeds, bark, and pods, these small-scale works are a quick, expressive means for exploring ideas and experimenting with materials collected from the very places I try to depict.
Enjoy the restful way station filled with small art and big heart."
S.Dot looks so at home in the installation! See what we did there.....
at home....get it. Teehee
Bell Smith has been hard at work making sure S.Dot is welcoming inside and out!
Can't wait to see the exhibition.
Let's head inside.
How warm and welcoming.
And lots of books for research. We also spy one little kitten in the bottom corner.
Some of the pieces sold at the RL exhibition, some still available!
Bell Smith's seed mosaics look fantastic!
Like this one!
One Seed VIII, 2017 $40
So many plants, so many candles.
So many delicious pieces of artwork!
We spy the installation out the window.
Lets head upstairs and see some more!
Splendor, 2017 NFS Collection of S.Dot Gallery
Looks like our gallery director was here - leaving behind her computer and bunny slippers.
Narrow Passage, 2017 $30
WOW! Amazing installation! 4 paws up from gallery assistants Dot and Dorrie.