Featured Gallery: Be My Valentine

Have you bought your sweetheart a valentine?




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CANDY opens tonight!

If you’re in the Greater Pittsburgh area, we’d absolutely love to see you at The Chocolate Shoppe for the opening of CANDY, our very first brick-and-mortar curated exhibit.  There will be plenty of eats, libations, a sampling of some fantastic chocolates, and of course, some awesome artwork. C’mon down! We’re earlier in the evening than most First Friday Artwalk events, so make us your first stop of the night!

You can get the address and other pertinent details on our events page at Facebook

Plan to take pictures?  Please use the tag #ebsqcandy when you share on Flickr.

And now, a little music to get you in the mood:

Last call for Candy plus Haiti fundraiser

Art: Soft and Fuzzy Johnson by Artist Vicky Knowles  Today is your last chance to add work for consideration for our very first brick and mortar event in conjunction with The Chocolate Shoppe. Candy entries will be accepted through 11:59pm EST tonight.  It’s a fantastic looking show online and I for one cannot wait to see how the selected pieces will look in the space when they debut to the public on March 5, 2010. Wanna come to the opening? RSVP here on Facebook!

Also, while I have your attention with Vicky Knowles‘ lovely art, I’d like to remind you that we’re also accepting entries through the end of the month for our Red Cross fundraiser to benefit Haiti Earthquake relief.  Yes, there’s a $10 fee per entry, but half of your fee goes directly to the Red Cross, and the other half goes in the kitty for prize money for the show winner to be voted upon by you next month. It’s a win-win, and we like win-wins here at EBSQ! Please consider entering Art from the Heart to benefit Haiti today!

EBSQ Friday Five does Candy

Tootsie Pop Rainbow, 8X10, acrylic on canvas

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere. This week’s Friday Five is a little different, there’s a theme, Candy! Tonight is the deadline for entering in the February Juried EBSQ Candy Show; which is also to be a brick-and-mortar exhibition.

1. Chocolate Shoppe – This isn’t your ordinary candy shop and no, it’s not an EBSQ Artist Blog. But it is the site for the 2010 Candy Show! 😛

2. The Year of Turning it Around – Artist Aimee Dingman shares her Candy show entries and her determination and struggle to keep creating against the odds. 🙂

3. Hug Unfurled – Colored pencil artist extraordinaire talked about savoring the kiss. 😉

4. M&Ms – Pastel artist Kari Tirrell discusses the struggle to paint her subject without eating it first! 😀

5. Walnut Whip Waltz – Mark Satchwill’s treasured whips were not in the Candy Show, but they should have been. I forgive Mark and blame the ocean that separates him from the Chocolate Shoppe. 😉

Yes, I did put smiley’s on each and every one of the Friday Five’s. LOL

Have a great weekend!!

Candy is a sweet opportunity for artists

Online Art Show:  Candy

Just in time for our 10th aniversary year, we’re very pleased to announce our very first joint online/brick and mortar curated exhibit! We picked a very simple theme: CANDY. Any kind of candy you like, whether retro, exotic, or just plain tasty.The brick-and-mortar portion of the show will be held at The Chocolate Shoppe, a hand-crafted gourmet candy shop featuring fine chocolates in Greensburg Pennsylvania’s Cultural District. This portion of the show will be co-curated by Chocolate Shoppe proprietor Melissa O’Brien and the staff of EBSQ.All entries in Candy should obviously relate to the candy theme and may be any two-dimensional media that the artist chooses so long as it’s 12 x 12 or less, ready-to-hang, and ready to ship by 22 February 2010 if your work is selected for the brick-and-mortar portion of the exhibit.We strongly recommend all artists include in their statement information about why and how they chose to create their piece, as statements can enhance the experience for the online viewer. We also encourage you to include detail shots of your entries. This will allow the viewer to fully appreciate your work as small details can be lost in an online environment.Eligible entries must meet all points of the prospectus. If you have any questions regarding the prospectus and its requirements, please send them to edu@ebsqart.com.Entry Instructions: 

This show has special entry requirements

  • All pieces must be 12 x 12 or less.
  • All pieces must be framed and/or ready-to-hang and as described.
  • If your work is selected for the curated portion of the show, it must be ready to ship by 22 February 2010.
  • The show will officially open on 5 March 2010
  • Artists will keep 100% of the proceeds if their work sells. Unsold work will be shipped back to the artist the last week of April.

To add an entry to any show:

  • Upload your art or search your artcase for the piece you’d like to enter.  
  • Select “enter show” from the pull-down menu at the right hand side of this item (the default says “edit”) and click the “go” button.
  • Find the show you wish to enter and read over the prospectus to make sure your piece meets all of the requirements. If you feel you’re good to go, click “enter.”
  • That’s it; you’re all done!

Artists may submit up to 5 pieces per show.

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Banner photography by Bernard Gagnon under a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 Unported License

EBSQ Spotlight on Still Life: Heather Sims

This month’s featured gallery is Still Life. A still life is a collection of inanimate objects depicted in an artistic composition and is a genre that has always been a staple for artists. Setting up a still life is an exercise in composition. Painting or photographing the composition is an exercise in technique. The result of these efforts is a work of art. Throughout the month of January, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s still life artists.

Heather Sims

A Sink Full Of Polish Pottrey L - Heather Sims

What I love about painting a still life is that I have complete control on every aspect of the painting from perspective, to lighting and composition. I enjoy thinking up what I want to include in a still life, often it is pieces from my Polish pottery collection that make up most of my stills, but I plan to do a larger variety of still life’s in 2010. Once I decide what I want to put into my setup I’ll move the pieces around till I find a set up that I find pleasing. I use a lamp to control the lighting; I can really use that lighting to make sure my reflective items really sparkle.  I look forward to the candy show in February. Time to paint some candy preferably candy with a shiny wrapper! – Heather Sims

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EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season – Delilah Smith

This month’s featured gallery is Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season.  The month of December brings us Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve. It is a month of festivities and reflection. Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season appears once a year in month of December and is always a favorite. From now until the end of the year, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of the EBSQ artists that create for this season of celebration.

Delilah Smith

Christmas Mints - Delilah Smith

Christmas is special to most of us. As a child, making the trip into town for the holiday shopping with my parents was an adventure of lights and store fronts.  In those days, trips to town were rare. The streets were decorated in lights and all kinds of Christmas finery. It was a child’s adventure.

Today every house has a yard full of Christmas plastic stuff. Then only Christmas trees were in most homes, and sometimes a wreath on a door. These were in the days before the big box stores; a day when shop keepers decorated their stores with all kinds of wonderful joys to trigger the imaginations and dreams of children. Downtowns were alive.

There were times in my childhood when money was tight; as it is now for many families. Daddy and Mom would make our gifts. I wonder if artists are the only ones who still make gifts. I remember one Christmas when the dollies we saw and wanted could not be purchased. Daddy made a cradle for the one we had and Mom sewed new clothes for our dolls and a bed spread for the cradle. We were so excited Christmas morning with all the new things for our dollies; there was no disappointment we loved our gifts. We had had our dreams of new toys, but loved the things we had gotten just as much because wanting was as much fun as getting.

Maybe someday when I grow up, I will no longer need Christmas. For now I still live in the dreams of Christmas past, Christmas now and all the Christmas’ in the future, when wanting is as important as getting. It is the dream that is important.

As artists we are the dreamers. We live in the Christmas of our soul and like Santa we create. – Delilah Smith

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