This Weekend Women Painters of the Southeast Show Opens and The National Georgia Watercolor Society Show Closes

www.kimminichiello.comLotus Nocturne, Watercolor on Archival Paper, 39″ x 18.5″

Bananas on Japanese Box, Watercolor on Archival Paper,  12″ x 10″

Opening this weekend through April 18 is the 3rd Annual Women Painters of the Southeast Juried Exhibition at the Magnolia Gallery in Greensboro Georgia.  I have two paintings in the show, Lotus Nocturne and Bananas on Japanese Box.  Both will be available for purchase during the exhibition.  Sadly I am not able to attend this year.  Last year’s event in Franklin Tennessee was one of the highlights of the year.  There are so many talented women artists in this show.  I will be with you all in spirit!

Waiting in the Wings, Watercolor on Archival Paper, 17″ x 13″

Also, the 2014 Juried National Georgia Watercolor Society exhibition closes on March 31.  This will be your last chance to see more amazing painting at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center, in Carrollton Georgia.   My painting Waiting in the Wings is in this show.

Both of these shows are  right outside of Atlanta. Stop by if you are in the area!

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New Work… Star Struck

www.kimminichiello.comStar Struck, Watercolor, 12″ x 12″ , 30.5 cm x 30.5 cm

When I saw the light hitting this bromeliad and the shadows that were cast I knew I had to paint it.  This piece for me was more about shapes, shadows and warm against cool color, than the actual plant!  After spending almost 5 months designing and painting the Coral Reef Restaurant menu project for Disney, I wanted to work on a small painting that only took 3 days to paint as opposed to months!

I also wanted to experiment with mounting a painting on a board and sealing it instead of framing behind glass.  Stay tuned as that will be the next step to this paintings completion.

If you live in the central Florida area the Central Florida Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition opens tonight at the Sanford Welcome Center.  There will be 54 paintings on display from the members.  The show will be up until April 22 and the reception for the show will be April 19 from 6:00-8:00. My painting Bird’s Eye view will be there. Thank you to juror Karlyn Holman for including it in the show.   Hope to see you then!

Bird’s Eye View, Watercolor on Archival Paper, 30″ x 11.5″ Available for purchase at the Exhibition

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Art-O-Mat® in Savannah Georgia


In a recent post on Dustin Yellin’s Triptych at the SCAD Museum of Art. I mentioned I was going to blog about another art installation I came across that weekend I was in Savannah.  I had read about these off and on over the years but had never come across one in person until the day I was in Sylvester & Co., at 205 W. Broughton St., Savannah, Georgia.    What on earth am I talking about?  Art-O-Mat® of course.  You might ask what in the h#*$% is an Art-O-Mat®?

Art-O-Mat® is one of the most brilliant ideas for re-purposing I have ever come across.  They are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to dispense art instead of cancer sticks cigarettes.  This concept was created by artist Clark Whittington who built the first Art-O-Mat® for a solo show in 1997.  It was installed with his work mounted on blocks the size of a pack of cigarettes and sold for $1.00 each.

When the show was over, instead of dismantling the machine a group of artists formed the AIC Artists in Cellophane group, which is the sponsoring organization for the Art-O-Mats® today.  There are over 100 active machines in various locations across the county.

There are over 400 contributing artists from 10 different countries that supply the art for the machines.  Artwork can be in all different mediums, from ceramics to photography, painting, drawing, jewelry, etc.  When you walk up to the machine you can kind of get an idea of what you might get by peeking through the front display glass.  But some pieces are in boxes, rather than mounted on blocks.  So you know the name of the artist, and the media, or sometimes the subject matter of the work but that’s it.  Therefore, it’s akin to the prize in the Cracker Jack Box!

This is how it works, you buy a token magic coin for $5.00 at the establishment that has the Art-O-Mat® and you use the magic coin to get your art.  Put the coin in the machine, pull the handle and your masterpiece falls into the tray at the bottom.  It’s really fun when you do it with a group of people because you all have to see what everybody got.

I was very happy with mine.  I chose the work of ceramist Noelle Horsfield. It’s a cigarette box sized tile with a blue and brown glaze.  I can’t tell what the motif is but it reminds me of Japanese ceramics.  My daughter also chose a piece by Noelle and her tile had a tree of life motif.

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I am so intrigued by the Art-O-Mat® , it will became an addiction (no pun intended) each time I see one.  If you haven’t clicked on the link already to visit the Art-O-Mat® web site you can click here.  It features photos of all the machines, gives the locations of where they all are across the country, and you can preview the work of the artists who participate.  There is also information on how you could become an Art-O-Mat® artist.

So go to the site and visit your nearest Art-O-Mat®.  Feel free to post a comment here or a photo of your treasure on my Facebook page.  And the best thing is…. it won’t come with a warning from the Surgeon General so you can have as many as you want!

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The Coral Reef Menu Commission for Epcot Walt Disney World is Finished

Coral Reef Restaurant, Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando Florida

I have neglected the blog because this is the week I needed to finish the Coral Reef Restaurant, Epcot, menu project. If you’re new to the blog, I was commissioned to do the cover art for the lunch, dinner and dessert menus as well as the menu interiors.   I’m happy to say I turned it all in yesterday to Walt Disney Imagineering and they were very happy with it, as was I!  They will present it to the folks at Epcot and then it will go to print sometime in April and then I can share what I have been working on since November!

Paris Passy Gate… where I left off…

I will be getting back to the other painting on my easel, Paris Passy Gate and some small works I’ve designed and have been in the queue to paint.

Azaleas_Kim Minichiello

Happy Spring, Azaleas are blooming!

Also want to wish everyone a happy spring and hopefully all of you up north have had a break in the weather and are enjoying some more pleasant conditions!  What a rough winter it has been for you all!!! I know some of you have been down my way for spring breaks.  It seems a lot of people are flocking down here, but I can’t say I blame them!


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The Triptych by Dustin Yellin at the SCAD Museum of Art

www.kimminichiello.comThe Triptych by Dustin Yellin, 2012, glass, acrylic, collage,  46.5″ x 208″ x 27″

I was in Savannah Georgia last weekend and every time I go, I always visit the SCAD Museum of Art.   SCAD is the acronym for Savannah College of Art and Design.  There are also campuses in in Atlanta, Hong Kong and France.  The college is integrated into the historical town of Savannah with most buildings having been renovated or repurposed for classroom facilities, dorms, student centers and most notably the Museum of Art.  The university’s commitment to historic preservation and adaptive use is most evident in this facility.  The oldest part of the building dates to 1853 and was once part of the oldest surviving antebellum railroad depot in the country.  In 2011 with an addition designed my architect Christian Sottile, a SCAD alumnus and dean the School of Building Arts, it has been transformed into a premier contemporary art facility, mounting an exhibition each academic quarter.


www.kimminichiello.comThe back side and shadow projections on wall

One exhibit that is currently showing absolutely blew me away.  I have never seen anything like it and felt compelled to share.  The piece is by artist, Dustin Yellin, titled The Triptych, 2012, glass, collage, acrylic, measuring 46.5” x 208” x 27”.  Yellin lives in Brooklyn, NY and is best known for his sculptural painting.  Multiple glass layers are individually embellished then combined to create an intricate three dimensional collage.  The Triptych is his largest most complex work to date.  It weighs twelve tons and is comprised of three panels, of roughly 58 panels of glass each.  It is a three dimensional viewing experience.  Walking in the dimly lit room on closer inspection the glowing mass, depicts a surreal mythical spectacle embodying Yellin’s vision of the world and consciousness.

Side view showing layering of glass panels

This is one of those pieces that you could never take in with one viewing and I wish I could have the chance to see it again.  Layer upon layer of images, mostly antique found images and others that may have been created by Yellin, collaged together on each panel of glass.  There are also appears to be areas articulated with ink and or paint.   When the panels are sandwiched together the images come to life in a three dimensional manner, that harken back to what could be a glorified View Master view or multi-plane animation effort.

Details of first panel

Not only is the work so intriguing to look at and study, but I couldn’t help wondering, as I usually always do, about the logistics of creating such a monumental piece.  If you live near Savannah or are visiting,  this is worth seeing.

Detail of third panel

Next week I’ll share another intriguing art installation in Savannah.

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Acceptance into the 44th Annual Juried International Louisiana Watercolor Society Exhibition

Mayan GateMayan Gate, Watercolor on Archival Paper,  21.5″ x 14.5″

I’m thrilled and honored to share that Mayan Gate has been chosen to be in the 44th Annual International Louisiana Watercolor Society Exhibition.  This one is very special because I am a huge fan of juror, Anne Abgott.  Thanks Anne!

The show will be at the Garden District Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana from  May 2-May 25, 2014.  I’m hoping my schedule will allow me to go see the show.  I am embarrassed to  say I have never been to New Orleans.  I think this is the perfect excuse to go!


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Watercolor Sketch of the Alcázar in Córdoba Spain

www.kimminichiello.comWatercolor on Handmade Paper

I love that my husband is also an artist.  When we travel I can sketch and not feel guilty because he is usually right there beside me! Sometimes though we don’t always want to paint the same view, but he is usually in the vicinity. This sketch has a fond memory for me, because I remember us sitting on a low wall, side by side, sketching the Alcázar of Córdoba, in Spain.

This site  and fortress dates back to medieval times.  It was used by Ferdinand and Isabella as one of  the main tribunals during the Spanish Inquisition. In 1492 these monarchs met Christopher Columbus here before he took his first voyage to the Americas.  And in the early 19th century, it was a garrison for Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops.  Since the 1950’s, it has been a national monument and tourist attraction.  It is well worth the visit if you happen to be in Cordoba to see the Grand Mosque!


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More Work in Progress of Paris Passy Gate

www.kimminichiello.comWork in Progress of Paris Passy Gate

Today I’m sharing some more work in progress photos of one of my latest paintings Paris Passy Gate.  The focal point of this piece will be the gate itself which I decided to mask out so I could just do the background and not have to worry about painting around everything.


I’m working on a softer paper which I can work in more textural techniques, but have to be very careful.  This paper is not for those who like to glaze multiple layers.  The paint moves around very easily if it is re-wet.  It’s great for softening edges but it’s more of a get in and get it done process while working on it.


Since I was  going to be working on the Coral Reef Menu project for a while I wanted to get the background finished so I could remove the masking.  I didn’t want the masking sitting on the paper very long and take the chance of it ruining it or not coming off! It’s happened before. 🙁

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