Art, Breath, Paint, Air . . .

Art, Breath, Paint, Air . . .

Friday, April 6, 2012

CIAO First Fridays, Time Lapse of Painting, Plein Air Events, and Judging Hoosier Salon

 Start Your Month with Art!  


Come to our Studio for First Friday Open Studio Tour at the Murray Center, April 6, 5-9pm:
 Building on the momentum created in our first year, CIAO kicks off the new season with a bang!

First Fridays officially bloom on April 6th. For those of you new to First Fridays — welcome. First Fridays are from 5-9pm, the first Friday of every month from April through November. Join us for an intimate look at studios, galleries and arts organizations. Meet artists, musicians, neighbors and collectors. Painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, glass, woodworking, and more will be on display. Come, enjoy the unique efforts of Central Illinois artists in their studios, support the artists in our area and come see what’s new..

For a map of all CIAO locations: click here. The Frugoli/Tiessen studios are located in the Murray Center for the Arts at 100 Walnut St., Suite 312, Peoria, IL.

Just a tidbit of info: the new CIAO website will go live around tax day and be UBER interactive and informative. You will be able to get access to detailed info on all the CIAO happenings around town.

Upcoming Events:

"Juliet," 16x12", $1250.00available at Greenhouse Gallery

"Salon International," April 1 4 -May 4 2012. Again this year, one of my paintings ("Juliet") was accepted to Salon International at Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art in San Antonio, TX. This wonderful event is sponsored by the International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Art. The International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art is a support system for traditional representational artists. It CHALLENGES artists to always strive for a higher level of artistic excellence and is totally dedicated to the recognition, encouragement and support of contemporary, currently active, artists of traditional representational art worldwide. The word “contemporary” in the museum’s name is to be read “of our times” and refers to currently living and active artists. See the time lapse shot by videographer, Raphael Rudolfi of me painting this work at

"Everyday Moments - a Genre Show,"April 22-May 13, 2012
Annapolis, MD

Every Day Life...Every Day Moments...I will be included in this group show featuring genre paintings that are a snapshot of our story, every day moments, about life today, about our varying cultures, family life, work life and even playtimes. While these human stories often include a figure in the scene, some scenes can so powerfully express special experiences we have all seen, we place ourselves at the scene.

Little Fairy, 8x6", $395.00 available at McBride Gallery

"Spring Bloom Fine Art Fair," April 28, 2012, 10-5pm, Interstate Center, Bloomington, IL. Join 100 juried fine art and fine craft artists for the annual indoor Spring Bloom art festival sponsored by the McLean County Arts Center, one of the oldest community art centers in the Midwest. It is a chance to see what I have been working on all Winter and get first dibs. The Interstate Center is located at 2301 W Market St, Bloomington, IL This will be my only Bloomington area art fair, so I would love to see you!

"Florida's Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational," May 3-13, 2012
Various locations in and around Apalachicola, FL

More than 20 nationally acclaimed artists will gather on Florida's Forgotten Coast in early May to participate in the 7th annual Florida's Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational, America's Great Paint-Out, May 3-13, 2012. Painters will set up their easels and pull out their brushes to document the landscape and culture of this last vestige of authentic "Old Florida" – the coastal stretch of scenic North Florida between Mexico Beach and Alligator Point. See their website for all the events including, demonstrations, talks, workshops and the gala. Paintings will be for sale in the "Wet Room" all week--fresh off the easel to your wall. They update the website every day with the new paintings so check often and claim your favorites before someone else get them!

A little 6x8" sunset piece I did at Florida's Forgotten Coast 2012, sold

"Wayne Plein Air," May 15-20, 2012
Wayne, PA

This will be my first year at Wayne Plein Air which is a suburb of Philidelphia. Artists will paint anywhere within a specified radius of the Wayne Art Center. On May 19, the public will have a chance to observe plein air artists painting in downtown Wayne. The Wayne area is known for scenic beauty and historical landmarks. Painting locations will include pastoral vistas, gardens, historic and unique architectural structures, charming towns, neighborhoods and downtown Philadelphia. The sale and exhibition of paintings completed during the festival will be featured at a Gala Preview and Artists' Reception on Saturday, May 19 from 6–10 pm. The show will open to the public on Sunday, May 20 and continue through June 23, 2012.

Upcoming Weekend Workshops:
"Infusing your Paintings with Light and Color"
Saturday, April 21st & Sunday, April 22nd, 9am-4pm, $195
Northshore Art League
620 Lincoln Avenue Winnetka, IL 60093 | 847.446.2870

 Want to make visually engaging paintings that fairly sing with color and light? A careful study of value and color mixing will get you well on your way. Through targeted exercises, instructor demo, and hands on painting, you will gain more mastery over the art and science of crafting representational paintings with impact. All skill levels welcome. A supply list will be provided upon registration. Pleae contact the North Shore Art League to sign up.

"Painting the 'Light Story'"
Saturday & Sunday, May 12&13, 9am-4pm, $200
Florida's Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitatinal, Port St. Joe, FL

Without light, there is no story. Learn to capture the essence of light and shadow in your paintings in this two day plein air workshop. Through instructor demos, structured exercises and hands on painting, you will hone your ability to see, understand, and translate shadow patterns in your work. All skill levels welcome. The instructor will be working in oil and it is recommended, but you may work in whatever medium you choose. Supply list available. Click here to sign up.

Honors - For the second year, I will serve as a judge for the upcoming 87th Hoosier Salon. If you know me and my work, you know I LOVE historical paintings and painters so I am so excited to be part of this legacy that continues with todays artists. The Hoosier Salon began in 1925 when the Daughters of Indiana opened the doors to the first exhibition at Marshall Fields and Company Galleries in Chicago. The high quality of art was applauded by critics and the public alike, the first exhibition included works by such notables as T.C. Steele, J. Ottis Adams and Will Vawter, and was an unqualified success. In 1940 the annual exhibit moved from Chicago to downtown Indianapolis. The Annual Exhibition will be shown in a new location at the Indiana History Center. The Hoosier Salon galleries in Broad Ripple, New Harmony and Wabash, also host over thirty special shows each year.

TRACEY FRUGOLI - Available Works:
Click the following link to view TRACEY's portfolio of available works: