As we announced way back on Monday, we are hosting our second Sketchy Party on Friday, August 12, at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood (RSVP on Facebook). Entry is FREE as a Dum Dum at the doctor’s office. We will be selling Sketchy Packages for $10, which will get your belly fed with Joey’s pizza, your thirst quenched with Honest Tea and beer à la keg, and put you in the running to win artwork (prints and originals) by several Bakehouse artists in a raffle that night. Earlier this week, we stopped in at the Bakehouse to meet these generous artists and bother them with a camera.
A long-time resident at the Bakehouse, Jean-Paul Mallozzi is a man of mood swings. His series Moodswing features figures whose bodies are rendered in minute detail in graphite and charcoal. Their faces, by contrast, are swirls of acrylic paint scrawled over stains of water color. As its title suggests, the series explores the odd phenomenon of sudden, unprompted shifts in temper. Mallozzi is donating three signed and framed prints from Moodswing — “Sad”, “Glad”, and “Mad” (see photo below) — to the Sketchy Party raffle.
A self-taught mixed media artist and prolific keeper of journals, Deborah Mitchell draws much of her inspiration from excursions in the Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve, where, in 2007, she did a residency.
Mitchell’s donation to the raffle, “Sleeping Bear 2″, is part of the series Visions of Big Cypress and was inspired by her encounter with a dead bear on the side of Tamiami Trail.
A self-taught painter, Jason-Robert Snyder has an abiding fascination with hair. From the walls of his Bakehouse studio, scores of pallid women, Gothic in dress and demeanor, menace visitors with their oily eyes and striking hair-dos. Some of Snyder’s paintings — the majority of which are oil on wood — feature only hair-dos, though they are nonetheless human for it (see Snyder’s Sketchy, “Natalia Ortiz”, below). The painter says he appreciates the “subtlety of hair” and how it allows him to express an idea without being “explicit”. His contribution to the Sketchy Party raffle is a giclée print on eco-friendly Hahnemühle sugar-cane paper of his painting “She only heard what she wanted to” (see below).
I have not had the pleasure of meeting Ronat, a self-taught multimedia artist, other than through his highly expressive Sketchys. His contribution to the Sketchy Party raffle is “Scarab”, a dry point collagraph on two plates.
All of these artists and many more will be sketching guests at our Sketchy Party at the Bakehouse next Friday. Entry is FREE. Sitting for a Sketchy is free. If you want to buy your Sketchy, we will be selling them for $30 (proceeds split evenly between artists and Sketchy Miami). You can RSVP for the party on Facebook, and you can purchase the Sketchy Package in advance for only $8 through PayPal.