Debut Solo Exhibit Fundraiser
DEBUT SOLO EXHIBITION
Several months ago, I was invited to have a solo exhibition at a local non-profit gallery. I’ve recently accepted the offer and met with the gallery to finalize a date! Very exciting! The exhibition will open during the Art Hop on September 1st, 2017.
I will be created an entirely new body of work, around 12-15 paintings and drawings. From today, this gives me 6-8 months to complete every painting!
Because of the investment of time this demands, I will not be able to accept further commissions, make online sales or teach workshops this year, which are my primary sources of support.
I have been in the process of applying for grants to help me achieve this endeavor, but processing time for most grants is 6 months. Therefore, the non-profit gallery Arts Visalia has agreed to act as a fiscal sponsor on my behalf so that I may accept tax-deductible donations from patrons, friends, family and businesses.
This is both exciting and daunting, but I have complete faith that I will accomplish it with some old fashioned hard work, and your support!
What would your generous contribution do?
Your support would allow me to completely immerse myself into a new body of work by assisting with the investment of time and materials needed to create it.
Any contribution, no matter how small, would assist with:
Monthly living expenses
Related travel expenses
Cost of framing
I know that this opportunity and your support will be instrumental to my success in this exhibition and in my career thereafter.
What is the exhibition about?
The theme of my debut solo exhibition is Beauty and the Sublime. My series investigates the point at which beauty transfigures into the sublime touching on something central to our existence.
In regards to aesthetics and art, the sublime describes a greatness beyond all possibility whether moral, intellectual, spiritual, or artistic. The sublime, often inspires awe and elevates the viewer above the mundane of daily life. Great art can “shock us” awake, like a jolt of lightening. It lures us with beauty and moves us spiritually.
One could ask what’s the point of dwelling on old idea, how can beauty and the sublime be relevant to modern life? The great Romantic painter Eugene Delacroix wrote “What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.” While I have no claims to genius, beauty and the sublime is a boundless subject for me.
In his BBC documentary Why Beauty Matters, the contemporary philosopher Roger Scruton warns us that we may find ourselves in a spiritual desert if we ignore our need for beauty, that beauty is essential to humanity's health and happiness. What would your life mean without beauty? Beauty gives my work meaning and purpose. I consider it a blessing to spend my life pursuing beauty and the sublime through painting, but it is not only for myself. Through this exhibit, I hope to share with you my reverence for beauty and that the sublime experience is still worthy of our wonderment in both art and life.
How much is needed and how will funds be spent?
Keep in mind, this is an ideal exhibition budget. As with any exhibition, nearly all of the expenses are the artist's sole responsibility.
Any contribution, great or small, will be greatly appreciated and help support my studio practice!
Aluminum and Wood Painting Panels (15 panels x average $70+ each, depending on scale)
Oil Gesso & Oil Paints ($500)
Brushes and Tools Expenses ($300)
Model fees (100 hrsx20) plus Props and Still-life ($2000)
Framing for finished work $150-$600 per frame (x15 frames), Transporting paintings to and from exhibit $150-300.
Monthly Living Expenses: $1500 per month x 6-8 months.
Ways You Can Contribute
Give a Tax Deductible Donation Through Arts Visalia
If you choose to contribute money or supplies through the Arts Visalia Foundation, you will receive a tax write off receipt from them directly.
Mail them a check with your contact information stating where they may send your receipt.
Make the check out to: Arts Visalia
Be sure to note in your letter and on the check that your contribution is for the Brianna Lee Exhibit in September.
Mail Check and Letter to:
P.O. BOX 251
Support on GoFundMe
If you wish to contribute to me directly, you may do so here on my GoFundMe Campaign
If you choose to do this, you will not receive a tax write off, but will have my sincerest gratitude and there are some great patron perks. I have some great thank you gifts available for different levels of contribution, including limited edition prints and original art. Visit my GoFundMe page for more information, with your support I can make this dream a reality!
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Thank you for your continued support and patronage!
2017 Scheduled Workshops
Floral & Still-Life Oil Painting Workshop
Laguna Beach, CA
3275 Laguna Canyon Rd. Unit K
Friday-Sunday, March 3-5th
In this workshop you will explore the world of painting still-life and florals! Whether you're a novice or experienced painter, this workshop will benefit each student by covering fundamental concepts of composition, design, brush technique, color mixing and more. I will give live demos, in-depth lectures and handouts as well as personal, one on one assistance as you develop your painting from study to bringing finish on the final painting. Students will work on studies and then develop a larger composition for the remainder of the workshop.
Bay Area Classical Atelier
Zorn Color Workshop, Painting the Figure
November 4 & 5, 2017
Hours: 10:45-4:30 p.m.
Lunch: 1:30-2:15 p.m.
In this workshop you will learn to paint the figure from life “alla prima” with a focus on color mixing and painting flesh tones. Through a series of figure painting exercises, you will be introduced a structured palette often referred to as the Zorn Palette. We will also discuss materials and methods for sketching the figure on the canvas and wet-in- wet tiling techniques. Each day will begin with a demo by the artist and you will work from a new model and pose, practicing the methods introduced each day in the workshop.