Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Review of One World, Two Visions Exhibit

The following is a review of the recent exhibit my mother, Maria A. Morales, Chester County artist, and I held at the Chester County Art Association.  I would like to thank the author of the article, Catherine Quillman, for her honesty and beautiful description of the work displayed in the exhibit, One World, Two Visions.  It was a wonderful experience to hold a show with my mother, a source of my education with nature and art.  I would also like to thank Karen Delaney and Darcy Goldberg for their continued support and encouragement in making this exhibit become a reality.

From the Blog - Fig - posted on June 12, 2014 by Catherine Quillman.

 ...Also on display, in a separate gallery, is a mother/son exhibit featuring the respective paintings and photography of Maria A. Morales and Luis A. Morales.

Maria is a longtime exhibitor in Chester County who may be the only area artist (after the late Dennis Haggerty) who has found success with work centered on the distinctive colors and themes of the American Southwest, even at a time in the 1980s and 1990s when art buyers were enthralled with the Brandywine tradition.  Over the years, Maria has been loyal to her trademark style while continuing to expand her focus by introducing new work in a series that might include images of Caribbean or (as seen in this show) Ecuadorean women. (The women and their multi-fabric-clad babies are especially endearing).

The ideal of a dual show was stroke of ingenuity, especially since you get to see how mother and son have the same gift for finding that certain gesture or detail that makes interesting art.  (Thoreau’s famous quote is “simplify, simplify, simplify" comes to mind, though I always wondered about his need for repetition.) 

Digital photographers interested in “straight” photography (without too much Photoshop) will find Luis A. Morales’ composition skills to be of particular interest.  The landscape, “We Are Four,” for instance, captures what could have been an ordinary group of trees if they were not depicted at a distance where the dips in a field show their branchy forms at different heights.  There are also many floral works, several with incredible close-ups such as “Crown ~n~ White” that reveals how the pistils of a flower really look like that of a crown.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Old New Work

I was looking through the PhotoStream file I have of photos shot and forgotten about and came across one I took with my old HTC phone while waiting for my brother.  I simply composed the shot and took it...then forgot I took the shot. Tonight I discovered the image and decided to play around with it in Photoshop.  The original image was in color and converted it to B&W using Nik Color Efex 3.  Once I got the effect I wanted, I opened it in Nik Collection/Silver Efex Pro 2 and applied the Dark Sepia tone to it.

Thank you for stopping by.  If you like the work I am creating, please let me know.  Don't forget to stop by the Exhibit at the Chester County Art Association on May 29th that my mother, local Chester County artist, Maria A. Morales, and I will be doing.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Chester County Art Association presents...

Update on the upcoming May Exhibit...

The date has been confirmed for the exhibit my mother, Maria A. Morales, local Chester County artist, and I will be having at the Chester County Art Association.  The Reception for the exhibit will be on May 29th from 5-8PM.  It is open to the public, so please tell a friend and bring them along.  The exhibit opens on May 30th and runs until June 19th.  The theme of the show is "One World, Two Visions."  It gives the audience a glimpse of how an artist and a photographer view the world around them from different perspectives.  We hope you will be able to join us.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Up Coming Shows and Exhibits

February 13th - March 14th, 2014

I will be participating in the Chester County Camera Club Photo Exhibition, The World Through Our Lens, held at and sponsored by the Chester County Art Association  from February 13th until March 14, 2014.  The Opening is on February 20, 2014 from 5-8. Stop by and see some incredible photographs from 36 of the Camera Club members. Most works are for sale.  Below are the names of the participating photographers.  Hope you see you there!

May 2014 (TBD)

In May, I will have the pleasure of once again exhibiting my photography along side my mother, Maria A. Morales.  She is a Chester County artist, whose main subjects are Native American, South American, and Caribbean Indian women and children.  

She has been painting for over 40 years and has exhibited her work in some of Chester County's most prestigious fine art shows including the Yellow Springs Art Show, the Malvern Retreat House Art Show, the Daylesford Abbey Fine Art Show, and the Immaculata University Art Show (featured artist in 2000), to name a few.  She has had solo art exhibits in Puerto Rico at the Tibes Indigenous Ceremonial Center (Central Ceremonial Indigenia de Tibes) and the Hickman located in West Chester, PA. 

Our exhibit, One World, Two Visions, will be held at the Chester County Art Association.  It will tell the visual story of how two artists (a painter and a photographer) view the world around them. More details will follow in the coming weeks.  I hope you will make it to this special event.