Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween has Arrived at CAGO!


Halloween has arrived at CAGO!!

To all you, Goblins and Gowls... Stop by our site and take a look at all the work which pertains to All Hallows Eve and The Fall Season.  Thank you to our wonderful artists Sean Koziel and Shelley Wheeler.
To view more of these artist’s work and view the works of other artists; visit

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Circular By Jayme Catalano

Circular Motion
Steven Womack creates bold graphic prints that evoke the vibrancy of nature in motion. He has partnered with Society6 to offer his work as skins and covers for iPhones, iPads, and laptops. The images are also available in more traditional printed formats.
Circular Motion by Steven Womack
Article Contributed by Jayme Catalano
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Monday, October 29, 2012

Welcome New Artist Ashley Peters

About the Art:
"The Work of Your Hand"
Ashley Peters
11"  x  14"
Ashley’s Biography:
Ashley was born in the small town of Millington Tennessee, and grew up in Ohio.  Ashley attended Fort Wayne Indiana at the University of Saint Francis.  There she fell into printmaking illustration, which ignited her creative fire. 

About Ashley’s Art Style:
Ashley’s  art consists of a combination of printmaking (Woodcuts & Linocuts) and illustration, (Pen, Ink & wash).  The pieces are often intimate, particularly the elongated sizes. The imagery comes from that of nature including things such as trees, landscapes, a natural female form,(Ashley’s image of Mother Earth) as well as woodland creatures such as her fox friend and fleeting deer.   Ashley loves using linear edges to create a fluid motion and overall balancing opposites. The lines are harsh and raw. They cut through the space.  Ashley then implements colors found in nature, often muted.   Ashley’s works are about her observations of the world around her; as it changes and evolves as well as what is left behind in the process.

To see more of Ashley Peters work and works of our other artists; visit

Friday, October 26, 2012

Five Tips to Becoming a Better Photographer - Part Three

Five Tips to Becoming a Better Photographer  -  Part Three
By:  Robert Davila
Professor of Photography

Hello again, and Happy Friday!  Today we continue with another tool, which will assist you in becoming the photographer you always wanted to be.

What’s that little graph for?
If you preview your image and keep on pushing the info button a little graph may come up.  This is called a histogram.  I have to say I just love this tool.  I use this tool more than my light meter.  The basic thing to understand about this tool is that it counts the colors of the pixel in the images and represents it in a graph.   The ideal histogram will look like a hill in which starts off low than slowly goes up somewhere in the middle, then comes down before the end of the graph (good tonal range).   If that hill or peek is not in the center but push to the left or to the right and is missing part of it, than you are losing detail in your highlights (move to the right) shadow (move to the left).  If you see big gaps so that you have two peeks, this means that you are losing part of your tonal range.   This tool will prevent the photographer from going out and Photographing something then getting home to realize that your subject is loses in the highlights or shadow areas.  The small screen on the back of your camera is sometimes too small to view your image to realize this.  It is only apparent once you get home and view it on your computer screen.  

Next week, I will discuss Tip Number Four.    Have a great weekend and take some photographs.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

ArtPrize: Lights in the Night

ArtPrize:  Lights in the Night by Alexandra Daiely

So, who’s tired of me going on and on about ArtPrize? If you are, I apologize, but you’ll be happy to know that this is my last post about the Grand Rapids, Michigan event. I merely want to acknowledge one of the top ten winners that I found to be particularly moving due to the message and visual beauty. Even though it is neither Scott Covert nor Eckhard Kremers, my favorites from the contest, the work and artists are definitely worthy of their awarded accolades. The piece that took 5th place this year is called “Lights in the Night” by Mark Carpenter and Dan Johnson. In my opinion this piece, at first glance, has an eerie, yet dreamlike quality to it that is befitting of the spooky time of year we are in, but there is much more to this work of art. “Lights in the Night”, a performance piece, was captured at a pivotal point through photography when thousands of lanterns were released into the dark sky on September 28th. The performance was symbolic, representing the liberation of wishes and dreams. The photograph of the event possesses the feeling of putting your hopes out there; releasing them into the world, and praying that eventually they come to fruition. This year is drawing to close, and even though we still have many days left in 2012, it isn’t too early to start professing our desires for the coming year. Together with the help of thousands of Grand Rapids residents, Carpenter and Johnson were able to capture the idea of sending off a wish within a physical act, creating the beautiful experience of sharing our hopes with the world and each other. Congratulations to both Mark Carpenter and Dan Johnson on their ArtPrize Top Ten honor.

 Article Submitted By:  Alexandra Dailey
Lights in the Night - where hope takes flight.  

Artists:  Mark Carpenter and Dan Johnson

Photo courtesy of Justin Hill

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Discover Artist Pete Mair and his Art

Acrylic on Hard Board
24”  x  36”
Black Wood Contemporary Frame

About the Artist:
Pete Mair:

Pete was born in Neptune, New Jersey, which is very close to the ocean.  Living close to the water is something Pete missed very much, while living in Atlanta, Georgia.  It was in Atlanta where Pete began his professional career as an Artist.  He joined an artist group in Atlanta and was accepted into a few local galleries, where he began selling both his original paintings as well as his reproductions.  Pete is born to an artistic family.  His brother is also a painter.  Pete came to art late in life. He felt that art belonged to his bother.  So Pete pursued music.  These days you’ll catch Pete playing his music as well as creating beautiful art.

Pete considers his art to be somewhere between realism and impressionism.   Pete works with watercolors, gouache, and acrylics.   Pete enjoys painting a wide range of subject matter.

 To view more of Pete’s work and the work of all our fine artists, visit us at   Also check out our monthly art competitions.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Last Refuge


The Last Refuge
By:  Jayme Catalano

Oscar Wilde once said, “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.” He also said, “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” Clearly a bit concerned with imagination or a lack thereof, Oscar Wilde would surely have approved of San Francisco based interior designer Ken Fulk, a man who clearly possesses imagination in spades. His own loft above his design studio in SoMa is punctuated with unique and tasteful pieces of contemporary and classic fine art, bold colors, and varied texture. Recently photographed by Philip Harvey for the blog Style Saloniste, the loft is an inspiration to those wishing to avoid the boring, unimaginative, or consistent. Moreover, it is a veritable pantheon devoted to eclecticism and taste. For more of Ken Fulk’s designs, visit his website. For more of Philip Harvey’s photography, click here.
Article Submitted By:
Jayme Catalano
Canary Public Relations

All Photography by Philip Harvey. Design by Ken Fulk.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Discover Artist Katie Pruenner-Gray and her Art

“Almost Fall”
Oil on Canvas
18”  x   24”


About the Artist:
Katie M. Puenner-Gray:
Katie  began painting at Luther North High.   Katie attended Columbia College in Chicago, where she earned a BFA in Art & Design.  During Katie’s freshman year of college, she worked as an apprentice artist at Gallery 37.   Katie then progressed to the Art Students League, in New York.

Since then, Katie has been featured in one person and group shows throughout Chicago and New York. In addition, Katie has designed and painted dozens of murals for New York schools, events, homes, and historical sites like the Stanton Island Ferry Station for a NYC Best Chefs reception. Katie has also collaborated with fellow artists to create a “Peace” mural for Lasalle Bank seen by thousands daily on the Kennedy Expressway.

To view more of Katie’s work and the work of all our fine artists, visit us at   Also check out our monthly art competitions.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Five Tips to Becoming a Better Photographer - Part Two

Five Tips to Becoming a Better Photographer  -  Part Two
By:  Robert Davila
Professor of Photography

Hello again, and Happy Friday!  Today we continue with another tool, which will assist you in becoming the photographer you always wanted to be.

Tip Number Two:  There is no secret; it’s in your manual.

 Even though I have years of experience in photography as an instructor and also freelance photographer, I still go over my manual.  Everything you need to know about your camera is going to be found in there.  I can’t tell you how many times I look like a super star because I was able to get something resolve for a student or client, just because I reviewed their manual and found the solution.  If you lose your manual or purchased a used camera without one, go online.  Just about every manufacture has their manuals on line.   There are also other publications that will publish book with more information about certain cameras.  You might want to do a search to see if you can find one of these publications.   These books explain in more detail the setting available to you.  They also may give you suggested setting for particular setting’s. 

Next week, I will discuss Tip Number Three.    Have a great weekend and take some photographs.

To ask questions about your camera or photography, email them to 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Art Prize: Scott Covert

So, a few weeks ago I mentioned a little thing called ArtPrize that occurs in Grand Rapids, Michigan every fall. Well, the art competition is underway and there are so many amazing pieces of contemporary art to see. Unfortunately, I cannot view the art in person and must rely instead on digital images of the pieces that get posted on . It is quite difficult to pick favorites among such a long and eclectic assortment of entries, but I’m going to showcase a few of them over my next few posts. The first of which is a compilation of grave rubbings by Scott Covert entitled “Compilation CSG No 105”( Done with a rainbow of vibrant oil crayons, Covert has spent the last ten years travelling around Europe and the U.S. to find the perfect headstones to make rubbings of—those of well known names and obscure ones. Covert devoted a decade of his life to making his vision of “Compilation CSG No 105” a reality. Even though many may think grave rubbings to be grotesque or a dark subject matter, I view it as a way of honoring those who have passed away, famous or not, because all life is valuable. And Covert’s color palette doesn’t allow us, as the viewers, to become depressed or creeped out—the bright colors are intoxicating in the best of ways. This piece is beautiful, and I wish I could’ve appreciated it in person. And as a side note, I can’t help but be just a bit envious of Scott Covert and his ten years of globetrotting. To be free to travel would be so lovely J

Article written by:  Alexandra Dailey

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Curtis Montgomery

“Clifford Mill”
Colored Pencil and Arcylic on Paper
11”  x  14”


About the Artist:
Curtis was born in Elora Ontario, Canada about two hours northwest of Toronto Ontario.  He grew up playing sports such as hockey and lacrosse.  However; Curtis made time every day to draw.  Curtis was educated in Toronto and London Ontario for illustration.  He currently lives and works as an artist in Toronto.

Most of Curtis’s works begin as a photograph, which he took.  After he chooses one of his photographs he begins to draw them.  Curtis works mainly with colored pencil and acrylic on paper.

To view more of Curtis’s work and the work of all our fine artists, visit us at  Also check out our monthly art contests.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012


There was a time when the only things you could buy from a vending machine were cigarettes, candy, and preservative laden space food. North Carolina artist Clark Whittington saw another vending possibility: original works of art. His company Art-O-Mat has taken de-commissioned cigarette vending machines and turned them into mini art galleries where original, signed pieces can be purchased for little more than the price of a candy bar. And if you can’t make it to one of the many machines throughout the United States, Art-O-Mat offers a “carton” online that includes 10 pieces customized to your tastes.
Click here for vending machines near you. Visit Johnny Botts’ website for more information on the artist.

Article Submitted by:
-Jayme Catalano
Canary Public Relations

Monday, October 15, 2012

Alvaro Garcia Ordonez

Mixed media
50” x 22”

About the Artist:
Alvaro García Ordoñez the son of a carpenter and a teacher was born in the town of La Peña, Cundinamarca province, Colombia. Alvaro studied at the Art School in the National University of Colombia in Bogotá. After graduating he earned a scholarship that took him to Sweden, Germany, Switzerland and France.
Alvaro is a notable Colombian sculptor and painter. Alvaro currently lives in the United States with a residence as Aliens of Extraordinary Ability and where he is making an ample cultural and societal contribution through his art.
To view more Alvaro’s work and the work of all our fine artists, visit us at Also check out our monthly art contests.

Vist our gallery and check out Alvaro's work.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Five Tips to Becoming a Better Photographer

By:  Robert Davila

Professor of Photography


I think one of the most important tools that any artist could have is their camera.  It is a great way to have references to work from and now with Illustrator CS6 live trace can replicate and image to vector drawing, better than ever before.  Which than can be modified to fit your artistic style.  However not being able to fully understand your camera setting can leave you upset and frustrated to the point that you just don’t use it.  The myth that you need an expensive camera to take good picture is not true.  However having an expensive camera gives you more choices which in hand give you more control.  But the camera does not make the photographer.

I have created five tips that can help you become a better photographer.  Each week for the next five weeks, I will discuss a tip.  It does not really matter if you are using a Digital SLR or just a point in shoot.  As an instructor of photography I found these five tips to be the foundation in which most of my students build and refine their skills. 


Tip Number One:  Understanding Exposure


I don’t care which camera or model you have, even if you are using your I Phone camera.  All cameras have two settings.  These two setting are the basis for photographing.  Aperture works similar to the pupil in your eyes.  In darker lighting situation it needs to be open more and in lighter situation it needs to be closed down.    This Setting controls not only exposure but depth of field.  How much of the image is going to be in focus.  A limited depth of field (small amount of the image in focus) is created when the aperture is open up (F 2).  An increase depth of field is created when the aperture is closed down (f 22).  The other setting that is important to a camera is the shutter speed.  This is done for the most part in a fraction of a second.  When your camera reads out 500 for a shutter speed it means that that shutter open and closed 500th of a second.  That is pretty fast.   A Guide line to follow is that if shooting anything less than 1/60, you are going to need a tripod.   The shutter speed is going to control motion in your image.  If you are going to take picture and want the motion to be blurry, you are going to photograph with a slower shutter speed.  Want your moving subject to be sharp, use a faster shutter speed.

Determining your right exposure will be base in how you meter the light.  You must read your manual to understand how to get the “right” exposure.  But keep in mind once you have figure out your correct setting you can adjust them as needed.  For example you might want to us a slower shutter speed than suggested.   By increase the time that light will enter the camera you can use you aperture to cut down the amount of light coming in.  So if you allow more time on one end you close down on the other end.  You will than see your meter reading that is “right “again.   Think of it as a faucet filling a bucket.  If you open the facet all the way you will fill that bucket quicker than if you slow it down.  At the end you could have both buckets filled, just one will take longer.        

Next week, I will discuss Tip Number Two.    Have a great weekend and take some photographs.
Published by Contemporary Art Gallery Online

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Today I write about another ArtPrize

Today I write about another ArtPrize piece, one created by Eckhard Kremers. His sculpture is called “Amazone”(, and I must say that I am completely, artistically, and romanticizingly in love with this piece. Crafted out of paper, wood, leather, tape, and acrylic, all of which are seemingly stiff materials, this work of art has a frozen-in-time cloth appearance. “Amazone” is comprised of a sculpted dress that is held up by one sculpted leg—it is morbid, yet whimsical all at once. A body missing parts and an aged dress may initially seem unattractive, but everything about Kremers’ piece, from its color to shape, is romantic and nostalgic like years gone by. For this piece Kremers was inspired by an exhibit of old German dresses from the 18th and 19th centuries and Pop Art. Being a romantic myself this piece speaks to me. It’s as if the dress and leg jumped out of a fairy tale. I find the unsymmetrical hemline and bodice compelling because they are imperfect. Nothing in life or in fairy tales is utterly perfect, something is always awry, and in my mind Eckhard Kremers captures the beauty of the imperfect in his uneven, yet completely balanced piece, “Amazone”.
Contributed by Alexandra Dailey
Published by Contemporary Art Gallery Online