Tuesday, December 8, 2009

December Events

If you are looking for an unusual and affordable gift for someone on your list this coming holiday, be sure to visit the galleries at the Artists' Workshop of New Smyrna Beach (115 Canal St. - 386-424-9254) and the Art League of Daytona Beach (433 S. Palmetto St. - 386-258-3856) for their respective 'small works' shows. Every December, these non-profit organizations feature two- and three-dimensional art measuring no greater than 14" in any direction. All work is priced low, making it easy to find that unique present. Several of my works are featured in both galleries. Stripling, depicted here, is among these.

On December 17th, The Gallery at Avalon Island (39 S. Magnolia St., Orlando - -407-803-6670 ) hosts its 5th Annual Artists Registry Juried Exhibition. This year, Badinage, has made the grade. This show runs through January 15th, 2010.

On December 18th, central Florida's best and newest success story, the Lake Eustis Museum of Art (200 B. East Orange Ave. - 352-483-2900) opens its first annual, juried Papers Works 4 Me show. This exhibition features selected works by entrants from Lake Eustis Museum of Art's national works on paper competition, in addition to three works by judge Ryan Burkhart, of South Carolina, arts editor for Southern Review Magazine and former director of UCF's Flying Horse Editions Fine Arts Press in Orlando. The opening reception is at 6 – 9 p.m. Dec. 18, Lake Eustis Museum of Art. And this show runs through Jan. 20th. Two of my mixed media works are included. One of these, Assemblage, is depicted here.To everyone, I wish you peace, health and happiness now and into 2010. I will be a wonderful year!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall

Sidestepper has been accepted into Rise-Fall, a multi-city event marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. During the month of November, Sidestepper can be viewed at http://www.rise-fall.com/. The exhibition will be conducted in Miami, Boston, NYC, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Try to visit one of the sites during this travelling show: NYC is the first stop.

Also, my acrylic mixed media piece, To Lure a Selkie, has taken First Place in the 2D category at a Women in the Visual Arts Exhibit at the Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach. Another of my paintings, Ah-Ha Moment, was also juried into this event.I hope that you can see this work and more than 250 other artistic creations at this beautiful gallery before it comes down on October 30th. For more information about the story leading up to the creation of To Lure a Selkie, please read my other blog, http://a-crosstheuniverse.blogspot.com/, under the title "Water" (August 30, 2009).

Art of Enduring

In October for a period of 11 days, I participated in a 'paint-in' and exhibition at downtown Orlando's City Arts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave. The event was sponsored and funded entirely by the Limner Society, a faith-based international organization that works through the visual arts to benefit worthy local and international cases. Generous donations of art supplies from Jerry's Art-A-Rama and local churches and synagogues furnished our tools and nourishment to sustain us over the ten-day period. The Marriott Hotel in Orlando served as our home during this time. Six resident Limner artists and six juried guest Limners (myself included), painted in a studio at the CAF and then curated an exhibition of our work, which opened on Oct. 15th. The streets were closed in front of the gallery, live entertainment drew folks, and the Limners conducted a silent auction of the work we produced during the paint in. Several of my works sold. A Latin jazz combo inside the gallery kept the throngs of patrons entertained.

The work produced by the artists involved were donated by them for purposes of the silent auction and ensuing exhibition. This show continues until the week of Nov. 15th. Although about a third of the 58 paintings juried into this show have already been sold at silent auction prices, all work is priced lower in order to sell to benefit worthy charities in Orange County, FL and relief efforts abroad. Please stop by the CAF Gallery or call 407.648.7060 for further information.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

abstracted women

On September 19, 2009, my art will be featured in an exhibition, Abstracted Women, at the Rose Room Gallery of the Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL. There will be an opening reception on Sept. 24th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The exhibition will run through December 16, 2009.

Everyone is also invited to participate in a panel discussion to be moderated by artist/architect/art historian Louise Lieber. This panel discussion and gallery talk will occur on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, from 3-5 p.m. in the Rose Room Gallery. We will discuss our process and respond to questions presented by Ms. Lieber and the audience. The Irish Comedy Tour show begins at 8:00 p.m. at the Peabody, so why not make a day of it: art, refreshments, dinner at a nearby restaurant on the beach, and a show?

Friday, September 11, 2009

100% pure florida

This month, my painting, Storm Warning, is featured in 100% Pure Florida, a juried event at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Melbourne, FL. This annual show includes the art of Florida artists from across the state. Only five award are presented. And Storm Warning took Third Place!

I was honored to have been one of the 43 artists selected from nearly 300 for this show, but winning this prize left me speechless. The exhibit opened on Sept. 4th and the gallery was packed with art lovers. The show runs through Sept. 30th. Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is located at 1470 Highland Ave. in the heart of Melbourne's Eau Gallie Arts District, across the street from the Brevard Art Museum.
Click on these links to read more about this exciting event: http://www.brevardartnews.com/2009/09/100-pure-florida-winners-annouced.html

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

directed individual study

I have just returned from a workshop, Directed Individual Study, at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach. ACA is one of Florida's greatest secret treasures. It offers visual and performing artists a haven where they can explore and push their boundaries in a beautiful, natural setting. When in central Florida, please visit and support this unique arts center and the Pabst Gallery.

This past week, my art coach, Steve Aimone, gently pushed nine of us to fulfill our respective objectives. It was fun, frustrating, fascinating and productive. I completed some work that thrills me and one, in particular, that stemmed from a two-week long dream sequence. My dreams were haunted by an unknown toddler, about 15-18 months of age. I finally awoke midweek, sketched her out on a scrap of paper by the phone with a Sharpie, and dashed over to ACA's studio to paint her out. I have no idea whether I will let this piece survive my usual obliteration by painting, but for now, she will rest on canvas along with other elements from those lingering dreams.

The balance of my developing work incorporates language, musical elements, and stream-of-consciousness images that appear when I'm not analyzing. I don't know whether my paintings are completed. But I am certainly enjoying this process.

Monday, June 29, 2009

across the universe

I and fellow artists Fran Gardner (fiber and painting) and Cheryl Bogdanowitsch (sculptor), who are exhibiting together at the Harris Gallery of the Art League of Daytona Beach in March 2010, have started a blog, inviting public comments and critiques as our work progresses. Please follow it at: http://a-crosstheuniverse.blogspot.com/ and provide your input.

summer time is here

This month, two of my figurative pieces are being shown at the Art League of Daytona Beach, in its annual juried human figure show. The exhibition opened on June 28th and runs through the end of July. One of these works, Woman Emerging From Shadows, captured 3rd Place. More than 150 pieces of art and sculpture can be seen in this show, which was open to all Florida artists. The ALDB, one of the oldest art organizations in central Florida, is located at 433 S. Palmetto Ave., Daytona Beach.

On July 19th, the opening reception of a juried exhibition of the Florida Chapter-National Museum for Women in the Arts will be held at the new Gateway Art Center, 17-92 & Saxon Blvd, Debary. All are welcome to attend the reception, which will be held between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.. This exhibition runs through August 16th.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sidestepper in the New York Times

My piece, Sidestepper, a large acrylic on canvas piece, has made its way into the June 3, 2009 Arts Section of the New York Times. NYT set up a blog inviting artists to submit work portraying President Obama. For those of you interested in seeing the article, comments and blog, click on this link: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/02/readers-portraits-of-president-obama/

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

as summer approaches....

Exciting news! Two of my paintings are being shipped off to Manhattan for inclusion in NY Presbyterian-Weill Cornell's public art collection. Melange, a 36 X 36-inch acrylic on canvas pictured at left, is one of them.

This coming summer, I will be painting and creating. However, I am also volunteering once again at a few art day camps in central-eastern Florida. These wonderful programs are worth investigating: please call or check out the websites for the Museum of Florida Art (De Land), the Art League of Daytona Beach, and Harris House at Atlantic Center for the Arts. I love working with the gifted kids who attend these wonderful day camps, but wind up learning more from them about creative play than I could ever teach them.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I will be the featured artist in a solo exhibition at the Orlando Museum of Art - Museum Shop Gallery during the month of April. The show, themed Degrees of Abstraction, opens on April 1 and ends on April 30. Join me for a 'meet and greet' during OMA's First Thursday event on April 2, from 6-9 p.m.., and on Sunday April 5, from 12-3:30 p.m. The Orlando Museum of Art is located at 2416 N. Mills Ave.., Orlando, FL. Please call Jamieson Thomas at 407..896.4231 x. 269 or e-mail me @ pat@pkzart.com for further information.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

An Invitation

An Opening at The Artisan Inn And Gallery
215 S. Woodland Ave., 2nd Fl., De Land, FL

Please join us for an opening of the work of
Patricia H. K. Zalisko
at The Artisan Inn and Gallery
Friday, March 6th, 2009, at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Exhibition runs from March 3—March 25, 2009

Friday, February 13, 2009

back to school

Five artists and I will be traveling to an Asheville workshop, Directed Individual Study, with our art mentor and coach, Steve Aimone, of Aimone Art Services. Please check out Steve's website to learn more about his programs: http://www.aimoneartservices.com/ Steve 's book, DESIGN! A Lively Guide to Design Basics for Artists & Craftspeople (Lark), is a must-read for those intrigued by and exploring principles of design in all media. His second book, Live & Learn: Expressive Drawing (AARP) is forthcoming.

Among those artists travelling to NC will be Fran Gardner, Professor of Art and Art History at the University of South Carolina. Fran and I will be joining forces with a third artist, Cheryl Bogdanowitsch of Orlando, to conduct a 3-artist show at the Harris Gallery, Art League of Daytona Beach, 433 S. Palmetto, during March of 2010. Fran and I are looking forward to this time to collaborate and work with one another for this themed exhibit. Fran, I and Cheryl have been identified as artists of note who work within a cruciform format. Whether those compositional themes continue in a piece is another question.

Also joining us for this retreat are Melissa Mason (http://melissamason.org/), Judy Gilmer (http://judygilmer.com/), Karlene McConnell (http://www.karlenemcconnell.com/), and Charlie Cipes.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Welcome to my blog! I've created this spot to keep you updated on upcoming events.

First a little shameless boasting: Caesura took the Distinguished Artist Award at the 2009 Annual Members' Show at the Artists' Workshop Gallery in New Smyrna Beach. That exhibit will continue until 2/27 at the Gallery, 115 Canal St., NSB. Ahh Summertime, a small mixed media piece, took 2nd Place in the annual members' show during ArtFest at the Maitland Art Center, on Packwood Ave. in Maitland. Although that exhibit comes down in about a week, a trip to MAC is always worthwhile. Count on touring serene gardens, lovely galleries, interesting artists' workshops and work rooms, and a great gift shop.

Please save some dates: in March, I will be featured in a solo show at the Artisan Inn & Gallery, 215 S. Woodland Ave. - 2nd Fl, De Land, FL. A reception date for this show will be held on the evening of Friday, March 6th. In April, I will also be the featured artist in a show at Orlando Museum of Art's Museum Shop Gallery. That exhibit opens on April 2nd, during First Thursday, and will remain up for a month. Stay tuned for further information regarding demonstrations/discussions, etc.