Monday, February 8, 2016

Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists

The following information was posted on Visual Memphis by Kathryn Maish and I thought I would spread the love. I am definitely going to use this to develop my work further.

Springboard for the Arts offers Work of Art, a free digital workbook and video series, to help artists develop practical business skills. The toolkit came out of their professional development workshops with artists across the Midwest, and is designed to share those lessons and give artists resources to learn together. Take advantage of their free toolkits and videos at the links below:

Work of Art Toolkit Workbook

Work of Art Toolkit Guide

Work of Art Video list

You can purchase hard copies of the Work of Art materials here.

The Work of Art toolkit is supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation Marketplace Empowerment for Artists.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Decorator XXXVI

      Chloe York "The Decorator XXXVI" Acrylic on Canvas 24"x36" 2016
Wow, there are 36 "Decorators" now!





Tuesday, February 2, 2016


I'm so glad to have these paintings back from my framer. They are now ready for future shows!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

This Morning

Lately, I've been feeling like my palettes have all become stagnant and the same. I either go with all cool colors with a few neutrals or I go all pink. Looking at my collection of vinyl albums has been great for easily accessible color inspiration. When I made "The Decorator XXXV," I used a similar palette as Carson Ellis's album art for The Decemberists "What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World" and for my new one, I'm looking at Breugel the Elder's work on the cover of the self-titled Fleet Foxes album. Do you have any everyday visuals that inspire you? Do you ever feel stuck? Please share in the comments.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Decorator XXXV

Chloe York "The Decorator XXXV" Acrylic on Canvas 36"x48" 2016









Sunday, January 24, 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016

Calls to Artists 1-22-2016

•The Memphis Comedy Festival is seeking comedic short film submissions for their festival, taking place March 31–April 3. The films should be under 6 minutes in length. There is a $15 submission fee, and thedeadline to submit is Feb. 14Read more and submit...

•The City of Knoxville seeks proposals from artists or artist teams for site-specific murals to enliven Knoxville’s urban landscape. The contracted project will include design, materials, and installation of up to three designs. Artists may submit proposals for individual locations or for all three sites. Application deadline is Feb. 15Read more and submit...

•The University of Memphis Box Gallery is seeking submissions for their Fourth Annual Best of Memphis Juried Exhibition. Submissions are open to any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in art classes at a higher education institution in the greater Memphis area. The deadline to apply is Feb. 29. Read more and submit...

•The Young Arts Patrons organization is seeking submissions for their exhibition Young Collectors Memphis, which will be on view March 11–12 at Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St. Young Collectors Memphis is a contemporary art exhibition established as part of the annual arts programming for Young Arts Patrons. The exhibition is recognized for providing its local community of emerging artists with the opportunity to access a diverse audience, and allows young collectors to engage in events and programs to build their personal collections. The deadline to submit work is March 10. Read more and submit…

•The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in California is seeking artists to submit work for their Blue Marble: National Juried Exhibition, on view at the museum June 3–July 31. Submissions will be juried by Patricia Watts, and work in all mediums will be considered. The theme of the show is the planet Earth, and first through third place winners from the exhibition will receive cash prizes. The exhibition is open to all artists 18+ years of age living within the United States, and the deadline to apply is March 19, 2016. Read more and submit…

•DRAWL Southern Contemporary Art and Oxford American Magazine are seeking submissions for the exhibition The Gun Show, which explores the historical and cultural role of the firearm in the American South. The Gun Show is a juried art competition and exhibition open to all artists, both amateur and professional, born in, currently residing in or having lived for a period of five years or more in one of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The show will be judged by Chad Alligood, a curator at the world class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, and will be exhibited in Little Rock at DRAWL and the Oxford American’s annex space in summer 2016. The deadline to submit is March 25. Read more and submit...

Decorator Contained III

Chloe York "Decorator Contained III" Acrylic on Canvas 24"x36" 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Decorator XXXIV

Chloe York "The Decorator XXXIV" Acrylic on Canvas 24"x36" 2016




Friday, January 15, 2016

Life Lately

Some of you may know that we just moved into our first actual adult home. It is rad here. These were taken in our den on a normal day. We spend the majority of our time in here (mostly because it's where the TV is). Eric has some sculptures in progress sitting out on the coffee table and my studio is in the corner. 

Eric's make-up and prosthetics business, Mid-South Effects moved into a new space and he has been hard at work expanding their merchandise to include gifts and collectibles like this Cthulhu figurine (originally carved from wood by Nick Darmstaedter). 

Baby Echo is doing great. She moves around in my tummy a lot and is quite a warrior already judging by how strong those kicks are. Here is her room so far. We plan to hang art everywhere and fill up a giant shelf with all the books she could ever read.

Buttercup turns 11 years old in April (same month Echo is due!) and loves to follow me around the house. She follows faster when I'm heading toward the kitchen. I'm really interested to see how she takes to a new tiny person living with us.

Our bedroom is full of trinkets and weird art. I suppose our whole house is, but we saved the weirdest stuff for ourselves.

We really like dead things. The prides of our collection include a stuffed duck with a mohawk, a preserved flying lizard (his name is Leroy Jenkins), 9 butterflies, a dried-out bat, a whale vertebrae and the skulls of a coyote, baby deer, and a zebra. 

In June, I am scheduled to show at the Memphis Botanic Gardens with the talented Amy Hartelust. These two land/seascapes are going to be collaborative pieces we complete together. I think our styles will really complement each other.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Decorator XXXIII

Chloe York "The Decorator XXXIII" Acrylic on Canvas 24"x36" 2016



Friday, January 8, 2016

Fail Friday: 1-8-2016

Last week, I saw this sad, awful PSA about the need for protecting wild elephants. At the end, they show a photo of the saddest elephant I've ever seen. And god help me, I laugh uncontrollably every time I see it. This little guy just gets me. Ugh... I'm a monster.

Below is the photo that I painstakingly searched for and screenshot and cropped from the PSA video. Because it was that important that I do so. Anyway, keeping this post art-related, this elephant looks like how I feel about the color palette of my last Decorator painting. I'm working on it.