Thursday, June 30, 2011


The Washington Project for the Arts has several Call for Submissions:

COUP D'ESPACE: 2011-2012 Season
Deadline: August 15, 2011, 5pm
Exhibition Dates: Various, November 2011 - August 2012
Location: WPA Office, 2023 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Washington Project for the Arts is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the 2011-2012 season of COUP D'ESPACE, its member-generated programming series. Through Coup d'Espace, WPA invites member artists and curators to seize control of the WPA office and present dynamic, thought-provoking, arts-minded events and exhibitions. The deadline for submissions for the upcoming season of Coup d'Espace is August 15, 2011.
Artists and curators are invited to submit proposals that outline a project, exhibition, event or other activity to take place in the WPA office at 2023 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC.

WPA is participating in the (e)merge art fair!
All members are welcome to submit work for the Flat File project:
WPA Members Flat File at the (e)merge art fair
Submission Deadline: Monday, August 22, 2011
Work Drop-Off: August 29- September 2, 10am-6pm
Work Pick-Up: September 27 - 30, 2011, 10am-6pm
Contact: Blair Murphy, Program Director, 202-234-7103 x 1 or
Washington Project for the Arts is pleased to announce a call for submissions for a WPA Member Flat File, featuring works on paper to be presented and sold in the WPA's room at the (e)merge art fair, from September 22 - 25, 2011.

All current WPA members are invited to submit one work on paper for inclusion in the Flat File. Work submitted for the Flat File must be 18" x 24" or smaller and should be delivered with no mounting, matting, or framing. All work included in the Flat File must be for sale. Work will be displayed in an acid free, archival 18" x 24" portfolio presentation case and must fit into one of the portfolio case's display sleeves. More Info>>

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

"Innovations" - Call For Artists

"Innovations" - NY
Deadline: November 7, 2011.

The State University of New York at Cortland announces a call to artists for a group exhibition at the Dowd Gallery, January 18–March 2, 2012.

Open to all artists nationally and internationally, to submit work for consideration that represents innovation in concept, subject or media use. All work must be the original work of the applicant, suitable for gallery installation.
Full color publication produced.
Juried by committee of 5-9 professional artists.

No entrance fee.

Artists are responsible for shipping fees.

Selected artists may be invited for a subsequent short term visiting artist program with undergraduate studio art students including presentation of work, discussion and studio visit.

The selected artist will receive a stipend of $1000 for his/her time and travel expenses. For more information contact Bryan Thomas at or visit the gallery website at

"Masks" call for entries

"Masks" call for entries
Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA seeks entries for a juried exhibition at Target Gallery, October 1-30, 2011.

Juror: Brittany Yam, Director Project 4 Gallery, Washington DC.

Masks is an all media exhibition that is open to all artists, nationally and internationally. Masks have long served as a symbol and a tool for concealment, protection, amusement and performance.

Artists are being asked to create work based on the theme of masks, literally and conceptually.

Deadline: August 1, 2011. $35 entry fee for 3 pieces.

Download prospectus (PDF format), or send a SASE to: Target Gallery, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Questions? Contact Mary Cook at or call 703.838.4565x4.

Call for Fantasy Art - Artist Portfolio Magazine

We strongly encourage artist of all skill levels, mediums and status to enter our art compititions. The theme "Fantasy" is open to inturpretation by the artists and all work should have been completed within the last 3 years. Over 23 works of art will be selected to be featured in Issue #4 of Artist Portfolio Magazine. $25 for 2 pieces of art. Juror: Carl Baratta. Deadline: July 31, 2011. Visit website to enter. Questions? Contact Ben Walker at

We send Artist Portfolio Magazine to Art Galleries, Art Collectors, Interior Designers and Art Enthusiast around the world. They receive Artist Portfolio Magazine free of charge and if a gallery, collector or designer likes your art they will contact you directly and we do not charge a commission for any art sold directly as a result of your art being found in Artist Portfolio Magazine. When submitting art we will ask you to submit your information and this is then placed in Artist Portfolio Magazine next to your art.

Prices for contests start at $25 for 2 works of art.

1st Place: $250 - Plus 1 full page feature in Artist Portfolio Magazine
2nd Place: $100 - Plus 1 full page feature in Artist Portfolio Magazine
3rd Place: $50 - Plus 1 full page feature in Artist Portfolio Magazine
20 Honorable Mentions - 1/4 page feature in Artist Portfolio Magazine

SICA's 8th Annual International Juried Exhibition

SICA, The Shore Institute of The Contemprary Arts, in Long Branch, NJ seeks contemporary artwork in all medias for an exhibition, September 9 - November 11, 2011.

Juror: Ken Tyburski.

Open to all visual artists in all mediums, for works completed in the past 5 years and never before displayed at SICA. Artists may enter as many original pieces for consideration as they wish. Only one digital image can be submitted for each work of art, except for sculpture or installation where 2 views of each submission are allowed. 2-Dimensional works may not exceed 100" in height by 100" in width (excluding the frame) and must be ready for hanging. Three-dimensional works must not exceed 7' in height, nor cover more than 50 square feet of floor area, or weigh more than 300 lbs. Installations are welcome but must not exceed 100 square feet of floor space. Accepted artworks cannot be substituted and are committed for the duration of the exhibit. $35 ($30 for members) for 2 works of art. $10 per each additional entry. Deadline: July 29, 2011. Visit website for prospectus. Questions? Contact Douglas Ferrari at or call (732) 263-1121.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Show of Heads - Call to Artists

Deadline Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Slowart Productions presents: A Show of Heads, a thematic exhibition based on the portrayal and interpretation of the human head. The exhibition will be held at the Limner Gallery, November 3 - 27, 2011 and is open for entry to all artists working in any media. There will also be $2600 in Direct Art Magazine publication awards presented to three artists from the exhibition. Entry form available online, or email, or send SASE to SlowArt, 123 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534.


ELIGIBILITY AND RESTRICTIONS: The competition is open to all artists, national and international, working in all media. All forms of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, graphics, digital and installation art, video, etc. are eligible. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to apply. Wall mounted works must not be taller than 72" no wider than 120". Sculptural work must fit through a 36" wide entry door.

EXHIBITION AND AWARDS: Winning artists will be featured in a group exhibition at the Limner Gallery, November 3 - 27, 2011. The exhibition will also be displayed on the Limner Gallery web site. One artist will be awarded a two page display in Direct Art Volume #19, Fall 2012 issue. Two artists will be awarded a single page display. Direct Art is distributed to bookstores across the USA including Borders and Barnes and Noble. For more information on Direct Art view:

ENTRY FEES: There is a $35.00 entry fee for one to four artworks entered, presentation is by digital JPG image files. There is a $5.00 fee for each additional artwork above four. Details of 2D artwork count as an additional artwork. Sculptors may provide one additional view per artwork without cost. Artists accepted to exhibit will not be charged additional fees of any kind. Payments by credit card at time of entry using PayPal, or check or money order payable to SlowArt Productions.

NOTIFICATION: Artists will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance no later than September 21, 2011. Results will be posted on or before this date at: Notification will be made via email and by posting on the results page. All artists who provide a working email address will be notified via email, if no email is provided, artists will be notified via postal mail only if accepted to exhibit. Type your email address clearly, if a mistake is made you will not be notified.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Funnies!

Just some humorous things I found on the web today about artists.

Artist Statement Translated

If you find some artists’ statements of philosophy a bit confusing, this video may help you understand them. Comedian Charlotte Young offers her own, which is helpfully subtitled in English. - Via

Artist Statement Generator

Quick! We have to get the sculpture to the exhibition hall! There’s no time to formulate our aesthetic rationale into a coherent philosophical statement. Just use this artist statement generator to come up with stuff like this:
My work explores the relationship between the tyranny of ageing and multimedia experiences.

With influences as diverse as Derrida and Frida Kahlo, new combinations are crafted from both traditional and modern meanings.

Ever since I was a teenager I have been fascinated by the ephemeral nature of relationships. What starts out as triumph soon becomes corrupted into a dialectic of power, leaving only a sense of chaos and the possibility of a new understanding.

As shifting phenomena become clarified through diligent and personal practice, the viewer is left with an insight into the inaccuracies of our era. - VIA

Shepard Fairey's Secrets Exposed!

Legendary street artist Shepard Fairey -- the guy behind the Obama "Hope" poster -- nearly had his trade secrets revealed ... by his wife!! You GOTTA SEE his reaction to Mrs. Fairey's loose lips. - Via

Opportunity for Artists: 1460 Wallmountables

The District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC) has announced the return of 1460 Wallmountables, DCAC’s annual open exhibition. On Wednesday, July 21 DCAC will open its doors at 3pm, beginning a three-day installation process during which artists can purchase up to four 2' x 2' spaces to hang their work.

Spaces sell on a first-come, first-served basis for $15 per square, with DCAC members receiving one free space and brand new members receiving four spaces for their membership fee of $30. It’s not unusual to see returning participants lined up outside DCAC’s door by 2:30pm, patiently waiting for installation to begin with an eye towards grabbing the gallery’s prime wall space. Work is accepted from a wide range of media created by artists at various stages in their careers. There is no curating; if it fits, it shows.

To sweeten the deal, a $100 “Best Use of Space” prize is presented during the opening reception to the artist who makes the most innovative use of their 2’ x 2’ squares. Since the first Wallmountables in 1990, the exhibition has become a celebrated summer tradition at DCAC. One of the center’s most important fundraising events, the open exhibition runs from July 22–August 28.

The Facts:
1460 Wallmountables 2011
July 22 – August 28
Installation: Wed., July 20, 3–8pm; Thur., July 21, 3–8pm; Fri., July 22, 3–6pm
Opening Reception: Friday, July 22, 7–9pm

DCAC's Annual Open Exhibit!

Spaces are first come, first serve so come early to get the best spot!
General Guidelines
• Each 2' x 2' space is $15 for non-members (maximum 4 spaces)
• DCAC members receive one free space. Additional spaces are available for $10 each (maximum 4 spaces)
• Become a DCAC member at the event and receive four spaces for free! (regular membership starts at $30)
• Each piece must be 2' x 2' or smaller. Spaces may not be combined to accommodate larger pieces (larger pieces can be divided and placed in adjacent squares)
• All art must be wall mountable
• No painting or writing directly onto the wall
• No adhesive materials can be used for hanging (i.e.- spraymount, adhesive velcro, 2-sided tape or wallpaper glue)
• Artists must bring their own materials for hanging their work (hammer, nails, screws, wire)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Del Ray Artisans Get Sparked!

Registration due July 22
Join Del Ray Artisans and SPARK: art from writing/writing from art as we embark on an artistic journey that pushes boundaries.

This show is unique for DRA: All art submitted must be created between July 26 and October 3, 2011 and done in response to a story or poem provided to you.

Register by July 22 at For more information, download the Call for Entry at or contact curators Amy Souza ( and Amanda Wright (

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Artwork in Interior Design

The Surreal Art of Russ McIntosh
Celestial Sights and Transcendent Landscapes

Have you ever stared at a cloud and saw shapes and images in them? The essence of my art is for the viewer to look deep within my images to find something much more than what they originally saw upon the initial view of the pieces. The images I have created have many layers in them, and though at first glance the main composition does register with them, it is upon further reflection that the viewer can see “hidden images” that were originally unnoticeable.

The approach I take with my artwork is very distinct, in that I incorporate numerous photographs into a very unique composition. Utilizing anywhere from six to two dozen images or more, I build a piece up. At times when layering the images, other images can be noticed, and I will adjust the highlights and shadows adding some digital paint to make the piece more cohesive. With a vivid imagination I try to present the essence of staring at clouds within my own artwork. If you look at the shadow shapes and highlights within the image, other objects will start to take focus.

Custom Commissioned Artwork is an alternative option you can choose. If you are looking for artwork to complement your designs and color scheme, simply provide us with a color reference and I will make sure the artwork and your color scheme complement one another superbly.

To further enhance the artwork for the client, I can incorporate their own portrait into the finished design. Making their piece even that much more special and unique for them.

Though the artwork displayed here can be reproduced in various sizes, it is available in several printed formats as well. Including a classy museum quality canvas wrap, or as a fine art giclée print suitable for framing.

Artwork will be completed and ready for delivery within 4-6 weeks from date of order confirmation.



9206 Dellwood Dr, SW
Vienna, VA 22180

Russ McIntosh is the king of surrealism when it comes to his numerous artworks. His collection ‘Mindscape’ features fantastical, colorful and spacey images.

There are more to the pictures than meets the eye! Russ McIntosh often hides things in his works, so you’ll have to look closely to truly grasp the meaning of each image."

Friday, June 17, 2011

Made In The U. S. A. Del Ray Show

Made In The U.S.A. Artwork Receiving – June 26-27

The Del Ray Artisans will be celebrating Independence Day and the month of July with artwork inspired by the U.S.A. people, places and/or things. Artists are asked to create artwork with U.S.-made materials so as to emphasize both the origin of the materials and that we represent a large, important purchasing bloc. The goal of this exhibit is to reflect everything that represents the U.S., including the actual artistic materials themselves.

This exhibit, which is open to all area artists, will also feature a display of Art-To-Go (matted and shrink-wrapped artwork priced to sell). The show runs July 1-22. Download the Call for Entry:

Show Opening and Artist Reception: Friday, July 1 from 7pm-10pm. Light snacks and refreshments will be available.

View the Show: July 1-22, 2011 during gallery hours at the Del Ray Artisans gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22301. Gallery hours are: Thursdays, noon to 6 pm; First Thursday July 7th, noon to 9 pm; Fridays, noon to 9 pm; Saturdays, 10 am to 9 pm; and Sundays, noon to 6 pm. The gallery is free, open to the public and handicap accessible.

Questions? Contact curators Drew Cariaso (, 703-967-6646) and Veronica Barker-Barzel (

Wilson 75th Anniversary Capital Campaign Craft Fair

On Saturday, October 15, 2011, from 10 am to 5 pm, we will celebrate the arts at the new Wilson High School.

Painters, potters, jewelry and textile artists, photographers, glassblowers, woodworkers, and other artisans are invited to sell their wares at the Crafts Fair or donate their fine art at the Artist Exhibition & Sale.
Submission deadline is September 1

We expect approximately 50 vendors.
Rent an indoor space of up to 10′ x 10′ for a fee of $75 (actual size of space to be determined with the vendor). You may bring your own tables or rent 3′x8′ tables from us for an additional $25 each.
Rent a smaller 3′x8′ indoor or outdoor table and space for a fee of $50 (outdoor space at vendor’s choice and weather-dependent).

Donate your work for sale at the Wilson Art Exhibition. We can make special arrangements if you wish to donate only a portion of sale proceeds or offer the item for display only. Visitors will view your work in the spectacular four-story glass atrium.

Please submit an Arts Fair Application along with your check by September 1, 2011. Also, review Artists’ Information for guidelines and details.

Art All Night

A Free All-Night Cultural Experience
SEPTEMBER 24, 2011; 7pm-3am

Art All Night is an all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art, stretching from the heart of Chinatown to the Shaw neighborhood. We invite you to dream in magic, light, and space for one night only. Stay awake...

Submitted works of art should be guided broadly by the theme of light, connected to a specific space (be it a gallery or a rooftop, theatre or a storefront) and finally, follow the greater Nuit Blanche mission of acquainting audiences with contemporary art in surprising and unexpected ways.

2011 Artist Open Call

Thursday, June 16, 2011

HOT Show Acceptance

I just got the notification for my 9th showing this year! I am one of only 5 artists to be participating in this juried showing. They selected Angelic Compostion and Endeavour for the show.

Capitol Arts Network Presents...
A Mixed Media, National Juried Exhibition
date Thu, Jun 16, 2011
subject HOT Show Acceptance

Dear Artists: Thank you for entering the HOT Show, sponsored by WSP and Capitol Arts. Your work has been accepted, as noted below - congrats! Please deliver the below pieces to Washington School of Photography at 4850 Rugby Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814, by June 30. The show opens as part of Bethesda's ArtWalk on Friday, July 8, from 6pm to 9pm, and will be on display for nearly a month. Please make sure your work has your name, the title and price on the back, and is ready for hanging in a standard gallery system. We hope you will join us for the opening, and invite friends and family for a successful event.

Russ McIntosh - Angelic Composition and Endeavour
Richard Weiblinger - Hot Pink Flamingo and Hot Chile Peppers with Window
Kay Lane - Hot Dog and Do Not Enter
Gian-Piero Forcina - Love-Then and Love-Today
Barry Ripin - And All That Jazz and Sepia Sprawl

If you have questions, the gallery office can be reached at 301-654-1998. Office hours are Mon to Thurs 10 to 5 and Fridays 10 to 4. Someone is often there earlier or later, so call if these drop off hours do not work well for you.

~Missy Loewe - Capitol Arts Network/WSP

Angelic Composition


Wednesday, June 15, 2011



BYTE GALLERY INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS feature works that are judged and selected by Transylvania University faculty for inclusion in the BYTE Gallery. Professional artists, composers, and dramatists from around the world enter this competition. These exhibits give Transylvania students an exclusive front row seat at the leading edge of international digital art and music scenes.

This inaugural exhibition presents twenty-seven works submitted by professional composers and artists from across the globe, including the United States, China, Greece, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada, Turkey, Colombia, and France. These 27 works were selected from a pool of over 120 entries.

Knock On The Sky by Russ McIntosh

The approach I take with my artwork is very distinct, if you look at the shadow shapes and highlights within the image, other objects will start to take focus. I take inspiration for my art from the surrealists. I'm particularly fascinated by the double images many artist's invoke in their artwork - how you can look at those pieces and always find something new hidden within them.

When I was a child, I often laid on my back and stared up at the clouds and would see shapes and images floating high above me. Often times, complete scenes would unfold in front of me. With a vivid imagination I try to present the same essence within my own artwork.

BYTE GALLERY is an interactive kiosk exhibiting digital art, music, and video works by artists, dramatists, musicians, and other multimedia artists from around the world, as well as works by Transylvania University students and faculty.

VISITORS navigate the gallery using a touch interface, experiencing works through a large display and headphones.

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS feature works that are judged and selected by Transylvania University faculty for inclusion in the BYTE Gallery. Professional artists, composers, and dramatists from around the world enter this competition. These exhibits give Transylvania students an exclusive front row seat at the leading edge of international digital art and music scenes.

IT IS LOCATED in the lower level of the Mitchell Fine Arts Center, across the hall from the Rafskeller Grill and between the Faculty Lounge and Fine Arts Technology Lab.

FOR more information, please contact Dr. Timothy Polashek, Director of the BYTE GALLERY.
Transylvania University, 300 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508 USA

"Water, Water, Anywhere" Exhibit

Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery

June 23 - September 10, 2011

Opening reception on Thursday, June 23rd, 4:30 - 7:00 PM. There will be a solo piano recital by CSE Music Faculty member Jarred Tafaro starting at 7:15 PM that evening.

2 Convent Road
Morristown, NJ 07960

Photos from Mama Earth

Justin Fair uploaded the pictures he took from the recent "Mama Earth" Artist Talk at the Tubman-Mahan Gallery. You can view the entire gallery of images at his Flicker account HERE. And since I'm such an ego-maniac I've included just the images of me below. Haha!

Read more about the Exhibit on my previous blogs Here, Here, Here, and Here.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Knock On The Sky at BYTE Gallery!


I don't know how I missed this email from the other day!
from Timothy D. Polashek
date Sun, Jun 12, 2011 at 7:07 PM
subject Knock On The Sky by Russ McIntosh

Dear Russ McIntosh,

Congratulations! Your work Knock On The Sky has been accepted for inclusion in the BYTE Gallery Summer 2011 International Exhibition.

BYTE GALLERY INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS feature works that are judged and selected by Transylvania University faculty for inclusion in the BYTE Gallery. Professional artists, composers, and dramatists from around the world enter this competition. These exhibits give Transylvania students an exclusive front row seat at the leading edge of international digital art and music scenes.

This inaugural exhibition presents twenty-seven works submitted by professional composers and artists from across the globe, including the United States, China, Greece, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada, Turkey, Colombia, and France. These 27 works were selected from a pool of over 120 entries.

We are issuing another call for works-- the STUDIO 300 Digital Art and Music Festival. This includes another BYTE gallery exhibit, along with many other events, so we hope you submit a new work to this exciting festival.

Again, congratulations on your outstanding work!

-Tim Polashek

Dr. Timothy Polashek

Assistant Professor of Music
Music Technology Program Coordinator
Transylvania University
Lexington, Kentucky

(859) 233-8254

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Newsletter Mailing List

I've set up an official mailing list, where everyone can keep up to date with all of the exciting news happening with me and my artwork. Please go HERE to sign up. Thanks!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Alexandria Art Market

Join Del Ray Artisans in its 2nd season of monthly outdoor art markets. These markets will give DRA members an opportunity to sell their original handmade art work and provide them with consistent exposure to the community. There will be six (6) monthly markets on the 1st Saturday of the month, from 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. The art market will be held on the lawn area of the Del Ray Artisans gallery.

There will be six (6) monthly markets on the 1st Saturday of the month on the following
dates: May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3 and November 5, 2011. Hours
are from 10 am to 4 pm and the market will be held rain or shine. The art market will be
held on the lawn area of the Del Ray Artisans gallery.

The art space fee is $35 per market or $30 per market if the artist commits to three (3)
or more market days and 10% of each artist’s sales from the market are due to DRA.
Each artist will be assigned a 10’ X 10’ space. Each artist is responsible for providing
their own tent, tables, chairs and displays. Artists who sign up for 3 or more markets
will be assigned a permanent space. Additional details and registration requirements
are listed on the registration form which is available at

Alexandria West End Art and Wine Festival 2011

Alexandria West End Art and Wine Festival 2011 is October 8-9 along Cameron Station subdivision and Ben Brenman park in Alexandria. The two-day event that will attract juried art vendors from across the country.

The Festival is produced by West End Event Productions, LLC, which envisions a cultural event that showcases Alexandria’s West End. Attendees will sample a variety of ethnic foods at “A Taste of the West End” and enjoy wine while listening to local artists in the Wine Garden.
The festival, sponsored this year by Hadeed Carpet, consists of:
90 juried artists represent all facets of art in Cameron Station
25 quality hand crafter's located in Ben Brenman Park
15 local restaurants represent an ethnic “Taste of the West End”
Wine Garden located in the Gazebo area
100 Sponsor booths and displays located in Ben Brenman Park

Juried Artist Fee: $375; Quality Crafter Fee: $125 (Art Work Sale Price is $125 or less); and Organization Fee $125.
NOTE: Artist Insurance Requirement is Removed.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Camper Contemporary is a mobile gallery created and curated by Calder Brannock. It is a fully functional art gallery set up inside an altered 1967 Yellowstone camper. Camper Contemporary gallery poses a solution for many problems a gallery faces in the modern art market. It allows the gallerist to showcase work in a clean controlled gallery environment without being tethered to rents or a geographic location. The mobile gallery model allows the gallerist to maintain a physical space where work can be displayed with all the benefits and gravitas of a traditional gallery while easily reaching collectors at art fairs and other large art markets.

The director of the mobile gallery, also offers an adventure residency program. A group of artists journey to a location and spend several days interacting with each other. The artists create specific pieces inspired by the trip, and exhibited in the Camper Contemporary Gallery.

If you are interested in participating in a future ADVENTURE residency send an email with images of your work and a brief description to

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


I am not sure how the submission process works for MOCA DC, but I've read about them in the past. Their latest exhibit will feature on the Human Figure. I'm going to drop them a line and see what's up.

Monday, June 6, 2011


The 2011 Crafty Bastards vendor application is now online. If you're a crafter or artist interested in selling your handmade wares at the fair on Saturday, October 1st, you can apply online.

Please read the Rules & Regulations section in the application for information on booth size, fees, shared and half booth spaces, vendor eligibility and more.

Deadline to apply is Monday, July 4th.

Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, October 1st 2011 from 10am-5pm. The vendor application deadline is July 4, 2011.

Please follow these instructions to apply for Crafty Bastards 2011:

All applicants must submit the following:

Contact & Business Info
Description of your work and the products you will have for sale (100 words max)
5 images (200K max file size)
$10 application fee
If you are applying for a street team or collective (more than 2 artists), apply as a single vendor.

If you are applying for a shared booth with one other artist, the primary contact should submit their info first and check the booth share option. After paying the application fee, click back from Paypal and you will get a link to invite your boothmate to apply.

If you are applying as a single vendor and would like to be considered for a half booth space, check the box next to that option. See Rules and Regulations for more details.

Questions? Read the FAQ page or email

Announcing Spectrum Fantastic Art Live!

Anyone who visits either the Spectrum or Muddy Colors websites knows that we've been diligently planning an event we're calling A Fantastic Art Convergence.

It's time to make it official.

Scheduled for May 18-20, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri, our intent is to create a venue in which the artists take center stage and don't have to compete for space or attention with movie companies, actors, and former centerfolds. This is a show about the Art and about the Artists! Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! will be a weekend festival during which exhibiting artists can sell their work to attendees and where creators can socialize, network, and self-promote. There will be educational opportunities (including workshops, panels, and demonstrations) as well as the chance to meet and interact with art directors from a variety of industries.

We'll also, at long last, be able to present the awards for Spectrum 19 live in front of peers and an appreciative audience at a ceremony Saturday night. Our goal is to grow the public's appreciation for the art and the artists while simultaneously trying to grow the market for fantastic art in all its mediums and incarnations – and to do so without it costing anyone an arm and a leg. The price of exhibiting in a first-class venue is modest, attending the show will be inexpensive, staying and eating will be reasonable, particularly when compared to other shows and conventions.

We'll have special guests of the show (Brom, Phil Hale, Andrew Jones, Iain McCaig, and Mike Mignola) as a reflection of the diversity that Spectrum has always embraced. But each exhibiting artist, each artist in attendance, is equally important: we may be organizing it, we may be signing the contracts for the space and the decorators and security, but this most definitely is YOUR show.

We're in the process of sending out the mailer with initial information about reserving space, but we're giving everyone on the Spectrum mailing list the head-up first. We will be advertising this heavily in the months ahead. We've already received a number of inquiries and with only 200 booths we're pretty sure we'll fill up fast. Join us! Help us make this inaugural event truly memorable.

We've also launched a website ( that will continually update with information about the show, how to purchase memberships, hotel information, special events, etc. General inquiries about the show may be emailed to And, yes, for the latest information you can also follow us (and friend us) on Facebook:

We're a year out – and a year goes by fast. We hope you'll agree with us that the Fantastic Art Community deserves its own venue, its own home. We hope you feel the same way we do:

It's time.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Portland Art

A recent purchaser of a limited edition print of "down" has shared with me where it hangs in their place in Portland. If you have purchased a piece from me, feel free to send me a picture of where it hangs in your place.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Reviews and Quotes

"Surreal images and collages of photos and digital work are the hallmark of Russ McIntosh's style. His imagination takes over in embedding images within images."
- Artsy Shark Featured Artist

"It is eye catchingly creative and fun to view --- expressed imagination."
- Andy Smith, Photographer

"You definitely have a unique style that I think a lot of our customers would appreciate and enjoy."
- Corey Woods, Co-Owner of TAG Galleries

"There can be many interpretations to art. It is infinitive as everyone has their own perspectives, theories and ideas on what they observe. From this, Russ captures your attention with every new creation created that is filled with surrealism.

Time, dreams, the paranormal, the human psyche, the universe, alternate dimensions, mythological creatures (fairies), all themes that can be found in McIntosh's works made of great realism and visual contrast of which invites the observer to reflect and generate all kinds of questions and perhaps answers."
- El Poder

"Russ McIntosh Creates Pieces that are Intensely Surreal

Russ McIntosh is the king of surrealism when it comes to his numerous artworks. His collection ‘Mindscape’ features fantastical, colorful and spacey images.

There are more to the pictures than meets the eye! Russ McIntosh often hides things in his works, so you’ll have to look closely to truly grasp the meaning of each image."

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Phoenix Tree Publishing

Awhile back, my good friend and budding author, D. Cullen Nolan asked me to design his company logo. Which I was able to do in my unique style. Notice the phoenix and the tree are two separate elements, but the trunk from the tree forms the body of the phoenix.

I had designed a book cover for his book "Spy in the House of Fitzwalter" some time ago, but I never got around to backing up the original files and my computer crashed sending all the precious artwork, I had created to that point, off into the ethers. Now the book is going to be available for Kindle, iPads, etc. and so I have created a new design for the occasion. As with the first time around I am using Adam Glazer's wonderful illustration as a basis. You can see the original artwork from Adam below.

You can view more of Adam's artwork at his Inner Sanctum.