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February 10, 2012

Gallery Opening:

There’s a new new gallery opening tonight in Oakland, California.  A friend of mine out there (who’s also one of the featured artists) told me about it, and if you’re in the area, it’s most definitely worth heading out there!  I wish I were in Cali right now so I could go… it sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun!

It’s called the Gray Loft Gallery, and it’s at 2889 Ford Street #32 in the Jingletown section of Oakland, CA.  The gallery opens its doors tonight at 6P, with The Love Show displaying during a special opening reception until close (9P).  The Love Show features 50 artists and runs from February 10 to the 25, and, “…is not a Hallmark Valentine show, but rather a visual dialogue about love in its many incarnations and interpretations.”  No only will you see more traditional art forms, such as photos, paintings, monoprints and sculptures, but the gallery will also have handmade purses, hats, jewelry, hand-blown glass, cards and textiles on display.  The theme of love doesn’t mean this is a Hallmark Valentine show.  Art featured in The Love Show reflects love, passion, lust, hope, romance, broken hearts, true love, and self love.  Sounds like a great show!

Today the Grey Loft Gallery folks are working hard to put the finishing touches on things… you know, sweeping floors, making sure the art is not upside down… all those silly things 😉

So if you’re in Oakland, go, and have fun for me.  I’ll be here in Chicago.  With the snow.

If you can’t make it to the opening tonight,  you should head over there on Saturday the 11th, because there’s going to be a wine tasting!  How awesome is that?  Art and wine?  Win!

For more info on the Gray Loft Gallery sign up for updates on their website: grayloftgallery.blogspot.com

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January 21, 2011

Time to Get Dirty!

A couple months ago, I submitted 4 of my self-portraits (from the original, failed, 365 study) to a group called S.W.E.A.T (Society for Women in Erotic Art Today), for consideration for an upcoming exhibition.  I had no idea what the exhibition would be, and was pretty sure my self-portraits wouldn’t be accepted.  After all, though I did my best to choose 4 shots that fit the “erotic” theme, none of them were nude, and none of them evoked the word “erotic” to me.  “Sexy” maybe, but not “erotic”.

But apparently, someone found one of my pieces worthy of the show, because the piece below (titled “Open”) was chosen to exhibit with the S.W.E.A.T group at the Detroit, MI Dirty Show!  I’m super excited, and honored, to have been selected to be a part of both the show, and the group of women exhibiting at the show.  This is my first ever gallery show, both as a model and a photographer, so it’s an incredible opportunity for me.

I went today and had the print (which I titled, signed, dated, and numbered) framed.  Shout out to Blue Cube Imaging for the amazing printing and matting, because, as expected, the work was top-notch!  Here’s the print in it’s frame, as well as a close up of my title and signature.

If you’re interested in purchasing a matted print like this, let me know.  I’m selling the framed one at the Dirty Show for $175, but would be willing to do $150 for the matted print without the frame.  I will only print 50 of these, and since I’ve printed 2 already, there are only 48 more 11×14″ (matted at 16×20″) signed and numbered prints available.  You can email me at blog@modelracheljay.com if you’d like to purchase one.

I do plan on going to the show, but I am not sure when I’m going yet.  I’ll likely be posting about that when I make my plans.

From the press release about S.W.E.A.T and the Dirty Show:

For the first time ever the Society for Women in Erotic Art Today (S.W.E.A.T.) will be participating in an exhibition to showcase their artists – a group of females who specialize in the visual art of erotica.  In this historical debut, more than thirty S.W.E.A.T. artists from around the world will be featured by The Dirty Show® with a special exhibit in its upcoming Detroit show from February 11th through February 19th, 2011.

“Women are traditionally expected to be the subject of erotica – or at least part of the scene – an expectation usually held by both men and women who view erotica,” Gilcrest says. “It’s an interesting phenomenon that we tend to be surprised when we hear that a woman has actually produced erotica and even more surprised when we see that many women portray erotic scenes in a much different way than men.”  Gilcrest went on to explain: “S.W.E.A.T. was designed to promote women in a field they’re generally underrepresented in and we were thrilled when The Dirty Show® approached us to offer a venue to recognize our artists’ erotic works.”

“There has always been a substantial female presence on the walls at The Dirty Show®, but with the addition of S.W.E.A.T. artists the mix will be a lot closer to equal,” said Jerry Vile, Dirty Producer.  “For all I know, this time the males may be a minority in the show (we don’t keep tabs).  I think this is going to turn out to be something important – and like most things that become important, you might not know it was until years later. I am proud that The Dirty Show® is where they decided to debut.”

More info:

Check out S.W.E.A.T at www.sweatartists.com/boards
Visit the Dirty Show’s website at www.dirtydetroit.com
Order prints from Blue Cube at www.bluecubeimaging.com

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