Saturday, November 22, 2008

O S K A L O O S A • I O W A •


Show is up! .... until T H U R S D A Y January 22 2 0 0 9

Foyer Gallery
William Penn University
Oskaloosa, IA 52577

I'm looking forward to speaking to students and seeing the exhibit!

A N D delivering a special exit presentation, “Pop-Surrealism, Low Brow Art and Other Little Debbie Snack Cakes”. (Devil Squares will be served...)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008


Here is the new THIRD STREET exhibition list. Little Debbie Snack Cakes will be served at the opening. enjoy.

Sunday, October 5, 2008


North Dakota Artist’s Works Exhibited in Offices of the Governor and First Lady

NDCA, along with the offices of Governor John Hoeven and First Lady Mikey Hoeven, is exhibiting the works of
Minot State University art instructors, at the Capitol Building in Bismarck during the months of October, November and December 2008. Works from Jim Bailey, Dr. Andrea Donovan, William Charles Harbort, Linda Olson, Walter Piehl, Jr., Doug Pfliger, Patrick Sheldon and Avis R. Veikley are on display in the Governor’s ground floor and first floor offices, the First Lady’s fourth floor office, and the Attorney General’s first floor office. This is part of an ongoing program between the NDCA and the offices of the Governor and First Lady. Artists looking to represent their region with art work placed in the offices of the governor and first lady can submit a brief resume along with photographs or slides of their work to the NDCA, 1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503. Artists are selected for quarterly display.

New Painting.... "Man Dumb"

South Bend Tribune Review and Juxtapoz Magazine Coverage

Great Le Dans press....

Atypical horror


..... When the gallery opens its doors Oct. 3 for the opening reception of “Le Dans Macabre,” viewers will discover 17 divergent works from seven national artists that, on the whole, offer a delightfully disturbing interpretation of the theme.

Two of those artists, however, Tennessee’s Charles Bennett and North Dakota’s William Harbort (a.k.a. Billy Chuck), undoubtedly steal this show.

Bennett’s three works — “Folk Zombie,” “The Simple Saint,” and “Poor Mr. Poe” — provide the needed whimsical and illustrative touch to shake up what could have been a rather dark exhibition.

His comic-book style and sense of humor are perhaps best displayed in “The Simple Saint,” a small acrylic portrait piece painted on a found wood plank.

The subject, a blue man riddled with nails, dressed in a gray suit, with wings, is reminiscent of a far-less serious Pinhead, the character from Clive Barker’s “Hellraiser” universe. Bennett’s deft touch is noticeable in his brush strokes, but the brilliant choice of adding half-hammered nails along the edges of the piece displays a keen artistic sensibility. Not only does the protruding metal stand in as suitable framework, but it also provides a depth that may otherwise be lost with their absence.

Harbort’s mixed-media pieces, especially “Death Calls in Threes” and “Dakota Ghost,” also have a bit of a whimsical touch, thanks largely to the rubber spiders and skeletons trapped in the cast resin coating. But his largest piece in the exhibition, “King,” a 36-by-25-inch mixed-media collage with cast resin, is eerily profound. The depth of the piece begins in layers. Green, purple, yellow and black paint provide the foundation. An oversized label from a Del-Monte can of tomatoes provides structure. Harbort then overlays the dark, cavernous openings of a mouth, a nose and eye sockets to create a skull emerging from it all. The placement of a burning spade playing card in each eye socket gives the piece a vibrancy and uneasiness that is decidedly macabre.

Check out the entire review:


Thursday October 2nd - JUXTAPOZ CURRENT

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Third Street - Grand Forks ND

I am looking forward to my Third Street Exhibit on Kittson. The show opens on October 16th and I have agreed to design the promotional postcard. I could not help but reference my vintage postcard collection.... and.... bingo! More to come....

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Dakota Ghost

...just sent this painting (and two others) to the Spurious Fugitive Gallery in South Bend, Indiana. A wonderful exhibition opportunity that was advertised in JUXTAPOZ magazine.
The exhibition is called, "La Dans Macabre".

A copy paste from their site worth reading. Truly a gem gallery in the mid-west.

Exhibition reception opens on October 3.

The Spurious Fugitive, LLC: A Postmodern Gallery
114 West Colfax Avenue, South Bend, Indiana 46601
Scott Hatt, Owner & COO | Heath Yenna, Gallery Director

Celebrating its third anniversary in September, 2008 The Spurious Fugitive is a “white cube” gallery on the Colfax Art Corridor in Downtown South Bend. The gallery exhibits and sells the fine art of carefully selected emerging, mid-career and master artists in solo and group exhibitions that rotate monthly. The artists exhibited at The Spurious Fugitive all exemplify a connection to the postmodern, a high quality of workmanship, and an engagement with the creative process that must be satisfied (plus they are pretty nice people). The gallery’s flat-files offer print collectors the opportunity to view and obtain fine quality etchings and stone lithographs from select master print makers. The monthly “First Friday” openings have become a staple of the art scene in South Bend, drawing collectors from the region and around the country.

The Spurious Fugitive is pleased that we have introduced the work of Lorin Hesse, of Boston, Kate Jackson of Los Angeles, b Royalty (Beth Thom) of Tempe, Heather Griffin of Houston, and Botond Reszegh of Hungary to the gallery’s art viewers and collectors. Gallery Artists Adam Benjamin Fung, Lorin Hesse, Justin Henry Miller and Alan Larkin are represented in the Permanent Collection of the South Bend Museum of Art. We are also very pleased to have partnered with the SBMA with two major exhibitions: girl on girl and Surface. The annual juried exhibitions at the gallery have provided opportunities for artists from around the country to exhibit in South Bend.

The core group of Gallery Artists include: Kathryn Armstrong, Meg Auth, Jason Cytacki, Adam Benjamin Fung, Leonard Gridley, S. L. Hatt, Lorin Hesse, Alan Larkin, Eugene Larkin, David Lester Learn, Justin Henry Miller, Philip Petrie, Botond Reszegh, Audrey Riley, Timothy Vermeulen and Heath Yenna. Exhibited Artists include: Karen Ackoff, Mike Amato, Salvador Ceniceros, Laura Cutler, Thaddeus Cutler, Anthony Droege, Ryan Davis Flathau, Leah Goldman, Elizabeth Grainger, Heather Griffin, Kenneth Holewzycynski, Mike Imus, Merna Holloway, John Horwitz, Kate Jackson, Kathy Leib, Ronald Monsma, Joel Ottman, Maurice Papier, b royalty (Beth Thom), Mike Slaski, Ron Starr, Don Michael Swartzentruber, and Andrew Tomasik.