Monday, February 23, 2009

It was a Sweet and Dreamin' Day!

Thank you to all who came out to Sunset River Market Place this past weekend for my reception for Sweet Dreams. Thank you especially to Ginny Lassiter and her amazing team at Sunset River. If you have not yet taken a trip to Calabash to visit this amazing gallery, you are missing out. Over 250 artists from the Carolinas are represented, there is a fantastic space for art classes and a frame shop. A great BIG thank you to Dariel Bendin with Alternatives Magazine for being the "culture junkie" of this area. The arts are alive and well!!
My one woman show "Sweet Dreams" will be traveling nationally throughout 2009 with a few more stops here locally and then onto Tennessee, Atlanta, Charlotte, Wisconson and more! Please look for updates to my travel schedule.
My show will hang at Sunset River until march 14th and I am so excited to share with you all that my work will have a permament home with the Sunset River family after that. Please enjoy the photos and remember to support the arts!

Pictures courtesy of Carl Kerridge

Monday, February 9, 2009

Sweet Dreams- February/March Sunset River Marketplace

Sweet Dreams
A Collection of Art by Kimberly Dawn

When: February 9th-March 14th
Where: Sunset River Market Place in Calabash, NC
Reception: February 21st from 2:00-5:00pm with Afterparty at Benny Rappa's in North Myrtle Beach

Bikini clad surfer girls glide smooth amongst schools of rainbow fish.
Fish eyes are doors to the heavens while mysterious angels soar up above.
Jade green, sky blue and chestnut brown eyes peer into your heart from the shadows offering reassurance on some nights… others- conviction.
Scenic landscapes splashed with brilliant sunsets present a sanctuary for the soul,
A safe haven wrapped in color.
Tootsie rolled, Pop Rockin’ girls do a sugary dance among bottle capped flowers.
A paintbrush moves across the sky with words to inspire, leaving a permanent mark on the walls of your heart.

Please join us at Sunset River Gallery from February 9th to March 14th and find yourself surrounded by Kim Dawn’s Sweet Dreams, a collection of new, re-newed and inspired art pieces. Kim has been described as a Visionary Folk Artist. Her Impressionist influences cast a wistful spell on the observer. Her commitment to using recycled products has held great sway amongst artists in the Myrtle Beach area as many of them now look to the side of the road or perhaps a building site to transform unwanted items into cherished memories.

LIVE Painting with CCU Drummers

How amazing does it feel to create, free flow, "get in the zone", let the rythm of the drum move me from the depths of my souls through my palate to the canvas.
Well, I can tell you that it feels pretty good. This past Saturday I traveled to Charleston, South Carolina to team up with Kury and his troup of drummers from Coastal Carolina University. They drummed while I kept the beat with my brush. I hope you enjoy the result. Peace, Kim

Title: Alive

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Tropical Mural with the Moyers!

Commissions can be my favorite pieces to create. Commissioned art is when I get to help my client create a reality out of their vision and imagination. Nothing is sweeter than the satisfaction of knowing I successfully accomplished this task.

The Moyers (Dr. Joe and wife Barbara) were considering adding to their already very unique and artistic home with a mural on a 10 by 10 wall space, 20ft high. Their family is inspired by tropical birds, music and using the art around them to keep the memories of their favorite place, Hawaii, alive in their hearts. When I visited their home I was greeted by many original works painted right onto their walls!
I wanted to create something that would touch each member of the family and also offer them something truly "one of a kind." I sketched out a beautiful cove with pristine water in the background and a mountain landscape. In the foreground, a few trees with their favorite tropical birds. A ukulele was painted in leaning against one of the trees to honor Dr. Moyers love of music and amazing collection of ukulele's he has acquired. The icing on the cake for this mural was an added 3-D affect with a bird cage, a small tiki face and two birds perched on the limbs of the trees. I hope you enjoy the pictures! Love, Kim

Monday, February 2, 2009

Art for "Gated", a play in NYC

With the help of the Global Awareness Project, located in Myrtle Beach and The Collective in New York City, my art is traveling to the city that never sleeps to be a part of The Collective's UPRISING Series, February 3rd-8th. I was honored to have the opportunity to read an amazing play written by Marisa Marquez and then have full creative freedom to create work to go along with the opening. I hope you like it!

Through the curtains, behind closed doors and beyond the cast iron of luxury living at Las Penas Hills– we find out why the residents are truly GATED.
A new play by Marisa Marquez
Directed by Alisa Matlovsky**