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Artist Wendy Van Fleet

Late May, 2010 Art News

Former SJSU Art Graduate to Showcase Work at CSU Morgan Library Gallery

Wendy Van Fleet, puts on a glove, dips her fingers in the paint and starts to transform the blank canvas into a beautiful image, by using only her fingers and hands. Through the art of finger painting, she produces pictures that redefine conventional logic and practices of art while removing the need for paintbrushes.


"It’s inspiring to me that the only thing that separates me from the paint on the canvas is a thin glove on my hand," Van Fleet said.


From June 4 to September 26, nearly two dozen of Van Fleet’s amazing finger painting creations will be showcased at the Essence of Touch Exhibit, Morgan Library Gallery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. An opening reception will be held at the CSU library on June 10 from 6 to 8 pm.


Van Fleet’s paintings are unique because she uses acrylic paints as if they were chalk pastels to create her artwork. Her technique evolved after many years of using chalk pastels to blend the color on the paper. After studying the different qualities of a variety of paints, Van Fleet found that acrylics allowed her the most control of the paint.


Van Fleet’s most popular artwork, The Tree of Life, represents the many cycles of life, from beginning to the end, that people experience during a lifetime. She first designed the Tree of Life in 2003 using chalk pastels and recently recreated the art using her finger painting method. The amazing creation of The Tree of Life #2 can be viewed in a short video at:



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Essence of Touch
Paintings by Wendy Van Fleet
Fort Collins, Colorado
May 20, 2010


Contact: Michelle Alaimo
Public Information Officer


"My art conveys the essence of nature and human nature; the connection that is shared beyond what is seen physically," Van Fleet said. "My art offers people the opportunity to awaken their senses and to focus their attention on something beautiful despite the ugliness that has desensitized our world."


In 1997, Van Fleet earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from San Jose State University before moving to Fort Collins, Colorado. Her background also includes fashion, graphic, and floral design. Van Fleet’s art has been showcased at a number of galleries and art shows throughout the United States. For more information on Wendy Van Fleet or to view her online artist gallery, visit



National Endowment for the Arts Announces Blue Star Museums Partnership

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman and Blue Star Families Chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet have announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a partnership with more than 600 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2010.


See the release at

The Arts Endowment has a special section on its website at and a blog at



Youth Art Competition: Visual Creativity: My World
Hong Kong International Students' Visual Arts Contest Exhibition

This art contest aims to stimulate students' creativity through creation in visual arts, foster international art and cultural exchange, and enable adult leaders in various regions/countries to have a better understanding of the younger generation and develop planning to cater for the younger generation's better living.


All full-time primary and secondary school students are eligible to participate in the Contest. All entries should interpret and reflect the theme: Visual Creativity: My World. Artwork can be created in any media (e.g. painting, printmaking, photography, computer graphics) in two-dimensional format. Entries will not be returned. Each winner will be awarded with $1000 cash, a trophy and a certificate and will also be invited to attend the prize presentation ceremony.


All entries should reach the Arts Education Section of EDB on or before June 22, 2010 at the following address:
Arts Education Section, Room W321, 3/F, West Block
EDB Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre
19 Suffolk Road
Kowloon, Hong Kong


For additional details about this contest, please visit the Hong Kong International Students' Visual Arts Contest Exhibition website.


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Local Art Gallery 323 East Celebrates Two-year Anniversary
72 hour live street art mural, multi artist exhibition and book release. Detroit, MI – May 27, 2010

©POP and The Boll Family YMCA will partner up with 323East Gallery to celebrate the second anniversary of the Royal Oak fine art gallery through a unique live street art event from Friday, June 11 through Sunday, June 13. This incredible exhibition will feature several local graffiti artists as they execute live street art murals over the span of 72 hours. The anniversary of 323East Gallery accompanies the release of My First Graffiti Coloring Book by local artist Kobie Solomon. Solomon's 26 page-coloring book satirizes contemporary children’s literature while outlining and illuminating the subculture of the urban street art phenomenon. Each page of the book depicts a different treatment of letter-forms with a unique style of graffiti, poetry and character. MFGCB was first published in 2005 and has since endured a massive cover-to-cover overhaul. Since then Solomon's work has been creating quite the buzz, which was evident at Miami’s Primary Flight where Solomon caught the eye of the infamous street art documentary photographer Martha Cooper.


To see pages from My First Graffiti Coloring Book please visit


"I am extremely excited about this opportunity to work with ©POP, 323 East and the YMCA in bringing this collaboration of unique talent together for this special event," says Solomon. "Having this many gifted artists contribute their time and abilities alone is incredible, but being able to benefit younger artists at the same time is nothing less than a dream come true."


Included in this three-day event will be visual interpretations of each page of the book by 26 different artists, both local and national, each bringing a unique representation of their individual styles. Proceeds from this event will go towards the Metro Detroit's YMCA's Y-arts program. Y-Arts is the arts and humanities branch of the YMCA of Metro Detroit, for their Art In Schools Outreach Program, an after-school art program in seven different schools around the city that provides after school instruction in traditional and media arts, spoken word, performance, music and dance.


323East is home to over 100 artists with rotating works in a variety of mediums. Recent solo exhibitions include local and international artists Glenn Barr, Ron Zakrin and David Foox. In addition to the gallery, 323East’s new boutique offers 400 square feet of extra space dedicated to handmade goods by local and international artists including jewelry, handbags, clothing and more. 323East Gallery is located at 323 East Fourth Street in Royal Oak, Michigan 48067. For more information regarding 323East please call (866) 756-6538 or email them at or you can visit them online at