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December 1, 2010

December, 2010

What's New

~ Madisonville Marketplace Winter Show
~ Xmas in the Depot show
~ Auction to Benefit LSTMMRP
~ Caught By Our Eyes Online Photo Magazine
~ Abita Artists Public Party
~ Slideshow
~ New Camera
~ 8x10" Photo Sale
~ Monthly Photo Giveaway Winner

5 of my paintings are still in the Madisonville Marketplace Winter Show. The show ends Jan. 3, 2011, so make sure you stop by for a look while shopping for the holidays!
I'll also have a couple of photos at Slidell Art League's "Christmas in the Depot" show, running from Dec. 3 'til Jan. 6th. The opening reception and awards ceremony is Dec. 3rd from 7-9pm at the Slidell Art League Gallery and Gift Shop.
My works are also still on display at the HRAC "Fine & Functional 4" show (see last month's newsletter for details.)
My Supernova abstract was accepted into an art auction to benefit the Louisiana Sea Turtle and Marine Mammal Rescue Program (50% of the sale price goes to the LSTMMRP--please help me spread the word!)
After having a couple of images awarded "photo of the week," last month I was invited to write for the Caught By Our Eyes online photography magazine. I was glad to accept and have focused so far on bringing reputable photography contests to the attention of our readers.
In other news, at the last Abita Artists meeting we decided to open our holiday party this year to the public (ages 21+ only, please.) It will be Dec. 17th, from 7pm 'til ? Admission will be a dish to share for our potluck dinner. BYOB. The party will be at the 9th St. Gallery in Abita Springs, where we hold our monthly meetings. Hope to see you there!
I found a new, 18 megapixel Canon EOS Rebel T2i (aka 550D) body for a good price online, so my husband was kind enough to buy it for me. It's scheduled to arrive any day now and I wait with baited breath!
The 8x10" photos on the "Shop Now" tab of my Facebook page are currently 40% off! Pop over for a look--they make great gifts! (Note; gift certificates are also available. Feel free to e-mail me for more info.)
Congratulations to this month's winner of a free 8x10" photo, timethief!

New Paintings

With all of the shows and other plans I've had going on, I haven't had time to complete a painting since last month. I am currently working on another forest scene, however, as well as considering the subject matter for a larger work to start in the near future. In the meantime, please enjoy a slideshow I recently put together;


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Founder/Leader, Abita Artists
Owner, Eye Candy Visual Arts
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November 1, 2010

November, 2010

What's New

~ Foggy Morning and an Award
~ Arts Evening
~ Fine and Functional 4
~ 2 Interviews
~ Rhinobooks
~ Music Video
~ Monthly Photo Giveaway Winner
~ 2 New Paintings

Waking early one morning last month, I was happy to see thick fog rolling in. A subsequent walk with my camera produced quite a few effective shots, including the one shown here at right, which was picked as Photo of the Week at the Caught By Our Eyes online forum.
I also recently received my placement for Arts Evening. As with the past 2 years, I'm glad to report that I'll be at Postal Plus; 155 Robert St. in Slidell, LA. Hope to see you there--it's always a great time!
I was also accepted into the Fine and Functional 4 show at the Hammond Regional Arts Center. The opening reception is Nov. 12, from 6-8pm. The show runs through Dec. 18.
I recently had 2 more interviews published online. Last month's interview on Whopple turned into a jumping off point for another interview (in 2 parts,) on the "Erik's Choice" blog. Here are links to part I and part II. I also have another interview up, this time on the Support Local Arts Magazine site.
In generosity news, after submitting my information for a free bio listing via Rhinobooks, they were kind enough to contact me to tell me they loved my work so much they wanted to offer me free representation in their online gallery (where my works are numbers 71-75.)
I also donated Sunset at Fontainebleau III towards a music video being produced by Laura Tabor-Huerta for Gary Graves' song about Hurricane Katrina, "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea." Again, I'll provide the link to the video once it goes live.
Congratulations to the winner of this month's free 8x10" photo, Terri Lloyd!

New Paintings

Still dealing with legalities and emotions surrounding the theft of my proceeds at Potter Greenthumb's, I've been finding it difficult to motivate myself to paint. Regardless, I still wanted to produce at least something, so I produced a couple of abstracts; Primaries and Primaries II (shown here at left.) Both are acrylic and salt on gallery-wrapped canvas. Primaries is 48x36", Primaries II is 40x30".
I do have a couple of ideas for paintings that are more in my usual style and I hope to start working in that direction again soon.

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Founder/Leader, Abita Artists
Owner, Eye Candy Visual Arts
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October 1, 2010

October, 2010

What's New

~ Free Photo Contest
~ BLAC Fall Show
~ Donations; TNC and NAMI St. Tammany
~ Abita Artists Fall Show
~ Interviews on Whopple and Art of Day
~ New Painting; Louisiana Iris

My stint as "Artist of the Month" at Mandeville City Hall went well. Thanks to Nancy Clark for hosting me again. Towards the end of September I was also pleased to participate in Bayou Lacombe Art Center's Fall Show, where I received many great comments on my "Sunset through Live Oaks" photo (shown above.)
To "give back" to those who support me, last month I implemented my free photo contest (see blurb immediately below the header of this page for details.) I'm glad to announce the first winner, Steve Malley!
In non-profit news, I donated my "Ironwood Leaves in Fall" photo to NAMI St. Tammany for their "Frame of Mind" fundraiser. I also donated the bulk of my photos of the Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve to The Nature Conservancy (which runs the site,) for use in publications, websites and presentations. I'm glad to support these two, worthy causes.
Currently I'm in the middle of curating a Fall Art Show for the group I founded and run, Abita Artists. The show will run from Oct. 8-30 at the Madisonville Marketplace, with an opening reception on Oct. 8th from 6-8pm. This event is free, refreshments will be served and our members will be on hand to meet, greet and talk about our work. Hope to see you there!
I've recently been featured on both Art of Day and Whopple. Thanks to James and Anne Marie for the opportunity!

New Painting

I completed a painting in September (shown at left); Louisiana Iris, 24x18" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas.

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Founder/Leader, Abita Artists
Owner, Eye Candy Visual Arts
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September 1, 2010

September, 2010

What's New

~ "Artist of the Month" display
~ Contest entry published
~ Storefront on Facebook
~ Impending Abita Artists show
~ Interview in the Times-Picayune

My art and photography display at the Causeway Branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library went well. For the month of September I am "Artist of the Month" at Mandeville City Hall (click the link for map,) with my works displayed in their lobby.
In other news, although I'd made the finals for the Julia Margaret Cameron Award, I didn't end up winning. The administrators have asked permission to reproduce my image in the impending book of the show, nonetheless. Information on ordering will be provided when I have it.
I added an online storefront to my Facebook page, where 8x10" prints of various photos can be ordered directly.
Lately I'm busy curating a Fall show for the group I run, Abita Artists. I was also interviewed by the Times-Picayune about the group. The article ran in the Covington Picayune section of the Aug. 22nd issue, under "Abita Town Talk."
Although I am currently working on 2 paintings, I was unable to complete either of them this month, due to all of my other, recent, artistic commitments. I did get out for a couple of short hikes, at least.

Turkey tail fungus at Northlake Nature Center in Mandeville, LA.
The bronze frog (above,) is also from this outing.

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Founder/Leader, Abita Artists
Owner, Eye Candy Visual Arts
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August 1, 2010

August, 2010

What’s New

~ Upcoming Event; Display at Causeway Library
~ New Book and Book Cover
~ New Painting; "Misty Autumn Morning"

I set've prepared for my display at the Causeway branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library in Mandeville, LA. My works will be in the main display case through the month of August. I am scheduled as "Artist of the Month" at Mandeville City Hall for September.
I'm currently gathering required materials to register for Arts Evening in Slidell (coming up in November,) and plans to approach the curator of "A Work of Art" gallery (in Madisonville, LA,) regarding a future "Abita Artists" show.

New Works

I recently self-published a photo book, "Eye Candy; Scenes from the American South," which will soon also be available through the St. Tammany Parish Library system. I also designed the cover for my husband's recent e-book for Kindle, "Killing Trail."
I completed an 18x24" painting in July, based on a smaller study done in 2008; "Misty Autumn Morning" (see below.) It's available (along with a few other works,) at Potter Greenthumb's in Abita Springs (across the street from the Abita Brew Pub.)

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Founder/Leader, Abita Artists
Owner, Eye Candy Visual Arts
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July 1, 2010

July, 2010

What’s New

~ Upcoming Event; Display at Causeway Library
~ New Book; "Anthology of Friends" Vol. 8
~ New Paintings; “Wood Ducks" and "Mississippi Queen"

I'll be displaying some of her paintings and photos at the Causeway Branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library during the month of August. I was also invited to show her work at Mandeville City Hall as their "Artist of the Month" for September.

I was also recently invited to submit works for Volume 8 of Ovation TV's "Anthology of Friends; An Original Collection."

New Works
Lana completed 2 new 18x24” acrylic paintings in June; “Wood Ducks” and “Mississippi Queen” (shown here and available at Potter Greenthumb's in Abita Springs.)

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June 1, 2010

June, 2010

What’s New

~ New Outlets; "Nadeau" and "Potter Greenthumb's"
~ Upcoming Events; "Out of the Blue" & the Lacombe Crab Festival Art Walk
~ New Paintings; Crowned Crane and Dancing Cranes

In addition to the 9th Street Gallery in Abita Springs and Phil's Grill in Hammond, Lana’s works are now also available at Nadeau furniture store in New Orleans (2726 Magazine St.) and at Potter Greenthumb's (the new chocolate & flower shop in Abita Springs, LA.) Her "Alligator Mississipiensis" photo (featured in last month's newsletter,) was recently printed on the front page of the St. Tammany News.

Lana will be participating in the "Out of the Blue" show at the Slidell Art League Gallery, June 25-30. She'll also have works in the Bayou Lacombe Art Center display at this year's Lacombe Crab Festival Art Walk, June 26-27. She will be sitting with the display (in the air conditioned John Davis Park Community Center,) when it opens on the 26th.
(Update; BLAC cancelled the Crab Fest Art Walk.)

Lana continues to get out with her cameras as much as she can before Summer's stifling heat and humidity settle in. During a recent outing to Northlake Nature Center she took some photos of a yellow-bellied water snake, a female wood duck, a yellow-crowned night heron and a young alligator, among other things. She's also prepared for the impending heat, however, supplied with canvases, brushes and some ideas for new paintings in her "birds on white" series.

After discovering the hard way that the deviantART website isn't free from computer virus issues, Lana deleted her account there and purchased a new computer. Unfortunately her old graphics program doesn't work on the new computer, so she's investigating new options on that front.

New Works
Lana completed 2 acrylic paintings in May; "Crowned Crane", one of her "birds on white" series (available at Nadeau,) and the sumi-e inspired "Dancing Cranes" (seen here at right and available at Potter Greenthumb's.)

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May 1, 2010

May, 2010

What’s New

~ Photo Ops
~ Gallery Show
~ New Painting; “Northern Harrier”

Lana spent much of April recovering from her pneumonia and taking advantage of the nice weather to get out with her cameras. A swamp tour and a visit to Fontainebleau State Park provided her with some lovely alligator shots. She also got some shots of hawks outside of her home and at Northlake Nature Center (where she also took numerous pictures of turtles, fish, local flora, etc.)

In addition to Phil’s Grill in Hammond, her work is now on display at the 9th St. Gallery in Abita Springs. She will be adding more to that display in the coming weeks.

Another one of Lana’s photos has been chosen to grace the cover of the upcoming "Alternatives" magazine.

New Works
Lana completed a new 18x24” acrylic painting; “Northern Harrier” (shown below.) She’s currently considering what to paint next.

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April 1, 2010

April, 2010

What’s New

~ Awards and Honors
~ deviantART Account
~ Painting; Great Blue Heron

Lana was very busy through March, but much of her hard work paid off. She won 3rd Place awards at Slidell Art League’s Quest for Fire show for her “Sun through Live Oaks” photo and her “Life on Mars” acrylic painting. She also won 3rd Place in the Ovation TV community Yearning for Spring contest with her “Spring Forest” painting. Her previous Best in Show winner, “Gyrfalcon,” sold at the Bayou Lacombe Art Center Art at the Refuge show. On April 2nd she was notified that her blog, "The Dreaming Tree,” has been listed among “The Best 47 Photo Blogs on the Web” and that another of her photos will be featured on the cover of the upcoming “Alternatives” magazine. Lana also recently signed up at the deviantART website, where many of her works are available in a wide variety of formats.
Unfortunately Lana came down with pneumonia toward the end of March, so she’s planning on as much rest and recuperation as she can get in April.
Her work is still showing at Phil’s Grill in Hammond, the new “A Work of Art” gallery in Madisonville until Apr. 9th, the Jazz & Heritage Gallery in New Orleans until Apr. 10th and the Slidell Art League gallery until Apr. 16th.

New Works
Since her “Great Blue Heron” painting seems to be missing, she painted a new version of it (shown at left,) this time larger at 20x16”. She’s also currently working on an 18x24” painting of a Northern harrier, based on a photo she took at Fontainebleau State Park.

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March 1, 2010

March, 2010

What’s New
~ Awards; Best in Show and 3rd Place
~ New Works; “Gyrfalcon” and the Eye Candy Visual Arts website
~ Numerous Upcoming Events

Lana was delighted to hear that she won 2 awards in the North Shore Square “Art @ the Mall” exhibit in Slidell, Louisiana. Her new painting, “Gyrfalcon,” won Best in Show and her “Winter Sun in the Oaks” photo won 3rd place.

New Works
Lana completed a 20x16” acrylic painting in February; “Gyrfalcon” (shown here.) For ease of navigation, she also consolidated her art and photo blogs into a single website, “Eye Candy Visual Arts.” Everything about her artistic pursuits can be seen there; her works, artist statement, awards, past and upcoming exhibitions, etc.

Lana will be participating in numerous events in March, including another Art for Madisonville Members’ Exhibit (this time hosted by “A Work of Art” gallery,) Femme Fest (in New Orleans,) an Art for Madisonville outdoor art market (along the Tchefuncte River,) Abita Artists Open Studio (in conjunction with the Whole Town Garage Sale,) and the Abita Springs Trailhead Art and Music Festival. Details on all of these events are listed on the new Eye Candy Visual Arts website. She’s also considering participating in Slidell Art League’s “Quest for Fire” show and Bayou Lacombe Art Center’s “Art at the Refuge” at the Big Branch NWR Visitor’s Center. Details will be added to the website as they become available.

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February 1, 2010

February, 2010

What’s New
~ Photos at the Abita Springs Trailhead Museum
~ Event; Art For Madisonville Member’s Exhibit
~ Deal with Northlake Nature Center
~ Upcoming art plans
~ New Painting; “Spring Forest”

Lana currently has matted & bagged photos for sale at the Abita Springs Trailhead Museum. 25% of all sales benefit the Museum, so you can support a local artist and an institution at the same time. Framed photos are still available at Phil’s Grill in Hammond, LA. Through PHILanthropy, 10% of those sales goes to support arts programs in local schools.
Later this month, Lana will be participating in the Art for Madisonville Members’ Exhibit at Madisonville City Hall.
Lana recently reached an agreement with Northlake Nature Center in Mandeville, LA, wherein they’ll be updating their site with her photos and using them in future promotional materials.
Lana made plans to be in an Open Studio day and was also recently accepted into the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s “Femme Fest” art show. These events will be in March and details will be included in next month’s newsletter.

New Works
Inspired by the coldest weather her area’s seen in decades, Lana completed a new 12x24” acrylic paintings in January; “Spring Forest” (shown below.) Still unable to raise her left hand sufficiently to paint (due to the shoulder surgery,) the background of this work was done with her right hand. Fortunately her recovery is proceeding better than expected, and she was able to finish the piece normally.


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Lana Gramlich
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January 1, 2010

January, 2010

What’s New
~ Replacement camera
~ New colored pencils
~ Shoulder surgery
~ New Paintings; “Supernova” and “Alienation”

For the holidays, Lana treated herself to a used Canon PowerShot A570IS digital camera, to replace her old one, which died unexpectedly back in August. Although she hasn’t had the opportunity, she’s greatly looking forward to getting out again with it and taking new pictures around St. Tammany Parish.
She also received a Prismacolor colored pencil set as a gift. Pencil drawings make up the bulk of her artistic beginnings and this gift has inspired her to return to those roots.
In other news, in mid-December Lana underwent long-needed surgery to repair the torn rotator cuff and damaged cartilage of her left shoulder. Although this has put her creative pursuits on hold for the time being, she’s on the way to recovery and is currently kicking around ideas for future paintings, photos and drawings.

New Works
Lana completed two abstract paintings before her surgery; "Alienation" and "Supernova" (shown above.) The latter includes iridescent paints and salt deposits, both of which catch and reflect light. It was also left outside briefly during a rare, recent snow, to further blend the pigments and salt in the painting.

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