Explore the Figure with Art

10310619_1039796309404133_8290943215820727187_nIf you happen to find yourself in southeastern Michigan, around the Bloomfield Hills area, and have a hankering for some art, then I suggest a visit to the Janice Charach Gallery. Now until February 18, 2016, the gallery is presenting a collection of Detroit artists celebrating the human figure called Exploring the Figure.

There are some familiar names among the artists showing at the gallery. My favorites, Bowen Kline and Tony Roko are there, but I was elated to discover a new name among the collections that I had not heard before, as well. And that is always part of the experience when visiting a gallery.

Kline had a busy year in 2015 and it shows with his most recent works on display. Not only has he been keeping busy with portraits, something that he excels at, but he has revisited the nude, a practice that really set him apart from other artists early in his career. He has some breathtaking pieces at the exhibit that, I’m sure, will find a home rather quickly. Kline continues to push the boundaries of expression through his art, combining techniques and incorporating literature in his pieces. The experience can be a reflective moment and maybe even revolutionary, depending on where you are in life at that particular moment when looking at a Kline piece.

The exhibit includes paintings, sketchings, as well as photography from some of Detroit’s most exciting artist. And, of course, each work of art is for sale.

Now, you’re probably wondering who the new discovery was. I wasn’t going to leave you hanging. I don’t know much about this artist, but I really enjoyed the work. The artist goes by the name Slaw and I was drawn to every piece on display at the gallery. Such a vintage look, but so fresh, with zero irony. Simply put, I loved his work. Well worth the time and effort to go out to Janice Charach Gallery.

 

Happy New Year and a Giveaway

Congratulations on making it to 2016. It promises to be an interesting year. Here in America, we have the election and the circus that leads up to it. Always a guarantee for a good time. Also, around the world, it’s the same ol’ shit, but with the 24 hour news coverage, the world is ending. But that’s neither here nor there.

Let’s talk about what’s coming up in the world of books.

I just finished the biography, John Wayne: The Life and Legend by Scott Eyman. It was a glorious book and I cannot recommend it enough. If you like Hollywood biographies, you cannot go wrong with one about the Duke. People are much more complicated than their persona, even the famous.

I’m halfway through the first draft of Bone Cay, the second book in the Lee Cutter series. The first book, Sins of Iniquity, is with agents right now. Hopefully, we can get that bastard out this year. Bone Cay, on the other hand, is coming along nicely and I’ll finish the first draft by the end of the month. Lee Cutter is turning out to be an interesting and complex character and I’m enjoying the ride. I’m sure readers will agree.

I’m giving away three copies of The Final Round. There’s only one string attached. You have to follow me on Twitter. Here’s the link to the giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/bae50ed38ae6cee1.

The Final Round is a five star novel based on the incredible true story of heavyweight boxer Billy Miske. It’s a heartbreaker. Not only did I write it, but I read it. I think it’s pretty good. If you don’t win a free copy, then I suggest buying it. The book makes a great gift, too. Also check out my novella, There is a Season, available on Kindle and in paperback.

That’s it for the New Year. I’ll be missing in action until the first draft of Bone Cay is complete, but I read all my messages and emails, even the hateful ones. Keeps me grounded. I hope you have a great start to 2016 and remember those that left us in 2015. Unless, of course, that means they decided that they couldn’t be around us anymore and don’t return our phone calls. In that case, the hell with them. Who needs ’em?