Cindy Schnackel: For the Birds with New Work by Scott Wolf

April 4-30, 2014

ForTheBirds-homeIn April, R. Pela Contemporary Art will present For the Birds, a collection of new, avian-themed work from popular local artist Cindy Schnackel. The exhibit will feature Schnackel’s vivid, whimsical paintings and drawings of parrots, chickens, and other birds. The artist offers both straightforward portraits and darkly humorous portrayals of fowl drinking coffee or wearing wigs.

Schnackel’s absurdist acrylic paintings depict angry baby chicks watching television, bemused birds attending an art gallery opening, and a new series of chickens portrayed as formally attired royalty.

“I like combining live birds and real life with the human foibles I witness every day,” Schnackel says. “Birds in all sorts of situations that depict universal emotions that humans can relate to.”

Also on display is new work from local artist Scott Wolf, whose simple, high-impact images depict absurd situations and draw on vintage clip art illustrations that the artist recreates with spray paint on raw wood. “I take them apart, rearrange them, modify them and combine them in ways that will create an absurd or surreal situation,” Wolf says. “The banality of the clip art is the perfect compliment to the outlandish situations that I’m portraying.”

For the Birds will open on First Friday, April 4 at 6 p.m. with an artist reception, and again on Third Friday, April 18 at 6. The show will remain on exhibit through April 28. R. Pela Contemporary Art is located at 335 West McDowell Road, and is otherwise open by appointment only, by calling 602-320-8445.

Call to Artists: Mom! A May Meditation on the Mother

Where: R. Pela Contemporary Art, 335 West McDowell Road, Phoenix, Arizona

When: May 2 through 30, 2014

Application Deadline: April 10, 2014

R. Pela Contemporary Art invites artists to submit work to this juried group show that’s about more than just portraits of mothers (although those are very welcome, too). Straightforward, reverent, irreverent, warm-hearted, angry… So long as it’s somehow related to moms or motherhood, our jury wants to see your artwork. Accepted artwork includes 2D works and 3D works, and will be on display through the month of May at R. Pela Contemporary Art in downtown Phoenix.

Application fee: $25. Fees may be paid via PayPal (link below) or by check, mailed to 707 W. Willetta St., Phoenix AZ 85007.

Artists will be notified by email by April 12, 2014. Work accepted must be wired and ready to hang.

R. Pela Contemporary Art retains 40% commission from all pieces sold.

Your application should include the following:

1. Email submission of files in jpg format, limited to 10 images of up to five different artworks.

2. Separate text file (MS Word preferred) with your contact info; the title of each artwork; its size (HxWxD), media, and price.

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