UPDATE: Doug gets a new man…

Ted Randler‘s “Of Flowers and Flesh” at Gallery Blue Door is irresistible

Doug with his new man, the “Prince of Paper Birds” by Ted Randler

HAPPY PRIDE TO ME! As promised, I made my way back to Gallery Blue Door last week to choose a nice Pride gift for myself. So of course I got myself a new man. Pictured with me above, my “Prince of Paper Birds” is the man of my dreams: handsome and creative, no complaints, no arguments, and very low-maintenance. I can’t wait to bring him home!

Did you get a Pride gift for you (and/or a loved one) yet? If you hope to add one of these beautiful works to your collection you’d better move quickly, or you chance will be gone!

PLEASE NOTE: This show is not strictly paintings and drawings of beautiful men. There are also some exquisite images of lovely women frolicking in the foliage and sweet pictures of fauna mingling with flora. Below are some of my favorites.


(Left to right) “Bloom” acrylic, 16″ x 12″ 2020 | “Japanese Red Maple on Embassy Row” acrylic, 30″ x 24″ 2020 | “Last Night He Dreamt of Rousseau in the Moonlight” acrylic, 24″ x 18″ 2019 All work by Ted Randler
(Left) “The Hibiscus Thieves” acrylic, 18″ x 24″ 2020 | (Right) “If You Look Into His Eyes He Will Steal Your Soul” acrylic, 24″ x 30″ 2019 Both by Ted Randler

Paintings and Drawings
Gallery Blue Door, 833 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201
Telephone: 410-802-6665

Email: gallerybluedoor@gmail.com

Ted Randler: Of Flowers and Flesh

Paintings and Drawings at Gallery Blue Door, May 29-June 26, 2021

While gallery hopping in Mt. Vernon on Saturday, I dropped in to see the LGBTQ+ Pride month exhibition of Ted Randler‘s gorgeous paintings and drawings at my friend Scott Philip Goergens’ Gallery Blue Door. In “Of Flowers & Flesh” Randler’s use exotic, erotic, and often charming imagery of human bodies framed by and immersed in thick tangles of lush floral prints. The show also includes a number of spectacular landscapes, some with gentle wild animals lounging or frolicking in dense flora or nibbling on sweet vegetation

Randler’s style of applying paint is reminiscent of pointillists like Georges Seurat; Randler’s bright sensual colors make one think of Paul Gauguin; and Randler’s floral patterns are inspired by wall papers, much like Henri Matisse’s work. The combination of works, including drawings with powerful black markings on white media and painted canvases rich with saturated colors, could inspire a full re-thinking of our beautiful rainbow flag.  The work is truly breath-taking.

I just couldn’t decide which one(s?) I should take home during my brief visit, so I’m going back there again this week. Located at 833 Park Avenue in Baltimore, Gallery Blue Door is open on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and by appointment. The show will be up until June 26. For information and details, visit GalleryBlueDoor.com


Gallery Blue Door, 833 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201
Telephone: 410-802-6665
Email: gallerybluedoor@gmail.com

Literary arts journal | Exquisite Pandemic | United States

cookieSource: Literary arts journal | Exquisite Pandemic | United States

I am loving Rick Whitaker’s monthly online journal of art and literature called Exquisite Pandemic. The March 2021 issue features photographs by Jonathan Dawe,  plus these exquisite writersSteven Fraccaro     Gregg Shapiro     Ellen Zaroff     Jessica Gould      Sayeeda Copeland     Minc     Michael Hickins         Francesco di Benedetto     Walter Holland     Ilka Scobie     Tim Shaner     Zachary Pace      Naomi Bess Leimsider    Giuseppe Gullo     Michael Carroll     Mark Svenvold     Sean Singer    Norman Fischer    Daniel Edward Moore     Anna Monardo     Edmund White    Richard Howard      Kinton Ford

Check it out!
– Doug Rose

How Craft Became an Art Market Force – Artsy

“…Artists who have long specialized in materials like textiles, ceramics, and glass—many of whom, not coincidentally, are women—have been getting recent recognition for their contributions to contemporary art, receiving representation from important galleries and support from tastemaking collectors. This includes revered textile artists like Lenore Tawney and Sheila Hicks; ceramicists like Arlene SchechetKlara KristalovaBetty Woodman, and Ken Price; and glass sculptors like Joyce J. Scott and Josiah McElheny. “

From: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-craft-art-market-force

War Woman II, 2014

Joyce J. Scott
African sculpture, fused and painted mosaic glass, glass/plastic beads, wire, thread, metal keys and cast glass guns
25 × 18 × 18 in63.5 × 45.7 × 45.7 cm

So nice to see Baltimore’s own Joyce J. Scott get some well-deserved attention in this article from Artsy. I love her work. – dr

How the Work of Americans for the Arts Is Addressing the Urgent Challenges of 2020 — ARTS Blog blogs

Americans for the Arts is committed to a vision of the arts being recognized as integral to the lives of all people and essential to healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities across the nation. The work of the organization is guided by a board-approved strategic plan with the advice of our leadership councils, strategic partners, local…

How the Work of Americans for the Arts Is Addressing the Urgent Challenges of 2020 — ARTS Blog blogs

Americans for the Arts provides essential advocacy and leadership for individual artists and arts organizations during this difficult time -DR.

#AmericansfortheArts #artsadvocacy #artsleadership #artseducation #artsorganizations #artists #musicians #performers #fineartists #filmmakers #videographers #designers #singers dancers #photographers #performingartists #individualartists

The Angels Wept — PARIS ♦ ARTS ♦ TRAVEL

Beautiful tribute following yesterday’s tragic fire at Notre Dame de Paris.

I am still speechless in the wake of last night’s tragedy at Notre Dame de Paris. As a child, I remember hearing that rain was the angels weeping. I think this image from a childhood favorite conveys the feelings of most of the world this morning. In this time of sadness, it bears remembering the […]

via The Angels Wept — PARIS ♦ ARTS ♦ TRAVEL

UPDATE: Labor of Art 2018 – at MAXgallery — ARSENIC MEDIA – Blog

The opening for Labor of Art 2018 at MAXgallery was a great success and had a nice blurb in the Baltimore Sun (image above). There was a wonderful turn out and I met lots of interesting people and had the opportunity to chat with a few familiar faces as well. The show is a group…

via Labor of Art 2018 – at MAXgallery — ARSENIC MEDIA – Blog

Thanks to Scott Philip Goergens at ARSENIC MEDIA blog for this update. And thanks to the Baltimore Sun for this mention leading up to the show. I saw several works in the gallery that I would like to own. You will, too, if you get to the gallery by October 16. 

– dr


Let’s talk about Judith, Kathy, and the men who lost their heads

Judith Beheading Holofernes by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1530
Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1530

Source: RANKED: 10 Paintings of Judith Beheading Holofernes | Current Affairs

A couple of weeks ago, I went to see the indomitable, unstoppable, incisive comedian Kathy Griffin perform her “Laugh Your Head Off World Tour” show at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. Boy, was she on point! Driven by the controversy spurred by a satirical photo in which she held up a mask resembling Donald Trump and dripping with ketchup to imitate blood, her show is taking the world by storm.

Kathy Griffin World Tour: Laugh Your Head Off
Kathy Griffin World Tour: Laugh Your Head Off

In fact, the show has been such a resounding success that the Palm Springs Comedy Festival has announced that Kathy Griffin will be named Comedian of the Year this coming November. Even the folks at conservative Breitbart News are excited!

This post about paintings of the biblical Judith beheading Holofernes from Current Affairs magazine brought Kathy Griffin to mind immediately. Like Griffin’s show, this kind of humor is the perfect mix of art, politics, and fun. Plus, the Current Affairs article gets bonus points for taking on religion, too. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

– Doug Rose

RANKED: 10 Paintings of Judith Beheading Holofernes | Current Affairs
Today in Current Affairs, we examine an urgent and timely topic: Judith’s beheading of Holofernes! This story comes to us from the Book of Judith, a biblical text about the attempted conquest of Israel by the Assyrians. Judith is a Jewish widow who ingratiates herself with the invading general Holofernes, waits for him to fall asleep, and then hacks his head off and takes it home with her (thus thwarting the entire invasion, because the Assyrians evidently had no …