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 writers:¬† Steven 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‚ÄĒmany of whom, not coincidentally, are women‚ÄĒhave 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 Schechet,¬†Klara Kristalova,¬†Betty 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 √ó 18 √ó 18 in63.5 √ó 45.7 √ó 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 ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄĒ 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

Stonewall-50 Years ‚ÄĒ 2019 Art + Pride Exhibit ‚Äď Photojimsf!!!

Congratulations to my friend Jim James who has TWO vintage photos from the late ’70s in this amazing group show at San Fancisco’s Harvey Milk Photo Center. Jim writes:

I’m happy as a dog with two tails to be included in this big group art show. My two vintage photographs from the late 70’s were delivered just yesterday to the center. Would you like a sneak peak?

Original logovia Stonewall-50 Years ‚ÄĒ 2019 Art + Pride Exhibit ‚Äď Photojimsf!!!

Click above to learn more, including how you can get a sneak preview of his fabulous photos.

Also, YOU’RE INVITED to join Jim and the other photographers at the exhibits opening reception. (This is one more great reason to head to San Francisco for Pride!) Click through to Jim’s post to learn all about it!

Happy Pride Everyone!


Marie Laurencin

In the early 20th Century, groundbreaking French painters produced some of my favorite artwork. Today, our friend Jane del Monte introduced me to the work of an artist of that period whom I did not know: the Cubist Marie Laurencin. Click through to learn more.

Marie Laurencin was a French painter associated with the Cubists, although she pursued a more feminine aesthetic, employing a palette of cool, soft pastels to create a fantastic atmosphere populate…

Source: Marie Laurencin

#French #painting #20thCentury #Cubist #MarieLaurencin