Art View: I Get Around

I get around. No. Seriously. I do.

This year we are doing about twenty-five shows between April and October from Texas to Michigan and up and down the Mississippi River Valley. Because of all the getting around we do, this year we began a project to video document the artists and people that we meet around us. The videos are far from professional, but like my friends, I prefer to think of them as authentic. The result is that you will get to meet some really wonderful people and fantastic artists that you may not know are out there.

At least that is the hope. You get to decide. Where possible we will include links to their websites, Facebook pages and their other social media.

You can see more about this endeavor on my Vintage Painter Youtube channel.

 

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Albuquerque Adventures: The Lost Art of Neon

Hot Neon

New painting: Hot Neon. The original is in a gallery in Michigan. Canvas prints can be ordered through my website. Click here to order paper or canvas prints.

As we had an appointment in Nob Hill to meet with the Mariposa Gallery we decided to drive part of the historic Route 66.

It was my partner that spotted something shiny and he asked “do you mind if we stop here?” There was some neon in the window and a sign outside the door that said “Neon Art Gallery”.

We knocked at the locked door and waited for an answer. Peering into the darkened windows of the gallery, we patiently called the phone number on the window.

A few minutes later as we stood gazing and awkwardly pointing at the beautiful neon in the windows a man came to the front and let us in. This is how we met the local historian, certified electrician and neon artist Robert Randazzo, the owner and sole proprietor of Absolutely Neon.

He was born and raised from a Sicilian family in Brooklyn, New York. He learned how to work as a young boy helping his family around their bakery and as he matured decided to study as an electrical apprentice.

Thank goodness for anyone that appreciates neon.

He earned his chops working on neon up and down New York City’s famed Times Square in the 70s and 80s.

He has resided in Albuquerque for 27 years and repairs, designs, installs and maintains neon work all over the country. Over the years Robert has tried to bring in new artists excited about learning the lost art of neon but had a hard time finding anyone that has the same kind of interest or “fire” within to continue on creating the beautiful lit up “works of art”.

It turns out “Absolutely Neon” is a museum of sorts showcasing Robert’s work and 30 year history of creating neon art. He gave us a full tour and talked about his life making neon and all the interesting projects he had been involved in over the years. Much of the neon you see in and around Albuquerque was installed or maintained by Robert.

If you are in Albuquerque and want to meet a unique individual that uses the pragmatic process of combining glass, gas and electricity to create something artistically mesmerizing and powerful be sure to go to Nob Hill and tap on the windows.

Robert and his work is worth the time.

Here is a video clip from Roberts web site highlighting neon along Route 66.

MY HERO!

We were running a bit late on the last day of the Broad Ripple Art Fair.

A little help from a friend

A little help from a friend

Normally we would have pulled the van next to the booth before the show started, unloaded the boxes we needed for packing up at the end of the show and then went and park. Because we were late we missed the window of opportunity and were dreading the several blocks it would have required of huff it all in.

THANKFULLY the great volunteers at Broad Ripple Art Fair had a solution!

Thank you Indy for a great experience!

Off the Easel: Albuquerque Neon

Three new paintings just off the easel.

All of these oil and canvas paintings are based on source material I took along Route 66 when I visited the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festivals and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in 2012 in Albuquerque, NM.

Click here to see a great video of Route 66 Neon or look at the bottom of this page.

Hot Neon - 1

Original Oil and Canvas: Hot Neon
Finished 03/2013
24″ x 36″ $2000 includes shipping within the continental U.S. — at Absolute Neon, Albuquerque, NM.

Owl Cafe - 1

Original Oil – Owl Cafe
Finished 03/2013
20″ x 24″ $900 includes shipping within the continental U.S. — at The Owl Cafe – Albuquerque, NM.

Dog House - 1

Original – Dog House
Finished 03/2013
16″ x 20″ $750 includes shipping within the continental U.S. — at Dog House Drive-In, Albuquerque, NM.