Saturday, June 20, 2015

Mindful of the Minimal Painting

Mindful of the Minimal

A Return to Basics with a Twist


There is a long standing trend in interior design.  Currently consumers are enjoying art that was in the past used only in sleek and very minimalistic settings.  The freshness in today’s environments comes from the eclectic mix.  Cottage, industrial, traditional, or classic collections benefit from the unexpected.

 http://www.jrmooneygalleries.com/Scott-X-9211?manufacturer_id=460



It is partly the color and composition; but, it is also the mood and ambiance of joy, sophistication, tranquility, playfulness, and confidence.   Art selection is very personal and has the possibility of making a room into a showcase of favorite things.  Be sure to choose something your love and that might be unpredictable.

Misty Stillness by R. Scott is an example of a unique style that can be transitional art for traditional aesthetics.  His style is softer and more natural if the issue is simply that one does not think bright colors would work.  R. Scott has chosen smooth paint application that supports his gentle view of nature. It is as though he was relaxed, unhurried, and had a precious moment to share.

Sometimes what is not there is equally as important.  In this case there is nothing heavy or turbulent in its composition. The focal point is the sunlight and its reflection on the water which is an invitation to savor every inch of the canvas.  The vertical reflections are warmer in tone and contrast with the wispy clouds and vegetation that is horizontal and the tree line is in keeping with the grassy area as both are minimally detailed.

Misty Stillness is neither too abstract, yet offers simplicity of recognizable detail and could be that special addition to a personal setting.  In its simplicity there is strength of mood and ambiance.

By: Betty Houston

Art / Interior Design Consultant JR Mooney Galleries-Boerne



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Artist Russell Stephenson Interview Podcast

 https://soundcloud.com/j-r-mooney-galleries/jr-mooney-galleries-podcast-mooney-makes-sense-episode-7-russell-stephenson


JR Mooney Galleries Art Consultant, Katherine Shevchenko sat down with artist, Russell Stephenson as he spoke about his new artwork in his solo exhibition titled "Mindscapes" at the JR Mooney Galleries-Boerne. 

 Listen to Stephenson talk about his inspirations, his focus, and drive as he translates his world about him; including the recent Texas flooding to the vast skylines of Amarillo and how all that plays out in his visual epiphanies. 




Listen to it here at:



See examples of Russell's artwork at www.jrmooneygalleries.com

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

"Mindscapes" of Russell Stephenson Opens this weekend in Boerne, Texas




THIS WEEKEND!


June 13, 2015




Sneak Peek at some of the artworks in"Mindscapes"

Call the gallery at 830-816-5106 to inquire about size and price.


Please see our website at www.jrmooneygalleries.com

for more details. 


J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art is proud to be part of the new Luxurious Home Living television program. 

With this new partnership, J.R. Mooney Galleries is featured on the new edition with a great new commercial and a four minute interview with Gallery President, Mr. Robert Mooney.



Mr. Robert Mooney, President of J.R. Mooney Galleries being interviewed for Luxurious Home Living television program.

To view the video online, click the image above or go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wESFnTQujKk
Watch Video Click Here
Please visit the Luxurious Home Living website to watch the full episode at:
http://www.luxurioushomeliving.com/sanantonio/

 More of Russell Stephenson's artwork can be found at www.jrmooneygalleries.com

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cliff Cavin exhibition catalog "Light" available on Issuu.com



"Light" a spotlight survey exhibition of San Antonio artist, Cliff Cavin is available on Issuu.com.

This exhibition catalog is the survey show at J.R. Mooney Galleries-Boerne. 

The exhibition runs till the first week of June 2015.


Read the catalog at:




 http://issuu.com/jrmooneygalleries0/docs/cliff_cavin_light_art_catalog_final

 http://issuu.com/jrmooneygalleries0/docs/cliff_cavin_light_art_catalog_final


More of Cliff Cavin's artwork can be found at www.jrmooneygalleries.com


Cliff Cavin interview article in the new edition of Explore Magazine


Check out the new June 2015 edition 


In this edition you 

will find an interview article by Art Consultant,

 Katherine Shevchenko as she interviews 

Cliff Cavin on his current "Light" exhibition at 

the J.R. Mooney Galleries- Boerne location.



Read it here at:




 http://issuu.com/smvpublications/docs/explore_0615-lr




More of Cliff Cavin's artwork can be found at www.jrmooneygalleries.com



Saturday, May 23, 2015

Art Consultation Insight with Katherine Shevchenko on Cliff Cavin's "Light" exhibition


In the new edition of Plumage-TX Magazine, JR Mooney Galleries Art Consultant, Katherine Shevchenko gives us some professional critical analysis on a few spotlight paintings in Cliff Cavin's exhibition, "Light" at J.R. Mooney Galleries-Boerne.


 issuu.com/gdelgado2010/docs/may_2015_edition_of_plumage_tx_maga



 issuu.com/gdelgado2010/docs/may_2015_edition_of_plumage_tx_maga


Cliff Cavin’s retrospective, “Light” was curated around the theme of exploring the landscapes done over the course of his career featuring the element of light and how it affects the landscape though his eyes.  Not only does light reveal, in its absence it can also unveil another layer of topographic poetry that goes unnoticed at a first casual glance. Cavin, in his painting compositions captures and embodies interludes of light and dark in his brush strokes on the natural surfaces of the land; recorded from his journeys.     

Shadows embodies Cliff Cavin’s ability to paint the landscape of New Mexico in a robust interpretation that is expressed through vibrant brush work and a saturated color palette.  The bluish shadows cast by the shrubs are vibrating complementary against the chartreuse shrubs. Painterly imprints directionally lead the eye, weaving in and out of the vegetation guiding the eye throughout the painting.
The rocky dessert ground is rendered in subtle blue tones-emphasizing the coolness of the shadows that are cast on the curving paths. Where the light is strongest, the tops of the shrubs are illuminated in lime green highlights and in golden tones of yellows.  The distant hyacinthine mountains are in chromatic unity with the rest of the composition, dominating majestically in the background.  One of the intriguing facets of this painting is the aliveness seen in the brush strokes, creating motion throughout the paths, implying a sense of life that is omnipresent throughout this vista.     
    
Morning Light is a stunning example of Cavin’s approach to landscape painting that captures the evidence of light and its various effects on the features of the environment.  As the sun strikes the New Mexican desert mercilessly, there is an immense stillness, a proclamation of the grandeur of the scale of this endless scenery.  The cast shadows stretch out across the sun scorched terrain in the nascence of the day. The earthen tones of the desert reds are pushed forward against the pale blue sky, a backdrop to the drama of shadows intermingling with the glowing orange red rock formations. 

The extremes between the light and darks contrast to a high degree in the desert visually, prompting Cavin to document what he sees through the language of painting, preserving the memory inspired by the view as he stood before it in that moment in time.  
© Katherine Shevchenko, Art Consultant,
J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art, Boerne, TX



Third Thursdays at JR Mooney Galleries to roll out in September





PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
--Gabriel Diego Delgado, Gallery Director, J.R. Mooney Galleries-Boerne
gabrield@jrmooneygalleries.com / 830.816.5106

New art and cultural initiative, “Third Thursdays” art opening affair launches in Boerne, Texas with local gallery leading the way in midweek events.



Boerne, TX, May 16, 2015)In an initiative to help relieve weekend event congestion, local art gallery, J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art- Boerne has launched a new initiative dubbed, “Third Thursdays”. As a way to create engaging midweek events that will not conflict with the diverse artistic and cultural events of San Antonio area during the weekend, “Third Thursday” allows the gallery to host a stand-alone art opening, adding something of significance to the daily event roster of activities local families, and art patrons can explore during the week.  “Third Thursdays” will be in addition to the established and decades long “Second Saturday Art & Wine Crawl of the Boerne art community and Boerne Professional Artist (BPA).  “Third Thursdays” is modeled after the McNay’s Second Thursdays Free Family Night, and the First Fridays, Second Saturdays and Fourth Fridays of various art districts in San Antonio - who lay claim to various weekend days to hold local art attractions on the same night based on general geography.

“We decided it was time to address the host of events that people have to decide on        doing during the weekend. There are so many activities in and around San Antonio, in not only the art sector but birthday parties, soccer games, outdoor activities and many many other things, that we felt it was in our best interest to not compete with them, but free up the weekend calendar and add an evening event to the weekday; give opportunity for patrons to visit the gallery during a less hectic time”, says Gallery Director, Gabriel Diego Delgado. “We know people are busy, and we thought if we created an event that was not conflicting with the majority of activities people have to choose from on their busy weekend, the more people could attend. During the peak of the NorthStar Mall J.R. Mooney Galleries, we had weekday evening opening, and it was heavily attended.

Now is the time to properly address how well received this time slot is for people to get out and enjoy a cultural outing as they begin to wrap up the week and
might be looking for something to do.”

As J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art launches “ Third Thursdays” the first part of the Fall 2015 season they will commence with a bimonthly exhibition opening schedule, holding events every other month.  An exhibition schedule of events will be available in the coming months.


“When we have months in-between major exhibition openings, there is a certain amount of flexibility we can offer with spur of the moment possibilities like artist lectures, workshops, and gallery talks”, says Delgado.

ABOUT J.R. MOONEY GALLERIES OF FINE ART
J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art is a full service Fine Art Retail Gallery, specializing in Texas Vintage, Local & Regional, and Contemporary Art; coupled with a world renowned custom frame shop.

J.R. Mooney Galleries for Fine Art was founded in San Antonio, Texas in 1947 by Joe and Adelle Mooney. Emerging as Modern Paint Company in 1947, with the largest selection of Professional Artist grade art supplies in San Antonio, the Mooney family eventually expanded their business. Modern Paint Company became J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art to showcase local, regional and international artists while diving into custom framing, artist representation and other unique attributes. J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art have metamorphosed again with an identity reflective of over a half century existence; being custom framing experts, specializing in an array of museum quality art services.  It is currently providing Fine Art services at their signature Broadway address in San Antonio, and Boerne locations. J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art has provided framing services for every American President since John Kennedy and every Texas Governor since John Connally. The galleries have also supplied the Vatican, the Royal Palace in Madrid, Queen Beatrix of Holland, as well as major collections and collectors in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia.

J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art
8302 Broadway St.
 San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 828-8214
           &
305 S. Main St
San Antonio, TX 78006
(830) 816-5106
Gallery Hours: San Antonio – Mon. – Sat. 10 am – 6 pm / Boerne – Tues. – Sat. 10 am – 5 pm
Admission is open to the public and FREE


 Who:
J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art, Boerne
What:
“Third Thursdays” art event schedule launch
When:
Immediate
Where:
JR Mooney Galleries, Boerne
305 S. Main St Boerne, TX 78006   ph. 830-816-5106












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J. R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art / 305 S. Main / Boerne, TX. 78006 / 830-816-5106

Friday, May 15, 2015

Periscope live interview with Artist, Russell Stephenson at J.R. Mooney Galleries-Boerne with press release







Russell Stephenson "Mindscapes" Press Release 5-2015









PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
--Gabriel Diego Delgado, Gallery Director, J.R. Mooney Galleries-Boerne
gabrield@jrmooneygalleries.com / 830.816.5106

J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art proud to announce the Art Exhibition and Opening Event: “Mindscapes”, a new selection of artwork of San Antonio Artist, Russell Stephenson

(Boerne, TX, May 15, 2015) - Join J. R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art-Boerne on June 13, 2015 at 4 pm – 8pm as they feature “Mindscapes”, a new selection of artwork of San Antonio Artist, Russell Stephenson.  Stephenson will premier eight new paintings that are an compositional departure from his signature Texas Panoramic series that was previously showcased by J.R. Mooney Galleries- Boerne. In “Mindscapes” the audience is faced with the artist’s fascination with invented mental constructs of Surrealist inspired Western Landscapes.  Stephenson

Russell Stephenson, a Texas painter, has mastered an unrelenting painterly approach to the gorgeous godliness of our great state of Texas. Radiant browns and various tones of burnt sienna seem to meddle perfectly with contrasting cool slate grays, snowy silvers and wispy whites; where atmospheric amalgamations of colors are ever approachable, digestible and delicate in their ephemeral and abstracted beauty. 

Bastrop fires, unrelenting skylines, sublime mentalities, conceptual collectiveness, universal experiences, mental constructs and intuitive automatism all play a role in Russell Stephenson’s paintings A tribute to the Texas sky, the flat plains of Midland/Odessa, the rolling Hill Country, and the wide open plains to Pan-handle typography, Stephenson depicts all that is our great state of Texas in minimally rendered but systematically charged abstracted landscapes. 

“My work is created with loosely rendered and intuitively controlled marks, which simulate infinite illusionary environments.  These environments are based on personal experiences, internal places, and translating sound into visual occurrences.  I consider these works to be imaginary landscapes, occurrences, and atmospheres and objects that are both created out of expressionism, while conversely leaning more towards systematic formulation.  My work is concerned with texture and perception as well as surface and color.  Overriding themes in my work involve a flawed or fallen nature, over saturation, urban decay, and meditations on transcendence.  As a record of collective experiences, the marks and movements are at once fueled by automatism, and intuitionism. My works serve as a living journal, and transcendental artifacts.  My range of materials grows with necessity, and accessibility.” 
                                                                                                                                                                 -R. Stephenson


(more)


ABOUT J.R. MOONEY GALLERIES OF FINE ART
J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art is a full service Fine Art Retail Gallery, specializing in Texas Vintage, Local & Regional, and Contemporary Art; coupled with a highly reputable custom frame shop.
J.R. Mooney Galleries for Fine Art was founded in San Antonio, Texas in 1947 by Joe and Adelle Mooney. Emerging as Modern Paint Company in 1947, with the largest selection of Professional Artist grade art supplies in San Antonio, the Mooney family eventually expanded their business. Modern Paint Company became J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art to showcase local, regional and international artists while diving into custom framing, artist representation and other unique attributes. J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art have metamorphosed again with an identity reflective of over a half century existence; being custom framing experts, specializing in an array of museum quality art services.  It is currently providing Fine Art services at their signature Broadway address in San Antonio, and Boerne locations. J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art has provided framing services for every American President since John Kennedy and every Texas Governor since John Connally. The galleries have also supplied the Vatican, the Royal Palace in Madrid, Queen Beatrix of Holland, as well as major collections and collectors in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia.

J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art
8302 Broadway St.
 San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 828-8214
           &
305 S. Main St
San Antonio, TX 78006
(830) 816-5106
Gallery Hours: San Antonio – Mon. – Sat. 10 am – 6 pm / Boerne – Tues. – Sat. 10 am – 5 pm
Admission is open to the public and FREE
  

 Who:
J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art, Boerne

What:
Russell Stephenson spotlight hanging of original artwork, plus a ‘meet and greet’ with the artist

When:
Opening : Saturday, June 13, 2015, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free and open to the Public

Where:
JR Mooney Galleries, Boerne
305 S. Main St Boerne, TX 78006   ph. 830-816-5106










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J. R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art / 305 S. Main / Boerne, TX. 78006 / 830-816-5106

Russell Stephenson's "Mindscapes" at J.R. Mooney Galleries-Boerne June 13, 2015



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

May 2015 edition of "Mooney Makes Sense" column of Boerne Business Monthly


Check out our newest edition of "Mooney Makes Sense" column in the May 2015 edition of Boerne Business Monthly Magazine


Read it here at:http://issuu.com/boernemag/docs/may_2015_bbm_online




 http://issuu.com/boernemag/docs/may_2015_bbm_online

The Online World and the Art World

“Why It Matters That They Interact”

By; Gabriel Diego Delgado,
 Gallery Director, J.R. Mooney Galleries- Boerne


The internet is such a big part of our lives.  We shop, talk, interact, search, post, tweet, synch, launch, browse, pin, sell, work and do an array of other activities on our computers, smartphones, tablets, i-wear and other internet devices.  

So, I want to take a moment and give an internet refresher to all the art buyers, collectors, gallerists and artists reading this column.

Over the last two decades, the art world has morphed, contorted and distorted, but above all ADAPTED to the World Wide Web. Sure, artists can build their own websites to sell and feature their own art. But, who sees it? Who knows what is out there in all the undiscovered websites, dark net, and torrents. The question is how does one find art or artists online within the 800 million plus websites and millions more apps? Google is constantly changing its algorithms discombobulating the searchable website databases, forcing artists to be smart, tech savvy business people as they try to figure out how to show up in the skewed results.

Let’s review the role of social media platforms in the arts. We have Facebook™, Instagram™, Pinterest™, LinkedIn™, Vine™, Google+™, Twitter™ and many other apps and social sharing sites that help an artist promote and sell artwork. Sure you can post, like, share, pin, tweet, hashtag, repost, retweet, upload, feature, comment, download and even cloud host, but does this equate sales? Not usually. O.K. O.K. some people sell off these sites, but social media is more of just a marketing tool used to expand an audience for the artwork. Being relevant is the key, staying top of mind, like traditional marketing had been in the heyday of printed paper advertisements.  Facebook™ sells ads; other websites host pop-ups and targeted audience messaging. But again, is this equating sales in the art world? Not really.  There is no one real answer for sales, but a multi-tiered approach of repeating the visual aesthetics of the artwork on all kinds of apps, sites, and groups. This consistent and continuous repetition of branding and image awareness will inevitably drive traffic and sales. The artist virtual toolbox needs to have many Swiss Army knife inspired logistical applications for artwork promotion.

There are tens of thousands of websites that sell/buy art.  Even the retail juggernaut, Amazon.com launched the Amazon Art portal in August 2013, partnering with over 150 galleries and dealers to sell fine art.  And of course there is Ebay™, Craigslist™, Artsy, Etsy, DeviantArt, Storenvy, Artfire and hundreds of other online galleries that can be searched to find the right piece for your home or office. The more searchable the art is the better.

It is also good to know galleries and museums around the world employ individuals whose sole role is to market artwork, exhibitions, acquisitions and programs online. They range from social media coordinators, communication directors, social media managers and the like.  Galleries know the online presence is necessary to be relevant in today’s society. These people’s job is to make sure we are paying attention to the artwork being spotlighted by these various organizations.

One museum, Art in Island, in Manila, Philippines even has a 3-D exhibition that encourages museum patrons to take selfies and interact with the art, this way the people going to the museum are doing the marketing themselves to their friends, family and followers.  On the other hand, it is also commonplace for galleries and museums to prohibit photography, even on smartphones and some museums have outright banned the new novelty “selfie stick”.  So if you foursquare, check-in or Gowalla it is always appreciated by the institutions and those individuals marketing it.

In the nostalgic heyday of the internet, chatrooms were the buzz, AOL ruled the roost. However, we saw the decline and flop of sites like Myspace, Friendster, and many other not-so-household names. Google Hangouts, LinkedIn groups, circles, and other networking sites rise and fall as  many websites do. Keep in mind, although they might eventually collapse, it is good to follow the trends, these sites is where people are; you have to find your audience so they can find you. Don’t worry if Facebook won’t be around in 20 years, it’s here now and people are using it.  Although teens have left it in hordes, the fastest growing demographic for it is 45- 65 year olds; those that having buying power. Yes, you can be fashionably late to what’s happening in the app world, but don’t disregard it. The trends change as history has shown us.  So if you think Instagram is high school kids sending pictures think again and post that image of your painting and see what happens.

Get Creative! And be prolific. There are close to 3 billion people using the internet, and that my friend is a lot of potential customers!!




Friday, May 8, 2015

Tomorrow!!! Cliff Cavin "Light" exhibition opening at J.R. Mooney Galleries-Boerne



 
TOMORROW!!!

TOMORROW!!!
TOMORROW!!!
 

 


Cliff Cavin is fresh off his highly successful, near sell

out group exhibition at the Briscoe Western Art

Museum and is now preparing for his new exhibition

at the Naive Museum in Victoria, Texas for Jan.

2016.



See a curated selection of Cavin's artwork by Gallery

Director Gabriel Delgado that spans over 20 years.

"Light" showcases Cavin's talent for painting

contrasting atmospheric light in the landscapes of

Texas and New Mexico. Join us for a Meet & Greet

with Cliff Cavin on Second Saturday in

Boerne, Texas. 



 

Selected installation images of "Light" at

J.R. Mooney Galleries 

 

Cliff Cavin was also featured in the May edition of

Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine.

Congratulations Cliff!!


Read the article here at: 


http://www.fineartconnoisseur.com/A-Win-for-Western-Art-Artists/21372730


 
Image of Cliff Cavin in the Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine article
Click to Read Fine Art Connoisseur Here

Cliff Cavin podcast interview for upcoming solo exhibition at J.R. Mooney Galleries-Boerne

 

J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art-Boerne is proud to announce the newest installment of the "Mooney Makes Sense" podcast.  In this edition, Art Consultant and Framing Designer, Katherine Shevchenko interviews artist Cliff Cavin about his upcoming exhibition at the J.R. Mooney Galleries-Boerne on May 9, 2015, his near sell-out success at the Briscoe Western Art Museum's "Night of the Artist" exhibition and his upcoming group exhibition at the Naive Museum in Victoria, Texas.

 
Click here to listen to the podcast interview
Caption: Katherine and Cliff talking about his upcoming exhibition at J.R. Mooney Galleries in Boerne on May 9, 2015. 


***During the course of the interview, Katherine and Cliff went on tangents, casual conversational interludes and random artiness. Below are those wonderful out-takes as additional audio supplements.***

 


In out-take #1 Cliff Cavin talks about the San Antonio Watercolor Society, his transition from watercolors to oils and his visits to Ghost Ranch.

 
Click Here to Listen to the Cliff Cavin out-takes #1


In out-take #2 Cliff Cavin talks about painting plein air, painting wildflowers and other artistic preferences. 

 
Click Here to Listen to Cliff Cavin out-takes #2
 


J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art is proud to be part of the new Luxurious Home Living television program. 

With this new partnership, J.R. Mooney Galleries is featured on the new edition with a great new commercial and a four minute interview with Gallery President, Mr. Robert Mooney.


 
 

Mr. Robert Mooney, President of J.R. Mooney Galleries being interviewed for Luxurious Home Living television program.

To view the video online, click the image above or go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wESFnTQujKk
 
Watch Video Click Here
 
Please visit the Luxurious Home Living website to watch the full episode at:
http://www.luxurioushomeliving.com/sanantonio/

 
 
Example of spotlighted selections of artwork by Cliff Cavin in the

"Light" exhibition.