Bob’s Art Blog: Nothing Pretty

Part I – “Nothing Pretty” A Surrealist Revisionist “Western” Art Exhibition

Take One: “All silent on the set. ACTION!”

All renegades, the four gunmen traveled to town on mounts sniffing fire, seeking an enclosure that could, perhaps, contain their own art. It is a movement that began in the west in the late 1960s in the territory known today as Los Angeles, born from a culture that can only be found in the underground strata of the comics, punk music, graffiti, hot rods and everything except the kitchen sink. An amalgam of art meeting street culture colliding head-on at the intersection of imagination and immolation. These roots establish the genre known as lowbrow art, a surreal rush.

Artwork by Ted Walke

The Art Association of Harrisburg (AAH) is excited to share this exhibit which opened on Friday and will run through November 24. Visitors to the gallery might be surprised by this latest offering in a setting that has built its reputation on classicism in its representation of art. .

Carrie Wissler-Thomas, CEO and Sheriff of the AAH, has called to deputize for her gallery curator, Rachel O’Connor, who put on this flamboyant spectacle. It’s a brave new world as the desperados of “Nothing Pretty” demonstrate in their visual redefinition of the parameters of open art. If they can dream it, draw it or paint it, it helps establish their brand of wild surrealism. And that’s the whole point of lowbrow art. It is aimed at an audience looking for an “extraordinary experience” in a gallery setting. Think outside the box and let the inner child take over as the imagination runs wild on both sides of the aisle.

It helps to have a sense of humor, just like these outlaws. They are led by Ted Walke, owner / owner of Gallery @ 2nd, whose pen and ink business card depicts human forms that sometimes border the fine line of what one would recognize as human – something that you don’t want to meet in a dark alley. Walke’s “characters” are posters for the adage “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” faces and images that only a mother could love.

Krissy Whiski artwork

Alongside Ted in her mischievous imagination and dry humor is Tina Berrier, whose paintings occupy a space of their own and are instantly recognizable. The use of mixed media allows him to bridge the gap between street art and a pictorial point of view by considering “life, death and the theme of temporality”.

Sean Arce, a featured artist of Gallery @ 2nd with Ted, taps into his imagination by illustrating creatures of all sizes and shapes. Using digital formatting and two-dimensional media, Arce creates original, otherworldly organisms. Last but not least, with a western surname if there is one, when this artist sneaks up to the saloon bar, “Whiski, Krissy”. As a passage from Stephen King’s “Gunslinger” series, “The Dark Tower,” Whiski art “paints the spaces that exist between dreams, death and delusions,” says the artist, who uses themes as “marginal science, hallucinations and fairy tales as inspiration.” It is an exhibition that demands to be seen.

“Nothing Pretty” is playing exclusively in the main gallery of the AAH until November 24th.

Part II – Marketplaces Market Faces at Doggie Delights

“Give a dog a bone,” a phrase from a children’s nursery rhyme, could easily be the slogan for Doggie Delights at Broad Street Market and the flagship store at West Shore Farmer’s Market in Lemoyne. The leader, or in this case, the face at the Broad Street Market location is Aubrey McNaughton. now in its sixth month with the supplier of dog snacks and treats.

Brielle Glumac and Aubrey McNaughton

Aubrey is a cheerleader for Doggie Delights and everything in the market. She enjoys educating owners who have concerns about puppies with sensitive tummies who might need to go without treats, as Doggie Delights offers “stomach-friendly” cookies, handmade cookies and soft chews for the baby. older dogs. They hand cut and dip all baked goods for our four legged friends with all natural, fresh ingredients and no added preservatives, all other goodies from American companies.

Donnie and Kelly Farner are the heart and soul of the company with their daughter Brielle Glumac playing a vital role able to work on both sides of the river. The business suffered a setback when its barn suffered a major fire in January, which housed the inventory and equipment used in its business. Thanks to the generosity of customers and friends with a GoFundMe fundraiser, a significant amount has been raised to help make up for their drastic loss. Bouncing back 10 months now, the Farners are happy to announce the opening of a new outpost at Fresh Market in Town Square in Hershey later this fall. Brielle will manage the new location.

Meanwhile, the Broad Street Market is very useful as Aubrey is the person you see Thursday through Saturday. Dog lover since she was little, she now owns a cane corso mastiff. “Baby Tonka” weighs 110 pounds and loves Yak’s long lasting chew. Aubrey is very happy to welcome customers from the 3rd and Verbeke market every week. During the summer season, Aubrey and her daughter-helper-protected assisted her at the booth. Their smiles from miles away have attracted an ever-increasing clientele.

So if you need a special birthday cake for the diva dog in your life, they have personalized peanut butter cakes with yogurt frosting or “pup cakes”. Plus, they have natural chews, snacks, and smoked bones. Aubrey and Brielle will make sure they are truly delicious no matter which Doggie Delight you visit.

Part III – Calling Art in Wild Adventurers

This special announcement is for “budding” artists. Learn how to create landscape art with award-winning AITW instructors on Saturday, November 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with a $ 20 registration fee for the workshop (all materials provided). Bring a friend and learn together in a preparatory class for the Spring 2022 of the 10th edition of “Art in the Wild”. Visit

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