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Monday, August 31, 2015

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of August 31...

Friday September 4th 7:00pm
Sin City Opera presents arias famously featured in movies including the Godfather, Fifth Element, Shawshank Redemption, Pretty Woman and more, performers include vocalists Marcie Ley, Matthew Kirchner, Alex Mendoza, Molly McLaughlin Ginger Land-Van Buuren and pianist Voltaire Verzosa
Charleston Heights Arts Center
800 S. Brush St.
Las Vegas NV 89107
Free and Open to the Public
more info: sincityopera.com

Saturday September 5th 2:00pm
Traditional Folk Music of South America and Mexico featuring Hector Flavio Martinez pan flutes and guitar, Antonio Pozos percussion, David Seleme percussion and stringed Charango, Carlos Urtubey guitar their quartet is called "Norotrosound"
Winchester Community Center
3130 S. McLeod
Las Vegas NV
$12 at door, $10 in advance
more info: 702-455-7340



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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Seductive Simplicity - Francois Dubeau - September 3 - October 24

Sin City Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of new pieces by François Dubeau whose finely rendered artworks are an achievement of skill and imagination. Always well made, Dubeau’s art is sought after by collectors of contemporary and modern art as well as those who love historic prints.

The artist’s subject matter is quite diverse, from lyrical pictures of instruments, linear Asiatic style animals, views of graceful nudes like Femme au Chignon, and edgy works like Top picturing a stunningly retro brunette garnishing a whip.

The popularity of Dubeau’s work is found in the graceful simplicity of his calligraphic style. Many of the line drawings like CatWalk 672 are so effortlessly gestural that one can imagine the artist’s hand holding a fountain pen, poised above the paper.

However, one might be surprised to know that artist’s captivating pictures are in fact, first conceived using a digital stylus, the virtual canvas allowing an unparalleled range of motion and artistry. The drawing is transferred to paper or canvas, the latter enhanced with traditional painting techniques creating lyrical scenes.

The simple elegance of shapely line against negative space is a motif of greats such as Henri Matisse who also depicted the body of woman with graceful curving gesture, creating a tension between form and emptiness, sensuality and plainness such the French master’s famous Reclining Nude (1927).

Dubeau’s oeuvre is often alluringly erotic and sometimes delightfully daring, and yet his range is both impressive and expansive as other pieces seems pensive and draw on traditions of calligraphy. Still others are whimsical and play on prototypes of sex appeal sexiness, such as the timeless pin up girl. A tribute to the naturally sensuous and beauty of the feminine form Dubeau’s work incorporates digital technology, engraving, illustration and painting to create memorable work that has a calm allure.

In addition to the private demand for his work, Dubeau’s artistry has premiered in numerous exhibits and events such as Art@Large (New York); Gallery by the Bay, Stanwood, Washington; Circuit des arts Memphrémagog, Magog, Québec, an Artist’s Workshop Open House; La maison Blanche Montreal; the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival; The Dirty Show, Detroit and Los Angeles; Unclad, Portland, Oregon; and the EHM, Las Vegas. Dubeau’s work can also be found in the permanent Collections of the Exodus Trust and the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University. In addition to honors such as second place in the Public’s Choice, Seattle Erotic Art Festival, and honorable mention in Art @ Large, Going Underground, New York, Dubeau has been featured in various publications including Erotic Signature and Hors Série Décoration.

The artist will give a talk on October 1st, 2015 at 7:00pm. www.sincitygallery.com

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Call for Work - Opportunity to Exhibit '12 Inches of Sin' at Sin City Gallery in Las Vegas

12 Inches of Sin is the largest international juried exhibition of contemporary provocative art in Nevada. As an exploration of sensuality and the erotic, this show has a twist: every piece submitted for consideration must be one foot square or less. Judges such as former Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman, Christine Fey, Resource Development and Cultural Affairs Manager at City of Reno, and Will Roger Peterson, co-founder of Burning Man, evaluate the tension within the art itself, challenging each artist to produce an image that is deeply expressive, provocative, sensory and daring on such a small scale. Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas will hold the competition for its fifth year and is accepting art submissions thru October 31, 2015 at www.12ofsin.com.

THE COMPETITION PROCESS

Every year our juries are selected from a pool of leaders and specialists in the fields of art and culture. There are two primary competition categories, 12 Inches of Sin and Obscura. Submissions are placed in the appropriate category based upon medium. Voting is electronic. The highest votes are invited to participate in the exhibition. $12.00 (plus $.65 Paypal fee), 12 maximum submissions per artist.

12 INCHES OF SIN 
Annual Competition for Painting, Drawing, Prints, Mixed Media, and Sculpture.

An international group of twelve judges will choose twelve artists from the pool of international submissions to participate in a group exhibition at the Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas. A separate group of twelve international judges will choose the Best In Show awardee. The artist named the Best In Show receives an invitation for an exclusive solo exhibition at Sin City Gallery, in addition to having their winning piece featured on the cover of the accompanying art book, 12 Inches of Sin: So Much Art You Can Barely Fit It All In, Volume V. Invited artists will be featured in the art book.
OBSCURA,
New Annual Competition for Photographic Artwork


A novel juried exhibition and catalog devoted to the international accomplishments of artists in the photography field. Submissions that provoke, entice and enthrall can be made via traditional modes (cameras, polaroid, pinhole) and new digital technologies. Short film works are also accepted. An international group of twelve judges will choose twelve artists from the pool of international submissions to participate in a group exhibition at the Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas. A separate group of twelve international judges will choose the Best In Show awardee. The artist named the Best In Show receives an invitation for an exclusive solo exhibition at Sin City Gallery, in addition to having their winning piece featured in the accompanying art book, 12 Inches of Sin: So Much Art You Can Barely Fit It All In, Volume V. Invited artists will be featured in the art book.

LE SALON DES REFUSÉS DU PÉCHÉ
Annual Group Exhibition.

Gallery Director Dr. Laura Henkel will curate a grouping from the pool of outstanding work that was not selected by the jury. These works will be featured in a group exhibition at Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas. A select number of artists will be featured in the accompanying art book, 12 Inches of Sin: So Much Art You Can Barely Fit It All In, Volume V.

THE JUDGES

We are honored to have an esteemed panel of international jurors to determine the overall narrative of each exhibition. Each person is a respected expert in the field of art, academia and publishing.
  • Allena Gabosch (USA) is one of the founders of the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival in Seattle, Washington. 
  • Catherine Johnson-Roehr (USA) is the curator and archivist for The Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, Indiana. 
  • Christine Fey (USA) is the Manager of Arts and Culture for the City of Reno, Nevada. 
  • Christopher John Ball is a widely exhibited, published and award-winning London based, fine arts photographer, playwright and co-founder of the Association of Erotic Artists in England. 
  • Dennis McBride (USA) is the Director of the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada and a widely published Nevada historian. 
  • François Dubeau (Canada) is a mixed-media artist and the President of Circuit des arts Memphrémagog in Montreal, Canada 
  • Henry Rosenthal (USA) is a documentary filmmaker, musician and arts advocate located in San Francisco, California 
  • Jerry Vile (USA) is an artist, publisher and co-founder of the Dirty Show in Detroit, Michigan. 
  • Marne Lucas (USA) is a photographer and filmmaker residing in Portland, Oregon and New York City, New York. 
  • Oscar Goodman (USA) is an American attorney, politician and art activist. He was the mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada from 1999 to 2011. 
  • S.R. Sharp (USA) is an artist and one of the founding members of the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles, California. 
  • Steve Diet Goedde (USA) is a photographer and author in Los Angeles, California. 
  • Cory Mervis (USA) is a multi disciplinary artist, entrepreneur, and producer of large-scale projects. A force of nature who produces art of monumental scope & effect in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
  • Eric Minh Swenson (USA) is a photographer, documentary filmmaker and writer for The Huffington Post in Los Angeles, California. 
  • JK Russ (New Zealand/USA) is a multi-media artist, filmmaker and art blogger for The Huffington Post in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
  • Julian Murphy (USA) is an artist and co-founder of Erotic Signature in Washington, D.C. 
  • JP Rakehorn (UK/Bulgaria) is an artist specializing in figurative illustrations utilizing classical techniques in Sofia, Bulgaria. 
  • Lou Lou Roxy (USA) is a burlesque performer, as well as co-producer of Afterglow, the official after-party celebration for the 12 Inches of Sin exhibitions in Detroit, Michigan. 
  • Madison Young (USA) is the artistic director and founder of Femina Potens in San Francisco, California. 
  • Melinda Sheckells (USA) is a published writer and editor of Vegas Rated Magazine in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
  • Sister Loosy Lust Bea Lady (USA) is a performance artist and founder the Las Vegas chapter of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. 
  • SM Shifflett (USA) is an American painter specializing in classical Renaissance techniques to capture modern themes in San Francisco, California. 
  • Will Roger Peterson (USA) is a photographer, professor and one of the founding members of Burning Man, San Francisco, California. 
  • Laura Henkel (USA) is the director of Sin City Gallery and the creator of 12 Inches of Sin in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
ABOUT SIN CITY GALLERY

Sin City Gallery is known internationally as a destination experience. The gallery is continually featured in the press for its exemplary exhibitions. The gallery produces 12 Inches of Sin, the largest international juried art exhibition of provocative contemporary art in Nevada. The gallery has been recognized as one of the best 25 galleries in American by the American Art Awards. It is located inside The Arts Factory at 107 E. Charleston Boulevard, Suite 100, Las Vegas, Nevada in the Downtown Las Vegas 18bArts District. Information regarding the gallery’s exhibitions may be viewed on the gallery's website.www.sincitygallery.com

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