Two-Person Art Exhibit

Paintings

Bob Judge and Sandy DeLuca

 

Opening Reception

Saturday, June 8th

1pm to 4pm

 

The Cranston Public Library

140 Sockanosset Cross Rd, Cranston, RI 02920

 

Paintings on display from May 21st through June 14th

Monday through Thursday: 9:00 am-8:00 pm; Friday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Saturday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm

So…here I am

(Above painting: “My Life Without You…Inside a Fairy Tale”)

 

I wish I had a time machine. I’d go back to the 1970’s and do major renovations. Yet, some of my experiences inspired early novels and novellas. Recently, my paintings reflect those days.

The early 80’s were where I found my heart. I wouldn’t change a thing. Within a college art studio, I discovered myself through painting. In history, literature, drama and music classes, I realized that I had a brain, despite what I’d been told early in  life.

Later, for a while–1987 through around 1995–everything became a circus, and days and nights were a blur of vivid characters, larger than life people and moments. Photography and magazine interviews, conducted on a tiny tape-recorder, defined my life further. That too passed, and then came the late 1990’s, when I wrote fiction and poetry. But, the one constant through all of my life is visual art.

I recall nights I spent drawing childlike figures on the back of old photographs, waiting for my grandmother’s nod. She smiled slyly when I carved faces into an Italian library table that my family had brought here on a ship from Italy.  My mother didn’t scold me when she had to refinish it with sandpaper and varnish. She bought me watercolors and was in awe at the horse I painted for her in third grade. She said to my Dad, “Hey, she’s pretty good, you know she is.”

Today, I continue to paint. I tell stories on canvas. My art is dark, often not pretty, but I say things with it.

I have a lot to say. Besides the heartaches of youth, I had a brush with cancer twelve years ago. I survived. Recently, I thought I was heading down the same path. A health scare emerged. I was terrified until a procedure proved that there is no cancer…that I have time. What to do with that time? After that experience, I spent a month shopping in thrift stores and malls. My closets got so full that I had to invest in some storage units. But, hey, I got some cool stuff.

Needless to say, the shopping was a diversion, time taken to think about what I wanted to do.

Friends who’ve read my novels tell me to write. “You write so well.” “It would be a waste if you didn’t.” To be honest, I hate writing novels. Sure, I’ve written a few, but as I get older, the writing, rewriting, proofing…and doing it again until all is as perfect as possible, it drains me.

My fiction has been compared to taking a trip on acid, or fever dreams…mostly horror–and my audience is small.  However, I’ll still write. I’m writing this, aren’t I? Novels, not so much.

Then, there’s painting…painting is laborious.  I lay a canvas on the floor and work. I’ve always worked like that…since forever. Now, with age, my legs and back ache after hours spent on a project. But I don’t mind.

I don’t mind because I have lots to say. And whatever time there is left, until I’m too old to work as I do now…that’s what I’m going to do. You can’t serve two masters…you have to do what touches your soul. So, here I am, and I’m going to tell you stories on canvas.

I’ve shared some of my recent work here. Inspired by symbolism and experiences from long ago, forged with wisdom I’ve acquired over the years.

 

Sandy DeLuca

April 16, 2019

 

 

 

Creepy Things

The book ADORABLY WICKED is once again available, this time in in color. It includes color paintings and pen and ink drawings. The images are from my art series entitled Creepy Things.

At the end of 2018, and into 2019, I began a new series–cute and creepy. It’s influenced by the horror genre–as much of my work is. Back in the ’80’s, while in college, I studied children’s illustrations in my commercial art classes. In addition, I studied children’s literature. The two studies intersected naturally.

The Pop Surrealism movement caught my attention several years ago. When working on The Mad Hattery with Marge Simon, several of my paintings made an attempt to capture the “big eyes” of that genre.  I believe that my studies of German Expressionism also play a role in this series, giving my work a less technical feel.

None of the originals are for sale online. However, prints, greeting cards and postcards of these images will be available at my gallery at RedBubble and at various art shows I will be part of in the future.

Prints, postcards, greeting cards and other products available at RedBubble.

Nostalgia

*Above some of my cover art from long-ago zines.

The coupling of my art and writing has existed for a while.

PAINTING THE THIRD FATE was published by Sam’s Dot Publishing in May, 2005. It consisted of my paintings and notes.

BURIAL PLOT IN SAGITTARIUS, was published by Thievin’ Kitty Publications back in 2000. Some of my collages accompany the poetry. (Just click on the images to magnify.)

I Once Dreamed was published in Romance and Beyond, Issue 11. I believe the year was 2000. This zine was published in Lafayette, LA

 

Burial Plot in Sagittarius Interior

 

A very special issue of the Edge, Tales of Suspense

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Sandy DeLuca

Sandy DeLuca is an American author and visual artist, born in Providence, Rhode Island. As an author, she is known for dark and surreal prose; often visceral and shocking. She is best known for her work in the horror genre. She has produced critically acclaimed novels; DESCENT, MESSAGES FROM THE DEAD and MANHATTAN GRIMOIRE.

Over the past decade, much of her visual work has been related to the horror genre and her own writing. When she writes, she often sketches and paints characters and scenes inspired from her fiction.  She illustrated the award-winning poetry collection, VAMPIRES, ZOMBIES & WANTOM SOULS, with Marge Simon’s poetry. She has also painted cover art for small press publications; ALBAN LAKE PUBLISHING and NIGHT TO DAWN BOOKS. 

She sold her first piece of art in 1979, when a friend exhibited her drawings on a wall in a beauty shop. A few years later, she had her first solo exhibit, while still an art student, at the CCRI art gallery. Around 1987, she began to write articles, accompanying her photographs for a string of magazines. And several years later, her art, poetry and fiction began to see publication within the zines that were  popular in 80’s and 90’s.

During that period, she launched her own publishing companies, Goddess of the Bay. Later, December Girl press, producing and editing magazines and anthologies; including horror anthos such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and crime noir fiction such as Crime Spree. She worked with late icons like Charlee Jacob and Ed Bryant. She published work by Brian Keene, Mary San Giovanni, Greg F. Gifune and Mike Liamo. She went on to to be nominated for the Bram Stoker * for poetry award in 2000.

She lives in New England with three feisty tortoiseshell cats and an elderly tabby cat. She is an avid book collector, spending her free time reading, researching family genealogy and studying the metaphysical. 

POETRY AND COLLECTIONS

BURIAL PLOT IN SAGITTARIUS (POETRY), 2000, THIEVIN’ KITTY PUBLICATIONS (NOMINATED FOR THE BRAM STOKER FOR POETRY AWARD AND THE RHYSLING AWARD). This book was accompanied by her cover art and interior illustrations. A copy is maintained in the Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays (Brown University) Poetry, 1976-2000. 

PATHS OF DESTINY (SELECTED POETRY AND SHORT STORIES), 2001, DOUBLE DRAGON BOOKS

DANGEROUS DREAMS, WITH MARGE SIMON (POETRY), 2013, ELECTRIK MILKBATH PRESS (NOMINATED FOR THE BRAM STOKER FOR POETRY AWARD AND THE ELGIN AWARD)

HUNTER’S MOON, SELECTED SHORT STORIES, 2015, MIDNIGHT TOWN MEDIA

FRAGMENTS, SELECTED SHORT STORIES AND POETRY, WITH BOB JUDGE (ART), 2015, MIDNIGHT TOWN MEDIA

GOTHAM LOVE, POETRY AND ART, 2020

GIRLS ON THE ROAD, POETRY, ART AND NOVEL EXCERPTS, 2020

NOVELS

SETTLING IN NAZARETH, 2003, DECEMBER GIRL PRESS, 2017 CROSSROAD PRESS

DESCENT, 2005, DELIRIUM BOOKS, 2010 uninvited books

MANHATTAN GRIMOIRE, 2007, DELIRIUM BOOKS, 2017 CROSSROAD PRESS

FROM ASHES, 2008, DELIRIUM BOOKS, 2017, CROSSROAD PRESS

SWITCHBLADE, 2018, CROSSROAD PRESS

MIDNIGHT TOWN, 2019, CROSSROAD PRESS

BEASTS OF NIGHT, forthcoming

Currently at work on a new novel, working title 19 STRAND STREET

NOVELLAS

DARKNESS CONJURED, 2010, Delirium Books, 2017 Crossroad Press

REIGN OF BLOOD, 2011, Delirium Books, 2017 Crossroad Press

INTO THE RED, 2011, Damnation Books, 2020 Crossroad Press

MESSAGES FROM THE DEAD, 2013, DarkFuse, 2017 Crossroad Press

HELL’S DOOR, 2013, DarkFuse, 2017 Crossroad Press

CITY AT THE EDGE OF THE EARTH, 2016, Midnight Town Media, 2018 Crossroad Press

LUPO MANNARO, 2016, with her illustrations, Night to Dawn Books, 2020 Crossroad Press

Novelette: Journey to Talazia, with her illustrations, Alban Lake, 2017

BLUE HELL: Co-authored with Greg F. Gifune. Forthcoming from Journalstone, 2021.

*From 1987 through the present her short stories, poetry, articles, photographs, opinions and art have appeared in various books, magazines, print and online publications. 

ART BOOKS

PAINTING THE THIRD FATE, 2005, SAM’S DOT PUBLISHING

THE MAD HATTERY (WITH MARGE SIMON’S POETRY), 2012, ELECTRIK MILKBATH PRESS

VAMPIRES, ZOMBIES & WANTON SOULS (WITH MARGE SIMON’S POETRY), 2012, ELECTRIK MILKBATH PRESS

Gardens of the Fey, (with marge simon’s Poetry), 2013, Wolfsinger Publications

APPARITIONS: THIRTY YEARS OF STRANGE ART, 2015, MIDNIGHT TOWN MEDIA

ETHEREAL BEINGS, 2015, MIDNIGHT TOWN MEDIA

NAUGHTY LADIES (WITH MARGE SIMON’S POETRY), 2015, ELDRITCH PRESS

CHILDHOOD, 2015, MIDNIGHT TOWN MEDIA

TALES OF AN EARTHBOUND TRAVELER, 2015, MIDNIGHT TOWN MEDIA

SMALL SPIRITS, 2016, (WITH MARGE SIMON’S POETRY), 2016, MIDNIGHT TOWN MEDIA

COME DREAM WITH ME, 2018, ALBAN LAKE PUBLISHING

ADORABLY WICKED, 2020

Notable anthologies which included her short stories are:

Divas of Darkness–Thievin Kitty–2001

IN DELIRIUM II–2007

PIERCING THE DARKNESS (NECRO PUBLICATIONS)–2013

SCARY TALES FOR HALLOWEEN (DOUBLE DRAGON PUBLISHING)–2003

SLICES OF FLESH (DARK MOON BOOKS) –2010

EROTIKOS (DARKFUSE)–2017

EDITORIAL/PUBLISHING PROJECTS:

Goddess of the Bay Publications, where she produced and edited a monthly zine of poetry, art and short stories. In addition, specialty projects such as A Midsummer’s Night Terror, Something Wicked (experimental fiction collections) were produced under this banner.

December Girl Press (an imprint of Delirium Books): She produced and edited a collection of ‘Noir fiction called Crime Spree and a rare collectible novel Saying Uncle, by Greg F. Gifune. (1999 through 2003).

*Also see:

Resource lists that have documented some of my work.

Reviews, interviews & blurbs about my work.

VISUAL BODIES OF WORK:

Figures and Fantasies 1986—ongoing. Expressionistic figurative work, Shapeshifting–fantasy paintings of felines, strange lands and the female figure.

The Genre 1995-ongoing. Paintings inspired by genre writings and imagined images related to my own writings.

Abstract Experiments in the City 2002-2006

New York inspired art 2007-2008

Digital Experiments 2016–2018.

 Sports Photography 1986-1996

Pop Surrealism, Cute and Creepy, 2011–ongoing

The Ravens–2018–2020

Gotham Inspired Art (Includes studies in comicbook art and film) 2020–

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

Community College of Rhode Island, Solo show at Warwick and Lincoln campuses; 1986. Two paintings were on loan for exhibit in President’s reception area Community College of RI, 1987. Various group shows Warwick Community College Campus, 1984-1997; while earning my AFA in the 1980’s, and then later studying art seminars in the 1990’s. 

Border Books, Cranston and Providence, Rhode Island (2003) 

Winky Dink Ink Gallery and Tattoo Parlor, (New York) 2010

Various shows, New Hope Gallery (Cranston, RI) 2011-present

Various shows, Hughes/Donahue Gallery (Taunton, MA), 2011-2013

Anything Goes Gallery (Warwick, RI), October 2011-2012

Right Studios, Woonsocket, RI, December 7th, 2011

Jerry’s Artarama (Providence, RI), 2012, Various shows

Gallery Q Summer, Juried, (Providence, RI) June 1, 2012

 Ugly Dog Gallery (Attleboro, MA), August 2012

Bank RI, Providence, RI, solo exhibit–TALES OF AN EARTHBOUND TRAVELER–December/January 2012-2013

Cranston Public Library, two-person exhibit with Bob Judge, June, 2019

Article from my Bank RI solo art show.

University of Rhode Island, Feinstein Campus, Group show, ART IN HEALING November 2014

Eunoia Gallery–The Unframed Works on Paper Show–November 2018

biblio--gothic readers bookclub

Contact me at:  SandyDeLuca13@Gmail.com

Unframed Works on Paper

 

 

On November 4th, 2018, I attended the last night of this three-day art party at  Eunoia

Many thanks to Lucas James Xavier Kolasa , the gallery owner and Carol Scavotto.

The exhibit included a unique selection of beautiful art. It’s a wonderful space in New England, located in the Warwick area, at 275 West Natick Road.

Carol and Lucas had some great work on display. Other artists included Bob JudgeLin ColletteWilliam SchaffRossitza Skortcheva DoneskySusan Klas WrightRebekah MajorJohn Buron. 

Below, Lucas and his small landscapes on paper, left and Carol Scavotto chatting with Bob Judge, right.

 

Below, Lucas James Xavier, left and Carol Scavotto, right.

 

Wonderful abstract paintings by Bob Judge.

 

 

 

Work by various artists.

 

Carol Scavotto’s beautiful work.

 

 

Wonderful, whimsical collages by Lin Collette.

Below Susan Klas Wright creating and standing near her gorgeous work.

 

 

Amazing, photo real landscapes by Lucas.

 

Left, yours truly and artist/curator, Ricky Gagnon Right artists Barbara Rosenbaum  and Bob Judge.

Eunoia Gallery

It’s November 2nd through November 4th, 2018, from 4pm through 10pm. There will be wine and chocolate…and beautiful art! So, get ready for the holidays with the UNFRAMED WORKS ON PAPER show. All pieces will be priced $100.00 and under. Great ideas for gifts and for your art collection.

The gallery is located at:

275 West Natick Road, Warwick, RI 02886

Thanks to Lucas James Xavier Kolasa and Carol Scavotto! Poster designs by Lucas James Xavier Kolasa.

In addition work by John Buron, Lin Collette, Rossitza Skortcheva Donesky, Scott Francoeur, Barry Gropper, Bob Judge, L.J.X.K., Carol Scavotto and William Schaff will be included.

Below are several pieces of art that I will be exhibiting at the show.

 

 

 

 

Below are some of the posters Poster design by Lucas James Xavier Kolasa designed for the show.

 

unframed

Poster with work by Carol Scavotto.

 

 

 

 

Poster for Eunoia Gallery's unframed work on paper show.

 

Poster with Lin Collette’s art.

The Art From Small Spirits: Dark Dolls

In 2016, I had the pleasure of illustrating Marge Simon’s poetry book, SMALL SPIRITS: DARK DOLLS.  I am displaying some of that art here. Thank you for taking a look.