I always wanted to be cool

Artist Amy Guidry with her paintings at Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX
Artist Amy Guidry with her paintings at Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX

I don’t know anybody growing up who didn’t wish they were in the “cool” crowd. Well, unless you already were in the cool crowd… So, better late than never, I think I finally reached “cool” status since I’m now featured on Vegans Are Cool. The name implies you’re cool, so I’m going with it. Silliness aside, I’m honored to be one of the featured interviews and to represent those vegans in the creative field. And it’s nice to get into some more personal aspects of my work since those opportunities don’t happen if your work is on a gallery wall and there’s no one around to explain it. So for a little more insight into my world- art, veganism, etc.- check out my interview at www.vegansarecool.com (also under the category- vegan creatives).


"The United States of Consumerism"- Amy Guidry, acrylic on canvas, (c) Amy Guidry 2011
"The United States of Consumerism"- Amy Guidry, acrylic on canvas, (c) Amy Guidry 2011

Today marks the opening of “Insatiable: Our Rapacious Appetite for More” at the Kniznick Gallery located in the Women’s Studies Research Center of Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. I’m excited to be a part of this show as well as showing at such a prestigious university. The opening will be next month, but the exhibition is up as of today. Sometimes it’s nice just to go to a show before the opening (i.e. crowds) to get a good look at the work. This is actually a juried exhibition which was curated by Judy Haberl, Professor of Sculpture at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The show takes a look at consumerism in all forms- money, food, sex, power, etc. and the effects of such on our planet and its inhabitants. The exhibit is open now through March 15th, with the opening reception taking place on February 3, 2011 from 5-7:30pm.

And here is a list of participating artists: Edie Bresler, Donna Catanzaro, Marie Picard Craig, Marli Diestel, Anthony Fisher, Virginia Fitzgerald, Karen Frostig, Katerie Gladdys, Justin Goodall, Amy Guidry, Hope Hardesty, Max Heller, Rachael Jablo, Lauren Kalman, Sam Keller, Minsung Keyoung, Kirstin Lamb, Anne Lambert, Yvonne Love & Gabrielle Russomagno, So Yoon Lym, Leslie Macklin, Monika Malewska, Elizabeth Michelman, Mitzi Lynn Mize, Morrix, Nancy Morrow, Kathleen O’Hara, Anne Percoco, Rachel Bee Porter, Nina Prader, Gina Randazzo, Kayla Risko, Andrea Rosenthal, Alison Safford, Rosalie Ripaldi Shane, Kirsten Rae Simonsen, Gulin Sungur, Douglas Tausik,Dylan Vitone, Callie Wile, and April Wood

My painting, “The United States of Consumerism,” as seen above, will be part of the exhibition.  For more of my recent work, please visit www.AmyGuidry.com.

2 for 1 Week

MYSELF exhibition, University of Nevada, Reno
MYSELF exhibition, University of Nevada, Reno

I happen to have two shows going on this week, well opening that is. As you may recall, my work was selected for the MYSELF exhibition at the Sheppard Fine Art Gallery of the University of Nevada, Reno. I posted about this months ago, but the time has come and the opening will be taking place this Thursday, January 20th. The reception will take place from 5:30-8pm, with a panel discussion including some of the participating artists during the first hour. The exhibition officially opens today and will remain up through February 18th. The photo on the left is of the cover of the exhibition catalogue, which includes essays by Joy Garnett and Mira Schor.

The second opening is for the 26th Annual International Exhibition taking place at the Meadows Gallery of the University of Texas at Tyler. The opening reception is taking place this evening (!!) so if you are in the Texas area, be sure to stop by. The reception will be held from 6-7:30pm, with the exhibit remaining up through March 4th. The juror for the exhibit is renowned artist Cotter Luppi.

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"Synergy" by Amy Guidry; acrylic on canvas; (c) Amy Guidry 2011
"Synergy" by Amy Guidry; acrylic on canvas; (c) Amy Guidry 2011

Another addition to the “In Our Veins” series! I’ve recently completed “Synergy” and it is now online. This is an acrylic on canvas, 8″ wide by 10″ high. These paintings have been smaller than some of my past works due to the detail. I spend so much time on them as it is, for me to go any larger would require several months just to finish one. That said, I’ve been working as large as needed for all the “visual information.” This is another piece pertaining to the life cycle- something I am fascinated with- and the original concept was something I visualized in that half asleep/half awake state after going to bed. This is why I keep a sketchbook (and pen) on my bedside table.

To view the painting (at a much larger size) as well as the rest of the series, visit my website at this direct link: AmyGuidry.com- Synergy.

Second Saturday Artwalk

This Saturday, January 8th, is the first artwalk of 2011! If you live or will be in Lafayette, Louisiana, this weekend, be sure to stop by all the galleries and business downtown that are featuring new exhibits. This is a free (and popular!) event for a fun evening out. Starts at 6pm- 8pm (ish) in downtown Lafayette. The schedule is:

Acadiana Center for the Arts– 101 W. Vermilion St. / 337-233-7060
Main Gallery: Domains, Parameters and Wanderings– Anastasia Pelias, Jennifer Odem, Christina Mcfee, Allan Jones, Colleen Ho, Chyrl Savoy
Side Gallery: The Mississippi Delta: Images from a Blues Pilgrimage by Scott Ainslie
Vault Series: Candice Alexander

Cajun Spice– 535 Jefferson St / 337-232-3061
Works by Kim Parker and Tina Thibodaux

Galerie Eclaireuse– 535 ½ Jefferson St. / 337-234-5492
Jon Schooler

Gallery 549– 549 Jefferson St. / 337-593-0796
Donald LeBlanc solo exhibition

Gallery R (at The Russo Group)- 116 E. Congress St. / 337-769-1530
Works by Ryan Benoit

St. Pierre’s Center for the Arts– 114 W. Vermilion St. / 337-236-9111
Jason Copes


"The Red Dress" by Amy Guidry; Private Collection; (c) Amy Guidry 2011
"The Red Dress" by Amy Guidry; Private Collection; (c) Amy Guidry 2011

Another “New Realm” painting has found a new home! This piece is titled “The Red Dress” and is a spotlight piece, so to speak, based on a larger painting, “Dawning.” This is another 5″ x 5″ painting from my “New Realm” series. The series is my own modern interpretation of fairytales in which the woman in the story is the heroine, not the victim. The red dress seen in this painting, as well as in “Dawning,” was inspired by a fashion shoot in Vogue magazine depicting a model in a childlike pose, wearing a red babydoll dress. This imagery further perpetuates the idea of women as fragile, young, naive, in need of protection. It’s the perfect concept to include in my series empowering women.  To view the “New Realm” series, as well as larger images, visit my website at this direct link: www.AmyGuidry.com.