Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Summer of '08

"One must always be prepared for riotous and endless waves of transformation". This quote, from the book, "Eat, Pray, Love" pretty much describes the whirlwind of activity this summer!
My friends Robin (from the Laguna College of Art & Design) and Heidi a fellow designer from my publishing days) were in town. We caught a Red Sox game, cruised to Nantucket and toured from Boston to Provincetown. All in one week!
Speaking of the
Cape, Mercedes Hall gave a dynamic performance at the Wequasett Inn. She's an award winning singer who's son happens to be Anthony Michael Hall of Breakfast Club and more recently Batman fame. I've known Mercedes for a couple of years and she's as beautiful as she is talented. Inspired by her performance I created several paintings of her on stage.
And lastly,
I took part in a group show the "Art of Dining" on August 23rd at Wynne Falconer Gallery in Chatham. Kenny & Allison (the owners) invited me to their annual "Tailight Party" - a farewell to the hoards of visitors that inhabit the Cape in July & August. It marks a return to the peace and tranquility of summers end.

Friday, August 8, 2008

The Guild of Boston Artists

The Opening Reception and Awards Presentation for the Annual New England Representational Painting Competition was held last night in Boston. The competition was open to all New England artists, both member and non-members of The Guild. From 200 entries by 70 artists, thrity-five paintings were chosen by the jurors: Robert Douglas Hunter, Pamela Pindell, and Frank Strazzulla, Jr.

The show will run from August 7 - 31, 2008. To view the entire exhibition visit: 162 Newbury Street - Boston, Massachusetts 02116, 617-536-7660.

California Dreamin'

Well summer is winding down and I'm not looking forward to the winter. I'll be heading for warmer climates every chance I get. I plan to attend the Annual Plein Air Invitational in Laguna Beach this October. Having lived in Laguna for over 10 years, I return often to visit friends and fellow artists. I'm an active member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters and look forward to another successful year with them. Two paintings were recently juried into the Best of Plein Air show at the Laguna College of Art & Design in June. Visit the LPAPA website at:

A great place to visit and enjoy a casual lunch is Crystal Cove, an old artists haunt dating back to the 1920's which continues to be a favorite en plein air site. My pal, Heidi was able to reserve one of the vintage cottages for my visit.
Located directly on the beach or overlooking it from a bluff top, each cottage has been painstakingly restored and furnished to recreate Crystal Cove's unique historic beach culture and ambience. First developed as a 1920's movie set due to its seclusion and tropical aura, the community thrived and became beloved for its relaxed, atmosphere and picturesque landscape.

Artists Turn Up the Heat

Earlier this summer I took part in a group exhibition called "Heat" at the Oceanside 17 Gallery in Hull, MA. The article below, by Correspondent Robert Knox appeared in the Boston Globe on August 7, 2008.

An invitation to artists to take part in a summer art show on the theme of "heat" elicited a variety of images: from beach scenes of dark blue water, and children looking for shells, to studies of hot chili peppers, glass representations of wave patterns, and a few nudes.

"Heat could mean many things," said gallery owner and painter Franny Andahazy of the summer show at Oceanside 17 Studio and Gallery in Hull. She titled her own image of hot peppers "Hot Lovers."

Oceanside 17 takes advantage of its setting in beach-hugging Hull to hold a summer-themed show each year. Andahazy invites artists whose works she admires, many of them from nearby towns, to participate. They are "artists that I knew would do a good job with a summer image," she says.

The offerings this year include vertical oil by Eli Cedrone of Stoughton ("Shellseekers") depicting the classic seaside image of children staring carefully at the water's edge, which reflects impressionistic colors back to the viewer.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

"The Fine Art of Dining"

Wynne Falconer Gallery presents new paintings of interior dining scenes by Boston artist Eli Cedrone.
The opening reception will be held on August 23rd, 6-8 pm.

This series of bars and restaurants began with my participation in the Annual Copley Society's Fresh Paint event in May 2008. It was raining that day so I decided to duck into a bar near Newbury Street in Boston called Paparazzi. Once inside I was invited to set up my easel. It was a great opportunity to paint a difficult subject, on location and I was able to capture the wonderful light and energy of the scene.

Representing contemporary well established and emerging artists from around the country, the Wynne Falconer Gallery provides quality artwork to museums, some of the top collectors in the country, and clients just beginning to explore the world of collecting art. Wynne Falconer Gallery, 492 Main Street, Chatham, MA 02633, 508-945-2867,

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Newport Bermuda Race
I'm organizing a painting workshop in Bermuda November 13 -15, 2008. For more info or to sign up go to my website at www.elicedrone.come. In early June, I was invited to watch the start of the Newport to Bermuda Yacht Race. Leslie White, of the Bermuda Department of Tourism, hosted a luncheon at the breathtaking Ocean Cliff Resort. It was a great opportunity to meet travel professionals like Linda Mitchell, owner of Bermuda Travel (, who organizes weddings on the island. Bermuda has held a special place in my heart for over 3 decades. I plan to do some paintings of the event in future so be sure to visit in the weeks ahead.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

GotArt? Gala Opening: May, 1st, 6-9pm

This is my second year with GOT ART? This show seeks to make original art for the home, the new standard of living for all americans. I'll be previewing ten paintings at a new location at the Zullo Gallery in Medfield, MA. Last year's event was very exciting and this years event should be even better! Great opportunity to buy reasonably priced work from established and emerging artists. Opening Reception: Thursday, May 1st 6-9 pm, rsvp required. The show is open to the public from May 2-3, 1-5 pm and May 4th, 12-3 pm. Call 508-359-6232. For details and directions visit: WWW.GOT-ART.NET

Copley Society of Art, Fresh Paint

On Sunday, May 4th, I'll be participating in the The Copley Society, 20th Annual - Fresh Paint Event. You can find me in the Beacon Hill area of Boston and more than 90 Co|So artists will be capturing some of Boston's most treasured spots.
The artists will bring their fresh works back to the gallery by the end of the day. For the next week, the art will be displayed and silent bids taken at Co|So's gallery at 158 Newbury Street. On Saturday, May 10th between 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., final bidding will take place during a gala party at the gallery. For more info visit:

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Copley Society of Boston, "A - Z: Thaw"

Image: Eli Cedrone, Pierced Nude, 11 x 14

Co|So Artists A to Z: Thaw | March 7 - April 26, 2008
The Copley Society of art is proud to present Co|So Artists A to Z, an exhibition of small artworks by our membership. Dozens of artists' small paintings, sculptures, photographs, and prints are for sale - perfect additions to growing art collections. Work from all mediums is represented, and styles range from traditional to contemporary. The well attended, Members' Reception was held on, Thursday, March 6, frome 5:30-7:30.

Copley Society of art | 158 Newbury Street | Boston, MA | 02116
p:: 617.536.5049 f:: 617.267.9396 e:: w::
Gallery Hours | Tuesday - Saturday: 11-6, Sunday & Monday: 12-5

Monday, March 10, 2008

Women's History Month

I'm a lot more comfortable in front of an easel than an audience. But when I was asked to be the keynote speaker at Massasoit College for thier luncheon in honor of Women's History Month I couldn't refuse since this year, the theme is "Womens Art: Women's Vision." I'm always happy for the opportunity to share what I do as an artist with the public and this event made me think about the role of women in the arts and more importantly, who I am as an artist.

I was thinking about how much being an artist defines who I am as a person. It's been a lifelong desire to convert the visual world into a painted representation of it. When I went to art school in the 70's, there was a rebellion against everything, including academic rules. The manifesto of the avant-garde was to discard the artistic traditions in favor of free expression. They even went so far as to announce that painting was dead! It took me 20 years to rediscover painting in the traditional sense.

When I painted from life as opposed to photos, I learned to SEE. What I mean by that is, I understood the fundamental concept of what light does when it illuminates an object. There is a difference between an image that is photographically correct and one that is “alive”. This radically changed my perception - and I made a serious commitment to painting.

On the subject of the contribution of WOMEN IN THE ARTS, Id like to share some things that I came across while doing my research...
"To be celebrated in one's own times only to fall into obscurity is a fate not unknown among male artists, but it is an experience that has befallen almost every female artist, however famous in her own era". And, Hans Hoffmann had this to say about his student, Lee Krasner's work: "This is so good, you wouldn't know it was painted by a woman." Some of you may know that Krasner was the wife of Jackson Pollock and damn good painter.

How many women artists can you name off the top of your head: Mary Cassatt, Cecelia Beau, Camille Claudele... many were married to well know painters: Khalo/Rivera, O'Keefe/Stieglitz.

But have you ever heard of these women from the Renaissance period?
Sofonisba Anguissola (1535-1625), She had a brilliant career both in Italy and at the Spanish court. But she was not in the habit of signing her paintings and was paid in Madrid as a lady-in-waiting (as befitted her noble birth), not as an artist. Her work was attributed to Titian, Van Dyck, Zubaran.
Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652/3), the first great woman painter of the female nude and the first woman member of Florence's Academy. Hew work was attributed to her father, Orazio and only recently recredited to its rightful author.
Judith Leyster (1609-1660), friend, colleague, sometimes rival of Franz Hals. She was "rediscovered" towards the end of the 19th century, when a picture sold to the Louvre as a Hals turned out to bear her signature.

This made me think about why women don't seem to acheive the same recognition as men in the arts and I came up with some theories:
1. Women are caretakers, it's hard to balance kids, husbands and housework with studio time. Ironically, if married to an artist, they are often the caretakers for their husbands career.

2. Men have huge egos. Ask 50 women artists if thier work is great and then asked 50 male artists, a much higher percentage of men would say they were great.

3. Women artists are twice as likely as men to be financially supported by their partner - it being more socially comfortable for women than for men.

4. Men are more assertive in terms of promoting their work. And, maybe it's because assertiveness is important in the art itself. Collectors like art that has balls! Actually, this brings to mind the painting by Jasper Johns, "Painting with Two Balls." A paint-splattered canvas with two balls inserted between the canvas panels. A double entendre, to satirize the physical prowess implied in Abstract Expressionist painting. In other words; a painting must have balls!

Last year, I attended an invitational paint-out in Laguna Beach, which draws nationally ranked painters. I was struck by the fact that the women invited to paint, appeared grateful to have been included, unlike their male counterparts who owned the honor to be there.

Money vs. Art
The time and commitment it takes to become a skilled painter is enormous and it's very difficult to make a living as an artist. That being said, the need to create should not be rooted in the market place; it's deadly for an artist to approach the easel with that goal in mind. I have to feel almost indifferent to ‘outside validations’ and continue to work towards my own personal goals. I try to keep my head down. "I paint because I have to" - it's who I am, and what I do. And although it's not about money, it sure feels good when I sell a painting!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Winter Juried Show

The annual Winter Juried Show is a tradition at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA. Eli Cedrones' painting, Autrefois, was one of 100 works, selected from over 500 entries for this highly competitive, exhibition. The festive opening reception, featuring gourmet hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and music was held on February 2nd. The exhibition will be open to the public until April 13th, 2008

Art Complex Museum
Alden Street, Duxbury, MA 02043
Phone: (781) 934-2731, ext 4

While attending an opening of my work at the Copley Society of Boston recently, I met Gradon Tripp. Greydon runs designboston, a Boston-based design blog featuring news and information about all things relationg to art and design from around the city and beyond. He started designboston in 2006 to help those interested in design - whether architecture, interior/green/product design, or more - find all that Boston has to offer.

Graydon says he's always looking for help - if you have any ideas or tips you think we should write about, email Gradon.

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Chameleon Interiors

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