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Curating, art and life in 2010

It has been a little busy since my last post.  The b.a.l.m. WHITE SHOW went on tour  from March 6th to
May 5, 2010 to Hausmann Millworks in San Antonio, TX as part of Contemporary Art Month (CAM) and Luminaria.
There was a great review written by By Elda Silva (San Antonio) Express-News
‘White Show’ able to amuse and unsettle at the same time


Rex Hausmann, Shannon and Darin White
at the balm White Show at Hausmann Millworks
More pics from show travel, set up and opening here

Also at the end of March beginning of April, Shannon and I were invited to bring our artwork
and curate the hanging of an art exhibition in Paris, France.  Shannon was pregnant with our
third child and decided not to go, but sent her work with me.  It was a busy time, and I mostly
worked, the show was being installed in a 900 year old building that used to be a convent and
then a disco tech.  A great big thank you to Philip and Anh Sawyer for making this happen!


Chris Mueller’s work on Left Darin M. White on Right

Works by Lena Sawyer, Anita Breitenberg, Shannon White and Anne Elhajoui


View of Eiffel Tower from George Centre Pompidou Center


Great food and friends in a Paris brasserie

More pics from the trip here , artwork here
and curation set up here

In May a friend Patrick Curtin and I went to pick up the balm White Show in San Antonio.
We had a great time and sold a few pieces of artists in the meantime.  Thank you Rex Hausmann
for bringing the show down and the great artists studio visits, amazing Tex-Mex food and
Gene and Rene Hausmann for their hospitality!


Rex Hausmann, Darin White, Patrick Curtin
loading the truck for the trek back to Kansas
More pics here

Not too long after getting back from San Antonio, my wife Shannon had our
beautiful and sweet daughter Claire Hava Nala White.  What an amazing joy!
It has been an amazing thing to have another baby.  She is so much fun.
Our daughter Noel has been a great help.


Claire Hava Nala White

Here are some more pictures.

My wife Shannon White had a solo show “Latent Vision – New Works by Shannon White
at Bridgeport Space in the Crossroads District in downtown Kansas City, MO
May 7th- May 31st, 2010.  She sold one painting opening night and had amazing traffic
and then sold another while the show was up!  It was an amazing show in a great space.
Thanks again to Patrick Curtin who curated the show!

Post card invite for Latent Vision new works by Shannon White


More photos from the show here

In late August we had a trip to Colorado for a gathering of artists.
I led an art walk about holloware and wire sculpting, and Shannon and
I spoke to around 90 artists and enthusiasts about art, life and b.a.l.m.
We had a great time at the castle and we got to do some hiking and fishing
as well.  We went up a few days early and stayed in a remote and rustic cabin
in the mountains, with no internet or mobile access right by the South Platte River.


Our cabin in Colorado by the North Forth
of the South Platte River


Inside our cabin in the Colorado mountains

In January I officially become a commissioner for the LCAC (Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission).
In August I was asked to sit on the board of the DLAD (Downtown Lawrence Arts District).
We have established the Downtown Lawrence Arts District in Lawrence, KS.  The DLAD
approached a few local landlords about their space that was empty.  We have
“leased” these “Flash Spaces” for events called Final Fridays, which are a group of galleries and
Spaces that participate by hanging or providing artwork and opening up from 5-8 or
later in some cases on the Final Friday of each month.  I volunteered to curate the

739 Massachusetts Flash Space.  b.a.l.m. has now produced the first two shows
in which I curated the exhibitions.  The first which was produced in two weeks is
b.a.l.m.
TRANS•parent TRANS•lucent Art Exhibition
which opened August 27th,
and ran through Sept. 17th, 2010.  The opening drew around 700-1000 people estimated.


b.a.l.m. TRANS•parent TRANS•lucent Post Card Invite


b.a.l.m. TRANS•parent TRANS•lucent Opening Reception

More images from the opening reception

We were also grateful for a wonderful review of the show by
Ryan LaFerney with Review Magazine .

Shannon had another solo show which opened in conjunction with
Final Fridays called Digitals and Drips at the Art House including
conte line drawings of our daughter Claire peeking from behind
drip paintings, and a slew of new digital paintings. It was a very
exciting show!


Shannon White Digitals and Drips Postcard front image


Shannon White Digitals and Drips opening image

For the second of the Final Friday events I curated a show called
b.a.l.m. anthropoi a show about how artists view people. Anthropoi
means people in Greek.  The show opening was Friday, Sept. 24th,
at the 739 Mass Street Flash Space and will run until Oct. 22nd. 2010.
For this show we had an even better turn out than the first event
with an estimated 1000-1,300 people coming through the space.

Post card front image for b.a.l.m. anthropoi exhibition


Opening reception images for b.a.l.m. anthropoi exhibition


Click here for more opening images for the b.a.l.m anthropoi show

We also were thankful for another great write up in which we were highlighted
FACES AND PLACES IN DOWNTOWN LAWRENCE, KANSAS By Tom King.

Upcoming we are waiting for an article by Lawrence Magazine that will
be highlighting 5 artists group/collectives from Lawrence, KS in which
we were given a theme and had to produce a collective piece of art
as a group in less than five hours each.  This article will be coming out at the
end of October.

All content ©2010 Darin M. White

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