Monday, October 15, 2018

KIDZArt, Opening of A New Series by Stephen Shellenberger




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Olasumbomi Aka- Bashorun
Phone: 931 368 8834

DBO GALLERY presents for November’s First Bank First Saturday ArtCrawl

WHAT: First Bank First Saturday ArtCrawl Opening with special guest artist Stephen Shellenberger
WHEN: Nov. 3, 2018 6PM - 9PM during the Downtown Nashville Artwalk
WHERE : #69 & #73 (2nd FLOOR) THE NASHVILLE ARCADE ARCADE ALLEY NASHVILLE, TN  37219 
WHO:    STEPHEN SHELLENBERGER, OLASUBOMI AKA-BASHORUN, SAM WELCH & KIM BARRY 
DBO Gallery is very pleased to be unveiling the first limited prints of a new series of work by Stephen Shellenberger, “KIdzArt.” Art for families to collect for their children to have for a lifetime, beginning in the nursery. 

Stephen Shellenberger 
Artist Statement : I want to encourage families to invest in their children’s future by collecting art for them. For this reason I have created art that is meant for children, for their rooms and art that will be with them forever. I believe art is for all of us, regardless of age or social status, money. Art makes the heart sing and imagine a young newborn, with art on his or her walls, the joy that baby will experience. The art will be their art for their entire life!

Artist Bio:
Stephen Shellenberger is a multidisciplinary artist, painter, filmmaker, playwright and actor. He has exhibited his work in Canada, the United States and Europe. His work has been featured in magazines and can be found in both private and corporate collections around the globe. Shellenberger has several successful solo exhibitions to his credit and has been selected for prominent group shows such as the Collectionner L'art sponsored by the Association des Galeries d'art Contemporain. One of the reasons his work strikes such a cord with people: the artist recycles anything and everything and reclaims it with paint.
Shellenberger loves the notion that things with history bring much more to a work of art than something fresh from the art store; he celebrates their past, integrating those memories with his own vision. If art is the voice and language of the artist, then Shellenberger clearly has something interesting to say.

"The artists job is to be a witness to his time in history." 
-Robert Rauschenberg 
(He owned a small painting of Stephen's)

Stephen Shellen grew up in Victoria, British Columbia where he was his high school's star hockey player before heading north to work as a lumberjack. After catching the attention of a talent scout in Vancouver, he decided to try his hand at acting, spurred on in part by the memory of a less-than-appreciative audience during his first stage performance in junior high. Moving to Los Angeles, he studied with Peggy Feury and soon became a familiar face in feature films including Casual Sex? (1988) with Lea Thompson and Victoria Jackson, festival favourite The Stepfather (1987) with Terry O'Quinn and Shelley Hack, the star-studded miniseries Hollywood Wives (1985), with Anthony Hopkins, Candice Bergen and Robert Stack, and the TV movie and basis of the series Murder One(1995). Returning to Canada in the early 90s, Stephen had a lead role on the Nikita-esque USA Networks series Counterstrike (1990), with Simon MacCorkindale and Christopher Plummer, in which he played Luke Brenner, part of a team of three operatives who fought terrorism around the globe. Back in the U.S., Stephen starred in Stand Off (1994), a film about a hostage crisis for which he won critical raves. He also made an appearance as the cocky actor brother of Craig Sheffer's love interest in the Academy-Award-winning A River Runs Through It (1992); his scenes with Susan Trawley were referred to by Newsweek as the funniest sequence in the movie. His career continued to blend big-budget, box office winners like The Bodyguard (1992) with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, and small but critically acclaimed independent films like Rude (1995) which was named the Best Canadian Feature Film at the 1995 Toronto International Film Festival, as well as receiving eight Genie nominations. Stephen can also be seen in guest appearances on popular TV shows like Law & Order (1990) and Due South (1994). In 1997, he was invited to Toronto to shoot what he thought would be a one-time appearance on _La Femme Nikita_, playing a dedicated police detective who stumbles into more than he bargained for in pursuit of a serial killer. However, he was a hit with the show's fans, and so LFN made the decision to bring him back in a recurring role for the series' fifth and final season. The episodes began airing in the U.S. in January 2001. Stephen has also been seen in the hit Nicolas Cage/Angelina Jolie film Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000).

Also in Suite 69’s front room Olasubomi Aka-Bashorun and his new series, “Pixelated Love.” A three paintings series capturing romance, brightly & boldly, in the digital age.  Original paintings and iron sculptures by Kim Barry in the center room, as well. 

 In the front room of our Suite #73,  Sam Welch displays his new tapestry series and portrait series. 
  
DBO Gallery in the brainchild of artist, Olasubomi Aka-Bashorun. Having opened a DBO Gallery in Clarkesville in May 2018, he teamed up with artist, Sam Welch, to find a Downtown location within the Arts District. Located inside The historic Nashville Arcade, the gallery is  surrounded by a great community of artist studios. Bashorun & Welch welcomed recent Nashville transplant, Kim Barry, into the fold as a represented artist.  

Olasubomi Aka-Bashorun is an artist born in Lagos, Nigeria and grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma. He graduated with an art degree from Oklahoma Baptist University  in 2010 and now lives and works in the Middle Tennessee area. His work focuses on expressionistic portraitures and large scale public murals.  

Sam Welch, a native of Nashville, is a creative entrepreneur in bringing platforms, events, and spaces to artists. As an artist, himself, he leans towards the blend of street art through the eyes of a optimistic anarchist.

Kim Barry, a Pittsburgh-born artist, has travelled the country created experimental art studios  - Suite 106 in Florida, West Eleven in Los Angeles, and, most recently SixTHreeFouR in Pittsburgh, PA. Within each creative space, she designs interactive environments that include her paintings, sculptures, collaborative music, movement and installation. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including The Louvre's Contemporary Art Festival, Long Beach's 100 years of Women in Art Exhibit, The Oxford International Art Fair  and is held in private and corporate collections. 


HOURS : 2pm - 6pm Tues - Fri or by appt. 

FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CONTACT DBOGallery2018@gmail.com or call 913 368 8834

Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Fractured Sacred



So This was the photo op of the night... Here's a little backstory...... "The FracturedSacred" 72"X 36 acrylic on Canvas. The real feminist "fight " is preserving the beauty of the gift we are given, love and preserve the body we are provided, and protect innocence, Joy and peace of life. Once a child, girl or boy, exposed to seductive to brutal rape, abuse, and exploitation, come to think pain, hate and mutilation of self and others is "love" and thus fight for that, instead. That is the end of any true beauty. I wonder, is this the true root of the rape epidemic? Envy of another's perceived beauty, joy and or innocence and, by default, have pain replace love? To consume the other rather than support, befriend and protect the other? This is a fractured, fallen world. This is not the end, nor ideal. Sorry to burst an ego bubble or two, but In light of the world's fruit, Women are not goddesses, just as men are not gods. We create the body but not the souls of the future . Both men and women are complimentary vessels that have the power to breathe life or death into each other and every soul with a temporary use of the body. I'm so tired of seeing the conversation of death winning over life and too many accept it as the only language left in the world so they pass the hot potato of pain to the next person. This is not the highest nature of ourselves or a reflection of God. It just takes time and humility to accept the fruit of a destructive nature, change course and learn the language that preserves life. Look into another's eyes- you can see the difference it makes. This painting is for all the ladies ( and men ) I have had the honor of being a confidant in the struggles to stay gold no matter the punches in this often confusing and contradictory dimension. Furthermore, This painting is for all the women and men around the world who are used and abused as vessels for others to express rage, hate, lust, and brutality instead of love. Love each other until you come across a person wanting to express death to your body and soul. when there is no conversation left to discuss, Then defend to the death. There lies the true fight for the feminine -A honorable fight- inclusive to everyone. The rest is derivative.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Art Therapy at DBO Gallery

Art Therapy Sessions Now Available

DBO Gallery is pleased to announce a new experience for visitors to take advantage of. We know how important it is to excercise your creative side. Sometimes for pure joy. Sometimes for therapy in working thru the challenges, upsets, and surprises we find ourselves in from time to time. Life tells us to squash it and stay in survival mode. But to be healthy in our minds, bodies, and spirit, all that energy needs to be processed. What better way than to take time out during your week and paint inside a gallery for an afternoon?
You visit Tuesday thru Friday between 2pm and 6pm with or without an appt- just call or text Kim Barry at 412 370 7446 when you are on your way. For a Saturday afternoon, We are not usually open but will by appt only of 4 people or more and pre pay. For $25 per person, you have up to 3hrs of time at DBO Gallery. We are happy to provide water, access to bathrooms and clean up stations. Bring your materials you would like to work with and enjoy. It’s that simple. We accept cash, Venmo, or Square. Please no checks.
As artists, we realize most of why we do what we do is along the lines to processing our own therapies on one level or another. Ola, Sam, and I are committed to sharing that space and opportunity with anyone who would like to explore this as well. We look forward to having you here to share inspiration and get a new perspective on life.

DBO Gallery
65 Arcade Alley Suites #69 & #73
Nashville, TN 37219
931 368 8834
or 412 370 7446 direct appt line

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: DBO Gallery Opening of "Things I Should Finally Address" Art Exhibition

"Cicada" by Jennifer Lee Thompson
mixed media on paper
available to collect 




PRESS RELEASE:
"Things I Should Finally Address" Opening Night Art Exhibit

Where: DBO Gallery located on the second floor of the Nashville Arcade - 65 Arcade Alley #69 Nashville, TN 37219
Time: 6pm- 9pm
The exhibit will run Oct. 6, 2018 thru Oct. 27, 2018

Jennifer Lee Thompson is a 1995 graduate of The Savannah College of Art & Design with a BFA in fine art. After college, she relocated to Atlanta and participated in a number of group shows. This will be her first exhibition in Nashville.

Artist Statement
These paintings began over 2 years ago. I got back into painting after a 10 year hiatus. I find my inspiration in nature, especially the insect world. The earlier paintings, "Insect Tree" and "Walking Stick" are more about the beauty and fascination I have with them. In more recent paintings, they have become a vehicle to express my emotional state and hide behind a familiar subject. "Things I Should Finally Address" has a millipede as its subject matter but is about my long term chronic illness, many hospitalizations, surgeries, and finally a somewhat "cure." The under paintings include maps of the Atlanta area which is where I first became sick. As I was finishing this painting, my husband and partner of 18 years passed away in September 2017. The next two paintings became about loneliness and depression. "How I Feel At Night While Alone" has an opposum-like creature as its subject since they are mostly solitary and nocturnal. As always, there are maps having personal meanings underneath. "Moth Mode" has a Luna moth as its' subject. The adult moths lack a mouth and are unable to eat as I felt during low days. The work is a metaphor for the journeys we take through dark times into light. My subject matter, though, deeply personal, can be connecting to those who have struggled in their own battles of the mind, body, and heart.


We are also celebrating the addition of Suite #73 to our current Suite #69 inside the Nashville Arcade the new, larger exhibit space for DBO Gallery. We are now offering “Art Therapy” sessions during regular hours or by appt. inside the gallery. Take an hour or two for you to get fresh perspective, new ideas, and peace to express what needs to be released. Bring your own materials and paint to your heart’s content. Individuals come as you wish. For larger parties, contact us to schedule a company or organizational workshop.



DBO Gallery- Downtown Nashville is the brainchild of artist, Olasubomi Aka-Bashorun. Having opened a DBO Gallery in Clarksville in May 2018, he teamed up with artist, Sam Welch, to find a Downtown location within the Arts District. Located inside The historic Nashville Arcade, the gallery is surrounded by a great community of artist studios. Bashorun & Welch welcomed recent Nashville transplant, Kim Barry, into the fold as a represented artist, partner, and gallery director.

Olasubomi Aka-Bashorun is an artist born in Lagos, Nigeria and grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma. He graduated with an art degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2010 and now lives and works in the Middle Tennessee area. His work focuses on expressionistic portraits, Nashville’s urban landscapes, and large scale public murals.
Sam Welch, a native of Nashville, is a creative entrepreneur in bringing platforms, events, and spaces to artists. As an artist, himself, he leans towards the blend of street art through the eyes of a optimistic anarchist.

Kim Barry, a Pittsburgh-born artist and recent transplant to Nashville, has travelled the country created experimental art studios - Suite 106 in Florida, West Eleven in Los Angeles, and, most recently SixTHreeFouR in Pittsburgh, PA.
HOURS : 2pm - 6pm TUES - FRI or by APPT.
FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CONTACT 
DBOGallery2018@gmail.com or call 913 368 8834

Monday, August 27, 2018

DBO Gallery Art Opening Sept 1, 2018


"Stolen Innocence- A Silent Epidemic" Art Exhibition by artist Olasubomi Aka-Bashuron will have it's opening during the Downtown Nashville ArtCrawl Saturday Sept. 1, 2018 from 6pm to 9pm. This series dives deep into the exploited lives of homeless youth, the abuse, the corruption, and the hope of salvation through awareness, real help and healing by blending the paintings with his poetry-- weaving clear stories of the lives of these vulnerable children. This issue is at the forefront of today's societal problems and is still pushed under the rug until now. Please join us for a night of art, conversation, and the chance to imagine bright new futures for those who need it the most. 

Complimenting this opening exhibit in our center room, Kim Barry will be continuing her public interactive installation, “The Dream Map” Project -- a public interactive conversation regarding the value of our personal dreams, hopes, & convictions vs. the power of the dollar. Since 2010, she has personally installed this work in the public spaces of Jacksonville, FL, Los Angeles, CA, and Pittsburgh, PA , documenting what dreams have been shared as it becomes a community study in where are our thoughts heading. Add your own two cents to this Nashville public interactive art installation and restart everything by dreaming again.Learn more at www.kimbarrystudio.com and Sam Welch will be displaying his most recent paintings in the front room.

What: Stolen Innocence- A Silent Epidemic Opening Exhibit by Olasubomi Aka- Bashuron

Where: DBO Gallery located on the second floor of the Nashville Arcade - 65 Arcade Alley #69 Nashville, TN 37219

Time: 6pm- 9pm
Nashville Arcade second floor
65 Arcade Alley #69
Nashville TN 37219
DBO Gallery- Downtown Nashville is the brainchild of artist, Olasubomi Aka-Bashorun. Having opened a DBO Gallery in Clarkesville in May 2018, he teamed up with artist, Sam Welch, to find a Downtown location within the Arts District. Located inside The historic Nashville Arcade, the gallery is surrounded by a great community of artist studios. Bashorun & Welch welcomed recent Nashville transplant, Kim Barry, into the fold as a represented artist. 

Olasubomi Aka-Bashorun is an artist born in Lagos, Nigeria and grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma. He graduated with an art degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2010 and now lives and works in the Middle Tennessee area. His work focuses on expressionistic portraits, Nashville’s urban landscapes, and large scale public murals. 

Sam Welch, a native of Nashville, is a creative entrepreneur in bringing platforms, events, and spaces to artists. As an artist, himself, he leans towards the blend of street art through the eyes of a optimistic anarchist.

Kim Barry, a Pittsburgh-born artist and recent transplant to Nashville, has travelled the country created experimental art studios - Suite 106 in Florida, West Eleven in Los Angeles, and, most recently SixTHreeFouR in Pittsburgh, PA. 

HOURS : 2pm - 6pm TUES - FRI or by APPT.
FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CONTACT DBOGallery2018@gmail.com or call 913 368 8834