It’s rare when a call for art is so perfect that I immediately have an idea for it. The last time this happened was the How Would You Save the World? show at Off the Wall Gallery in Philadelphia. For that show, I painted what eventually became my logo (see above). That piece began a mini-series that was never finished.

Fast forward to the Bell-Projects Bread Show call, where I first heard Lindsey Bell interviewed on my favorite Art Podcast, Tenet. She forecasted the call, which reminded me of that abandoned mini-series where I was updating imagery from the early Labor movement. One of those ideas was about the 1912 Bread and Roses Textile Strike, where they were asking not only for basic sustenance (bread) but for the finer things as well (roses). The sketch you see above was an early iteration of what you will see at the Bell Projects.
So, come see me and my painting, Bread ‘n’ Roses, at the opening reception for the Bell-Projects Bread Show on May 5th from 6 – 9 pm. It’s a show featuring yours truly, along with 30 other incredible artists, all making artwork about that thing everyone learned to make during the COVID lockdown.
Hope to see you there.
Bread Show from Bell-Projects

Bread Show from Bell-Projects