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Spending time with the work of painter Sam Woolcott and sculptor Poe Dismuke, currently on exhibit at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, is like a spectacularly successful visit to the eye doctor, or perhaps the third-eye doctor: Your vision is vastly improved--widened, deepened, sharpened.  That’s because Sam and Poe are above all seers.  They see in fresh, exciting, disturbing,  delighting, perspective-shifting and world-altering forms, and their work invites you to see more and see better.

Each performs that miracle in a different way. Way different.

Sam’s paintings in this show, especially those of houses and other buildings, chronicle various stages of decay and regeneration, and force us to think about which is which. Is that ruination she’s showing us or reclamation, as plant and mineral life take over and obliterate an edifice--or is it both? Standing before her gorgeously rendered paintings, sometimes subtly including real-life ephemera like bits of old wallpaper or receipts from a defunct diner, should we be mourning ruination, or celebrating transformation--or both? The “or both” is what gives the work its tremendous power, along with its skewed beauty and Sam’s intense observation of ordinary and extraordinary processes, all inexorable, that we might otherwise miss or purposely ignore. Her paintings want us not to look away, and to accept mutability as the way of the world. Sam insists that we see what’s there, in the world and in the paintings.

Poe, on the other hand, insists that we see what isn’t there. In his marvelously intricate kinetic sculptures built of ingeniously deployed detritus and deftly fabricated pieces, and in other works, he’s telling us that the imagined can be manifested by those who are gifted and skilled, and who dare to commit to their insight. To read more about his extraordinary work, see “Fitz’s Fish” by Kay Ryan.

As different from one another as the artists seem to be, their works share rigor, tenderness, intuition, inventiveness, and courage.  And really, each is asking us to perform what ultimately amounts to the same act: opening ourselves simultaneously (and bravely, and joyfully) to what is and what could be. To be tugged in both directions at once in their astonishing and satisfying show is to be rejiggered, knocked on kilter, put back in balance.

      --Judith Stone

Judith Stone is the author of When She Was White: The True Story of a Family Divided by Race

 

FITZ'S FISH

This sculpture is the size and shape of a big taxidermied sailfish because it’s constructed on top of one. That is, way underneath the layers of artful accretion in the very middle is a ruined sailfish retrieved from a debris box. This sort of transformation is characteristic of Poe Dismuke’s work, almost always the conversion of something miserably wrecked into something strangely found. In this case, it’s a great burst of blue sailfish with tall fabric fins ribbed with the top ends of salvaged fishing poles, the metal guides of which peep out to create the improbable illusion of a 2-D blue circus tent. The new fish, papered with distressed sardine-can labels, is all strung and swagged with fish-related impedimenta, a complex of lines and old weights from his grandfather’s tackle box. Then it is rigged with rubber tubes for a new kind of breathing apparatus to take advantage of the different air a Dismuke sculpture generates. It’s got deep-loss sadnesses in it, from down in the sea, with the first fish; it has nostalgia; and it has exuberant joy in construction, making something that resembles something but liberated from suffering.

                        --Kay Ryan

Kay Ryan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, and the former Poet Laureate of the United States

Scottsdale Art Festival: We are on our way!

Join us this weekend March 11 - 13th, 10am - 6pm BOOTH 62!

 

This weekend marks over ten years for me as a selected artist of the Scottsdale Art Festival. I am honored to share my new works inspired by the beauty of growth, new build and the visual adventures of my wonderful, everyday life. Stop by BOOTH 62 and say hello. For a peek inside the festival guide, check this out: SCOTTSDALE ART FESTIVAL (page 12!!!!)


ALTERED BOOKS 5!

It's that time of year again to dust off those books that are waiting to be cut, torn, painted, stitched, glued, drilled, and completely altered! This year we will be hosting the 5th Annual Altered Books show. Saturday Nov. 14th, 2015 5-8pm.

Books, Bubbles & Buster event at The Bisbee Royale

Books, Bubbles & Buster

Join us as we celebrate the release of Poe Dismuke’s complete Stumble Bones Limited Edition: Stumble Bones: Da Funny Pages. This special event takes place Sat July 11th at The Bisbee Royale

Champagne Tasting, Brief Talk & Book Signing by Poe & Buster Keaton Film

The Cameraman – (1928) UR (78 min) The Cameraman gave Buster one of his best roles and he filled it with one of his most touching and fleshed-out performances, using mostly his intense eyes. The Great Stone Face portrays Luke Shannon, a “tintype” portrait photographer who develops a serious crush on Sally (Marceline Day), a beautiful woman who works as a secretary for MGM’s newsreel department.

Doors open at 6:00pm for this event.

Tickets available at www.BisbeeRoyale.com

Stumble Bones Limited Edition Reception fun!

THANK YOU to everyone that came out to celebrate STUMBLE in his bound form! We couldn't have asked for a better reception with delicious nibbles provided by POCO, an appearance from our publisher Jon Linton and our treasured collectors! We appreciate all of your support. Enjoy these party pics and feel free to tag yourselves. ‪#‎stumblebones‬ ‪#‎sampoegallery‬

Sam's work to be featured in Grassy Park banner display!

Art exhibit highlights Bisbee museum

We asked for a series of three digital images of their artwork in a contest to choose the first series for the planned set of 4-foot by 8-foot “banners” to hang on the large retaining wall in the park. We are very pleased to announce our winner, Sam Woolcott, as our first Bisbee artist in the inauguration of this annual Grassy Park art competition.

click this link to the full article at www.svherald.com

STUMBLE RELEASE PARTY "Da Funny Pages"

STUMBLE RELEASE PARTY : "DA FUNNY PAGES"

SUNDAY, MAY 24th 3-6pm at the gallery 24 Main St. Bisbee, AZ 85603

Come celebrate the printing of Poe’s complete Stumble Bones Limited Edition. A gathering of all the stories, jokes and vignettes in one collector’s printing. 60 copies will be on hand, hot off the press. Poe will be signing and stamping them and toasting to his friend Stumble.

We hope you’ll come toast some “Zin-Fin-All” with Stumble, Poe and other fans. Peruse the limited edition printing and take in all the original Stumbles we can fit on the walls. It’ll be a jazzy shindig worthy of the floating skeleton himself and a great time to pick out a Father’s Day gift!

RSVP by May 20th | 520 432 5338 | info@sampoegallery.com

Fetch-a-Sketch!

This week's FETCH-A-SKETCH!!
Poe's mechanical sketch in pen on paper, 8 1/2 x 11", $85 (includes tax + shipping).

Sam's 8 x 5" oil on paper landscape, $85 (includes tax and shipping).

Call or email us promptly if you would like to purchase this pieces (520) 432-5338! info@sampoegallery.com


Art Bar event at the Bisbee Royale

Thank you Bisbee Royale for hosting a great night full of beautiful, local artwork, delicious wines to taste and for showing the interesting documentary Art and Craft. We really enjoyed ourselves.

New Poe Clock ready to hang on your wall!

The latest POE CLOCK for sale now in the gallery. "Barnstormer" a mixed media piece for $295

Fetch-a-Sketch!

This week's FETCH-A-SKETCH!!
Poe's mechanical sketches of ball bearings and counter-weights, pen on paper 8 1/2 x 11" $75. In time for the Easter weekend is Sam's Easter in the Desert, oil on paper 7 1/2 x 14" $95.

Write or call (520-432-5338) to grab one of these deals.

POE pen on paper • 8 1/2 x 11" • $75

SAM Easter in the Desert • oil on paper • 7 1/2 x 14" • $95

Fetch-a-Sketch!

This week's FETCH-A-SKETCH!! $95 Deals
Poe's dapper crow study, one of a pair, help him define the Itchy and Vinie characters in his forthcoming book Stumble Bones: Da Funny Pages. Regular gallery price $135, now $95 for one week only. Sam's offering this week comes from her series of Main Street sketches. Worked in pastel over a blue wash on heavy paper with a deckle edge the gallery price is $325, offered this week only for $95. Write or call (520-432-5338) to grab one of these deals.

POE Poe's dapper crow study, one of a pair, help him define the Itchy and Vinie characters in his forthcoming book Stumble Bones: Da Funny Pages. Regular gallery price $135, now $95 for one week only. 7.5 x 6"

SAM Worked in pastel over a blue wash on heavy paper with a deckle edge the gallery price is $325, offered this week only for $95. 15 x 6" SOLD!

Live Sketching at the ART BAR Event

Sam and Poe will be sketching LIVE at this event along with a group painting exhibit by Arizona artists and a showing of the documentary Art and Craft. Event takes place at the Bisbee Royale and starts at 5:30pm - Film starts at 7:00pm. $15 includes Wine Tasting, Art Exhibit & Movie Ticket. Tickets available at www.bisbeeroyale.com

Fetch-a-Sketch!

This week's Fetch-a-Sketch deal! $75 for Sam's acrylic and pastel on heavy paper, $85 for Poe's ink and wash sketchbook page. Available online and in the gallery for one week only!! Write or call to claim your pick today: info@sampoegallery.com, 520-432-5338. What a great way to own a piece of the intimate and creative process of each artist!

POE ink and wash sketchbook page $85

SAM acrylic and pastel on heavy paper $75

What a great show!

Beautiful weather, beautiful artwork and a great show! Thank you to everyone that has stopped by booth #66 to say hello and to our collectors! We will be here until 5pm today at the Scottsdale Arts Festival.

Fetch-a-Sketch!

This week's offerings: Another Better Mouse Trap $65, Poe Dismuke; Across the Road and Up the Hill $75, Sam Woolcott. Call us at 520-432-5338 to give us your details and we will mail it to you (or available for pick up).

Poe Dismuke • Another Better Mouse Trap • pen on paper • 8 x 9" • $65 (includes tax + shipping)

Sam Woolcott • Across the Road and Up the Hill • pen and ink on paper • 9 x 12" • $75 (includes tax + shipping)

Fetch-a-Sketch!

Each week on Wednesdays we will be featuring a new sketch from both Sam and Poe that will be available to purchase online. What a great way to own a piece of the intimate and creative process of each artist! Want to purchase the sketch? Call us at 520-432-5338 to give us your details and we will mail it to you (or available for pick up).

Poe Dismuke • Cicada Study • ballpoint pen and wash • 9 x 12" • $95 (includes tax + shipping)

Sam Woolcott  • Huachuca Canyon •  oil on paper • 16 x 20" • $95 (includes tax + shipping) SOLD!