Since Kevin began devoting himself to his art full-time in January, things have been hopping. The support of his patrons and fans has been amazing - thank you!
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First, consider this your personal invitation to Kevin's upcoming appearance at Berridge Nurseries' Eighth Annual Art-in-the-Garden event. This free show will be held Saturday, April 22 at 4647 E. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix. In addition to Kevin, there will be several other artists as well as cooking demonstrations, information about scrapbooking with plants and bonsai tree "sculpting."
Kevin will be unveiling some beautiful and surprising new pieces at the show - we haven't even shared some of them on the site yet, so we hope you can make it to the show! For more information, contact us at email@example.com or
Kevin also has been commissioned by the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort to create a piece for its Fragrance Garden. The fountain, named "Dripping Springs," will help make the birds - and the people watching them - feel even more at home there. To see a rendering of the the fountain, visit In the Works at www.kevincaron.com/art/in_the_works.html.
Also on the event front, one of Kevin's fountains, Vortex, will appear at a gala fundraiser for Childsplay, one of the premier children's theatre companies in the United States. With a theme of "The Secret Garden," Vortex and some of Kevin's caterpillar cronies will help set the mood. After the event, Vortex will go to her new home in a private backyard in North Scottsdale.
Once Floating Undulations was installed in the private sculpture garden of Mike and Lee Cohn, they decided they'd like a fountain, too. The result is Flowing Undulations, which they can enjoy from their bedroom. You can learn more about it at In the Works.
Finally, Kevin has once again been chosen as a finalist for a public piece. This time it's for a fire station in Tucson. As we await word on the Kirk Bear Canyon Library commission and the start date for Riverview Park, we're looking forward to hearing more about the fire station project in the days ahead.
There are also a number of other irons in the fire that you'll undoubtedly hear more about in the weeks to come.
For more frequent news, sights and sounds, keep an eye on Kevin's Web site at www.kevincaron.com, which we update often.
What isn't art?
As if last issue's question ("What is art?") wasn't challenging enough, this time we thought we'd tackle the other side of that query. Of course, any such discussion is highly subjective, but that's never stopped us before.
So if art is something that evokes an emotional response, as some contend, it begs the question about what might not qualify as art.
It was another artist who raised this issue when she said one of her pieces was merely decoration. Some people would say what is sometimes called "hotel art" (because it's the sort of thing you'd see screwed to the wall in such a place) would fall into that category.
It's pleasant; it probably matches the color scheme, but it doesn't necessarily make you feel anything - except to maybe make it easier to go to sleep. Of course, that doesn't mean that something that uses your home or office color palette isn't art, but when that's its primary goal, it's easier to see why it might be designated "decoration."
Another area that may fall outside of our definition of art is illustration. While some illustration clearly is art, not all illustration qualifies, except in the sense used in publication production ("Where's the artwork for that ad?"). For instance, a drawing of an esophagus in a medical text probably would not be considered fine art.
Where Kevin's work fits into these definitions is a matter of opinion - yours. While a garden bell might not be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it's hard to look at a fountain such as Vortex and not feel something.
Whatever else art is or isn't, Kevin's work seems to move people, whether it nudges them closer to tears or laughter. And, as we've noted, taking someone to a new place is an art in itself.
If you have a question, let us know - we might have an answer. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org