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Thursday, July 17, 2014

East to West and The Beautiful Dreamers

So I made the biggest move ever in my life. At the end of 2013, with the assistance of my highway companion and darling angel, I drove across the country to the beautifully grey wasteland of Lemoore, California. It's Though, to be honest, I get out as much as I did when I lived in Va. Feels just like home. I recently updated my resume and it along with my work has really seen some big changes. I'm pretty proud of the direction things are going. Though I am still working hard to make a solid footprint out here, I think it'll all pay off in the end. 
The series I imagined in my head is growing as the months pass and I have a small pile of beautiful dreamers to show for it. It had it's beginning with the Peruvian mummy girl I had read an article about and since being invited to paint Frida for a tribute show at ChimMaya Gallery in LA, I have added her to the dreamers. 

Beautiful Dreamer 18x24 acrylic and oil on masonite
       The 3 Graces- Beautiful Dreamer, Dreaming gracefully 9x12 acryilc and oil on masonite

  once someone loved me-8x10 acrylic on masonite

  I dream in color -9x12 acrylic on gesso board

 I suppose I often imagined leaving Virginia and though it hasn't always been easy being far from people I love, it's a very good life we're living here together. 

You can currently see most of my work at Fresno Art Museum Partnership Gallery at Arte Americas in my solo show titled "Beautiful Dreamer", also at ChimMaya Gallery in East LA in Frida 2014
and in Chicanitas The Cheech Marin Collection in Las Cruces,New Mexico Las Cruces Museum of Art

Jeannette L Herrera - Resumé

Jeannette L Herrera 
Insta - @joodeebfk

Art Shows:
April 2023 - AASH Vol7
               Arcadia Theater Tyler, TX 
March 2023 - Persistence Five Annual juried all women's exhibition 
               D'ART Center Norfolk, Va. 
February 2023 - Women in art 2023 
               Las Laguna Art Gallery
               Laguna Beach,Ca. 
January 2023 - Arte Latino Now 
              Queens University of Charlotte, NC.
June 2022 - Inaugural Opening ‘The Cheech’
               Riverside ,Ca. permanent collection
September 2021 - Affordable Art Fair 
Chelsea NY
March 2021 - Affordable Art Fair 
Chelsea NY
June 2020 - Proud+
              The Studio Door San Francisco, Ca
June 2019 - Proud+
              The Studio Door San Francisco, Ca
Dec 13 2019 - Final Show
              Chimmaya gallery Los Angeles Ca
August 2016 - Tiny works and more
              Kasum Contemporary Fine Arts - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
September 18, 2015 through January 3, 2016 Chicanitas The Cheech Marin Collection
               Corpus Christi, Texas – Art Museum of South Texas
June 6 through August 1, 2015- Chicanitas The Cheech Marin Collection
              Los Angeles, California – Vincent Price Art Museum
June -August 2015- Here comes the sun-collaborations & individual works with east coast friends
               Fresno Art Museum Partnership Gallery at Arte Americas
               Exhibition curator and participant
Sunday, May 3rd 2015 - 10th Anniversary Exhibition /Opening Reception
               Chimmaya Gallery - Los Angeles Ca
March 27 through Sunday, May 17, 2015 Chicanitas The Cheech Marin Collection
              Topeka, Kansas – Mulvane Art Museum
Mar 10th, 2015 - Apr 5th, 2015 - Chicanita on the Plains
               Kasum Contemporary Fine Art Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
January 27 through Sunday, March 8, 2015- Chicanitas The Cheech Marin Collection
              Eureka, California – Humboldt State University, First Street Gallery
November 15th 2014 - Inside out - solo show Mayer Fine Art Gallery Norfolk, Va
October 3 through December 14, 2014 Chicanitas The Cheech Marin Collection
               Lubbock, Texas – Texas Tech University School of Art, Landmark Gallery
July 2014-Frida 2014
              ChimMaya gallery 5283 E Beverly Blvd, LA,CA
June 2014- Fresno Art Museum Partnership Gallery at Arte Americas
              solo show - Beautiful DreamerMay 2 through July 19, 2014 Chicanitas The Cheech Marin Collection
              Las Cruces,New Mexico Las Cruces Museum of Art
March 2014- Sagrado Corazon, Sacred Hearts show
               ChimMaya gallery 5283 E Beverly Blvd, LA,CA
December 2013-March 2014 Chicanitas The Cheech Marin Collection
               San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego California
October 2013- Arlington Arts Center Day of The Dead
October 2013- Latin Heritage Month, book signing Cheech Marin "chicanitas"
              ChimMaya gallery 5283 E Beverly Blvd, LA,CA
September 2013- The art of political change
               MOCA DC Georgetown, Washington DC
September 2013- Art Crimes
              The Dunes 1402 meridian place, Washington DC
August 2013 Hothouse installations- The art of the superhero
              Capital Skyline Hotel Lounge SW, Washington DC
April 2013- Affordable Arts Fair
AAF NY Spring 2013 Metropolitan 
               Pavillion, NYC
March 2013- Yuri's night out/Voltron's corpse
 Washington DC 
Artisphere 2013- group show-
               Arlington, Va
December 2012- Aqua 13 Art Miami
 Miami, FL 
Aqua Hotel 2012- participating galleries 
Miami, Fl
November 2012- Creating a Legacy-Exhibition with paintings and drawings by Manon Cleary
               tribute group show 39thstreet Gallery Brentwood, MD
October 2012- Mid Atlantic Juried Competition Hoyt Center for the Arts-group show 2nd place winner for "I Scream, You scream" 16x20 acrylic on masonite
 New Castle, PA
October 4-7 2012- Affordable Arts Fair
                emerging artists, The tunnel Chelsea, NY
October 3-6 2012- (e)merge art fair
               Rubell Family Capitol Skyline Hotel Washington DC
September 14- November 4 Ojos En Los Borders
               Art Collective Latino American Project Takoma Park Community Center, MD
September 2012- RSVP 2012
               juried group show NWAA- New Wilmington Art Association Wilmington, Delaware
July-August 2012- DCAC Wall Mountables
              group show Adams Morgan, Washington DC
July 2012 19-22- Hamptons Art Market emerging artist/group show/art fair
              Bridgehampton, NY
July 2012- international AIDS conference 2012-Sex drugs rock&roll art exhibition
              Iron horse taproom, Washington DC
June 18-August 10 2012- The Art Libs show
               juried art exhibit Harmony Hall Regional Center Fort Washington, MD
 April 2012 18-22 - Affordable arts Fair
               emerging artist/group show/art fair NYC
October 2011 Black Rock Center for the Arts
               small scale works- group show Germantown, Maryland
July 2011- DCAC group show Wall Mountables
Adams Morgan DC
October 2009 Torpedo Factory Day of the Dead
Old Town Alexandria, Va 
May 2009- Art-O-Matic 
Washington D.C.
September 2009 Ganymedes Art Festival
Washington DC
February 2009- The Phantom Gallery group show It came from the 80's
Orange, Ca 
December 2008- The Phantom Gallery group show - A tribute to Cthulhu
 Orange, Ca
July 2008- The Elipse Art Center juried- group show
 Arlington, VA
May 2008 - Art-O-matic 
Washington DC 
November 2008 The Gallery Paradiso. group show - Blue Squared
 Portland, Oregon
June 2006 Stacey's Arthouse solo show 
Falls Church, VA
Write ups:
May 28, 2008- Daily Campello Art News
July 4, 2009 Daily Campello Art News
              top 10 artists of 2009 AOM
April 2012- Tespis Magazine
              Arte latino en la Affordable Art Fair 2012+highlights
May 21, 2012- The Sentinel newspapers
               viewers, artists create storyline in 'Art Libs' exhibit
Dec 2012- Art Basel Miami- Aqua part 1
Dec 2012- Test Press-Jefe aka Johnny Chiba provides lowbrow highlights of all that is cool and
              all that is great at the annual Miami South Beach event ART BASEL 2012
Oct 2013- Hola cultura-dcs latino cultural hub
               Ofrendamos a la catrina
July 19th 2014 - The Fresno Bee- 
Munro- For Herrera , art captures a colorful intense and messy stew called life
Jan 2015- The Fresno Bee- 
Donald Munro's top 20 valley cultural art picks of 2014 (#8 on the list)
May 28 2015- The Fresno Bee-
 Pushing Boundaries: Some art isn't meant to soothe
Sept 2022 -
 Cheech Marin’s next move An Explosion of Chicano Art in Riverside, by William Moreno

Friday, July 19, 2013

"You might have some issues" More Rorschach paintings 2012-2013

Once I was asked to bring my portfolio to someone for a review and he said to me"you might have some issues with sex" Though I wouldn't call it an "issue" so much as a deep seeded and not entirely unwelcome preoccupation. So what...I like to paint giant veiny ones and boobies. Lots of boobies! Any black panel painting of mine does not begin with sketches but instead is created through a stream of consciousness that I can only compare to what someone would see in an instant upon viewing a Rorschach inkblot. In essence I am my own therapist. And not a very good one, I'd say. I might have stopped myself about 40 veiny ones ago if I took my patient's mental health seriously at all! Which I clearly don't......

Here is a collection of Rorschach paintings from end of 2012 up until now.

4x4' acrylic on masonite

Conjoined turkey lobster devil babies 
3x3" acrylic on wood

Nice helmet!
3x7"acrylic on wood

I'd do anything to be your everything
5x7"acrylic on masonite

Don't forget your baggage  
4x6" acrylic on wood

Ain't nothin gonna break my stride 
5x7" acrylic on masonite

Come with me my darling and I'll show you a whole new world
5x7 acrylic on masonite

Love will always save your soul
9x12" acrylic on canvas panel

Friday, August 10, 2012

Musically inspired

One of my main inspirations is music. I am a girl of the 80's and so it goes without saying that 80's music is huge when it comes to what movies me to paint. I love hardcore, metal, opera... I'll give most things a chance  except that damn screamo crap!  While some are more obvious than others, my mind takes me to some odd places when I listen to music. Here are some of my musically inclined pieces. 

"Mercury Rising" 9x12 a tribute to Freddie 

"rick rolled"5x5 never going to give you up, thanks for getting stuck in my head. Freakin ginger 

"some day love will find you"   5x7
yes, I love Journey

"Ever since we met you've had a hold on me"  2x3 inspiration-Dusty Springfield

"This is the end" 9x12" inspired by soul crushing divorce and The Doors. Thank you Mr.Morrison
it is also a play off of a Dennis Hopper photograph that I love. They seemed to me to be very indifferent. It felt like the end of something to me.

"and then he kissed me" 2x3" - The Shirrelles 

"Being the hunted one is no fun" 2x3" -Cypress Hill 
oh , the 90's! 

"Cracklin Rosie" 11x14" - Neil Diamond. This song makes me as happy as that guitar humming!

"shiny and new" 8x10" -Madonna- like a virgin

"Peel Diamond" --Sweet Caroline

"springtime for Jeannette and Germany" from my trip to Germany and Mel Brooks always making laugh about Germans hahaha! 

"Police Story" 8x10 - Black Flag

"little china girl" 6x8    David Bowie

no one loves Prince more than I do

"If i were the man" 11x14  John Prine and Cowboy Junkies

Friday, July 13, 2012

ArtLibs---- June 18- August 10

   The ArtLibs show opening was put on hold by the big storm and the power outages...but they're still gettin' press! 
the Sentinel article

The reception is rescheduled for Saturday July 21 at 3-5pm.
Stop in and play along with this Mad Libs style art show. All thanks to Sherill Anne Gross of SAGworks for curating this and letting me be a part of it!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

BFK events calendar for JULY

July 19-22 --------artMRKT Hamptons Art Fair

Lots of things are brewing for BlueFaceKiller! I just finished the last of 15 new Rorschach mini paintings for the artMRKT Hamptons Art Fair - July 19-22, 2012 on Bridgehampton Historical Society Grounds.  
Below are a few of the images that will be showing there.

"and then he kissed me" 2x3"acrylic on wood
 "feed me all night long" 2x3"acrylic on wood
 "Surprise!" 2x3"acrylic on wood

JULY 24th ----- Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n Roll DC---Ironhorse Taproom 6-9pm
Also at the tail end of July I have the honor of taking part in a benefit/fundraising event for
Tickets for this event are $20 and can be purchased by following the link above. It's sure to be a good time."Sunshine Pussy" will be there and just a few others!
Proceeds of the sales( I am donating 50% of my sales) to
HIPS is a nationally recognized program that meets the needs of sex workers and assists them in their efforts to eliminate the transmission of HIV, increase sexual health, and reduce violence and harm associated with sex work and drug use.HIPS programs serve an estimated 2,000  sex workers a year on the streets and in our drop-in center, providing a full spectrum of programs to address basic & immediate needs, long-term goal setting and life skills development.

This is sure to be a good time. Drink, Be merry, Buy art and Support a vital organization! 

Monday, March 26, 2012

New website and mobile website!

BFK has a new look. For a view of my full works go visit the flash website  FOR PC OR MAC

OR visit a condensed version from your   MOBILE DEVICE