Monday, November 30, 2015

HOLIDAY SALE!

Gift sets, solos, stocking stuffers and a triptych available for holiday pricing from $75 - $250 with free shipping in the US till Thursday December 3rd...


 Encaustic paintings on pine, mixed media on canvas and acrylic on pine sized from 3.5″ x 3.5″ to 10″ x 8″ for more deals and individual pricing check out my Facebook Page or Instagram account. Happy Holidays!









Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

DON'T SHOOT OAKLAND JUNE 2014

OAKLAND CALIFORNIA
FRIDAY JUNE 6th, 6PM-9PM
SideQuest GALLERY
314 15th St. 94612

DON’T SHOOT by Valyntina Grenier

For monthly events visit SideQuest on Facebook to make an appointment contact: infoatsidequestgallerydotcom

Friday, April 11, 2014

THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY IN TUCSON AZ

Jill Darling, Hannah Ensor, and Laura Wetherington will be reading from at the intersection of 3. They have chosen my painting NINE CIRCLES MAKE A RAINBOW AND A TARGET for the cover.dYpnpfXyM67KhyWeThis is a very special event - a chapbook pre-release reading and celebration! These 3 put their very smart (and equally charming) brains together and made a thing and now we get to experience the wonder of it! Saturday, April 12 7-9 p.m. $5 Suggested Donation Trickhouse Live is an integrative arts series that brings together people working with words, images, sounds, videos, and performances. The series serves as a venue for visiting artists to interact with local artists and for the borders between genres and media to be permeable. Trickhouse Live is a physical world extension of the online cross-genre arts journal, Trickhouse.org.
IMG_3771If you are out and about at Tucson Open Studios, stop by Splinter Brothers and Sisters Warehouse to see Fred Soto at Fred's Custom Stretching. Fred is showing my work and the work of several other artists. He does all my stretching and framing as well as makes substrates for my encaustic art, and he deals in supplies. My work on display is discounted from online prices. Splinter Brother's is at 901 N. 13th Ave.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

DON'T SHOOT


I am against violence of any sort. DON’T SHOOT calls attention to firearms and the need for gun control by placing models of dangerous weapons in an interactive setting. My goal is to discourage adult violent behavior and its mimicry among children. Perhaps it seems contradictory that I have tied my antipathy – as well as dozens of toy and miniature military guns – to garlands, generally used as accessories of celebration. My intention is to diffuse the malevolent use of guns by presenting them out of context. My art is on the side of life that insists, “Don’t Shoot” – the title is a directive. With it, I’m calling attention to the fact that people use guns for sinister reasons.

As “decorative” art, the guns are harmless, “reduced” to their elemental properties of plastic, metal, light and sound – attached to thousands of feet of hand-cut garlands made from fiber, mylar, ribbon, tape, twine, and plastic hanging from aluminum wire sculptures. I’ve affixed hundreds of beads, bells, charms and mirrors to the garlands as well.

The installation is a space viewers may enter. Showers of transparency reflect the person within and the exhibition space beyond. Hung as “chandeliers,” these sculptures invite the viewer to touch and be touched by strands of reflection and fabric. I am inspired by garlands as accessories of celebration. Various gauges of transparent plastic reflect light. Bright fabrics in solid colors and patterns reflect off plastic. The guest becomes performance artist, transparent to others and to herself, in a neutralized zone.

People who chose to interact by pulling a trigger revert the gun to its dangerous identity. Will the participant shoot for the experience of pulling the trigger? Toward someone? Randomly? At oneself? It publicizes the decision and puts the shooter on display.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

MARCH MADNESS!



FemArts: ART INSTALLATIONS BY WOMEN ARTISTS | FRIDAY MARCH 7TH 8PM | THE STEINFELD WAREHOUSE | 101 West Sixth Street | 85701


ANOTHER SUNNY DAY IN THE DESERT  | MARCH 3 - APRIL 30 | CAFE PASSE | 85705


ANOTHER SUNNY DAY IN THE DESERT | MARCH 18 - APRIL 13 | BENTLEY'S | 85705


ALLEGRO UTOPIA | ONGOING | ALLEGRO SCHOOL OF MUSIC | 85718

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Steinfeld Warehouse Power UP! Indiegogo Campaign: Make a donation by MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!

Go to the indiegogo campaign here!This is the last day of the campaign to Power Up the Steinfeld Warehouse Community Arts Center. Minimum donations begin at $5- Get you contribution in before MIDNIGHT TONIGHT
and save the world for arts and culture activities at this great,
historic, building in downtown Tucson. We'd love to just get it over the
$7000 level to make this happen. Thanks for your support!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

ALLEGRO UTOPIA by Valyntina Grenier

ALLEGRO UTOPIA ! Allegro School of Music ! M - F 12:00–8:00 pm Tu 12:00–8:00 Sa 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Su11:00 am – 3:00 pm ! 4641 N 1st Ave #5, Tucson ! 85718

Music is an important element of my practice. I like to choose a certain song on iTunes, then hit shuffle.  For this exhibit, I often chose Antony and the Johnsons song, Another World, which conveys a desperate love for the world, confounded by the knowledge that it and we are ephemeral. The guiding principle for ALLEGRO UTOPIA is to discover ANOTHER WORLD and make A LITTLE PEACE.  In contrast to a world where we hurt nature, each other, and ourselves, ALLEGRO UTOPIA is a lively and bright world of clouds, rainbows, and waterfalls.

The word utopia was borrowed from Greek by Sir Thomas More for his 1516 book Utopia. Utopia means "no place." The English homophone eutopia means "good place."  THE ROAD TO NOPLACE begins and ends within us.  Though we do harm, we do love. We are kind. We desire connection and celebration. Lets go to a CLOUD PARTY AT THE RAINBOW. Lets KEEP DANCING.

Reading, research, and visual arts are integral to my process as well. They are my escape from making, but my inspiration to get back to paintbrushes or sculpting tools. I had the opportunity to visit California in the midst of production. At the LACMA, I saw Chris Burden's utopia, Metropolis II, and Hans Richter: Encounters. Richter was involved w/ the utopian groups Die Brƒcke (The Bridge) and Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). I brought home a copy of Timothy Bensons Expressionist Utopias.

The guiding principle behind many utopian movements is the desire to make a better community, which creates the purity of a Garden of Eden or the complexity of an architectural fantasy. For the Glashaus utopians, a CRYSTAL CATHEDRAL is the center of their architectural ideal.

My cathedral is the rainbow, a WATERHOUSE. My utopia is a community of works.
In Platos Symposium, Sophocles posits that to love is to desire love. The minimalism of Sophocles notion of love leaves room for interpretation and conversation. The figures and images in ALLEGRO UTOPIA explore Sophocles position, and its opposite, to love without expectation.

KEEP DANCING +V

Monday, November 11, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

GIVE LOVE live and online!

GIVE LOVE by Valyntina Grenier
In Plato’s Symposium, Sophocles posits that to love is to desire love. The figures in GIVE LOVE represent various romantic couples. These couples explore Sophocles’ convention, and its opposite, to love without expectation. The subtle gestures of the figures depict natural, iconic moments that occur between two women, two men, and between woman and man.
The pieces are snapshots of lovers engaged. As the titles indicate, the figures are out in the world, perhaps having a picnic or preparing to dance. Or they are alone together, naked, happy or quarreling. Their love is insecure, inquiring, “Are You Mine?” or confident, declaring, “My Love is Yours.” The minimalism of these pieces, as well as Sophocles’ notion of love, leave room for interpretation and conversation. What do you see? How is your love?

These works will be on display February 4th- March 31st 2013. Please join me for the reception Saturday March 9th 6:30-8:30pm at Cafe Passe 415 N 4th Ave. Tucson Arizona 520.624.4411. The cafe is open Sunday thru Tuesday 8am-8pm Wednesday thru Saturday 8am-10pm. OR TO VISIT THE WORKS ONLINE GO TO VALYNTINAGRENIER.COM