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There’s something fishy going on here…

Muskellunge Brewing Company Fish painting menuThe irony is not lost on me.

I am known most for my paintings of cats, so taking a turn and painting a series of fish paintings is a bit, well, ironic.

I suspect that my cats rather enjoy the paintings, however.

Why did I paint a series of fish paintings?

It all started a couple of years ago when my friend Frank asked me to design a logo for him for a brewery that he was, at that time, in the early stages of developing. I had made a drawing of his cat Musky, named after the Muskellunge fish, and he wanted the fish in that drawing to be part of the logo.

Cat drawing with Muskellunge Beer

Here is the logo:

Muskellunge Brewing company logo

After designing the logo, Frank asked me to create an art sign with the logo on it:

Frank is a scientific sort of guy. He came to brewing beer through the science of it. Working in the pharmaceutical industry for years, he developed a keen awareness of scientific methods and chemistry, and he began brewing beers in his basement. He decided to extend his basement hobby into a professional endeavor. Fascinated by various species of freshwater fish, he named each of his beers after a different fish.

In keeping with his fish theme, Frank commissioned me to paint a sign for each of his beers and the corresponding fish to serve as a menu board in the taproom of his brewery.

I enjoyed the creative challenge of painting actual species of fish in my semi-abstract contemporary folk art style. It was a challenge, simulating the textures and colors of fish using my bright colored palette, and also doing the lettering in my layered technique. (You can see the in process photos for each painting on my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds.)

The brewery and artwork were recently featured in this article in the Akron Beacon Journal, where I talked about the creative process:

“I have a technique of laying the paint and that makes an interesting texture and that’s what these are,” BZTAT said. 

BZTAT is known for creating colorful pet portraits in pop art and contemporary folk styles. Freshwater fish presented a particular challenge. Freshwater fish aren’t exactly known for their bright colors, which the artists uses. Silver gray anyone?

BZTAT describes freshwater fish as “drab.”

“I am constantly challenging myself to make not just a portrait and not just a pretty picture for somebody but also something that could stand on its own as a valid artwork,” BZTAT said. “And the fish are kind of a new challenge for me which I’ve been enjoying. I’ve never really painted fish before.”

Not to say she and fish are strangers. She grew up in a household with fish tanks and exotic fish, and loved watching them.

“They are just interesting visually,” BZTAT said.

Muskellunge Brewing Company‘s taproom opened this past week to rave reviews (Follow Muskelluunge Brewing Company on Facebook and Instagram). The beer, and the fish painting/signs were a big hit! If you are in the Canton area, I hope you will stop in, sample some of the finest craft beer in Ohio, and see the artwork. The brewery is located at 425 5th St. NW Canton, OH 44702.

I would not recommend that you bring your cat, though…

Life is an Adventure!

BZTAT

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Kids Art Adventure! Art classes for young artists at Avenue Arts Theatre and Marketplace

Kids art adventure art class with artist bztat in Canton, OHHaving an art studio at Avenue Arts Theatre and Marketplace gives me access to a classroom, and I intend to put it to good use! In fact, I have already scheduled my first art classes. 

Do you have a 7-11 year old who is creative? I am offering a Kids Art Adventure! at Avenue Arts Marketplace and Theatre beginning July 22, 2017. The class is limited to 10 students, so sign your artist up today!

Here are the details:

Kids Art Adventure!

A creative art experience for kids ages 7-11

Participants will explore their creativity using a variety of art materials and media. Emphasis is on having fun with creativity!

Children's Art classes Canton Ohio

Saturday Mornings 10-11 AM 

4- 1-Hour Sessions for $60 (Dates: 7/22/17; 7/29/17; 8/12/17; 8/19/17)

Location: Avenue Arts Marketplace and Theatre, 342 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton, OH, 44702

Art supplies are provided.

 

I look forward to creating great art adventures with your young artist! Click on the button below to register them for this fun end of summer art activity!

register now for Kids Art Adventure with Artist BZTAT

Visit me in my new art studio in the Canton Arts District!

BZTAT Studios new studio-gallery at Avenue Arts Theatre and Marketplace in the Canton Ohio Arts District
BZTAT Studios new studio-gallery at Avenue Arts Theatre and Marketplace 

Over the years, I have occupied a number of studio spaces in the Canton Arts District. I have been working out of my home of late, though, and I have been yearning to have a more public space to work and share my art. The perfect opportunity opened up for me, and I am again returning to the Canton Arts District! I welcome you to come an visit me in my new art studio/gallery at Avenue Arts Theatre and Marketplace in downtown Canton.

I am having a Grand Opening during Canton’s First Friday this week. I hope that you can stop by and visit and maybe add to your art collection. This month’s First Friday is the 10th Anniversary for the event, so there will be lots of fun activities through the district. The first 50 visitors will get a free coloring page from “Artist BZTAT’s Color Me Cats” coloring book. I will have new artwork and some special offers to help you add to your art collection. 

BZTAT’s Grand Opening Return to the Canton Arts District!

July 7, 2017  6-10 PM

BZTAT Studios at Avenue Arts Theatre and Marketplace

324 Cleveland Ave. NW

Canton, OH 44702

Stop by on First Friday, or come by anytime. I will be in the studio working on new projects most days. I look forward to seeing you!

Life is an Adventure!

BZTAT