Marc Burckhardt
May 2007
Arena Stage @ Society of Illustrators
left: Jody Hewgill right: Mike Benny
If you're in the New York area, the Arena Stage exhibition will have its official opening at 5:30 on Thursday night at the Society of Illustrators (128 E. 63rd Street). The exhibit showcases a selection of 33 original works created for the renowned theater over the last 10 years by artists Mike Benny, Olaf Hajek, Jody Hewgill, Gary Kelley, Wilson McLean, Balvis Rubess, Mark Ulriksen, and others. I'll even have one in there myself.
My piece for Passion Play
Under the leadership of artistic director Molly Smith, Arena has commissioned some of the most award-winning work of the last decade. Staff art directors Maggie Boland and Ann Marie Czaban, along with Scott Mires and the folks at Mires+Ball design in San Diego, continue to commission great work, and are currently adding to the roster with Sterling Hundley and Raul Colon. In addition to mainstage shows, Arena commissions original work to promote some of its special events, including two Wine Auctions, the downstairs new play reading series, and the annual Arena Stage Benefit.

Make it out to the show if you can!
Hamptons show
May 19th through June 17th, I'll be exhibiting these new paintings at Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York, as part "The Big Show", which brings together 50 artists from around the world working in a variety of media. There'll be an opening on Saturday, May 19th, from 4-8pm, so if you happen to be in the area, drop in.
Curb tiles on Magazine and Louisiana Ave.
Last weekend, I visited New Orleans for Jazzfest. Last year I gave a full report, but this time I thought I'd just post a few shots to give an impression, so here you go......
Shuckin' at Felix's
The Katrina Band House, 9th Ward
Empty beer truck, Jazzfest
A Southern sky above the Quarter
Dancers, Jazzfest
A flooded, abandoned house, 9th Ward
The dregs of dinner, Casamento's
Tile threshold, Napoleon House
Wall at Napoleon House
Big Chief, Jazzfest parade
TIME 100
TIME released its "100 Most Influential People" issue on Friday, and I was asked this year to create a portrait of Sonia Gandhi, the widow of Rajiv Gandhi and the powerbroker behind India's democratic government. It's always an honor and a challenge to be a part of. Over the years, I've been able to create portraits that mine a range of cultures and historical styles for the "100", so I thought I'd put a few of the past examples up as well.
Yao Ming, the Dalai Lama, and Nelson Mandela
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