Saturday, May 12, 2018

SDVoyager Interviewed Me as Curator for La Playa Gallery!!

SDVoyager Interview as Curator for La Playa Gallery

http://sdvoyager.com/interview/meet-erica-putis-la-playa-gallery-la-jolla-shores/

May 10, 2018

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erica Putis.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Erica. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
La Playa Gallery opened in 2013 and sits in the heart of La Jolla Shores offering local residents, visitors and tourists a warm collection of jewelry, ceramics, sculptures and paintings. The gallery provides the public with a unique set of thematic exhibitions each year. La Playa Gallery takes pride in offering its patrons a unique and individual experience while featuring local artists, bringing a variety of art that may not be seen at other galleries.

La Playa Gallery supports its local art community with an Artist-in-Residency program, hosts educational art classes for all ages and also offers a layaway option. We believe everyone should be able to own art they love and treasure, and we enjoy sparking the creative side of each person with whom we connect. This connection with art and our community is our driving force and we will continue to follow our mission wholeheartedly.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I joined the gallery in 2016 as the curator and what I heard is that, as with most new small business, there were some interesting twists and turns. They had to remodel to make sure the gallery was handicapped accessible and had to close down for a short time to accomplish it. La Playa Gallery then took a slow organic route to become publicly known. When I started working here, they were only hosting two or three shows a year with a limited staff. I decided to really focus on local artists and showcasing their amazing work by coordinating six group art exhibits a year.

Step forward to 2018 and I have increased that number to an eight a year, including solo and group exhibitions. I have also started an artist-in-residence program along with educational classes which will be held at the gallery. These things are very new and we are extremely excited about them.
A small business is always a work in progress so I am constantly working on our website, social media and finding ways to support and engage our local community. When that connection is made, working here is very fulfilling. We love bringing attention to local artists who demonstrate creativity, quality and a willingness to work with us.

La Playa Gallery – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am the curator at La Playa Gallery. I coordinate many exhibits throughout the year along with managing the front and back end of the gallery. We specialize in fine art and jewelry, featuring artwork ranging from paintings, sculpture, fiber art and pottery. I am proud to feature local artists based on quality and not on what is just trendy at the moment or if they are well-known.

I enjoy organizing group exhibitions with no more than four artists that create in different styles or mediums but have something unique that ties them all together. It’s challenging and rewarding to find artists to fit the bill but San Diego is becoming a rich and diverse art community and every day I meet new people who inspire me. If they inspire me, they are bound to inspire someone else and that is such a powerful tool to feel connected to others.

I think what sets us apart from other galleries is our unique selection of artists, location, cozy space and our exciting artist receptions. We love celebrating our featured artists, with the public, while offering wine, cheese, and homemade sweets.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
As a small business, it is always important to make money but that is not the only thing we care about. Of course, in order to stay open, we need the support of our community to take an interest in art.

Buying art is so important in this field because you are not only supporting a local small business you are helping artists put food on the table and buy new supplies to create more artwork. This symbiotic relationship really comes full circle when we all support each other. Artists create work that inspires them, we use our resources to bring their work to the public and the public must buy the artwork so that the artist can continue to create and we can continue to support them.

This is the ultimate definition of success for any small business but is especially important in the world of art. Art is not just an extravagance. Art speaks to every single one of us and creates a bond between what we see, how we deal with our surroundings and the people we come in contact with every day. Art can alter or define our values and beliefs or can even be as simple as making us feel calm or safe. We, at La Playa Gallery, really strive to help fill this need in our community.

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SDVoyager Interviewed Me!!

SDVoyager interviewed me and I couldn't be happier! Check it out!

http://sdvoyager.com/interview/check-erica-putiss-artwork/


Today we’d like to introduce you to Erica Putis.

Erica, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Sure! I would love to. I grew up in Vermont and spent many hours walking around the 20 acres my family owned. Because it was a small town I learned to entertain myself and much of that time was spent creating. I would make jewelry, Barbie clothes and drawings and try to sell it to my fellow 3rd graders. I suppose my Mom instilled an entrepreneurial spirit in me since she had started and owned many businesses her whole life.

I studied art, music and theater in high school and decided to follow music and theater into college. It was in college that I joined my first band. It was intoxicating and I spent the next 15 years of my life singing and playing bass in a number of bands on the East and West coast. I continued to create art but it wasn’t until 2011 that I started to really paint again.

After I moved to San Diego in 2005 with one of my bands I also created a clothing company called, www.nuclearclothing.com. During that time I was involved with many runway shows and photo shoots. I fell in love with makeup artistry and started to create my own, all natural products, www.nuclearmakeup.com. But, when I started painting again in 2011 it became obvious that art was becoming another new passion for me so I created an artist page, www.ericaputisart.com and slowly switched my time and energy from music/fashion to painting. I still create music solo music, www.julicadann.com and collaborate with some musicians but purely for fun.

Because of my inquisitive nature to experience all creative things I decided to start writing and in 2015 published my first book. I wrote a young adult fairy tale and it was so rewarding I started a novel. All of the websites I have mentioned (I know, there are a lot), I am still excited about and working on, but www.ericaputis.com is where everything is linked and where I post about my writing activities.

In 2016 I became the curator for La Playa Gallery in La Jolla Shores, CA and I just love this job. It lets me connect with local artists in a way that is so refreshing and rewarding. Being an artist, I have an inside view on the needs of the San Diego art community, the unique qualities of each individual artist we feature and I feel honored to be a part of it. I love shedding light on our vibrant art scene and continuing this new creative movement in SD. I can only hope that what I create personally, and as a curator, adds to this community in a positive way.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
When I started painting again in 2011 I was using it as a tool to get through an emotional period in my life. Needless to say it worked and my love of art came rushing back to me. I also found the skills I had acquired in high school never went away so my attention to detail started to take shape again. The reason I didn’t go to college for art was that I felt I lacked imagination since all I could do was copy photographs. But as an adult, (well… kind of an adult) I wasn’t afraid to experiment with paint anymore. Perfection was no long a goal as most people find out with time. So, yes, I always want my finished piece to look good but the process was more important now. It wasn’t about if people liked it or not, it was about if I liked it and felt a connection with it. Not needing approval of others is incredibly empowering.

I create because I can. I don’t really have a specific style and I know that is often looked down upon, but I feel life is too short to limit myself to just one style or subject. There are so many amazing, beautiful things in the world that inspire me and to limit myself feels like a disservice. So I have many different series in different mediums. I love painting with oils and acrylics. I love working with fibers and weaving. I love sculpting from clay, foil or plaster. I love making wearable art as in jewelry, clothes or skin care. I find it impossible to narrow it down to one medium or subject.
I suppose it all comes down to my love of nature and science. I find beauty in a simple leaf, the structure of an atom or in a devastating tornado. Socially, I find myself in a love/hate relationship with humans that is also portrayed in my work at times. This little planet we live on is so inspiring, terrifying and beautiful that I try to find a balance between them. It’s difficult, but when I find that balance it makes the world we live in easier to understand and that much more enjoyable.

What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
I have been teaching art for a few years and my only real advice is… make sure you are having fun. It’s SO important. If you aren’t enjoying yourself then why are you doing it? Life it too short do to things that make you miserable, whether it be a job, bad relationship or creating something.

Specifically, with art, don’t worry about how it looks when you are done. Creativity is like a muscle. The more you work it out and practice the better you get. Everyone can create. You just have to give yourself a chance get better. Natural born talent can only get you so far. Practice and you will get better. And even if you don’t practice a ton… just have fun. DONE!! Haha.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can see my artwork at http://www.ericaputisart.com. If you want to see the other projects I work on feel free to visit www.ericaputis.com. Supporting my work would be to buy it! I need to pay bills too you know! Haha...
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Friday, March 02, 2018

Book Signing!!


My First Book Signing!!



I'm super excited have my first book signing with Tucson's Festival of Books on Saturday, March 10, 2018. I will be set up with my fellow indie authors where I can personally a sign a copy of my young adult fairytale, "The Girl of the Song" just for you!


If you are in the area, I would love to see you! I will be signing and selling my book from 2:30 - 4:30 pm on Sat, March 10th. I'm not exactly sure what tent I will be in so just ask one of the friendly volunteers and they will point you on your way.


Happy Reading and Thank You!!
- Erica


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Who Wrote a Book???


I can hardly contain my excitement!! I wrote a book! A real, physical, hold-in-your-hands book!!! I never, in my wildest dreams, ever thought I would write one. My brother is the writer, not me... But here it is and there you go!

This is a young adult fairy tale who's lead character, Opal is feeling alienated and bullied. She retreats to her tree house, escaping her troubles by writing whimsical fairy tales. One rainy evening she is distracted by a light and is lured into the deep, dark forest. Before she knows it, she is lost! As Opal stumbles in the dark she realizes she has entered a magical land like none she has ever seen. Follow Opal in her fantastical adventures, in this young adult book, as she tries to find her way home. Magic, evil creatures and romance awaits!

Here is the Amazon and Kindle link if you would like to purchase one:

https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Song-Erica-Putis/dp/1974108678/

 If you want a signed copy and do not live in the San Diego area you can PayPal $15 to erica.putis at gmail.com which includes shipping.

Now in all honesty this book wouldn't be possible without the help of my amazing brother. He is a genius editor and so supportive of this project. I learned so much and have to give credit where credit is due. Also my talented niece illustrated the cover! So thankful for all of my friends and family who have supported me in this endeavor. And not to mention you! Thank you for your support and I hope you enjoy the book!!

Erica


Monday, February 13, 2017

Interview Time!!


So exciting!!  I was interviewed by Brian at ArtguideSD.com!! You can check out the interview here:  http://artguidesd.com/the-renaissance-woman-an-interview-with-erica-putis/

Thursday, October 20, 2016

New Gallery Show! Nov 11, 2016 (5 – 8 pm)

I’m super excited to be showing my “Leaf Peepers” series in La Playa Gallery’s next show! Hope to see all you lovely people there for the opening!!


Flora Imagery in Art (Nov 11 – Dec 30, 2016)

La Playa Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition entitled “Flora Imagery in Art.” Because flora and floral imagery is an essential component of our very sense of health, we encourage you to treat yourself and a loved one to this unique show. A wine and cheese reception will introduce our featured San Diego artists: Hill&Stump, Kay Kaplan and Erica Putis.
 Join us Friday, November 11, 2016 at 5:00 pm as we present a unique set of artworks sure to inspire and invigorate fresh introspection.

Does the very depiction of flora imagery enhance our human capacities to sense qualitative human characteristics such as grace and beauty? Or are colors, shape and shade more important stimuli?

Join us as we explore our common human thirst for the natural environment and its imagery. Our opening reception Friday, November 11, 2016 is from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at La Playa Gallery, which is in the heart of the Merchant District of La Jolla Shores. Regular gallery hours are Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. For additional information, please call (858) 454-6903.

Monday, August 08, 2016

An Extraordinary Life

I have been consumed with thoughts of an extraordinary life lately. What makes an extraordinary life and how does one accomplish this huge task?

For a few years now I have been contemplating how to incorporate more magic into my life. I even wrote a young adult book about it which is now in the process of being illustrated and narrated. I am very proud of this book because it's the first book I have ever written but by no means does it make my life extraordinary.

I recently started watching Sherlock and of course started getting a nerd crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. I looked at his Wikipedia page and there was something on it about him saying he wanted to live an extraordinary life. For some reason it really hit me. Of course he does. Don't we all?

For the next few days I spent hours thinking about this term, "Extraordinary Life." I'm pretty sure it's a grown up way of saying you want more magic in your life. I'm not Harry Potter and I don't have a magic wand but there must be someway to incorporate this magic into our real lives. But the question I kept coming to is, what is my idea of extraordinary and how does it differ from others?

So in reality I know that Sherlock is a fictional character and Benedict (we are on a first name basis now) is just a normal actor with a wife and child. But what if his "extraordinary" is being a father and husband? Maybe it's all the charity work he does. Maybe it's the money he is making in order to support his family and his charities. Maybe it is not obvious and it's something only he and his wife know about. But the question that keeps tapping on my brain is, how do I find my extraordinary life? Am I living it right now and just not paying attention?

I find myself in this state of limbo where I am very happy with all of the things I have accomplished in life but also finding that I have soooooo many things I want to cross off my bucket list before I die. Perhaps my extraordinary life hasn't even begun?

So where do we start? Where do we start saying, "yes, this is extraordinary?" Many of the things I want to personally accomplish requires money. But as an artists, I don't care much for money. Money is fleeting but if it can bring experiences then maybe it's a key in unlocking this mysterious door of extraordinary. Perhaps it is creating. But I already do that with art, music and writing and I don't feel my life is all that special. When I asked my Mom what in her life was extraordinary, she said having my brother and I. She feels it's what we leave behind. We could leave behind an amazing child, an amazing creation or an amazing garden. But what if we are just average and we don't leave anything behind?

Even the most average person leaves behind something. Humans are social being so if you have ever talked to anyone, you have left something behind. Something you have said or done has changed another person even in it's smallest amount. Ultimately, I think the answer comes down to what makes us happy. Our lives are so short and if we can find some happiness and feel we did something good and worthwhile than I suppose that IS magic. That IS extraordinary. That IS life.

So those are my philosophical musings lately... Sometimes I'm deep. So deep man. Like really freakin' deep. Haha... Also someone please sprinkle some magic dust on Benedict so he will realize that I'm what he's missing in his extraordinary life. ;)

To all you extraordinary beings<3 p="">... Good night.
- Erica