LITMUS GALLERY & STUDIOS participates
in Raleigh's First Friday Art Walk held each month of the year. In addition to having featured artists each month,
Litmus studio artists also have their art on display and their studios open for touring. Paintings, pottery, mixed
media art, drawings/sketches, and sculpture are some of the art forms available for viewing and purchase each month.
VARIETY: THE SPICE OF LIFE
Gallery & Studios
Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Reception: Friday, December 5, 2014 / 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Exhibit open: by appointment (919-571-3605 / email@example.com)
closes: Saturday, December 27, 2014
This exhibit contains a variety of works by Litmus studio artists plus
several other artists and will showcase an outstanding range of original visual art in traditional, contemporary, and
avant-garde creations. It provides a range of varying treatments that challenge traditional practices of visual art
and incorporates varied media such as paintings, photography, sculpture, and mixed media. Special items perfect for
holiday gifts will be available for purchase during this December exhibit.
JANUARY SCULPTURE SESSIONS
SCULPTING A 3-D PORTRAIT IN CLAY
Wednesdays: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm on January 21 & 28 and February
Saturdays: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm on January 24 & 31 and February 7
This six (6) session workshop is devoted to creating a realistic 3-D clay portrait bust (head, neck,
and possibly top part of shoulders) of the human head. Clay has been used throughout the centuries to create beautiful
and enduring works of art. The skills learned in this workshop can used to produce other treasured portraits of loved
ones or special friends. Basic instructional techniques will be provided for sculpting a portrait using photos and working
with a live female model. From building an armature to applying finishing touches, sculpting techniques will
be emphasized in a step-by-step process to complete an anatomically correct portrait and lifelike representation of the human
head. The workshop fee is $125 (payment is due at the first session on January 21 and can be by cash or check/money
order made out to James Fatata, sorry no credit cards). The fee covers the use
of sculpting stand, portrait armature, model fee, studio facility, and bisque firing of the finished portrait. Water-base
clay will be available for purchase at the first session for $15 per twenty-five pounds bag. The workshop is limited
to eight participants and will be held at Litmus Gallery & Studios at 312 W. Cabarrus Street in downtown Raleigh.
Those wishing to attend must reserve a space in advance. Notification will be sent to those requesting a space as to
whether there is a space for them or if they are on the “wait list”. Refunds will not be given for missed
sessions. Additional questions or to register for the workshop: firstname.lastname@example.org / 919-571-3605
In order to give artists the opportunity to exhibit their work, Litmus Gallery &
Studios provides a space each month for 1-4 artists to host an art exhibit. Selected artists are to work
collaboratively to share the areas available for art display, install the exhibit, help advertise the exhibit, and provide
refreshments for, manage, and attend the First Friday 6-9 PM reception for the exhibit. All works of art
exhibited must be for sale. Works must be original and committed to the show for the entire exhibition
period. Litmus Gallery & Studios reserves the right to refuse any work that is not properly presented,
requires special installation, or is deemed inappropriate by the Litmus Gallery selection committee.
Specifications: All 2D work must be completely prepared for hanging with wire. Wire must not
be frayed and must support the weight of the piece. No “saw tooth” hangers may be used.
Maximum framed size cannot exceed 50” in any direction. 2D and 3D art cannot exceed 50 pounds.
Exhibiting artists retain ownership of all work exhibited at Litmus Gallery & Studios. Works are exhibited
at the risk of the artist. Although the utmost care will be taken in handling all art work, Litmus Gallery
& Studios will not be responsible for damage or loss from any cause. Submitting a work of art shall
imply an agreement on the part of the artist to the conditions set forth here.
Sales will be encouraged. Litmus Gallery & Studios will retain a commission of 30 % on all sales. The artist
is committed to the sale price placed on the art at the time of delivery. In order to encourage sales Litmus Gallery
participates in Raleigh’s GRCVB SmartCard program. A discount of 10% on one work by a featured artist is offered to
each leisure visitor and convention attendee shopping at our gallery. The 10% discount is taken out of
the gallery commission and the artist still receives 70% of the sales price.
of Art: Arrangements for installation of art should be made one week prior to the month that the art is to be
displayed by calling (919) 571-3605 or emailing email@example.com. Artists are responsible for installing their art and labeling installed art with the name of the work, size,
medium and price.
Removal: Unless sold, all artwork must remain on view until the close
of the exhibition. Unsold works should be picked up 4-7 PM on the Monday prior to the first Friday of the
next month or by special arrangement.
Inventory: Exhibiting artists are to provide an inventory of
all art being exhibited that includes the title of the work, dimensions, medium and price.
Applying: Artists interested in exhibiting their work should email firstname.lastname@example.org expressing their interest, months they would be interested in exhibiting, best phone contact
number, and three (3) attached photos that show examples of their work that are labeled with the title of the
work, dimensions, medium, and price.
Selection: Artists selected for an exhibition at Litmus Gallery
will be emailed the “Featured Artist Form” to complete. The form can be scanned and emailed back to email@example.com or mailed to: Litmus Gallery & Studios, 312 W. Cabarrus St., Raleigh, NC, 27601.
Studio Spaces: $150 - $320
Call 919-571-3605 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to check on availability.
COMMISSIONING A TORSO SCULPTURE
DESCRIPTION OF TORSO SCULPTURE:
The clay torso sculpture created is a representation of the trunk of the body.
In addition, it includes a small part of the neck but not the head, a portion of the arms above the elbow, and the
legs above the knees. A client can be sculpted in either a standing, seated, or reclining pose.
If a standing pose is selected, the completed sculpture will be approximately 12 inches in height -- ideal for displaying
on a coffee or end table, bookshelf, or pedestal.
It normally takes two 3-hour sessions, scheduled on different days, to complete the sculpture.
Occasionally, depending on the complexity of the pose, an additional session may be required. During
each 3-hour session the client will pose nude for 20 minute time intervals separated by 5-minute breaks. Upon
completion, the sculpture will be air-dried for several weeks and then bisque fired. Once fired, a clear
acrylic matte finish will be applied to seal the surface. Felt will be placed on the base of the sculpture.
If a client is not available to pose in person, a torso sculpture can be completed using just photos.
Sculpting sessions are normally
conducted during afternoons or evenings, Sunday through Thursday. However, sessions can be scheduled at
other times to fit a client’s schedule.
Sculpting sessions will be held in the artist’s studio located at 312 West Cabarrus Street in
downtown Raleigh. Litmus Art Gallery and several other studios are located in the same building.
The cost of a commissioned clay torso sculpture as described is $375.00, which
is due at the completion of the sculpture. If the completed sculpture does not meet the client’s
expectations or for any other reasons the client does not wish to proceed with the purchase, the client may decline the purchase
without additional financial obligation. If the purchase is declined the completed sculpture will become
the property of the sculptor. Clients will not receive any payment for the time spent posing for the sculpture.
*Information and prices on additional sculptural options are available upon request.
James (Jim) Fatata is an accomplished artist who specializes in figurative sculpture.
His works have been juried into numerous art shows and exhibitions. You can see examples of his
work by visiting Litmus Art Gallery and his studio at 312 W. Cabarrus St. in Raleigh, NC or by viewing his work on the web
at www.litmusgallery.com or www.tristatesculptors.org.
Additional Information: Raleigh Sculpture Group / Modeling Opportunities
Take a few minutes and tour the gallery by selecting any of the images below for an artist profile