Hey folks. I just wanted to let you know about the OOSA showcase exhibit, Out of Step, at the William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, VA. The exhibit will run the month of May and will feature a total of 50 pieces from all of the OOSA artists including their work from comics (with art from two 2014 Eisner Award nominated books), illustration jobs and personal projects.
The opening will be May 1st from 6-8 and will be part of Abingdon’s First Thursdays community arts event. As part of the opening, we will be showing a screening of The Drybrush Master. This documentary by Ben Tobin features OOSA artist Greg Ruth and his work on his book The Lost Boy. You’ll be able to see some of the original artwork from the book as part of the exhibit, as well.
If you’re nearby, I hope you can make it to the opening. If you’re from out of town, though, I would suggest you wait until Memorial Day weekend to get the most out of your visit. Why? Well, not only will you get to see the Out of Step exhibit and the Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find: The Original Art Collection of Shelton Drum exhibit, but you will also be able to hear the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Executive Director, Charles Brownstein, give his lecture “The History of Censorship in Comics” on Saturyday, May 24th at 2:00pm. It will be a big day of celebrating comics at the museum, so don’t miss it!
Out of Step displays the diversity of styles and approaches used in visual storytelling, as well as the artistic dexterity of some of the professionals working in the graphic arts. This show features paintings and illustrations from the Out of Step Arts Collective, coordinated by Bristol, Virginia resident Neil Bramlette.
The artists include Greg Ruth, Alexis Ziritt, Ming Doyle, Andrew MacLean, Chris Visions, Logan Faerber, Toby Cypress, Paul Maybury, Liz Suburbia and Nathan Fox. Neil Bramlette founded Out of Step Arts in 2011 to support emerging and established artists with strongly unique styles who are not only interested in working in comics, but also in other artistic fields and mediums, as well. Neil’s eclectic interests in art, music and culture have lead to the formation of a very diverse group of artists from all across the United States.
Liz Suburbia/Nathan Fox