Garish: Roadside Color Polaroids by Robert Jones

A man after my own heart, Robert Jones snubs his nose at the snobbery and narrow-mindedness of the art community with this beautiful and moving collection of Polaroid photographs. The “Garish” color and unsettling undercurrent of some of the photos are qualities that first attracted me to Mr. Jones’ work. In his coffee table book, Garish, Robert captures the quirky, the possibly forgotten, and the aesthetically shocking in a way that compels the observer to flip the pages in anticipation of the unseen images to come.

Though not a photographer myself – I am a wielder of paint and hand-cut prints – I appreciate the painterly quality of many of  Roberts photographs. In particular, when reading the book, I was continually and pleasantly surprised by the bold and often contrasting colors contained in its pages. Further, in reading his thoughts on the photography community’s disdain for color, I couldn’t help but relate with his experiences. As a painter of ideas that often offend the sensibilities of the mainstream art community, I know full well how it feels to be on the outside looking in.

Garish is a fitting addition to the coffee table collection of any discerning art enthusiast – particularly those who can think outside the box and welcome a new perspective. For those with more traditional preferences, I direct you to the monumental works touched on in the book depicting the silos and grain elevators of the American west. These awe-inspiring and humbling photos can be viewed on Robert’s web page, along with many other collections.

Robert Jones is an accomplished photographer whose work has been shown in galleries world-wide. His portfolio can be viewed at Robert Jones Photography.

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Exhibit at Mable House Arts Center celebrates artistry, creativity of women

by Sally Litchfield

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Celebrate women artists at the Virginia Avery Memorial 3rd Biennial “Reflections” exhibition, sponsored by the Atlanta Branch of the National League of American Pen Women. It is at the Mable House Arts Center at 5239 Floyd Road through March 1.

Virginia Avery, who had been president of the National League of American Pen Women at the local, state and national level, endowed the show. She left a bequest for an exhibit open to all Georgia women artists in all mediums.

“The show offers something for everyone,” Mikki Dillon, chairperson, said. Various media by 50 women artists is on display, including paintings, sculpture, mixed media, photography, and drawing/pastel/printmaking. Eighty juried works, from realism to contemporary, were selected by juror Gail Wegodsky. There were 243 entries.

Wegodsky creates in oil and has shown at Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, the Mable House as well as a solo show at Oglethorpe University. She exhibits her work at Mason Murer Gallery in Atlanta.

“There is such a variety of subject matter and different styles that somebody, anybody, will find something in there that they will like and enjoy,” Dillon said. Among the local area artists showing are Ann Cockerill, Kathy Morris, Jennifer Nolan, Ronnie Offen, Lisa Schwendemann Smith and Mary Jane Warren Stone.

Dillon said the show is important because there are many women artists who still have to use there initials rather than their names in order to show. “Although it’s better now than it was when Virginia (Avery) was alive, (sexism) still exists,” she said.

The show offers an opportunity to see some women who excel in the art world. “Whether it’s people who have never been to an art show, there are things that they are going to really enjoy,” Dillon said.

Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (770) 739-0189 or visit or for more information.

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Painting at the Helen Arts and Heritage Council

On Saturday, I drove up to Helen, Georgia to paint at the Arts and Heritage Council. Several towns in the north Georgia mountains were part of an art tour that was impressive in its scope and presentation. Back mountain roads were clearly marked, parking lots were full and folks were milling around. The weather was beautiful and it was a pleasant start to the summer season. Who knew southern folk could be so culturally savvy (sarcasm intended)!
As part of the tour, I painted for a few hours on site at one of the destinations. It was a nice, laid back atmosphere broken up by the occasional conversation with tourists and patrons passing through the Cultural Center. As I was leaving, I could hear the jubilant squeals of people tubing down the Chattahoochee.

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Frances Byrd is the National Director of, a conservative political artist and blogger. Her art can be viewed at Frances will be representing Liberatchik at a booth at the Freedom Jamboree in Kansas City September 28 – October 2, 2011.


By Sonja Harris

The Liberals have in some part convinced Americans that there is no right or wrong by blurring the lines. No longer are we allowed to decide by common reason that which is good or evil because of ‘political correctness’. Art has emerged as the playground for promoting Liberal propaganda. The Merriam Dictionary defines diversity as a ‘variety’. So it would seem that the Art world would then support and exhibit different ideologies. But in the real Art world of today, diversity is practically non existent even though that is what Liberals tout. Tolerance is also another word used in the Liberal world but there is no tolerance toward the conservative artist. Somehow the Liberals have turned the meaning of words to their favor.

You can follow Sonja’s writing on her blog, Conservatives in Action.

2011 Art Papers Auction

Earlier this evening, I attended the Art Papers Auction in Atlanta. this is an annual event that raises money for one of the largest promoters of the arts in Atlanta. This is my second year attending the event, which is by invitation only. I am proud to say that my paintings have sold both years above minimum bid.

Rather than post some lengthy review, I will leave you with links to the collection of work for this year’s show and a few of the pieces I found worth sharing. I am happy to say that the quality of the work was far better this year than last. Although there is much to debate regarding the intent of the artists, that is a subject for future posts. At this time, I am sharing things with you based upon aesthetic merit only.

The following paintings are by my friends Jennifer and Alvaro who facilitated my invitation to participate in the show last year.

*The image provided for this piece was taken prior to its completion. A review and photos of the finished piece will be provided shortly.

To view the entire body of works from this year’s show, please visit the Art Papers web site.

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CPAC Artist: Sonja Harris

I have been a photographer for over 25 years and have entered many photography competitions. Even though I have been selected to show my work in some great venues I have learned through experience that curators have a penchant for photographs that depict the most liberal side of humanity. As a conservative I found it difficult photographing images of penises or other ‘art’ related images curators seem to gravitate to. As a photographer I have remained true to myself and what I believe is true. The subjects of my work are historical and the environment because of their depth. Real time events and people that make our world spin also intrigue me and have a special place in my work.

For the last two years I have submerged myself in informing conservatives about the state of our great country by blogging through the internet. I feel that I have made a difference even if only in my small corner of the world. But blogging is not enough. The visual arts are excellent because viewers can absorb imagery at a glance and digest the message immediately.

Family values in America have declined and if we do not show our children and grandchildren that there is more to life than watching TV, playing video games and shopping I am afraid we are a lost society. Our government is totally out of control and dares to make our moral decisions. Our present situation will lead us to ‘moral imagination’. Our Foundling Fathers knew who gave us our Freedom, God Almighty.

Abortion has become a topic of grave concern for many conservative Americans. And in the present political climate it has not been an easy road to travel as Pro Life advocates have been ridiculed and depicted as ‘Right Wing Extremists’. Pro Choice for so many years has had the funding and legal support system that the Pro Life movement has not enjoyed. Only recently have we found our new voice. It is my assessment that not only do we need to discuss this subject openly but we must also be brave enough to embrace ‘The Reality of Life’.

My photographs taken at Pro Life events where Pro Choice protesters have attempted to disrupt make for a vivid view of the Pro Life movement and its detractors. It is my hope that through these images viewers will be able to understand that both sides have choices, one being adoption. It is also my intent that these images confirm that no matter what age, ethnicity or gender you are, the unborn are defenseless and need our voice and strength. The unborn child should be allowed to experience Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. If you are viewing this exhibit, thank your mother as she chose Life for you.

You can follow Sonja on her blog for more of her writing. She is currently working on her web page.

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CPAC 2011 Artist: Robert Jones

Robert Jones is one of my favorite photographers. The high contrast of his black and white photos creates a mood and narrative that is lacking in most modern photography. The high saturation of his color work is equally impressive. Robert is a writer in addition to being a photographer and has been one of my biggest supporters over the last year.

I just wanted to take a minute, before posting his work, to thank Robert for his continued support and participation in this project. We are also working behind the scenes on various projects that we hope will further advance our work here at Liberatchik. You can view some of Robert’s writing and samples of work from his upcoming book, Garish, at his blog.

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Art was once the province of individuals seeking truth through beauty. It is now mainly a wasteland run by nihilists posing as skeptics. Blind to beauty, passion, and greatness, today anyone aspiring to the title of artist need only affect a bored sneer, stir up some safe controversy, and peddle his own imitative retread of some facile piffle as “irony.”

The real irony is that there are thousands of artists who’ve paid their dues, honed their chops, and striven for something far grander – only to be dismissed by their erstwhile artistic peers. You will find some unjustly blackballed by the system, others still hanging in there, but more than quite a few succeeding brilliantly.

Yet, although they share high aesthetic standards and right-leaning politics, they’re isolated on both fronts. This is only fitting, given their individualist ethos. A community of individualists is indeed almost oxymoronic. But, it’s also desolate and self-defeating to remain a loner.

As an artist, conservative, and individualist, I’m honored to work with fellow artists who’ve the guts to shout “not in my name” to the anti-art, anti-beauty, and anti-American agenda of today’s post-modernist artsy fartsy crowd.

My main goal is to create and share forums for fellow conservative artists: Galleries, expositions, art fairs, book and e-publishing. To take on and beat the collectivists on their own turf: Ten years from now, I want to see our art galleries in Santa Fe, New York, Madison, Athens, Portland, Austin, and Berkeley.

You can view Robert’s portfolio at his web page.

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CPAC 2011 Artist: Mark Widhalm

For my entire career I’ve been baffled by the liberal artist’s affinity to socialism. Those who seek to constantly exercise their first amendment rights, support the very policies and policy makers’ efforts to stifle them. Is it because socialism is for the “people” and not the socialist? Maybe. But, whatever the explanation, there’s no denying the fact that the art world is overrun, and to a great extent controlled, by the “liberal elite.”

So what is a Conservative in the arts to do? Stand up and be heard. For years, and especially in art school, I played the role of the “pseudo-liberal,” for fear of retribution. Though my images tended to be conservative in nature, the liberal critique was that I was somehow rebelling against the very things I photographed and that this was my political statement. It couldn’t have been farther from the truth, and now the political policies of the last four administrations have awakened me to the need to be heard.

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Architectural Photos from St. Augustine, Florida

Over the weekend, we took our son to see his grandparents. I took the opportunity to snap some shots of the wonderful architecture in the historic district. Most of these buildings were either designed or influenced by Henry Flagler. The Spanish colonial  influence is obvious, and in my humble opinion, beautiful. I love to wander around the downtown area and meander in and out of the over priced tourist shops.

The main reason I took these photos was to have the opportunity to share some architecture on the page. It is a subject I know virtually nothing about and is under appreciated in the art community. Most people tend to overlook the creativity and inspiration involved in the development of useful objects. Because we live, work and shop in buildings they are often far from the top of anyone’s list of art. If you would like to correct this misconception, I recommend you read The Fountainhead.

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Liberatchik Post: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

The Fourth of July really pisses me off. This year in particular, I will be surrounded by born again patriots who have suddenly found a reason to be proud of America. The concepts of Liberty and individualism are dead! Let’s all eat cake!!

I hate to break it to them, but when the cake comes from the gubment, it’s stale and moldy. You’d think with all the socialist nations floundering around us, these people could see where we’re headed.

Rather than depress you with any further ranting, I will move on to the main purpose of this article, which is to inspire you. When I first started creating political art, I had a lot of angst to unload. I stayed in my studio researching and painting furiously and complained all the time. Things haven’t changed all that much in that regard over the past eight years, but my approach is a little different. My husband kept trying to tell me people need to be inspired, not browbeaten – and I didn’t listen. I can be a little stubborn. He said, it should be about the art first and the ideas second. I said, How dare you!

Then the Tea Party movement popped up and I marched out with my arty farty protest sign and started to talk to people. I’ve been attending lectures and rallies, MeetUps and seminars for the last two years. You know what? He was right. If you’re here, your angry and odds are, you’re working toward the solution. You don’t need to be reminded what’s wrong. You need to be inspired to stay for the long haul.

So, this fourth, get out there and celebrate the Liberty you are fighting to restore to America. Be proud of the country you live in – where you can still voice your opinions. Thank those who serve in the military to protect our freedoms. Rest assured that there are others fighting with you. On all fronts. And take some inspiration from the artistic movement building to restore the concept of Liberty to the American mindset.

Irene Deely – Liberty Let’s Roll

William Harris – William Harris Art

Robert Jones – Robert Jones Photography

Liberty 1886

Frances Byrd – MachinePolitick

Lonni Clarke – Classical Portraiture

Ashley Norfleet – Graphic Design and Fine Art

Robin Borland – ArtRob Studios

Matthew Welter – Monumental Sculpture

If you know anyone else, feel free to post a link.

This article was written for Liberatchik