Visual Art Spotlight at Gateway Playhouse

Jodee Clifford with Connection paintings at Gateway Playhouse
Photo by Jeffrey Schwartz

In October, the Gateway Playhouse in Somers Point, New Jersey further expanded their support of the arts to include featuring the work of a new local visual artist each month. The artwork can be viewed prior to the shows and during intermission and is available for purchase.

I had the opportunity to be the first  artist to show my artwork at the Gateway Playhouse. My connection paintings displayed through the month of October 2017. It’s really exciting to experience the overlap of artists supporting artists. Continue reading “Visual Art Spotlight at Gateway Playhouse”

Boogie Man. Halloween, Design & West Coast Swing

Boogie man West Coast Swing Halloween t-shirt

So… it’s almost Halloween and I made this design that incorporates the holiday and west coast swing.

Like many creative souls, sometimes I wander off into visual projects that don’t necessarily happen at an easel. Here’s one.

Freelance design keeps me pretty busy and compliments that whole painterly rest thing pretty well. When I’m not painting, I dance socially, build websites, make jewelry, dabble in photography and take on all kinds of marketing projects.

A significant dance style in my current series of paintings on human connection is the addictive and slinky dance, west coast swing. It’s this gorgeous, stretchy, rhythmic conversation that’s an art in and of itself.

Boogie Man west coast swing
Boogie Man Halloween Shirts
Boogie man west coast swing Halloween t-shirt
Boogie man west coast swing Halloween t-shirt available for purchase at luckystardreams.etsy.com

 

Social Dancing at the Southern Jersey Shore

Social dance group at the Jersey Shore
Social dance group at the Jersey Shore

Now that dance has made its way into my artwork, it seems somewhat appropriate to share this here.

I recently set up the Facebook group, Salty Dances at the southern Jersey Shore to provide dancers a place to connect and arrange impromptu meet-ups in beach towns between Atlantic City and Cape May, NJ. If you or someone you know are into social partner dancing, join the group and please add your friends.

Inspired by the group DanceAir, I thought it would be helpful to set up a place for dancers to arrange and share plans with other dancers who also might be in town. West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Blues, Fusion,  Hustle, Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Zouk, Country, etc… all dance styles are invited.

Who doesn’t want to dance on vacation, right?!

The south Jersey Shore area offers so many excellent venues with great dance floors. Being a resort area, people come and go often which sometimes makes it challenging to find the other dancers down the shore. From outdoor concerts and band performances to open mic nights, nightlife venues, festivals and other events, the area has so much dance magic potential.

 

Art Shows – July 2017

Connection, West Coast Swing, Lead-Follow Social Dancers, Watercolor, 2017

July

Great Bay Gallery
July 5 – July 29, 2017

Meet the artist reception Friday, July 7, from 5 to 7pm
829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, NJ 08244

Promenade Art Show – Cape May, NJ

July 7, July 8, July 9 
Friday – Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm
Cape May Boardwalk, Cape May, NJ



August

Stone Harbor Arts Festival

Aug. 5, Aug. 6
Saturday and Sunday
Stone Harbor, NJ

Connection, West Coast Swing, Lead-Follow Social Dancers, Watercolor, 2017
Connection, West Coast Swing, Lead-Follow Social Dancers at Sangha Space, 11×14″ Watercolor, 2017

Artist Statement

Jodee Clifford, 2004, Oil Painting: Green Sweater, Mixed Media

Exploring relationships through human form, body language, and connection.

Connection

Connection is my most recent body of work painting dancers. Started in 2016, it’s a series of oil paintings, watercolor paintings, drawings, and ink drawings exploring human connection with body language, touch, and gesture; communicating and connecting without words through improvisational lead and follow social dancers. As a dancer and former media employee, this body of work is a reflection of communication in contrast to verbal or written language with undertones of honesty, transparency, and authenticity.

Relationship

Everything in this world relates. Across all my projects, I’m fascinated with relationship, connection, language, instincts and intuition. 

Figures on Clothes

Figures on Clothes was my first series of paintings starting c. 2003. To me, they’re about the relationship between clothing and nudity using the human form explored between subject matter and material. I painted nude female figures directly onto the surface of stretched and prepared clothing as I would on primed canvas.

First Impressions

In 2018, I started doing these oil paintings called “First Impressions”. They’re paintings from croquis flushed out in oil paint much the way we fill in unknown  character traits based after meeting someone.


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