Recognizing art as the common thread that weaves through all of humanity, the Southpaw team represents the conflicting balance of artistic applications that ultimately can move one’s soul or move the masses. The brush that produces a breathtaking scenery can be the brush that directs traffic in the city. The vision and tools that create a copper sculpture are the same skills that produce an historic neon sign. The chisels that carve an exquisite bas-relief also carve the signs in your local downtown.
The sign maker takes all these artistic talents and interests and must form them into the responsibility of signage, where readability and brand recognition is required. Done properly, the skilled sign maker will fulfill the requirements of advertising and infuse a little artistic soul throughout the community they live and work in. Good signage represents artistic talent distilled to influence our communities on a larger scale.
This show is a migration of a small portion of the existing Southpaw showroom. These are the things they paint, carve, and build when they are left to their own devices and just want to enjoy the feel of a brush or see the chisel turn something flat into dimension.
In addition to the items on display, throughout the course of the show a large wall “ghost” sign will be painted and worked on by the whole team. It is common for the sign guy to pour his heart and soul into a wall sign, only to have the business close and the landlord send a maintenance guy out to paint over it. While sometimes this can make the sign guy cry, the Southpaw team has learned to view it more like an intricate Buddhist sand painting that gets wiped away when the monk moves on. It is the about the journey… At the end of the show the elaborate wall sign will be painted over to restore the wall back to its original color to provide a clean slate for the next artist.
In additional to the wall sign, there are displays of gold leaf and ornamental chipped glass, neon art and signage, dimensionally carved gold leaf signs, intricately hand lettered signs, pinstriping, samples of techniques used to add artistic details to signage and much more.
Exhibition Special Events
Art After Dark Paso Opening Reception
Saturday, February 7: 6 pm - 9 pm
22 Kt Gilded Valentine Class
Friday, February 13: 6 pm - 9 pm
Introduction to Sign Painting Class
Sunday, February 15 or March 1: 1 pm - 3 pm
Saturday & Sunday Afternoons
Demonstration of painting, pinstriping, gilding and carving on various projects. Since sign making is very hands-on, the public is welcome to try the tools and techniques while the Southpaw team is working.