This weekend, Rivet Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, played host to two custom vinyl show openings. The first of these shows was a custom Qee show that featured a number of artists from Ohio, including Chris Ryniak, as well as a few other friends from all around the world. The show was also for a good cause, with 25 percent of all the profits from the event going to charity. Specifically, to Ronald McDonald House. And heck, there were plenty of good custom Qees to look at and possibly take home!
Hit the jump for a bit more on the show, and check out our gallery for plenty of pictures from the show!
As I mentioned before, there were a number of great pieces at the show. Okkle's Aldwin the Baby Griffon was an absolutely adorable piece to look at, and I love the color choices made for it. Just something about that dark blue shade makes it look even more adorable!
Troy Stith had two pieces on display at the show, but his piece commemorating the 15th anniversary of Toy2R, Birth of Toy, was by far my favorite. We've featured his customs before, but it wasn't until now that I realized he was a Columbus native. He wasn't at last night's opening, but I'd sure hope to meet him at some point in the future, and maybe even have him work his magic on a Dunny for me.
A number of artists at the show were new to me, but my favorite piece from them came from Angela Matteson. Aviator Piggie is certainly a vinyl piece, but it has the look of an old wooden children's toy. I loved the little aviator's cap she made for the piece, too. So adorable! Angela had a second piece at the show, Azure Princess, that also had that old-school wooden toy feel to it (you can see it poking out on the right side of the picture). She's definitely a name I'll be keeping an eye on in the future.
Sharon Dorsey was one of the artists who was at the show and who I was able to have the pleasure of meeting. Like many of the other artists in the show, she's from the Columbus area and had two pieces in the show: Little Hooter and the above piece, Little Satan. In total, it took her about 24 hours to get the pieces done, which included coming up with the design, sculpting and a few coats of paint, but since she's also a busy mom as well as an artist, those 24 hours got spread out over quite a few days and weeks. Still, I think the end result speaks quite well for itself, don't you?
Chris Ryniak's piece was probably the show favorite, though. His Muscamoot Baby Qee is unmistakably done in his art style, and the detail on this piece is just stunning. Every wrinkle, every wart or skin mark comes alive. Chris is quickly becoming one of my favorite artists, too, and no, it's not because he's practically my neighbor. He does incredible work not only on vinyl, but with kaiju creatures and other works, too. And his quality work is certainly the reason why this piece was picked for the show's fliers.
If you'd like to check all of the custom Qees out, the show runs through April 28 at Rivet (1200 N. High St., Columbus). If you'd like to purchase one of the available Qees (Chris' Qee is already sold, as are Amanda L. Spayd's pieces), check out Rivet's Web site!
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