New tattoo art exhibit in Huntington

New tattoo art exhibit in Huntington

Flower Girl by Terry Canavan

The Huntington Arts Council will present a juried exhibition,”Stars Stripes & Pinups: Work Inspired by Sailor Jerry,” with an opening reception on Friday, June 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., that is free and open to the public.

The exhibit will run through Saturday, July 21 at the Main Street Gallery, 213 Main St. in Huntington. 

The Huntington Arts Council invited artists to participate in Stars, Stripes & Pinups by submitting art drawn from the work and words of the iconic American tattoo artist Norman Keith Collins, known as Sailor Jerry for his famous tattooing of sailors.

Shannon with Tattoos and Chicken by Margaret Minardi

The following artists were accepted into the show: Frank Acevedo, Jake Bruno, Terry Canavan, Brooke D’Ambrosio, Jim Finlayson, Dr. Phyllis Gildston, Jan Guarino, Stephanie Gulemi, Ashlin Hanley, Melissa Johnides, John Micheals, Margaret Minardi, Roya Shamsdiba, Patrick J. Shea, Vyckie Van Goth and William Von Gonten.

“Outstanding effort from everyone involved! I found the wide scope of interpretation for the submissions of this show to be pleasantly satisfying as an art lover,” said Keith Tobolski, the exhibition juror.

“This was a unique call to artists for us. And the results are terrific. It’s so inspiring to see the creative interpretation of these submissions,” said Marc Courtade, executive director of the Huntington Arts Council.

Lady Bluebird by Vyckie Van Goth

Tobolski, owner and operator of Anchor East Tattoo Parlor in Huntington, is an American artist best known for his work as a tattooer. His formal art training includes studies at Marwen, as well as Palette & Chisel in Chicago. His recent exhibitions include Ink Masters and RIPE Art Gallery. Tobolski is currently represented by Paper Gun Art Gallery out of River North, Chicago.

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