Lisa Marie Studio & 1440 Main Street are pleased to announce the upcoming artist residency and exhibition of Washington DC based artist, Lisa Marie Thalhammer at 1440 Main Street in Ferdinand, Indiana during the month of May 2012. http://lisamariestudio.com/ http://www.1440mainst.com

Home to the studio of Keith Fritz Fine Furniture, 1440 Main Street is a 35,000 square foot creative colony and warehouse space located in Ferdinand, Indiana. The space is also home to the Ferdinand Antique Emporium and the 1440 Cafe, and other creative entrepreneur art & craft studios. In these innovative surroundings, Lisa Marie will find dedicated space and time to create a new series of artworks while returning to the land of ancestors.  Lisa Marie’s great great grandmother Elizabeth Grimes was born and raised in Siberia, Indiana and her great great great grandparents Maurice and Rosina Fritz lived in Schnellville, Indiana both towns only a few miles away from her residency location. http://www.keithfritz.com

Accompanied with a performance by Troubadours Of Divine Bliss of Kentucky, an Artist Residency Kick Off and Soiree will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 1440 Cafe.  Dinner is available beginning at 5PM and the performance begins at 7:30PM.  A retrospective of art works created by Lisa Marie Thalhammer will be on exhibition during this time and visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artist who will be in residence through May 27. http://troubadoursofdivinebliss.com/

An additional meet the artist event will be held at 1440 Main Street on Thursday May 17, from 5-7pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to view artworks in process being created while in Indiana and also completed paintings, including Lisa Marie’s famously large scale portrait painting of first lady Michelle Obama.

After being named Best Visual Artist by the readers of the Washington DC arts and culture blog, Brightest Young Things, contributor Keli writes:

“Think of Michelle Obama as a giant, with stars in her eyes, and this enormous smile. This was the first painting I saw from Lisa Marie. It’s hanging, right when you enter her apartment.  I’ll be the first to admit that I have a huge gay icon crush on Michelle, so, you can imagine my jaw hitting the floor as my eyes teared up in emotion upon seeing that painting. Around the corner, more: a painting of a woman, done in bright colors and angular lines, huge eyes and gestures of power and strength. Then, around the next corner, collages of sexy women on eighteen wheelers.  Her work is tough and done with finesse and wow, if you collect art, make sure you check out her work. She does everything from video, to murals, to paintings and I bet she would love you forevs if you commissioned something. Just imagine, you could get your very own giant gay icon.” http://www.brightestyoungthings.com/articles/ponies-choice-awards-2011-the-winners.htm

Upon return to Washington DC following the completion of the residency, the new artworks created will be shown as part of Transformer’s 2012 Collector’s View program the afternoon of Sunday, June 3. Participants of the Collector’s View series will be invited to this private DC premier of paintings created while on residency. For more information please visit: http://www.transformerdc.org/news/item/collectors-view-2012-invite