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Frank Novel juried into the 93rd Annual Erie, Pennsylvania Art Museum Spring Show

 

Frank Novel attends the Erie Art Museum Spring Show opening (a) Frank Novel attends the Erie Art Museum Spring Show opening (b)

 

Guest juror Virgil Marti accepted an enlargement from one of Frank’s notebooks– congratulations!

 

More of Frank’s notebooks can be seen here

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24 Apr 2016

Frank Novel juried into the Erie Art Museum Spring Show

Frank and I have scanned drawings from about thirty of his notebooks (a few dozen to go), and for the second year in three, a 24×30 blow-up print made the show.  This year’s also sold– congratulations to Frank!  The last drawing in the notebook he is holding (dated from today while he was waiting along the lakefront for the opening) looks to belong in next years show!

Frank Novel at the Erie Art Museum's Spring Show opening 2014 Work of Frank Novel

additional examples from Frank’s notebooks

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27 Apr 2014

Visit with Frank Novel; Erie, PA

January 2012 update:

Through Lee Steadman, director of Erie’s City Center Arts, I was able to make copy photos and scans from 32 of Frank’s notebooks: 

 

notebook of Frank Novel click here for  60 examples from Frank’s notebook pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank Novel; Erie, PA 2011

Frank lives in a low income apartment building in downtown Erie.  We missed seeing him in person before Christmas when Stairways Behavioral Health had their annual art sale, but purchased a 3×4 inch etching of his.  It shows “Gretta Groupie,” a recurring character in Frank’s work whom he told me comes from a comic strip in Circus, a 70’s rock and roll magazine.  That era seems to have been a formative influence, and Frank has vintage cassette tapes of himself reciting poetry and playing guitar.  Music is an animating force for his art-making, and he talks about music playing in his head while he often draws in silence.  He also likes to attend outdoor concerts (especially Erie’s annual Blues and  Jazz Festival), and draw to the live music.  I found an old issue of Circus [July 1970 issue], and here (I hope under “fair use”) is the original Gretta, and our etching purchase from last year (middle row right), and three Grettas from Frank’s notebooks:

Gretta Groupie comic 1970 work of Frank Novel
© Circus Magazine/ G Mallard all other images © Frank Novel
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18 Jan 2012

Frank Novel; Erie, PA

As luck, at least for me would have it, I ran into Frank Novel in a Wendys. It was clear from the staff interactions that Frank is a regular, and as always he was carrying one of his sketchbooks full of drawings.  Of course, I wouldn’t dream of letting Frank eat his hamburger in peace…

Frank Novel 2011 work of Frank Novel
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(notebook page) © Frank Novel (notebook page) © Frank Novel

 

 

From Frank’s 2009 exhibition at the Erie Art Museum:

Frank Novel 2009 Frank Novel 2009
artworks © Frank Novel

 

11 Aug 2011