Tuesday, August 23, 2011

BLT's at the WillowWood in Graton

Now through October 9th, you can catch a glimpse of 8 BLT paintings while catching a delicious snack at the fabulous WillowWood in the hometown of T & L. (9020 Graton Road) Lisa's paintings are featured in the front room.

Coming soon: photos of the current batch in progress!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Firehouse Gallery Show July 9th in Berkeley

Several of B.L.T.'s paintings (six to be exact!) will be on display in a group exhibition with 'Sonoma Blight'.
Other 'Blighters' included in the show include: Todd Baricklow, Art Moura, William Smith, Judson King Smith."We are a Sonoma County art group that is distinguished from the typical pleasant art of Sonoma County wine art. There is a natural attraction to each other's work which drew us together to form The Blight. The work is concerned with dark humor and is often political. It can be raw or dexterous but either way we try for the gut."

There will be an Opening Reception held Friday, July 9th, from 7-10pm. Firehouse North Gallery is located at 1790 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley. The show remains up through July 30th. Please call for info on visiting the gallery.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

more BLT on the way

While our show in Healdsburg (scroll down for info) is up for a couple more weeks, we have a slew of new paintings in progress in the studios of B, and L & T. Here are some progress shots-- see earlier stages in the bottom photo. (Tony is, of course to blame for that poor pig.)

click on any image to see it larger!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

B.L.T. Debut Exhibition in Healdsburg!

Yes, yes, they're up, it's happening now!
B.L.T.'s first real exhibition (14 works) is hanging at
The Flying Goat
(coffee purveyors extraordinaire)
324 Center Street, in Healdsburg, CA.

(click on image to see larger)

There will be a Gala (well sorta) Reception on
Saturday, March 19th at 8pm.

Please do join us if you possibly can!


24 x 24", acrylic on panel AVAILABLE

Blue Bird Motel

29 x 29", acrylic on panel  AVAILABLE

Animal Kingdom

24 x 24", acrylic on panel  AVAILABLE

Our Time

29 x 29", acrylic on panel  SOLD

Looking East

29 x 29", acrylic on panel  SOLD

At Risk

28 x 28", acrylic on panel  AVAILABLE

We Make Keys

24 x 24", acrylic on panel   SOLD


24 x 24", acrylic on panel   SOLD

Cold Snap

29X29", acrylic on panel  SOLD

Que es mas Macho?

24 x 24", acrylic on panel  AVAILABLE

Simpler Times

30 x 40", acrylic on panel SOLD

Built to Spill

29 x 29", acrylic on panel  SOLD

Happy Accident

29 x 29", acrylic on panel SOLD

True Believers

29 x 29", acrylic on panel SOLD

La Paloma

29 x 29", acrylic on panel  SOLD

What is B.L.T.?

B.L.T. consists of painters Bob Stang, Lisa Beerntsen & Tony Speirs. The collaboration began in late 2009 as a tentative experiment between the long-time friends. By early 2010 the first four works were finished and sparked excitement. Now they present their first full show of paintings entitled "Happy Accident"-- which also somewhat describes their working process. Each painting begins when one member paints a colored &/or textured ground-- the base coat-- and then passes it on to another painter, who takes a turn, often adding rhythmic or abstract elements. Gradually, the painting gains more specific & narrative imagery, and the juxtaposition of disparate elements begins to suggest themes. This exchange goes on with each member free to incorporate, or obscure, or even bury the previous members' turns. When a painting begins to feel like it's reaching a resolution, the three members convene (Bob lives and works in Oakland, Tony & Lisa (a couple) live & work in Graton, Sonoma County, and discuss what might be needed to complete the piece. They then decide who wants to-- or is best equipped to-- make those finishing touches on any given painting.

In addition to working as B.L.T., each artist is establishing a successful painting career of their own. Bob Stang studied at UC Santa Barbara, and has shown his paintings at various galleries and venues around the country, with a solo show currently on display at the Brett Wesley Gallery in Las Vegas. Lisa Beerntsen received her BFA from the California College of Arts (Oakland) and MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her paintings have been shown on both coasts, and she has taught art at the Santa Rosa Junior College for the past 14 years. Tony Speirs studied illustration & fine art at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He has exhibited throughout the Bay Area, and his paintings have appeared in several magazines & books.

To see the artists' individual work, see: Tony Speirs, Bob Stang, Lisa Beerntsen.