News and Updates
At this point, work is still in session and school is out. Many of you are parents planning your summer vacations, while the rest of you college kids are looking for some wild events. LOOK NO FURTHER! I have some line-ups on my events calendar and will have more to come when the weeks get closer.
If a majority of you vacation in Los Angeles (preferably the Hollywood area), be sure to list on your must see the "Beetle House" located on Hollywood Blvd. The Beetle House is a tribute to Tim Burton, himself. No he is not at all affliated with this restaurant/bar but it is an honor to say that my 2 tribute pieces "Recently Deceased (Burton Tribute)" and "Stain Boy (Burton Tribute)" are both displayed at the Beetle House until August! Make your reservations now and be sure to #dkerperarts or tag DKerper Arts on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook!
If you're a baseball and/or Simpsons fan in Fresno, there may be a show for you. June 29 at Chukchansi Stadium, WyseFools will be hosting an all Simpsons themed art show during the Fresno Grizzlies baseball game. I will be holding my own booth during the game with a special Simpsons Tribute deal only being sold during this event. And once I'm out, I'm out. More details to come!! Thank you Vendor Village for asking me to be part of this event!
And lastly, I'm very honored to be a part of the Fresno Skateboard Salvage group to help benefit quality new gear and boards for kids by donating a piece of work to help raise money. I'd like to thank Rodney Rodriguez for having me be a part of this awesome event!!! I also have some ideas in the works to partner with Rodney in the future months to come, more to come soon!!
Thanks to everyone for your support and love!! Have a safe and awesome Summer 2017!!!
- D. Kerper
It's been quite awhile since I've posted anything lately. So much has been happening in my journey through art, let me tell you.
I've been experimenting with other options of materials lately, trying on what I can do to better myself through my work and having a better understanding of my own visuals of it. Through personal experiences, trials n' errors, and just everything happening in the world... I mostly wanted to figure out the topic of my pieces. I have lacked on that lately when it came to story telling and so forth.
So without further ado, I like to introduce the newest project I am working on and have been planning for about a year....
The Sweet Temptation Pack!
I have been inspired by old intermission ads, Grease (Pink Ladies/T-Birds), and the 90s ABC/Disney cartoon "Recess" a lot in this series I have be working so hard on. I wanted to make a more modern and vintage mixed appeal to some of these characters. As many know, I am obsessed with classic films, old theaters, and vintage nostalgia to the point where I feel I was born at the wrong place and at the wrong time. So bringing more of this back, I had hopes to have more fun with this project and looking forward to bringing MORE characters in the weeks/months along. For now, you can personally buy these sticker packs of 4 at Grizzly Fest 2017 on April 29 at Chukchansi Park in Downtown Fresno, afterwards I will be holding these at my studio in Broadway Studios until further notice.
I know so many of you have patiently waited for new content and things to happen, like the coffee table book I've been working on. Didn't realize writing a book would be so difficult. So that will be another continued project and HOPEFULLY out this year.
Another question I've been getting, "Danielle, why aren't you selling this on Etsy??" and honestly, Etsy has been a roller coaster to keep up with on my own. I will be posting stickers and so forth that is in my studio onto Etsy soon, I'm looking at mid-May being MORE updated for you all.
I would like to thank you all for your patience and guidance through all of this. I have been working on other projects that are more associated with galleries and personal topics. I can't believe I am celebrating 2 years of D. Kerper Arts and I'm still hustling through it all. Thank you all again, and keep going! Never know what will hit you!
Can you believe it!! I finally have my new updated website. More content and more art to share. It has been a crazy couple of months. I must say, I am sorry for the lack of posts as I have been shooting for shows like crazy! Let me tell ya, Long Beach Comic Con was amazing!!! I got to meet amazing independent artists and celebrities. Soak up a lot of knowledge and wisdom on behalf of Tad Stones (Creator of Darkwing Duck). Yes, you read it right... I had a chance to meet and talk with Tad Stones. Along side that I made some amazing new friends and local Long Beach creators who gave me the ins and outs of what I can expect out of this big girl shows.
Aside from that, I have some big news. I have a studio space FINALLY in collaboration with an amazing local artist and friend, Darren Hurst. Please be sure to check us out ever first Thursday of the month during the year of 2017 at Broadway Studios in Fresno. For location, go to contacts to find the address and Studio #.
Things have been hard to keep up with these days, as I have more art, photo gigs, and soon come more cakes to adhere to. So please keep in touch through Facebook.com/DKerperArts and please check back on here for more cool and amazing things to happen in 2017!!!!
Happy New Years everyone!!!
It's been awhile, I know! Well, what can I say?
I needed to take a break from the art world to figure things out for myself. Gather all thoughts and figure out what I wanted to do next with D.Kerper Arts. So far I'm deathly excited for Long Beach Comic Con and the future shows I have mapped out (see events).
I'm trying to understand what the best place to make the best quality shirts, hats, and boards for you all. I am hoping to go local and support Fresno the way it has supported me. But it is hard with a budge like mine. I'm happy to see the horizon and be able to walk into State College next year!!! I can't believe it's finally going to happen, and I can't wait to bring my art along with me.
So much is going on in my personal life that I can't believe I'm still standing. But the best thing is the support I get from all of you. I can't wait to take on new challenges and show off my new series I have plotted out.
For Long Beach Comic Con, I will be making a tribute to (drum roll.......) Beauty and the Beast! I KNOW!! I have had something haunting me to obsess over this movie for some odd reason. Belle was my favorite Disney princess as a child and I thought maybe my childhood was just reaching out to me... turns out (in case you live under a rock) the new live action film will be in theaters NEXT YEAR and we will be celebrating 25 years of the animated film (I don't feel old inside, no [pft!]) ..
I can't wait to get through this and see what more projects I can line up in the near future. For now, the mural I previously announced ended up dropping. But that is ok! With one bust comes another great opportunity! Never give up and pout at it all. No time for that!!
I hope you all have a great summer as I will be trying my best to continue with updates and so forth!! I'm so excited for future shows and I can't wait to see you all in support of local art love!!
- Danielle Kerper
It has been a adventurous year for D.Kerper Arts. Growing this website and my career as a freelance artist has been an experience I never thought in a million years I'd face. I have met amazing and interesting people throughout this experience of starting out in art shows. There is so much more going on in my life as a freelance artist that I can not wait to share and explore. I want to make sure I take you all along with me throughout this journey.
So what is going on as of now?
I was asked to be part of something amazing with Sound Stage - Legends Music store. Though my schedule has taken over I will be contributing time over the summer to paint my first mural with the local music shop for their project I'll be announcing soon! I'm super excited to be part of this and I can't wait to get started.
April 30th, Fresno Underground Arts and Tioga-Sequoia Beer Garden are at it again with the 2nd Annual Tim Burton Tribute Show. I am fully excited for this show and I can't wait to show my love for that man! I will be showing my tribute to Stain Boy, Alice in Wonderland, Nightmare before Christmas, Beetlejuice (i will also be dressed up as Lydia Deetz), James and the Giant Peach, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, and Batman. This is a free event and suitable for all ages. I look forward to seeing you all there!!
May 6th, I am honored to be part of Women's Art and Music Festival located at The Tower Theater. Who are WAMFF?
WAMFF is a collective effort by local women in Fresno, the Rape Counseling Services and the Women’s Studies Program at Fresno State. Our goal is to celebrate the local talent of women in Fresno and to heal through art and music of the destructive epidemic that gender-based violence creates. We want to encourage women not only to develop their art and music but also their professional careers. This is why all of our efforts from this event will be donated to paid internship for Women’s Studies students who want to work in the elimination of gender-based violence. - Women's Art and Music Festival of Fresno
I'm very excited to be part of this awareness and speak out about this situation. It is too silent. The greatest thing about this is to be a part of a multicultural women's show. Please take a moment to check out their website and donate for the cause.
Lastly, I am VERY excited to announce I will be taking D.Kerper Arts to Long Beach Comic Con, Sept 17-18!!!! I will be throwing more information out there soon!!!
Thank you everyone for the local support in my work!! I could not do this without you!
I want to give a huge shout out to a friend who would love your help!!!
My friend and entrepreneur Jenny Rae is opening a fund for a music video project.
Details are in the video!!
Along side your donation, if you give $25+ you will receive Phyllis Jungle themed stickers designed by ME!!
Help out this awesome gal and stay groovy!
Well guys and gals!!
For a while now, I've been dying to work on a big project of designing. Making D.Kerper Arts something more than just Fine Arts. After much sit down and figuring out, I have discovered a way to take my work into what I wanted to see happen in my life. Clothing.
Thanks to Society 6, artists like myself are given that opportunity to create for people like you. Not JUST shirts either, I'm happy to see my little girl, Porcelain Doll, on pillows, throw blankets, etc. I will be opening up more pieces into my new shop and create up coming designs soon!!
For now, you're able to be part of the D.Kerper clan and purchase your own Porcelain Doll piece!
I will be reopening my Etsy shop again when I gather much inventory. New sticker designs and pieces WILL be available there soon! Hold tight!!
I will also be looking at new opportunities in projects and hopefully collaborations soon! Cross your fingers!
So I wanted to bring up a tricky topic on everyone. I would HIGHLY appreciate if everyone gets involved in this. This isn't some gimmick to have dirt on anyone and know NO NAMES will be involved in this project. SO.. bare with me on this topic:
All my life I have faced insecurities. Insecurities of being a dwarf, being overweight for my stature even though to the naked eye I was skinny but in reality I was 30lbs overweight. I was insecure about having big thighs when the rest of me was like a stick and I was very insecure about my education. More than anything, I was very insecure about my smile when someone once said to me "you're pretty, but man you'd look so much better if you had straighter teeth!"
Building these insecurities I closed myself off to dating, meeting people, and felt low on myself. It took a great deal of courage and self motivation to get me out of this. Though I have met more dimwits and dickwads recently, I have learned that I'm not who they think I am. I am someone of passion, strive, knowledge, strength, and loyalty. I know I have a fire in me that can burn for miles and I have a smile that can bring people to a good mood.
SO WITH THIS SAID... I want to know what you're insecurities have been of yourself? What someone said about you to close you off from being who you are... What is holding you back from who you really are? Please either just private message me if you don't feel comfortable posting in comments. I'm doing this for my next collaboration show in March and I feel like this topic needs to be addressed as we are all facing something that is holding us back from being our true intentional selves.