Immortelle: Group show featuring 6 paintings by Gayle Madeira

Tonight, Friday October 7, is the opening reception for a group show entitled “Immortelle” including six paintings by Gayle Madeira.
The reception is 6-9pm and the show continues through November 27, 2016 (see full details below).

Immortelle is the feminine form of immortal in French, but also refers to the practice of object based mourning traditions. Immortelles were placed on grave sites, often a beaded wreath or dried flower wreath, in remembrance of the deceased, but also as a symbol of the fragility of life and our desire to immortalize those we have lost. You can find immortelles in the form of everything from funeral fashion to modern day plastic flower wreaths with teddy bears and all.

The memento mori tradition, a latin phrase meaning “remember you must die”, takes form cross-culturally and is often linked to the shift, whether purely seasonal or with some spiritual element. In art, mementos mori are artistic or symbolic reminders of mortality.

time-running-out“Time Running Out” by Gayle Madeira – oil on linen panel, 11″ x 14″

All six paintings by Gayle Madeira being shown in “Immortelle”


A group show to benefit Big Class

Exhibiting Artists:
Katie Barroso, Kelwin Coleman, Emma Fick, Esme Franklin, Sierra Kozman, Jenna Knoblach, Gayle Madeira, Nikki Crook, Julianne Merino, Lee Morais, Nina Nichols, Ankeen Rose, and Jamie Winn

Opening Reception:
October 7th, 6 – 9pm

Exhibition up through November 27, 2016

1109 Royal Street, New Orleans LA

25% of proceeds to benefit: Big Class

As the first breaths of Allhallowtide drift through the New Orleans air, the Foundation Gallery invites the community to celebrate Immortelle, a group exhibition to benefit Big Class and the opening of their Haunting Supply Company.

The opening reception will be held October 7th from 6 – 9pm and will include a live performance from Spiritwalker featuring Amzie Adams, Dave Gear, and friends. 25% of all proceeds will benefit Big Class and their newest venture, The Haunting Supply Company. Big Class’s mission is to cultivate and support the voices of New Orleans’s young writers, ages 6-18, through creative collaborations with schools and communities.

An Arts and Activism Fundraiser to benefit Big Class will be held on November 17. Further details TBA!

About The Foundation Gallery
Located in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans, The Foundation Gallery showcases the work of local and regional artists. With bimonthly shows and other art events, the gallery strives to support artists and activism in our community and beyond. Through The Heymann Foundation, the gallery aims to support local and national non-profits by donating 25% of the proceeds from each sale made in the gallery and shop.

Gallery Hours:
10am – 6pm Daily

By Appointment on Tuesdays

For more information about the gallery, contact or 504-568-0955

To see more paintings by Gayle Madeira, visit her website at

Commission for Hershey’s Chocolate

This past February I was contacted by the Hershey’s Chocolate company with a request to recreate the famous painting “Napoleon Crossing the Alps” originally painted by the French artist Jacques-Louis David between 1801 and 1805. The occasion for this commission was that they were doing a rebranding of one of their chocolate bars, the Take 5 bar, and they wanted to give away this painting as the grand prize in the rebranding campaign contest.

In the painting, they wanted Napoleon to be replaced with comedian Nick Kroll (who is their spokesman in the campaign), they wanted the horse to be on top of Take 5 bars and they wanted the painting altered somewhat to be different from the original. They also wanted the painting to be finished in a week. It was an impossible job so of course I took it! It ended up taking about a week and a half and definitely gave me some more grey hairs, but I really loved recreating that classic painting with some changes!

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I grew up on a farm with horses and was obsessed with them as a child, constantly drew and painted them, so the chance to paint this famous horse was really exciting.

This painting is 20″ x 16″ oil on linen on panel and I used Rublev paints which I use almost exclusively. If you would like to see more of my paintings, go to my website


New painting, fall pomegranates!

“Fall Pomegranates”
7.5 x 9″ oil on gesso panel (I bought the panel from Zecchi’s Art Supply in Florence when we were in Italy this summer)
This painting has been sold

Summer gives way to autumn, Persephone takes her pomegranates underground for the winter. Her mother Demeter grieves and the world grieves with her under a blanket of cold. If we’re lucky, she’ll make it out and bring spring with her.

Fall Pomegranates

Giant post about the whole summer!

I’ve been very bad about writing on my blog and decided to catch up in one fell swoop so that I don’t have to think about it anymore. Therefore, this will be a VERY big post because it covers everything for the whole summer, in both painting and dancing, and I included links at the end to performances that I’d announced on the blog earlier but had never added the videos.

August 12th-September 1st, Tioma and I went to Buenos Aires and danced our feet off! We had a lovely apartment just next to the Congreso, big and light which was great for meditation and tai chi and we danced almost every night.

Thursday, August 7th, Tioma and I performed at Tango Hotel Hungaria in Venice, Italy (sorry, no video!):

Venice performance

July 26th-August 11th, Tioma and I went to Italy and had a WONDERFUL time. We went to Florence, Umbria, Venice, Lake Garda and Milan.
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Here we are in Florence looking out on the city at sunset

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The view from the mountains outside of Lake Garda when we were hiking

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Swimming after kayaking in Lago Ledro

July 30th, I found out that my painting “Can-Can Dancer in the Basement of Restaurant Florent” was selected as a finalist in the Artist Magazine’s annual competition! Since there were over 7,500 entries this year, being selected as a finalist is really exciting.

Can-Can Dancer in the Basement of Restaurant Florent” 18″ x 24″ oil on panel, was sold as part of my solo show at The Foundation Gallery in New Orleans last August 2013:
Can-Can Dancer in the Basement of Restaurant Florent

Friday, July 25th, Tioma and I taught and performed tango at La Tangueria milonga in New York City:

First dance (music is “Pablo” by Anibal Troilo):

Second dance (music is Sacale Punta by Donato):

Third dance (Music is Romantico Bulincito by Rodolfo Biagi):

June and July 2014, I completed four still life paintings of grapes, cherries, tomatoes and one Russian compilation of a teacup with berries, all oil on linen panel:

Russian Glass with Berries


Three Tomatoes

Three grapes

May 2014, I finished a portrait of my cousin Holly and Holly’s husband Geoff. Holly died of liver cancer on July 28, 2014, oil on panel, 24″ x 18″:

Holly and Geoff

Saturday, May 3, 2014, Tioma and I taught and performed at Mala Leche milonga in New York City:

First dance (Music: “El Entrerriano” by Rodolfo Biagi)

Second dance (Music: “Garúa” by Pedro Laurenz):

Third dance (Music: “Sacale Punta” by Edgardo Donato):

March 2014,  Tioma and I taught and performed at Tango Under the Tent in Sugar Loaf NY:
First dance (Music: “Te Aconsejo Que Me Olvides” by Anibal Troilo):

Second dance (Music: “De Floreo” by Osvaldo Pugliese):

Third dance (Music: “Que Tiempo Aquel” by Francisco Lomuto):

February 2014, Tioma and I performed at the Meeting House Annual Symposium in New York City. Music is “Siete Palabras” by Carlos Di Sarli:

February 2014, Tioma and I performed as a chicken-and-egg for a small film produced by a company called Individual U:

Recently completed portrait: “Carlos Funes at Ensueno Milonga”

I recently finished this commissioned oil portrait of Carlos Funes. He is a tango dancer, originally from Buenos Aires Argentina but moved here with his wife Cathy to New Jersey decades ago. The two of them taught and performed tango for many years in New Jersey and New York. They danced tango for 50 years together! Cathy died a few years ago and Carlos now comes to the milongas on his own. She used to bake delicious things and bring them to the tango events and now Carlos has taken her place. Every Monday at Ensueno Milonga and Thursday at La Nacional Milonga, he brings wonderful empanadas and alfajores (Argentine cookies with dulce de leche filling) and hands them out to everyone with a big smile. He is like our tango grandfather and is a very important part of our lives. Just seeing his smile can make all the problems from your day recede! I loved painting his portrait. This is an oil painting on canvas using mostly Vasari paints. It is 23″ x 18″ and now resides in Carlos’ home.

Here are three videos of Carlos and Cathy Funes dancing tango, both in New York City and in Buenos Aires:
Tango at Sin Rumbo milonga in Buenos Aires:
Milonga at Town Hall in NYC:
Tango at Town Hall in NYC:
And here is a TV show about them (in Spanish):

"Carlos Funes at Ensueno Milonga" Oil painting on canvas, 23" x 18"

“Carlos Funes at Ensueno Milonga”
Oil painting on canvas, 23″ x 18″

Gayle & Tioma performing in Sugarloaf NY, Saturday March 8th


Come join us if you’re in the area!

Gayle and Tioma Tango Under the Tent performance

Gayle & Tioma teaching and performing schedule in March

Gayle and Tioma

On Saturday, March 8, 2014, Tioma and Gayle will teach and perform at Tango Under The Tent at the Seligmann Homestead, 23 White Oak Drive, Sugar Loaf, NY 10918. If you are driving there and are using GPS, use Chester, NY 10918 instead of Sugar Loaf.

The class will begin at 6:30pm, the social dancing is 8pm-midnight and the performance will be ~9:45pm. All inclusive admission: Members – $10, non-members – $15. A contribution to the food table is always appreciated and we thank all who make donations. Tango Under The Tent does not supply wine – our Tangueros bring it – if you drink it, make sure to occasionally bring a bottle. Non-alcoholic refreshments will be provided as usual.

Check their website here for more information and any weather-related cancellations.
Tioma and Gayle will teach a workshop on Sunday March 16th at American Studios of Performing Arts, 721 Acorn Street, Deer Park, NY. Beginner workshop is from 11:30am – 1:30pm, intermediate workshop is from 1:30 to 3:00pm. The workshops are $20 per person for a single workshop or $35 per person for both workshops. See their website for more information.

Tioma and Gayle are teaching now every Monday night at Ensueño Tango Salon. There is a beginner class from 7:30-8:30pm and intermediate class from 8:30-9:30pm. Each week, Tioma and Gayle will teach one of the classes and José Fluk will teach the other and we will rotate each week. For the beginner class, there will be a discount for students with a valid ID. After the classes there is social dancing from 9:30pm-1:15am. This coming Monday, Marach 10th Tioma and Gayle will teach the beginning class.

Tioma was interviewed by Maria and Mario of Recuerdo Radio and it is now available online. There are two separate interviews, one in English and one in Spanish. Here are the links to his interview:
Click here for the interview in English
Click here for the interview in Spanish

Performance tomorrow Thursday, February 6th in “Perspectives on Executive Function”


This Thursday, February 6th Tioma and I will perform in a special presentation as part of The Meeting House Annual Symposium, an evening of enlightening conversation and cocktails. The presentation is on executive function, mindfulness, and neuroplasticity, and we will do a live tango exhibition at the end of it as well as being part of a video presentation. This is happening from 6-9pm at the McGraw Hill Conference Center, 1221 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York NY. Click here for more information.

Tioma and Gayle


Stamp out holiday boredom

Are you bored with holidays and think they are too commercial? Make your own cards! It’s incredibly easy,  fun and satisfying. One great tool for quickly making lots of holiday cards is a rubber stamp.

Do you need a rubber stamp? Go to Casey’s in the East Village, NYC. Do you think you don’t need a rubber stamp? Think again, you probably do but just don’t know it. Look at their online catalog and see what you need that you didn’t know you need.

At Casey’s you can get your artwork made into a stamp too. You can make your own cards for holidays, birthdays or thank you cards, with your very own artwork. Did I mention, your own artwork??? Come on, take back the holidays and make your own cards out of rubber stamps. It doesn’t take much time at all and it’s really fun to say “I made it” when someone says “where did you buy this card?”  You’ll feel much better about the world and yourself! Yes, it’s true, I am shamelessly using peer pressure to get you to capitulate. Someone has to, all those ads out there are doing it on behalf of big business and we need some voices for the other side.

You can also make the actual card itself out of big sheets of handmade paper which you can buy at places like New York Central Art Supply or Dick Blick or you can buy pre-made cards. There’s a sale right now at Utrecht on really nice Strathmore watercolor cards and envelopes, 10 cards/envelopes for $5.29. That’s waaaay less than you would pay for a nice card, and cards are much nicer when you’ve made them yourself. It doesn’t take much time to do this and the good feelings you’ll get from taking back the holidays will be an awesome payoff.

Here is a pineapple card I JUST MADE using a rubber stamp just to show you how easy it is to make a stamp:

Handmade pineapple card

All I had to do is grab a card (I keep a huge stack of them around at all times for just this purpose), grab my pineapple stamp and burgundy red inkpad and stamp the card. This kind of card sells for around $4-$5 in a store and it cost me probably about 50 cents at the most, probably less. I buy my blank cards in bulk so I save a huge amount doing this. See, you can save money AND feel good about yourself because you made it yourself AND save time (it certainly took less time than going card shopping) AND the act of making things is a type of meditation so it will lengthen your life. Hah!

There are a bazillion ways to use rubber stamps. You can very quickly and easily make your own wrapping paper out of plain brown paper. Speaking of which, I need to start doing that right after I finish this post. There are so many great reasons to make things yourself and take back the holidays. Come on, do it!!! (peer pressure, peer pressure, peer pressure….)

Take back the holidays!

For my holiday presents, I always make one present and buy one present for my family. I do it because I think it’s more special and also so that I feel a sense of ownership over the holidays, so that it doesn’t feel as commercial to me. Many people talk about all the holidays as being Hallmark holidays. It doesn’t have to be a Hallmark holiday. It can be your holiday. I encourage everyone to take back the holidays for themselves and make something for someone, even if it’s one thing. Here is an idea for you, make a book! Here is a great online guide to creating or reinforcing books. You can buy these supplies at many art or craft stores like Michael’s, Dick Blick or if you are in NYC at any point, get them from New York Central Art Supply.

Bookbinding picture

Portrait of “Quinn”

Here is a portrait I finished last month of a beautiful little boy named Quinn. He was a joy to paint! This painting is watercolor on paper. I painted portraits of Quinn’s brother and sister Scarlett and Caleb as well and they are all three hanging together now.


Special performance of ‘Tin Man Tango’ on Wednesday October 30th in NYC!

Tin Man Tango


Sidney Grant and I will perform our choreography ‘Tin Man Tango’ at Tango Cafe tomorrow night, Wednesday October 30th!

Cost: $10 if you arrive before 10:15pm and $12 after that.

Location:  You Should Be Dancing…! Dance Center, 412 8th Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, New York

Time: Performance is around midnight, dancing goes until 2pm or maybe later


Film I choreographed ‘Cut to Black’ showing at Cinema Village NYC!

This great news just in from Dan & Danielle, the producers of ‘Cut to Black’  – a film I choreographed last year:

We are very proud to announce that our critically acclaimed feature film ‘Cut to Black’ has been given a limited theatrical run at Cinema Village in New York City! This represents a major step forward for Cut to Black, following our victory as the closing night film at the 2013 Brooklyn Film Festival, where we took the Audience Award.

Cut to Black will open Friday, October 18th at Cinema Village (22 E 12th St). We will be holding a special Q&A event at the 7:00 PM show on 10/18. We would love to see you all there!

You can purchase tickets at or directly through the Cinema Village website.

Please invite friends and loved ones to see Cut to Black! Even if they can’t make it to opening night, the film will play several times a day throughout the week. Cinema Village is a fantastic venue, and we could not be happier to be screening there.

Thank you all for your ongoing support, and we hope to see you on opening night!

Watch the Cut to Black trailer.

‘Like’ Cut to Black on Facebook.

'Cut to Black' - film I choreographed last year was given a limited theatrical run at City Village in NYC!

‘Cut to Black’ – film I choreographed last year was given a limited theatrical run at City Village in NYC!

Great New York Times quote and photo from opera I performed in this past May

“Opera Hispànica’s production was an elegant tribute to Piazzolla’s and Ferrer’s ability to combine music, movement and words of hallucinatory power in a concentrated format that is as pungent and stimulating as a cup of espresso.” -The New York Times

I had a great time performing with everyone in the opera “Maria de Buenos Aires” this past May!

"Opera Hispànica's production was an elegant tribute to Piazzolla's and Ferrer's ability to combine music, movement and words of hallucinatory power in a concentrated format that is as pungent and stimulating as a cup of espresso." -The New York Times

Gayle Madeira performing in Opera Hispànica’s production of “Maria de Buenos Aires” by Astor Piazzolla

My portrait of Dan Eberle is now out in a book: ‘Strokes of Genius 5 – The Best of Drawing’

I’m very excited to announce that a portrait I drew of the filmmaker Dan Eberle was just published in a compilation of drawings called ‘Strokes of Genius 5 – The Best of Drawing’ and can be bought from a couple of websites:

Portrait of "Dan Eberle" originally made for the movie "Prayer to a Vengeful God" and also shown in the solo show "Gayle Madeira: Burlesque and Film Portraits" at The Foundation Gallery in New Orleans, 2013

Portrait of “Dan Eberle” originally made for the movie “Prayer to a Vengeful God” and also shown in the solo show “Gayle Madeira: Burlesque and Film Portraits” at The Foundation Gallery in New Orleans, 2013. This portrait is now in a book of drawings put out by North Light Books called “Strokes of Genius 5 – The Best of Drawing”

From the North Light website:

This fifth volume in the beautiful Strokes of Genius series emphasizes design and composition, and features 120 drawings in charcoal, pencil, pastel, ink, and more. The pieces featured in this volume were hand-selected from thousands of entrants and capture a wide variety of stories told through composition.

In Strokes of Genius 5, you’ll find:

  • Beautifully rendered landscape drawings featuring wooded forests, water scenes, and depictions of the seasons, all with strong compositions brought to life with the skillful use of line
  • Dynamic figure drawings that tell a story through the artist’s choice of pose, whether candid or planned, and the surroundings of the figure
  • Urban compositions featuring busy city scenes, grand architecture, and urban settings with dynamic portrayals of mood and lighting
  • Fair fauna drawings highlighting the majesty of nature by depicting both close-up images of animals and distanced scenes of the wild
  • Compelling still-life compositions filled with unique and unusual objects, or every-day objects from unique and unusual vantage points.
  • Portrait drawings that capture the personality of the subject through the use of subtle details, bright highlights, and rich shadows
  • Explore vivid photos of each of the 120 drawings in this volume, plus find tips and quotes from each of the contributing artists about their drawing. You’ll benefit from the advice of 91 skilled artists in a wide variety of media and enjoy their unique designs and compositions.

Photos from recent solo show at The Foundation Gallery in New Orleans!

Here are some pics from my first solo show at The Foundation Gallery in New Orleans. The show opened on White Linen Night, August 3rd, 2013 and lasted for 2 months. This is a yearly event in August where all the galleries open at the same time and there is a big street party. They set up stages with music, there are drinks and lots and lots of ART. It’s a great, fun time!  Read more about The Foundation Gallery and their wonderful model for non-profit charity here:

Foundation Gallery, New Orleans:

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The next few images are from the day before the opening…getting ready!!!
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My solo show opened on White Linen Night at The Foundation Gallery, New Orleans, August 2013. There were a couple of stages set up in the streets where all the galleries were, along with a lot of drinking (in classic New Orleans style) and lots and lots of ART
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There was even a white lighthouse! on White Linen Night!
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The opening of my show saw hundreds of people through the doors of The Foundation Gallery throughout the night!
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Several people enjoyed taking photos with the drawing of Jillaine Gill looking down, trying to make themselves look like Jillaine. It was funny!
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Tioma with his portrait
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I stood next to the entrance most of the night next to my portrait and held a sign that said “The Artist” and waited to see the realization in people’s faces when they saw it. Some people took a surprisingly long time to get it! By the end of the night, my face really hurt from smiling and laughing so much.
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Me with the amazing founder of The Foundation Gallery, Lila Heymann
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The NOLA Defender interviewed me about my show in New Orleans!


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Artists Bruce Davenport & Gayle Madeira Discuss White Linen Night Shows

by Summer Moore

Saturday from 6pm-9pm, the Arts District will become a sea of white frocks and batting fans for this year’s White Linen Night. The unique fundraiser for the Contemporary Arts Center takes patrons up and down the 300 – 700 blocks of Julia Street, and throughout neighborhood galleries.

Amid all the drinks, food, live music and signature cocktails involved in this somewhat high-brow celebration, it is easy to forget that this is a night to celebrate New Orleans’ artists and the City. Here are a couple of shows you don’t want to miss.

“I Still Have A Dream”, a group exhibition highlighting the America’s fight for justice and equality, honors the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The exhibit runs through August 31 at the Stella Jones Gallery located at 201 St. Charles Avenue.

Bruce A. Davenport, Jr., one artist featured in this exhibit, has another show in the White Linen openings at the Arthur Roger Gallery (432 Julia Street). Davenport, self-taught and raised in the Lafitte housing project, desired a career in football until an injury returned him to his childhood interest in art. His color marker drawings of local high school bands have ensured that he’s still noticed on the field, however. Though he once sold works for mere hundreds to pay the bills, he is now selling pieces for thousands worldwide.

Davenport said talking with elder family and community members about living during the Jim Crow South inspired the work.

“Whatever I imagined as they told me story after story is what I painted,” he said.

The artist’s goal was to show the depth of racism in the segregated South, as well as how destructive it was.

“I wanted to show the younger generation how lucky they are to be able to sit wherever they want on a bus, go into any store, and even vote. I wanted them to have a better understanding of what their grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins went through for them,” he said.

With his fifth feature in White Linen Night, the artist aims to illustrate what he sees as a dying culture of African-American pride and heritage.  The artist’s message to young people: “Be proud of being a Negro”.

Davenport has no aspirations towards the “art scene” and proudly proclaims himself as a “field Negro.

They keep trying to bring me inside and make me a house Negro but I always run back out to the fields,” he said. “I will remain a field Negro until I can own my own plantation.”

And he certainly has, selling and showing the majority of his works overseas. He had a show in Tokyo this time last year, another coming up in France and many collectors in Denmark. When I asked him why overseas, he declared the art scene in the states as ridiculous and nearly non-existent.

“In America we’re all wrapped up in music and celebrities,” he said.

Davenport said this is why events like White Linen Night are so important.

He is also treated differently overseas. They see him as an artist rather than a “black artist”, according to Davenport. “They don’t see color and appreciate the work first.”

Davenport has 21 pieces in high schools across the city and strives to make affordable work that speaks to the culture of the “black man”. He spoke of a looming series featuring cotton-picking, saying, “I’m coming in, busting down doors and taking hostages.”

Other artists featured include Chris McNair, Charly Plamer and Elizabeth Cattlett.

The Foundation Gallery at 608 Julia Street is also having a show that pushes the boundaries of viewer comfort. “The Burlesque and Film Portraits” by award-winning artist Gayle Madeira. Globally known artist and dancer, Madeira explores her fascination with the physical body. Her highly detailed, to-scale, tightly cropped portraits show every hair and wrinkle. Her attention to detail and applied techniques discern her paintings and make them easily mistakable for photographs.

The Burlesque Portraits are part of Madeira’s Fleur De Lis Series.

“I saw my first burlesque when I was 18 years old in New Orleans. It was a beautiful old theater, off the beaten path, and the dancer was obviously ballet trained. She did a very beautiful ballet and slowly removed her gauzy dress during the dance, never dropping her character. It made a strong impression on me and was a great introduction to burlesque.”

Madeira began the Fleur de Lis series last November and just finished last week.

“I looked up images of the fleur de lis online and started to get a little obsessed with the image,” she said. “It was only at that point that I realized it is the symbol for New Orleans! So I decided it definitely had to go on the wallpaper on that painting.”

Madeira explained that the iconic symbol evolved into a signature for the collection. Every piece has one, Madeira said, though some are much more pronounced than others.

“Sometimes it is very obvious and sometimes quite hidden, but they all have one,” she said. “I think of them almost like a lipstick kiss on each painting, a New Orleans lipstick kiss.”

This series was also inspired by her own experience as a burlesque dancer in New York City from 1993-2009, a time when many uniquely creative artists were forced to flee due to the rising costs of living. Gayle reflected on a hard time for creative people in NYC:

“Restaurant Florent was a funky, cool restaurant in the meatpacking district (when it was still a meat packing district) and they hosted many burlesque events. In between performances, the dancers would often go down into the basement to rest. They would think about how they were going to pay the rent next month, or eat tomorrow.”

It was these off-the-stage moments Madeira was interested in, when the dancers had dropped their guard and were relaxed, contemplative, still wearing or surrounded by their lavish costumes.

Gayle said the fleur de lis is an image that fits well with these themes of glamour, struggle, and grace through it all.

“Both New Orleans and New York City are constantly falling down or being knocked down and being rebuilt. Artists in both cities are constantly trying to find ways to make a living. The fleur de lis represents that constant shedding of old skin, old work, old ways and thrusting upwards to find the sunlight.”

The show starts White Linen Night, with Madeira in attendance, and runs until September 28. All proceeds from this exhibition will be donated a different cause each night, with White Linen Night’s intake going to Project Elevation, fighting violence against women through the strength of women.

“I adore burlesque,” she said. “It has the capacity to push people’s buttons, to make them see the world and the human body in different ways. I was very excited to learn today from a burlesque dancer named Harvest Moon that there is a burlesque festival in New Orleans in September and I hope the exhibit will be up at the same time.”

Gayle Madeira: Burlesque and Film Portraits Exhibition

Art Exhibition in New Orleans and New York City

"Mr. Peacock" - Oil on board, 18" x 24"

“Mr. Peacock” – Oil on board, 18″ x 24″

Come see my latest paintings of burlesque and film portraits in New Orleans and New York City! Preview the entire series here:

The exhibition includes portraits of: Antonio Ramos, Miss Dirty Martini, Tigger-James Ferguson, Denise Dalfo, Rieko Yamanaka, Bethel Caram, Renee Tuzun, Daniel Eberle, Jillaine Gill, Amanda Bender, Beau Allulli, Paul James Vasquez, Tioma Maloratsky and Gayle Madeira.

New Orleans: The Foundation Gallery
Date: August and September 2013, opening reception on August 3, 2013 which is also White Linen Night, a great art event/party in NOLA known as the “SoHo of the South.” See details below.

Place: The Foundation Gallery, 608 Julia Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

Gallery Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 11-4, Thursday – Saturday 11-6


New York City: La Nacional
Date: ONE NIGHT ONLY! Thursday, July 25, 2013

Place: La Nacional (the event space on the 2nd floor, not the restaurant on the ground floor)
239 West 14th St. (between 7th / 8th ave), 2nd FloorCost: 5-7 is free, after 7pm it is $15. Wine served all night… free from 5-7 and you have to pay after 7pm

Time: 5-7 pm will be the main showing with the lights on. After that, there are tango lessons from 7-9:30 (which you are encouraged to attend! Beginner lesson is 7-8, intermediate is 8-9:30) and then there is social tango dancing from 9:30-2am. The paintings will be up all night but you won’t be able to walk freely around and see them all very easily during the dancing part of the evening so if you aren’t a tango dancer, I highly recommend coming from 5-7.


About Gayle Madeira: “An internationally recognized professional artist and dancer who grew up on a farm in Northern Virginia, Gayle Madeira explores her fascination with the physical body through both media. In the words of the artist: “I am obsessed with figures and giving them the most honest representation that I can in artistic form.” As a painter, she shows an exceptional attention to detail and applies techniques that distinguish her work. Her black and white charcoal portraits on gesso board, like those featured in the film “Prayer to a Vengeful God” possess both painterly and graphic qualities. In her highly detailed, to-scale, tightly cropped portraits, every hair and wrinkle is visible. From afar, it is possible to mistake her drawings and paintings for photographs. Upon closer inspection, the lines and shading, the trace of the hand, becomes apparent. Madeira started working in oil paint in 2009. She is also known for her animal portraits in watercolor which she creates using a unique dry-brush technique. Madeira’s work has been exhibited extensively in New York City and throughout the United States.” –Tracy Adler, Director of Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College
Gayle Madeira’s website:

About White Linen Night: It has been called the “SoHo of the South” and every summer during the first Saturday evening in August, the Warehouse Arts District centering on Julia Street shows why it has earned that nickname. For three hours on that first Saturday evening in August, five blocks of Julia Street are closed to vehicular traffic and a huge, festive, uniquely New Orleans-style block party known as Whitney White Linen Night kicks off. The event is free and open to the public.

About the Foundation Gallery:  Proceeds from each sale at The Foundation Gallery go to one of the Heymann Foundation’s invaluable charitable causes. Each show supports a different cause. The Heymann Foundation is a thirty five year old 501 C -3 charitable organization. It functions under the belief that it is knowledge and education, combined with compassion, that are the tools needed to positively enrich a community. The Heymann Foundation has not only aided in disaster relief, but has been prevalent in the rebuilding efforts in Louisiana by supporting such organizations as The United Way, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army , The Dryades YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, Food Net, Good Will and Lazarus House. The Heymann Foundation is a large supporter, both locally and nationally, to The Alzheimer’s Association. They have donated to the American Jewish World Congress to help those affected by the devastating tsunami in 2006 and Haitian earthquake relief. Their commitment to diversification is also evident in their support of several local and statewide art, music and animal charities. For more information about The Foundation Gallery, please contact Lila Heymann or Erica Amrine at or call 504-568-0955.

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Review: Antonio Ramos and the Gangbangers in NEVERLAND

I went tonight to see my good friend (and current model for painting) Antonio Ramos and his Gangbangers dance performance entitled NEVERLAND at El Museo del Barrio in Spanish Harlem. It was fabulous and I’m going to tell you all my opinions about it now.

First, a little background information. As most of my friends know, I’ve been naked my whole life… under my clothes of course. But I also have a penchant for taking my clothes off often and often in public. Tony and I share SUNY Purchase as an alma mater as well, both graduated from there with degrees in dance performance and choreography where we learned how to formally (and informally) structure dances. 

In this day and age, it is very difficult to shock anyone. Tony’s full length work tonight was shocking. It was shocking in all the best ways, and it isn’t as if he woke up one morning and said “I’m going to SHOCK AMERICA!” No, it just came from all of the particular elements that make up Tony’s vision coming together and bursting out from the stage. It came from him remaining truthful to himself and staying completely unique, but then refining that untamed wildness into form and structure. 

This was a complete dance concert, with all the elements of a formal dance production, done on a proscenium stage in a nice theater. The choreography was well-structured with recognizable themes and variations. It had all the bones of an excellent piece of choreography that I expect from a Purchase grad, but then he steeped it in…well…himself! 

What came out was gorgeous, full of spirit, sass and heart, with the structure giving it the foundation underneath. The performers had crazy metallic wigs and entered down the aisles, taking ownership of the theater right off the bat. Later they had shiny heels and sparkly jewelry. They blew up condoms to use as fake boobs. They did solos, duets, trios, quartets that were in turns funny, moving, raw, silly, lovely and many other emotions. Tony spoke in a microphone and was a shining diva in the spotlight, serving as a narrator throughout and doing a sumptuous, delicious solo in the middle. The dancers wove in and out of each other, creating patterns on the floor. They hung from the edge of the stage and dropped into the orchestra pit. 

However, on top of all this wonderful stuff, for the entire evening-length piece, every single performer, all three men and two women, were completely, totally naked. As I said, I’m comfortable with nudity. Overly comfortable! I’m painting burlesque dancers right now for my show in New Orleans, and have performed burlesque for most of my adult life, and have performed naked in modern pieces, but to see this many modern dancers doing modern dance movements completely naked for the entire performance was amazing. 

In the talk back after the show, many people said that they stopped noticing the nudity at some point during the piece. Some of the performers felt that their nudity was a costume, some felt it was a defense. Personally, I noticed the nudity the whole time, and loved it the whole time. To see these beautiful human bodies in this natural state for so long, to see them in every position, and doing beautiful movements with them, and on top of that they were all voluptuous bodies and voluptuous movers, was transformative. 

I also saw the work from a painter’s perspective. I’m used to painting nudes who are sitting for long periods of time while I draw and paint them. In this dance, the nude painting models came to life and danced. It was breathtaking.

The ending took it all to an even greater height. Tony finished the piece with his four dancers bent over from the waist with their butts to the audience, starting upstage and walking their way very slowly with tiny steps downstage, then down the stairs and finally ending up right in front of the audience, IN the audience! It started out as slightly titillating, seeing all these full-on butts moving slowly, slightly and sensuously, but it soon became completely captivating. It became beautiful otherworldly beings who had only legs and butts, their bodies truncated from the hips up. When they finished right in front of our eyes, literally, it was very meditative. The juxtaposition was delicious, as if they were fabulous marble statues who had just come to life, danced around in a New York club with glitter and wildness, and then came back to stillness and repose.

Throughout the night, the dancers were entirely comfortable in their nudity, calmly confident the entire piece. It was a tour de force of performing and choreography and I’m sad that it was only produced for one night. I hope that some funding falls out of the bright blue sky for Antonio and his piece because it should be done again. I can see it in the Avignon festival, or the Edinburgh Festival. If any of my friends reading this have any connections with any festivals, please let Antonio (or me) know. Thank you Tony and all your Gangbangers, for baring your heart and soul and your butts. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and my bottom. The dancers were: Joey Kipp, Adele Loux-Turner, Antonio RamosSaúl Ulerio and Rebecca Wender. The incredible dramaturge was Charles Rice-González. Lighting design by Amanda K. Ringger, stage manager was Asami Morita. The costumes were expertly done by Mother Nature, who should receive an award for those costumes let me tell you!

PS. One more word about El Museo del Barrio, that place is rockin! I’m sad to say that this was my first time going there, but happy to say that I’ll definitely be back. Every Wednesday the museum is free and in the summers, they have an after hours party in the cafe. The resident DJ Les Carbonell was spinning amazing music, everyone from little (little) kids to grandparents and in between were dancing, there were good drinks to be had and the general atmosphere was incredibly friendly and fun. It really did feel like being in the barrio, not like some fancy museum party. I highly recommend it!

Tango opera “Maria de Buenos Aires” is streaming live online tonight!

The tango opera I’m in, “Maria de Buenos Aires” is sold out tonight AGAIN but luckily it is streaming live! Just go to this link at 7:30pm tonight (Sunday March 17th) and you can see the show wherever you are!

The opera is a “recommended” event in the NY Times for this week!

More information about the show:
“María de Buenos Aires”
Libretto by Horacio Ferrer
Where: (le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleeker Street, New York, NY
When: March 15 & 17, 2013 at 7:30pm

Conductor: Jorge Parodi
Maria: Solange Merdinian
El Payador: Marcelo Guzzo
El Duende: Gerardo Gudino
Dancers: Daniel Fetecua, Sidney Grant, Gayle Madeira
Featured Musical Guests: Tali Roth (classical guitar), JP Jofre (bandoneon), Sami Merdinian (violin)
Director: Beth Greenberg
Choreographer: Daniel Fetecua
Costume Designer: Anka Lupes
Lighting Designer: Tess James
Projection Designer: Brett Banakis
Stage Manager: Desiree Alejandro

You’ll lose all sense of boundaries as you experience María de Buenos Aires, the famous tango-opera by Astor Piazzolla. Who is this woman of the night that wanders the streets without fear or reason? Is she a mother, a child, or a ghost? Saint or harlot? She is María, the most common name, and the name of the Most Exalted. She will not be confined by categorizations, she absorbs all assumptions. Join Opera Hispánica as it turns (le) poisson rouge into sultry Buenos Aires for two nights of tango, seduction and mystery!

Last Lipstick Building Drawing!

This is my last day working at InterContinental Exchange where I’ve had the privilege of getting to sit next to a huge picture window that looks out on the Lipstick Building…therefore this is my last drawing on that window! It’s been really fun to draw and paint on the window and play around with the iconic Lipstick Building. I will miss it, and my co-workers, but it is time to go back into painting and dancing full time for a while. All the new posts will be painting on canvas!

Last lipstick drawing_sm

The sun, the moon, and all of the stars. My tribute to QA.

Next week is my last week at my computer job and I’m doing some tributes to the people I worked with there. This one is a tribute to my fellow QA (quality assurance) testers. They’ve been asked to test the sun, the moon and all of the stars and they came through again and again! May they continue to shine…

Sun moon stars_sm

One week from today will be my last day working at my computer job. It’s been wonderful working with all of the incredibly talented developers, DBAs and QA testers and I’m going to do a few tributes to them on the Lipstick Building. This first one is a shout-out to the developers. They are magicians! They do amazing work under intense pressure and deadlines. It has been a true pleasure and honor to have worked with them. For this drawing, they’re pulling a rabbit out of the Lipstick Building. I bet they could do that with their super magic power abilities! I couldn’t fit all of them in this picture, but it applies to all of them.


mmMMmm delicious, the Lipstick Building with a cherry on top!


I’m a huge fan of the Lipstick Building!

I’ve started counting down the days left at my job, and hence the days left to draw pictures on the window I sit next to, looking out on the Lipstick Building. Today is Day #9 before my last day!


Too funny not to post…

Check out this very funny post “The Reality of a Developer’s Life – in GIFs, Of Course” – it is hysterical, (but mostly for folks who work in software development):

The Lipstick Building is all dressed up for Valentine’s Day!


Miro visited the Lipstick Building today!


The Lipstick Building just had a bright idea!

This was actually from February 6 but I’d forgotten to post it!

Bright idea_sm

To tango as relaxed as a baby being held in water…

To tango as relaxed as a baby being held in water…

This is so relaxing to watch, and so lovely. It also makes me think of tango. It makes me think of how the body records all the times throughout life when we jerk our bodies back from something, from pain or discomfort, and the older we get and the more events like that are recorded into us, the more difficult it is to be as relaxed, vulnerable and soft as this baby.

Life is like an onion, we have to constantly peel these layers of fear off so we can find that feeling of complete safety again. Of course, only with the right people at the right time. Probably trying to do that in the subway during rush hour is not a good idea! Tango can be an excellent vehicle to help peel these layers and get to the softness, albeit often not without some pain and crying, just like when you’re peeling an onion.

The window shade keeps trying to come down on the Lipstick Building…


It really IS the end of the world, I see great balls of burning Santas hitting the Lipstick Building!!!!

Thought I’d combine the two themes… Christmas and the Mayan calendar prediction. What else but great balls of burning Santas???

Santa on fire_sm

It’s the 200th anniversary of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Look out Little Red Riding Hood! Look out!

Little Red Riding Hood

Lipstick music!

This one was made by my cousin Holly Gibbons. She’s a wonderful musician and human being and today she brought music to the Lipstick Building, as well as to our hearts!

Lipstick music

Lipstick lifesaver

Hoping that the areas still impacted by Sandy get relief soon

Lipstick Lifesaver

Farewell Grant, King of Creditex!

Here is a Lipstick Building drawing in honor of our leader Grant who is leaving after 15 years at the company I work for. We (and the Lipstick Building) will really miss his smiling face around the office!

I heart the Lipstick Building, and my cousin Holly

This one is for my cousin Holly Gibbons. I send her love and strength and good energy right now…and will continue to do so until she is in full health again.

A is for Argentina and I’m on my way!!!

Well, sitting in traffic right now, but will be on my way in the air at 9:50! I am off on the quest again to kill the evil, evil medialuna with my bare teeth. I’ve been training for weeks and I’m ready!

Let the Games Begin!


Drawing by Gayle one of the Strokes of Genius 5: Best of Drawing | Composition winners

Charcoal drawing (shown below) by Gayle Madeira of Dan Eberle is one of the winners of the Artist’s Network’s Strokes of Genius 5: Best of Drawing | Composition. The drawing will appear with the other winners in the Strokes of Genius book and will be available in many places including Amazon.


Batman, the dark knight in broad daylight


Performance with Carlos Duarte de Chey tomorrow night (Thursday July 19)

I’m performing with Carlos Duarte de Chey tomorrow night (Thursday July 19) at La Nacional: 239 W.14th St. (between 7th and 8th Ave.), 2nd floor. There is a beginning lesson from 7-8 and an intermediate lesson from 8-9:30 (lessons taught by Maria Jose Sosa), then social dancing from 9:30-2am and we’ll perform at around 11:15. Hope to see you there!


The Lipstick Building is clowning around today


Lipstick Building ActiveMQ Bus

This entry was inspired by my co-worker Paul Shao who was explaining our ICELink structure to our new QA employee and described our Active MQ as a bus. It made me want to put a bus on the Lipstick Building!


That new true blue canoe would do for a few gnu who flew, and you too might mew, or perhaps rue, if they were to woo you with a stew that grew in a shoe.


Bye John, Tracy and Luke!

My extremely good friends John, Tracy and Luke are moving 4 hours upstate NY. I’m very sad to see them go but they have great opportunities awaiting them. They’re driving there in a car but somehow I always imagine moves taking place in an old red pickup truck!

The butterfly who fluttered by!

This afternoon I went to sit by a fountain on Park Avenue and 53rd street to eat my lunch. A big beauty-full orange butterfly fluttered by and sat right next to me. The butterfly gently fluttered it’s wings and stared up at my face for about five minutes! Then fluttered away. It was lovely.

the butterfly that fluttered by

These two toucans sure can can-can!


I’m featured in a blog!

A blog post on my blog announcing a blog post about me on a different blog post? Sure, why not 😀

The Delicate Strength is my friend Aga’s blog. There are lots of articles about tango on there, and some funny tango cartoons, and a link to her amazing tango clothes company. She just put up a post about me which is quite lovely, thanks Aga!

Yukun’s Sun!

My co-worker Yukun Zhao is leaving us and we are very sad about that but we wish him lots of sunny days, blue skies and clear pathways ahead of him in his new life! He will be teaching and consulting Positive Psychology, bringing this great concept to people all over the world. I picked the sun because he is sunny, and because we want him to have lots of sun, and be surrounded by sunny people!