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.
Florence Italy
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

Lago Ledro
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:

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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