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NEWS & EVENTS

May 11, 2016

There Are Big Things In The Works

I have a new side project working. Let’s just say it is going to be big. Stay tuned!



May 23, 2012

Habitat For Humanity Las Vegas

I just finished a painting that will be donated to Habitat For Humanity Las Vegas. The painting is 4’ x 8’ on panel and titled “Another Moment That Feels Like Home”. It will be used during the Blitz Build and later auctioned off at a future event TBA. Please support HFH and their efforts to build a better life and a better community. http://www.habitatlasvegas.org



March 05, 2012

First Fridays Las Vegas

I have been participating in First Fridays which happens in the Arts District of Downtown Las Vegas. First Friday celebrates the local art community of Las Vegas and the events are on the first Friday of every month. If you are in Las Vegas on one of these special Fridays please come and visit me, I usually have my latest work on view.



December 17, 2011

Location Location Location

I am in Las Vegas now with all the bright lights and show girls, mountains and sunsets, and nights that turn into mornings.



August 28, 2011

tran-si-tion

Please join us for the highly anticipated unveiling of “Music Saved My Life”
Artist Erica Reynolds is collaborating with Anthony Ollmann on a special unveiling of “Music Saved My Life” a sculpture that pays tribute to the power of music. Come experience the way they bring music and art together in a functional way. You have never Seen or Heard art done in this form before. 
The event will take place on August 28th, 2011 from 5pm-10pm
At the Monk Space, 4408 W. 2nd Street LA, CA 90004
If you would like to support this project please visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/757640996/music-saved-my-life
for more information click the thumbnail on the right.
This evening will be the true definition of it’s title “tran-si-tion”. 
tran-si-tion is universal



March 20, 2011

Haknyak & Art For A Change Raises Money for NF

Jonathan, our nephew, has been diagnosed with NF and we are excited to have another event to help raise funds in his honor. We will be donating 20% of the profits of this event to NF.

Contact:
Erica Reynolds 646.315.2129

What is Neurofibromatosis (NF)?
Neurofibromatosis (NF) is one of the most common genetic conditions and can affect anyone, regardless of family history, race, gender, or ethnic background.
There are two types of NF, type 1 (NF1) and type 2 (NF2). NF1 affects approximately one out of every 3,000 individuals. NF2 affects one out of every 35,000 individuals.
Both forms of NF are characterized by the growth of benign tumors called neurofibromas. These tumors can grow anywhere in the body where there are nerve cells. This includes nerves just under the surface of the skin, as well as nerves deeper within the body, spinal cord, and/or brain.



December 10, 2010

Give where you live!

We may have changed zip codes, but moving hasn’t slowed down our resolve to raise funds and awareness for organizations improving the quality of life through education, advocacy and creativity. That said, as transplants to our new community in Orange County,  we are giving where we live!  HAKNYAK is proud to be donating an art piece to the BRAVO! Young Professionals Annual Holiday Party & Fundraiser.  Support groups such as BRAVO! raise funds and community awareness for the Center. The objective of the silent auction and holiday party this year is to raise funds for the Orange County Performing Arts Center’s educational programs.  An important fact is that the Center is completely funded through corporate and private donations.


About OCPAC’s Educational Programs:  In addition to offering a wide range of world class programming, the Center has one of the nation’s most regarded departments of education and community programs. “Each year, approximately 375,000 elementary, middle and high school, college students and educators have their lives enhanced by attending a Center arts-in-education program such as The Center’s Arts Teach,ArtsConnect, Summer at the Center, Masters at the Center and others. Founders Plus, one of the Performing Arts Center’s many support groups, helps to distribute thousands of free tickets to students and the underserved each year.”  Click here to learn more: http://www.ocpac.org/home/Content/ContentDisplay.aspx?NavID=269
Interested in attending?  Go to http://tiny.cc/3g3o0 to view the invite!

To learn more about BRAVO!: http://www.ocpac.org/home/Content/ContentDisplay.aspx?NavID=240

About HAKNYAK & Art for Change: We strive to support organizations that sustain or improve quality of life through education, advocacy and creativity. This mission will be accomplished by selling art at a fair price and donating a majority of the proceeds. Please join me in this challenge by purchasing art, donating or becoming a member either as an artist or supporter. Our time is now. Let’s try art for a change.



November 22, 2010

Curing NF Benefit

Through our continued efforts in charitable giving HAKNYAK assisted in raising $55,000 for Neurofibromatosis by donating two original art pieces to a silent auction benefit hosted in Boston, Massachusetts.  Proceeds from the 1st Annual Committed to Curing NF Benefit will be donated to NF, Inc. the leading national organization advocating for federal funding for NF research and the development of local NF organizations.  What is NF?  Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic disorder of the nervous system which causes tumors to form on the nerves anywhere in the body at any time. This progressive disorder affects all races, all ethnic groups and both sexes equally. NF is one of the most common genetic disorders in the United States (one in every 2,500 to 3,000 births).  The neurofibromatoses affects more than 100,000 Americans; this makes NF more prevalent than Cystic Fibrosis, hereditary Muscular Dystrophy, Huntington’s Disease and Tay Sachs combined.  Please visit http://nfnetwork.org/ to find out more about NF and getting involved.

About HAKNYAK & Art for Change: We strive to support organizations that sustain or improve quality of life through education, advocacy and creativity. This mission will be accomplished by selling art at a fair price and donating a majority of the proceeds. Please join me in this challenge by purchasing art, donating or becoming a member either as an artist or supporter. Our time is now. Let’s try art for a change.



November 12, 2010

Committed to Curing NF Benefit

First annual Committed to Curing NF fundraising event at Anthony’s of Malden. Our nephew Jonathan was recently diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis or NF1. It will be a festive and informative evening filled with fun, dancing, great food and exciting raffle prizes. All proceeds will go directly to Neurofibromatosis, Inc., Northeast to fund research for curing NF.



August 10, 2010

Orange County

On to the next adventure. I am now in Cali and looking to spread a little *haknyak in Orange County. Lately I have been working on images to upload on the website so please check back often.  Also, if you or anyone you know needs some art for charity just let me know.



June 14, 2010

Haknyak for Horses

Please join us for a creative event at a great venue! Enjoy drink specials and view art by local artists: Erica Reynolds & Audry Rider

Art for a Change has partnered with a great charity; Hope for Horses Equine Rescue saves abused, neglected and slaughter-bound horses to rehabilitate them and place into adoptive homes. They also educate and provide assistance to equine owners to help ensure the health and well-being of the horses. Although horses are their main emphasis, they also rescue dogs. http://www.hopeforhorses.com



May 20, 2010

Cedar Springs Sidewalk Sale May 22, 2010

Come enjoy the day on Cedar Springs with us this Saturday, May 22, 2010 from 10 AM to 6:00 PM at the Cedar Springs Sidewalk Sale! There will be new artwork on display, and we will also have new products, some featuring our own Casey Rae :)  If you can’t make it out check out her photos at http://www.cafepress.com/haknyak. Remember May is Neurofibromatosis awareness month and this year our nephew Jonathan was diagnosed with NF1. We will be donating 20% of any art sold in his name to help find a cure for this disease.  See you on Cedar Springs!



May 08, 2010

Website Launch and Open Studio Party

May is NF awareness month and to support NF I am having an open studio party to raise money for NF research.  My nephew was recently diagnosed with NF so this is really an important event. My goal is to raise $3000+ this month and with your help I will be able to do so.  I will be donating 20% of ALL art work sold as well as taking donations on behalf of my nephew Jonathan. Come join me on May 8th, 3-7pm to check out the new website, new work and support research that is dear to my heart. Check out the invite to the right for more info. Click on thumbnail.



April 28, 2010

heART Show Henderson Art Project

A fundraising effort benefiting both artists and The Richardson Humane Society. Erica will join other artists in an effort to sell 100 pieces of art; each piece will be sold for $400 but they are valued at $800 or more!



April 24, 2010

Cedar Springs Art Festival

2nd Annual Community Art Festival with great artwork, fabulous artists, fun, food, drink and entertainment. Our booth #31 will be located in front of the open space between Tape Lenders and Union Jack.



April 17, 2010

CASA Nashville Red Shoe Party

At this year’s 11th annual Red Shoe Party Erica donated 2 pieces, generating $850. CASA provides trained community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who come to the attention of the court primarily as a result of abuse or neglect.



December 14, 2009

Perfect 10 Holiday Art Show

The week before Christmas Erica curated and joined 9 other artists in converting Third Space into a holiday shop where clients could purchase unique holiday gifts. The event culminated with an artists’ reception where clients could meet and mingle with the artists.



December 06, 2009

Open House

*Haknyak… art for a change hosted it’s first Dallas event and 20% of the proceeds of art sold were donated to local non profits including CASA, Youth First Texas and Children’s Tumor Foundation.



July 18, 2009

Studio Party Sale

*Haknyak… art for a change held its inaugural event at the Center in New York City. 20% of the proceeds were donated to the Center which provides a home for organizations in the LGBT community and provides groundbreaking social service, public policy, educational and cultural/recreational programs.




PORTFOLIO

Paintings

citrus vibrations
green squares
establishments
are we free
city life
colors
dehumanize
fallacy of color
green blue yellow
mary’s peacock
web
yellow and blue
Boston
Monet’s Swamp
Blue Landscape 5
Dallas Brooklyn Manhattan
Blue Landscape 1
Life is Starting
What Did Not

Sketches

Allusion
Blue Faces
Cultural Ambiguity
Big E
Bikini
Fushia and Cyan
Fushia and Orange
Pink and Green
question
semantically basic
smile
socially constructed
yellow and pink
Eternal Grey
Sketch
Victim

Relief Prints

Bee Print
Fallacy of Ambiguity
I Tried to Make You Go Away
He Liked to Play with Little Girls
I Couldn’t Give You What You Wanted
I Saw You in Everything
I Want It Back
I’m in Control
Innocent Play
It’s Okay
Never Enough
Pistol
Rape
Rear View
Surrounded by Too Much O’Keefe
To Brooklyn
Transportation
You Gave Me Back
You Touched My Heart

Monoprints

black and red
black and white
black yellow green and red
black yellow green and red too
blue and black
brown and cyan
brown and yellow
brown and yellow too
brown cyan with yellow
cyan and yellow
cyan yellow brown
cyan yellow brown too
Blue and Pink
Fuschia and Black
Plant

Mixed Media

bleeding heart
hood removed
internal
pink and tan shell
redyes
rock
sea shell
tulip
no no no
red pistol
Symbol
Ribs

Drawings

382563
Aggravation
J and L
yellow blossoms
pink tulips
Snow in City

Photography

Baby
Fan #1
Fan #2
Fan #3
Fan #5
Fan #6
Fan #8
Fan #9
Fan #10
Fan #11
Fan #13
Fan #18
Fan #23
Fan #24
Numbers
Syringe

ABOUT

A hacking cat and a yakking dog provided the inspiration for Erica Reynolds, a multi-faceted painter, printer and photographer who produces artwork both disturbing and beautiful. Reynolds living in Dallas as an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Arlington around 2001 when she noticed two pets making odd noises. "It was a Siamese cat and a Chinese pug and they matched," recalls Reynolds, 33. "They were the same coloring. The cat would always hack and the dog would always yak. And I put them together." Haknyak was born. "It's like an umbrella for everything," says Reynolds. "It's like a brand name. It's kind of a corporation -- not in a serious way." Reynolds, a 5-foot-4 plain-speaking redhead, has been producing art since she was a little girl enchanted with Transformers. Her favorite was Blaster, which transforms into a boom-box. "And after that, I just kept drawing," she says. "My art was always in competitions; I was always picked to be on the wall. "It was something I always had a passion for -- and everyone was always very very positive of it." Her tools range from cameras to clay; from pencils to paintbrushes. Wood cuts are also an important medium. "I don't really consider myself just a specific artist," she says. "If people ask me, I'll tell them I'm a printmaker, just 'cause it's easlier to associate with one thing than many things." A graduate of New York's Pratt Institute, early in her career Reynolds just focused on creating images that were an encrypted visual journal. "Originally, I wasn't trying to say anything. I was trying not to say anything about something, by saying nothing," she says. "Just having pretty art. But I realized I wasn't really making pretty art, and I wasn't fulfilling the need to make pretty art." Reynolds recalls another moment from undergraduate school, when she was home from spring break and her car broke down on a bridge. "I was frustrated, I was pissed, I was disappointed," she says. "I couldn't go anywhere. I was stuck in my house, drank beer, and drew until like 2 in the morning 'cause I was so angry and frustated. So all these emotions kept coming and coming. It was like vomit on paper." But, she says, the woman she was dating at the time wasn't supporitive of the increasingly disturbing turn that Reynolds' art was taking. "She gave me such a hard time," Reynolds says. "If it was anything but pretty pictures, something was wrong with me. My goal was to make a statement with ambiguity, trying to say things with double meanings" _ a pretty meaning she could fake and a darker true meaning. Eventually they broke up and Reynolds no longer felt constrained in her art. Some from the period is frankly disturbing, such as a woodcut series entitled "Fallacy of Ambiguity." The title print features a naked woman with a one hand spread between her legs, where there's a heart over her vagina. A hand reaches to grab her, a hypodermic needle pierces her eyeball and she's being menaced by a pair of clippers. A halo adorns her head, there's a cross over her heart and a tinkertoy spreads her legs. "It kind of pushes the limits," admits Reynolds, she borrowed from Catholic imagery for the work. "I know that some of this is not something people would put up on their wall," she says. "But I know the craftsmanship is amazing. I know that." Another print from the series features a naked woman gagged and apparently bound in a bed, titled "I'm In Control." "It is supposed to be disturbing," Reynolds admits. "It's being controlled and at the same time, opening yourself up to something different. It pulls you in; you want to see it but you don't want to see it. ... It looks forceful, but it's not as forceful." Reynolds displayed much of her artwork at a July 18, 2009, studio party at The Center, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community center in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. A portion of the proceeds went to community center. Dozens of pieces filled the room as visitors munched on wine and cheese. "I know I did something," Reynolds says, appraising her work. "This makes me feel good. And it took a lot to do it, y'know?" One intriguing work on display there titled "Self portrait" doesn't look anything like Reynolds. It's a naked pregnant figure with a male face, female breasts and male genitalia. "This is kind of the essence of male and female," she says. "It's kind of the ambiguity of a person." And the older, masculine face? "I've been told I have an older soul," says Reynolds. She says one woodcut where that shows the torso of a woman apparently masturbating with a dildo was inspired by a memory of an aunt showing her how to use a tampon when she was in elementary school. "The work has a lot to do with sexuality, as I think it should, 'cause sexuality defines us as human beings. "We have the human race, then we have sex. It's more than your organs; it's what you feel, it's what you do. And as a gay woman I don't think that you can't have something hidden... It's not pornography. "Everyone is sexual and a lot of people are scared of it _ are scared of certain things. The work is not meant to shock people, but it's meant to provoke. And the work is crafted beautifully, and you can tell that there was a lot of hard work and talent behind the work, and I hope that is what stands out, above the imagery." Another recurring motif in her work is a spider _ although Reynolds is quick to point out it's a symbolic spider, not an evil-looking spider. "I took on the spider as a representation, an analogy of how the spider lives and feeds," she says. "It relates to religion, institutions, basically anything that hinders you from being who you are, that you get sucked into. "Think about how the spider feeds," she explains. "It builds a web that insects get caught up in, and the spider wraps it up, and sucks the blood out of it, sucks the life out of it, without its control. "So then if you take institutions, you take religion, you take government, you take whatever _ as the spider that catches you in the web and makes you do something else." "Great art comes from great pain," she says. "I have found that being happy and being content has made it harder to do work. It's not as deep, it doesn't have as much to say yet. I feel like it I keep working at it. "I would say the work is more decorative now, and less of a statement." But if people are looking for a statement from Reynolds they need only look as far as her left tricep, where she has one of her spiders tattooed. "It's a reminder, it's almost like a token," she says. "It's something to remind me, to be myself, to be who I am, not to be sucked into something and not be who I am." By Derek Rose

CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

2006 - M.F.A. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York - Printmaking 2002 - B.F.A. University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas - Painting and Photography

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Creative Arts Center, Guest Artist, Collage Private Lessons, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking Belvoir Terrace, Art Chairperson, Printmaking and Watercolor Pratt Institute, Teaching Assistant, Printmaking

AWARDS

1999 - The Arlington Arts League Scholarship, Arlington, Texas

PUBLICATIONS

2008 - Direct Art, Oct/Nov 2008

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011 - "tran-si-tion", Monk Space, Los Angeles, California 2006 - "Thesis: Fallacy of Ambiguity", Stueben Galleries, Brooklyn, New York 2002 - "See Me, Feel Me", Gallery 171, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas

EVENTS

2012 - "First Fridays Las Vegas", Jan, Feb, Mar, Las Vegas, Nevada 2011 - "NF Committed to the Cure", HAKNYAK...art for a change, fundraiser benefiting NF, Boston, Massachusetts 2010 - "Red Shoe Event", CASA Nashville Fundraiser, Nashville, Tennesse "5th Annual Chair-ity Friendraiser", Dallas Furniture Bank, Dallas, Texas "Hope For Horses", HANKNYAK...art for a change, fundraiser benefiting Hope For Horses, Dallas, Texas 2009 - "Open House", HAKNYAK… art for a change, fundraiser benefiting local non-profits, Dallas, Texas "Studio Party", HAKNYAK…art for a change, fundraiser benefiting The Center, NYC

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2009 - Holiday Art Show, Third Space, Dallas, Texas 2008 - Group Show at Welles Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts 2007 - Belvoir Terrace Art Auction", Susan Eley Fine Art Gallery, New York "Mail Art Show", Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, Connecticut 2005 - "Belvior Terrace Art Auction", Andrea Mieslin Gallery, New York "Pratt and Hunter", Stueben Galleries, Brooklyn, New York "Mixed Media", West Beth Gallery, New York, New York 2004 - "First Year", Stueben Galleries, Brooklyn, New York 2003 - "A Night of Art", Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas 2002 - "Untitled", Gallery Le Long, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas "Day of the Dead", Gallery 171, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas "9x9 Strong Women in Focus", Gallery 171, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas "Push Pin", The Gallery at University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas "Untitled", Gallery Le Long, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas "Now Showing In Color", McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas "Open Call", 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas "Push Pin", The Gallery at University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas 2001 - "Day of the Dead", Gallery 171, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas "Valentine's Show", Gallery 171, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas "Advanced Painting", Gallery Le Long, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas 2000 - "Found Objects", University Center Gallery, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas

CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE

2009 - Holiday Art Show, Third Space, Dallas, Texas 2008 - Group Show at Welles Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts 2007 - Belvoir Art Auction at Susan Eley Fine Art Gallery, New York, New York Group Show at Lenox National Bank, Lenox, Massachusetts 2005 - Belvoir Art Auction at Andrea Mieslin Gallery, New York, New York

PROJECTS

Postage Paid

Postage Paid: Mail Art Collaborative is a project designed to bring artists together in a non-competitive arena to inspire each other. This is done by working together to build a body of work that is sent through the mail. Some of the work will be completed by one or many artists.

Art for a Change

Art for a Change supports organizations that sustain or improve quality of life through education, advocacy and creativity. This mission will be accomplished by selling art at a fair price and donating a majority of the proceeds. Please join me in this challenge by purchasing art, donating or becoming a member either as an artist or supporter. Our time is now. Let's try art for a change.

Music Saved My Life

This project pays tribute to the power of music. Music can transform us, remind us, make us happy, make us sad, even save us. For some, music is a religion. There is a song for every event and we all have our own sound track therefore I have to create a functional piece of art that portrays my love for music.


CHARITIES

ASPCA

http://www.aspca.org/
The ASPCA works to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with shelters nationwide.

Belvoir Terrace

http://www.belvoirterrace.com/
A supportive and educational fine and performing arts summer program for girls with emphasis placed on individual development, program excellence and camper friendship.

CASA

http://www.casaforchildren.org/
Children's advocacy organization whose mission is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.

Children’s Tumor Foundation / Neurofibromatosis, Inc

http://www.nfinc.org
Charitable organization whose mission is to create a community of support for those affected by NF through education, advocacy, coalitions, raising public awareness, and supporting research for treatments and a cure.

LGBT Center New York

www.gaycenter.org
Community Center that provides a home for the birth, nurture and celebration of our organizations, institutions and culture; cares for our individuals and groups in need; educates the public and our community; and empowers our individuals and groups to achieve their fullest potential.

Youth First Texas

http://youthfirsttexas.org/
The only non-profit organization in Dallas exclusively committed to providing social services, education opportunities, recreational activities and leadership development to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth through age 22.

YWCA

http://www.ywca.org
Oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world that aims to eliminate racism and empower women. They provide safe places for women and girls, build strong women leaders, and advocate for women's rights and civil rights in Congress.

Hope for Horses Equine Rescue

http://www.hopeforhorses.com
Hope for Horses Equine Rescue saves abused, neglected and slaughter-bound horses to rehabilitate them and place into adoptive homes. We also educate and provide assistance to equine owners to help ensure the health and well-being of the horses. Although horses are our main emphasis, we also rescue dogs.

Orange County Performing Arts Center

http://www.ocpac.org/home/Content/ContentDisplay.aspx?NavID=240
The Orange County Performing Arts Center exists to present a wide variety of the most significant national and international productions of music, dance and theater to the people of Southern California. We believe that experiencing the best in the performing arts adds meaningfully to the quality of life in our community and are committed to providing an unsurpassed attendance experience. In conjunction with its artistic mission, the Center is also entrusted with stewardship of its world class facilities which provide the performance base for its resident companies.

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