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I need funds to frame 15-30 works on paper for a solo exhibit on May 19th.

My name is Dalton Portella, I'm an artist, photographer, musician and surfer. I live in Montauk, NY.

I've been living on the East End of Long Island since September 11, 2001 when on that day I decided to take a leap of faith and move out to Montauk to follow my dream as a working artist.

I use my art to demonstrate that all is connected. one piece will feed the next, common elements appear in a series, across a variety of mediums. A watercolor will turn into a digital piece, which will in turn become a work on canvas. A work on canvas will be combined with photography and transferred to paper where it will then be worked on with pastel, showing how a change in texture, composition, size, medium or the mark will change our response to the piece. This enables me to explore all the elements that I find important for my art, using all the tools at my disposal.

I'm seeking funding to frame a new body of work for a solo exhibition opening May 19th 2012 at Outeast Gallery here in Montauk. I know, that's crazy! There's hardly any time. But if we can make this happen in the next two weeks, my framer can get it done.

I'd like to present these works properly with conservation glass and museum board mats.They deserve it. I believe it will make a huge difference in the success of the show if these are presented  well. I need your help to make that happen.

These watercolors and works on paper are a return to my roots as an artist and are the seeds of what will be my next body of large works.

I'm represented by Outeast Gallery, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Isabella Garrucho Fine Art, and will be showing with Robin Rice Gallery this summer.

For a list of past exhibitions, click here.

For a great article in Long Island Pulse magazine, click here. For more Press, click here.

For my music, click here.

In exchange for helping me frame this new body of work I am offering several levels of rewards and many with signed prints. 

I  invite you to the show on May 19th 2012 at Outeast Gallery in Montauk—so take a ride out on the train or Jitney and I hope to see you there!

As a gift to you for pledging to fund my project:

  • Pledge $5 or more

    personal signed thank you note on gallery show invite postcard.

  • Pledge $25 or more

    Signed Limited Edition 5"x7" watercolor print on watercolor paper.

  • Pledge $50 or more

    Besides the reward of helping an artist out, for a donation of $50 I'm offering an 8.5"x11" signed, limited edition print of the watercolor of your choice printed on watercolor paper.
  • Pledge $100 or more

    For a donation of $100 I'm offering a 13"x19" signed, limited edition print of the watercolor of your choice printed on watercolor paper.
  • Pledge $600 or more

    For a donation of $600 you can have an unframed original watercolor before it goes in to the gallery. This will make me scramble to paint another one in time for the show. It's fun to watch me scramble.

La Bocana I, 9"x12" Original Watercolor SOLD

Warhol's I, 9"x12" Original Watercolor

La Bocana II, 9"x12" Original Watercolor

Abreojos, 9"x12" Original Watercolor

Montauk I, 9"x12" Original Watercolor SOLD

Montauk II 9"x12" Original Watercolor

Warhol's II (original sold, only prints available.)

Happy Joyous and Free, 8.5"x11" Original Watercolor

Brianna in Red, 8.5"x11" Original Watercolor

Figure Study II 9"x12" Original Watercolor

Figure Study III on acid free sketchbook paper

Rhino I, 7"x10.25" Original Watercolor

Follow Me To Safety, 7"x10.25" Original Watercolor SOLD

Closed To Public 12"x12" Pastel on Ink Jet on watercolor paper

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