Thursday, February 28, 2013

first friday at headhouse

I attended First Friday on February 1 at HeadHouse in Philly, where i was a featured artist.  A bunch of my work, about 10 pieces, are on display for 3 months at this cute bar/restaurant.  Here are some photos  of my hanging work (although they are a little blurry, i was sick at the time with my head spinning and wasn't paying attention!)

Come out tomorrow night for another First Friday event at HeadHouse to see my work, as well as other artists, live music, drink specials and some trunk/craft tables. 

HeadHouse at 8pm
122 Lombard St. 
Philadelphia, PA

My work will be at Headhouse for 2 more months (until end of April), so check it out while you can!

huge thanks to lisa chosed for showing my work, and thanks to my family and friends for coming out to the show!  

Thursday, February 21, 2013


Meet Carnigator!! The friendly carnie alligator.  Carnigator is a custom 7" Munny, with real alligator teeth!  Ever since i made my shark customs, i've been wanting to make customs with other animal teeth, including alligator.  I decided to finally bring my gator to life for the Art Without Borders Show, a charity show for Doctors Without Borders, which i've posted about recently.  I wanted to create an old-timey carnival type of feel for the little guy. He was super fun to sculpt and paint... except inside his mouth around the teeth which was an absolute nightmare.

Check out Carnigator, along side a TON of incredibly talented and amazing artists, this Saturday at Art Whino!
Art Whino Gallery 
120 American Way
National Harbor, MD 20745 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Running to Rise UP

My sister and friends got together to build a team, Team Rise Up, to run a half marathon to raise money for Rise Up Gallery (where i most recently flew out to for the gallery's grand opening!) 
Please read below and visit Running to Rise UP and help support an amazing and inspiring cause! 

My name is Nicole Tararuj and I've created Team Rise Up with runners Maria Riggi & Jamie Parziale to run the Asbury Park Half Marathon on April 20th.
As many of you know, my sister Kasey Tararuj became paralyzed at the age of 14 from an arteriovenous malformation (AVM). I can attest to the many challenging obstacles Kasey overcomes on a daily basis. Think about all the things you probably take for granted...showering, cooking yourself a meal, driving yourself to work, or even doing laundry. Now, imagine doing all those things in a wheelchair. Kasey has a very strong support system and has managed to adapt very well to her disability. Unfortunately, not everyone living with paralysis has the same support.
One thing Kasey can do on her own is create beautiful art. Art is a therapeutic outlet, allowing her to illustrate the thoughts and feelings she could not express otherwise. We recently traveled to Miami to attend the opening of the Rise Up Gallery where Kasey was a featured artist. We had the pleasure of hanging out with David McCauley, paralyzed artist AND the founder of Rise Up Gallery. His vision for Rise Up gallery is truly amazing. This is why I have organized a team that will be participating in Runapalooza half marathon, 13.1 miles on April 20th, 2013. We will be running for all the artists and artists to come! Please help us raise donations for Rise Up Gallery, a life changing organization! All donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
Team Rise Up:
Jamie Parziale
Maria Riggi
Nicole Tararuj
and Kasey Tararuj - paralyzed artist (participating in the 5 mile race)
About Rise Up Gallery:
Rise Up Gallery is a place where disabled artists may collaborate, attend workshops and have access to adaptive art supplies. The Gallery supplements income to individuals living with paralysis who struggle finding employment. In addition, the Rise Up Gallery serves as a sanctuary and social meeting place for people who may feel isolated as a result of a Spinal Cord Injury.
Proceeds of this 501(c)3 fund an Adaptive Art Therapy Studio, provide grants to improve the quality of life for individuals living with paralysis and research grants to medical institutions searching for a cure to paralysis.
Check out David's video on our page too!
Facts about Paralysis:
There are nearly 1 in 50 people living with paralysis- approximately 6 million people. That's the same number of people as the combined populations of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Over 80% of those injured are unemployed, yet the estimated lifetime costs due to spinal cord injury can range from $681,843 to over $3 million for a 25 year old.
Thank you!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

the froctor

Meet The Froctor!  The Froctor is a custom Kidrobot Bub figure i made for a raffle at the Art Without Borders show at Art Whino to raise additional funds for Doctors Without Borders.

Here is the info:
    -Raffle tickets $10 each
    -No limit to amount of tickets per person
    -Open to everyone in the US and International
    -Donations will be accepted through paypal
    -100% of donations after paypal fees will go to Doctors Without Borders (please pay gift)
    -Minimum 50 tickets for raffle to go through
    -Ticket sales will go from 2/13/2013-3/31/2013
    -Drawing will be 4/3/2013 and will be broadcasted live through the web
    -Winners will be contacted in order of the drawing, and will be able to pick their prize

Tickets can be purchased here:

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

One-Eyed Girl facebook fan page

It's been a long time coming, but i finally made a facebook page for my art.  One-Eyed Girl! Please LIKE and SHARE my new page and help spread my passion to as many people as possible.  I've never been good with self-promotion, but i'm going to start pushing it more, starting with this new fan page.  Next up, a new of these days. There is nothing i love more in this life than creating and sharing my art.  I hope to reach and touch as many people as possible with each new piece, and hopefully have some people love it as much as i do.  Thank you to the continuous support from family, friends, and admirers! 

Visit my new page HERE 
and get all the news, updates and photos of my art!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

art without borders

upcoming show i'm beyond EXCITED to be a part of, along side many amazing toy customizers. 

Custom Vinyl Art Exhibit Raising Awareness and Funds for the
Doctors Without Borders Organization

Art Without Borders is an international initiative by Pranay Parikh and Mawuli Dzirasa to help raise awareness and funds (20% of of the proceeds go to DWB) for international organizations providing humanitarian aid across the globe. The current show will benefit the charity Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières), and will feature over 40 artists from around the world. This charity provides quality health care to those in crisis irrespective of their race, religion, or political affiliation. Each artist will put his or her own spin on iconic blank Dunny or Munny vinyl figure by Kidrobot in support of Doctors Without Borders and their mission. Art without Borders is both a custom vinyl art show, and opportunity to participate in a unique show of talented artists unified to help people all around the world.

Saturday, February 23rd, from 8-11pm

Art Whino Gallery 
120 American Way
National Harbor, MD 20745

Reception begins at 8pm
Show end date: March 23rd,  2012

Music by DJ Inkognito 

Yummy Cupcakes by Dessert Fantasies


The event is FREE and open to the public. 

for more information about Doctors Without Borders and the participating artists, visit: Art Whino's website

Monday, February 4, 2013



a little break for a quick fun painting.  i did this mini painting for my sister's boyfriend for christmas.  he's a chef and loves lots of fancy food that i will likely never comprehend.  so i made him a painting of some escargot... and of course i amused myself immensely with my little horrified snail character.

Friday, February 1, 2013

the ugly duckling

"the ugly duckling"
ugly?! no she's beautiful.

come out TONIGHT to see the ugly duckling, plus many more new and old pieces at HeadHouse in Philly.  

8 pm: local art, live music, craft show, food & drinks

122 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA

see you there!