Monday, March 7, 2016

opening reception!

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the local arts at the Cleveland Collection Gallery show! What a huge success! Here's a look at the opening reception! The show will remain on view through the end of March.

This historic Hingetown property houses the new gallery front.

The newly renovated Cleveland Collection Gallery.

Happy artists: Erin Guido, Brian Wilse, Ali Kurzeja, & Billy Delfs

Happy art patrons!














Friday, March 4, 2016

cleveland collection gallery show

I will be debuting this little lady at the Cleveland Collection Gallery tonight in a group show! The opening reception is from 6-9pm. Please swing by, say hello, and grab a drink! Other talented artists  include: Margaret Kimball, Joel Miller, Brian Jasinski, Brian Wilse, Erin Guido, Rich Bogart, and Stephen Yusko. Special thanks to Billy Delfs for curating and organizing the event!

Cleveland Collection Gallery
2529 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland Ohio 44113
"Autumn", 10 x 10, watercolor

Sunday, February 14, 2016

happy valentine's day!

Happy Valentine's Day! Here is a series of cards I illustrated & conceptualized for American Greetings during my artist's offline! They are now available at Walmart!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

minted print now available!

My award winning print, Meet You There, is now available for sale on Minted! Just in time for Christmas!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

loose floral

Working on a new floral print based on a technique I learned in Helen Dealtry's workshop. First, I wet my paper down & dropped in colorful ink washes. Once it dried, I spontaneously painted the black negative space to define the drawing. It was both liberating & intimidating to work without a preliminary pencil drawing. Lots of happy accidents & not so happy accidents!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

akela surf swimwear

I couldn't be more excited! I just received the first prototype bikini top from my Akela Surf Flamingo print collection! I had the pleasure of taking it for a spin on my last surf trip to Southern California! Many thanks to the awesome Akela Surf family!
Ali Kurzeja wearing the Marilyn top from her Akela Surf Flamingo collection after a surf in Cardiff.

Akela Surf Ali Kurzeja collection "Marilyn" top.

Checking out the waves at Ocean Beach.

Ali Kurzeja's Akela Surf Flamingo print

A peek from the Akela Surf catalog!

Akela Surf website artist page
Mere-Made surf shaper sporting the Society Short in my pattern collection.





floral textile painting workshop

I had the pleasure of traveling to Brooklyn, NY to take a floral painting workshop with lovely and talented artist Helen Dealtry! The class worked on experimenting with different ink painting techniques. It was fun to loosen up and paint intuitively, without laying in my pencil drawing first. My favorite piece of advice Helen offered was, "If you make a mistake just keep going! The more you try to to fix it the more attention will be drawn to it!" Below are some photos from the workshop.

Helen's beautiful ink and gouache paintings.

Helen's class demo.

Our pretty studio space with fresh flowers and mimosas!

My ink painting in process.

Close up of one of my ink paintings from the workshop.

Monday, October 26, 2015

american greetings

One of the best parts of being an illustrator is getting to play around with different styles and techniques and explore all of the different sides of my personality as an artist. Here is a little hot sheet of some of my favorite designs I have created and conceptualized for American Greetings.
 All images are copy righted by American Greetings.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

1st place minted winner!

I have some very exciting news to share! I received first place in the Minted For Art's Sake Design Challenge! Below my piece is pictured along with the other top contestants. Congratulations to all of the participating artists and thank you to everyone who rated my piece!


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

garden party fine art show

This past Spring I had the pleasure of participating in a group show entitled Garden Party, with my two dear and very talented artist friends, Claire Mojher Delucca and Lisa Perrin (please see our poster at the bottom of the post)! Below are the pieces I created for our show!
hello love, 8"x10", mixed media, by Ali Kurzeja 

Bloom Where You Are Planted, 8" X 10", mixed media by Ali Kurzeja

Painting in progress close up!

Yellow Finch, 5" X 7", mixed media, by Ali Kurzeja



Birds and Blooms, watercolor, graphite and gouache by Ali Kurzeja

A Garden of Waves, 8" X 10", mixed media, by Ali Kurzeja