Reaching out to their community, Canvas On Demand deals in a different kind of canvas by donating a boxing canvas to the non-profit organization LAMiTCA that provides mentoring outreach and education to underprivileged children in Selma, North Carolina. Click here to open press release “Canvas On Demand Donates Boxing Canvas for Community Non-Profit”
Susan and Liz combine forces with a fascinating selection of art works from bronze to watercolours, porcelain to oil on canvas. Click here to open press release “Susan Thomson and Liz Watts, Joint Exhibition at The Colomb Art Gallery, London”
Platform Media Group Your browser may not support display of this image. An Eshelman Red Rose Company 8265 Sunset Boulevard ∙ Suite 106 ∙ Los Angeles, Ca 90069 ∙ 323.337.9042 ∙ fax.323.337.9043 Media Contacts: PMG; 323.337.9042 Henry Eshelman/Hilary Morse firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com PAINT YOUR LIFE LINKS ARTISTS, ENTHUSIASTS FOR ONLINE PORTRAIT STUDIO Online Portrait and Multimedia Studio Debuts for a Worldwide Audience www.paintyourlife.com www.printyourcanvas.com (XXXX), TX June XX, 2009—Despite the ongoing hype, the Internet first tends to revolutionize a process, and THEN a profession. Now, the Internet provides an evolutionary leap that links artists and the public in a worldwide online portrait and design studio: www.PaintYourLife.com. The company’s sister operation, the online graphics production studio, is www.PrintYourCanvas.com. That site creates graphic interpretations on canvas from client photographs in an array of artistic styles. Imagine any occasion or situation memorialized in oils [or acrylics?]. A wedding or anniversary. A graduation or professional achievement. A bar mitzvah or first communion. A loved one or family pet. A sporting triumph, or a memorial to a fallen warrior. A cherished possession like a classic car or motorcycle. Whatever the source image, PaintYourLife’s artists painstakingly craft an original oil painting, in almost any size, on any subject. This represents a quantum leap from sitting in person for hours, over a period of weeks, for portraits of unsure quality. Unlike most things in life, the Paint Your Life process is simple: Upload the photographic image of your choice, and their professional artists paint it by hand in oils to client specifications. Clients pay only a 20% deposit; they pay in full when, after an online review process, they are happy with the work. The whole process takes a little over a week and the finished pieces are shipped flat or rolled anywhere in the world. ++more++ www.PrintYourCanvas.com involves a similarly easy, serene process. Users upload a photo and professional digital editors manipulate it into one of several recognizable artistic styles, creating a cherished keepsake—and the perfect gift—from an ordinary photograph. Customers can choose a number of graphic styles that recall and pay homage to the works of And Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and the latest art phenomenon, Shepard Fairey, whose works have inspired a movement (and symbolized one!). The twin enterprises sprang from the minds of Tel Aviv entrepreneurs Assaf Kostiner and Eilon Weissmann. Kostiner says, “Portraiture is one of the oldest forms of painting, and probably the best admired by its subjects and satisfying to those who commission the works. PaintYourLife brings this ancient technique into the 21st Century. You capture it; our artists will paint it.” The partners found a graphics editor/curator of uncommon skill, Sue Brehant. An accomplished artist herself, Brehant also has done numerous commercial art projects including textiles, wallpapers and furnishings. She says, “The emergence of superior digital painting programs and my passion of painting helped me develop my own unique styles which we’ve been able to create for customers on the site. Vibrant digital oils of people, pets and landscapes, printed on canvas or linen are my forte. Working with Paint Your Life is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. The challenge of creating unique and personal digital paintings from our customers’ photos is always exciting.” It’s also a very personal process with heartwarming stories. Kostiner recalls,” A customer asked us for a painting of his girlfriend and him and convinced a museum to hang it while he and she walked by. She was overcome with surprise and emotion when she saw their painting, and he proposed to her on the sport. She accepted.” In a note whose sentiments are shared by many happy customers, one wrote, “It’s been forty-eight years since my fiancée passed away. Your painting brought her back.” There are also portraits of fallen soldiers, as well as an annual series of the Mrs. America pageant contestants [and a contest? Can you describe that? FYI it’s small but the word “pageant” is misspelled on the site] Kostiner concludes, “Portraiture is a time-honored tradition that technology has made affordable, fast and consistently first-rate; we’re pleased to bring PaintYourLife and PrintYourCanvas to the public.” Click here to open press release “PAINT YOUR LIFE LINKS ARTISTS, ENTHUSIASTS FOR ONLINE PORTRAIT STUDIO”
Poet Larry Jaffe, award-winning poet, Human Rights, Larry, Larry Jaffe Click here to open press release “International Human Rights Poet Laureate Makes Twitter his Voice for Peace”
Bespoke food designers Blanch & Shock have teamed up with the London and Hong-Kong based artist to present a culinary response to her bold and visceral works. Through unexpected pairings of colour and flavour the food wrong foots the diner, delivering fantastic and surprising flavours in a single bite. Thus the fruits of this research will be presented – against the spectacular backdrop of Leung’s original paintings – as a diverse and visually stunning canapé selection for consumption by the public at the Artist’s Q&A event on Friday 31st July 2009 (5pm Artists Q&A, 6pm canapé service). Click here to open press release “Fine Art Food: Eating the Art of Mimi Leung”
Announces Scenes of Summer Photo Contest Judged By Pulitzer Winner Photographer and Prestigious Photo Editors
Palo Alto, Calif. (MMD Newswire) July 20, 2009 — WeArePhotographers.com LLC today announced its new online destination for digital photographers with its first photography competition, “Scenes of Summer.” The site uses a unique philosophy of “The Scene, The Shot and The Shop: A Holistic View of PhotographyTM” to evaluate and improve today’s digital photographers, from the advanced enthusiast to the entry-level professional. Through access to award-winning photography experts on our Council of Photographers, combined with a wide range of educational tools and social networking, our members can learn how to make compelling photographs, instead of simply taking pictures.
“Approximately every 12 seconds, a digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) camera is sold in the U.S. with the dream of making outstanding, potentially sellable, photographs. We help people make that dream a reality,” said Stephen Terlizzi, CEO of WeArePhotographers.com. “Access to mentoring is key.”
Our professional Council of Photographers includes a Pulitzer Prize Photography judge, several Pulitzer Prize winners, a leading sports photographer whose pictures are in the Baseball and Football Halls of Fame, and a former photography editor of National Geographic magazine.
“As someone who believes passionately in photography’s power to communicate, I am excited to be part of this project. I hope we can encourage others to grow their skills and have fun creating visual images with impact,” said Tom Kennedy, founder of Kennedy Media and former managing editor of multimedia at Washingtonpost. Newsweek Interactive and former director of photography at National Geographic Society.
To help further improve our members’ photography, we offer our “Photo Gauntlet(tm)” where a professional photographer from our Council of Photographers will critique selected photographs on-line. This critique is complemented by our monthly contests that provide a venue for users to gauge their skills against their peers, win valuable prizes and gain exposure for their work. Sponsored by Keeble and Shuchat Photography – Northern California’s Premier Digital Imaging Store, the “Scenes of Summer” photography contest challenges our users to deliver not one, but three compelling photographs in a mini-portfolio that illustrates the themes of summer.
“We are delighted to partner with WeArePhotographers,” said Alain Brie, Sales Manager at Keeble and Shuchat Photography. “We are looking forward to lots of fun while helping the photography community.”
The Scenes of Summer Photography Contest starts on July 15th and runs through September 9th and has a $10 entry fee. For additional information on the company and our “Scenes of Summer” Photography contest, contact Gary Geschwind. The contact information is below.
ABOUT WeArePhotographers.com – Founded by photographers for photographers, WeArePhotographers.com is the recognized destination for online digital photography content for the advanced enthusiast and entry-level professional to help “Elevate Your Talent.” Highlighted by our professional Council of Photographers, which includes award-winning photographers and photo editors, we offer our customers a valuable experience through our monthly photo competitions, our “Photo Gauntlet” professional critiques and our unique holistic view of photography. For more information, please visit url = http://www.wearephotographers.com.
ABOUT Keeble and Shuchat Photography – Keeble & Shuchat is the premier photographic and digital imaging camera store in Northern California and beyond. KSP has been serving the needs of professional and amateur photographers alike for over 44 years, supplying them with the most complete inventory and most knowledgeable staff. Classes, seminars and field trips have become an essential way to better educate KSP’s customers. For more information, please visit url = http://www.ksphoto.com.
New York, New York (MMD Newswire) July 9, 2009 — The heirs of Professor Curt Glaser, a noted art historian and Nazi victim, have rejected the recommendation of the British Spoliation Advisory Panel (SAP) not to return eight drawings held by the Courtauld Institute in London and sold by Glaser in Berlin in May, 1933, as he hastily left Germany after losing his position as Director of the Berlin State Art Library and losing his state owned apartment due to Nazi persecution.
Although the SAP report found that Glaser was a Nazi victim and that Nazi persecution caused the sale of his artworks at two May 1933 auctions in Berlin, the SAP concluded that Glaser’s claims to the artworks were “morally insufficient” to warrant their return. The SAP also concluded that Glaser had “mixed motives” for leaving Germany since he wrote to his good friend Edvard Munch that he was happy to unburden himself from his possessions and leave Germany with his new wife Maria Milch.
In a July 8, 2009 letter to the SAP the Glaser heirs criticized the decision and asked the SAP to reconsider it. They pointed out that the SAP had given too much weight to the Glaser letter to Munch and did not review the letter in its proper context. They point out that Glaser would not have to “unburden himself” of his belongings and leave Germany if he had not been a persecuted Jew and could have begun a new life in Germany with his new wife Maria (who was also from Berlin), if Germany had been a free country as opposed to a totalitarian country which persecuted its Jewish population.
The Glaser heirs also criticized the SAP report for not recommending the return of the artworks after the SAP reached the conclusion that the sale of the drawings was caused due to Nazi persecution. In their letter to the SAP requesting that it reconsider its decision they state “…having reached the factual determination that the loss of Glaser’s substantial art collection was ‘caused’ by Nazi persecution, the SAP does a sudden and inexplicable about-face and finds that Glaser has an ‘insufficient moral claim’ to entitle his heirs to the return of his property. This conclusion flies in the face of the determination that Glaser was a Nazi victim and lost his collection due to Nazi persecution.”
The Glaser heirs also found that the SAP did not give enough weight to prior German restitution decisions which found that Glaser was a Nazi Victim and was entitled to damages for the loss of his art collection. The German restitution decisions were made in the late 1950′s and awarded a small compensation of 7,100 German Marks for the loss of Glaser’s art collection, library and household items consisting of approximately 1,500 objects. The German 1950s compensation award amounted to just pennies on the dollar and is to be proportionally repaid when artworks are recovered, so that double compensation is avoided.
The SAP decision also failed to take the buyer, Count Antoine Seilern, to task for buying artworks from a persecuted Jew who had to flee Germany. Instead the SAP assessed no blame on either Count Seilern or the Courtauld Institute, even though Count Seilern was advised on the sale by a former colleague of Glaser who knew he was persecuted by the Nazis.
Commenting on the decision at the recent Prague Conference on Holocaust Looted Art, Olaf S. Ossman, an attorney and speaker at the conference called the SAP decision “tragic”. The SAP decision also flies in the face of statements made by Dr. Michael Eissenhauer, President of the German Federation of Museums, at the Berlin Conference “Taking Responsibility” that the Glaser case was “…unequivocal: he financed the flight of himself and his wife by auctioning his library, his domestic furnishings and parts of his art collection.” Mr. Eissenhauer then went on to say that the return of a Lovis Corinth painting by the Landesmuseum in Hannover (sold in the same May auctions as the Courtauld drawings) to the Glaser heirs was justified due to the distress sales which financed Glaser’s flight.
The Glaser heirs have now asked the SAP to reconsider its decision and, in light of the SAP’s finding that the sale of Glaser’s art collection was caused due to Nazi persecution, that the outcome of the report be changed to recommend that the Glaser artworks at the Courtauld Institute be returned.
For further information contact:
David J. Rowland, Esq.
“Anastasia” invites All Art lovers worldwide! “Anastasia” is an enlightening initiative in the world of Art & Culture & hopes to resurrect & encourage a novel & vivacious spirit from around the world. This inspirational initiation is the mutual conception of Sanjoy Goswami and Moitrayee Basu with a vision to reminisce and rejuvenate the genesis of creativity. Click here to open press release “Anastasia Art Presents”
United Kingdom (MMD Newswire) July 8, 2009 — With a £2,500 payment for the best painting, and a £1,000 prize for the best painting created en plein air, The Bath Prize (www.thebathprize.co.uk) is a new award that will recognize paintings created this summer in the World Heritage City of Bath.
Organized and sponsored by The Bath Gallery, the competition is open to both professional and amateur painters and has been designed to produce a multi-faceted portrait of a very special place.
To ensure that the whole of the City is covered, entrants will be required to produce at least one painting inspired by a specified location in the Georgian heart of the City, these locations will be allocated by ballot.
Artists will be encouraged to work on the streets, en plein air, but they can also sketch or photograph their subject and complete the work elsewhere. To recognise the significance of work created on the street, a special £1,000 award will be made by Future Bath Plus for the best picture largely completed in this way.
Artist’s may enter more than one painting but it is a condition of entering the competition that they submit at least one work inspired by the location allocated.
The competition was devised by Michael Porter of The Bath Gallery (www.hawkinsfineart.com). “Bath is a world-famous destination that has inspired artists and craftsmen for more than two thousand years,” he said. “The Bath Prize is an annual competition that will stimulate new work celebrating the glory of Bath, will recognise the best and will display as much of it as possible in the City that inspired it. We look forward to receiving and exhibiting a wide variety of new paintings.”
Andrew Cooper, City Centre Manager added, “Future Bath Plus has created an event panel to support new and burgeoning events that add to the vibrancy of the city centre. Seeing artists at work in the streets is an attraction to those who visit, live or work in the city and adds something different and unique to the overall experience.”
Entires for the competition close on August 24th and paintings must be received by September 7th. Full details and an entry form can be found at www.TheBathPrize.co.uk
Details from Michael Porter at The Bath Gallery, 7 Bridge Street, Bath BA2 4AS Telephone 01225 312 733 email Mike@hawkinsfineart.co.uk
Contacts for further information
Michael Page: ThankYouGoodbye
ThankYouGoodbye from Michael Page and Varnish Fine Art: The final show from the current gallery location
San Francisco, CA (MMD Newswire) July 6, 2009 — Michael Page returns to Varnish with bolder brushstrokes and global themes in his new series of oil paintings titled ThankYouGoodbye. As with each series, Page begins every collection with a concept derived from our world today, but consciously moves away from any strict linear narrative. Page infuses each of his works with both serious issues and humor in the execution, and although he begins with a specific concept, there is always intriguing mystery. ThankYouGoodbye is also the last art exhibit at the current location of Varnish Fine Art.
ThankYouGoodbye is a cheery, blameless epitaph for our planet and ecosystem as we know it. Michael Page depicts global transformations rich in evolving life migrating with purpose into a possible new planetary age. Each painting in the series addresses ecological upheaval without political bent, revealing new earthly possibilities on a massive scale transformed far beyond the cause. Large numbers of evolved, crawling undersea plants, intermixing of tropical and arctic seas, ocean floors thrust skyward, and rays from a new horizon are part of our possible future from the vast imagination of an artist happy to have been there first.
Michael Page is one of the 200+ artists whom Varnish Fine Art has been proud to exhibit since opening in April 2003. A San Francisco agency, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA), is eliminating at least 33 small, local businesses, including Varnish Fine Art, and numerous residences in order to demolish all properties and later resell land to fund their project. The TJPA is forcing Varnish, among the first tenants and years before the end of the lease, to vacate its nearly 100 year old building for demolition. This gallery and wine bar will have to vacate 77 Natoma Street, but the business’ owners hope to re-establish Varnish Fine Art at a new location soon.
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SAN DIEGO, CALIF (MMD Newswire) July 1, 2009 — Nikon, Inc., the world’s most recognized professional camera manufacturer, has selected local photographer, Ed Masterson to be featured in the Summer edition of Nikon World-an honor bestowed to only 12 photographers annually. Nikon selects the 12 photographers from thousands worldwide based upon their creativity and unique approach to the photographic arts.
Nikon was first introduced to Masterson’s work through “Visions”, a collection of Masterson’s fine art photography. The book captures the unexpected beauty in everyday, mundane objects such as a fire hydrant or an asphalt patch. “When I look at a scene, I ask myself, ‘what am I not seeing?’-that’s what I want to capture,” Masterson states. It was this unusual approach to subject matter and mood that Nikon recognized.
As a successful commercial photographer and designer for over 30 years in San Diego, Masterson had never promoted his personal work until this year. “It is such an honor to be recognized by Nikon for my fine art,” Masterson says. “I am happy to share my non-commercial vision with Nikon World.”
Masterson, resides in Carmel Valley and is building upon this new found recognition by partnering with Kodak and Nikon for national exhibitions and auctions benefiting various charities close to Masterson’s heart.
To see more of Masterson’s creative work and learn about upcoming events please visit http://www.edmastersonphotography.com/
About Ed Masterson
The project entitled Lost not Found: Abscission takes place during August. The artist will be secreting small artworks at various locations across Edinburgh City centre, finders are requested to follow the attached instructions to participate in the project and keep the artwork. Please visit http://www.heathertweed.co.uk over the course of the project for updates, participants and final outcome. Click here to open press release “Artist inspired to Edinburgh exhibition by theft of Artwork.”
A comprehensive exhibition of British and International, traditional and contemporary art works from The Colomb Art Gallery’s recognised artists. Click here to open press release “Summer Exhibition 2009 at The Colomb Art Gallery, London”
In July, two local artists Jan Harvey and Sophie Thompson, will be helping to celebrate the third year of the farm at Fallowfields Hotel with an exhibition of farm buildings and farm animals in dynamic, colourful paintings and in sculptures made from recycled scrap metal. Click here to open press release “FARM! Farm paintings, sculpture of farm animals …and it’s on a farm”
Kevin Peterson: Slumbody Loves You
Kevin Peterson sends a love note in Slumbody Loves You at Varnish Fine Art
San Francisco, CA (MMD Newswire) June 10, 2009 — Kevin Peterson’s Slumbody Loves You solo exhibit of oil paintings documents the importance of an American neighborhood community. Peterson shares his love of the neighborhood characters, interwoven lives and eventual destruction through gentrification and corporatization. The artist casts a spotlight on the individuals that comprise his and countless other small, lower income urban neighborhoods across the U.S. with his trademark dreamscape surrealist style.
“I would say more than anything, I paint what I love and I love what I paint,” says Kevin Peterson. Using a glaze technique, he carefully builds up layers of paint, allowing light to pass through and bounce back to the surface to give each piece its own “glow”. This process of layering allows for an exploration of ideaas and imagery that evolve on the canvas, becoming a window into the subconscious mind of the artist. In his most recent series of works, Slumbody Loves You, Peterson veers towards narrative, documenting the landscape and characters of his tight-knit urban neighborhood as they fight encroaching development and the inevitable gentrification and loss of culture that comes with it. When crafting his paintings, Peterson takes a cue from the Flemish Masters who he says “knew how to tell a story without shoving it down your throat.” The paintings that comprise Slumbody Loves You are allegorical in nature and take careful consideration to untangle which, given the dreamy and seductive atmosphere of the works, is a pleasure to do.
Kevin Peterson is an oil painter in his 20′s who works from his home in a San Diego neighborhood. He has shown extensively in the United States in solo and group exhibits. Slumbody Loves You is Varnish Fine Art’s first solo exhibit of Kevin Peterson’s artwork.
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Gallery Directors Jennifer Rogers and Kerri Stephens opened Varnish Fine Art on April 19, 2003. Beginning with the remains of a brewery built just after the 1906 earthquake, Rogers and Stephens designed and rebuilt the space, including a main gallery, mezzanine gallery and wine bar, combining gallery with community.
(MMDNewswire) June 8, 2009 — Begun in 2002, surrealist space artist Roger Ferragallo puzzled over how to display his massive painting “COSMIC TREE OF LIFE, 2.0″ (CTOL) measuring 546 million pixels because it required computer screen technology as large as 30 feet. Why such a work of scale comes from the artist’s belief that science and cosmology are revolutionizing our view of mankind and our relationship to the universe. Fortunately, the University of California San Diego (UCSD) announced July 2008 the largest hi-resolution scientific computer screen in the world (HIPerSpace) measuring 31.8 feet in width. USCD invited Ferragallo in March 2009 to debut his hi-resolution mural on this huge screen. This timely collaboration between science and an artist exploring new ideas speaks to the exciting cross-discipline synergies happening in the world today. See HIPerSpace video demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awkGbvBz30I
Synchronous with Ferragallo’s HIPerSpace debut, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) invited him in March 2009 to exhibit this latest version of CTOL 2.0 on their interactive global GIGAPAN project partnered with Google Earth, NASA Ames and National Geographic. This project invites hi-resolution photo panoramas (currently at 18,000) from around the world. Although not a photographic panorama, CTOL uniquely fit the hi-resolution, scale and visual criteria of GIGAPAN.
In the traditional annuls of gallery exhibition, CMU’s GIGAPAN represents, in the artist’s view, “a new paradigm for the display of photography and fine art painting”. GIGAPAN opens the CTOL mural to a ‘global audience’ (25,000 hits to date) with spectacular navigation tools provided by Google Earth allowing viewers to dynamically zoom and interact with the painting in real-time 24-7 (including ability to message the artist). See GIGAPAN demo: http://www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=868
CTOL was newly released at version 2.0 and is a continuing work in progress looking to a 3.0 release in the near future. Ferragallo’s surreal painting renders hundreds of details–from the micro, molecular and terrestrial to star clusters and majestic galaxies. In his words, “I wish to convey the awe and wonder one feels when we view mankind’s intimate relationship with the vastness of quantum–micro–macro space and the universe beyond”. Web site and demo: http://www.ferragallo.com/tol_index.html
HIPerSpace information: http://www.calit2.net/newsroom/release.php?id=1332
Recently, Poonampratap hosted an exhibition of Paintings and Sculptures, presenting a collection of 26 renowned artists and India’s top 10 painters like Shamshad Hussain, Alka Raghuvanshi, Sudip Rop and the list continues at Habitat centre. Click here to open press release ““Hues in Myriads”- Form and Formless”
Works On Paper, A Global Perspective AT THE NY ARTS VENICE PAVILION On display from June 7 to November 22, 2009 Concurrent with the 53rd Biennale di Venezia Click here to open press release “NY Arts Venice Pavillion”
ANASTASIA ART GALLERY “Anastasia” invites All Art lovers worldwide! “Anastasia” is an enlightening initiative in the world of Art & Culture & hopes to resurrect & encourage a novel & vivacious spirit from around the world. This inspirational initiation is the mutual conception of Sanjoy Goswami and Moitrayee Basu with a vision to reminisce and rejuvenate the genesis of creativity. This name, also inspired by the beauty of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, actually stands for a new “Resurrection” in the world of Art & Culture, as referred from the following explanation in the Dictionary: ‘Anastasia fem. proper name, from L.L. fem. of Anastasius, from Gk. Anastasios, from anastasis “resurrection,” lit. “a rising up,” from ana “up” + istanai “to make stand.”’ Contact Details: Mr. Sanjoy Goswami, 59/1 B, Hindusthan Park, Kolkata: 700 029; Voice # 0091-9903895089; 0091-9903784776. Click here to open press release “Fusion of Preteritus Per Posterus (Fusion of Past with Future)”
Sleepy Hollow, Illinois – If you’re into fanzines or want to get a feel for what fandom was in the days before the Internet, then you’ll really want to check out Fan History’s zine category located at http://www.fanhistory.com/wiki/Category:Fanzines . In April 2009, the wiki added over 1,600 articles about fanzines that compliments the over 400 articles it already had. Click here to open press release “Fan History Makes Fanzine History”
Meet Leonid Afremov Oil Painting Artist Click here to open press release “Meeting Leonid Afremov”
Capturing one big moment is not enough, they anticipate & visualize that a bigger emotion is coming up at any moment & freezes it on film. Sydney Wedding Photographers observe & stay with cool moments & pick up the momentum. They spy moments-in-progress & take initiative to capture more than the overjoyed bride or overwhelmed parents but also the different emotions of the people around them at the same moment. Click here to open press release “Sydney Wedding Photography; Wedding Images with Depth and Complexity”
Eminent Domain Awareness Group Show & Special Event
San Francisco, CA (MMD Newswire) May 12, 2009 — Join us for an evening of spoken word, live music and art as we raise awareness about eminent domain in our neighborhood as part of the Eminent Domain Awareness group show. On Friday June 5th, 7pm-Midnight Varnish hopes to educate the community on the government’s abuse of eminent domain and the subsequent damage to businesses and resident families. This free admission awareness-raising event features spoken word by the legendary Dead Kennedys frontman and activist Jello Biafra, recent Vice Presidential candidate and former SF Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez, newsman and Argonaut Editor Warren Hinckle, music by Burnt House and DJ Evil Justin, live screenprinting by Political Gridlock and The Firehouse, plus special surprise guest performers.
Few people know that a San Francisco agency, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA), is eliminating 33 small, local businesses, including Varnish Fine Art, and numerous residences in order to demolish all properties and later resell the land. The TJPA is forcing Varnish, among the first tenants and years before the end of the lease, to vacate this September for an October 2009 demolition of its nearly 100 year old building. The future of Varnish has been robbed by the City. This gallery and wine bar will have to vacate 77 Natoma Street, but the owners hope that by raising awareness about this eminent domain threat they can stop its abuses on this and future San Francisco projects.
The Eminent Domain Awareness group show features some of the 200+ artists whom Varnish Fine Art has been proud to exhibit since opening in April 2003. In May of 2003, co-owners Jen Rogers and Kerri Stephens first learned about the TJPA’s neighborhood-devastating project in an SF Business Times article titled, “The Wrecking Ball is Swinging.” This is the final group show, but two solo exhibitions by painters Kevin Peterson and Michael Page will be displayed before the current location of Varnish Fine Art is demolished.
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Smeetha Bhoumik’s latest solo show at the NCPA art gallery in Nariman Point is a Perfect Peace
Mumbai (MMD Newswire) March 24, 2009 — ‘Light & Dark Juxtaposed’, Smeetha Bhoumik’s exhibition dedicated to peace will be showing at the NCPA Modern Art Gallery, right next to the Trident, “reflecting their courage, faith & resilience” beams the artist. The five day exhibition will be held during March 28 – April 1, 2009, between 10 am & 6pm.
This is her seventh solo exhibition and Smeetha Bhoumik is excited about it’s reach and potential. “It continues the enthusiasm to get together for peace” she says, “it has already received tremendous support from people across Mumbai. This is more than an exhibition, this is a festival of peace, and I find it so apt because I’m greatly inspired by the post-war Dada Art of the 1919 – 1923, an anti-war cultural movement which laid the ground work to abstract art & postmodernism, a starting point for performance art, avante-garde & Surrealism.”
“With this series I explore the pluralism of life – it’s exhilarating highs & devastating lows and every stop in between….using a variety of techniques, treatment and media. Thus polished, finished work share space with rough, crude, work-in-progress; neatly formed, polite pieces compete with unruly, unrepentant images. Oil & acrylic on canvas stand next to new age installations, video and collage”, says the excited artist.
Three short movies she has made are – Painting for Peace, Learning is Fun and Mumbai’s Missing Peepal.
The interactive element comprises a forum for peace, on-site painting events and NGO participation to make it all happen. The SMILE Foundation, AKANKSHA and Humanist Society of India are actively involved.
PEACE is on everyone’s mind here…..
One of the best ways towards greater ‘peace’ is to involve the community in interesting peace initiatives, believes artist Smeetha Bhoumik, along with her supportive friends and neighbours at Heera Panna Apartment on Cumbala Hill, near Breach Candy. And this is exactly what took place in a colourful ‘Painting for Peace’ event on Sunday, March 15, ‘09 at the apartment complex.
People of all ages gathered on the ground floor lobby of their apartment to paint peace. Priti & Jayesh, coordinated the call for peace along with Meena, wife of the Secretary of the apartment complex, Mr. Mehra, an ardent enthusiast of community initiatives himself.
The ‘Paint for Peace’ event has created two large colourful canvasses reflecting the whole-hearted support & enthusiasm of everyone involved. From little Deeptanshu who’s all of three, to his granny who has decades to her credit, the participants were a bubbly, vibrant, innocent, enterprising lot, who believe in peace, first & foremost.
“The two paintings will be exhibited along with my works”, says artist Smeetha Bhoumik.
Smeetha Bhoumik’s Mumbai Action for Peace forum (MAP) is on-line at http://mumbaipeace.webs.com/
Smeetha Bhoumik’s short film on ‘peace’
Her Page on Indian Art News
Her Special Recognition Award from Periodgallery.com, USA
Smeetha Bhoumik in SMILE Foundation Newsletter
Her work with CONCERN INDIA Foundation
Her Forthcoming Exhibition listed at kyakare.com
Her Work with IndianArtCollectors.com
Her Portfolio at Absolutearts.com
Her paintings at Kiptonart.com, USA
Her work for Cancer Patient’s Aid Association
About Smeetha Bhoumik
This is her seventh solo exhibition, with several group shows, number of international juried competitions to her credit and two Special Recognition Awards from Period Gallery, USA.
The Universe Series, 2006′ was a riot of excitement with magnificent, magical powers of constellations, galaxies, stars & supernovae depicted, ‘Mumbai Illumines – in fuchshia, blue & every other hue (2007), firmly grounded the artist to the ethos, pathos, glitter & glamour that’s Mumbai. The Imagination Series, 2008, explored areas of the mind & it’s ways, featuring the Gems of Imagination, Illumination & Ideas among others. Innocence (2005), Kaleidoscope of Creation (2004), Colours of India (2004) relive on canvas the excitement of travel, wonders of nature, warmth & beauty of people using figurative & abstract expression.
Smeetha Bhoumik can be reached at 9821320836 or on the web at www.smeethabhoumik.net
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VARNISH Fine Art
Jennybird Alcantara: Treacherous Gardens
Varnish Fine Art Opening Reception Friday April 3, 7-10pm
Jennybird Alcantara enters a Treacherous Garden at Varnish Fine Art
San Francisco, CA (MMD Newswire) March 18, 2009 — Jennybird Alcantara’s Treacherous Gardens solo exhibit of paintings explores “the garden of the mind” and its vast, beautiful landscape filled with inherent pitfalls. Duality, water themes, dreams and nightmares figure prominently in this series of Alcantara’s detailed fantasies in oil and acrylic on panel.
“I have always been a daydreamer ,” says Jennybird, “and get many of my ideas during that state of semi-consciousness. My inspirations come from a wide variety of sources including fairytales and fables, mythology, the natural world and freaks of nature, melancholy…broken dolls and objects out of place.” With a narrative at its core, Alcantara’s minutely detailed paintings are filled with objects that possess un-borrowed symbolism contained within each piece and within the series. The artist’s love of animals and their instincts is seen and felt in her use of folklore and metaphor. Dual natures addressing the veils between human-animal, internal-external, and life-death embody the characters central to each painting. “I like to explore the complex interconnectedness of opposites as seen through the prism of myth, fable and fantasy. I use the symbolism of duality to explore the connection of life and death, as well as the relationship between the beauty and cruelness of nature, that of the natural world as well as human and animal nature.”-Jennybird Alcantara “Treacherous Gardens draws the viewer deeper into a world both strange and beautiful, guided by the generous hand of one of my favorite artists,” says Jennifer Rogers, co-owner of Varnish Fine Art.
Alcantara has shown extensively in California, and mounted 4 previous solo exhibitions prior to Treacherous Gardens at Varnish Fine Art. Transplanted to California from her birthplace in New York City, Jennybird Alcantara was encouraged early in life towards her thriving career as an artist. She received a degree from the San Francisco Arts Institute in the early ‘90′s, and remains living and working in San Francisco today.
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