Monday, June 28, 2010

Art Fest and Hiroshige

This weekend was filled with Shambhala Art Festival happenings.  Installation on Friday proved to be quite eye opening...starting with the arrival of seemingly unrelated art work, to the cohesiveness of the exhibit growing as the space was arranged.  It looked great and had a real flow to it when we were done!  Saturday was the big event with the art reception and demonstrations of contemplative arts such as Kado (Ikebana or flower arranging), writing and Kyudo (archery) all received by an appreciative audience.  I especially enjoyed the Kado...and was able to actually participate as one of the volunteers.  An interesting way to watch the mind reacting.  Beauty and simplicity in action.  In it I found new ways to approach my own working process. 
As for the exhibit.....only a number was posted along with each piece to encourage the viewer to experience the art with full senses, not just the mind.  A catalog was provided so that you could later find the artist and title information to re-experience the art.  This is a different way of approaching artwork, especially in our society.  Slow Art seems to be based on similar idea.  I very much enjoy this way of really fully see what is in front of me. 
Wonderful evening!
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An added unexpected surprise  for the weekend was at the Norton Simon Museum...We managed to catch an interesting and informative lecture on the 19th century Japanese woodblock master Hiroshige by author and guest curator Meher MacArthur .  The prints are lively and wonderful.  The extensive and exquisite exhibit  "Hiroshige: Visions of Japan"  is on until January 17, 2011.  I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ventura to Knoxville

Sunday I went up to Ventura to see "Becoming Art at the Seams" once more before it closed at the Museum of Ventura County.  Very glad I did,  for it reminded me of the wide range of work in the show, with fine craftsmanship and creativity.  A lovely day in the area overall, with a long beach walk, and exploring the town.  The motivating factor initially had been to pick up my quilt after closing...but it ended up providing me with a wonderful excuse for a day trip.  Now the quilt is getting shipped to AQS, where they will take all the quilts to the AQS Quilt Show in Knoxville as a special exhibit on July 14 - 17th. 

Monday, June 14, 2010

Open Studio Day

I went to Rose Hughes' open studio on Saturday.  It was a terrific way to finally meet her and see so much of her wonderful work in one place!  I find the work so joyful and filled with colorful vitality.  Her studio/home space is just as colorful and lively.  She was a gracious hostess.  I was there for the start of the book signing for "Exploring Embellishments", and got to put more names to faces of the artists involved.  Good to catch up with Cindy Rinne, who was one of the group.  A fine inspiring afternoon.  See more:

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Shambhala Arts Festival- Art in Everyday Life

Shambhala Art is art that springs from the meditative state of mind.  My quilt "Flowing On" has been accepted into the 5th annual Shambhala Arts Festival 2010 weekend, beginning June 26.  Doors open at 4pm with demonstrations in various contemplative arts, and artists' reception is 6-8pm.  On Sunday the 27th the hours are 9am to 2pm.  Schedule: Drop in morning meditation (free instruction is available) 9-11am,  Open House 11am-12n, and a contemplative viewing practice will be led at the exhibit from noon to 1pm. The Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles is located at 963 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles 90041.  Come on by for any or all the offerings!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Flag Miracles

The flags are back.  Elizabeth did a fine job of sewing on the specially chosen milagros for a wonderful finishing touch!  So to recap, at the recent May Santa Fe outing this flag became a group project among dear friends, Lori Brody, Elizabeth Dailey, Debby Everett, Victoria Karno, Kate Matousek, and I.  We had fun deciding what to do and how to execute it.  I loved watching the interaction!  Some glitches in original plans did not hinder a great result.  The title is "Peace... a world of miracles" written in Spanish, which took some online research to get it right as our language skills were rusty. 

I think everyone enjoyed at least some of the creative process. Elizabeth felt the group experience was one of the highlights of the trip for her. 
Bravo Ladies!



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