Month: February 2015

Reflections: A Look Back

February 27, 2015                                                                           Langston Hughes, Lois Mailou Jones, Aaron Douglas, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Kerry James Marshall, Nikki Giovanni, Alice Walker, and W.E.B. Du Bois. Enjoy the rest of your Friday, be blessed!   featured image: soul summer celebrates black history month 2010, courtesy of www. soulsummer.com and http://www.desktopwallpaper.com images courtesy of famouspeople.com, svcaa.unl.edu, sites.google.com, en.wikipedia.org, http://www.barnesandnoble.com, blogs.indiewire.com, http://www.newyorklivearts.org, http://www.thenation.com, http://www.washingtonpost.com, indivizble.com, deepsouthmag.com, and atlantablackstar.com. Advertisements

Artscene Newsletter: Northwest Watercolor Society Gala, Painting in France, & a Workshop

February 25, 2015 Good Afternoon! Hump Day! The final Wednesday for February and this is just a kind of short newsletter so I’ll get straight to the point. NORTHWEST WATERCOLOR SOCIETY (NWWS) 75TH DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, CONVENTION AND GALA July 5 – 12, 2015 Crowne Plaza-Seattle Convention and Diamond Gala Awards Banquet 3-Month NWWS International Open Exhibition Workshops with Alvaro Castagnet and Judy Morris Visit the NWWS website to register for this anniversary event, sign up for a workshop, and book a room at the hotel at a discounted rate. Space is limited. http://www.nwws.org Join Marilyn Simandle in the southwest of France at Domaine du Haut Baran October 13 – 19, 2015, leave 20th There will be location demonstrations and critiques and lots of free time to taste wine, paint, and just tour the area. Visit St. Cirq, the most paintable village in Europe. Enjoy dining out with fellow artists and some art equipment will be available for you. Go to www. marilynsimandle.com for information, or email Marilyn at: simandle68@gmail.com MONHEGAN ISLAND PAINTING WORKSHOP Paint …

Art Close-Up: Fighting & Expressing Racism Through Art

February 23, 2015 Good Afternoon. Last week of February and have things lined up for the week. Let’s look at this month’s Art Close-Up. I really wanted readers to know how I feel about the subject of racism. Let’s face it. It’s the 21st century and racism still exists. It’s a sad and very frustrating problem. I was watching a little bit of The Book of Negros on BET last week. This program and several films about slavery are hard to watch. Mainly because it tells the hard, cold truth of how slavery was for our ancestors. Taken away from their homes, crossing the Atlantic in the most despicable conditions no human can simply imagine. Even so, we still need to know how hard they fought not only for freedom, but also that future generations know what sacrifices they made for us. Our ancestors were free, but it was still an uphill battle, especially in the American South. Look at the Harlem Renaissance. The prevailing theme was racial consciousness. African-American writers, artists, musicians, poets, even …

Black History Feature: Robert Hayden’s The Ballad of Nat Turner

February 21, 2015 Hello again….Today’s Black History Feature is The Ballad of Nat Turner by Robert Hayden. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, be blessed. image courtesy of bahaiteachings.org The Ballad of Nat Turner BY ROBERT HAYDEN Then fled, O brethren, the wicked juba        and wandered wandered far from curfew joys in the Dismal’s night.        Fool of St. Elmo’s fire In scary night I wandered, praying,        Lord God my harshener, speak to me now or let me die;        speak, Lord, to this mourner. And came at length to livid trees        where Ibo warriors hung shadowless, turning in wind        that moaned like Africa, Their belltongue bodies dead, their eyes        alive with the anger deep in my own heart. Is this the sign,        the sign forepromised me? The spirits vanished. Afraid and lonely        I wandered on in blackness. Speak to me now or let me die.        Die, whispered the blackness. And wild things gasped and scuffled in        the night; seething shapes of evil frolicked upon the …

Artscene Newsletter: Two Writer’s Conferences in the Works

February 21, 2015 Hello everyone! The weekend is finally here. Have two writer’s conferences that are coming up later this year.   59 TH ANNUAL WESLEYAN WRITERS CONFERENCE / ONE DAY FESTIVAL JUNE 13, 2015 / JUNE 10 – 14, 2015 Seminars, Craft Sessions, Workshops, Guest Speakers, Manuscript Consultants, Publishing Advice Novel / Short Story / Poetry / Memoir / Nonfiction / Journalism / Biography / Writing for TV / Documentary Film / Graphic Novels / Writing about Science and Medicine TALKS WITH EDITORS & AGENTS Current and Recent Faculty Include: Amy Bloom  Salvatore Scibona William Finnegan Honor Moore Elizabeth Graver Wells Tower Lis Harris Roxana Robinson Tracie McMillan Michael Dumanis Alexander Chee Paul LaFarge SCHOLARSHIPS AND TEACHING FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE For details contact Anne Greene, Director 860.685.3604 / agreene@wesleyan.edu wesleyan.edu/writers BREAD LOAF ORION ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER’S CONFERENCE Annual weeklong conference focused on literary writing about the environment with  small-group workshops, readings, and lectures all in the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains 2015 Faculty Rick Bass, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Ross Gay, Pam Houston, Scott Russell Sanders, Ginger …

At the Museum: African American Museum in Philadelphia

February 20, 2015 Happy Friday! We’re out to Philadelphia (not really, but it would be nice) to take a look at the African American Museum in, of course Philadelphia.   From their website: Founded in 1976 in celebration of the nation’s Bicentennial, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. Throughout its evolution, the museum has objectively interpreted and presented the achievements and aspirations of African Americans from pre-colonial times to the current day. The museum is committed to telling the story of African Americans in all its permutations: family life, the Civil Rights movement, arts and entertainment, sports, medicine, architecture, politics, religion, law and technology. The AAMP currently houses four galleries and an auditorium, each of which offer exhibitions anchored by one of our three dominant themes: the African Diaspora, the Philadelphia Story, and the Contemporary Narrative.   Lots of exhibitions, activities, and educational things to learn at the AAMP, here is an example: …

Artscene Newsletter: The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition

February 18, 2015 Morning dears! Another Wednesday and another newsletter. I’ve posted this with the Shadowbox Wix site, but I’m bring it here for you guys to see. Want to see your work in the Artist’s Magazine? Well here’s your chance!   THE ARTIST’S MAGAZINE’S ANNUAL ART COMPETITION Compete & Win in 5 Categories: Abstract/Experimental Animal/Wildlife Landscape Portrait/Figure Still Life/Interior From the Artist’s Magazine: ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to artists anywhere in the world working in traditional media. Only two-dimensional, original artwork, conceived and created by the entrant, will be considered. Two-dimensional means that a mixed media cannot exceed an inch in-depth. “Original” means that if a painting is based on photos, the photos were taken by the artist. “Traditional media” meaning: Oil, oil pastel, soft pastel, charcoal, graphite, ink, watercolor, casein, gouache, acrylic, mixed media (all water media or oil based media); silver or other metal point, collage; mixed media collage; handmade paper; wax and other crayons on paper or board; printmaking (etching, mezzotint, lithography, woodcut, monotype, mono print, aquatint). Photography, with the exception …

Happy Valentines Day!

February 14, 2014 Hello again and Happy Valentine’s Day! As promised, I’ve decided to post a poem and some artwork to go along. I hope you are planning something nice for your loved one!   If I Could Write A Poem I want to write a poem to tell you that I care, And I’d write that poem to you, if only I would dare. But poem writing scares me, so the outlook is quite bleak; So to tell you of my feelings another outlet I must seek. If I could write a poem, my problems would be solved. I’d know exactly what to say; it wouldn’t be involved. I’d tell you of your grace, and of your wit and charms. I’d mention how your eyes shine and how your laugh disarms. I’d tell you how I love you from your head down to your toe. And you’d know it’s all the truth because a poem told you so. But I can’t write a poem, so this note must break the ice, And do the job …