Month: March 2015

Reflections: Stop Being Perfect!

March 30, 2015 Simple….there is no such thing as a perfect artist, illustrator, painter, or sculptor. We all want our work to be the perfect work. We want it to be exactly on point perfect, but there is no such thing. None. I’m sure that other artists stress themselves out about certain shapes, shadows of an object or space. The more you stress about it the more frustrated you become. By this time you no longer want to work on your project and you just might put it on the back burner for a while. Let’s just stop all the nonsense and focus on what’s important. Artists create, sometimes the mistakes we make become the most positive. We can imagine things in our minds, sketch on paper, canvas, or make it out of clay and you get something really wonderfully cool. Simple right? Stop being the perfect artist. Just create and everything else will follow. featured image unknown, but this will definitely take the stress out of you!

Art Close-Up: Bjork Retrospective @ MoMA….What’s Really Going On?

March 30, 2015 A certain exhibition has critics in an uproar. That should be the name of this post. As some of you already know or don’t know, is that Icelandic pop icon Bjork has an exhibition that is now held at MoMA and will be there till early June of this year. I was surprised by this because, I mean I know who Bjork is. I’m familiar with her music, it just took me off guard, because I didn’t think she would even consider doing that type of thing. Too bad I can’t just pop up at MoMA to see the exhibit, but that’s alright. What’s really got my attention is the press the exhibition is getting. So far it’s generating pretty bad reviews. Art critics have pounced and they are holding no punches. Some reviews have been blunt to downright biting…. “Scant, cramped overview….jammed into a tacky little two-story pavilion….Bjork should have said no-not because her work isn’t museum-worthy, but because, as proved here, the Modern is not up to the task.” Roberta …

Artscene Newsletter: MoMA & Opera

March 28, 2015 Hello, hello….the weekend is here. Love the weekends don’t you and it’s the last weekend for the month of March. Got a MoMA update and opera….yes opera!   MoMA STUFF! CREATE ABILITY Sunday April 12, 2015 / 11:00am – 1:00pm (ages 5 – 17) / 2:00pm – 4:00pm (ages 18 and up) From the website: Join us for Create Ability, our free program for individuals with learning or developmental disabilities and their families. Each month we focus on a different theme, exploring various artworks in the galleries and creating artworks in the classroom. April’s theme is New Territory: Rethinking Landscape. Space is limited and preregistration is required—register online today!   LATIN AMERICA IN CONSTRUCTION: ARCHITECTURE 1955- 1980 March 29 – July 19 Member Previews: March 25 – 28 Member Early Hours: March 25 – May 12, 9:30am – 10:30am from website: A major survey of modern architecture, Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980 brings together an unprecedented array of original drawings, models, photographs, and films from the period. The exhibition features work …

Artscene Newsletter: VCFA 20th Annual Postgraduate Writers’ Conference / VCFA Novel Retreat

March 25, 2015 Hello again! I said there is more and here they are…….. 20TH ANNUAL POSTGRADUATE WRITERS’ CONFERENCE August 10 – 16, 2015 Creative Nonfiction Richard McCann Brenda Miller Sue William Silverman Anthony Swofford   Flash Fiction Pamela Painter   Novel Andre Dubus III Lee Martin Xu Xi   Short Story David Jauss Ellen Lesser   Poetry Jamaal May   Poetry Manuscript Rigoberto Gonzalez Kathleen Graber A. Van Jordan Patricia Smith Contact Ellen Lesser Conference Director / 802. 828. 8835 For more information please go to   VCFA 2ND NOVEL RETREAT May 19 – 25, 2015 Immersion Writing Manuscript Critiques Process Discussions From VCFA: Imagine yourself in Vermont this Spring amid the Green Mountains, immersed in your budding novel in an atmosphere designed to bring out your Muse. Contact: Connie May Fowler Retreat Director / Jericho Parms Assistant Director, MFA in Writing / 802.828.8839. Registration started in September 2014, hopefully you still have time to register, so if your interested, please do it now. For more just go to …

Artscene Newsletter: Coastal Maine Art Workshops

March 25, 2015 Last Wednesday for March, the month is almost over, but that doesn’t mean I’ll stop with great stuff to share….not even. COASTAL MAINE ART WORKSHOPS All classes in Rockland unless otherwise noted. July 13 – 17, 2015, Belfast. Tony van Hasselt AWS, Watercolor Workshop WC Plein Air Landscape. All levels. $595 or 3 days /$425 July 20 – 24, 2015, Mel Stabin AWS NWS, Watercolor: Simple, Fast and Focused. WC Plein Air. Int/Adv. $695. July 27 – 31, 2015, Belfast. Alvaro Castagnet, Paint with Passion! WC Plein Air Int/Adv. $695. August 3 – 7, 2015, Belfast. Don Andrews AWS, Color Emphasis Landscapes. WC Studio/Plein Air All levels. $600. August 10 – 14, 2015, Kim English, Paint Instructively. Landscape & Figure. Oils Plein Air/Studio. All levels. $675 August 17 – 21, 2015, Frank Webb AWS (DF) NWS, Watercolor Energies. WC Studio/Plein Air. All levels. $625. August 24 – 28, 2015, Tom Schaller AWS NWS, The Architecture of Light. WC Plein Air . Int/Adv. $625. August 31 – September 4, 2015, Bill Teitsworth AWS NWS, Northern Light. WC …

At the Museum: South London Gallery

March 20, 2015 Happy Friday, happy weekend ahead! Hello everyone. Shadowbox is heading across the pond to the South London Gallery! SOUTH LONDON GALLERY Founded in 1891, the South London Gallery is a public-funded gallery of contemporary art in Camberwell, London. Until 1992, it was known as the South London Art Gallery, but now the acronym SLG is often used. WHAT’S ON Exhibitions Live Art & Film Talks & Events SLG Local Children & Families Young People Current Exhibition: Isabelle Cornaro / Saturday, January 24 – Sunday, April 5, 2015 / Main and First Floor Galleries, Free Next Exhibition: Kapwani Kiwanga / Wednesday, April 15 – Sunday, June 7, 2015 / Main Gallery, Free The SLG also has Residencies, which launched in 2010. Each year the SLG hosts two to three residences. For more information about their residencies, other exhibitions, programs, and other information you can click on the website below. 65 – 67 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UH, UK / Opening times Tuesday-Sunday 11am-6pm Except Wednesdays 11am-9pm Email: Whenever you visit London, …

Artscene Newsletter: 100 Drawings Challenge and…..

March 18, 2015 Good Morning art peeps! New art stuff to pick at your ear. Lets begin with a drawings challenge….   100 DRAWINGS CHALLENGE Like running a visual marathon, doing 100 Drawings in a week will inspire your creative spirit and bolster your confidence opening new avenues to enthusiastically make art in the future. June 14-19, 2015 Contact: Cullowhee Mountain ARTS / 828.342.6913 / CREATING ABSTRACT ART Exploring abstract painting, drawing, and mixed media techniques from observation and your own uninhibited imagination. Come and expand your insatiable passion to make art! June 29 – July 3, 2015 Contact: Montserrat College of Art / 978.921.4224 x1180 /     PLEIN AIR LANDSCAPE WORKSHOP Oil or soft pastels Five Days $595 9am – 4pm each day Instructor: Susan Sarback Intermediate to Advanced Contact: Diane Sterling / 904.614.6687 See, just short and to the point! Hope you enjoy your Wednesday, be always blessed! featured image unknown

Do You Want To Be the Spotlight Artist? You Can!

March 15, 2015 Here is your chance to become Shadowbox Spotlight Artist. From June till December 2015, Shadowbox is choosing six people to display their artwork. I will be posting this from now until May 25, 2015.  So for those artists, be ready! There is no fee, this is just a foot into the door of letting people know about you, what your all about, and of course you work.  Let the choosing begin. featured image unknown