Brave the Storms to Support Art Education

Please join us Friday February 4th for, Beyond the Refrigerator Door, an art exhibition showing off the talents of Rush Henrietta Central School District graduates spanning several decades. There are so many people that were positively affected by the Art program at R-H, who have gone on to become artists, designers and art teachers, like myself, and we want our community to know it!

This week Governor Cuomo made harsher cuts to NYS schools. These cuts often slash special areas like Art, Music, Technology and Family & Consumer Science. This show exhibits evidence of just how important the Arts are to schools and how integral they are to our lives after we leave school. I will be exhibiting a large collection of my matchstick paintings along with 28 other artists who got their foundation from R-H.

Support the Arts in public school! Support what teachers make.... I know what my Art teachers at RH made for me.


You Like Me! You Really Like Me!

Every once in awhile I Google (image) my name. Sometimes there is a photo of me, usually connected to a local artist guild/Etsy team site. I also find great pictures of this actress who played a character with my name on TV in the 1970's. Today I was surprised to see a really great photo of my artwork, credited to me (thank you!), with a string of wonderful comments about it. This photo taken by TW Collins on Flickr shows one half of my pair of Palin Pumps, with another artist's work blurred behind it. When I made the piece for the opening show at The Shoe Factory Art Co-op this fall, I was terrified that no one would get it.

I am heartened to see they do :)

Collin's photo, although it includes my work, is copyrighted. So, you can enjoy everything I just did here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/twcollins/5342185921/#/


Have More Parties in 2011

This week's challenge for my local Etsy Street Team is called Start the New Year Right. I suggest that we have more parties this year. Celebrate more with friends. Kick back and let go more. We live in stressful times, but we're never gonna survive, unless...we get a little crazy. (Seal reference anyone, anyone?) I found some great vintage pieces recently that are trickling into my shop for sale.

... Enjoy! You can vote on our challenge here: http://rochesternystreetteam.blogspot.com/


Review: Exit Through The Gift Shop

Source: AM

Good art breaks rules and some of the best art right now breaks laws. I love telling my students about street artist (now HUGE contemporary art figure) Banksy. Then I immediately have to have that conversation explaining why they shouldn't try what he does at home...at least not until after high school when I can't be connected to their criminal leanings. So when I saw the 2010 documentary, Exit Through The Gift Shop out on Netflix I knew I had to see it.

I loved this film not only because it let me peek into the process of the world's leading and most elusive street artist, but because it was not really about him at all. The film, directed by Banksy, is a documentary about Thierry Guetta, a French/Californian amatuer filmmaker trying to document Bansky. Guetta's compulsive videotaping of Bansky and several other big name street artists, including Space Invader and Shepard Fairey, and his mediocre end product, somehow lead to his own meteoric rise as the street artist(?) Mr. Brainwash. There is a sense throughout the film that Banksy is giving you something 100% serious and playing a joke on you at the same time. Reviewers have been left wondering if it's a stunt. Maybe...but in today's art world it's also plausible that this is the real deal.

The film addresses the arguments of what an artist is, what copying is and what fame is in the vein of Duchamp's Fountain or Andy Warhol's Brillo Boxes. That's a conversation I always love having in my high school classes. Was Guetta really a filmmaker? Is Mr. Brainwash really a great artist? Like Guetta puts it in the filim, "It's about time. We'll see in time who are worthy. Cos with time you'll see my creativity. You'll see if I'm a real artist or not".

Wow....that is so....convenient.


New Things To (re)Love In 2011

I tend to obsess. I'll go through long phases of adoringing a particular singer or collecting a certain tschotske until I am a connoisseur of that thing. Over my holiday break I (re)discovered a few things I know I will love in 2011.

Handwritten Notes:

There is nothing more interesting and beautiful than instances of truth. At foundmagazine.com I'll be spending my uninspired down times peeking though other peoples angry notes left on cars, napkin poetry and birthday cards. I also recently got a love letter...and let me tell you, it's a special thing.

From the found archives

Vintage Shops on Etsy:

As the New Year begins and the prospect of summer markets sink in, I am looking for new vintage cocktail napkins, buttons and matchbooks to purchase. I did a little shopping on Etsy recently and found 2 new favorite vintage shops run by the same person. becaruns and. becareads.

An item I purchased from becaruns last week

Getting Enough Sleep:

There is one school that thinks you can sleep when your dead. I'm of the school that believes if you don't sleep you'll feel dead. Arianna Huffington goes to my school.
Arianna Huffington: How to succeed? Get more sleep | Video on TED.com

The Color Pink:

Pink is the ultimate in girly-style. Pink bubblegum. Pink lipstick. Pink nail polish. Pink ponytail holders. I also recently confessed to someone my secret desire to own a pink pick up truck. PANTONE apparently agrees with me as well, since they chose PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle as the it color of 2011.