Bees, Beetles and Butterflies: A Photoshow
Jul 03 2015
Bees, Beetles and Butterflies: A Photoshow
Jun 22 2015
The first time I fell in love
Knowing that I was not
The chosen one…
I wrote a haiku to sadness.
The first time I met someone
Who smiled at me and liked
My crazy personality…
I wrote a poem of hope
The first time I tasted sweet kisses
With my eyes closed and
My heart singing…
I wrote a song to love
The first time I could take a moment
To think about my past
And my lucky life…
I wrote a story of happiness.
First, I wrote a haiku to sadness,
Then, a poem of hope,
Next, I wrote a song to love,
And finally, I wrote a story of happiness.
Poem by Lucio Muñoz
Vancouver, BC, Canada
June 22, 2015
May 28 2015
Featured Artist: Mark Thomas
Mark Thomas is a classical pianist and artist who lives and works in New York city. His web sites have been featured by the New York Times, the BBC, the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, and numerous other media outlets.
Feb 08 2011
Featured Artist: Merlin Flower
Notes From the Artist:
When I did my first ‘series’ of paintings, I was pretty excited. First, it was for a cause close to my heart. Second, a creative partnership with a dance firm known for its innovative moves. Third, a series would shake-up my comfort zone. I know I sound vague and should explain the scenario, but the collaboration fell to its death half-way and I ended up with many more paintings in storage.
The painting you see, ‘Free dance in the sea’ is part of the series, or was to be. I put in the background, working with light colors, and then applied the idea to the painting. Since the theme was fixed, I had to work with self ruminated ideas. Of course, it didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted. In fact, that’s the beauty of art; it manages to surprise the artist as well. Once the fishes made their appearance, the boats appeared of their own free will.
The painting was done at a single setting, and at the end of it-as usual- I had more paint in my hands and clothes. You could say, I danced my way into the painting. Why not? Art sings and dances for anyone, and a return is good.
This painting, though part of the series, stands separate for its energy and message. With dance as its theme, it can survive alone-a reason the collaboration still is a good thing to have come through.
The people in the painting? Are they in the sea, on boats, waiting to jump in or just metaphysical idealization? I’ll leave it to your imagination. And there’s more for you to find out-happy exploration.
Nov 12 2010
Credit to: NPR Staff
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A lot has changed in Tracy Bonham’s life since the release of her last album in 2005. She moved back to Brooklyn, N.Y., married Rolling Stone executive editor Jason Fine and even picked up yoga. All of those changes are reflected on her latest full-length album, Masts of Manhatta.
Classically trained in violin and piano, Bonham made a name for herself as an alternative rock singer after taking up music studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. That’s where Bonham started her band and began performing.
Inspired by the Walt Whitman poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” Bonham’s new album contains songs of love and self-discovery. “[Manhattan] was actually called Manahatta by the native people before the Europeans came,” Bonham says, “meaning ‘the land of many hills.’ ” She says the poem struck her as a celebration of both the city and the discovery of balance and stillness, reflected in her life at the time.
“This time, it was about my marriage and the balance in life that I’m constantly trying to find between the city and the country,” Bonham says. “I was writing about that balance, trying to find stillness and peace while living in a chaotic world. It ended up being my favorite record and my favorite experience making a record.”
The singer also credits yoga with sharpening her music.
“With yoga, I’m a lot happier in my life, and I think the music reflects that,” she says. “I’ve gotten to know myself better. And I think when you know yourself, you’re more connected to your spirit. That just leaves room for a lot more fun, a lot less second-guessing, a lot less beating yourself up and a lot more playful time.”
Bonham and her husband are in the process of adopting their first child. Family life hasn’t slowed her down, though: She’s in the process of writing a new record and says she plans to release an EP of cover songs soon.
“You continue to have your career, and you continue to have your passions while having a family,” she says. “And I think you might even actually be a better parent for it.”
Aug 12 2011
Featured Artist: Pery Burge
A sequence of radial spreads inspired by Darwin’s words
This video, one of five prizewinners, was a response to a challenge set in 2009 by New Scientist magazine to illustrate the final sentence from Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’ with a work of art. I chose to illustrate part of the sentence, namely ‘…from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful …’
I wanted to show how the ink in water patterns which I create through surface tension driven flow can all start in a simple way (a circle of paint and ink on the water’s surface) and then develop into complex, unique forms as they begin to move. These forms show great diversity because of physical and chemical variations in their makeup, and in the conditions of their evolution as they move outwards. Although the ‘inkplosions’, as I call them, all share a bisymmetrical form, each one is unique, in the same way that all living organisms display unique features.
As well as reminding us of living organisms, the evolving forms also have elements in common with macroscopic phenomena, such as exploding supernovae or shifting nebulae. This is not just a superficial resemblance, but one which echoes the similarity of the processes involved – the common element being matter moving outward at great speeds, creating increasingly complex patterning as it does so. Different inks highlight different aspects of these forms, and the use of bubbles provides thin outflows which form their own unique type of patterning (I call these ‘bubblespreads’).
Links between small-scale and large-scale phenomena are one of my main concerns as an artist, and I encourage my viewers to seek connections between the two. There is a degree of ambiguity in these video images, and an imaginative contribution from the viewer supplies the final creative link. I wanted people to ‘get the message’ of the video through their own understanding, rather than by any statement on my part, and so text is kept to a minimum (I just have Darwin’s quote at the beginning and at the end). I chose ambient music that would enhance the mood of the images, and allow people’s imagination to engage.
Video effects are also kept to a minimum, as I felt they would detract from the main point of the video. I did, however, make a lot of use of slow motion, so that the viewer could experience the outward movement and subsequent patterning more fully, and relax into the experience.
I have been working with ink in water for the past five years, and my methods, particularly with surface tension work, have been considered to be innovative. My work has been written up in several refereed journals, including ‘Leonardo’. A full list of publications is at my website (address given below).
I see my role as an artist as a catalyst for nature; my philosophy is that nature is the best artist. I aim to try and show the beauty of nature to as many people as possible.
More of my work can be seen at YouTube, and at my website:
Aug 28 2010
Credit To: Alan Cheuse – http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129480147
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Alan Cheuse reviews The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove, a coming-of age-novel by Susan Gregg Gilmore set in Nashville. Cheuse teaches writing at George Mason University in Virginia.
May 30 2011
Featured Artist: David Adickes
Post Provided By: Art Silverman
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David Adickes has fashioned three sets of 18-foot tall busts of all of the U.S. presidents. One set sits in his yard in Houston. Another is in a closed theme park in Deadwood, S.D. And the third is in another defunct theme park in Williamsburg, Va.