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Happening Now: Film showing and panel discussion of “Who Does She Think She Is” at The Center for Green Urbanism #herstory6

Happening now: A film showing and panel discussion of “Who Does She Think She Is” at The Center for Green Urbanism as part of their exhibit, Making Herstory 6: The Era of Our Dreams. The exhibit’s presented by The ThickArt Collaborative in Collaboration with Authentic Contemporary Art & The Center for Green Urbanism.

Today’s showing was absolutely astounding. I hope to write a bit later about this as I meet more amazing people, see more artwork, and share in the great discussions currently going on.

The panel discussion that’s happening RIGHT NOW is moderated by Shawn Yancy, of Fox 5 News.

Some photos are below, and please follow today’s development on twitter.com by following #herstory6 -I’m tweeting and so are many folks here! View more photos online on our flickr.com album.

For more information, visit http://makingherstoryartseries.blogspot.com or http://authenticartonline.com and http://centerforgreenurbanism.org.

Herstory 6 is open until April 1st. Don’t miss out!

 


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Happening Now: Message in a Bottle: A Discussion with Martha Jackson-Jarvis and A.M. Weaver at the Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center

Happening right now: Message in a Bottle: A Discussion with Martha Jackson-Jarvis and A.M. Weaver at Gateway Arts Center. Co-sponsored by the Brentwood Arts Exchange and the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center. Her work is featured alongside Alonzo David and Frank Smith in the exhibit, “Resonant Forms,” on display until April 9th.

I’ll write more later, but for now all I’ll say is some of what’s being said and what speaks to me and my understanding of sculpture. By Ms. Jackson-Jarvis:

“Life is moving all around these sculptures”

“People hate to open up a kiln and see their work’s broken. I love to open up a kiln and the whole thing’s exploded…I like that energy…”

“I went to Rome and it was very sequestran. It’s very nice but not what I want to see. I want to get down and dirty! …I like mosaics…it was interesting to see how they work with clay and cement. They mix lime and cement…I almost started to sculpt cement. …So I started to learn how to be very meticulous with glass.”

“The ancient mosaics are not flat. We see them [in photos], but they’re not. They’re sculpture.

“I want to draw them in. How do you bring in magic and energy into an urban encounter. By elevating conscienceness

“I love sculpture because it occupies space just like we do. …Like a person. It has space, it has form…you have to move around it.”

“One of my favorite things to do is to go into the forest and forage.”

Photos are below. View more photos online on our flickr.com album. (more…)

Sounds of Hope at Potter’s House

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Last night I had a marvelous time at Potter’s House to see Patricia Morrison, Mary Shapiro, Sarah Gilberg, and my friend Hannah Spiro, as part of Potter’s House’s weekly series, Sounds of Hope. A portion of proceeds for the event went to Hamsa, UMD’s LGBTQQIA student organization. Potter’s House’s mission, along with being a welcoming-open-diverse church, is for these live events to function as Good Music, Good Food for a Good Cause. Not only did I hear quality folk music (whew!), but I also had low-priced tasty foods, the opportunity to meet eclectic people, and to hang out in this great bookstore/café. They’re a fun group of people who enjoy people, conversation, the written word, and even silence I’m sure. Potter’s House is a creative space for all people, and it’s rare that I see a comfortable communiy-outreach space that promotes welcoming people of all walks while not preaching or trampling on their own views.

I also won a gift certificate in a raffle while there, so I’m definitely heading back. Hopefully next week for their Friday the 25th open mic.

For more information, visit http://www.potterhousedc.com and  http://www.myspace.com/soundsofhope. Potter’s House is only blocks away from the Columbia Heights metro.

Click the following links to view these great artists’ websites: Mary Shapiro, Patricia Morrison, and Hannah Spiro.

Last but not least, to find more information on Hamsa, visit http://studentorg.umd.edu/hamsa

Photos are below! 

 

artdc Gallery’s “Material World” Reception tomorrow (3/12) @ 6pm

Local Hyattsville gallery, artdc Gallery, located at the Lustine Center, has announced its upcoming reception TOMORROW evening opening frmo 6pm to 8pm. The exhibit looks fantastic, but don’t take my word for it, visit artdc.com. artdc Gallery shares its space with Riggio Design and VM Photography & Makeup, LLC. While you’re there, check out the Riggio Design space, hehe.


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Reinvigorate

March has arrived! In just one month I’ve begun working at the Brentwood Arts Exchange @ Gateway Arts Center, exploring what art means both to myself as well as to others, I’ve seen theatre and art exhibits in my neighborhood as well as elsewhere, and exploring what it means to truly understand what it means to get out there and get my feet wet in the professional art world! No university-bubble blocking me in anymore, time to breathe on my own–right?

For March, I’ll be taking a step up in how I run Soulstrong Arts Blog (SSA). Following suggestions of friends, family, co-workers, and passerbys…

    • Creating a system for how I find local art happenings and how I write/photograph about them
    • I’m planning on getting new business cards printed with SSA on the back
    • Getting postcards or fliers promoting the blog printed and out across the Gateway Arts District
    • Soliciting friends, students, and neighborhood folks for stories and columns based on their experiences, finds, and interests
    • Even more, getting co-authors and guest authors
    • Asking more people for their opinions, thoughts, suggestions, and advice on how to operate both the blog and my own work
    • And last but definitely not least (more like extending a first), finalizing the business plan and my hopes for this blog to promote artists and art aficionados both locally and worldwide

     

    Do you have any ideas? Anything interesting come to mind? Please let me know!

     

    P.s. I’ve been featured as Art4TheMasses’ February 2011 Artist Of The Month. In my interview, not only did I have the opportunity to discuss my artwork and how theatre and art work together, but I also was able to share my a bit of my philosophy on how artists and community go hand in hand. Watch the interview from my blog at JustinFair.com and please let me know of your thoughts by commenting on the page!

    Tonight! Artist Lecture with John E. Penny on “Allographic Drawing” at UMD, MON, Feb 21st at 6:30pm, Free

    Link: Tonight! Artist Lecture with John E. Penny on “Allographic Drawing” at UMD, MON, Feb 21st at 6:30pm, Free

    I can’t come to the artist lecture at UMD Stamp Gallery tonight but maybe you can! I’ll be checking out this exhibit later on this week!

    Speaking of Art… second lecture
    “Allographic Drawing” Talk with
    Artist and theorist John E. PennyMonday, February 21st6:30pmFree
    The Stamp Gallery is pleased to present the second installment of the artist lecture and performance series, Speaking of Art… Allographic art is a term first introduced by American philosopher Nelson Goodman to distinguish between autographic – being peculiar to an individual – and allographic – meaning any other form of notation that is not autographic. Penny will discuss ‘allographic drawing’ as a conceptual tool to aid in understanding a broad range of contemporary art production and the attitude underpinning it.
    University of Maryland, College Park (map)Adele H. Stamp Center for Campus LifePrince George’s Room, 1st floorMetro: College Park and take 104 UM bus to campus or taxi 1.7 miles (map)
    -Repost from http://freeindc.blogspot.com/2011/02/upcoming-tonight-artist-lecture-with.html

    Photos from “Resonant Forms”

    I took some great shots from the Resonant Forms opening reception last Friday, February 11th, 2011 at the Brentwood Arts Exchange co-hosted by the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center located inside the Gateway Arts Center in Brentwood, MD (whew!). For more information on the exhibit, which is on display through the month of March, visit my first post on Resonant Forms!

    For more photos, visit my photoset on flickr.com!


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    Dawn Avery’s “Our Fire”

    Last Friday I had the wonderful opportunity to see my friend, fellow classmate, and fellow artist, Dawn Avery, perform music from her album, “Our Fire”, at the Cultural Arts Center at the Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus! Immediately welcoming the audience and wrapping us into a vivid state of waking dreams, Dawn sang and played cello beside producer and guitarist Larry Mitchell, Dennis Zoteigh (Percussion, Voice), Leo Lucini (Bass Guitar), and Ron Warren (Native Flute). Dawn’s work revolves around the love she cultivates for her Mohawk heritage and the ample ways there are to merge and explore contemporary American identity with American Indian identity; as well as a love for community and a connection to the land. Her energy and love for sharing her culture, her personality, and the beauty that is her music transformed my evening to a night of self-discovery and appreciation for the earth and the air.

    A favorite moment in the evening comes from one of Dawn’s last songs, where she welcomes and involves audience members to speak a phrase from their native languages. I had the courage to be the first to come up to the mic and share some Hebrew. It made my night! To see fellow audience members shed some timid behavior and share some of themselves and their cultures was a great unexpected gift. I was able to hear Russian, Catonese, Portugese, Chinese, Malayalam, Spanish, and those are just some I remember from the top of my head.

    Dawn’s nurturing attitude and her amazing voice were wonderful companions to her comfort on stage and the melody with which she guided the performance. It was mesmerizing! It was a treat to hear her track list along with her eagerness to share stories, to see her move around the stage, and that she involved guest musicians to share their stories about Native American Indian heritage and perform solos themselves.

    Dawn’s album, “Our Fire”, is on sale now! Contact KingfisherArtists Management at pjkingfisher@hughes.net. Contact Dawn for more information on her work at http://www.dawnavery.com. Proceeds from the album go towards supporting cultural projects for American Indian Youth.

    North African Film Festival every THURS night – Free (2/3 – 2/24)

    North African Film Festival every THURS night – Free (2/3 – 2/24)

    Mark your calendar—-go! I know that’s what I hope to do at least one of these Thursdays! Sounds neat, plus look at that great poster they’ve got advertising this!!!

    From FreeInDC:

     

    North African Film Festival

    focusing on films from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.

    Thursday evenings

    February 3rd – February 24th

    7:00pm

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    Are You Interested in Learning More about Mixed-Use Communities? On Track to Prosperity: The Market Potential of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in PG Co.

    Are You Interested in Learning More about Mixed-Use Communities? On Track to Prosperity: The Market Potential of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in PG Co.

    Just found this email from EnVision Prince George’s County…

    There’s gonna be a EnVision: Sustain Forum on Thur, Feb. 11th at 6:30pm in Camp Springs, MD called “On Track to Prosperity: The Market Potential of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in PG Co.” It’s near Branch Ave., so for folks like me @ College Park Metro I guess it’s worth the ride on the other side of the green line…or I’ll hijack a friend with a car better yet. The forum looks interesting from their announcement. Plus, there’s a whole half-hour dedicated to refreshments, so looks like a great educational experience! Of course I want to learn more about mixed-use communities!

    View the invite announcement on here.
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    SITI Company: Radio Macbeth at UMD!

    Last night I had the magnificent opportunity to see the SITI Company’s Radio Macbeth last night at the Clarice Smith Center at the University of Maryland -College Park. So often people have such dragging expectations when they think of Shakespeare, but I was immediately fixed on the concept of a radio show when I heard about this performance. Rather than give the entire concept away and give an excited critique of the performance, I will say this. It closes tonight (starts at 8pm) at UMD and is worth the cost! $9 for students, $35 for adults (/$28 for subscribers). After the production, Anne Bogart lead a talk-back with a few actors and a theatre filled with people. Topics varied from how the performance evolves from theatre to theatre, how liberating it is to work with Macbeth by focusing on the beauty and power of its text, and the evolution of the cast as they as a company created a company of actors who have a chemistry all their own while rehearsing a late-night production of “the Scottish play.” The choreography gave such gorgeous compositions on stage, the range of voices used and the lighting (by Designer Brian H. Scott) transformed a grim theatre into a place that gave me the chills and then at other times had me on the edge of my seat. Follow SITI Company on Facebook and on Twitter, hehe.

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