Wednesday, September 24, 2014

OHIO WESLEYAN GRADUATES SHARE VIBRANT VISIONS IN NEW EXHIBITIONS


Ross Art Museum Features Works by Pamela Becker, Class of 1964, and Clark Winter, Class of 1973

DELAWARE, Ohio ­ Pamela Becker observes the natural world around her,
distills it to its essence, and rebuilds it using colors, shapes, and
textures that imbue it with fresh intensity and energy. Clark Winter
searches for wonder in everything he sees, and uses his camera to capture glimpses of a world that provides ³amazement even in the simplest moments² for those who truly look.

These Ohio Wesleyan University alumni and accomplished artists will be
exhibiting their work at OWU¹s Richard M. Ross Art Museum from Sept. 30
to Nov. 2. The artists also will visit campus on separate occasions in
October to discuss their muses and media in free, public presentations.

³If we simply see things as they are, it¹s quite fascinating,² says
Winter, an OWU fine arts major now living in Connecticut. ³Endlessly
intricate, interwoven, and inexplicably curiously rewarding. These
pictures reflect what I call Ε’the wonder of it all.¹ Not that everything
is wonderful by any means, but rather there¹s wonder and amazement even
in the simplest moments.²

One of the images in Winter¹s ³The Wonder of It All² exhibit is a
photograph of a diorama on display at a children¹s museum. The diorama
seeks to illustrate what happens during a volcanic eruption. But stuck in the Plexiglas covering the display are several colorful, plastic
pushpins. The whimsy of the resulting image caught Winter¹s artistic eye.

³The way I see it, the volcano gives astounding energy to the birth of
little pieces of Alexander Calder sculptures,² Winter says. ³Abstract art is everywhere.²

Winter will give an illustrated talk at 3:10 p.m. Oct. 2 in Room 121 of
Edgar Hall, 35 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The discussion will be followed by a reception at 4 p.m. at the nearby Ross Art Museum.

In addition to being a respected artist, Winter is an internationally
known investor and commentator on geopolitics and global financial
markets. Learn more about Winter at www.clarkwinterphotography.com.

While Winter uses a camera to capture the wonder of his world as it
exists, Becker reinvents her surroundings using myriad materials and
endless imagination.

³Whether walking on a beach or working in the garden, exploring and
recording what I see has always been my interest,² says Becker, a New
Jersey resident who majored in romance languages at Ohio Wesleyan.
³Consider the ephemeral quality of light shining onto and through the
leaves of trees, the foam created when a wave breaks, or the amazing
things a sunset does to the color of clouds. It is in seeking to
understand and relate the various aspects of a subject to each other that I find my subject matter.²

One of the pieces in Becker¹s ³Metamorphosis² exhibit is a painted fabric construction depicting Tonga Bay.

³Working with layers of fabric to reconstruct images of the landscape has occupied me for over twenty years,² Becker says. ³When hung on the wall, gravity allows each piece to take the shape which has been built into it.Then the work becomes part of the flow, which is the river of my
memories.²

Becker will give a gallery talk at 4:10 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Ross Art
Museum. Of her work, Hildreth York of the Hunterdon Art Museum in New
Jersey has said: ³Pamela Becker¹s art is about patterns and constructs.
They are the personal, authoritative esthetic signatures of this artist.²
Learn more about Becker at http://pamelaebecker.com.

Ohio Wesleyan¹s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit http://ross.owu.edu for more information.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation¹s premier
liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private
university offers 86 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA
Division III varsity sports. Ohio Wesleyan combines a challenging,
internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and
leadership opportunities to connect classroom theory with real-world
experience. OWU¹s 1,750 students represent 46 U.S. states and territories and 43 countries. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book ³Colleges That Change Lives,² listed on the latest President¹s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S.News & World Report and Princeton Review ³best colleges² lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Drepung Gomang Monastery Tour Group to create Sacred Sand Mandala in Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery


Mount St. Joseph University
Monday, September 22 through Friday, September 26, 2014

The Art Department, the Art Education Association, and Student Government Association of Mount St. Joseph University are immensely excited to host the creation of the Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara), the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Sand Mandala by the Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery in Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery.

The Opening Ceremony will be Monday 1:00 p.m. in the Quad.

Mandala creation times will be:
Monday: 1:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday through Thursday:  10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday: Completion of the Mandala 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Friday: Final Dissolution Ceremony at noon.

The public is invited to watch the creation of the mandala during the times stated above, but encouraged to attend the Opening and/or Dissolution Ceremonies.

Tibetan sand painting is an ancient artform of Tibetan Buddhism. The term “mandala” is a Sanskrit word meaning cosmogram, or “world in harmony.” The sand mandala is carefully constructed from dyed sand particles as a vehicle to generate compassion, to realize the impermanence of reality, and to create a social/cosmic healing of the environment. The purpose of the construction of the Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara), the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Mandala is to encourage every one of us to generate a compassionate heart for the benefit of all sentient beings.

At the Opening Ceremony, the monks will chant powerful prayers for peace, prosperity, and healing in traditional overtones—the chant master intoning a full chord of three notes. Their chants will be accompanied by delicate hand gestures, cymbals, drums, horns, and flutes. At the Dissolution Ceremony, the mandala will be deconstructed by the tour leader, Geshe Yonten Gyatso, and the sands will be dispersed in the Ohio River after a short journey by car down Anderson Ferry Road. Mandalas are destroyed at the end of the ritual as a symbol of the impermanence of all phenomena, and to spread the healing energy of the Mandala to all of creation.  For more information, see http://www.gomang.org/chenrezig.html

The monks of Drepung Gomang are presently on tour in the United States of America to share the compassion and wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism, to demonstrate the artistic accomplishments of the people of Tibet, and to generate funds to insure the survival of the Tibetan culture. Drepung Gomang Monastery uses all donations and proceeds from the sale of Tibetan crafts and jewelry to house, feed, and educate everyone wishing to study at this monastic center of higher learning, including orphans and refugees fleeing Chinese-occupied Tibet. The monastery is working to establish a Food Foundation Fund, which will help the monastery provide a continuous food supply to the student monks in years to come.

Information about Drepung Gomang Monastery and their North American tour is available on their website: www.drepunggomang.organd www.gomang.org

Studio San Giuseppe is a nonprofit art gallery located in the Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art Building on the campus of Mount St. Joseph University, Delhi and Neeb roads in Delhi Township, 15 minutes west of downtown Cincinnati.  Admission is free.  For more information, call Studio San Giuseppe at 513-244-4314, or contact Velma Dailey (mailto:Velma.Dailey@msj.edu) or Shawnee Turner (Shawnee.Turner@msj.edu). 

Mount St. Joseph University is a Catholic, non-profit college of 2,400 students located in Cincinnati, Ohio; Mount  St. Joseph University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curricula.

OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY TO HOST LOCAL FIBER ARTIST, ALUMNA



WESTERVILLE, OH—The Otterbein Women’s Club is hosting Delaware fiber artist, Tammy Perakis Wallace, for a presentation at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, in the Otterbein University Courtright Memorial Library, 138 W. Main St. This presentation is free and open to the public.

In her presentation, Perakis will show how items from the Otterbein University Thrift Store can be repurposed into forms of art. The Otterbein Women’s Club runs the thrift store, whose proceeds go directly to the university in the form of scholarships.

After graduating from Otterbein University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and a minor in costume design, Perakis began decorating many stages around central Ohio. Not long after, Perakis began composing works in quilt form, many of which have been displayed in exhibits across the United States.

“I like to play with fabric…the touch, colors, malleability. I use my fabrics like paint, placing them on the surface to express my thoughts, recall a moment, or evoke a response. I feel in command of the fabric, and confident that I can mold it to my intent,” Perakis wrote of her quilt art. Perakis often includes a humorous aspect in her pieces and instills movement, color and texture in each quilt.

In 2002, Perakis obtained a bachelor of fine arts in sculpture and metals from Ohio Wesleyan University and began working at the Ross Art museum on campus, where she has been since their opening. She now serves as the assistant director. She was recently elected onto the Ohio Museums Association Board of Trustees.

Otterbein University is a small private university nationally-recognized for its intentional blending of liberal arts and professional studies through its renowned Integrative Studies curriculum and its commitments to experiential learning and community engagement. Otterbein has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since the list’s inception in 2006 and consistently stands in its category’s top 20 in U.S. News & World Report’s guide to “America’s Best Colleges.” Otterbein offers 75 undergraduate majors; five master’s programs; and a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). Its picturesque campus is perfectly situated in Westerville, Ohio, America’s fifth friendliest town (Forbes), just minutes from Columbus, the 15th largest city in the country. Otterbein’s commitment to opportunity started with its founding in 1847 as one of the nation’s first universities to welcome women and persons of color to its community of teachers and learners, which now numbers 2,600 undergraduate and 400 graduate students. Otterbein remains committed to its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its spirit of inclusion, and welcomes people of all backgrounds to Otterbein’s Model Community. To learn more about Otterbein, visit www.otterbein.edu.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Upcoming Art Exhibit ‘Days to Decades’ is a ‘Personal Diary’ by Instructor Jack Carlton

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The Hiram College Art Department will present an art exhibition by printmaker Jack Carlton entitled “Days to Decades: a Retrospective.” The show will include prints, paintings, sculpture and books spanning the artist’s long career. The exhibition will run from Sept. 5 through Oct. 9, 2014 at the Gelbke Fine Arts Center Gallery, and will commence with a reception from 5-7 pm on Sept. 5. The reception will include an artist talk at 6 pm. All events are free and open to the public. 

Carlton, a Youngstown native, has lived, taught and produced artwork for many decades. Over that time, he has become proficient in an extensive variety of media, ranging from mixed-media painting, steel welding and innovative stamping techniques in printmaking. Many of his works are in numerous public and private collections in the United States, Europe and North Africa. This retrospective exhibition includes works from the 1960s to the present day, produced in Ohio, Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Morocco.
“My work is a personal diary of what I’m thinking about – what’s happening now, in the world, everyday, or what’s gone by – I work out ideas in sculpture, painting, printmaking and artist books,” Carlton said. “Working in a series has been going on since the beginning.”
Jack Carlton teaches printmaking and artist books at Hiram College. He holds degrees in sculpture and painting from Kent State University and a master of fine arts degree in printmaking from the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University.
The Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (or by appointment), but will be closed on national holidays. For more information, please call the Hiram College Art Department at 330-569-5305.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Studio San Giuseppe Exhibition Announcement


(Cincinnati, OH) – The Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at Mount St. Joseph University presents Nate Larson: Escape Routes from September 22 - October 26, 2014.   Nate Larson is a contemporary artist working with photographic media, artist books and digital video. Larson is based in Baltimore, Maryland, and is a faculty member in the photography department at Maryland Institute College of Art.  His artwork and projects have been shown throughout the United States and internationally, as well as featured in numerous publications and media outlets.  The SSG exhibition features Larson’s photography series Escape Routes, as well as the Waffle House Index.  

The photographs in Escape Routes retrace the escape route of John Wilkes Booth as he fled from Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC after shooting and killing President Lincoln.  During Booth’s 12-day and approximately 75-mile flight, he struggled to understand why he was not greeted as a liberator and war hero. His flight led to trials and public hanging of his conspirators and the federal government’s first execution of a woman.  Booth himself was shot and killed following a confrontation with Union soldiers near Port Royal, Virginia; a hero in his own mind, and a villain to history.  Tracing his path almost 150 years later, the route is now a mixture of urban living, declining suburbs, new housing developments, rural pockets of country living, and highway commuter culture. The landscape is a palimpsest, etched with stories upon stories, encoding the mythologies that we create for ourselves about contemporary life in the United States. 
The Waffle House Index is an informal metric used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to determine the impact of a storm and the likely scale of assistance required for disaster recovery. The measure is based on the reputation of the Waffle House restaurant chain for staying open during extreme weather and for reopening quickly, albeit sometimes with a limited menu, after very severe weather events such as tornados or hurricanes. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate coined the term in May 2011, following the Joplin tornado; the two Waffle House restaurants in Joplin remained open after the EF5 multiple-vortex tornado struck the city on May 22. According to Fugate, "If you get there and the Waffle House is closed? That’s really bad. That’s where you go to work."
The Closing Reception will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, with an artist's talk at 3:00 PM.  This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the FotoFocus Biennial, held in Cincinnati this October.  FotoFocus is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to present the finest in contemporary photography and lens-based art, and to produce events that are artistically, intellectually, and academically rigorous yet accessible and enriching to a large and diverse public.
Studio San Giuseppe is a nonprofit art gallery located in the Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art Building on the campus of Mount St. Joseph University, Delhi and Neeb roads in Delhi Township, 15 minutes west of downtown Cincinnati. 
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 – 5:00 PM.  The Gallery is closed on major holidays, as well as the University's mid-semester break, October 10-12th.  Admission is free.  For more information, call Studio San Giuseppe at 513-244-4314. 
Mount St. Joseph University is a Catholic, non-profit college of 2,400 students located in Cincinnati, Ohio; Mount  St. Joseph University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curricula.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Columbus Art News



Downtown Galleries Form Art Alliance

Downtown art galleries including Angela Meleca Gallery, CCAD's Canzani Center Gallery, the Cultural Arts Center, Riffe Gallery and OSU Urban Arts Space have banded together as The Downtown Galleries. Their plan is to promote walkability with postcard-sized maps at each gallery. Angela Meleca hopes that the collaboration will eventually lead to coordinating exhibition openings on the same night. You can read the entire Columbus Monthly article on the collaboration here.




Wild Goose Creative hosts #wildartcolumbus

A month-long initiative presented by Wild Goose Creative, #wildartcolumbus draws together the best of social media and the gathering energy of community-driven arts. Rather than seeing the ever-presence of the internet in our everyday lives as a setback to the potential for live encounter, the philosophy behind #wildartcolumbus is that they can be symbiotic.

Each day during September, viewers of Wild Goose Creative's social media accounts will be invited to linger on and converse about art from a range of mediums, and connect with the artist as well.

The month of September, full with conversation about the work of 29 artists, will culminate in a gallery reception on September 30th in the Wild Goose Creative community art space. With #wildartcolumbus, art goes beyond the gallery but still draws people together around an arts experience. 







GCAC Presents: The Pizzuti Collection - An Insider's View of Contemporary Art


On September 6th, the Pizzuti Collection launched their new season with NOW-ISM: Abstraction Today – an unapologetically beautiful exhibition of twenty-first century painting, sculpture, video and furnishings representing the newest abstract work from today’s best artists.

September 6th was also a launch date for the collection's first film series Ori Gersht: Portraits. Three forceful video portraits connects us with stunning individuals as they pass through moments of quiet contemplation within meditatively beautiful surroundings. The Columbus Museum of Art will host Ori Gersht: Still Life, a simultaneous show of Gersht’s photography and other works on loan from Pizzuti Collection. Community collaborations continue with the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in Lancaster, which will open an exhibition of the Pizzuti Collection’s work by the Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana this October. The exhibition celebrates the Campana Brothers’ innovative and outlandish furnishings and will open at Pizzuti Collection in February.
To learn more visit: http://www.columbusunderground.com/gcac-presents-the-pizzuti-collection-an-insiders-view-of-contemporary-art