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RE-Formation: Moon and Moths

Added on by Ellen Halloran.

I think of "reformation" as change, transformation, a state of transition and even as metamorphosis.

Materials themselves provide me with ideas. The fabrics of this work inspired me as I changed disposable cardboard packaging, something that is usually tossed without a glance or hesitation, into an object to be considered with joy and wonder. I covered it with handmade papers that contain fragments of leaves and plant fibers. The pre-cut circles in the cardboard seemed like windows through which the constantly changing moon can be seen. I thought of moths seeking light at the time of the new moon and I remembered that a friend had given me some pieces of moth cocoon, traces of a very real metamorphosis.

All of the materials here have gone through changes, have been re-formed. Trees and plants and insects have been changed into a small book that I have named "RE-Formation:Moon and Moths."

Our Saviour's Atonement Church in Washington Heights , NYC is sponsoring a Reformation-themed show opening on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

www.osanyc.org/calendar.html

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Art for Aleppo Postcard Art Project Book - Art in Action

Added on by Ellen Halloran.

If you missed the opportunity to purchase an artist-donated postcard in the gallery show you can now purchase a book with photos of all the postcards in the show.

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blurb.com/b/7898748-art-for-aleppo-postcard-art-project

Artist's names, location, and websites are included along with images of the front and back of each postcard. All proceeds from the sale of the book and donated postcards go to Save the Children Syria.

Affordable Art Sale This Weekend

Added on by Ellen Halloran.

 

WISH YOU WERE HERE 15: make a splash

 

A.I.R. Gallery is proud to be partnering with Interstate Projects for our 15th annual POSTCARD SHOW! This pop-up event is 3 DAYS ONLY and will feature hundreds of affordable works by artists from all over the world. All proceeds go to benefit A.I.R. programming. 

"Meet You There,"   4"  X  6," water soluble color pencil,  © Ellen Halloran

 

Join us for this crazy fun feminist event! Music, drinks, affordable art by your favorite artists & more! Invite your friends, family, feminists and everyone you know! It's our way of saying THANKS to all of our wonderful supporters who make A.I.R. a thriving voice in the art world.  

 

OPENING NIGHT

Friday August 12th, 6-9pm

 

FINAL SALE
August 13th + 14th, 12-6pm

 

LOCATION

66 Knickerbocker Ave.

Brooklyn, NY 11237

 

DIRECTIONS

L train to Morgan Av

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A.I.R. GALLERY | 155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 | info@airgallery.org | 212 255 6651 | Tues - Sun 12-6pm | directions

A.I.R. is supported in part by the New York Department of Cultural Affairs and The Lily Auchincloss Foundation. Private foundations include: The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Bernheim Foundation, PGS Millwork, The Scalapino O-Books Fund, The Segue Foundation, Inc., and from individual donations. 

 

 


 
 

 
 
 
 

Saying it with a Flower

Added on by Ellen Halloran.

Here's a gift from a garden.

                                                                                                          © Diana Carulli

                                                                                                          © Diana Carulli

Laughing Poppy!

Flaunting Her Own Colors

Added on by Ellen Halloran.

The female red-winged blackbird is often overlooked because of her earthy, brownish feathering.   This subtle coloring works well as a camouflage in concealing a nesting female bird. 

The dictionary I use defines 'brown' as "any of a group of colors between red and yellow in hue, of medium to low lightness, and of moderate to low saturation."

                                                                                                      © Ian Suzuki

                                                                                                      © Ian Suzuki

This female red-winged blackbird has beautiful reddish-yellow highlights amid various shades and tints of brown.

Here's the more well-known and easily identified male of the species.

Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-Winged Blackbird takes the air

Very spruce and debonnaire.

And he flaunts to all beholders

Scarlet feathers on his shoulders.

                                                                               Grace Taber Hallock (1893 - ?) American

Online Art Sale Now Open

Added on by Ellen Halloran.

 

Art in a Box's 10th Annual

2015 Benefit Holiday Art Sale and

Exhibition for Children at Risk!

 

ONLINE ART SALE

 

Now Open!  

 

 

Purchase Art Online and Support Children at Risk!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

through Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 11 PM

 

 

Email your selections to Artpartners@aol.com

We will email you to confirm availability and reserve art for you.

Then proceed online to make payment.

 

Sales link 

is now open.

http://www.artinabox.org/benefitartexhibitionDD.htm

 

If you do not see the blue ENTER button, please refresh your browser.

 

 

 

Choose from an outstanding selection!

 

Small paintings, wall-mountable sculpture, drawings, prints and
photographs by more than 200 established and emerging artists.

 

Each work of art is on sale for a minimum donation of $125 each.

Purchase 3 or more and the minimum donation is $100 each (more if you can!)

All artwork is available on a first come, first serve basis.

 

All proceeds benefit Art in a Box art and education programs

for children at risk.

 

Contact Us

For information contact Valentina DuBasky at Art in a Box:

212-691-2543, or e-mail us at artpartners@aol.com

 

 Help empower children with the gift of art!

Art in a Box assists children and young artists around the world who are in need, disadvantaged by poverty, or who are facing crisis situations due to war, public health emergencies, or natural disasters, and supports their recovery and empowerment through art and art education. Art in a Box is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. 
For more information about Art in a Box, visit  http://www.artinabox.org

Online Art Sale Goes Live Tomorrow Night

Added on by Ellen Halloran.


Art in a Box's 10th Annual
2015 Benefit Holiday Art Sale and
Exhibition for Children at Risk!
____________________________________________________

 THE ONLINE ART SALE WILL GO LIVE
TOMORROW NIGHT!

Sales link   will activate on
Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 11 PM, EST
Through Tuesday December 15, 2015 at 11 PM, EST
http://www.artinabox.org/benefitartexhibition.htm

(Purchase Art Online for $125 and Support Children at Risk!
Purchase 3 or more and the minimum donation is $100 each (more if you can!)

Choose from an outstanding selection of
small paintings, wall-mountable sculpture, drawings, prints and
photographs by more than 200 established and emerging artists.

All artwork is available on a first come, first serve basis.

All proceeds benefit Art in a Box art and education programs
for children at risk.

____________________________________________________
 

Here's  how  to reserve art and  make your  donation online.
1. Contact us to reserve your artwork  when the Online Sale goes  live
By email: Artpartners@aol.com (24/7); Please include the name of the
artist you wish to collect, your name, and your contact information.

2. Make your donation and pay by credit card online through  PayPal.
Upon checkout, where it says "Purpose," please type "Benefit" and the
"last name of the artist".

3. If you need us to mail your art to you, please calculate your
shipping and handling costs, and add to your payment


Help us make it happen!
Please share this offer with your friends, collectors and social media!

 

Contact Us
For information contact Valentina DuBasky at Art in a Box:
212-691-2543, or e-mail us at artpartners@aol.com
 

 Help empower children with the gift of art!
Art in a Box assists children and young artists around the world who are in need, disadvantaged by poverty, or who are facing crisis situations due to war, public health emergencies, or natural disasters, and supports their recovery and empowerment through art and art education. Art in a Box is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. 
For more information about Art in a Box, visit  http://www.artinabox.org

Art Auction for Children at Risk

Added on by Ellen Halloran.

 

Art in a Box's 10th Annual

2015 Benefit Holiday Art Sale and

Exhibition for Children at Risk!

at The Painting Center, NYC

 

PREVIEW ART SALE ONLINE  

NOW OPEN!

Pick Your Favorites!

Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 9 AM, EST through

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 11 PM

 

Preview link  

is now active

http://www.artinabox.org/benefitartexhibition.htm

 

 

 

COME BACK TO PURCHASE ART ONLINE!

Art Sale Goes Live

Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 11 PM

(We are starting one hour earlier this year!)

Through Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 11 PM

 

Sales link will activate

Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 11 PM, EST

http://www.artinabox.org/benefitartexhibition.htm

 

 

(Please REFRESH your browser.

This page will change frequently during the next few weeks.)

 

 

Choose from an outstanding selection!

Small paintings, wall-mountable sculpture, drawings, prints and
photographs by more than 200 established and emerging artists.

 

Each work of art is on sale for a minimum donation of $125 each.

Purchase 3 or more and the minimum donation is $100 each (more if you can!)

All artwork is available on a first come, first serve basis.

 

All proceeds benefit Art in a Box art and education programs

for children at risk.

 

Contact Us

For information contact Valentina DuBasky at Art in a Box:

212-691-2543, or e-mail us at artpartners@aol.com

 

 Help empower children with the gift of art!

Art in a Box assists children and young artists around the world who are in need, disadvantaged by poverty, or who are facing crisis situations due to war, public health emergencies, or natural disasters, and supports their recovery and empowerment through art and art education. Art in a Box is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. 
For more information about Art in a Box, visit  http://www.artinabox.org

Jan Lievens

Added on by Ellen Halloran.

Jan Lievens, a Dutch painter, son of a tapestry worker, was born on October 24, 1607.  He began a formal study of art at the age of eight and two years later was formally apprenticed to Pieter Lastman.  Lievens was working as an independent artist at the age of twelve.  This early display of talent made him a celebrity and brought him attention from influential political figures.

Self Portrait of Jan Lievens (private collection)

Self Portrait of Jan Lievens (private collection)

From 1626 to 1631 Lievens collaborated with Rembrandt van Rijn, sharing models, subject matter, and possibly a studio.  Lievens painted several portraits of Rembrandt.  His work has often been confused with that of Rembrandt; it was only in the twentieth century that "The Feast of Esther," long attributed to Rembrandt, was finally determined to be the work of Lievens.

The Feast of Esther

Jan Lievens

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Lievens subjects range from formal portraits to character studies, classical mythology, Biblical scenes, and landscapes.

Landscape with Hagar and the angel

Jan Lievens

Musée de Beaux-Arts, Rouen, France

At the age of 31 Lievens was invited to the British court.  Later, he served as a court painter in The Hague and in Berlin.  He returned to Amsterdam in 1655 and died there in 1672. 

The Blue Moon Rising

Added on by Ellen Halloran.

     The moon doesn't make its appearance over our neighbors' rooftop until about 35 minutes after moonrise.

     Tonight's full moon fits the modern definition of a "blue moon."  It's the second full moon of the month.  An older definition of "blue moon" notes that it is the third full moon out of four within a season.

     Is it possible to have only two full moons within three months?  Go to earthsky.org for questions and answers about "blue moons" and full moons.

Three Hundred and One Years Ago

Added on by Ellen Halloran.

I could have announced a real tricentennial if only I had started to read this book (for the ... tenth? time) in July of last year.

"On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travellers into the gulf below. ... The bridge seemed to be among the things that last forever;  it was unthinkable that it should break. The moment a Peruvian heard of the accident he signed himself and made a mental calculation as to how recently he had crossed by it and how soon he had intended crossing by it again."

Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey

This well-thumbed paperback has a very early review of the book on it first page noting that "THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY has its setting in Lima, Peru, two centuries ago." 

National Pencil Day - an "unofficial" holiday for writers and artists

Added on by Ellen Halloran.

It's time for another "unofficial" holiday.  Today, March 30th, is National Pencil Day.  I can't tell you who or what is responsible for the origin of this day, but it interests me as I try to fill in a part of my education.  I've been learning about and experimenting with different grades of pencils for drawing.   When thinking about pencils, most of us imagine the bright yellow, wood-encased instrument with a graphite tip and an eraser on the opposite end.  We call these 'lead' pencils even though they do not contain lead.  The 'lead' is really graphite that is mixed with varying amounts of clay to produce grades of hardness and blackness.  In pencil grading a 6H is harder than a 4H which is harder than a 2H.  The blackness grading scale is similar.  My 8B pencil produces a blacker line than the 6B.  There is also an F grade and this refers to a pencil that can be sharpened to a very fine point.

The image shown here gives you some idea of pencil gradations.  If you look closely you may be able to see the paw prints of an inquisitive cat.

Pencils are great.  You don't need electricity or a battery.  Pencils will work even when held upside down.  They won't freeze and they work under water (so I'm told).

You can find some notable pencil users in an internet search.  Over 300 pencils were used in the writing of John Steinbeck's East of Eden.  Vladimir Nabokov wrote and rewrote everything in pencil.  In his 1957 novel Pnin (which I haven't read) there is a descriptive and well-imagined reference to the use of a pencil sharpener.

"With the help of the janitor he screwed onto the side of the desk a pencil sharpener -- that highly satisfying, highly philosophical implement that goes ticonderoga-ticonderoga, feeding on the yellow finish and sweet wood, and ends up in a kind of soundlessly spinning ethereal void as we all must."

                                                                       Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin [1957]

Get Ready for Pi Day

Added on by Ellen Halloran.

 

Saturday, March 14, 2015 will be a special day for pastry lovers and math fans.  On 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 a.m. (and p.m.) the time and date will mirror the first ten numerals of the "transcendental" number, and mathematical constant, pi.  This happens only once in a century.  Pi represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.  No matter how many times I read about transcendental numbers, I can't really understand what they are.  I simply know that the term appeals to me. That's π.

Even if you loathed geometry class you might enjoy taking advantage of the specials at pastry and pizza shops on Pi Day.