Friday, January 9, 2009

Secretary Of Arts Petition

You may already have received this, but it is important, so I'm passing it along.

Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President-Elect Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts. While many other countries have had Ministers of Art or Culture for centuries, The United States has never created such a position. We in the arts need this and the country needs the arts--now more than ever. Please take a moment to sign this important petition and then pass it on to your friends and colleagues.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Pagh and Rubenstein Opening

Barbara Pagh and Myron Rubenstein
At the Meeting Room Gallery in Bagelz of Wakefield
January 9th - February 28th
Opening: January 9th 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Hera Gallery is pleased to present the work of Barbara Pagh and Myron Rubenstein at the Meeting Room Gallery located in Bagelz of Wakefield. Both artists are current members of Hera Gallery, and both will be exhibiting works which draw from their backgrounds in printmaking.

Barbara Pagh will be showing a series of digital collages, "The Secret of Things". The inspiration for these prints is a trip to Ireland in the summer of 2008. Visits to the megalithic sites Newgrange, Knowth and Carrowmore as well as early monasteries provide the source for the images.
At Newgrange and Knowth, in County Meath, massive kerbstones are carved with an array of abstract symbols including spirals, zigzags, circles and diamonds. The meaning of these symbols remains open to interpretation, creating a mystery that has remained for 5,000 years. The sites are presumed to have astrological significance, so the symbols may be calendars and ritual records.

Myron Rubenstein will be showing a series of water colored etchings. Myron's art is a way of communicating through the act of printmaking and painting, brightly saturated colors and raw line work blend together to create a dialogue between the artist and the viewer. Myron illustrates the inner soul of man's spirit, encompassing the subconscious to arrive at a meaning of fear, love, hate, lust, envy, sloth, and all the sins and emotions of men and women. With the body as a metaphor for a deeper human existance, Rubenstein's work is deeply layered in experience and emotion.

John Kotula presents new work at AS220, in Providence

John Kotula at AS220: Sonaguera
Opening: Sunday January 4, 2009, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM
5:00 to 6:00: will be a talk called "Art and AIDS in Honduras."
6:00 to 6:30: music will be provides by Los Monos Locos!

Sonaguera is the name of the town in Honduras where John and his wife, Deborah Drew, lived from 2005 - 2007. They were Peace Corps volunteers working on health projects. John focused particularly on HIV/AIDS prevention. The exhibit grew out of this experience. Some of the pieces, consisting of journal entries and photographs, are direct documentation, but most create a visual record of living in Sonaguera that is personal to John.

John recently return to Sonaguera. For part of the trip he was accompanied by a group of students from the Eastbay Met School. It is hoped that students from the school will visit Honduras and Sonaguera on future trips to learn and serve in this community. Plans are underway for a small group of students to spend a month in Sonaguera teaching English. As part of fund raising activities to make this possible, Honduran artist Cruz Bermudez has given the school permission to sell prints of his paintings. Seven of Cruz' paintings from private collections will be exhibited. Profits from sale of the prints will help support Project Sonaguera, educational travel to Honduras by students from the East Bay Met School.

Cruz Bermudez is a Garifuna artist who lives and works in the city of Tela. The Garifuna are an Afro-Caribbean people with communities along the north coast of Honduras, as well as in Guatemala and Nicaragua. Cruz' paintings depict scenes from his culture including fishing, dancing, and cock fighting.