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Kjersti Faret—“The Execution of Lady Jane Grey”
Depicts the young head of Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Day Queen, after she was executed and the quote from her executioner as he displayed her head.
Kjersti Faret is currently a junior at SVA studying illustration. Her favorite mediums include etching, embroidery, gouache and ink. She is half Norwegian and half cat, both of which influence her work greatly.
ART: RACHEL BLYTHE UDELL
I am drawn to using soft, comforting, highly textured materials because of their capacity for suggesting forms that feel alive; I think of them as plant-like forms and spirit beings that secretly “know” what I can’t, though they’ve come from inside of me. The resulting organ-like structures are metaphors for a connectedness specifically related to how human beings exist in the world: that a human being is not a self-contained biological organism, but part of an interacting, breathing membrane, transmitting and receiving the stuff of life between social and psychological systems, ecosystems, solar and cosmic systems, etc. We are all made of the same stuff: we are distinct entities and yet we flow, physically and emotionally into our surroundings. My pieces are sentient extensions of myself, a delicate attempt to extinguish the unnaturalness of human isolation. In the face of unspeakable horrors and miraculous wonders, my art is both an attempt to create a channel through which I am able to come to terms with the often polarizing experience of existence, and the plane upon which I attempt to strike a balance between extremes.
Danielle Charette is a Contemporary Expressionist hailing from a shuffling between NYC and Pennsylvania. Her work is a form of modern story telling often with a dark skewed sense of humor, meant to convey and evoke emotion in the viewer. She paints tales of love, heartache, heart break, humor and loss, portraits and figures. Charette’s work spans from fine art original oil paintings to art of many mediums, custom made skateboards, murals and merchandise. Her Charette original oil paintings and art have been shown and hang in many galleries throughout the US and continue to sell both nationally and internationally. Thanks for looking.
Melissa MacAllister captures beauty all around her. She finds beauty in simple things that for others often form part of the background. She participates in the ritual of taking pictures every day. Melissa lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and has been a nanny for two girls for ten years. Her subject matter is often animals, the children she tends, landscapes, and self-portraits. @melissamariemac
SOFYA MIRVIS—Carried by Dust
Unexpected interactions of material and image drive my creative discovery. In an effort to uncover what lies beneath the surface, I navigate through layers of imagery using drawing, painting, collage and found elements.
The Shubin Theatre 25th Anniversary: Flamenco Starring Denise Shubin
This Federico Garcia Lorca piece is entitled, “Zorongo.”
Chanteuse/Flamenco: Denise Shubin
Guitarist: Juana Martin
Dancers: Margarita Daniele, Tomas Dura & Roberto Vance
Attend the 2013 Festival: invitation here
Katie Cloutte: Cherry Popping
Katie Cloutte has been writing poetry since she was thirteen when she
compared her family to a colony of ants. She spent four years soaking
up some much needed poetry wisdom at the University of Richmond before
arriving at New England College. With some erasure books on the
horizon, Katie will add to her few publications. Right now you can see
her work in The Homestead Review and Ping Pong. She is currently
collecting years teaching abroad in addition to some near-death
experiences and the thickening of her snarky vocabulary. http://vimeo.com/user14612931
Aja Beech is a mother of two living in Philadelphia. When she is not writing poetry much of her time is spent organizing against the death penalty. She was a 2010 Leeway Art and Change Grant recipient for her anti-death penalty chapbook Beccaria and in September 2011 was named one of Philadelphia’s 76 Creative Connectors. Aja was nominated by Certain Circuits for the Pushcart Prize in 2012.
This video was filmed at the 25th Anniversary of the Shubin Theatre
Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 16 year old internationally award winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic,The World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland trust and Postal Heritage. Her photography has been published in the Telegraph , The Guardian, BBC News Website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United states and Canada. Her art is globally exhibited , having shown work in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles, Florida,Washington,Scotland,Wales,Ireland,Canada,Spain,Germany, Japan, Australia and The Environmental Photographer of the year Exhibition (2011) amongst many other locations. She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus run “See The Bigger Picture” global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010.
LORETTA PARAGUASSU: PAINTING
Loretta Parguassu has been a journalist for major publications including the Los Angeles Times. She scripted an award winning documentary for PBS Hawaii and wrote a musical version of Princess and the Pea that was produced in L.A. She has since scripted “Nailed,” a short that got international exposure. “Color, Curves and Motion” is a short that she produced. It is an experimental film that combines art, dance and music and has been shown in a number of galleries with her paintings. Paraguassu has two sons, Andre and Robert, both of them involved in the arts. lorettaparaguassu.blogspot.com
From São Paulo, Brazil, Viviana Minorelli is an artist photographer. She also is a playwright, actor, educator, and social activist. Her exhibitions include group shows “Family in the Heights” and “The Art of the Photograph,” and a solo in Australia entitled “The Ultra Violet.” In her classes on photography, Minorelli combines meditation and visualization as a way of initiating new ways of approaching and perceiving one’s environment.
CHERYL DE CIANTIS & BILL WOLAK: COLLABORATION
suddenly at dusk
your rain-soaked hair
darker than apple seeds
too naked to resist
ready as a suitcase
for other hands
Bill Wolak is a poet who has just published his fourth book of poetry entitled Warming the Mirror with The Feral Press. He is currently working on a translation of the Italian poet Annelisa Addolorato with Maria Bennett. Mr. Wolak teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University in New Jersey.
Cheryl de Ciantis is an artist living in Tucson, Arizona, facing the Santa Catalina Mountains. Her career is as varied as her artistic media. She works in pencil, oil paint, oil pastel, encaustic, or literally whatever comes to hand, and mixes these media with three dimensional paper and cardboard sculpture. She also works digitally. She has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1974, and in Second Life, an online virtual world. Cheryl originated the role of Artist in Residence at the Center for Creative Leadership, and has designed and delivered innovative, multi-modal, experiential creative leadership training for nearly three decades in North America and Europe. In 1994 the Center published her book, Using an Art Technique to Facilitate Leadership Development, and she is the author of numerous articles, some with her husband, Kenton Hyatt, who is also an artist and creative leadership practitioner. In 2005, Cheryl attained her doctoral degree in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute, which houses the Joseph Campbell library. Her most recent book is Mythworks, an image-and-text meditation on the intersection of myth, art, and technology.
Both the drawing and haiku will be published within the next month in a book entitled WHATEVER NAKEDNESS ALLOWS by Cross-Cultural Communications.
Iviva Olenick: CROSS-GENRE
Iviva Olenick is a Brooklyn-based artist exploring the intersection of embroidery, digital media, and language. She exhibits regularly at Muriel Guepin Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and additional venues throughout the country. She teaches embroidery as a drawing and narrative tool at 3rd Ward (Brooklyn) and the Center for Book Arts (New York). Her “embroidered tweets” will be the subject of her upcoming Dumbo Arts Festival interactive installation.
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