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#publiceyeNYPL- i am in the public eye

 

 

 

 

 

When my sister took me to see this exhibit, I kept thinking how perfect it would have been for my photography students to see and experience.  There it was, right in the glass case- a print of Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother.   

Migrant Mother Dorothea Lange

“Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography

Thanks to the development of new technology and social media, more photographs are created, viewed, and shared today than ever before. Public Eye, the first-ever retrospective survey of photography organized by NYPL, takes advantage of this moment to reframe the way we look at photographs from the past.”  

-from the New York Public Library Website on Exhibitions.

In the Public EyeI convinced Mary to pose with me under the giant mirror when the crowd was sparse.

Stereogranimation

One of the coolest things to do with one of your own photographs is create an animated gif file or a stereographic 3 D image.  This is something the students can do from a computer.

Here is a photo I created from a shot of a saxophonist in Central Park last Sunday

http://stereo.nypl.org/view/60837

or get out your 3D glasses and click on this one

http://stereo.nypl.org/view/60838

Want to make your own?  Click here


Light and Landscape Show Opening in the Cultural District

Photographer Joey Kennedy‘s solo show, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, opened tonight at 709 Penn Avenue, directly across from the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts.

You may be familiar with Joey’s elegant wedding photography.

I met him at Silver Eye Center for Photography a few years ago when we were in a Self-Portrait show.  He has always been generous in answering photography questions.

Tonight Steve and I went to the wonderful and well attended opening and bought a print.  The prices on his prints and stretched canvas photos were affordable!  Familiar skylines and bridges in soft fog, Allegheny Cemetery scenes, trees and scupltured angels, the incline- just as the show is titled-  Light and Landscape

 Followers who viewed his images made the selections for the exhibition AND the size of the printed photo was determined by which on got the most “likes”.

“Kennedy invites the public to participate in the exhibition’s image selection by visiting his Instagram account, instagram.com/joeykennedyphoto. Each image included in the exhibition is tagged #lightandlandscape.”

The good news is that the show is up until April 12th.

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709 Gallery on Penn Avenue in the Cultural District

Joey Kennedy on Right

Photographer Joey Kennedy on the right

Light and Landscape Group Shot

Joey calls everyone together for a group shot!

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(Experimenting with the panorama setting on the new mirrorless SONY)

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The view when leaving the gallery


Dancing at Bougival as Turn of the Century Giant Sculpture

I was downtown at the Camera Repair Service again.  Don’t ask.  Used a different camera card to experiment and tes.

Here is the delight of the day- (Stef!) 

A monumental sculpture by J Seward Johnson has been at PPG Place for “about four days”, the guard said.

But don’t worry.  The giant dancers will be in place until October.

Dancing at Bougival (painted in 1883 by Pierre A. Renoiris in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

 

Dancing at Bougival Fountains

 

 

 

 

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Dancing at Bougival PPG Place

From underneath

A Turn of the Century (1)

 

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Using the 100-300 Canon lens to get a closer look

 

 

Self Portrait at PPG PLace

The reflective glass made for a clear self portrait.

 


Gallery Crawl Downtown Friday Night

Got a sneak preview Thursday afternoon. Was at a meeting with the Penn State professors and preservice teachers ( I learned that student teacher is no longer the correct term!)

We were surrounded by terrific art created by Pittsburgh Public School students from all over the city!

The Pittsburgh Public Schools All City Art Show is in the Cultural Trust Gallery – 807 Liberty Avenue.

Click this link from the Post-Gazette to get all the Gallery Crawl  information and locations (5:30-9:00) and be sure to stop in and see the student artwork.

I loved the arc of shoes created by Mr.Kyle Kline’s art classes at Pittsburgh University Prep. Each one an original design. Painted on cardboard (which could not have been easy to cut out)

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In the next block, I was too late to pop into the ToonSeum but  captured a glimpse of the Golden Book Art Exhibit through the front window. I saw some familiar titles as I peered through the glass and look forward to seeing them in person tomorrow.

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The Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 years of GoldenBook Exhibit will be up until June 30th.

The ToonSeum is located at 945 Liberty Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Do you have a favorite Golden Book you remember from childhood?

 

Mine would be Mickey Mouse Picnic and Santa’s Toy Shop (adapted from a 1932 Disney animated short) 

 

I also loved the Tiny Golden Book series, especially The Naughty Little Guest by Dorothy Kunhardt and illustrated by Garth Williams.  I had a Giant Golden Book of Christmas I liked, too, and can remember my mother reading me Granny Glittens and Her Amazing Mittens Story by Getrude Crampton.

 

20140424-233347.jpgWent across the street to capture the facade of the ToonSeum.

 

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ToonSeum Hours of Operation 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Self- Portrait in the window of the August Wilson Center.


Introducing Emerging Artist- Erica Ayla Denien Ross

Thursday night as I was hanging up my coat at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, I met the nicest couple who had just driven in from Indiana, PA.

And when I left to put on my coat to go home, there they were and  I met them again, this time with Erica.

Erica who painted Monochromatic Plague using coffee!

Erica 18, asked which work was mine ( I thought it was kind of her to ask) and I told her and then she showed me hers.  I asked if I might photograph her and blog her and her artwork.  Everyone agreed it would be fine to do.

She’s a senior at Garrett High School.  After graduation when fall comes, she’s headed to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. living in the dorm.

Thank you Erica and family for allowing me to post you and your piece today.  Your early work!  Looking forward to updates and following your art career.

“The Art Institute of Pittsburgh will feature local high school art and media educators’ artwork in a month-long exhibition to celebrate their creativity, and thank them for positively affecting the lives of so many students.” The show is in the gallery for a month. Check it out if you are in the city.

 Address: 420 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15219   Phone:(412) 263-6600

Erica Ayla Denien Ross
Erica Ayla Denien Ross

A Monochromatic Plague     Painted with coffeeA Monochromatic Plague


Chalk the Block – Easton Ohio

We were having a special afternoon at the Easton Mall, Laura, Anna and I.  A beautiful autumn day.

And the artists were out in force, “chalking the block as we headed to eat lunch. Chalk drawing dates back to prehistoric times.

I spoke with Mr. Jose Bastidas from Ecuador about his artwork and unfortunately didn’t get to see the finished pieces.

Some farther along than others. There was a lot of excitement as the forty artists started to work.

You could vote for your favorite, cast a ballot.  Awards are on Sunday the 29th.

Mark and Erika went out for an anniversary dinner in the same location Saturday night  and saw the finished works.

Fascinating to watch the artists line out the drawings on the asphalt, the many boxes of chalk waiting to be used.

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Chalk the Block Bastides

Love how his spheres “floated” above the pavement….

Bastides drawing

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See below to see the finished work of the Wright Brothers

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Chalk the Block (1)

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Above and below

– Wright Brothers taken by Mark with his iPhone  this evening when he and Erika went to dinner to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

Wright Brothers

Chalk drawing reminds me of Mary Poppins and here is the scene where Bert Mary and the children enter the sidewalk drawings


“Sunoco” Painted by Jon Walker, Artist

Today the painting arrived.  A few months ago, I heard from artist Jon Walker.

He asked if he could paint the Sunoco station photograph he saw on the blog.

I thought it was a cool request and appreciated his asking permission. His intention was to paint it, not to sell it to me.

I liked the look of it, the feel  and although it was summer and no paycheck season until we returned to school,  the gallery put the red dot on it “sold”.   It is a wonderful painting.  I am thrilled to have it now.

Thanks Jon and the team in Savannah who helped get it to me. When I called again about being remiss in sending the $ I discovered the painting had migrated to another Savannah gallery- The Atlantic Beacon Gallery  (go and like them on Facebook, too) where Jon Walker is the visiting artist for September.  If you click the link you can see some of his other paintings.

They were most gracious to pack and ship it.  Thank you thank you.

 

Phone shot  of ” Sunoco”on the mantel tonight after I unpacked it

Sunoco  painted by artist Jon Walker

Sunoco painted by artist Jon Walker

 

The August show  Remixing Banality: Rural Studies by Jon Walker was at the Butcher Gallery.   

You can go to the Butcher Gallery Facebook page,  and see the painting on the left wall at the show (be sure to click the “like” button while you are there! )

The original photo posted in April 2010  On the Way to Munhall

Sunoco at Night

 

 

 

A photo Jon emailed of the show at The Butcher Gallery in Savannah  (not sure who photographed this to give credit)

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“Pittsburgh Recollections” a Mural by Romare Bearden

Port Authority Downtown Pittsburgh Romare Bearden Mural

Port Authority Downtown Pittsburgh- Gateway Center Station 
“Pittsburgh Recollections”Romare Bearden Mural

To see and read more about the mural painted by Romare Bearden  in 1984 click the article here.

Appraised at 15 million dollars.

Most people who pass by it on their daily commute,  probably have no idea.  It’s 60 by 13 feet.

I tried the panorama setting again on my new iPhone.

 

 

 

 


City County Building Hosts Pittsburgh Carrick High School Art Show

Update:  5-13-13   

Just added this gorgeous  panorama photographed by Instructional Team Leader for the Fine Arts Department -Michael Dean.

Panorama Pittsburgh Carrick Art Show

 

 

The Pittsburgh Carrick High School student Art Show is hung and waiting for the Monday opening reception at 5:30.
Anyone who works in this magnificent building will get a sneak peek during the day. There were ten of us working most of the day Saturday to hang the art and place the tags by each piece.
Awards ceremony is Monday evening at 6:30 PM. Sponsored by CITIPARKS!

How about those Tiffany columns? The marble, the windows, the painted ceiling? And all the student artwork? Wow!

I can’t wait for the students to see their artwork on display in such a wonderful setting.

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There will be refreshments at the reception.

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Everything looks great!

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You have to see it in person to get the full experience.

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If you are in the city, please come see the amazing student artwork.
(Parking downtown gets cheap after 5)

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Remembering our mothers every day of the year

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The Extraordinary Art of Bodhi Wind

Buddha became the enlightened one, under a Bodhi tree.  

This is the name taken by native Pittsburgh artist who tragically passed much too soon, the day before Thanksgiving in 1991.  If you graduated from Perry High School, Pittsburgh Public Schools, class of 1968, you knew him as Charles Kuklis.  An incredibly talented artist, he was always sketching and drawing.

Recently there was an article by Joe Smydo in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about what to do with an artist’s work after they’ve died.

Bodhi Wind painted the murals for Robert Altman’s 1977 film 3 Women. (Click here to read about the movie and see a photo of Sissy Spacek and Shelly Duvall and one of the large murals painted by Bodhi Wind.) He designed clothing for Cher and his work was shown in Architectural Digest May 1978.  An archived article in the NY TimesApril 26, 1977  by Jennifer Dunning is online.

blog by Angeliska shows more photographs of Bodhi painting the murals for 3 Women.  We read on this blog that his mother, Jean Kuklis (also mentioned in the PPG article) would welcome speaking of her son and his art.

I had the good fortune to meet Mrs. Kuklis, her daughter and granddaughter, Monday afternoon and got to photograph some of Bodhi Wind’s artwork.  His mother generously shared his story and creative artwork and I wanted to share it with you.  I had the privilege of seeing pieces he created in high school, too.

She hopes her son’s art could be shown in a large space, a bank, hotel lobby or convention center. Some of the painted panels are big.

Many are painted on wood and  interestingly framed.

Readers who would like more information about the artworks should email Bodhi Wind’s family  Bodhi.Wind.Art(at)gmail.com.

Octagonal

detail from the Octagonal

detail from Octagonal

Grace Jones

Large mural

This is one panel of a series.  Very large.  It needs to be turned right side up.  I left a bit of his sister in the pic on the right so you get the idea of the scale.

Looks like Grace Jones

Bodhi Wind Painting

detail

Mural in Garage


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