These are crazy, turbulent times, especially with the very important up-coming election and what better way to express opinions about what’s happening in the world than thru ART! My guest blogger Stewart Wilson, founder & artist of PERSONALAND art & cultural website is calling for art focused on Democracy for a new online exhibit. So if you’re an artist who wants to submit work (it’s FREE!) or an art lover/collector who wants to check out political work from around the globe, check out Personaland! Here’s more info from Stewart….
Personaland – our online global arts village invites artists of all media to participate in our next online art show “Democracy and the 2020 Elections”
(Here are two early entries – “ Democracy on the March” by Gay Schempp and “ Moon over Manhattan” by Dutch artist, Theo van de Goor.)
How is democracy expressed or repressed globally? and/or What about the elections of 2020?
We invite your creative responses in image, film, music or poem. No Entry Fee and the deadline is September 27th
Personaland – enriching the internet with an invigorating blend of entertainment, enchantment and culture.
Persona Horseback and Dragon rides to our online art shows, showcasing 256 artists from 37 countries, Art Shop, dancing flowers, wishing well and fun art games.
Watch our movie ‘ “Fugitive” https://personaland.com/stage/fugitive/More info: Stewart@personaland.comCall for Artists: “Democracy”Personaland – our online global arts village invites artists of all media to participate in our next online art show “Democracy and the 2020 Elections”How is democracy expressed or repressed globally? and/orWhat about the elections of 2020?We invite your creative responses in image, film, music or poem.No Entry Fee and the deadline is September 27th<more if you wish yo add it>Personaland – enriching the internet with an invigorating blend of entertainment, enchantment and culture.Persona Horseback and Dragon rides to our online art shows, showcasing 256 artists from 37 countries, Art Shop, dancing flowers, wishing well and fun art games.Watch our movie ‘ “Fugitive” https://personaland.com/stage/fugitive/See our current “Art in the Time of Pandemic” and “Social Justice'” exhibits.Wishing you safe and creative adventures.Stewart
I hope all you readers are staying safe & well….since we’re all getting a bit stir crazy here’s my newest guest blog to spark your creativity. Introducing new author & experienced strategist Carol Van Den Hende discussing her new book & what it’s like getting published during a pandemic….in her words….
“In this time of pandemic, first and foremost, I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.
Besides the obvious health concerns, the current crisis also creates other obstacles. Creatives may be faced with new challenges finding and reaching their audiences. My friends who are filmmakers, actors and writers are impacted by Broadway and other shutdowns. I’m feeling it too, as my debut novel, Goodbye, Orchid, is launching October 1st. This book of my heart won’t benefit from in-person launch plans. But as I often say when presenting at writers’ conferences, marketing is an act of creativity.
We can apply our power of imagination towards identifying and engaging with the audiences we serve. Storytellers are getting resourceful by leveraging virtual channels. For instance, best-selling authors Caroline Leavitt and Jenna Blum created “A Mighty Blaze” to help authors whose book tours have been canceled due to COVID. Instead, they’re interviewing these writers online, thereby reaching more geographically dispersed audiences than they might otherwise have.
Much of the publishing industry has moved from requiring physical copies of books for reviews and contests, to accepting digital copies, a practice that has the dual benefit of speed of delivery, and reduced environmental impact.
For me, the pandemic is necessitating exploring ingenious ways to launch Goodbye, Orchid. As a professional marketer and strategist, I started with clear objectives, strategies, and partnering with a strong team of collaborators. My personal “why” acted as a steady guide in crafting launch plans. My book is inspired by combat-wounded veterans, so I’ve committed to donating a portion of the profits to military and other non-profits. These charities, like Heather Abbott Foundation, have helped reach out to their communities.
In implementation, I’ve aimed to fully leverage each marketing element. For example, the cover design alone was used in a cover poll, as an animation, cut up into nine posts to takeover my Instagram page, revealed as a pixelated image, and more. I’ve even personalized versions of the cover to thank kickstarter supporters. Next, I’m developing partnerships and a media schedule.
Bottom line is, I hope this sharing has inspired you, and boosted your confidence to creatively explore new ideas. ”
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Carol is an MBA and strategist with twenty+ years’ experience in marketing, strategy and insights. Plus, she works in chocolate (there’s no ‘sweeter’ job!) Carol is also an author, public speaker and serves on a Board of Trustees. Her debut novel, Goodbye Orchid, will be published on October 1st, 2020. If you like heart-wrenching beautiful romances, then you’ll love Goodbye, Orchid. Available for pre-order at many major retailers:
I hope you are all staying safe & well as these intense, unsure & scary times continue. While NJ is slowly getting back to a semblance of normalcy…well, new normalcy…much of the rest of the country faces increasing COVID numbers! Top that off with social injustices and unrest spreading like another virus and it’s the perfect recipe for more frightening times ahead. With so many people falling ill and also facing horrible prejudices it’s easy to get depressed and feel hopeless. This is why art & being able to express yourself in a positive, creative way is so important!
The art community has taken a big hit from the pandemic, like many other businesses and organizations, but it is an ancient and important form of self expression that will never be silenced! We see Black Lives Matter street art! We see Pride art! We see art dealing with the pandemic! Art allows us a chance to escape, to express, to vent, to share, to discuss…that’s why I’m so happy to see some local NJ galleries continuing on, however they are able, to keep our artistic community alive and well!
This month I’m excited to have a SOLO SHOW at Gallery on Main, Somerville, NJ & a piece in the virtual “Women’s Voices” show by Transformations Gallery (Metuchen, NJ) Here are a few of my photos in these exhibits. Hope you’ll check them out… Gallery on Main in Somerville is open to visitors who follow COVID restrictions (must wear a mask, a few visitors at a time) so please check out the exhibit in person! Here’s the link to the virtual Transformations gallery show: http://www.boroughimprovementleague.org/37.html?fbclid=IwAR349dhYkFMHeh-636VhqI9XwwbnC5GyJ7agXJW0i1H4v8VCBUTb9opt34o
Stay safe & stay creative!
First off I hope this finds you all safe & well! These are crazy, bizarro-world times! But you’d think self quarantine would be a piece of cake for artists! I mean it gives us tons of time and space to create and we usually work alone in our homes or studios anyway, so no biggie to socially distance & create our butts off, right? But let’s not forget the stress from lack of work/money, the human need for being social and the inspiration that comes from that, and from travel, having new experiences, going to actual museums, galleries, etc. Then add on the fear of getting sick and dealing with all that this strange new world presents, piled onto the typical creative blocks and this can be a tough time for artists especially those of us that make a living from it!
For me, I’ve had to find new ways to adapt to being a professional artist in the pandemic age. For one thing I now give all my art & creative marketing lessons virtually (thank the Gods for Skype, Video Chat, Zoom…). I’d be in big trouble if it wasn’t for this technology and so far it’s working quite well. Of course good ol’ fashioned in person classes are great but this is now a convenient, safe & affordable way to keep teaching and sharing art.
And luckily I am very used to working with my freelance project clients remotely, so that hasn’t changed much although of course many people no longer have the finances to buy art or hire a designer or illustrator to work on their projects, so I am VERY grateful for the people I currently am working with! The other big change though is the cancellation or indefinite postponement of all gallery exhibits and art events! I typically have work in at least one or two events per month, often more from spring thru holiday season, and that’s all on hold. Some galleries and art organizations are doing online art exhibits & events, which I have been participating it. It’s great to see the ingenuity of these people in trying to keep the arts going. The downside is it’s much harder to sell thru these types of events & I think those running them get this and have either reduced or eliminated submission fees, lowered commission fees, etc. which is a good way to keep artists engaged. But this all spells tough times for anyone involved in the arts as a career. I recently had this digital photo collage in an online art auction….we’ll see if there were any takers…
“In memory of a Friend” (c)2018 Lauren Curtis
This is the time when we all must think outside of the box and find new ways to keep our jobs…not just artists…and it’s really difficult. Some people just can’t work from home and I REALLY hope the powers that be step up & fix our broken benefits system to help everyone out in need. As artists we must try to over come the depression and anxiety from this situation…or channel it into creativity and new work! I’d love to hear from you as to how you’re coping with the pandemic, especially if you’re an artist of any kind, and share your stories in the comments here & if you know of any opportunities for other creatives to get involved with please share them. You’re not alone in your fears and worries and I hope, no matter what your profession, things will be OK for you & that you stay safe & healthy!
Hello Blog-o-sphere! I just wanted to take a moment to wish you Season’s Greetings from Lauren Curtis Art to you & yours! Sending you wishes for all the best in 2020 & thank you for your support of the arts! Creativity and self-expression are vital for a healthy community & I appreciate that you’ve taken the time to read my newsletters, come to the events, purchase work and just show support in any way you can for the wide variety of artists out there! We couldn’t do it without you!
With so much negativity out there, and people feeling blue during the holidays, please feel free to comment/share posts here about good things you’d like to share that happened in 2019 or wishes you hope for in 2020….or something or someone who inspired your own creativity! For me, my art and creative marketing students have inspired me and given me something to look forward to every week as I see their progress and how much they enjoy their artistic projects! Looking forward to expanding my teaching in the new year and beyond!
Be happy, be well, be prosperous and BE CREATIVE in 2020 & beyond!
Hope you’re all enjoying your holiday season so far! This is the perfect time for my next guest artist blogger, as much of her work revolves around holiday/winter related themes and nostalgia for good times past! Let me introduce you to NJ collage artist JoAnn Telemdschinow as she shares her work and it’s inspiration….
“Snow Princess” (c)JoAnn Telemdschinow
My name is JoAnn Telemdschinow and I’m the founder of Imagined Past. I’ve always loved and been fascinated by art, but I haven’t always been sure how I should express it. While I have a background in art history, I have not studied painting or drawing. On an impulse, I started playing with collage, and found I liked it very much. In 2014, I started learning Photoshop Elements. Since then, through magazine articles and online tutorials, I’ve been developing my skills and exploring how to create different effects.
What inspires my collages? Perhaps the most obvious influence is the art and architecture of the past, medieval times, eighteenth and nineteenth century painting, as well as Chinese and Japanese art. I can happily spend hours in a museum! I also love to travel. I recently went to Paris and took photographs of beautiful old streets and buildings, some of which I’ve turned into collages. I’m interested in languages and scripts, both ancient and modern.
JoAnn Telemdschinow in Paris
A collage may originate from an image that captures my attention, or from an idea that I want to express. I often utilize vintage art to build my pieces., although I also use my own photographs. I am also fond of incorporating old texts, such as handwriting, book pages, or advertising, into the composition. I try to use texts that relate to the subject of the piece, either through content or cultural origin. Textures play an important role in my collages as well…old paper, distressed surfaces.
“I Loved You” (c)JoAnn Telemdschinow
What am I trying to convey to the viewer? Well, I myself am deeply moved by beauty so I try to make my compositions visually beautiful. Beyond that, I attempt to express a feeling or atmosphere. My pictures (like myself) tend to be reflective and nostalgic. I also sometimes imply a bit of a narrative, as in I Loved You with its forlorn woman and titular inscription.
I’ve displayed my work in a number of area venues, such as The Gallery at the South Brunswick Municipal building and Inspire Art Gallery & Studio in Dunellen. Recently, I’ve also been honored to receive awards from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation (Chair’s Merit Award, Annual Juried Art Show) and the New Brunswick Free Public Library (Third Place-Adult, 2019 Visual Arts Contest and Exhibition).
“French Roses” (c)JoAnn Telemdschinow
What do I have planned for the future? I would like to explore photography further and use more of my own photos in my collages. I’m working to promote my artwork through social media and my website. And I’ll be exhibiting in more shows in the upcoming year. I enjoy meeting and talking to people at shows…perhaps I’ll get to meet you at one soon!
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I never knew several terrible murders happened so close to my neighborhood two centuries ago…not until author & local historian Brian Armstrong hired me to create pen & ink illustrations for his just released book, “The Frankin Park Tragedy”! While working on the book I learned about the horrible and racially motivated murders that occurred only a couple of miles away over 120 years ago! Since this fascinating book was just released I invited Brian to discuss this important work…
Franklin Park Tragedy Book Overview
The book provides a detailed account of the Franklin Park Tragedy murders of March 1, 1894 when Lucretia Baker and her daughter, Gertrude, were murdered in their home and her husband, Moore Baker, fought off the two African American attackers and killed them. The second part of the tragedy involves the group blame of the African American residents of the area and the expulsion of some of those residents by the Franklin Park vigilante society called the Mutual Endeavor Society. Lynchings, expulsions, and sundown town designations, which are normally associated with Southern States during this era, are shown to have been contemplated by Franklin Park residents.
Surviving historical records, land records, and personal stories are used to demonstrate how the Great Migration of African American families from the South in the twentieth century, with the help of a new group of white farmers, changed the “sundown town” designation for the Franklin Park area. This community change began with the arrival of the Coleman and other families in the 1920s which was the beginning of the transformation of Franklin Park into the diverse place that it is today. The book also includes profiles of prominent African American citizens of the Franklin Park area who worked on the farms and in some cases owned land during the 1800s. The media and their role in the racial issues of this era are discussed since key source material for the book came from various newspapers from every region of the US and in countries such as the UK and New Zealand.
(Recent cover of the Home News featuring an article about the book & illustration by Lauren Curtis)
The book includes:
· Profiles of the ordinary white and African American men and women who worked on the farms in the area and have not been profiled in other books.
· Discussion of the neglected time period after the Civil War where white farmers and the children and grandchildren of the slaves lived and worked together in New Jersey.
· Stories about families that were part of the Great Migration of African Americans moving from southern states to the Garden State during the 20th century.
· Over 80 pictures with major images provided by the Six Mile Run Reformed Church (Martin S. Garretson Collection), Franklin Park Library, and South Brunswick Public Library. Also previously unpublished photographs from the personal collections.
· Drawings depicting key parts of the story by Franklin Park artist Lauren Curtis.
· Extensive newspaper source material about the murders and the expulsion which shows the value of these resources in chronicling historical events that are not recorded in any other surviving sources.
· A map to orient the 21st century reader with the actual locations mentioned in the book to identify surviving buildings and landmarks.
“Fleeing the scene”, Illustration (c)2019 Lauren Curtis
Why I Wrote the Book
Three years ago, as the president of the South River Preservation & Historical Society, I wanted to expand our knowledge of the African-American citizens of the town. Although prominent African-Americans such as Drew Pearson had grown up in the borough, no previous books or articles had been written about this group. I began looking at census records and then the wonderful newspaper archive provided by the New Brunswick Free Library. As I searched for stories about South River African-Americans, I kept seeing stories about the Franklin Park Tragedy and learned of the expulsion which was not mentioned in any other books about Franklin Township or New Jersey. I then postponed my South River research realizing that this story was very important and needed to be told.
“Racism in Franklin Park” (c)2019 Lauren Curtis
About the Author
Brian Armstrong was born in Flemington New Jersey and grew up in Stanton, New Jersey. He received a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from American University in Washington, D.C. He lives now in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Armstrong has worked for 37 years for various technology and staffing companies including EDS, Kelly Services, and International Technology Solutions, Inc. He was President of the South River Historical & Preservation Society for 10 years and is now the Vice-President, Central Region, for the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey. He is an independent historian, researcher and author. In 2015, he co-wrote the Arcadia Book, South River, with Stephanie Bartz and Nan Whitehead. He also frequently writes articles for the Bar Harbor Historical Society in Bar Harbor, Maine where his mother’s family lived for several hundred years. Mr. Armstrong lectures throughout the state on local history, the U.S. Women’s Suffrage Movement, Prohibition, World War I, the Spanish Influenza, and political history. He is a collector of US Presidential election memorabilia and is a member of American Political Items Collectors (APIC).
Armstrong has been married to Rosemarie Rufo Armstrong for 32 years and is father of two daughters and one grandson.
You can read more about the book here: https://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/history/2019/10/10/nj-history-franklin-park-tragedy-expelled-african-american-residents/3819260002/
You can buy the book here: https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Products/9781467143585
The art world has gone way beyond brick & mortar galleries! I recently heard about a new, unique online art forum called Personaland & participated in an online art exhibit. I was pleased to see how fun, original & interactive the site’s creator, Stewart Wilson, has made the site so I asked him to be my next guest blogger so he can tell us how this concept came to be and how you can participate….
Personaland is the destination of my forty year journey of making the Personas – my “wrapped representatives from another dimension here for peaceful purposes.” As I have made these sculptures, the embodiment of human potential, they have guided me. I have made over 31,00 individual figures in human and animal form which has been distributed and exhibited world-wide. During this time, I have founded and been Executive Director of two non-profit arts organizations, Public Image (NYC 1981-84) and Artwell Gallery (Torrington, CT (1995-2011). I have been a public school art teacher. The Personas are about human connectivity and community building and I feel that they were my gurus in my artistic trajectory. Since retiring from teaching, I have attended dozens of meet-ups, conferences and workshops where I have learned 21st century skills and connected with hundreds of talented people. Personaland has been a quest to create an online cultural platform and community for artists of all media – visual, film. literary and performance arts. Personaland is a welcoming, peaceful, respectful destination that uses the latest in digital technology for positive purposes – screens for good.
Personaland is an online global village for the arts – an internet sanctuary whose mission is to unite us through our humanity, creativity and community. With an invigorating blend of entertainment, enchantment and culture, we are designing novel adventures and opportunities for you. Our global group and individual art shows have exhibited over 100 artists from nearly two dozen countries, We are adding exciting new activities every month, bring greater satisfaction to an ever growing audience. https://www.personaland.com
We’re now accepting artwork of all media – images, music, film and words – for our December global group show “Community.” No entry fee https://personaland.com/submit/community-exhib.php
We have Persona Horseback and Dragon rides to our online individual and global art shows, Art Shop, dancing flowers, wishing well and fun games
What’s your Art History IQ? Play the “Name the Artist” game and contest at the Game Bazaar: https://personaland.com/tent/art-clue/
We’d love your participation!
Goth is alive..or undead…in New Jersey thanks to promoter Jet of Vampire Freaks! He’s been bringing the huge, creative and awesome Dark Side of the Con event to us recently and the next one is coming up in March 29th-31st in Parsippany, NJ. These are such elaborate, fun fests with cosplayers, bands, artists, guest speakers, authors, performers and more so I’ve invited Jet to be my latest guest blogger so he can tell us how he’s been inspired to create these events, what you can expect & how you can attend….take it away Jet….