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 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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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!
What am I thankful for? For your support of the arts & my work as well! 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! So, I want to wish you & yours a happy, healthy Thanksgiving!!
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What do these 3 things have in common? They are all new art exhibits and art interviews happening now…and I’m happy to be involved with all three of them! Spring brings out the motivation & creativity in many of us so it’s a great time to create new work or get out & experience what’s going on in the art world. Social media makes this easier than ever, especially with podcasts ! My friend at the XFactory hooked me up with the awesome guys at Know-Shit Podcasts to do an hour long interview about everything from what it’s like to be a full time artist, to the Gothic & Steampunk scenes, mythology, spirituality & more! I hope you’ll take some time to check it out, & listen in on future podcasts as well, as they have many interesting guests. Here’s the link to my interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjFT7TLpCF4&feature=share
As for Tattoos, they are an ancient art form that has gone thru many changes and stereotypes but is now more respected than ever as a true art form and is being honored in a new art exhibit at Atelier Rosal in Rahway, NJ! Amazing works depicting tattooed people and art by artists who’s work has ended up on a walking canvas as well as images addressing this much maligned but now popular art form. Show runs thru June 7, 2018. 74 East Cherry St., Rahway, NJ.
I’m happy to have 2 of my “X-RAYted” digital photo collages in this show and the exhibit will also coincide with a huge biker fest in town Sat. May 12. Here’s the Facebook invite page for details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1803649219938141/
This town wide, free event will be the perfect place to see tattoo art at it’s best, both in the gallery and on human canvases!
Finally we come to “a few of our Favorite Things”. This is the latest theme for the new art exhibit at the South Brunswick Municipal Gallery, which opens Fri. May 18, 6:30pm-8pm. It’s a free event, with refreshments served, that features art from many local NJ artists focused on things we feel a connection to, that bring back memories and tell stories! I’ll have the photo below, “NOLA VooDoo Window” in this exhibit. Show runs thru Aug. 5, 2018.
540 Rt. 522/Ridge Rd., Monmouth Jct., NJ www.sbarts.org
So, there are many ways you can get involved with the arts this spring, whether it’s attending a gallery show, a biker tattoo outdoor fest or listening to a podcast from the comfort of home…or all three! Either way, I hope you enjoy these free and creative events…& stay tuned for more to come this summer!
I admit it!! I’ve been lazy…well, when it comes to blogging anyway. But I have an excuse…I really do! It’s because other art related stuff has been taking up my time and I’m really happy about that! OK, so other social media networking has been a big time suck too…don’t you ever fall into that Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. time warp where you start out promoting your craft and get caught up in the home page posts of friends, cute animal videos & political drama when you realize, CRAP!…I just wasted an hour on fluff? Yeah, guilty as charged but I have honestly been really busy with for-real art stuff too! So, to catch you up, here’s what’s been happening in my creative world so feel free to post comments about how you deal with the bombardment of social media & how it effects your work.
TEACHING IS FUN! Being someone who is not a fan of public speaking I didn’t know how I’d feel about giving art lessons but when it’s one-on-one or a small group, I found it’s awesome! So I have a cool group of students of various ages (even one across the pond that I do Skype lessons with) & it’s so awesome to pass on creative knowledge and see people really get into it & see how their work progresses during the lessons! Aside from art lessons I also give creative marketing lessons as I have extensive experience in sales, fund raising & marketing from previous art & non-art jobs I’ve had over the years before making the leap to full time artist! My goal is to give at least one class a day (5 days a week) & I’m pretty close….so if you want to hone your creativity or know someone who does, drop me a line here & I’ll get back to you!
ART SHOWS ARE FUN TOO! Especially when stuff sells! I’m currently in a 4 artist show at the Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center in Plainsboro, NJ & the above painting pre-sold! And I sold both pieces that were in the last show I did at Gallery U in Westfield, NJ. Now I’m preparing to submit work to 4 new exhibits so fingers (& nails) crossed. (If you know me at all you know I have crazy Ripley’s Believe It Or Not length nails!). So hopefully my next blog will be about some of the new shows my work will be in…
YAY! COMMISSIONS! As a full time freelance artist nothing is better than getting hired to create art & design work for clients! Luckily I’ve been hired to do illustrations for books, graphic design work, and one of my favorite things, pet portraits, for a variety of clients across the US & abroad. This has not only kept me busy but helps pay those bills too so the more work the merrier! Keep it comin’! Here are just a few examples of the work I’ve been doing lately that has caused my lack of blogging…
pencil illustration for a children’s book (c)2017
Commissions welcome so message me for details!
So, you see? I haven’t been lazy with my artwork, just with blogging….I’m trying to get back in the swing….so can I ask you a favor? If you can read, comment, follow & like posts it’ll encourage me to keep at it and to start getting interesting guest bloggers again so it’s not just all about me….there are so many fascinating people out there creating awesome work that I’d like to share so drop me a line if you’re interested & help end the blog slacking! Thanks for reading…till next time…which will be soon, I hope…..fingers & nails crossed!