Happy, Merry, Peace & Joy to you!

Holiday Greeting Cards (c)Lauren Curtis

Just wanted to take a moment, amidst all the holiday insanity, to wish all of you a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous & Peaceful Holiday Season & New Year!  Thanks to all of you who have supported this blog, and the arts!  You are appreciated!

XOX

Lauren

And now some of my holiday artwork for you…

Holiday Greeting Cards (c)Lauren Curtis

Holiday Greeting Cards (c)Lauren Curtis

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What’s up with me?

Hope you all had a happy Memorial Day Weekend, for those of you in the US, but for most of us, we seem to get busier in the summertime as there are more events to choose from & attend.  So, what’s up with me over the next month?  Here you go… a synopsis of all the cool art events that I have work in through June… and a few links to some great art videos and interviews in case you missed them before…

FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS Group Show at Pierro Gallery,
Baird Center, 5 Mead St., So. Orange, NJ, 07079

Opening reception Sun. June 1, 2pm-4pm. 
I’ll have two of my x-ray digital photo collages in this show.
Exhibition runs through June 21, 2014.

 

Friends & Neighbors Flyer June2014

Friends & Neighbors Flyer June2014

I’LL HAVE A BOOTH AT THE 12th ANNUAL EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ OUTDOOR ARTS FEST, SAT. JUNE 7th (rain date the 8th), MUNICIPAL POND, 10am-4pm, FREE FAMILY EVENT!!

 

EBruns Art Award June2011

E. Bruns. Art Award, 1st Prize, June2011

In Bloom: Flowers & Gardens in Art, Group Exhibit, Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge, NJ, 07095  
Opening Reception, Tues., June 17, 7pm-9pm.
Show runs June 7-22.  I have 3 pieces in this exhibit.

 

BrainFlower (c)Lauren Curtis Sept.2012 Digital Photo Collage

Brain Flower (c)Lauren Curtis Sept.2012
Digital Photo Collage

Immigration, Group Exhibit, Nails in the Wall Gallery, 17 Oak Ave., Metuchen, NJ. Opening to be announced.  Show runs thru May 31, 2014.

Old School, Transformations Gallery in The Old Franklin Schoolhouse, 491 Middlesex Ave. (Rt.27 N.), Metuchen, NJ.  Opening reception Sat. March 15, 7pm-9pm.Runs thru July 7, 2014.

Palette, Group Exhibition, Gallery U, Westfield, NJ, Opening Reception Thurs. May 1, 2014, 6pm-8pm, show runs thru May.

New Jersey’s Natural Wonders, Group Show, So. Brunswick, NJ Municipal Gallery, Monmouth Jct., NJ.  Opening Reception Fri. 4/11/14, 6:30pm-8pm.. Show runs thru
July 1, 2014.

MORE NEWS:
With the warmer weather comes outdoor art events & I’ll be participating in many throughout NJ!  To keep up to date, please sign up for my monthly art e-newsletter!  Just go to my CONTACT page on  http://laurencurtisart.weebly.com to sign up.  Thank you!

Short YouTube video about my 2014 solo art exhibit in Highland Park, NJ: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=2P1h9bgu9kw&app=desktop
Cool ART VIDEO my friend created for me on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGX8TmzieS8
Radio artist interview with Susun Weed for Wise Woman Radio:
http://wisewomanmentor.com/wise-woman-radio?mode=PostView&bmi=1396342

Romance in Poetry & Art

This is the month of romance for many so I thought it’d be the appropriate time to introduce my 1st guest blogger of the year, author, poet, mystickal woman, LAURA STAMPS.  Laura and I have been long time internet friends and have supported each other’s creative endeavors, so I felt who better to guest blog in February as her work is seductive, romantic, erotic, creative and artistic!  She writes magickal poems, erotic novels and much more (see bio below).  So here’s an original poem by Laura accompanied by my artwork that I selected because I believe it illuminates her beautiful words….so enjoy this pre-Valentine treat!

“Actually, She’s The Friend Of A Friend Of My Best Friend” by Laura Stamps ©

“Don’t worry,” he says.  “It’s true.  I’m

older than I look.”  How did he know

I was thinking about that?  I study his

face again, the smiling face of this stranger

I’ve just met.  Maybe I missed something. 

Maybe it’s that odd ruggedness lurking

beneath his youthful features, those sharp

edges softened by playfulness.  They tug

at me.  It’s as if he’s experienced more

hardship than he would ever admit. 

Although maybe he just did, maybe this

age comment is his confession.  Still,

he doesn’t look a day over thirty. 

“You can read my thoughts?” I ask. 

“No,” he says.  “But your eyes are very

expressive.  It makes you easy to read.” 

I snort.  “Hardly,” I say, as I gather up

the cat toys in my display.  It’s after

six o’clock, and the Mayfest Arts and

Crafts Fair is officially closed for the day. 

When it’s done, I’m done.  “Are you

a Witch, too?” I ask, grabbing the plastic

storage tubs hidden beneath my table. 

“No,” he says.  He sets the bag of cat

toys he just purchased from me in an

empty chair.  “But my brother is married

to one.”  I fold the tablecloth and tuck

it into a tub.  “Who is your brother?”

I ask.  “Drayton Manigault,” he says. 

“He married Sara Gadsden last month.” 

He turns the display table on its side to

collapse the legs.  I smile.  I guess he

was serious about helping me pack up

my booth.  “Ah,” I say.  “I heard about

that.  Sara and I have mutual friends.”

(This poem first appeared in the literary journal, “Bactrian Room”)

Goddess of Gratitude & Greenman (c)Lauren Curtis

Goddess of Gratitude & Greenman (c)Lauren Curtis

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Laura Stamps is Wiccan, Seelie Fey, and a Fey sorceress twirling joyfully on pink wings. Bestselling author of Pagan novels (positive, empowering, many are romantic: Witches, vampires, faeries). 58 books published in 26 years. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in over 1000 literary journals and anthologies worldwide. She is the recipient of many literary awards, including a “Pulitzer Prize” nomination and 7 “Pushcart Prize” nominations. She’s also a runner, vegan, feral cat rescuer, and an avid gardener.  You can find her every day at her Tumblr blog:  http://laurastampserotica.tumblr.com/

Immigration Issue Exhibit

Art can serve as more than a way to decorate your walls or express personal emotions…it can also serve to address important social and political issues and create a positive forum for discussion and exchange of ideas.  That’s why I’m proud to have 2 pieces in the IMMIGRATION ISSUE group art exhibit at Nails in the Wall Gallery in Metuchen, NJ opening this Saturday afternoon, 2-5pm (1/25/14).  Here’s all the details about this important show:

The Immigration Issue THEN & NOW will open at Nails in the Wall, the Gallery at St. Luke’s, 17 Oak Ave., SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2-5PM with a reception for artists.  It is free and open to the public.

Art works using many media and styles by artists from all over the country reflect on this ethical moral issue, a major justice concern of our day.  Spearheading the 150th Anniversary celebration of the founding of St. Luke’s Church, this exhibit calls us to acknowledge that we have always been and continue to be a nation of immigrants….and what that means emotionally and psychically.

According to Gallery Director, Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella, “I believe visitors to this exhibit will find themselves entering the gallery and catching their breath.  The images are so powerful and speak to the issue from so many and varied perspectives.  These are works that truly touch the heart.”

The Immigration Issue art exhibit flyer

The Immigration Issue art exhibit flyer

Among the most poignant, is a series of sculptures by NJ artist Robert Lach.   His “Nestboxes” make use of antique suitcases hollowed out and supporting nest-like elements.  Like Lach’s sculptures, WV artist Victoria Pendragon’s collage connects strongly to the broad mythic experience of the immigrant as does the work of NJ artist Thelma Fried, FL artist Beau Wild and Allison Merriweather, who makes her home in Houston, TX.

The largest element in the show is a 10′ long print “Family Homestead” by the Chicago, IL artist Audrius  V. Plioplys., created from a photograph of the Plioplys family farmhouses in Lithuania.  His story of his family’s escape from persecution is woven in web-like fashion into the work, reflecting what was preserved…and what was lost.

Like Plioplys, many artists created work that connected directly with their family’s experiences of immigration:  NJ artists Lydia CongiuCornelia Dohse-PeckEllis Eisner, Lisa G. Westheimer, Roberta Rose, and NM artist Diego Rios.

Exploring additional aspects of the concept is the work by NJ artist Lauren Curtis, AK artist Jeannie Stone, and two Maryland artists Erich March and Johan Lowie. Refreshments for the Opening will be provided by our “Art Partner” the Metuchen Inn, and live music by Metuchen musician Steve Kaplan will add to the celebratory experience.

The exhibit continues through May 31, with the gallery open daily.  Check the website:  www.stlukesmetuchen.org/nails-in-the-wall.php  for times and for the two additional programs connected with this exhibit.

Winter Solstice Wishes!

I wanted to take a minute to wish all of you a Happy Winter Solstice /Yule (12/21)!!  While Christmas and New Year’s are just days away, this holiday season takes many of it’s symbols and traditions from the ancient Earth/Nature-centered celebrations of the Winter Solstice, which honors the darkest day of the year and welcomes the return of the increasing light!  The Christmas Tree is an ancient Pagan symbol of life as the Evergreens are the only trees to stay green (hence the name, lol) during this cold, dark season….they were adorned with lights to encourage the return of the sun (or son…get it??).  The Yule Log is, well, just that!  An another way to honor the death of the old god (represented by the tree log…often an oak) and the return of the new god aka LIGHT!  No matter what your beliefs, this is the time of year to gather with friends and family and create warmth in many ways!  And it’s a time of introspection on our own lives and how much we need to respect Nature and the cycles of the seasons and of life!

So HAPPY SOLSTICE/YULE everyone!!!

Here are a few of my Wintery holiday images for you…enjoy!

Yule/Christmas Art (c)Lauren Curtis

Yule/Christmas Art (c)Lauren Curtis

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The Book of Voices…a mystical novel.

Hello All! As you know I often invite guest bloggers to share here about their creative projects and today, author Joseph Zitt describes his mystical, fascinating work of fiction, The Book of Voices. I 1st learned about it when he approached me to re-vamp the cover & the more I learned about the novel the more interested I became so here, in the author’s words, is more info. about his work & his career…

Joseph Zitt

Joseph Zitt

In The Book of Voices, a prophet in ancient Judaea who has lost her memory channels the voices of people from myth and history as she seeks to rediscover her true self. As brought to us by a translator in modern day San Francisco who, awakened by the kiss of an angel, transcribes these voices for the present day, The Book of Voices examines how we remember who we are, how we reach out to each other, and how we see ourselves while history and miracles are happening around us.

Book Of Voices

Book Of Voices

The Book of Voices got started when a community orchestra in New Jersey asked me to write a piece for them and a speaker about Moses. I wrote a monologue showing his thoughts as he stood at the Burning Bush and received its message. From there, I went on to create a total of fifty brief stories, all in first person, in present tense, from the points of view of Biblical characters as key moments in their lives. I discovered another story growing from the connections between them, showing the workings of the hidden school of prophets, deploying magic and arcane skills (as well as their perceptions into how best to help people realize what it in their hearts) to influence the workings of history and, on occasion, to help change the mind of God. From this, I developed a surrounding story, which follows through interludes in the book, of a prophet who is channeling all these voices, then another layer, that of a translator in the present day. Both the prophet and the translator are aided by an angel in using the revealed stories to unlock secrets of their own identities.

While most of my other books have been non-fiction works drawn from my own life or collecting my musical writings, I feel that The Book of Voices is my most personal book, touching most deeply into some of the emotional layers of my life: in writing through the voices of other characters, I found (much like Elisheva, the prophet), my own voice coming through. Perhaps, in some sense, all fiction is in some deep sense autobiography (though not necessarily in terms of the specific characters or explicit plot lines that are shown). In speaking as others, we get to say what we can’t say as ourselves.

The new expanded second edition, featuring a beautiful cover by Lauren Curtis, is the culmination of a project that has taken six years so far, and is moving beyond text into a radio drama series, film adaptations of its stories, and an extensive website at http://www.thebookofvoices.com.

I have four other books in print, including “19th Nervous Breakdown: Making Human Connections in the Landscape of Commerce,” which is published by Black Angel Press (which is where I first worked with Lauren on the design of books by Steven Hart). I have also worked in other media, including dance/theater performance and musical improvisation and electronic works. You can stream and download many of these works and find links to other projects, at http://www.josephzitt.com. I’m currently studying Media Arts and digital film-making in Cleveland, Ohio, where I’m creating other projects related to The Book of Voices.

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Purchasing links: http://thebookofvoices.com/about-the-book-of-voices/

Rockin’ Holiday Art Events; NYC/NJ

Those holiday TV commercials have started so you know what that means?  It’s that time of year again where the air chills, stores stay open late, it gets dark early & we have to start our holiday shopping!  But why drudge through crowded malls or buy generic stuff online when you can go to fun, free holiday art events, socialize, see unique art and get affordable, original, cool creative gifts?  At the following art events (where I’ll have work available) you can enjoy yourself while finding things that no other place has so hope you’ll join me at these events in Central NJ & NYC, NY!

An ALL-STAR Group show featuring many of the artists who have graced Wendigo Productions & Art on A Gallery‘s walls as well as some new ones!

Celebrate the holiday season with us!  I’ll have several 35mm B&W New Orleans photographs in this show!
Food and Drink! Holiday attire is encouraged!!
All artwork priced for gifting: $300 and UNDER!

Morgana's Murder, oils (c)Lauren Curtis

Morgana’s Murder, oils (c)Lauren Curtis

“SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES”

This haunting art exhibit opened on Halloween & runs thru November.  So, check out the NEW Gallery U location, 439 South Ave., Westfield, NJ & enjoy the show…I have the above oil painting on display!

HOLIDAY ART EVENTS & SALES IN NJ:

There’s already so many holiday art events scheduled in NJ this month & here are a few I’ll be exhibiting/selling my work at…
1. Gratitude Festival at Soma Center & Yoga Studio on Sunday 11/24/13,  4-7pm, 511 Raritan Ave., Highland Park, NJ, FREE EVENT!
www.somactr.com   732-777-9642

2. Holiday Bizarre Art Show & Sale, sponsored by PAZ Culture System, 421 Main St., Highland Park, NJ. 
   Show opening November, 30 ending December,  24, 2013. FREE EVENT.  I'll have many photos available!

3. I'll be vending & showing my artwork at The Court Tavern, Church St., New Brunswick at some music/dance events including 
    the Melody Club Reunion Party on Sat., 11/23!
   Check my Facebook page for upcoming details (give a LIKE/comment while you're there!) http://www.facebook.com/LaurenCurtisArtTalonArt

As always, thanks so much for reading & hope to see you at one of these events!
~Lauren


On the Radio & Fall Art Fests

The colorful Autumn season has begun and there are a lot of ghostly, artsy events coming up in Oct.!  First, here’s some art shows & fests I’ll be doing this month and then I’ll give you the scoop on my  radio artist interview!

ART EVENTS:
1.  Dia de los Muertos Group Art Exhibit, opens 10/1/13 & runs thru 11/3/2013 at LITM,
140 Newark Ave., Jersey City, NJ. 

I have 4 of my x-ray digital photo collages in this show.

2. PARA-X, paranormal expo/psychic fair at the haunted Elk’s Lodge,  Sat. 10/5/13, 1-6pm, 21 Oakmont Ave., East Brunswick, NJ.  Only $5 admission!  Food & beverages available for purchase on site!  Special guests!  I’ll be vending all day!

PARA X Flyer 2013

PARA X Flyer 2013

3.  Fall Art Exhibit, Group Show at UMDNJ Gallery,  opening reception Thurs. 10/17/13, 4-6pm, Medical Science Bldg., B1515, 185 South Orange Ave., Newark, NJ  Show runs thru  Jan.8, 2014 

4.  D&R Canal River Arts Fest, Art, Music, Food, Kid’s Activities & more!  E. Millstone (Franklin Twnsp., NJ) along the historic D&R Canal, Sat. 10/19 (raindate Sun. 10/230).  For info: 732-246-0009, www.FranklinFoodBank.org

Caged Nerves (c)Lauren Curtis

Caged Nerves (c)Lauren Curtis

AND NOW THE BIG RADIO SHOW NEWS…
I was thrilled to be interviewed about my artwork, for the 2nd time, by renowned herbalist & women’s spiritual teacher/mentor SUSUN WEED on her WISE WOMAN RADIO SHOW!  The interview aired on 9/23 but it’s not too late!  You can hear it on her websites & here are the links to my 1/2 hour interview.  We discuss art & how it relates to both commercial endeavors and spiritual paths!

Mentor site:
http://wisewomanmentor.com/wise-woman-radio?mode=PostView&bmi=1396342

Webblog:
http://www.wisewomantradition.com/wisewomanweb/2013/09/wise-woman-radio-susun-weed-interviews-artist-lauren-curtis-.html

Happy Haunting this Halloween!
Lauren

End of (Summer) Days Art Events

It’s hard to believe the end of Summer is here but it’ll be as busy as ever!  On THE last day, 9/21/13,  I’ll be in TWO art shows!  During the day (see image below), I’ll have 2 pieces in the MANDALA exhibit at Nails in the Wall Gallery at St. Luke’s, 17 Oak Ave., Metuchen, 2-5pm.  FREE catered event!  

NailsInWall.MandalaShow2013

Nails In Wall.MandalaShow2013

Then, that night, I move on to exhibiting art & hand made crafts at the ONE NIGHT SHOW  at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ, 9/21/13,
9pm-2am, local artists, old-time burlesque act& several local, live bands!!

CourtTavernShowSept2013

CourtTavernShowSept2013

Sunday, Sept. 29 I’ll have a booth at the HIGHLAND PARK ANNUAL ARTS IN THE PARK free outdoor art fest, main St., Highland Park, NJ.  I’ll be with the H.P. Artist Collective all day so stop by this well-attended, fun family event!
And finally I thought I’d share with you that a children’s book I illustrated for an author in California has been published!  A touching, inspirational, TRUE story about a medical doctor who saved a horse’s life!  Here’s the link to POLLY’S PROMISE

Hope to see you at these art events &/or online!

~Lauren

The Great Blog Swap

When Artpromotivate blog founder, Graham Matthews offered artists a chance to be a part of his blog swap I jumped at the chance to be included!  His site is provides great, up-to-date, helpful info for artists and features creatives of all kinds on the site (yours truly included!).  He was kind enough to link my blog to his so I’m returning the favor and highly recommend you check out Artpromotivate!

OK, so here’s the link button…hope it works and shows up as a visual graphic….if not you’ll just see code & I’ll have to attempt to figure out how to get it to display properly, so if that happens, be patient with me!  😉

So, here goes:

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