Remembering September 11th Through Artistic Expression

ground-zero-1559076_960_720Certainly, many of us will spend a lifetime trying to deal with our memories of September 11th and trying to make sense of such tragedy. One way that people are coping with their memories and pain is certainly through art, and there is no more poignant place to experience this art than through the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Opening tomorrow with an exhibit entitled Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11, viewers will see the work of 13 New York City-based artists.

As Alice M. Greenwald, the director of the 9/11 Memorial Museum explained, “We thought, there needs to be another way in to remembering, and we realized that art is another way in. It gives you that immediacy of the emotional truth of that moment, and you see through another person’s eyes and through their artistic practice, how they struggled with the very same emotions that all of us felt.”

The exhibit is in addition to the museum’s permanent exhibitions that tell the story of what happened on September 11th and commemorates all of the people who died.

This art ranges quite broadly in form with paintings, sculptures and videos.

American painter and sculptor Eric Fischl, for instance, is displaying a bronze sculpture entitled “Tumbling Woman.” Three members of the performance art company Blue Main Group made “Exhibit 13,” a four-minute video that includes all sorts of papers, letters and business forms that blew out of the World Trade Center into their rehearsal space in Brooklyn.

The exhibit is the first major exhibition that the museum is hosting and it opens to the public tomorrow.

West Coast Art Fairs for Labor Day

Kings Mountain Art Fair

picture from Kings Mountain Art Fair website

If you’re looking for fair options for Labor Day weekend on the west coast, look no further than these ideas. The Kings Mountain Art Fair will be held during the holiday weekend in Woodside, California. It benefits the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade and is staffed by volunteers from the community. It’s set among the redwoods and is in the most stunning location.

Food is available all day for the three days including breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. There is a kiddie section as well called the Kiddie Hollow where children can make their own art projects and there is a Parent’s Retreat overlooking the Kiddie Hollow where parents can kick up their feet and relax while kids play.

Another great option is Art in the Pearl. This is Portland, Oregon’s annual Find Arts & Crafts Festival which occurs each year on Labor Day weekend. The 20th annual festival will take place at the Pearl District’s North Park Blocks and it is free. It’s been named one of the top 10 Arts and Crafts Festivals in the country, and with good reason.

Get out and enjoy the fresh air and the last days of summer with these fairs.

Portland2016 Biennial of Contemporary Art

city-1152575_960_720Portland, Oregon is a fantastic city, and the Portland2016 Biennial of Contemporary Art is a show not to be missed. This event is a survey of Oregon’s visual artists. Michelle Grabner, a nationally recognized curator, will be leading the Portland2016 Biennial.

Now, the show runs through September 18th, so you have awhile to get there. The gallery hours will be noon to five Wednesday through Saturday and there will be volunteer docents from The Dalles Art Center on these days. The artists’ reception will take place on Sunday, July 24th from 3-7pm and there will be a special event on Saturday, September 3.

Come and enjoy!


3 Great Ideas for Father’s Day in LA

If you live in Los Angeles and are looking for fun activities to do with dad today, here are a few great ideas:

Parachute Market: If you’ve never been to the Parachute Market, you’re missing out. They host events, dinners and marketplaces throughout June in the Arts District of DTLA. Their theme this year is “Alone Together” and the market was founded by Coryander Friend.  Today, you’ll find them at the MAMA Gallery, 1242 Palmetto Street, Los Angeles, ca 90013.

Angel City Brewery’s Father’s Day Food Truck and Music Fest: The Angel City Brewery is having a great day today. The brewery will have a Father’s Day Food Truck and Music Fest. There will be beer, live music, artisan vendors and local food trucks. The event will start at 2pm.

Pasadena Chalk Festival: If you want something really unique to do for Father’s Day, this might be it. 600 artists come together to create masterpieces in chalk on the streets of Pasadena at the Paseo Colorado shopping center each year.  They have a Kids’ Chalkland section as well where kids can make cards for their dads. Today, Sunday, there will be a Police Classic Car Show from 10-3, live music, shopping and food.



Have a Blast with the 30th ChocolateFest

If you happen to be in Wisconsin this weekend, or you can get there, you’ll have a blast at the 30th Annual ChocolateFest. This is a major fundraiser for the area’s non-profit organizations and it has, in recent years, generated almost cake-pops-693645_960_720$100,000 annually for charitable groups.

Held over Memorial Day Weekend, the event has many aspects to it, and this year’s theme is Vote for Chocolate. You can enter the Chocolate Experience tent where you’ll see chocolate to eat, carving contests, cooking demonstrations, and even a fashion show featuring clothing made from…Nestle’ candy wrappers. There will be oodles of vendors as well, of course, selling their chocolate wares.

They have an $8 Taster Ticket that offers 12 chocolate samples inside the tent. With the chocolate cooking contest, high school students will compete for top honors. Demonstrations will take place with Dan Small, host of MPTV’s “Outdoor Wisconsin,” Chef Ross and Chef Kevin Rausch of Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan.

Other activities in the area will be a fireworks display, the Jaycees arts and crafts fair in Echo Park and the community Memorial Day parade.

Art for Mom This Mother’s Day

If mom likes art and you’re in New York today, here are a few great places to go to enjoy. Certainly, there are hundreds of art locations around New York where you can enjoy a feast for the eyes. First, Portal, taking place through Tuesday at the Federal Hall National Memorial includes 28 artists. These are mostly emerging or new artists and admission is free. All sorts of art is on display from animated videos to oil paintings. Portal is run by artists Nicole Laemmle, Jack Robinson and Antony Zito

Another great fair is the Flux Art Fair that is taking place through May 31 at Marcus Garvey Park. Flux includes almost 50 objects, projects and related exhibitions that are selected by invitation only. The sculptures include such works as Kurt Steger’s plywood structure that sites on a boulder and Bayete Ross Smith’s stack of boomboxes.

Take mom out today and enjoy the art in your area!

Enjoy the 33rd Annual Art in Bloom Festival

bouquet-995438_960_720Here is something really fun and unique to enjoy. The 33rd Annual Art in Bloom festival will take place in Minneapolis, MN from April 28 – May 1. This is a four day festival of floral arrangements and fine art that is being presented by Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. It highlights the talent of more than 150 local floral artists. Their floral arrangements will be on display next to the artworks that inspired them.

There will be a Patron Preview Party on Wednesday evening and then from Thursday to Sunday, people can experience the fun of floral arrangements will enjoying lectures and floral demonstrations. There will be docent tours which include complimentary 45 minute tours of the floral displays running four to five times a day from Thursday through Sunday.
There will also be an evening party called Flowers After Hours and a day to bring children on Family Day on Saturday. Have fun!

Neon Fun with MONA

sign-52494_960_720Whether you’re already into neon, or you just want a new experience, the Museum of Neon Art in Los Angeles is a site to behold. Founded in 1981, the museum includes neon and electric art from artists around the world. It also has restored vintage signs from businesses around Southern California.

The museum has changed locations, originally housed in downtown LA, then at the Universal CityWalk and now in downtown Glendale. It’s across the street from the Americana at Brand, the open air shopping center.

MONA is a walk down memory lane, a place to see all of the neon signs from our past.  And if you happen to be in LA, it’s certainly worth the look.

Art Palm Beach

wall-art-661288_960_720If you’re in Palm Beach, you’ll want to be part of the Art Palm Beach event that is taking place tomorrow, Thursday January 21 through Sunday, January 24. It will take place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Exhibitors include artists from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Korea, Singapore, the UK, the US, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Poland.

Just to offer a few names, Art Clipper will be there from Helsinki, Ai Bo Gallery is coming from Connecticut, and the Alessandro Berni Gallery is coming from Italy.

Come and enjoy!

Interactive Exhibit for Kids in New York

This is a lovely idea for anyone who is near Owasco, New York. Stop by the Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural and Country Living Museum and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center and you’ll find an exhibit called “Through a Child’s Eyes” which is displaying antique toys and an interactive station for toys for children to enjoy. It includes circus and model train displays, three decorated dollhouses and miniature models of a school room.

The model of the 19th century general store was donated to the museum. The three doll houses were all handmade.

The exhibit runs from 11-4 on Saturdays through March 26th.