TART presents a series of photographs by 3-5 year old children from Livingston’s Head Start program. Given digital cameras and minimal direction by their teachers, two groups of children from low income and at risk families explored their world through the lenses of their cameras. The results are at times abstract, at times documentary, and at times startlingly canny snapshots of the world around them. The title of the show is Looking at things all on my own.
Opening reception on Friday, May 8th 5-8p.m, in TART, room #107C of the Emerson Center, 111 S. Grand Ave., call 582-0416 for more information.
Take a closer look at the Yellowstone geysers; upclose and abstract. Dede Christman, painting in oil, has done just that. Already known for her lovely clay bowls inspired by Yellowstone’s hot pools, Dede will join Sally Jo Hand at the Artist’s Gallery in the Emerson Cultural Center for the season’s first Art Walk on Friday, May 8, from 5-8p.m.
Sally Jo Hand has always seen Art as a spiritual journey, a joining of both her love of pastels, oils, and watercolors with a reverence for enriching people’s lives. She has an MA in both Art Therapy and Divinity, and will be delighted to share her creative, heartfelt approach to life. We hope you can join us.
Dalton Brink, Jonathan Raney, Will Shirey, and April Hale are putting on a show at the Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery at the MSU graduate studios on May 8, 7-9pm. Entitled Family Tree, it will feature works composed on canvas, by all, of identical dimensions, root 3, root 4 canvases. A reception will be held featuring music by Jeff Pagano.
Dalton Brink: I like the idea of being able to create something real, a narrative story inside the viewer’s head, whether or not it has anything to do with some predetermined intent I may have had during its creation. I find it rewarding when each individual viewer has their own explanation, their own story, behind the images I produce, a living world completely apart from me. I hope you can see some of your own stories in my work.
Astronomical Imaging, a collection of photographs by Ryan Hannahoe, will be showing in the Exit Gallery April 20 – May 1. There will be a free artist reception Wednesday, April 22 from 5-7pm.
Ryan M. Hannahoe, a current undergraduate student at MSU in the College of Education, has been involved in astronomical photography for over the past 10 years. He started out experimenting with a film camera trying to tackle this area of expertise, but little did he know that this type of photography was much harder than simply holding a camera to the end of a telescope and snapping a photograph. In the fall of 2001, he took his first astronomical digital image remotely from Pennsylvania with an observatory that was located in the mountains of New Mexico some 2,000 miles away. Since then, Ryan has gone on to produce astronomical works in upwards of 40 hours of total exposure time and with several different advanced telescopes. The field of astronomy has always been fascinating to Ryan, and this type of artwork has allowed him to pursue a career in astronomy since the age of 19. The photographs included within his exhibit feature objects from galaxies to nebula located many light-years away.
The Exit Gallery is located in Strand Union Building room 212, Montana State University, Bozeman. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.
Quite a few local artists sell their work at various shows and fairs around the country. If that idea appeals to you, you might want to try your hand locally—no travel! The Gallatin Valley Mall is planning an arts and crafts show June 5-7. Anyone interested in booth space should contact Brenda at 586-4565. I don’t know what the prices are, but you might consider setting up a booth as a group with a couple of friends.
Spring 2009 Senior Thesis Photography Exhibition, May 7th at the Fairgrounds Building #1 from 6-11pm. As always, there will be food, a bar, music, and art. Lots of it.
From the Not Sure if This is Funny or Sad department. Original article at Community Arts Network. Choreographer Liz Lerman is founding artistic director of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, Md., and a 2002 MacArthur Fellow.
Do Wall Street executives deserve big bonuses during hard times? Does increased arts funding have a place in an economic stimulus package? I’ll leave it to others to debate these controversies. Meanwhile I’d like to make a modest proposal to solve some of our economic problems: Let’s do a job swap. We’ll put the corporate executives to work as artists while the artists run Wall Street.
Since their first task will be getting economic markets back on solid footing, I’m convinced that artists have the perfect resumes for their new jobs. Here’s why:
1. Artists work ridiculous hours for no pay. And most of the artists I know will keep working until they get the job done right.
2. Artists do not need fancy offices. In fact, they usually work in the worst part of town … until that part of town becomes fancy because the artists are there. Then they have to move because they haven’t paid themselves enough to afford the new rent.
3. Artists throw everything they earn back into the store – which is why they haven’t paid themselves enough. (I will admit that there was one time I didn’t do this. When I was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship back in 2002, I decided to open my first retirement account. I put the money in “very safe” stock market investments. I would have been better off putting it into my next dance.)
4. Artists do not need financial incentives. Artists do the work they do because they love it. Or because they believe in it. Or because they think it is a social necessity for our communities. Or because they know when people make poems or pictures or dances, our best human spirits emerge.
5. Artists do not expect to get anything if they do a bad job. Except maybe a bad review.
6. No artist gets a bonus because there is never enough money at the end of a project.
7. Artists keep very tight budgets. They know how to spend the same penny over and over (not by cooking the books, but by pinching, recycling, borrowing, bartering and plowing their economy-airline frequent-flyer miles back into the next project.)
8. Artists have a rightful reputation for fresh ideas combined with a capacity for self-evaluation that borders on recrimination.
9. Artists play well with others, having evolved highly efficient collaborative techniques in the service of their visions. But they are also very independent, delivering great things even when they work alone.
Meanwhile, … [see the original article for the rest]