Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Yodi and Kari have a great event going on. That night, Kari was the perfect, personable hostess and Yodi and the musical ensemble (drummers and guitar, also open to public participation) provided great backup to the poets with chill musical interludes.
Prior to the break, the Word Wednesday crew shared digital images, projected on the wall, of artwork created by local artists. They want more artists to submit images of their work to be shown to the public in a digital slideshow at a future Word Wednesday event.
Please email submissions to: WordWednesday@hotmail.com
Word Wednesday is held the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the cozy Silk Lounge, lower level, Allentown Brew Works, 812 Hamilton Street.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Many thanks to Susan Weaver and Marilyn Hazelton for co-hosting the writing event at the Closing Reception of “Velocity”, to Wilhelm Schmidt for his assistance in typing many of the writings below, and to all who participated.
for the Chen Arts Show
Human murmurs, conversations
The walls stand quiet, waiting for attention.
“Hear us” the works say
“Interact with us.
Enter into relationship.”
Silent they wait as we turn to face them.
After "Coffee Cups 5" by Glenn Lash
on that twist
in a turquoise mug.
a clattering cup
tips a splash
draws my gaze—
circled with an eternity
of chocolate icing.
It wears an upturned cup
teetering top hat.
Poised on its lid,
a potter's spiraling
as a sugar rush.
I drink to this
the coffee break.
Memories from the front line.
Inspired by Lee Leckey’s painting “Center Front”
Veil concealing ghosts of recent past.
Center, drive, round and round, crosses, lines.
How did they begin,
Forms, fields, patches, life?
Penetrating, one by one,
Repeating actions memorized.
Waning, waxing, taking center front, interrupted,
Memories run off.
Leading, one by one,
Eyes toward unpredictable future.
One by one,
Circles, ground, sky.
Glimpses and Reminiscences
I see my salvation walking towards the enemy
Waiting to strike in the name of God
Although the enemy is the devil, he has taken a deceiving look
In the eyes of a peaceful soldier, the deadly swan is the worst enemy
But, in the eyes of a human, it is just a swan
In between the rivals is the sign of Jesus’ mother
Who is defending the rights of all human race
For “3 Piece Man”
a sculpture by Heather Haas
arc and trough
of skin and bone,
the negative space
carries weight, emotion,
by a rod of steely resolve.
We are often cut thus.
Perhaps this stark white shell
is a cocoon
the true self
Ann Corbett Burke
Alley in Autumn
After "Emmett Street, Allentown" by Joseph SkrapitsNarrow houses crowd
like neighbors talking
over the back fence
before winter closes in.
To a wall of aqua blue
the phone pole's shadow,
a compass needle,
points up the alley,
collects my eye
by a swath of fence
in afternoon sun.
An oak tree waits
for wind to drift leaves
and open a view
past peaked roofs
that will change beyond return
this half-street moment,
this autumn brilliance
on the artist's canvas.
for “Emmett Street” by Joe Skrapits
Florence! Oh skip it
And all the cousins would laugh
The headless house man
no more peanuts please
for a sculpture by Wilhelm Schmidt
after the storm,
wings of wood swirl
upward from the vortex.
I see a hole
of dark disturbance,
from which is flung
Ann Corbett Burke
for a sculpture by Wilhelm Schmidt
Wild whorl wings
Movement caught trembling
In polished wood
Shape glanced sidelong
For “Escape Velocity” by Sereno Jacob
Shivering, thunderous metal plates
Meet the Stratosphere.
In only moments sky will be gone.
Free of ground.
Free of air.
A blank page, as black as all nights.A chance to start new.
For “Hyper View” by Rick Hildenbardt
You are wild you are free
You herd together for life support
Your life is carved from the land
Along comes man
And you are now only a memory
Carved in wood on a wall
or “Cotterman’s Tornado” by Ryan Fulton
A naked boy quietly contemplating the stars
Gazing toward the heavens
+ knowing that they’re ours
Peering eyes, fixed on the skies
Before the Mexican temple
At home + at peace
For “Untitled Cow Drawing” by Greg Weaver
Just A Few Squiggles
Comical simple tail to head drawing
A squiggly cow, makes you join smiling
Across the meadow frolicking
On a lark, just sailing
Ears and tail compelling
Care-free romp tale-telling
Heard from stories trailing
Button dropped, and then again found
Now contained, still, no sound
Worn with pride, in a far off place
Released from threads, hanging in space
Newly used, in the past for closure,
Semi-revealed, a partial exposure
Once held in fingers, young and old
Suddenly art, impossible to hold
We live, we pass, but once we come through
In art, as in life, we are created anew
for “Shy Geoff” by Yodi
Splatters and squiggles of paint
Fly like confetti in a parade
Or streamers at a childhood celebration
As Geoffrey watches Yodi
Play with paper
for “The Patriot Act” by Georgina Miller
Forlorn expression looking back
The eyes must say what the mouth can’t
Face recessed in white and red
While blue muzzles what is said
for” Marley’s Trail”
Beauty is all around us
Beauty created by God
Dog hike. Straight trees and
Flowing blades of grass. Get lost
On the path, enjoy the journey
Lake Erie Sunset
For a photograph by Jeff Williams of the same name
reach for light,
like a hand rising
into the play of winter.
of frozen beach,
a slim slice
rising and falling
From Kiki & Greg:
Gregory Coates and Kiki Nienaber are proud to invite you to view new works by Chris Neyen at C.a.N. studio (that’s Coates and Nienaber) . (Address is 614 Washington St., Allentown.)
Please come meet old and new friends and celebrate this exhibition, entitled UNSEEN at the reception on Friday the 20th of November 6-9 pm.
We hope to see you then. Best, Kiki
Sunday, November 15, 2009
We plan to clean out the space and prep it for use as a gallery and shop called Art Mart. Please contact me if you would like to volunteer to help with the clean-up. We will also need volunteers to sit in the gallery (in pairs) on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11-2 and on Fridays and Saturdays from 4-8 throughout the holiday season. Contact: email@example.com
Art Mart will feature original artwork and handmade items for sale in a show titled: Holiday Gifts.
Pictures will be posted soon.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
New Museum Director, Gregory Coates, will curate a show titled "Holiday Gifts."
Greg is seeking artists who feel they can participate in a show which will take on the look of a "gift shop" by submitting art objects they have made or other objects they feel would fit this description. The items would be displayed (and offered for sale, unless otherwise specified) at the gallery at 809 W. Hamilton, which is in a great location across the street from Allentown Brew Works.
This gallery will be promoted to holiday shoppers - so think of things you have created that are likely to sell. That means paintings, sculpture, photos, cards, handmade trinkets like jewelry, pins, hats, scarves, bags, etc., etc....All artists are encouraged to decorate ornaments that can be offered for sale as well.
Again, Greg is requesting that artists send him 3 jpg images so he can view possible selections. Send images to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for submission is Nov. 16. Set up will take place the following week, with an opening tentatively set for Black Friday, Nov. 27.
Volunteers will also be needed to help clean the space, hang work, and staff the gallery. Contact me at email@example.com if you'd like to Volunteer in some way.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
His work will also be exhibited at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen's show, Nov. 14 and 15, at the Swain School, S. 24th Street, in Allentown.
Wilhelm most recently displayed some of his woodworking pieces at the Velocity show (June '09) and the "Hamilton for Rent" windows (summer '09).
Please try to attend and offer your support.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Berrisford Boothe, John Harry,
Curlee Raven Holton, Rick Hildenbrandt,
Peter Lewnes, James Gallucci, Ed Meenely,
Joe Skrapits, Rigo Peralta, Ryo Tokita,
Rafael Canizares-Yunez, Yodi Duane Vaden,
John Clark - Home & Planet
When: Nov. 13, 2009 time 7-9 PM
Where: 221 North 8th Street
Hosted by Mr. & Mrs. Nelson A Diaz
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
On March 19th an Art Auction will be held at the Baum School of Art beginning at 6PM. All proceeds will benefit the Lehigh County Conference of churches Soup Kitchen. Please mark your calendar & make plans to come to this wonderful event! What a great way to give and receive. More information will be coming as we approach the date of the event. You may contact Sue Highet at 610-435-5054 with any questions."
Monday, November 2, 2009
Congress passed a $12.5 million funding increase as part of the FY 2010 Interior Appropriations bill for both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). President Obama is scheduled to sign this bill into law by October 31, which concludes National Arts and Humanities Month. The nation's two federal grantmaking cultural agencies will now each have budgets of $167.5 million, their highest funding levels in 16 years. As so many state and local governments have had to cut arts budgets across the country, this well-timed federal appropriations increase for the arts is a welcome infusion of funds.
FY10 Final Interior Appropriations Bill
FY09 vs. FY10 Difference
$12.5 million increase
$12.5 million increase
The FY 2010 Interior Appropriations bill (H.R. 2996) was passed in the House by a vote of 247-178 and in the Senate by a vote of 72-28. Please play your part and send a quick e-mail to your members of Congress at the Americans for the Arts E-Advocacy Center and let them know how much the arts will benefit from this funding increase.
What's Next:While the NEA and NEH's budgets have now been finalized, many other federal programs such as the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting are still operating under a continuing resolution until December 18, 2009. We will keep you posted on these legislative updates in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, please save the dates of April 12-13, 2010 for National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. With the incredible advocacy success that we had this year that included $50 million in the federal economic stimulus bill for arts jobs and now the $12.5 million increase in NEA and NEH budgets, we need to keep building on this positive momentum. Come join us.
Help us also continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already an official member, you can join the Arts Action Fund today -- it's free and simple.