Thursday, February 24, 2011

Kids & Teen Photography Class at Baum

Chen Artist Michelle Bodamer is teaching this class. Read on:

2011 Children & Teen Spring Photography Class at The Baum School of Art!

Instructor: Michelle Bodamer

Explore the world of Photography! Learn to shoot, develop film, and print photos in a real darkroom. Students should have a manual SLR film camera. Supply lists will be provided at the first class. Space is still available and classes start this Saturday, February 26th. Sign up today!

Sign up link:

Monday, February 21, 2011

Allentown artist Gregory Coates featured in Berlin show

ADA POST Presents:

Children of Paradise

February 19th – March 12th

Viewed by Appointment

Nordbahnstraße 10, 13409 Berlin, Germany. +49 (0) 30 51 06 02 24

Dada Post proudly presents our first exhibition of the 2011 season titled: Children of Paradise. This is a multigenerational exhibition presented under the banner of our yearlong Geopraxis program, and features ten highly diverse artists - who do not live or work in Berlin, although all (except one) lived or currently lives in New York.

The Artists:

Hugo Bastidas ¡ Dineke Blom ¡ Gregory Coates ¡ Edward Clark ¡ Asha De Costa ¡ Julie Durkin ¡ Nickolas Krushenick¡ Elizabeth Newman Kuiper ¡ Kazuko Miyamoto ¡ Alan Uglow

The exodus from New York over the past decade, to places like Los Angeles and Berlin, has been nothing short of amazing. It seems that New York's centrality to the art world has passed its peak, and is teetering under the weight of a “money creed with out culture”.

As Leonard Cohen famously sang: "First we'll take Manhattan, then we'll take Berlin."

Children of Paradise: in the case of this exhibition, is one that examines the interloper status (like an invasive species), which applies to non-indigenous species, or "non-native", animals whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic harm, environmental harm, or harm to cultural autonomy. The term "invasive" is used for the most aggressive species. These species grow and reproduce rapidly, causing major disturbance to the areas in which they are present – thanks to drugs – sex- and rock n roll.


Seeking/Rejecting the Emblematic in Global Culture

Geopraxis is a Dada Post yearlong program of inquiry on the state of art practice of our current era of global society. It is a program initiated by Dada Post to examine the conditions and problems of the phenomenon of globalization, and its impact on art practice.

Is it true that any environment that attracts, sustains, and retains globally resourceful artists will inevitably flourish and blossom into something new and exciting? The colonization of Berlin by a steady influx of artists from all over the world since 1989 has resulted in a consequence where Berlin has become the new global center for the disparate ideas that currently inform every kind of contemporary art. The current Berlin art scene is diverse in its condition, and very focused on the arrival of its internationalization.

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Dada Post is now featured on Sleek magazine’s selection of the city’s most interesting art spots, in the form of an iPhone application.


By S-Bahn:

S-1 (Direction Oranienburg) and S-25 (Direction Hennigsdorf), to the Schönholz station.

If you take the S-Bahn be sure to exit at the Schönholz station –

not the Wollankstrasse station.

Friday, February 18, 2011

House considering deeper cuts to NEA

from Citizens for the Arts in PA:

Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to H.R. 1, the appropriations continuing resolution, which severely reduces current year funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The vote added an additional $20.5 million cut on top of an already underlying $22.5 million reduction. If the U.S. House completes its work on this appropriations legislation today, the NEA's FY 2011 budget will have been reduced from $167.5 million to $124.5 million - a cut of 26% and the deepest cut to the NEA in 16 years.

Citizens for the Arts and Americans for the Arts is asking that you do the following:

Congress will begin a 10-day recess on February 18. When they return, the U.S. Senate will begin consideration of their own version of the FY 2011 funding legislation as early as February 28. While members of Congress are back home in their districts, we encourage you to inform your local media about the devastating impact the House appropriations bill would have on the arts in your community. Americans for the Arts has set up a Media Alert through their E-Advocacy Center to help you quickly and efficiently send your opinions to the local radio, TV, and newspaper stations in your area. They've already matched up the media contacts for you based on your zip code. You just need to customize the article's talking points and hit send.

We need the Senate to reverse the potentially devastating effects that could be caused on the arts that the FY 2011 appropriations bill passed by the House today. The customizable Media Alert is a fast and easy way to communicate your support for the NEA to local media outlets and help show your U.S. Senators why the NEA is an important grant-making agency in your state.

Please use this next week to write letters to the editor or op-ed pieces about this devastating cut. Don't stop with your letter - ask board members, friends and family to do the same.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Further NEA Cuts Proposed

from Citizens for the Arts in PA:

We've just learned that two members of Congress have introduced amendments to further cut, and terminate, funding from the National Endowment for the Arts during consideration of the FY 2011 appropriations measure. Your member in the U.S. House, Rep. Charlie Dent, a key GOP member with a solid record of support for the arts, has voted against amendments like this previously, and we hope you will urge another “No” vote.

As you may recall from our E-Alerts last week, the U.S. House of Representatives is considering major cuts to federal programs this week. In the bill they're considering, the NEA will be reduced from $167.5 million to $145 million. Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) has introduced an amendment to further cut that amount by $20.5 milllion from the NEA budget. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) has introduced an amendment to terminate funding to the NEA immediately in this fiscal year. Both amendments are in line to be considered this week.

PLEASE take two minutes right now to contact Rep. Charlie Dent and request a voteagainst those amendments -- you can use our customized E-Advocacy Center to send that message.

Please spread this message to other arts advocates in your congressional district. Thank you for your arts advocacy!
Help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today--it's free and simple.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

deeper cuts to arts funding

Since we sent you the alert last night about the funding cuts being proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) the situation has worsened. Overnight, the House Appropriations Committee made even deeper cuts to the NEA and dozens of other programs and agencies. The proposed cut to the NEA is now set at $22.5 million (yesterday it was $12 million) which would represent the largest cut to that agency in 16 years.
A key paragraph in today’s Washington Post story covering these budget cuts explains what is happening: The Republican Study Committee, “Its ranks swollen with enthusiastic freshman who have never taken calls from constituents angry about loss of a favored program…threatened to oppose the package on the House floor next week unless deeper cuts were adopted.” It is quite possible these members of the Republican Study Committee will offer amendments to fully eliminate the NEA during floor consideration. We need you to send a message to your Members calling on them to reject these cuts to the NEA because they will negatively affect the district back home.
By taking two minutes today to send a customizable message via our E-Advocacy Center, we will automatically send letters on your behalf to both your Senators and your House Representative. This will ensure that your voice will be heard by Members of Congress (especially freshmen members), who are now assessing their constituents’ viewpoints on these budget cuts.
Help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today -- it's free and simple.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Arts Funding Cuts?

From Citizens for the Arts in PA (2/11/11):

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) faces a reduction of approximately $12 million to the current year's appropriation in a Continuing Resolution (CR) appropriations package that will be presented on the floor of the U.S. House of Representative early next week. This would bring the current year appropriation to $155 million. Deeper cuts could be made to the NEA appropriation through the inclusion of amendments that can be offered to the CR on the House floor.

Americans for the Arts and Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania is urging you to take two minutes today to send an e-mail to your members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation expressing your concern about additional cuts beyond those offered in the CR. Americans for the Arts has created an e-mail template for your use to make it easier to contact your Representatives.

Take two minutes, right now, to send that e-mail.




Jenny L. Hershour

Managing Director

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Poetry Event in Manayunk on Sunday 2/13


DRAFT MRAC Hosts Valentine’s Haiku Program

Manayunk, PA (February 3, 2011) Celebrating the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center will host “The Heart of Haiku and Other Japanese Forms” on Sunday, February 13th from 3:30 to 5:30pm. Facilitated by award-winning poets Elizabeth Bodien and Marilyn Hazelton, the program will include the history and techniques of haiku, tanka and related forms, followed by an open mike. Participants will be encouraged to read their own haiku or tanka, or to read Japanese-style poems from books and journals that will be available on that day.

The world of haiku and tanka is expanding each year. These forms and others appear in online and print journals in Europe, Africa, India, Australia, as well as in Japan, the U.S. and Canada. Participants in “The Heart of Haiku…” will take away a list of resources for reading and for publishing their work if they wish to continue in this field.

Elizabeth Bodien, Kempton, Pennsylvania, has had poems in Frogpond, Ribbons, red lights, Contemporary Haibun Online, Magnapoets, Eucalypt, Ribbons, bottle rockets, American Tanka, Modern English Tanka, Atlas Poetica, among other publications. Her most recent poetry collection isEndpapers (Finishing Line Press, 2011).

Rostered as a poet with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts since 2000, Marilyn Hazelton teaches poetry in public and private schools in Pennsylvania. Her work includes residencies or readings in France, Japan and Morocco. Her writings include poetry, art reviews, op-eds and book reviews published regionally, nationally and internationally. She is editor of the tanka journal, red lights.

Peter Krok, the Humanities Director of the MAC, is the coordinator of the M/RAC Reading Series and is Editor of Schuylkill Valley Journal.

The afternoon literary series at the M/RAC started in the fall of1990. There is a $4 donation and, of course, refreshments are provided. For information about the program, call the MAC at 215-482-3363.

Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center

419 Green Lane (rear)

Philadelphia, PA 19128

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Artist in Residence Opportunity

Information reposted from the Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence Program

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild offers month long Artist in Residence (AIR) opportunities for visual artists, composers, playwrights/screenwriters, and writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Longer residencies are available for ceramic artists. The AIR sessions generally occur during the months of June, July, August, and September. The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild's goal is to provide solitude in a community and uninterrupted time in which to concentrate on creative work alongside fellow artists. Opened in 1903, the Byrdcliffe Art Colony was placed on the National Register of Historic Sites in 1979 for its architectural and historical significance. It is located in the Catskill Mountains, 1.5 miles from the center of Woodstock, New York.

For more information or to apply, please go to

The application deadline is Tuesday, March 1, 2011.

A view of "Walking the Edge"

Below are images from the Chen Arts Group's latest show, Walking the Edge. This is the fifth show of the group and the first with a theme, exploring the dangerous, taboo or unusual. Thirty artists shared their work at the Salemme Foundation Gallery. Congratulations to all on a great show.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Art Opening at First Friday


25 East Third Street • Bethlehem, PA 18015-1304
610-866-7370 •
Hours: Mon,Tue,Wed 10-6, Thur 10-7, Fri 10-8
Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5

Form Revealed

Nude Drawings by Edward Meneeley

This show includes drawings done over the past 35 years by
internationally renowned artist Edward Meneeley. Born in Wilkes
Barre in1927 and now living in Lehighton, Mr. Meneeley was part of
the influential group of American Abstract Expressionist painters living
in New York in the 1950’s. “Every model is different,” Meneeley says,
“though some give more than others in the experience of their energy
unfolding through my lines onto paper. Each are intimate in their own
way.” Meneeley’s work is included in major public and private
collections throughout the world including the Museum of Modern Art
in New York and the Tate Modern in London.

Opening, First Friday
Friday, February 4, 2010
7:00-10:00 pm

Show runs through Feb. 27