Sunday, January 18, 2009

Secretary of the Arts

I received this email request from a number of people and you might have as well, but I think it's important so I am including in my post tonight:


Dear Friends,
You may already have received this, but it is so important, I'm passing it along: Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President-Elect Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts. While many other countries have had Ministers of Art or Culture for centuries, the United States has never created such a position. We need the arts--now more than ever. Please take a moment to sign this important petition and then pass it on to your friends and colleagues.
http://www.petitiononline.com/esnyc/petition.html If the link does not work just copy and paste it to your browser.



Thanks!

Dianne

Monday, January 12, 2009

Isolation

I have a confession to make. I love musicals. I have loved musicals ever since I was a child and played the Sound of Music soundtrack over and over until the rest of my family begged me to stop.

The reason I bring this up is I received the special edition DVD of Mama Mia as a Christmas present from my son. I had already seen the movie twice but I what I really wanted to watch were the special features. I love to see how a movie is made, where it was made and hopefully a peek behind the scenes.

I am always a little envious as I watch all the actors and production crew appearing like they are having a blast working together. Now, I know there is a lot of stress involved in any large scale production whether it be a movie or a live stage presentation, but all I see is camaraderie and fun.

I pretty much work alone and for the most part I love and cherish my solitude. I think this is true of most artists and may actually be a requirement.

Feeling isolated at times is also part of the package. I managed to minimize this a bit when I moved into my studio 4 years ago. My studio is one of many located upstairs from the Art Foundry Gallery. When I am there it's great to bounce things off of other artists and just have what I imagine are "water cooler conversations".

I recently joined a new co-op gallery and feel like this will also help me taste a little bit of that "working together for a common cause" experience I wish for at times. It's a brand new co-op and I really had no intention of joining until I saw all the work that had been done by the artists that started it and heard what their vision was for this space. I am excited to be part of this group of passionate, hard working professionals. I will share more about this later.

Next movie in my Netflix queue - West Side Story.........................

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Intentions


One of my "intentions" for 2009 (notice I did not say "resolutions") is to post on my blog a little more often. Every time I sit down to write, I feel like I have to "say" something. But I don't. It doesn't have to be anything profound or even entertaining. I don't need to put that much pressure on myself. The other option was to just quit the blog. See, I tend to see the world black and white; all or nothing; empty/full...........I could go on but I won't.

There are many things I am excited about as the new year begins. Of course the fact that I am not doing any art festivals this year creates all sorts of emotions, most of them positive. I found myself sailing through the holidays this year (as opposed to paddling a sinking ship upstream in a hurricane......ok....that's a little dramatic). I surprised myself and my family. Thinking back I have to admit that one reason for this change of heart most certainly has to do with the absence of that time consuming ritual I perform every winter - applying for shows. Instead of filling out forms, labeling slides and writing checks, I was performing a ceremonious trip to the recycling bin every time an application came in the mail.

I may be beating this subject to death, and I promise I will find something else to write about, but it is a big deal to me. Art festivals have been a huge part of my life for many years and, of course, my main source of income. It's scary, but to see that I am already benefiting from this decision helps me believe I did the right thing.

Happy New Year!