Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New paintings from Imaginary Surrealist Daniel Merriam

WHAT | New paintings from Imaginary Surrealist Daniel Merriam, The Greatest Show on Earth

WHERE | AFA, 54 Greene Street @ Broome

EXHIBITIION | May 26th - June 20, 2012

RECEPTION | May 26th from 6-8pm,

MORE INFO | Heidi Leigh at or 212.226.7374

GALLERY HOURS | Mon. - Sat., 10am - 7pm and Sun., 11am - 6pm


Although life in the circus depends on discipline, struggle and sacrifice, it is divergent thinking that is the catalyst for the magic. This show is dedicated to the performer and the double lives they must lead.

"It has been said by many artists that art is often the result of a struggle. I can attest to this based on years of devoting my abilities to an art form heavily reliant on discipline. Both the body and the mind are fully employed in such an effort.  In my case it is the urge to create ever upstaged challenges both in my paintings and my real life as well, that gets me from frenzy to frustration to exhaustion.  I strive to work sculpturally and architecturally as I paint. Each time the environment becomes more of an obstacle as I encounter the physical limitations inherent with being human."

Born in 1963 in a rural town in Maine, Daniel Merriam is one of seven artistic children. He taught himself to paint at a very young age, and used his art as a method of reflective play throughout his childhood. He went on to study mechanical and architectural design at Central Maine Vocational Technical Institute. While still in school, he applied his dimensional skills and passion for architecture to his family's design and construction business.In 1986, Merriam shifted his focus solely to fine art, and later that year had his first solo exhibition in Maine. Since then, his exhibitions throughout the United States & Europe  have been lauded and achieved critical acclaim. Merriam's work is included in countless private collections and in such public collections as The Riverside Museum of Art in California, The Gesundheit! Institute in Virginia, the Manhattan Club in New York, and the Merrill Lynch collection.

Fine Art & Craft Fair

Art in the Park 
Fine Art & Craft Fair
June 2 & 3, 2012
10am - 5pm
Heckscher Park, Huntington

Rain or Shine - Free Admission

About 70 artists and craftspeople will show and sell original works of art and handmade crafts such as paintings, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, woodwork, glasswork, wearable art, and more. Prizes will be awarded to artists and craftspeople for superior artistry and craftsmanship.
This year, join the excitement as Long Island radio station 94X along with a panel of judges select Huntington's First "Idol" through a talent competition. From pre-submitted video auditions, ten finalists will perform separately at the event for their chance to claim the title of Huntington Idol at Art in the Park on Saturday June 2nd from 1pm to 3pm.
Contestants may submit their entries at 
The event will also feature live art demonstrations by Art League instructors and live music throughout both days.  Raffles will run both days to benefit visual arts education programs at the Art League of Long Island.  

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Artists Wanted - Self 2012: A Creative Competition Awarding $25,000 in Prizes

Artists Wanted
Self 2012:
A Creative Competition Awarding $25,000 in Prizes
+ Gallery Exhibition in NYC
+ $13,500 in Grants
+ 2 Page Magazine Spread
This is your moment to be discovered:
Within each work you create is a story of who you are as an artist.
We're looking for a special creative talent to bring to the forefront of the art world. Whether your work reveals an aspect of your personality, expresses your point of view, addresses a personal journey, and/or explores your unique identity, each artwork you create carries a part of your story.
This is about you. Learn more at:
Get your art reviewed by an esteemed panel of jurors from:
+ Galerie Lelong
+ Auckland Art Gallery
+ Para/Site Art Space
+ Public Art Review
+ and more...


Special Concert Performed in Preparation for the Conservatory Orchestra’s Tour of China in June

 ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Bard College Conservatory of Music presents the Conservatory Orchestra in concert, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director. The performance takes place in the Sosnoff Theater of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, on Thursday, May 31 at 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For ticket information contact the Fisher Center box office at or call 845-758-7900

The program includes Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor; Mozart’s Concerto in E-flat major for two pianos; and the world premiere of Conservatory alumnus Shen Yiwen’s The Sorrowful Song of Drunken Exaltation. Soloists for the performance include Ming Aldrich-Gan and Wei Zhou, piano; and Julia Bullock, soprano
This special free concert is given in preparation for the Conservatory Orchestra’s tour of China in June. The Bard Music Festival and Bard College Conservatory of Music join forces to launch a concert tour that will take them to premiere venues in Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, and Wuhan. Drawing on 22 years’ experience with the annual Bard Music Festival—devoted each year to the exploration of the world of a single composer—the tour merges the fresh talent of the Bard Conservatory with the Bard Music Festival tradition of innovative programming. 

For more information about additional events, including concerts and master classes, go to

Call to Artists - One of a Kind Show Chicago

One of a Kind Show Chicago 
Call to Artists

What:  12th Annual Holiday Shopping Event featuring Fine Art and Fine Craft

Where: The Merchandise Mart in Downtown Chicago

When:  December 6-9, 2012

  • 60,000 affluent consumers who LOVE to shop
  • One of the busiest shopping weekends of the year
  • Ideal location in the heart of downtown Chicago
  • Premium indoor environment with all inclusive hard wall booth package
  • Attentive staff and ease of show operations
  • Unparalleled show marketing encompassing substantial print and online advertising, direct mail, e-blasts, street banners, and media hits generating over 10 million impressions
  • Exceptional artist promotional opportunities for pre-show, show and post-show exposure
The 12th annual One of a Kind Show Chicago is an extraordinary holiday shopping event featuring fine art and craft from a juried selection of North America's most talented artists.  The 4-day show is scheduled during one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year and provides an outstanding opportunity for exhibiting artists to sell to tens of thousands of qualified and enthusiastic shoppers in an ideal location and premium environment.  The show has consistently been ranked as one of the country's top twenty fine art and fine craft shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine.

Apply via Zapplication: 

Application Deadline:  June 4, 2012

Notification:  June 25, 2012

For more details:

Kim Runner, Director of Sales

Tag You're It

The show will feature twenty of America's most talented young artists selected from a pool of 7,500 applicants. It is the last show curated by the current team and will serve as a celebration of a new chapter for the organisation.

Bells & Whistles by Guy Goldstein


Rooster Gallery Contemporary Art and Residency Unlimited (RU) invite you to the opening of JARO 1 featuring 2 solo shows by RU artists in residency Guy Goldstein and Erin Dunn. JARO 1 is the first in a cycle of jointly organised  exhibitions. Each year, Residency Unlimited and Rooster will offer the possibility to RU artists in residency to present new work at Rooster's premises in the Lower East side..   The term Jaro is a double reference to “year” in Esperanto and “caravan" in the Kichagga language. Time and displacement are integral to the concept of artists in residency.

On the ground level, Bells & Whistles by Guy Goldstein features a new sound piece  alongside works on paper. Goldstein's investigates how to create meaning in a saturated  consumer driven society. The process leading to the sound installation derives from a precise set of conditions. The artist enters printed material information in his computer that he collects from a wide range of sources in New York (e.g. restaurant menus, health leaflets, political flyers, fashion catalogs). He then reads this information out loud and records his voice on the computer. These spoken lists constitute the foundation of the multilayered sound piece that Goldstein will update continuously over the course of the exhibition.

The perception of the audience will be put to test by these surrounding sonic elements, which can be distorted and stretched, thus becoming either completely abstract at a given time, or clear and informative at another. The sound speakers are scattered on the gallery floor with the printed lists randomly displayed on top. The friction produced by the contact of the paper with the sound waves emanating from the speakers inevitably produce rustling effects. By incorporating an aleatory element into the rational world of ordering, the artist challenges the notion of narrative.

Working in tandem with the sonic installation, "Bells and Whistles" presents a series of drawings. Realized in graphite, they feature sonic elements and urban constructions that co-exist and collide thus providing the viewer with a similar sense of fast paced living.

In the lower level of the gallery, Rapture’s Adagio by Erin Dunn presents a complex installation of painting, sculpture and a stop motion animation that synthesizes techniques and materials employed with self-produced digital recordings. The starting point for Dunn is her readings about the life of Chiara de Montefalco (or ‘Saint Clare of the Cross’) who experienced ecstasies of ‘Jesus placing a cross in her heart.’ Upon her death, four nuns dissected her heart and were the first to discover the four chambered human heart - the cross is in quadrants.

Dunn is inspired to explore metaphysical and psychedelic divinity in relation to the body. Just like the Dervishes who get caught up in ecstatic raptures, the emotional intensity of the “sisters” in the animation is  triggered by whirling dances and hallucinatory music, immersing the viewer in an alternative landscape for imagination.

The complexity of Dunn’s creative process bears similarities to fluxus solutions. The paintings are realized with precise airbrush draftsmanship combined with loose and wild encaustic marbleization. The result is a set of ambiguous mandalas and unnamable entities with many sets of eyes, simultaneously angelic and demonic that swim through sky, sea and beyond.

Likewise, the sculptures share a sense of extreme strangeness with the unusual combination of materials, such as foam, wire, plastic and human hair.

Call to Artists - San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival

California Artists

Call to Artists

WHAT:  46th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

WHERE: Downtown San Anselmo, California      

WHEN:  June 23 & 24, 2012
            Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

*Limited to 240 juried artists and craftspeople.

*NO JURY FEE: Booth Fee $275 (10' x 10') plus 10% commission.

*40,000 attendees. 

This show is presented in the lovely downtown village of San Anselmo, a wealthy community of Marin County.  The community prides itself on supporting the festival.


NOTE: Deadline Extended to May 24th 2012

For more information and an application, please visit

Email questions to

Call to Artists - St. Louis Bluesweek Festival

St. Louis Bluesweek Festival
Call to Artists

WHAT:  Third Annual Art and Craft Festival at St. Louis Bluesweek         

WHERE: Downtown St. Louis, MO at Soldier Memorial            

WHEN: Friday May 25 4:30-11PM
           Saturday May 26 11AM-11PM
           Sunday May 27 11AM-11PM

*Limited to 50 artists and crafters   
*Expected attendance: 30,000  

*Drive up to booth space for setup/teardown
*Complimentary artist goodybag daily   
*No Jury Fee/Booth fee: $200 for 10x10 on 14' center    
*Artist-only restrooms and wash stations

*Electricity provided at no charge       

This famed celebration of performing and visual arts attracts huge, vibrant crowds. A fixture among the city's blues genre devotees, it draws knowledgeable, affluent festival attendees who are high-value candidates for artists' sales.  Excellent in-town location.         

May 23, 2012
Upon Acceptance 

To apply, please visit:

For More Information: 314-406-9112 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Abstract Impressionist Susan Marx will exhibit paintings at the Agora Gallery

Abstract Impressionist Susan Marx
will exhibit paintings at the Agora Gallery

530 West 25 Street, New York, NY, June 12 - July 3, 2012
Opening Reception: June 14,  6 PM - 8 PM
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM  - 5 PM
Vivid evocative color splashes throughout the transcendent planes of lush paint that characterize Susan Marx’s work.  Spontaneous brushstrokes produce a playful sense of the organic and immediate.  Her dedication to formalism, combined with her passionate reinterpretation of the world, results in paintings that are as breathtaking as they are compelling.  “My art is a result of my radical amazement at the visual world around me and my need to turn that visual experience into paint.  Nature may be my starting point, but it is not my end result,” she explains.  Her paintings are in conversation with artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, and Joan Mitchell, yet she strikes a unique note, enlightened by her own visual impressions.  Marx  paints outside, en plein air, and  is informed by direct experience of nature, inhaling natural beauty, and exhaling her sensations in a truly impassioned creation of color that epitomizes the current moment.
Exhibited widely throughout the United States, Marx’s work can be found in private collections in the United States and abroad.  Susan Marx lives in Orange, New Jersey.  She volunteers at the Montclair Art Museum and the Newark Museum

Scope Basel, 6/12-17/12 2012


You Can Have It All!, 2012
Installation, 36" x 70

SCOPE Basel will present 80 international galleries of the highest caliber, including a selection of new galleries fromSCOPE's Breeder Program,including: ARANAPOVED Galeria | Cross Gallery | Harlan-Levy Projects | Karin Sutter | Art Lexing Gallery | Muriel Guepin Gallery | NOMAD Gallery | STANDING PINE-cube. Long- established as the original incubator for emerging work, SCOPE's Breeder Program celebrates its 12th year of introducing new galleries to the contemporary market.

SCOPE Basel Exhibitors: AB Gallery | ALP Galleries | Amstel Gallery | Analix Forever | Aranapoveda | ASYMMETRIK | Aureus Contemporary | Camara Obscura | Canvas International Art | Cross Gallery | De Buck Gallery | The Don | Dubner Moderne | Ethan Cohen | Expo Gallery | Fabbrica Eos | Fabian and Claude Walter Galerie | Galerie Frank Pages | Frans Jacobs Fine Art | Gagliardi Art System | Galeria Astarte | Galeria Contrast | Galerie Alex Schlesinger | Galerie Artaban | Galerie Brockstedt OHG | Galerie Deschler | Galerie H.A.N. | Galerie Hirschmann | Galerie Judy Straten | Galerie Villa Koppe | Galerie Von Braunbehrens | Gallery LiNART | Hania Bailly Contemporary | Hohenthal und Bergen | Janine Bean | JanKossen Contemporary | Jonathan LeVine Gallery | Kaikai Kiki Gallery | Kashya Hildebrand | Kit Schulte Contemporary Art | Kunst Buro Berlin | La Lanta Fine Art | Lexing Gallery | LICHT FELD | Lukas Feichtner | Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art | Maurits Van De Laar | Mindy Solomon | Muriel Guepin Gallery | N2 Gallery | NOMAD Gallery | Officine Dell'Imagine | OLTRE DIMORE | Polka Galerie | Primo Marella Gallery | Robert Fontaine | STANDING PINE - cube | Steinmetz Contemporary | Kunst Klub | The FLat - Massimo Carasi | The Invisible Heroes | The McLoughlin Gallery | Ulrike Hrobsky - European Art Project | WAGNER and PARTNER | Wanrooij Gallery | Waterhouse and Dodd Contemporary | White Space | c. wichtendahl. Galerie | Willem Kerseboom Gallery | Witzenhausen Gallery | x-ist | Zellermayer Galerie

Philagrafika Working States Lecture Series

Wednesday, May 16, 2012



Filmmakers from Los Angeles, Berlin, Brooklyn, Kentuckyand Washington Selected for Year-long Mentorship

New York, NY  (May 14, 2012) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced today the ten documentaries selected for the 2012 Independent Filmmaker Labs, IFP’s  annual year-long fellowship for first-time feature directors.  The creative teams of the selected films, chosen from a national pool of 200 submissions, join the 8th edition of the Labs taking place May 14-19 in New York City.
“The Labs are unique in our focus on guiding filmmakers to concretely and constructively plan for their films’ lives beyond post-production, and are tailored to maximizing their opportunities given the particular assets of each film,” says IFP Executive Director Joana Vicente. “With almost 80% of previous Lab projects debuted in festivals and released worldwide, the impact of this has been significant.”

The Independent Filmmaker Labs are a highly immersive, free mentorship program supporting first-time feature directors with projects in post-production as they complete, market and distribute their films. Focusing exclusively on low-budget features (<$1million), the Labs provide filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films. Twenty projects (10 documentaries and 10 narratives) are selected for the Lab fellowship. Narrative Lab selections will be announced in June.

The Independent Filmmaker Lab program is supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Artists Public Domain, Ford Foundation, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, SAGIndie/Screen Actors Guild and Time Warner Foundation. Lab partners include The Adrienne Shelly Foundation, BMI, Eastman Kodak Company, Rooftop Films, 92YTribeca and the Sundance Documentary Film Program.
The selected projects for the 2012 Documentary Lab and Lab Fellows are:

Alias Ruby Blade
Alias Ruby Blade is the story of Kirsty Sword Gusmão, former First Lady of Timor-Leste. An aspiring documentary filmmaker, Kirsty instead became a courier for the Timorese resistance movement in Jakarta code named Ruby Blade. Through correspondence, she fell in love with the imprisoned resistance leader Xanana Gusmão. Together they nurtured the tumultuous birth of the world's newest nation. Fellows: Alex Meiller (Director), Tanya Ager Meillier (Producer). Brooklyn, NY

Big Joy Project: The Adventures of James Broughton 
Told by his angel at age 3 that he'll be a poet of Big Joy, James Broughton pioneers experimental filmmaking and poetry readings in San Francisco, leading to the Beat Movement.  Jungian analysis forces him to marriage with children, but his heart hurts until he meets a male student 35 years his junior - his soulmate for 25 productive years.
Fellows: Stephen Silha (Director/Producer), Eric Slade (Director/Producer), Dawn Logsdon (Editor). Vashon, WA

For Thousands of Miles
For Thousands of Miles is a story about Larry, a young man split between two lives; tethered to a stranger who still spent their days alone on an open road, a stranger who spoke like he spoke; who looked like he looked; a stranger who still missed the things Larry now found to be without residence. Fellows: Mike Ambs (Director, Writer); Erica Hampton (Production Manager). North Hollywood, CA

The Last Wild Mountain
The Last Wild Mountain follows the inception of rock climbing in 1950s America through stories of the unusual characters who started it. Their world is based on risk-taking and antidisestablishmentarianism, but as their Utopia grows up and so do they, their existence is challenged by growth, reality, and a diminishing landscape.  How long can this world last? Fellows: Oakley Anderson-Moore (Director/Writer), Alexander Reinhard (Producer). Los Angeles, CA

Lucky Torres is heir to a South Bronx boulevard of broken promises - untouched by the hope of urban renewal - teetering on a tightrope between dreams and despair. One of millions of Americans living on the brink of invisibility, Lucky's desperate search for a way out ultimately leads to a search within in this candid portrait of fame, survival and family.
Fellows: Laura Checkoway (Director/Producer), Neyda Martinez (Producer). Brooklyn, NY

Our Nixon
Throughout Nixon's presidency, three White House aides obsessively filmed their experiences with Super 8 home movie cameras. This unique archive, created by H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin, was seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation, then filed and forgotten. Our Nixon uses this footage to create an intimate, complex portrait of the Nixon presidency. Fellows: Penny Lane (Director/Producer), Brian Frye (Director). Claryville, NY; Kentucky.

Purgatorio: A Journey into the Heart of the Border
Purgatorio is a travelogue made up of episodes from the border. Murder victims, to children, drug-addicts, grieving mothers, Samaritans, journalists, pastors, police officers, a whole universe of characters and landscapes is skillfully woven together to show us how the US-Mexico border, and in fact all borders, are born from the deepest flaws of human nature. Fellows: Rodrigo Reyes (Director/Producer), Justin Chin (Director of Photography), Manuel Tsingaris (Editor). Merced, CA

Survival Prayer
Survival Prayer is a lyrical journey that celebrates the lifeways of a remote indigenous community against the backdrop of cultural loss and natural calamity. Following individual food harvesters as they gather and prepare for the winter, the film bears witness to a sacred relationship between individuals and the land that sustains them. Fellows: Benjamin Greené (Director/Producer), P. Corwin Lamm (Editor); Michael Beharie (Composer). Bellingham, WA

These Birds Walk
These Birds Walk is about common people who soar in a time of crisis while navigating the gritty reality of their daily lives in Pakistan. Omar, a poor runaway boy, plans his escape from a foundation in hopes to finally return home. A reluctant ambulance driver, Asad, navigates the difficult streets of Karachi, transporting the sick and dead to their fated destinations. Their two lives come together through a dying humanitarian upon whom so much of their daily lives depend. Fellows: Bassam Tariq (Director/Producer), Omar Mullick (Director/Producer), Valentina Canavesio (Producer). Brooklyn, NY.

Where God Likes to Be
The film follows three young American Indians from the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana through the course of one summer as they are faced with the choice to either leave the reservation for the first time in their lives or stay and struggle with life there.
Fellows: Nicolas Hudak (Director/Writer), Anna Hudak (Producer/Writer). Berlin, Germany

About IFP
After debuting with a program in the 1979 New York Film Festival, the nonprofit IFP has evolved into the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, and also the premier advocate for them. Since its start, IFP has supported the production of 7,000 films and provided resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers – voices that otherwise might not have been heard. IFP fosters the development of 350 new feature and documentary films each year through its Project Forum of Independent Film Week, Independent Filmmaker Labs and projects in its fiscal sponsorship program. IFP believes that independent films enrich the universal language of cinema, seeding the global culture with new ideas, kindling awareness, and fostering activism. The organization has fostered early work by leading filmmakers including Charles Burnett, Edward Burns, Jim Jarmusch, Barbara Kopple, Michael Moore, Mira Nair and Kevin Smith.

The Jazz Foundation of America celebrates A GREAT NIGHT IN HARLEM

The Jazz Foundation of America celebrates

When: Thursday, May 17, 2012

Where: Apollo Theatre
253 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027

Time: 7:00PM-8:30PM

Red Carpet: 8:30PM
Performances by:

For 23 years, the Jazz Foundation has kept Jazz and Blues alive. We are the only national organization dedicated to saving the lives and homes of elder Jazz and Blues musicians in crisis – musicians who have made our world richer through their music. JFA has grown to support over 6,000 cases a year with emergency assistance and work opportunities. Every day, we help clients in need who often have nowhere else to turn: our Emergency Assistance program keeps the electricity on, the rent or mortgage paid, and food on the table, in addition to providing counseling and referrals for pro bono services. We help to reestablish a musician’s sense of dignity and purpose through performance opportunities with our Agnes Varis Jazz in the Schools program which brings music to schools, nursing homes, hospitals and other venues throughout the country. We also save lives through our partnership with Englewood Hospital and Medical Center doctors and staff who have been serving JFA clients for 18 years. With this network of caring professionals, JFA social workers provide crucial services that keep many of these accomplished music veterans alive and productive, doing what they love to do – make music..

Sponsored By

THE ACADEMY WELCOMES "BARRY LYNDON" IN NYC Director Bennett Miller to Introduce


Director Bennett Miller to Introduce

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen Stanley Kubrick’s "Barry Lyndon" as part of its "Member Selects" series, on Monday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City. Oscar®-nominated director Bennett Miller, who will introduce the film, chose "Barry Lyndon" for this "Member Selects" evening, where Academy members introduce one of their favorite films.
Kubrick followed his string of Academy Award® nominations ("Dr. Strangelove," "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "A Clockwork Orange") with the adaptation of The Luck of Barry Lyndon, an early novel by 19th century writer William Makepeace Thackeray. The story's piercing examination of societal hypocrisy fit well within Kubrick's oeuvre, however, and the lush period setting allowed the director's obsession with detail to shine.
Told in two acts, the story recounts the lusty adventures of an 18th century Irishman who shamelessly attempts to climb the social ladder any way he can. Ryan O'Neal, in one of his few costume dramas, played the unrepentant rogue. The 1975 film, which was shot entirely on location throughout Great Britain, was nominated for seven Academy Awards® and won four, including an Oscar® for John Alcott's innovative cinematography. The film’s interior sequences were shot in natural candlelight to achieve the feeling of an 18th century painting.
This screening is presented courtesy of Warner Bros.
Tickets for "Barry Lyndon" are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at Tickets may also be purchased at the box office prior to the event (subject to availability).
The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved. For more information, visit or call (212) 821-9251.

This Egret comes to dine early evening in the same field

In my neighborhood, this same Egret comes to dine every evening

He watches me an my dogs as we watch him. Have a great day all of you aficionado's

Let us know at what inspires you to create.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Call To Artists / Halifax Art Festival

The Guild of the Museum of Arts and Sciences

Halifax LOGO for CTA
Call to Artists

WHAT:  Fine Art and Fine Craft Festival

WHERE: Riverfront Marketplace on historic downtown Beach Street, Daytona Beach, FL

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday
           November 3 - 4, 2012
           Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
           Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
           SetUp: Friday, Nov. 2 after 3 p.m.


*50th Annual Event.

*Limited to 250 juried fine artists and craft persons.

*$25,000 Cash Awards, including $5,000 Best in Show, plus Patron Awards.

*Fine Arts & Fine Crafts - Juried & Judged/Booth Fees: $25/$200.

*Crafts - Juried/Booth Fees: $25/$100.

*Friday setup after 3 p.m.; drive-up to booth for load-in and load-out.

*Artist amenities include free parking, boothsitters, 24-hour security, Saturday continental breakfast and Saturday night award dinner.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Halifax Art Festival is the 2nd oldest continual art festival in the state of Florida. The festival attracts fine artists and artisans from all over the country. Offering live entertainment, a student art competition, children's activities, fine dining in many local restaurants and cafes, HAF is a premier annual event in Central Florida.  

The Guild of the Museum of Arts and Sciences originated and presents  this prestigious festival every year which is totally organized and operated by volunteers.


August 18, 2012

For more details, artist's prospectus, and to apply, visit:
Email inquiries to:

You may also contact by telephone:
Andrea Pair, Artist Contact: 386-304-7247
Gloria Keay, HAF Chair: 386-767-1278

This call to artists is brought to you as a service of The Art Festival Newsletter,
the nation's only quarterly newsletter dedicated to the success of art festival artists.
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M Gallery of Fine Art SE LLC is pleased to present “Southern Dreams,”

Denise LaRue Mahlke, PSA

On Display from June 1 - 31, 2012

 M Gallery of Fine Art SE LLC is pleased to present “Southern Dreams,” an exhibition featuring pastel artist Denise LaRue Mahlke. Mahlke is known nationally for her works depicting the beautiful scenery across the United States.  The show will be composed of pastel master works and hang from June 1st – 30th.

There is a quiet thoughtfulness and passionate purpose to the work of artist D. LaRue Mahlke.  Her paintings convey a sense of restfulness and peace that reflects the spiritual connection she feels for the landscape she loves. Denise believes that being an artist is a calling that involves preserving, celebrating, and sharing in God’s creation. This sense of having a calling, a God-given purpose, motivates her to paint from the heart and challenges her to continue to sharpen her skills, understanding, and dedication. “There is always more to learn and I have a responsibility to put forth my best efforts in the spirit of thanksgiving and praise. The opportunity to reflect the creative ingenuity and love of the Creator through my work is a privilege and a joy.”

Denise is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, and is also a member of Plein Air Austin and Central Texas Pastel Society.  Her work has been featured in American Artist, Pastel Journal, Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Art, and Western Art Collector, and continues to gain national recognition and earn awards.  She is an invited artist to the prestigious Maynard Dixon Country show, which supports the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts, and Artistic Horizons which benefits Arts Without Boundaries.

For more information please contact M Gallery of Fine Art at, or stop in 11 Broad StreetCharlestonSC 29401.

Occupy Graduation


USA (10 May 2012) Graduation day is one of the proudest moments in a student's life. But for so many people facing a mountain of student debt, it's also a time for entering an unfair world of loan collectors and limited job prospects. Burdened by this debt, graduating students will exeunt the college stage with a silent, but firm expression of their angst and frustration in response to the growing student loan debt bubble. Formed by the collective voices of OWSPR, WORKHOUSE, Occupy Colleges, Move On,, Occupy Student Debt, Occupy Together, Ben Cohen (Ben and Jerry’s), Rebuild the Dream, “Default: The Student Loan Documentary,” Backbone Campaign, Occupy Student Debt, EDU Debtors Union, Forgive Student Loan Debt and Wear Your Debt, students throughout the country have pledged to use Commencement ceremony -- their big day---  to address this debt jubilee by white taping the actual dollar sign of their debt incurred to caps and gowns or by wearing symbolic ball & chains on their ankles in silent protest. A simple demonstration of expression to illustrate the national student frustration over this deep financial crisis, Occupy Graduation does not seek to interrupt the actual ceremony of commencement in any way save for visual representation. Amongst the Institutions who have pledged participation include George Washington University (Thursday, 17 May 2012), CU Boulder (Friday, 11 May 2012), The University of North Carolina (Sunday, May 13) and many, many more. For a full list and more information visit Occupy Graduation 

Wonderful World / By Rancian& Caroline Gaudrlault