press release – David Hemmings Bird Photography http://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 22:17:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-25T155134.587.png press release – David Hemmings Bird Photography http://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/ 32 32 ‘Travel Photographer of the Year’ hosts new show of hope https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/travel-photographer-of-the-year-hosts-new-show-of-hope/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 20:13:50 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/travel-photographer-of-the-year-hosts-new-show-of-hope/ NEW HOPE, PA – The Phillips’ Mill Photography Exhibit is accepting submissions for the exhibit by an internationally acclaimed National Geographic and Smithsonian photographer. Photographer Bob Krist will be responsible for accepting submissions. He has won awards in Pictures of the Year, Communication Arts and World Press Photo competitions, was named “Travel Photographer of the […]]]>

NEW HOPE, PA – The Phillips’ Mill Photography Exhibit is accepting submissions for the exhibit by an internationally acclaimed National Geographic and Smithsonian photographer.

Photographer Bob Krist will be responsible for accepting submissions. He has won awards in Pictures of the Year, Communication Arts and World Press Photo competitions, was named “Travel Photographer of the Year” by the Society of American Travel Writers three times, and was honored at the Eisenstadt Awards for Magazine Photography. .

Submissions close Feb. 28 for the show, which runs April 2-22.

“This will be the first time since its inception that the prestigious photography exhibition will be seen both on-site at the historic Phillips’ Mill in New Hope, Pennsylvania, as well as online and accessible to the world,” according to a Press release.

Created in 1991 to promote photography as art, the juried exhibition celebrates “Photography as art, the photographer as artist” as a recurring theme. Over the years, the exhibition has grown and gained worldwide recognition – and is now considered the premier annual juried photography exhibition in Bucks County and beyond.

This year, Phillips’ Mill is thrilled to have Krist as a judge. His latest book, Old Souls & Timeless Places, won Best Travel Book of 2020 in the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Contest sponsored by the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

“With a camera in hand, Bob’s infectious smile and affable demeanor instantly open doors for him,” said Spencer Saunders, founder of the Phillips’ Mill photography exhibit. “The stories he tells and the photos he shares from inside those doors are fascinating. Bob could take a trip to the hardware store and look spectacular!”

Details of the call for art and submissions for up to six images can be found online.

The Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition will take place April 2-22 at Phillips’ Mill, 2619 River Rd – and online. There will be an opening reception and get-together, with more details on the Phillips’ Mill website.

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UMaine 4-H workshop explores swamps, climate change https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/umaine-4-h-workshop-explores-swamps-climate-change/ Mon, 14 Feb 2022 05:00:12 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/umaine-4-h-workshop-explores-swamps-climate-change/ An online workshop for young people aged 12-18 on marshes and climate change is scheduled from 1:30-2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23. The workshop will be offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H at Orono. Courtesy of UMaine Cooperative Extension ORONO – The University of Maine 4-H Cooperative Extension plans to offer an […]]]>

An online workshop for young people aged 12-18 on marshes and climate change is scheduled from 1:30-2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23. The workshop will be offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H at Orono. Courtesy of UMaine Cooperative Extension

ORONO – The University of Maine 4-H Cooperative Extension plans to offer an online workshop for youth ages 12-18 on marshes and climate change from 1:30-2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23.

“Maine’s Mystery Marshes: Using Electronic DNA to Understand Climate Change” will explore Maine’s salt marshes and their environmental DNA to understand the role of habitat amid climate change. Hands-on games and demonstrations will give attendees an in-depth view of the science of eDNA and salt marsh ecology, according to a press release from the expansion.

UMaine graduate student Heather Richard will lead the workshop. This workshop is supported by Maine EPSCoR at UMaine.

The workshop is free; attendance is limited to 15. Mandatory registration ends Friday, February 11.

To register to receive the link and documents at home, visit extension.umaine.edu.

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact 207-581-8206 or [email protected].

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The first Aerospace and Defense Workshop for MSMEs will be held in Tiruchi on February 10 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/the-first-aerospace-and-defense-workshop-for-msmes-will-be-held-in-tiruchi-on-february-10/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 05:01:45 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/the-first-aerospace-and-defense-workshop-for-msmes-will-be-held-in-tiruchi-on-february-10/ Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO), the nodal agency of the Tamil Nadu Defense Industrial Corridor (TANDICO), will hold the first of its five MSME workshops in Tiruchi on February 10 to raise awareness of opportunities in the sector. Such workshops, scheduled in the five nodes of the Aerospace and Defense Corridor – Chennai, Tiruchi, […]]]>

Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO), the nodal agency of the Tamil Nadu Defense Industrial Corridor (TANDICO), will hold the first of its five MSME workshops in Tiruchi on February 10 to raise awareness of opportunities in the sector.

Such workshops, scheduled in the five nodes of the Aerospace and Defense Corridor – Chennai, Tiruchi, Coimbatore, Salem and Hosur – will be organized during this month. The interactive workshops will focus on defense procurement procedure, indigenization opportunities, export opportunities, sources of finance, import embargo opportunities, state government interventions, training on the TANDICO website, defense export constitution procedures and various issues faced by MSMEs.

BHEL Small Industries Association will organize the workshop together with TREAT (Tiruchi Engineering and Technology) Cluster, Tiruchi District Small and Small Industries Association and Ministry Defense Coordination and Implementation Committee of Defence, BHELSIA President Rajappa Rajkumar said in a statement. Release.

TIDCO also plans to publicize the Center of Excellence being established in partnership with Dassault Systems and SIEMENS, which will assist these companies in new product development or re-engineering of existing products and skills development. SIDBI representatives will discuss the various financial products for financing the aerospace and defense sector.

The Tamil Nadu Defense Industrial Corridor has been able to garner significant traction through major investments committed by private and public sector companies. The state offers unparalleled benefits to aerospace and defense manufacturers with its well-developed ecosystem, state-of-the-art infrastructure and availability of highly skilled workforce, the press release said.

The Tamil Nadu Aerospace and Defense Industrial Policy 2019 also provides incentives for establishing industries, subsidies for manufacturing, training and certification. The sector is set for tremendous growth in the years to come.

The workshops are an ideal platform for MSMEs to learn more about the sector, the opportunities and its immense earning potential. The workshop will be of immense benefit to MSME units located in and around Tiruchi, Mr. Rajkumar said.

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97-year-old UWS artist to exhibit paintings at local festival https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/97-year-old-uws-artist-to-exhibit-paintings-at-local-festival/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 17:27:46 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/97-year-old-uws-artist-to-exhibit-paintings-at-local-festival/ UPPER WEST SIDE, NY – Henrietta Mantooth, 97, is an Upper West Side artist showcasing her work at a neighborhood festival later this month. She was born in 1925, the same year Benito Mussolini declared he was taking over Italy, or when Calvin Coolidge was in the middle of his first term as President of […]]]>

UPPER WEST SIDE, NY – Henrietta Mantooth, 97, is an Upper West Side artist showcasing her work at a neighborhood festival later this month.

She was born in 1925, the same year Benito Mussolini declared he was taking over Italy, or when Calvin Coolidge was in the middle of his first term as President of the United States, or four years before the stock market crash of 1929.

Fast forward nearly a century later, Mantooth presents his work Feb. 16 at the Gold Standard Arts Festival kick-off party at the Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center at 647 Columbus Avenue (West 93rd Street).

“Painting is about bravery. For both the artist and the viewer,” Mantooth said in a press release about the event. The 97-year-old describes her work as a “testimony” as it generally focuses on those “who are usually anonymous – the refugees, the rebels, the incarcerated, the farmers, the men and women who care for and defend their land, their homes, their children, their animals and ideas.”

During her career, her work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Sao Paulo Biennale and the Museum of Modern Art of Brazil at the Ford Foundation Gallery in New York.

The Gold Standard Arts Festival is promoted as the only multi-disciplinary arts festival in the United States celebrating the artworks of seniors.

“We see this festival as a great way to nurture, highlight and celebrate a demographic that has been largely ignored in the arts,” said Eileen Katz, one of the festival’s creators, in a press release. . “We live in a great time of inclusion and diversity, and we want to add this demographic to the dialogue.”

You can buy tickets for the Upper West Side festival here.

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Arts & Science Center to host performances, workshops, auditions and more in February https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/arts-science-center-to-host-performances-workshops-auditions-and-more-in-february/ Wed, 26 Jan 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/arts-science-center-to-host-performances-workshops-auditions-and-more-in-february/ The Southeast Arkansas Arts and Science Center in Pine Bluff will host workshops, a concert, auditions and host a new exhibit in February. Valentine’s Day Lampwork Workshop Glasssmith Olivia Valentine will host a Valentine’s Day-themed lampwork workshop on Saturday, February 5, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. This workshop is for participants aged 18 and […]]]>

The Southeast Arkansas Arts and Science Center in Pine Bluff will host workshops, a concert, auditions and host a new exhibit in February.

Valentine’s Day Lampwork Workshop

Glasssmith Olivia Valentine will host a Valentine’s Day-themed lampwork workshop on Saturday, February 5, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. This workshop is for participants aged 18 and over. It will take place at ARTSpace on Main at 623 S. Main St. in Pine Bluff.

Participants will learn how to melt and bend glass rods using a torch to create small sculptures.

No experience is required to participate. Complimentary snacks and drinks will be provided. The cost is $100 for members and $125 for non-members. To register, go to the ASC website.

ART WORKS presents: Sound of the Pride

The ASC has rescheduled ART WORKS Presents: Sound of the Pride to Friday, February 11, 6-8 p.m. The concert program will take place at the Adam B. Robinson Jr. Black Box Theater at ART WORKS, which is located at 627 S. Main St. in Pine Bluff. The show is open to people aged 16 and over. Admission is $5 for CSA members and $10 for non-members.

University of Arkansas students at Pine Bluff Studio will perform a “small office” style concert as part of their fundraising series with instructor Damon Tolbert as host. The campaign benefits UAPB’s Sound Recording and Technology Department.

Community members are invited to sing along and show off their own vocal talents in an open-mic setting. CSA staff will draw door prizes at the event.

Second Saturday Family Fun Day attendees will create unique papier-mâché bowls.

Second Saturday Family Fun Day

The CSA will hold its second Family Fun Day on Saturday, February 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. This month’s participants will carve and paint unique bowls using paper, glue and water through a process known as papier-mâché. This activity is free.

Those who wish to attend the course can secure a place by registering on the center’s website. website or by calling 870-536-3375.

Hearings

The ASC will hold auditions for “The Outsiders” on Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13. Auditions will be held at the Catherine M. Bellamy Theater at 701 S. Main St. Auditions are by appointment only. To register, visit asc701.org/auditions.

Auditions are open to people aged 12 and over. Artists must be available for schedules from Friday April 15 to Sunday April 17 and from Friday April 22 to Sunday April 24.

To request a screenplay selection ahead of auditions, email Lindsey Collins, Theater Programs Manager, at lcollins@asc701.org.

Watercolors and Wines Workshop

Painter and graphic designer Greta Kresse will lead a watercolor workshop on Friday, February 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The ARTSpace on Main at 623 S. Main St. According to the ASC, participants will learn to focus on relationships of color, light, composition and form using reference materials to create visually compelling images. Wine, beer and soft drinks will be offered free of charge during the workshop.

No experience is necessary to participate. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. To register, go to the ASC website. For more information, contact the ASC Rhodes Daigle Programs Coordinator at rdaigle@asc701.org or call 870-395-7059.

Kresse graduated from Hendrix College in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in painting. She works as a graphic designer for Electric Ghost in Little Rock. For more information about Kresse, visit www.gretakresse.com.

Yoga at the Loft

Florence Love, Certified Yoga Instructor, will lead a class on Saturday, February 19 from 1:30-3 p.m. at the ARTSpace on Main at 623 S. Main St. Participants will participate in yoga exercises and meditation.

Both new and experienced practitioners are welcome. Guests must be 13 or older to participate. Admission is recommended at $15 per person, and the CSA offers a pay-as-you-go option.

CSA will have yoga mats on hand or participants can bring their own mats. Masks are mandatory.

Prior registration is required. To register, go to the ASC website or call 870-536-3375. Class size is limited.

Exhibitions

CSA will host “PAUSE. People, Places and Scenes” by artist Carl E. Moore from Thursday, February 3 through Saturday, April 30. (Image source: CSA)

The CSA will host a new exhibition, “PAUSE. People, Places and Scenes,” featuring paintings by Carl E. Moore.

According to the ASC, Moore’s paintings portray people in their communities as black Americans living in a position of pause waiting for the next title or event to occur. His works range from simple everyday activities to sometimes intense and unpredictable situations, where people stop for the outcome.

“Pause” will be on view in the William H. Kennedy Jr. Gallery inside the CSA Main Building at 701 S. Main St. from Thursday, February 3 through Saturday, April 30, 2022.

CSA curator Jessica Lenehan will conduct an in-studio interview with Moore on Thursday, February 3 at 5 p.m. The interview will be broadcast at facebook.com/asc701/.

In addition, the ASC will host a joint reception featuring artists Moore and Meikel Church on Thursday, March 3, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The CSA is also hosting “Deeply Rooted: A Glimpse into Southern Lifestyle,” an exhibition featuring works from its permanent collection, through Saturday, March 5. This exhibit is on view at ASC’s Altheimer Gallery at 701 S. Main St. According to a press release from the center, the selection will help tell the story of southern culture and traditions.

“Tension and Protection: The Textile Artwork of Suzannah Schreckhise” will remain on display at the ASC until Saturday, March 5. Schreckhise is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Fayetteville. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Ozarks. According to the CSA, this exhibit features Schreckhise’s textile work, combining her crochet series and her ongoing mask series, “Breath.”

COVID-19 Information

CSA is monitoring COVID-19 numbers and will adjust programming accordingly. For event updates, follow ASC at facebook.com/asc701/ and sign up for e-newsletters at www.asc701.org.

About CSA

The center is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Sunday and Monday.

The center is located at 701 S. Main St. in Pine Bluff.

Admission to the gallery is free.

For more information about the center, visit CSA website or contact the center by calling 870-536-3375.

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Library of Washington Features Work by Artist de Montville https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/library-of-washington-features-work-by-artist-de-montville/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 05:00:38 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/library-of-washington-features-work-by-artist-de-montville/ The works of Tom MacConnell de Montville are exhibited until February at the Gibbs Library in Washington. Photo submitted Tom MacConnell’s works will be on display at the Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road, Washington, through February. There are three of a series of large untitled watercolors and four large photographic prints. MacConnell has been […]]]>

The works of Tom MacConnell de Montville are exhibited until February at the Gibbs Library in Washington. Photo submitted

Tom MacConnell’s works will be on display at the Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road, Washington, through February.

There are three of a series of large untitled watercolors and four large photographic prints.

MacConnell has been creating art for over 50 years, mostly from his home base in Montville. Originally raised in North Carolina and Florida, he left for Europe after a year studying with John Roy at Florida State. Over the next few years, he taught himself in major museums and libraries across Europe and studied etching and printmaking at Stockholm University, according to a press release from the library.

Upon returning to the United States in the mid-1960s, his interest turned to photography. MacConnell photographed extensively in the United States and Mexico, particularly in Maine, New Orleans and Seattle. He was strongly influenced by the photographer Ernst Haas, who was his teacher and friend.

He returned to painting in 1996, with large oil and acrylic paintings dominating the work. More recently, he returned to watercolors and produced regularly in his studio in Montville.

Past exhibitions include the Colby College Museum of Art (photography), the Carver Hill Gallery in Rockport (photography and painting), and the Gibbs Library.

The library may announce a reception at the end of the fair if the level of COVID risk drops.

The library is open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday; 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

For more information, call 207-845-2663.

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Pune: the army’s regional technological node organizes a workshop for start-ups https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/pune-the-armys-regional-technological-node-organizes-a-workshop-for-start-ups/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 05:37:05 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/pune-the-armys-regional-technological-node-organizes-a-workshop-for-start-ups/ The Army’s Regional Tech Node (RTN) Pune held an online workshop on Saturday to familiarize start-ups with the military’s procurement process. The event saw the participation of 275 representatives from the defense industry and the military. A press release from the Army’s Southern Command said the workshop focused on integrating start-ups into the defense supply […]]]>


The Army’s Regional Tech Node (RTN) Pune held an online workshop on Saturday to familiarize start-ups with the military’s procurement process.

The event saw the participation of 275 representatives from the defense industry and the military.

A press release from the Army’s Southern Command said the workshop focused on integrating start-ups into the defense supply chain, thereby broadening the base for acquiring military equipment. strength. “To stimulate national defense production and facilitate interaction with industry, the Southern Command launched the first Regional Technology Node (RTN) in Pune in November. The node’s activities include conducting a startup forum by the Society of Indian Defense Manufacturers, ”the statement added.

The Commander of the Army of the South, Lieutenant General JS Nain, opened the workshop and urged all industries to work tirelessly to achieve the goal of indigenization. The Army Commander’s remarks were followed by presentations from the Army Design Board (ADB), elaborating on the organization and procedures of ADB and an overview of RTN. Representatives of industry, the SIDM Start-up Forum and other organizations also addressed the participants.

“Holding such workshops will encourage industries, MSMEs and start-ups to come forward and come up with solutions to the modernization needs of the military as part of the ‘Aatma Nirbhar defense campaign’,” the statement read. .


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SLO Photographer Nic Stover Hosts One Day Workshop at Solvang | Arts | San Luis Obispo https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/slo-photographer-nic-stover-hosts-one-day-workshop-at-solvang-arts-san-luis-obispo/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 12:03:30 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/slo-photographer-nic-stover-hosts-one-day-workshop-at-solvang-arts-san-luis-obispo/ San Luis Obispo-based photographer Nic Stover will lead a photography workshop at the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature in Solvang on January 30 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The course is described as being designed for photographers of all skill levels. seeking to improve their editing skills. “During this session, course participants will […]]]>


San Luis Obispo-based photographer Nic Stover will lead a photography workshop at the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature in Solvang on January 30 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The course is described as being designed for photographers of all skill levels. seeking to improve their editing skills.

“During this session, course participants will see how the most impactful and compelling images are those that have the right balance of technique, vision and processing,” Stover said in a press release. “All of these skills need to be continuously developed and refined through our own artistic and creative processes.”

The first half of the workshop will cover the concepts of photographic composition and image design, while the second half will consist of a practical exam and a discussion session. Admission to the class is $ 75. Participants should plan to bring two or three of their own photos (printed or digitally submitted in advance) for the review segment of the course.

Stacey Otte-Demangate, executive director of the Wildling Museum, said she hoped the museum’s current photo exhibit, Sharing the Light, “would inspire visitors to dive into their own photography,” and that attendees of the next workshop should expect to hear “great advice on how to take their jobs to the next level.”

Early registration is encouraged as the workshop is limited to 12 participants. Masks are mandatory inside the Wildling Museum. For more information, call (805) 686-8315 or visit wildlingmuseum.org. The museum is located at 1511 Mission Drive, Unit B, Solvang.

To learn more about Stover and his photography portfolio, visit stoverphoto.com. ??


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Fun workshop to highlight the Children of the Carrefour https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/fun-workshop-to-highlight-the-children-of-the-carrefour/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 05:11:33 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/fun-workshop-to-highlight-the-children-of-the-carrefour/ Characteristics Journalist 4 hours ago Simeon Moodoo – A Reading of Children of the Crossroads by Simeon Moodoo will launch the Playwrights Workshop Trinbago (PWT) (MRTS) monthly reader drama series for 2022. This reading will be the first act of a three-act play. The theatrical series, held on the first Wednesday of each month, will […]]]>


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A Reading of Children of the Crossroads by Simeon Moodoo will launch the Playwrights Workshop Trinbago (PWT) (MRTS) monthly reader drama series for 2022. This reading will be the first act of a three-act play.

The theatrical series, held on the first Wednesday of each month, will continue online in light of precautionary measures against the covid19 pandemic, a press release said.

The reading will take place via Zoom Reunion only on January 5 at 7 p.m.

Children of the Crossroads follows Boysie, a 15-year-old high school student of Indo-Trinidadian descent and batting combatant, as he sets out on a journey to reclaim his legacy. His family decided to protect him from the gayelle, but as danger looms he finds himself in need of “high science” to protect his family.

In his brief note before the script, Moodoo, who is an MA candidate, said, “This piece is written in part as part of the MA in Cultural Studies at the Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies, UWI, St Augustine campus. This is the practice-based component of the study, and it is based on the researcher’s auto-ethnographic journey, interviews conducted and an analysis of historical / scholarly accounts and recordings of Trinidadian martial traditions of combat in the United States. stick and whip. It is the result of exploring the contributions of the East Indies to Trinidadian culture through these martial ways.

Moodoo has been a drama and theater professor at the Department of Education for five years. He has been an educator in various schools including public / non-denominational schools and schools run by government assisted religious councils.

He has worked in community theater and educational theater through and in collaboration with theater companies such as Arts in Action (AiA), Máp Brulé and Halqa Productions, as well as various youth and community groups in Trinidad and Tobago.

He completed the Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts (High Honors) in 2014 and the Bachelor of Science in Sociology (with a minor in International Relations) in 2011 at UWI, St Augustine.

Moodoo is also an award-winning national and regional playwright and director, as well as the founder and artistic director of Halqa Productions. He is founding director of the TT Performing Arts Network (TTPAN) and director of the Holistic Learning Center.

Playwrights Workshop Trinbago (PWT) invites actors, playwrights, directors, producers and the audience to join Zoom to listen to the reading and participate in the discussion to help the playwright in the further development of the script.

Join the Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82136776250

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A Soft Touch: Artist Downs featured on Strand Show | News https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/a-soft-touch-artist-downs-featured-on-strand-show-news/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 13:42:19 +0000 https://davidhemmingsbirdphotography.com/a-soft-touch-artist-downs-featured-on-strand-show-news/ PLATSBURGH – Artist Patricia Downs presented three solo exhibitions in 2021 at Chapter One Coffee and Tea, the Strand Center for the Arts and City Well. Three of his works, “Ulcerative Geodes”, “Midnight” and “Fluctuating Blues” can be seen through December 31 at the annual Membership Exhibition during the holidays in the Strand Center Gallery, […]]]>


PLATSBURGH – Artist Patricia Downs presented three solo exhibitions in 2021 at Chapter One Coffee and Tea, the Strand Center for the Arts and City Well.

Three of his works, “Ulcerative Geodes”, “Midnight” and “Fluctuating Blues” can be seen through December 31 at the annual Membership Exhibition during the holidays in the Strand Center Gallery, 23 Brinkerhoff St., Plattsburgh.

The exhibition presents painting, drawing, photography, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, ceramics, stained glass, pearl weaving, printmaking, mixed media and carpentry.

Featured artists include Downs, Herb Carpenter, John Cullen, Ann Pember, Suzanne Doin, Sandy Fox, Judy Guglielmo, Marilyn Kretser, Douglas Wooser, Wind Sop, Ed Rice, Kim Berg, William Leege, Jennifer L. Ashline, Anne Bailey, Charlene Newman, Darlene Cullen, Bill Crosby, Ian Burcroff, Dick Brogowski, Jim Kobak, Renee Gifford, Ron Nolland, Bob Lange, Michael LaFontaine, Emily Latour, Angela Nephew and Eric Timmerman.

ULCERATIVE GEODE

For “Ulcerative Geode” Downs was creative in a deep valley, body and mind.

“I felt like I didn’t have any inspiration, motivation or energy to create,” she said.

“I didn’t feel good physically either. I felt like my insides were betraying me. The spark came from the curiosity to experiment with materials and processes.

His idea was born out of a question of simulation.

“What if I started this piece by creating a grid-like frame like a skeleton for the wire piece?” ” she said.

“So I made this skeleton supporting the sculptural structure of the interior and then I woven strips of fabric between the bars of the grid.”

When the grid was completely covered, Downs crocheted protruding strips of fabric.

“Then I kind of pushed, pulled, twisted, and sculpted the whole piece into a shape that I felt was right,” she said.

“It’s like the big red with these weird protruding shapes sticking out of it.”

MIDNIGHT

“Midnight” was originally inspired by the fabric.

“I loved this deep dark blue of the material,” she said.

“I used the wire frame technique and woven strips of this dark blue fabric between the bars of the grid. Then I warped the yarn underneath to create the shape I wanted and crochet protrusions emerging from it in that same dark blue material. This was inspired primarily by the color, texture and feel of the material itself.

FLUCTUATING BLUES

Once again, Downs took inspiration from the fabric and its emotional state in making it.

“I felt like my mood was fluctuating from very good to very weak, but also very anxious,” she said.

“I wanted to describe this in some form. So I started with a piece of driftwood for a more natural look. Then I crocheted it with a blue zigzag striped cotton fabric.

“Then I used other colors of blue fabric stripes to crochet curved zigzag lines the entire length of the piece that overlapped. So the overall effect was this kind of chaotic, zigzag overlapping streak. on a blue field. “

PASS

A native of Plattsburgh, Downs has loved creating his entire life, according to a press release from Strand.

As far back as she can remember, she rummaged in the kitchen art cabinet and found materials that she could turn into art projects.

But she was never content to draw and paint. She wanted to “do things”.

In high school, she reconnected with her love of artistic creation and decided to create a portfolio to apply to art school, eventually settling in the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

While there, Downs created a body of work based on the assigned tasks, but it wasn’t until she took her first abstract sculpture class that she became obsessed.

From fall 2017 to spring 2019, she devoted all her energy to creating sculptures, collages and multimedia works.

His university experience culminated in his graduation thesis project, a massive fiber sculpture, titled “Paralyzed in Deep Darkness”.

ARTIST AT WORK

Downs lives and works here where she builds a substantial body of work in mixed media, recycled and mixed fibers.

Currently, she creates sculptural wall hangings through processes such as crochet, weaving, knotting and sewing.

This fall, she taught a gentle sculpture class at The Strand.

In his artist statement, Downs writes:

“I combine processes often seen as ‘domestic’ or ‘feminine’ work with the creation of contemporary art. I combine the ideas of craftsmanship, skill, utilitarian process and abstract art.

“I actively try to reduce the stigma surrounding crafting processes by showing what can be done with exploring and experimenting with crafting methods and mediums.

“I don’t quilt or crochet a pot holder, but I respect traditions while elevating the process to fine art.”

“Between Layers and Stitches” was the title of his solo exhibition of fiber art at The Strand.

“I try to use mostly 100% recycled materials,” Downs said.

“It’s a big thing for me. I’m trying to create a nice zero waste studio practice. I save all my scraps of fabric from rooms and use them in other rooms.

Send an email to Robin Caudell:

rcaudell@pressrepublican.com

Twitter: @RobinCaudell


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