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CREATIVE NEWS AND HAPPENINGS FROM AROUND SALEM
Discovering Liang and Lin - PEABODY ESSEX CONNECTED BLOG
This recent trip to Massachusetts was about self-discovery and learning about my family’s past. Ever since I saw the documentary made by CCTV in 2010 about my great-grandparents, Sicheng Liang and Huiyin Lin, I’ve become even more curious about my family history and their struggles during the most difficult time in modern Chinese history.
Feasting the senses - PEABODY ESSEX CONNECTED BLOG
As an art historian specialized in art of the Golden Age, I spend a lot of time thinking about the sense of sight.
The exhibition Asia in Amsterdam encourages us, I think, to consider the senses more broadly than is normally the case for the Golden Age. It does so by looking beyond the visual glories of the paragons of Dutch painting Rembrandt and Vermeer, for example, and telling the story of seventeenth-century Dutch culture through objects, of which paintings are ultimately only one sort. Textiles and jewels would have been worn and invoke the sense of touch; the spices the VOC exported from Asia tickled the olfactory sense and the sense of taste, and porcelain plates and cups were used for dining, for example. We are reminded that taste is always more than what meets the eye: the very word “aesthetic” means, in Greek, “of sensation or perception,” and is not necessarily restricted to vision.
I was Stuck, and Now I’m Not… - THE SALEM GARDEN
And I don’t mean by a rosebush!
This post is all about me. I’m apologizing right now, because I should probably be talking about other things but I’m kind of transparent by nature so I can’t move on and get back to work here until I share this with you.
Last August I left my job as Bass River, Inc’s adaptive gardening specialist because I had a supervisor who just didn’t get gardening or my agreement with the agency about what my tasks were and how I would use my time based on the agreement.
PRIVATE EYE IN THE NEWS - SALEM THEATRE
Read more about PRIVATE EYES in the news!
Salem News: Salem Theatre Company stages Steven Dietz's 'Private Eyes,' a comedy of suspicion
Salem Gazette: It's a fun trip following the plot of 'Private Eyes' at Salem Theatre
Poetry Festival In Year Eight; Witness Words Come Alive, Mark the Date - SALEM MAIN STREETS
Poetry in all its forms will be on active display April 29-May 1 as the 8th annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival presents a diverse schedule of events and speakers in various Salem venues.
Among the events will be nearly 100 poetry readings and workshops, a small press and literary fair, panels, poetry slams, visual arts, and open-air performances.
Among the participants will be Sandra Beasley, Martha Collins, Mark Doty, Edward Hirsch, Marie Howe, Ada Limón, Greg Pardlo, David Rivard, Charles Simic, and Ocean Vuong.
CALLS TO ART
CALL TO ARTISTS - 2016 SALEM MURAL SLAM - ARTIST'S ROW - CITY OF SALEM
The City of Salem is seeking artists to participate in a “Mural Slam”, a public art project to take place during the Salem Main Streets, Salem Arts Festival, June 3-5, 2016. The site for the 2016 Salem Mural Slam is a series of brick walls at Artists’ Row located in historic downtown Salem at 24 New Derby Street, across from Old Town Hall and Derby Square. This area at the heart of the City was originally built as a market place and...
“En Plein Air and Beyond” 4th Annual Artists’ Residency at the House of the Seven Gables - SALEM ARTS ASSOCIATION
Registration deadline: Monday May 9 2016
REGISTER HERE - FREE
(For Salem Arts Members Only)
For the fourth year in a row The House of the Seven Gables will allow Salem Arts Association members on the grounds of their property to sketch, paint, photograph, write and do all things art related without the need to pay admission.
Call to Artists Spring Fling - ARCWORKS PEABODY
ArcWorks invites artists from Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire to submit works for consideration to the juried exhibit Spring Fling. Artists may submit artwork in a variety of two– and three– dimensional media for the juror’s consideration. ArcWorks’ juried exhibits are un-themed, and artists may submit artwork of any subject matter.
Online submission: March 14, 2016 – May 13, 2016 Instructions available here
BLAA’s tenth show is an exhibition of work by artists living and creating at the intersection of LGBTQIA issues and culturally defined notions of “disability”. Often rendered less visible, these artists are forced to negotiate the terrain in between heavily loaded, socially prescribed labels: “Queer”, “Disabled”, “Artist”. This is a show about empowerment, community, representation and visibility. Work is not required to address any particular theme, but must be submitted by artists who personally identify, or feel they have been defined by society, as a part of this minority demographic. Artists in all mediums – including performance – are encouraged to submit.
LEARN MORE AND SUBMIT
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 1, 2016 by midnight
SHOW RUN DATES: Exact dates TBD; Summer 2016
12 Ideas for Creative Desks - Entrepreneur
Have a little fun in your workspace with an out-of-the-ordinary desk.
Crafting a Design-Inspired Life: A Studio Tour with Robert Mahar - CREATIVE LIVE BLOG
Robert Mahar is living the dream. After leaving leaving the world of art appraisal he launched a successful career designing crafts – winning praise from around the web and earning the title, 2016 Academy of Handmade Master Maker.
Robert makes, teaches, and maintains the incredible YouTube channel, Crafted with Robert. The epicenter of all of this creativity is the studio space he shares with a fellow maker at Meng and Mahar.
What does creativity mean, really? - CREATIVE SOMETHING
What does it mean to be creative? Why does it matter? Why are artists and musicians and poets the types who seemingly obsess over creativity while everyone else goes about their business, paying the bills and enjoying some of what the artists and musicians and poets create?
I think I know, hear me out. Creativity is what happens when you create, usually something unique and worthwhile. Consumables. Macaroni and Cheese is a creative thing. So is American Idol.
But wait, is that right?
Skadi, Norse God of Winter, Gets “Do-over” - THE GLOUCESTER CLAM
ASGARD—After lengthy negotiations over the weekend, Skadi – divine ruler of Earth’s frozen reaches – has been granted another chance at summoning snow and ice to produce, per Odin’s decree, “someth…
Spring Solo Exhibits and Regional Sculpture Exhibit - MARBLEHEAD ARTS ASSOCIATION
May 7, 2016 – June 19, 2016
Opening Reception – Sunday, May 8, 2016 from 2-4 pm
Free and open to all; light refreshments will be served.
Alicia Cohen – Pets and Playmates – a Collection of Pet Portraits – acrylics on canvas
This is an exhibit of the latest series of paintings by local artist Alicia Irick Cohen. She is the winner of the Marblehead Festival of the Arts People’s Choice Award in painting for the past two years featuring beloved animals in her work. Her inspirations range from works of the
Welcome to Montserrat’s Summer Immersive Workshops! - MONTSERRAT COLLEGE OF ART
From painting and sculpture to animation and book arts, our diverse summer immersives are designed to allow participants time and instruction to explore new avenues of creative inquiry. We invite you to spend your summer devoted to your art in the unique environment that only a working art college can offer.
Week long, intensive courses run from June 6 through July 1. We also offer a weekend intensive, and one evening course. Please explore our courses and scholarship opportunities below.
June 6 – 10
Creative Letterpress Projects / Sarah Hulsey
Deepening Your Personal Relationship with Painting and Drawing / Tim Hawksworth & Lala Zeitlyn
Painting the Figure / Brett Gamache
Psychological Portraiture / Tim Harney
June 7 – 23 (Evenings)
Fabricated Steel Sculpture / James Durrett
“Over the last four years, lawmakers have recognized the tremendous value of arts and culture in the Commonwealth by providing steady increased investment in the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which makes grants to arts institutions and local cultural councils across the state. Today’s recommendation by the House Ways and Means Committee to fund the MCC at $10 million is a deeply disappointing—and abrupt—u-turn from that community investment.
PODCASTS WE ARE LISTENING TO
Arel Moodie- Be a Better Communicator - CREATIVE WARRIORS PODCAST
WARRIOR of Effort
Of course, everyone wants to be likable. In business, it usually makes all the difference in your success! So, what makes someone likable? And why are some people just instantly likable? Today we’re talking about likability and how small shifts can create significant results.
Episode 32: Tampered - LORE PODCAST
Maybe it’s human pride, or maybe it’s a tendency toward superstition, but humans are very good at making excuses. When things don’t go our way or when something breaks, there always seems to be a reason for it. And apparently, those excuses have occasionally walked among us.
Your nonstandard blend of irrespective & regardless
Airing LIVE on Wednesday nights 9/8c, it's a show, where talented people have something (or nothing) to say
JAWS Minute Episode 52 - THE JAWS MINUTE WITH ADAM HARMON
JAWS Minute, where you all know me... know how I earn a livin'. Adam Harmon from Salem Ink Tattoo and Art Gallery in Salem, MA and MHS Hysteria on Youtube is back to kick off another week. It's a Monday and that means a new guest!
SOCIAL EYES PODCAST 16 | APRIL 25 2016 - JO SOCIAL BRANDING
In this session of the JO Social Branding “Social Eyes” Podcast we will be discussing the latest news in social media that was announced this past week. This week’s news surrounds video marketing and virtual reality video.
Facebook News Feed Ranking Factor
Facebook is updating their algorithm to provide more relevant content to Facebook users. They now will take into account how long it takes someone to read a post and if the post is interesting enough. They also are cracking down on click-baiting – getting people to open a post, search for the answer and then go back to the newsfeed.
This update includes posts, instant articles and videos.
Another update includes providing more content from more publishers, rather than a select few all the time.
JUST FOR FUN
ELDERFLOWER SMASH - FOREVERXXXI
A couple of really warm days and I might have gotten a little too excited about putting away the snow boots and bringing out short sleeved shirts. I would argue that, in my house, when transitioning wardrobes for three kids and myself, some forethought and coordination is required. Still, like many others, I might have jumped the gun with allowing myself to have those thoughts in mid-March. The calendar says “spring”, but, especially in New England, that doesn’t mean a darn thing…and, indeed, snow or threats of snow can come even into the middle of April.