Tuesday, November 30, 2010

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURAL MUSEUM


Charla Franklin


Fresno CA Gregory Melancon, Executive Director
The History of Soul Food from Foot to Fork! By Charla Franklin

African American Historical and Cultural Museum

Every month from November 2010 to September 2011, we will offer a Soul Food SAMPLE with a story teller, competition, presentation or demonstration. The month of December SAZERAC, cocktail, January BLACK EYE PEAS, February PEANUT, March COCOA & SUGAR, April MONKEY BREAD, May POTATO PIE, June CHOW-CHOW, July POTATO SALAD, August FRIED CHICKEN, September SOUL FOOD FEAST!

“True story… African women walked to the well to get water, on returning they would put their feet in the water as it was warming to clean and soak their tired feet, and use that same water to cook food for the white folks…. And when they got complements and was asked what they did, they answered “I put my foot in it”! This was taken as a euphemism.

This project is supported in part by the Fresno West Coalition for Economic Development and the Young Men and Boys of Color for hosting the reception

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Murphy Hill Gallery Moving May 2011


I would like to add to this post that Murphy Hill Gallery Will not move until May 31. This gives us more time to get things in order. If you know if anyone who has space available LONG TERM Please go to Murphy Hill Gallery Facebook Group. Thank you for your patronise.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Vacant Storefront Program RFQ Mobile Exhibits

On Behalf of the Arts Council for Long Beach
Arts Council for Long Beach and the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency

RFQ- Mobile Exhibits

Vacant Storefront Program

The Arts Council for Long Beach and the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency announce a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select artists for temporary public artwork for vacant storefronts in redevelopment areas within the City of Long Beach.

Scope of Work

The Arts Council is seeking to create a pre-qualified pool of artists/artist teams for the development of artistic enhancement and/or site-specific artwork for vacant storefronts in the City of Long Beach. Artists/artist teams will be commissioned to temporarily transform vacant storefronts through the addition of sculptural elements, the embellishment of existing structural and/or architectural elements and/or the development and incorporation of temporary site-specific works. Temporary public artwork will remain installed for a period of four months to one year depending on site location and priorities.

Budget

The budget for each Mobile Exhibit is $5000. The budget includes all costs associated with, but not limited to: artist's design fees; project materials; travel; insurance; fabrication; installation, de-installation and artwork documentation.


Artist Eligibility

This is an open call to all interested professional artists/artist teams.

All costs associated with travel should be considered in the overall project budget; travel stipends will not be granted. Artists applying as a team must have worked together on prior projects. Selected artists must be available to meet in Long Beach.


Deadline
December 17, 2010

The full RFP is available for download here or by visiting www.artslb.org.
For more information contact:

Erin Harkey, Associate Director, Public Art & Design Arts Council for Long Beach
erin.harkey@artslb.org, (562) 570-3811

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

IRON BIRD LOFTS FRESNO CALIFORNIA

Last winter when I was in Fresno the Iron Bird Lofts were still under construction, when I was driving through the downtown arts district this morning I spotted the Iron Bird Cafe, parked came in for a cup of coffee, and to gauge the pulse of this new emerging arts community. It is in the mural arts district, across from the African American History & Cultural Museum of Fresno.
African American History and Cultural Museum of  Fresno

Iron Bird Lofts in Fresno California




Iron-Bird-Lofts, Fresno Mural District, Mural District

Site Visit to Phantom Galleries Long Beach

Phantom Galleries.com in Long Beach

Long Beach Bike Station.com











On Sunday I spent the afternoon in Long Beach checking out the Phantom Gallery, these spaces are great for they are along the Promenade, and 3rd Street, all are visible from the sidewalks, all within walking distance, at night the galleries are lit. The project is in partnership with the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, and the Phantom Galleries LA.com.



Other gallery projects that were interesting, Six Pack Project, The Back Seat, Back Stage Gallery, The Phantom Galleries Los Angeles is also searching for a Director, visit the PhantomgalleryLA.com or call 213-626-2854, mailto:infor@phantomgalleriesLA.com for the description. I will also post on the Face book Phantom Gallery Chicago Network Group.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Elastic Arts Video by Tempestt Hazell


Elastic Arts Foundation from Tempestt Hazel on Vimeo.

SIXTY INCHES FROM CENTER INTERVIEW WITH SAM LEWIS AT ELASTIC

Shirley Hudson is the featured visual artist on video, "Abstractions in Sound", is the name of her series. Temple writes...........

Hey everyone!

On behalf of everyone at Sixty Inches From Center, thank you for allowing us to be part of Elastic's AMP-Chi event on October 30th. It was great to be able to capture the work that you’re doing as well as expose our team to some places in Chicago that they have never been before. This brings us closer to our mission of engaging and bridging the gaps between various communities of Chicago and also supporting some of our favorite art organizations and artists.

We hope to continue to develop this new relationship into one where SIFC can help you further your mission and promote the unique art your organization brings to Chicago.

Please take a look at the interview with Paul and Sam that I put together on SixtyInchesFromCenter.org: http://www.sixtyinchesfromcenter.org/archive/?p=1637. I hope you like it! Susan, I will be working on my interview with you and posting photos from the event in the coming week.

Thanks again, from the bottom of our heARTS!

Sincerely,

___

Tempestt Hazel
http://vimeo.com/16313773

Monday, November 8, 2010

URBAN ART RETREAT ANNOUNCES WINTER SEASON

Everyone can make art. Does that make us all artists? No, but we don’t all want to be artists. For people who pursue being an artist, who dedicate their life to it….We are just determined. And art making is something we really want to do and use as a way of expressing ourselves.


Whether one wants to make art, or relax and soothe their mind, they can find the opportunity to do both in the Differently Minded Art Studio. URBAN ART RETREAT offers small art classes, workshops, and retreats for the individual and small groups who would like to retreat for an afternoon.

Arts and Health Care at Oak Forest Hospital, Artist Alpha Bruton

Retreats can include- refreshments, music, relaxation exercises, meditation, body stretches, art making, and mind emptying.

Retreats for women who are beginners at relaxation, mindful breathing, stretching for health, and easy quiet art sessions, are now being booked for during and after the holiday season. Individuals and small groups may contact the URBAN ART RETREAT by email to reserve a day and time for their Retreat.

Please suggest your first 3 best days & times. We will respond as soon as possible.
  •  Individual Retreats are for one person and may be 1 1/2 to 2 hours long. The cost is $50.00
  • Couple Retreats are for 2 people and may be from 1 1/2 hours to 2hrs. long. The cost is $75.00
  • Group Retreats are for 3 to 6 people and may be from 2 to 2 1/2 hours long. The cost is $75 for 3, $85.00 for 4, $95.00 for 5 or 6 people. Payment is expected in advance when the appointment is made.
 Materials included.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Message from Ralph Murphy, Closing of Murphy Hill Gallery January 2011

WE JUST GOT WORD THAT THE ENTIRE BUILDING MAY BE CLOSING JANUARY 2011 HERE AT HOMAN SQUARE. THE DEAL TO CREATE RESIDENTIAL HOUSING IN THE BUILDING AROUND US SEEMS TO HAVE FELL THROUGH. THE DOLLARS GENERATED FROM THAT DEAL WOULD HAVE ALLOWED THE OWNERS TO CONTINUE FOR A WHILE. THE CLOSING OF THIS BUILDING WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO THE COMMUNITY. LETS SEE WHAT WE CAN DO TO REVERSE THIS PROCESS. THE MANAGEMENT STATES THAT THE UTILITIES AND OPERATING EXPENSES FAR OUTWEIGH THE REVENUE OF THE BUILDING.


I AM THINKING THIS MAY BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A MOVE FOR THE CREATION OF A HUGE MOVEMENT TO SAVE THE BUILDING AND TAKE IT OFF THE HANDS OF THE OWNERS SINCE IT IS SUCH A LOST FOR THEM TO THE POINT THAT THEY WANT TO CLOSE IT UP AND DISPLACE SO MANY PEOPLE AND THEIR DREAMS. WE NEED THAT BUILDING NOT JUST FOR THE GALLERY BUT FOR ALL OF THE INDIVIDUALS WHO WORK THERE AND STRIVE TO CREATE A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES. THE SUCCESS OF THE GALLERY I THINK WILL BE THE KEY CATALYST FOR THE MOVEMENT. ON MONDAY WE RECEIVED THE BLACK EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR VISUAL ARTS.PLEASE PRAY AND BE THINKING ABOUT WHAT WE MAY BE ABLE TO DO. RALPH MURPHY 773-457-4185

November 1st, Murphy Hill Gallery Receives Acheivement Award