Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Postponed Life Celebration Gathering for Michelle Walker

Michelle Walker, Executive Director of Metropolitan Arts Partnership

Postponed Life Celebration Gathering for Michelle Walker The Metropolitan Arts Partnership (MAP) has shared with us that the gathering originally set for Monday, February 25th, noon, at the Crocker Art Museum has been postponed with respect to the Walker family's immediate needs. Since SMAC is not the organizer of the life celebration, please contact Oliver Wong at the Metropolitan Arts Partnership at (916) 442-4016 ext. 202 or if you have any questions.
I worked with Michelle from 1992 – 1999- as an artist, and art consultant, and the first Arts Education and Outreach Coordinator for the City of Sacramento, where Michelle advocated for the position, because of her dedication to arts education. She support the African American Art Summit -1993 as a speaker, while manager of the Art and Public Places Program. She encouraged African American artists of Sacramento to position themselves for public art projects by following guidelines, perfecting resumes, submitting work samples, and working in partnership with other organization to strengthen community.

I resigned that position in 1999 to move to Chicago to attend the School of the Art Institute. She was one of the women administrators I interviewed in 2000 as a case study for my masters thesis in arts administration,"Problems and Considerations for Women, Administrating Public Art Programs.”

Over the years Michelle and I have had lunch together when I was visiting Sacramento, met for coffee during a layover at Ohara Airport as she was flying back to Sacramento, from one of her many trips to one national conference or another. 

Over the years time and distance has made our touching base less and less, it has sadden me that a sistah-friend, and colleague has passed from this world, before I got a chance to visit, catch up on our life stories, talk abour our daughters, and share our commonalities one last time, between our ever so busy schedules.

Metropolitan Arts Partnership 2006 to 2013
Michelle Walker, served as the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Arts Partnership 2006 to 2013. (MAP) is designed to increase traditionally under-served audiences by strengthening arts education and outreach programs in schools, performance venues and neighborhood centers, which are provided by our affiliated members throughout Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado, Sutter and Yuba Counties.

The Sacramento Bee: By Robert D. D├ívila – Updated: Wednesday, February 6 2013 - 7:52 am
Born in 1959 in Los Angeles, Michelle Angela Walker grew up with two brothers painting, singing, drawing and playing music. Her mother painted, and her father played drums in a band.
She studied guitar and was a competitive ice skater. She was an accomplished ceramic artist who sold her works to make money and earned a dance degree from California State University, Long Beach.
She formed a dance company and performed on TV on “Soul Train.” She earned a master’s degree in public administration from California Lutheran University and was assistant education director at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art before settling in Sacramento.

Ms. Walker, who raised a daughter, attributed her work as an arts activist to an “awareness of changing, perfecting and flexibility” that she learned as a young dancer.
“I began to realize that the exposure I had taken for granted, others didn’t have,” she said. “And I became committed to arts education; what it can do for you as a person and how it can make you explore who you are.”

Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission from 1992 to 2006
Shelly Willis Interim Director & Art in Public Places Director It is with great sadness that I inform you that last week Michelle Walker, Director of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission from 1992 to 2006.
Through interviews with former staff and Arts Commissioners, I heard over and over again that throughout her career Michelle supported, advocated and worked tirelessly for arts education and equity of access to the arts. She began her professional career as an artist and was an accomplished ceramicist and dancer, receiving a BFA in Dance.

In fact, colleague, friend, and Director of Placer Arts, Angela Tahti told me Michelle financed her college education through the sales of her ceramic work. Perhaps it was this experience that made her so committed to fighting for artists when she later became an arts administrator. “She respected the work of individual artists and fought to pay them well,” said Josie Talamantez, former Chief of Programs at the California Arts Council. Later in life, Michelle received a Masters in Public Administration and flourished in the 14 years she served as SMAC’s Director.

She was instrumental in founding the Sacramento Philharmonic and helped steward the commissioning of major public artworks at the Sacramento International Airport Terminal A. In 2004 she founded World Arts, a 2-year long, free arts education program which provided students with in-depth arts experiences, 5-days a week, all summer, in Oak Park. Michelle helped champion Surreal Estates, a unique artist live/work community that includes 11 single family units in Sacramento. The idea for the development came from a series of meetings in 1992 dedicated to cleaning up Del Paso Boulevard and turning it into a cultural magnet.

The project was partially subsidized by SMUD and monitored by the company as a pilot project. She also reached beyond City and County government funding for the arts to the private sector for support. “Michelle identified alternative resources for the arts, establishing the Arts Commission’s nonprofit arm, Friends of the Arts Commission while growing work place giving,” said Barbara Bonebrake, the City of Sacramento, Convention, Culture and Leisure Department Director.

“The Sacramento art community has suffered a great loss with Michelle’s passing.” Michelle was an advocate for all the arts, but had a soft spot for traditional folk art forms, according to Rhyena Halpern, former Executive Director of the Arts Commission, “She had exceptional gifts of insight and understanding, and a sweetness to her that I will always hold dear. Her good fight made life better for many artists, arts organizations, social service organizations and all the people they served.”

“Michelle was a true champion for underserved communities, developing programs to provide arts access to all neighborhoods and ethnicities. Her leadership of the regional Metropolitan Arts Partnership leveraged support through workplace giving to many arts providers region-wide,” said Tahti, “She will be missed.”

On behalf of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, we offer our deepest condolences to Michelle’s daughter, Ondrea, her brother Pierre and Mother Aurolie Walker.

AXIS 2013 International Art Festival

Silent Auction! at the Arts Club of Chicago- Saturday April 20, 2013, 7pm - 9:30pm-  tickets can be pre-purchased at This event is a fundraiser to support free tickets for neighborhood schools and students in CPS art programs.

Reposted for Mi-Yeon
Exhibitor's prospectus is available at /
Sponsorship application is available at
In 2013, Prak-Sis Contemporary Art Association is pleased to announce Axis 2013 International Art Festival, Prak Sis Annual Art Festival from May 2nd – May 5th, 2013. This festival, subtitled Royal&Loyal, will take place in the Northcenter neighborhood at the Ravenswood Event Center (address: 4011 N. Ravenswood, Chicago IL using a total of four spaces: a) the Billboard Atrium; b) the Loft; c) the Billboard Showroom; and d) the Industrial Ballroom. A stimulating variety of work and media will be displayed, with an expected guest list of approximately 50,000 community members and visitors from throughout Chicago land. Prak-sis is committed to having a broad attendance by offering the art festival events at little or NO COST to the community and general public.

Please contact us if you have any question regarding your involvement in AXIS 2013 at
Prak-Sis Contemporary Art Association
1917 W. Irvingpark Rd
Chicago, IL 60613

+1 312-459-8475

Annual International Art Festival
By Prak-Sis CAA

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Berlin Art Club-International Exhibition

 Call for artists to participate in the Berlin Art Club-International Exhibition deposit 250,00 (euro) artist are responsible for their own airfare, and accommodations in Berlin. 2014




Thursday, February 21, 2013

Poetry release party with Jeff Epton at the Unity Center. Free.

Sunday, April 7, 2013
1:00 PM to
Unity Center
3339 S Halsted St., Chicago, IL(map)
Also, Dale Epton, Stacee Kalmanovsky and Marrianne McMullen, will do a reading of Jeff's poem, Jezebel, arranged for three voices. Jeff blogs on political issues at In and Out and posts his poems on Outdoor Poetry Season.
Refreshments will be served.

We're about:
We have changed this group again. Now we write and share poetry and do some mime. and cartoon Bring in poems and cartoons you are working on. We meet at Panera in Evanston in the meeting room. We also meet at the Unity Center at 3339 S. Halsted in Chicago and at the Unity Church at 1545 Morse in Rogers Park. Panera is at Sherman and Church Streets.
Suggested donation for the mime is $10.
Dear artists and movement artists, join me in a special movement theater - drawing class with Daniel Weinberg this Sunday .
Ms. Marianna Buchwald taught mask - mime - theater courses at the FZH Vahrenwald in Hannover, during the summer of 2011 and 2012, the Galaxie,Chicago and many other venues.

In April 2010, she taught a Mask Mime -theater course for Circo, the circus school in Hannover, Germany. She taught at the Community Covenant Church, the Phoenix Mental Health Care Center in Chicago and at the SHARNIER THEATER HANNOVER in Germany.

Ms. Buchwald also taught movement theater at the Victory Gardens Theater, the Chicago School for Theater and Dance, residencies for the Illinois Arts Council, and theater classes at the Goethe Institute and at Art Resources in Teaching and Youth Guidance.

Chicago Fluxus Day


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Johalla Projects Celebrate New Public Art Project

Heather Gabel's SACRED CIRCLES at the CTA Damen Blue Line Station

"Art is Business"- Re-posted by Alpha Bruton


FEBRUARY 1 - MAY 1, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 16th from 7-10PM at Rational Park
Rational Park
2557 W. North Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60647
Please Join Johalla on February 16th from 7-10PM at Rational Park for an opening reception to celebrate the work of Heather Gabel being exhibited at the Damen Blue Line stop in Wicker Park.


1821 West Hubbard Street, Suite 209 | Chicago, IL 60622
By Appointment Only

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Will Portis Gallery Studio

I lasted visited Will Portis during his Art hop reception in Fresno California at Fresno City Hall in January of 2010. Will Portis Exhibit was on second floor,  his work in Realism and Abstract were admired by the public in this community art space dedicated to artists living and working in Fresno. Music was by: Peter Moedyic.
So two years later I asked Will Portis what he had been up too. He had just deinstalled an exhibit at the African American Historical and Cultural Museum of the Central San Joaquin Valley, which was for December's celebration, and he was the featured artist for Art Hop. He also had completed a large scale mural for El Capitan Middle School, in the Central Unified School District in November 2012. The mural celebrates the school's "Performing and Visual Art Program."

Alpha: How in the world did you get up there, or did you install it after you finished it in your studio?
Will: Just to satisfy your curiosity, they provided me with a customized scaffold. They welded a ladder on it and modified the adjustable wheels for mobility. I simply went up and down as needed.

Alpha: Did you have an assistant?

Will: I would have needed a million dollar bond, just for a helper. So I worked alone. The I would have had to purchase another million dollar bond just to park my truck on campus, therefore I parked on the street and dolled my working equipment back and forth.


Alpha: How long did it take you to complete it after the design was approved?
Will: I worked on it approximately three weeks, between 5-7 hour each day and two Saturdays.

Alpha: What style is this-- its beautiful, I love your color palate?

Will: This style of painting is like an exercise for my very intense representational style influence after the Dutch and Italian Renaissance.
 Contact Will Portis. Studio Location. 4866 E. Florence St. Fresno CA 93725. Phone/Fax: 559.485.4626. Cell: 559.906.3090.

Will Portis began his career in art while still in high school as a display artist for the Goodrich Tire ; Rubber Company. Since then he has created hundreds of works of art, both commercially and as a private fine artist. Mr. Portis is an accomplished portrait artist as well as a master of landscape art. In addition to his paintings on canvas, Mr. Portis’work can be seen on the numerous murals he has completed over the years.
Will Portis, who describes his style as “natural realism”and “abstract realism” has been hailed as a modern renaissance artist by many. His paintings have been noted for their dramatic lighting and bringing out the character of his subjects.
Mr. Portis attended the University of Akron for Fine and Commercial Arts and holds a Master’s Degree in education. In addition to being a working artist, Mr. Portis is also available for private instruction.

While I was researching the school district this mural was painted for I found this link to the Old Central High School Music Hall, at 2045 N. Dickenson Avenue, Fresno, CA 93723.
The Music Hall was built through the WPA in 1939.
Coordinates: 36.765292, -119.970188
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center

"Art is Business" Reposted for Dianna  Long

Liz Long Gallery

Women from Around the Globe

Opening Reception: February 9 (1-4 p.m.) 2013

Liz Long Gallery at 1957 S. Spaulding Ave.
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
corner 21st street
(2 short blocks west of the Kedzie stop on pink line)

Women from Around the Globe

Art by women about their lives, about what concerns them, about difficult issues they are dealing with and issues they see people around them dealing with
Opening Reception: February 9 (1-4 p.m.)

Videos by Women:Viewing on March 9 (2-4 p.m.)
Liz Long Gallery is a stepping stone art gallery for new and emerging artists. The gallery at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center features groups of artists with extensive resumes & with many shown exhibits
plus artists with barely any experience at all.
This makes for memorable shows of unique works
using different media, styles, & skills.
Included are talented artists who are from this area, from other states,
& from other countries.
Curator, Dianna C. Long and Assistant Curators
included diverse artists in this show.
Keep up to date on our website!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Veterans for Peace.

"Art is Business" Re-posted for Ayala Leyser, artist

Hello Artists!
Still calling for Art for the next show at my Out of Line studio/gallery in Chicago. My gallery focuses on progressive themes, and full multi-media events.
The next show/event : "Peace, War and more War", is sceduled for March- April. Besides visual art it will host music and some poetry relevant to the topic.
  • No commission charged on sales, but artists are encouraged to donate a small percentage of sales to Veterans against War, a multi-cause progressive organization.
  • A $25 - $40 installation/hanging fee will apply pending on size and number of pieces admitted. This fee includes a full reception event, drinks, food poetry and music relevant to theme. Application is free. More detail on:
Feel free to apply/enter any work pertaining to theme (anti war, anti invasion, anti violence) by emailing an photo, a title, description and a very brief artist statement to: .
Looking forward to see your work, you can mail a hard copy to:
Ayala Leyser, artist
Out of Line Art Gallery
2812 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Friday, February 1, 2013

"Greatness: A Celebration And Legacy Of Black History"

"Art is Business" reposted for Shonna McDaniels, Director Sojo Art Museum

Join Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum
2013 Sacramento Museum Day Celebration
Saturday, February 2, 2013
10:00 am to 4:00pm

 Will be presented by the Sacramento African American Art Collective. Their mission is to expose Sacramento and its surrounding areas to African American Art and Culture for the expressed purpose of establishing a supportive and sustainable presence,empowering businesses, educating the community, and creating a living legacy for our youth. The exhibit re-establishes the critical importance of black families, positive imagery thereof, as a means to improve the collective health, self image and psyche of black people. Progressing from black love to black, family love.

Featured Artist: Frank Blackwell, Lawrence Sullivan, Norman Rockwell, Daphne Burgess,Gerry GOS' Simpson, Shonna McDaniels,Gene Howell, Lumumba,Davion Jones, Mallory Knight, Marichael J. Brown, Elizabeith Catlett, Kanika Marshall, John F. King, Constance King, Frankie Edwards-Lee, Laurelin Gilmore, Marshall Bailey,Cheryl Riley,Chelle Brantley.