Monday, July 21, 2014

Attention, Animal Lovers! Explore.org

Coming soon,
As we wrap up the current ARTsisters' exhibition at Old City Jewish Art Center, our next show will be at Merion Art and Repro in Ardmore PA.
In honor of the manager there who recently died we are planning a show where the theme of our paintings will be giraffes. Apparently Lou loved giraffes. All paintings will be the same size and price and we will be offering the donation that half the painting sale to go towards a favorite charity of Lou. (I don't have that exact info yet.)


In my internet research looking for reference photos of giraffes, I discovered a wonderful site called explore.org. A person can type the name of an animal in the search box and find several options where one can click to get access to a live cam on site. This means I can sit in my dining room and watch  live action happening in Africa. Truly amazing!

(I especially love the puffins cams.)

Check it out. Enjoy!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

ARTsisters Exhibition Extension


I have two updates for you :

First:
Have you heard?
The ARTsisters exhibition at Old City Jewish Art Center (119 N. 3rd St, Phila.) is being extended until July  23rd.

The Sunday before that, July 20, from 2-4pm, ARTsister Linda Dubin Garfield will present an Interactive Workshop with the theme "Best Friends". Suggested donation $5 to benefit Women's Way.

"El Viaje de la Mariposa" (Butterfly's Journey) 18x18" Acrylic (C) 2014 Jeanne Guerin-Daley
The image above is a closeup of a monarch butterfly, stopping along its long journey across the continents. It is my submission to the exhibition and is hanging now in Old City. As noted above, it is available for view only until July 23rd.
(Gallery Hours are Tues-Thurs 12:00-5:00 pm and by appointment)

Second thing:
Would you like to learn to paint a similar image yourself?
I have just posted to my blog, the latest schedule for the July Painting Workshops.
I will be teaching them at Michaels Conshohocken store,
[104 Alan Wood Rd, Conshohocken PA 19428; Ph:610-828-5815]
provided the minimum number of folks register.
Saturday, July 19 at Noon,  there will be a 2-hr seascape workshop.
If you join us you can paint a shore scene to hang in your shore house!
(Acrylic paints will be used.)

Immediately following that, at 2pm, I will host a kids class,* where an image a bit similar to the butterfly above will be painted, but on a much simpler scale, since it must be finished in two hours. (The above painting took me many more hours to complete.)
*You don't HAVE to be a kid to paint here, but you CAN be!
More details about the workshops can be found by clicking the "Painting Workshops" Tab at the top of this blog page.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Essay: Mike C



Yes, I know that this blog is supposed to be about my Art Adventures. But my Art is part of my life and my life affects my art. Today, I want to share a part of my life with you...
Mike C
I learned of a contest where a substantial amount of cash would be awarded to the winners with the best story of how it would be spent to celebrate financial independence. It got me thinking,... If I was awarded that amount of cash, I would do something smart with it. It wouldn’t be flashy or glamorous; it would just be smart. I would deposit the funds into an emergency account.  Here’s why…
I currently work for a school that helps adjudicated youths aged 14-18 cope with the challenges of life while they work on getting their high school diploma. These are teenagers who often come from family homes which are far less than ideal. There might be no dad living in the home or no mom. There is often little food in the house; poverty is often a big factor in their lives.
Most of the students in our school have known someone first-hand who has been shot, killed, or overdosed on drugs. Many are exposed to substance abuse by those close to them. Amongst all this, they strive to make their way in the world. One of the students at my school, Mike C, I got to know only briefly. He was one of a handful of students who come in extra early every day to put in time working in the cafeteria. These student workers visit my office every Friday to get their pay.
Mike stopped in for his pay only once, maybe twice. His shy but wide grin brightened the room. One morning when I entered the old brick building, I could feel that something was up. There was a dark stillness in the air. I soon found out that one of the students had been shot and killed the night before. Later that day, I was told it was Mike C.
The skills of teachers and social workers were tested that day. They did their best to deal with the sadness of the news of their student, while they worked on helping Mike's friends cope with their grief and feelings of loss.
The initial news story just said that a young man was found dead lying on the driveway of his home. I never learned any details as to why it happened, but no matter. Knowing why wouldn’t bring Mike back.
It was a sad day for me. It didn't matter that I hadn't gotten the chance to get to know Mike well.  I still felt deep sadness at his passing. It is a sad state of affairs when a person can't even finish high school before being gunned down by someone with a gripe and a gun. It seems to be happening at an alarming and increasing rate in this area. I like to think that my job is a spoke in the wheel of positive change that can happen when people show love, care and respect.
I was overjoyed when I was hired by De la Salle in Towne High School, two and a half years ago. I was simply looking for a job so that I could help contribute to my family's income and was thrilled that I had succeeded. Little did I know that before long, I would become part of a caring, supportive community of people who love helping others: teachers, social workers, the dean, the program director, the principal, the chefs in the cafeteria, and even me, a lowly administrative assistant. We all formed a community of close-knit folks who cared for these boys greatly.
Unfortunately, it has been decided by the people who are in control of our funding, that our doors will close forever. I will see no more smiles on the faces of the students when they receive rewards for their labor. I will hear no more youthful voices sounding in our halls. There will be no more classes, no more community meetings, and no more gainful and meaningful employment for the staff.
I wish that I would have the power and the means to somehow change the situation and bring it all back. But I do not, and must accept the sad fact that De La Salle in Towne High School is no more. Therefore I must turn my attention back to my family where I DO have some control.  While I look for another administrative assistant job, I will use that money to pay my family bills in order to keep us all fed, housed, and warm in winter.  As mentioned, it would not be flashy or glamorous, but smart. An emergency fund will be the seed which will hopefully grow into financial security for me and my family, so that we may in turn, give back to the community.

-Jeanne Guerin-Daley

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014: 2-4pm Closing Reception for ARTsisters' Exhibition, "Renewal" at OCJAC

This Sunday, from 2-4pm, ARTsisters will have their closing reception for the current exhibition at the Old City Jewish Art Center, 119 N 3rd Street, in Philadelphia (it's between Market and Arch).

Link to the Gallery's website: http://ocjac.org/current.html
Link to ARTsisters' website: http://artsisters.org/ARTsisters/ARTsisters.html
"Shades of Green"  ARTsisters Collaborative Project (Come to look closely, for ARTsisters faces in this!)



The title of the show is "Renewal" and we have been showing what I believe is the fourth public showing of our collaboration project mural, "Shades of Green", (shown here) along with brand new individual work from each of the 20 participating ARTsisters. In a previous blog post I posted a picture of my painting, so I won't repeat myself this time. However, there are many different images among the works, all united in the theme of being green. (And I don't just mean the color green, of course! I'm talking about being kind to Mother Earth, re-purposing, reusing, recycling,...!)

There will be some fun free workshops going on during those two hours, the end of which will be the official end of the show and we will be taking down any unsold work.

I cordially invite any and all interested parties to stop by! This is the last chance to view this show and to purchase any favorite pieces that speak to you!
Enjoy the color!

Warmest Regards to you,
 - Jeanne
PS-If the photo hangs over to the right in your browser, I apologize! I'm having technical issues and I am apparently unable to resize the photo as I would like.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

"Renewal" - ARTsisters Group Show at Old City Jewish Art Center

Just finished today.
"El Viaje de la Mariposa" is an eighteen by eighteen inch square canvas painted with interactive acrylics. It was painted especially for the upcoming ARTsisters group show in Old City, Philly.

From June 6th thru the 29th our art will be hanging at the Old City Jewish Art Center at 119 N 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

Each participating ARTsister is painting a canvas of this same size, to accompany our large "Shades of Green" mural, which touts a green theme and was made from incorporating our recycled artwork and collaborations of many of the group's members.

The image you see here is of a Monarch Butterfly, stopping for a drink on its long journey to Mexico. Painting nature's wonders is a favorite theme of mine. I never tire of looking at nature and I hope that by my painting bits of it, I remind the viewer just how precious it is!

I invite you to stop in for a look at our "green" paintings on June 6th! From 5 till 9pm, OCJAC will be offering free refreshments in their First Friday celebration. Many of the ARTsisters will be there to share insights to their creative spirit!

Exhibition Details:
Old City Jewish Art Center - 119 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia PA 19106
215-923-1222       http://www.ocjac.org/current.

There are two free receptions...
First Friday reception: June 6th, 5-9pm
Meet the Artists Reception /Recycling Workshop: Sunday June 29th from 2 till 4pm

More about our mural in this article:
http://www.gridphilly.com/grid-magazine/2012/11/29/shades-of-green-local-artists-repurpose-their-work-to-create.html

If you choose to go to the show at a time other than the above-mentioned receptions, their open hours are: Tues-Thurs 12-5 pm and by appointment. 215-923-1222

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Painting Workshop Update

Just a quick note to let you know that I will no longer be offering painting workshops at King of Prussia Michaels store. However, I will continue to schedule classes, about once a month, at the Conshohocken store. Click on the "Painting Workshop" tab (above) for details.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Landscape Painting Workshop Wed at 6pm, Jan15th

Years ago, when I visited Louisiana, I saw trees with Spanish Moss hanging from them, as seen in this painting. I really love that stuff! I wish it grew here in Pennsylvania. It doesn't though. Too cold.

I'm getting things ready prepping for my first painting workshop of 2014 tonight. Shall I teach how to paint this image? Or another? I am still deciding. Whatever we paint, it WILL be a landscape; of that you can be sure.

There will be plenty of room for more people, so if you are interested in coming, just come earlier than 6pm so that you have time to register, and get your supplies. (You are given a supply list when you sign up.)

Workshop is held at Michaels King of Prussia Store
200 deKalb Pk King of Prussia PA 19406
610-265-2196

One class is $25, you get 10% off supplies for the class with proof of payment [supply list].

Start and finish a painting in two hours, learning some tips along the ride!
Enjoy the Color,.... -Jeanne
...If you have questions about the workshop, you can read more details about it on this blog. just click the links above with the word "Workshop". You can also call the store (phone number above)