Tuesday, March 24, 2015

An ARTful Weekend is upon us!


The outside March air might be still cold, but indoors, lots of places are warming up with ART!

This Sunday afternoon I will be at my ARTsisters opening reception from 4-7 at Jenkins Arboretum. (See previous post about that) but there is more!
 
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Another event happening this weekend that I would like to share is a "Moving-Out-of-Studio" Show and Sale by Bev Benson. She is a wonderful colorist. I highly recommend taking a close look at her artwork if you live anywhere near Havertown PA. Below you will find her dertails about it:

You are cordially invited to
Beverly Benson’s
Moving Out Art Studio Sale

Saturday, March 28 3-8pm 
Sunday, March 29 3-5pm 
(or by appointment)

Come enjoy refreshments and light fare. 
Help celebate as I move out of my art studio space in preparation 
to move to my empty nest home/studio where I can wear my pajamas and paint 24/7.
Paintings, pastels, drawings, prints, furniture, supplies
and more, will be available at family and friend prices.

2114 Darby Road,
2nd Floor (Walk up)
Havertown, PA 19083
(Above Ruth Rosenberg Dentistry) 
Just a few doors west of Benedict Avenue on the South Side of Darby Road

Metered parking: street or back lot. 

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Yet another Art event....
Fellow ARTsister Sandi Neiman Lovitz is having a show at Bazemore Gallery in Manayunk.
 Reception Saturday evening 6-9pm 4339 Main St.
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And then there is a wealth of ART news in Linda Dubin Garfield's Newsletter of course!

Artists Reception: Jenkins Arboretum, Sunday March 29, 2015



Hello, Fellow Art lovers!

Here is another sneak peek at one of my contributions to the ARTsistersTen Year Anniversary Exhibition, "Ten Colorful Years."
The exhibit will open this Saturday, March 28th at the Jenkintown Arboretum and Garden, located at 631 Berwyn Baptist Road in Devon, PA 19333.
There will be an opening reception the next day, Sunday March 29th from 4 till 7pm. All are invited.
Stop by on Sunday and take a gander if you like.

Show will run until April 26.
Click here to read an article about our exhibit.
Click here to reach the ARTsisters website.

I can't believe how fast those ten years flew by!
It seems like just yesterday that we were planning our very first ARTsisters anniversary show!
I posted pix of that event on this blog. Click here to read it.

ARTsisters mission statement: 
Professional women artists who empower each other
and the community through their art

You can visit the ARTsisters Facebook Fan Page by clicking here.
 You can visit my Facebook Fan Page (.../JeannePaints) by clicking here.

Thanks for reading and as always, ...Enjoy the Color!

Image: Detail of "Purple Petunias After the Rain" ~ Copyright 2015 Jeanne Guerin-Daley

Friday, March 06, 2015

Upcoming soon: ARTsisters Exhibition: "Ten Colorful Years"

Hello again.
I have been absent from this blog for many months. Real life, (aka, financial responsibility) has prevented me from keeping it up on a regular basis anymore. After a couple of recent job changes, although I still stay quite busy, I am now in a situation where I believe I may finally have more time to devote to this blog.

I wanted to share new about my fellow ARTsisters. There is an upcoming exhibition in the works... (Maybe you  would like to come to the reception. Sunday, March 28th at 4)

We will be exhibiting some of our individual recent works as well as our collaborative mural, "Shades of Green" at Jenkins Arboretum.

The mural is a large four-panel work created by the members of ARTsisters in 2012. An experiment in collaboration, the "green" idea was sparked by a member of our group. it is an exploration of how to turn something old into something new, instead of adding to the landfill. We gathered up some of our older, unwanted pieces of art, tore up paper, cut up canvas, and reorganized the parts. Using collage methods as well as adding new elements with paint and brushes we combined it all onto four panels which together make up the "Shades of Green" mural.

Pictured above is a detail of a floral painting I am working on for the show.

"Ten Colorful Years" will be at Jenkins Arboretum in Devon PA
(Hard to believe we have been ARTsisters for that long!)

Jenkins Arboretum address:
631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon PA 19333
Phone: 610-647-8870
Web address:
http://www.jenkinsarboretum.org/news_events.html



Some dates:
Exhibition runs from Saturday March 28th through Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Opening reception for "Ten Colorful Years" will be at 4pm on Sunday, March 28th

Tuesday April 14th: Lecture
ARTsisters Founder, printmaker, Linda Dubin Garfield will give an artist's talk at 1pm.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Marius, The Danish Giraffe


Apologies for my terrible absence from this blog! Life in the fast lane, never seems to slow down.
Allow me to catch up a bit...

This painting is about Marius, a young giraffe who lived in the Copenhagen Zoo. Once he was old enough to breed, the zoo decided that there was no need for another giraffe with his genes and so they shot him and fed his carcass to the zoo lions.

The incident sparked outrage across the globe. My painting is a response to that.
There is much online about this situation. One place you can start, if you are interested in more information, is to click here.

The painting is 12 inches high and 24 inches wide.



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