One of my main goals as Ed. Director at the Arlington Center for the Arts has been to get teens involved with us. Last year I started the Teen Mural Project, in which middle schoolers were paired with high school students to create murals on canvas that could be shown around town. We are now into year 2 of the project. Read more about it!
...to my friend and colleague Debra Giller who is undergoing surgery today at 1:30 pm. Debra is an amazing artist, hardworking and extremely dedicated to her craft, working in ceramic sculpture. I showed with her in 2002 because our work shares a common interest in the biomorphic. She teaches at the Arlington Center for the Arts and at Endicott College, and she is also, like me, a member of the Bromfield Gallery in Boston. You can visit her website to see some of her astoundingly complex pieces. Send her some good thoughts!
Yesterday I saw "Who Does She Think She Is" at a screening at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (see my last posting.) The film focuses on women artists who have managed to make art despite the pressures of raising a family, and brings up many interesting points. A must for young women artists! While the film has its flaws, it makes the case that trying to balance a serious career and a family/relationship can be very difficult, and the added issue of making art (which usually goes unpaid) makes it even harder. A friend and fellow artist Barbara Poole has a few of her hilarious take offs on master paintings with nudes and vacuum cleaners in several parts of the movie! I always knew that I wanted to be an artist, and followed that path straight through college and grad school. I paid my way by becoming a teacher (which I love!) and now an arts administrator. My work is not particularly saleable, but I am content to have my bi-yearly exhibits at the Bromfield Gallery. However,
http://www.whodoesshethinksheis.net/ is the website for a film about women in the arts - and the struggles we have trying to have a professional career and a life. I have tickets to see this on Saturday at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston - it looks really interesting, and certainly resonates with me. Check it out!
A few things I am especially grateful for: friends and family who make me laugh, the New Yorker, independent movies, friends who "get" me, artist friends who share this obsession, September at the Vermont Studio Center, long walks, good health, Boston's skyline at dusk, paint, burying my nose in my rabbit's fur, engrossing books, NPR, smart people, my students, hazelnut coffee, chocolate, and warmth on a cold winter night, renewing old acquaintances, funny dreams, art dreams, comfortable shoes.