This old-school editor and publisher of a print literary journal is attempting to embrace new media.
Today I am leaving on a 2800-mile drive from Boston to Montana.
For some levity, I am going to tweet a travel narrative.
August 27-28, 2011, 10AM-5PM
Livingston and surrounding area.
•Preview Exhibition: August 23–28
•Opening Reception: August 26 (Art Walk!)
•All at the Danforth Gallery: 106 N. Main
The Park County Friends of the Arts and the 2011 Studio Tour Committee are proud to bring you the annual Park County Studio Tour. This year the Studio Tour spotlights the personal work space of 40 artists. From painters to potters and boat builders, this is a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes of the creative process and purchase original works of art in the private setting of artists’ studios.
The popular self-guided studio tour is held each year over two consecutive days highlighting accomplished regional artists. The tour provides a stimulating context for the public to discover the rich variety of work being produced in the Livingston area. We invite you to come meet some of the talented and renowned artists who make Montana such a creative place to live.
From barn studios in Paradise Valley to lofts in downtown Livingston and workshops outside Wilsall, see first hand how the studio setting inspires the art produced. We hope to meet you on the tour!
Learn more about the tour, tickets, prizes, and the artists:
I pulled a few of my favorite quotations and passages out from this great Utah news piece and related articles on public art past, present and future. I encourage a closer look at the entire article. KBH
Public art: State funds dedicated to create works for all
Published: Sunday, July 24, 2011 11:29 p.m. MDT
By Carma Wadley, Deseret News
“Without art,” wrote George Bernard Shaw, “the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.”
“The goal, says Glenn [Utah Arts Council], “is to take art out of galleries and make it a part of our everyday experience. It adds a human touch to our state facilities.”
“With public art, you don’t want something that needs a decoder ring. Yet, it has to be able to sustain more scrutiny over time.”
The best public art, says O’Connell, offers “something to hang emotions of your own on. It also works as a catalyst for interaction between people. It’s there almost as a third member of the conversation to help stimulate talking, stimulate thinking.”
Investment in future
Public art has not been without controversy. Among the most famous examples of art that was not liked when it was first installed are the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., and the sculpted lions in front of the New York Public Library.
A minimalist sculpture titled “Tilted Arc” was removed from a plaza in New York City in 1989 when nearby officeworkers complained it interfered with their work. A piece called “Traffic Light” installed at a roundabout in East London caused some disruption at first because people thought they were real traffic signals. But by 2005, a survey named it the favorite roundabout in the country.
“A Feast for the Eyes: Iconic works chosen from the museum’s collection include Fay Jones’ triptych Body Fires.”
Tacoma Art Museum ties flowers to fine art
by Seattle area writer Valerie Easton
The Tacoma Art Museum, in Washington State, recently held a special exhibit bringing floral designers together with artists, who have depicted flowers in their artwork. From June 10-12, 2011 [real flowers have a short exhibit-life after all] the Tacoma Garden Club and the Tacoma Art Musueum collobarated on the exhibit. A Pacific Northwest article, a supplement to The Seattle Times, describes the event and reveals that the deYoung Museum in San Francisco has curated a similar melding of the arts for more than a quarter century.
What an a colorful idea.
Valerie Easton is a Seattle freelance writer and author of “The New Low-Maintenance Garden.” Check out her blog at http://www.valeaston.com.