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RFL 3D printer

“All the secrets in the world worth knowing are hiding in plain sight.” – from Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

AS220 and Rogers Free Library will present a 3D Printer workshop on Feb. 27, 2014 at 6:30pm.  See a 3D printer in action, learn how it works and what it can do.  This is a free event and open to all interested.  This workshop is presented as part of the “Reading Across Rhode Island” programming for the 2014 selection of “Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan.  For more information, click here.

A Portrait in Ink and Parsley

Cue the cheers and confetti!

Happy New Year!  Have you noticed any thoughts of possible resolutions drifting through your mind these days?  Personally, I dislike resolutions … they seem to come pre-packaged with the cynical threat of failure.  I prefer the anticipation of embracing new ideas, trying new things, and nurturing new habits.  These seem somehow friendlier and more approachable.  And so, may I humbly submit for your consideration this friendly and (perhaps) new habit for 2014:  Found-Object Doodling!

I saw this, a couple of days ago, on the inkygirl blog by children’s book writer & illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi, and I wanted to share it with you:

A Portrait in Ink and Parsley
A Portrait in Ink and Parsley

“Found Object Doodles (a.k.a. Sometimes It’s Okay To Play With Your Food Before Eating It)”  by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Ah!  Inspiring in the best sense of the word, because this is something everyone can do!  Click on the photo above, or the article link, to read (and see) more.  Doodling will warm-up your creative muscles, and there’s no pressure to “make it perfect”.  It’ll bring a smile to your face and to those around you.  It contributes more art to the world and reminds us that art is all around us.  And all it takes to get started is a Sharpie in your pocket.

Cheers!

Something Worth Fighting For

I must share this:

“Unfortunately, in one way or another the world is going to tell you every day that you shouldn’t try to be an artist. But for three minutes here today, I want to tell you that you should. I hope you do it. With everything you have.” ~Blake Morgan

Read the full essay on Huffington Post’s The Third Metric – Redefining Success Beyond Money and Power, “Art and Music are Professions Worth Fighting For”.

Bookmark it.  Share it on Facebook.  Tweet about it.  Refer to it in conversations with school committee officials and policy wonks, businesspeople and community leaders.  Print it out and bring it to your holiday family dinners, to have at-the-ready!  And please, share it with your kids.

Many thanks, C.B., for reading so much and sharing the good stuff!

One Last Sip of Summer

Artist collaborates with her 4-year-old - 02
©2013 Mica Angela Hendricks

The weather today in southern New England was glorious, like a last sip of summer vacation even though we’re a month into the new school year.  I was lucky enough to find a moment to pause and feel the sun on my face today, and in that moment I laughed at my naïve August optimism that I would be able to protect the unhurried feeling of summer vacation and carry it through the school year.  Nope.  Just over a month in, and I’ve already signed up myself and my kids for too many things!

Something’s gotta give, but I still want to keep this blog going.  I’ll let it unfold organically this year and see what happens.  For today, I wanted to share with you this lovely piece about the unexpected delights that can occur when we make art!

click the link below, or the picture above, to read more :)

“Collaborating with a 4-year Old”, from The Busy Mockingbird, 8/27/2013

What Moves You?

ART Night

Japanese fish printing, children’s art, a local treasure, a grand opening and a chance to help an artist in need – these are the happenings that have grabbed my attention for tonight’s ART Night in Bristol and Warren:

Featured Open Studio artist Susan O’Donnell is a graduate of Roger Williams University. Her art technique is GYOTAKU (gee-yo-tah-koo) – the Japanese art of fish printing. She brings a whimsical twist to this ancient art with bright color canvases and a more decorative style. Her prints have been reviewed in numerous magazines and she shows and she sells her art throughout the country.  Visit her at 39 State Street in Bristol.

The Rockwell School Arts Night includes artwork from each student in Rockwell School. On display are works in a variety of mediums created by students ranging from kindergarten to the 5th grade. The students took inspiration from famous artists, different cultures, illustrated books and more. Arts Night will also feature student musical performances.  Visit them at 1225 Hope Street in Bristol.

The Colt Andrews School 2013 Art Show Opening is from 6pm ’til 7pm on ART Night. All students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 will have artwork in the exhibit, which runs until June 4th at 570 Hope Street in Bristol.

Imago Foundation for the Arts sponsors a special exhibit featuring artwork by students from Mt. Hope High School. More than 50 art works by advanced students in ceramics, sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, and computer graphics are on display through June 14 at the IMAGO gallery at 36 Market Street in Warren.

Featured Open Studio artist Don Primiano is a painter and founder of Don’s Art Shop in Warren. Don’s paintings cover a wide spectrum of styles, personalized visions to social issues. Sometimes referred to as a ‘sophisticated primitive’, Primiano has enjoyed an independent, old-world, bohemian life-style, always surrounded by close friends and followers. His work, however, truly reflects an optimistic warmth and enthusiasm throughout. Visit him at 543 Main Street in Warren.

Come to the grand opening celebration of a new gallery space, Bohème! Featuring wonderful local artists, including Clavin Kahn, Nick Lane, Zan Norlund, Samantha Robshaw & Dara Raisner.  Bohème is a place to celebrate local art and the people who have created it. There will be refreshments & live music, too! Stop in at 504 Main Street in Warren.

The Wooden Midshipman is hosting an artist fundraiser with musicians Joe Fletcher & Will Houlihan – the net proceeds from the sale of all art will go to support Brown Bird, a wonderful local band that’s been dealing with mounting medical bills and a partially cancelled tour due to struggles with an ongoing illness. Expect to find all kinds of amazing work, both prints and originals, from local artists in all mediums. Plus food, music, and libations!  Catch this event at 146 Water Street in Warren.

To find out more about these happenings and other tempting events planned for tonight’s ART Night, visit the ART Night website.  They’re also on Facebook!