Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Exhibition ONE: Zero Gravity - Film & Video Art Showcase

By Christa Krenek

On June 8th, 2010, many of us had the pleasure of partaking in the second installment of the Zero Gravity exhibition at the Lolita Bar, an amazing space that helped bring our inaugural exhibition to fruition!   Katie and Renee and all the staff at Lolita have been amazing supporters of artists and the community!

Friends, family, artists, and art appreciators new and old were present for this incredible event organized by salon member Kera MacKenzie, who traveled all the way from NH to help coordinate the technical design and program, and by salon member Marge Doherty, who documented our event in photographs.  Salon member Wen Wen Lin filled our mouths with tasty delights to match the deliciousness of the evening.

Seven salon members shared their works of art: their films were abstract, whimsical, or artistic, and every one of them amazingly expressive, filled with passion and promise.

Heba Amin's "City of Desire (Do I look like a slut?)" grabbed and held our attention with tempting visions.

Paula Brett's "Busking Bride, 2008" took us on a fantastical brave journey that carried an underlying message of embracing our shame, wearing it out in the open for everyone to see, and really owning it in order to open awareness and gain appreciation and acceptance.

Sivlana D'Mikos' "Trans-Soul" was a visual feast of the expression of energy through colors and movement. 

Kera MacKenzie's "Relocation of Significant Structural Damage" was an abstract demonstration of the marriage of sound to vision and how it transitions.

Sharine Mohamed's "Letter to My Father" was a multitextured piece exploring borders and boundaries that was candy for the eyes, food for the mind, and thought-provoking for the soul.

Christine Serchia's "Eliza as a Zoetrope" was a whimsical zoetrope that swung adorable Eliza to life right in front of our eyes.

Tricia Sellmer's "Walking in Victorine's Shadow" gave us an intimate view of Victorine Meurent and Tricia's quest to shed light and visually right a wrong.

We were then treated to a Q&A with Sharine and Kera!

 I was honored to be a part of an event showcasing such a large scope of talent.

And, as they say, all good things must come to a close.  We look forward to seeing everyone for tonight's closing party at Lolita Bar from 7-9pm where you can come have a drink, chat with your favorite artists, perhaps garner an autograph, and relish the afterglow of this amazingly successful inaugural exhibition! 

And, even before it's over, we are already looking forward to the next one!

A huge thanks to the talented and supportive Heidi Russell for harnessing, arranging, and displaying the talent of all these amazing women. That, my friend, is an art all in itself!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Literary Night

On June 16th, 2010, the third installment of the Zero Gravity exhibition wrapped up at the Lolita Bar, a lovely little space that had hosted our two previous performance nights (dance/music and video/film) as well as keeping our visual art up on its candlelit brick walls from May until the end of June.

Literary night was well attended; in fact, the cozy downstairs space was completely packed. Hosted by Liz Gold, nine people read excerpts from their memoirs, poetry, and personal essays. Some readings were bold: Liz Gold traversed an emotional and sexual terrain from a submissive's point of view and Rose M. Santos-Cunningham provided an intimate behind-the-scenes look at love gained and lost in a long-term relationship.

Denise Linville read a chapter from her memoir about a young girl's growing awareness of the cracks in her parents' marriage. Detail and nuance were rendered with a sure and sophisticated hand. Sharp, humorous essays were the domain of Ashley Roberts in the form of quasi-imaginary letters between a Southern mother and her New York-citified daughter and Janet Iacobuzio deftly served up a hilarious tale of things lost in translation between Russian and American soap opera writers.

Christa Krenek read a collection of poems that explored the intensity of love and possession while M Avery Sispoidis' four poems were meditations on how the things we lose will change us.

Felice Cohen's story about the death of a former lover was remarkable for its detailed account of the protagonist going about her daily life while waiting for the final phone call. Emily Johnson (who's since moved to Chicago) sent in a story that she describes as being about the paradoxical advantages of friendship while looking for love.

So, a big thanks to those who participated, those who organized, and those who showed up and listened. And a nice shout out to the salonistas who brought amazing cookies and other delights. Cookies and beer are always a good thing, right?

As always, we are deeply grateful to Lolita's staff, Renee and Laura, for their gracious help in making all our events run smoothly, and to Katie, the bar's owner, who generously agreed to host our exhibition. See you all at the closing night party at Lolita, June 30th, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Exhibition One: Zero Gravity Visual Artwork Price List

1. Brett, Paula
Movement in Mali #3
Oil on Canvas

2. Cappachione, Laura
First Flowers

3. Cline, Barrie
Ceramic and Mixed Media

4. Cousins, Maggie
Change Number 5
Pen & Ink on Watercolor Paper
Print $500 (limited edition archival print)

5. Doherty, Marge
Yellow Tunnel Light
Archival Inkjet Print

6. Drake, Anastacia  SOLD
Oil & Acrylic

7. Fica, Marietta
Fiber in Blossom
Fibers, Felt, Wool Yarns on Burlap

8. Gregory, Crystal
Mixed Media
$200 / $75 per jar

9. Healy, Colleen
Horse III
Toned Silver Print
$500/framed, $400/unframed

10. Jensen, Cornelia
The Promise of Spring
Latex Pain & Fur on Denim

11. Katz, Joan
Archival inkjet print

12. King, Valeria A
Refugees of Burma
Archival Digital C-Print

13. Lin, Wen Wen
April is Not the Cruelest Month Series 3, Brave Violet
Digital Imaging

14. MacKenzie, Kera
Still from Relocation of Significant Structural Damage
Digital Video Still

15. Middleton, Ashley
Archival digital C-Print

16. Monat, Lee Ann
Archival inkjet, mounted on Sintra PVC

17. Nadelhaft, Edie
Cherry Biter No.5
Medium: oil on canvas
10” x 10”

18. Negron, Judy

19. Restino, Janet
Philly Woman
Acrylic, Ink, Charcoal, & Collage on Paper

20. Restino, Janet
Not So Little Women
Wax, Paper, Wood
$150 Each

21. Russell, Heidi
Portraits in Berlin
Writing on Mirror
site specifc

22. Shachter, Daniella
Summer 07: Untitled I
Silver Gelatin Print
16x16 Framed

23. Scott, Sheryl
Woman with Umbrella
Pastels on Paper

24. Shapiro, Caren Jo
Dancing On The Bar
Oil on Canvas
3x4 ft

25. F&A (Stiene, Flora and Angela)
Archival Inkjet, Mounted on Sintra PVC

26. Takashima, Rica
This is it
Mixed Media

27. Watkins, BJ
Archival Inkjet

28. Krakauer, Dorothy
Survivor of the Drought
Olive Tree Andalucia de Espana, 2007
Watercolor 17.5in x 11.75