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One component of our current exhibition, Game On! Art and Hockey, has a strong focus on our local hockey-loving community.  The exhibition in the hallway includes photographs and memorabilia from the SLU athletics department, Special Collections in ODY, and from the Canton Town and Village archives, as well as from local hockey  parents and fans.  Students from Parishville-Hopkinton Central School made some hockey-inspired word portraits, three of which are in the exhibition.

 

On September 27th, a group of students from Ray Whalen’s art class at Parishville-Hopkinton Central School visited the gallery.  The Alexander String Quartet was in residence at SLU that week, and the students sketched as the quartet played works by Mozart, Shostakovich and Beethoven — not a lightweight program by any means!

Violist Paul Yarbrough spoke briefly between each of the three pieces, giving historical and social context for the music.  It was an amazing opportunity for students to hear a performance by world-class musicians in a small, informal setting.

 

 

Quite awhile ago, Cathy and I made a batch of stickers featuring Lot’s wife (x2) from the Nuremberg Chronicle superimposed on a blurry map of the moon.  A little quirky, but cute.

She made a strategic sticker strike in NYC over the weekend, and she found one of our old stickers!  One of the gals has lost her head, but the sticker looks pretty good otherwise.


Here’s what it looks like in its mostly undamaged state — it’s not the best photograph or even a competent one, sorry.  It might be time to whip up more stickers!

 

SLU is celebrating reunion weekend, and we’ve just learned about  interesting new projects that two alumni are working on.

In the first, Alexey Timbul (who went by the last name Boulokhov while at SLU and graduated in 2003), is using Kickstarter to fund his performance art project, in which he will “perform simple life routines, gestures and expressions in memoriam of the queer victims of the Nazi persecution. This performance art project will consist of naming, numbering, dedication, doing and documenting of 175 simple actions, an allusion to the infamous Paragraph 175 which criminalized homosexuality.”

At this time, there are three days left for the project to find funding — he has reached 70% of his goal! — and we hope  he finds the support necessary for this undertaking.

 

The second project also involves “performance,” but of an entirely different sort. Alex Duane graduated this year and participated in both senior exhibitions at the gallery this semester.  With Andrew Skaggs and Matthew Didisheim (also SLU alumni), Alex will be bicycling across the country, starting in Vermont and heading east through the northern part of the US and southern Ontario and then into British Columbia before heading south into Washington and down the Pacific coast.  It looks like the final destination is somewhere in northern California.

The group will be keeping a blog at bicycletraverse.wordpress.com/.  Alex is a thoughtful and engaging writer, and I’m looking forward to his posts.

 

From Carole to Oli at Hatch Kingdom in Berlin.  :)

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YouTube DirektAlex Duane

 

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YouTube DirektEvan Haynes

 

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YouTube DirektOlivia McManus

Special thanks to Tzintzun Aguilar Izzo for videotaping and editing the interviews. Additional information about the re:WORKS exhibition can be found on the Gallery’s Web site.

re:WORKS, our most recent exhibition, opened  on Friday, March 22, with a very well attended reception, complete with live music.  The exhibition includes works from St. Lawrence University’s permanent collection and “reworks” by students in Melissa Schulenberg’s art and art history spring 2012 senior-year experience (SYE) class.  Each student selected from two to six art objects from the collection and then created new works based on those selections.

Each of the students gave a short talk about his or her work and described how art work from the University’s collection provided inspiration for the final project.  The students in the exhibition are Mike Cianca, Alex Duane, Evan Haynes, Alli Howe, Courtney Kuno, Olivia McManus, and Lindsay Tarolli.  I hope to put up some installation shots soon.

Students from The Annex Performing Arts Theme House (just across the street) provided music, and added so much to the reception’s lively atmosphere.

 

Look what appeared in our local paper this week.  Pay it forward!

I purchased Paula Fenwick’s Ocean Nestbird from the ELEMENTALS Birds exhibition at SLU, though “purchase” isn’t really the right term here.  Of the nearly 40 artists who participated in the ELEMENTALS project, a good percentage of them decided to offer their work for sale in exchange for doing something to generate good will or feelings of positivity, such as donating a nice meal to a local charity.  That was the way the two exhibition organizers, Inga and Andy Hamilton, had set up the show—for artists’ works to generate good will and positivity.

Paula had indicated that her three birds were “US $56 each, or $32 if the buyer agrees to buy and give a total stranger a bunch of flowers, or $0 if buyer verbally agrees to a random act of kindness.”  So, I cogitated for a while.  I didn’t necessarily want to buy the artwork outright, because something about this show asked visitors to re-think their relationship to the world around them.  (Hmmm.  Crazy how art can do that, isn’t it?)

Therefore, as I continued to think it through, I wondered, at $32, how will I choose “the right” perfect stranger?  At $0, what qualifies as an act of kindness?

And then, my random act of kindness appeared right in front of me.  I didn’t have to go find it.  It found me.

Yesterday, I went to the local food mart to buy a few items.  In the checkout lane, a guy and his teen-aged daughter were going through the usual routine.  In this case, however, the guy’s debit card wasn’t working.  He tried four times and held it together pretty well.  (I’ve been in that situation before, and it stinks!)  He tried it again as a credit card with no luck.  He tried three times more putting a plastic bag around it, now running it up to eight times through, and nothing.  He rubbed it on his jacket.  I rubbed it on mine.  It wasn’t working.

Well, you can guess what happened next.  I paid for his groceries.  I told him and his daughter about the art exhibition and that I was trying to figure out what to do to perform a random act of kindness.  I don’t think they really cared about the whole back story, which is fine.  Maybe this debit card thing had happened before.  All I know is when I said I would cover the bill, the two of them just melted with relief.  It was pretty sweet.

The other part of it is that I used to go food shopping with my dad after my mom left our family when I was 14.  He and I (and my two sisters) were sort of on the edge, I think, trying to make sense of how to proceed without her.  I remember making a shopping list every week: ham with pineapple slices, cheez-pixies, orange soda, bread and sliced meat for lunches, etc….

Anyway, yesterday, according to the grocery receipt, the guy and his daughter bought a BC CAKE ($1.19), 80% GROUND B ($10.97), JMBO BNLS CH ($8.96), TOP RND LOND ($7.48), and two BCN WRPD BF FILETs ($2.00 each).  It came to around $32.00.

I hope Paula, Inga, and Andy will be happy to hear this story.

The transformative power of art!

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