Art is Our Voice

Art is Our Voice
The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web. -Pablo Picasso

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Class is Now in Session !

So happy to be back with the group after an extended absence ! Thank you to the artists for your on-going support and for your patience while waiting my return.

It was so great to see Linda and David. Linda worked on a painting while David knocked out an amazing new collage collection.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Repost of an old favorite

Wanted to share an inspiring guest post from 2013 by Debbie Amylon--McAuley House volunteer.

Pathway Home-Deb Amylon

When I was young, I loved making cards for my family for every special occasion. I also loved decorating the Betty Crocker cakes I baked with designs and letters made from beautiful colored icing. When I was a little older, I got to make small mosaics from painted tiles that my mother fired in her kiln in our kitchen. Making things has always brought me a sense of peace and happiness. It is my favorite way to play.
As an adult, painting is one of the things I like to do most. When I paint, I usually get lost in the process. I have a vague idea of what I want to do, but I seem to find out about it as I go. The colors I choose express a lot about what I am feeling. The paintings I am making right now relate to qigong, a practice I am learning to help me manage chronic pain. During my qigong meditation, I have been focusing on the unfathomable size of the universe and God’s love. The images in these paintings express my feelings about my relationship to that infinite source and the healing power of love. As I practice both the active exercises and the breathing meditations, and paint the beautiful images that I imagine and remember from the past and from a future I can only anticipate, I feel a sense of peacefulness and happiness that frees me from the pain I may be experiencing in the moment. When I paint, I am able to explore these images and feelings for myself and for others to see.

Back to the Universe

Small Universe

Harmony of the Universe

Monday, January 29, 2018

Hi Everybody !

Checking in.... Well, you know I miss all of you like crazy !!
I think of you everyday and want you to know I'm going to be back as soon as I can, which is not soon enough if you ask me !
So, my first heart surgery went well, but then I relapsed. Now, I need more surgery to keep me from relapsing again, which would be great. So, know that I'm feeling positive and ready to move onward and upward ASAP.
Everyone has been so kind and generous with endless prayers and support. So, one day I had the idea of making prayer cards ( artsy ones, of course ) in solidarity of all the other people that I read of on the Prayer list. So, I took a stack of cut paper and just started drawing on them, and then adding prayers. I felt so much better after making my first set, that I just kept making more, and more, and more. Now, I mail them to people I know, people I don't know, and I feel like I'm giving back and feeding my artsy soul at the same time. Here are some photos of the prayer cards -

 I've also made small pieces of work, while sitting in my favorite red chair doing whatever
 comes to me... no planning- just doodling or cutting up scraps of painted paper. I did experiment printing on freezer paper which was fun.

 So, now you know what I've been up to ... Thanks for checking on me and being such great support buddies. I love you all so much ! πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’™

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Visual artist Joyce Scott uses beadwork to address social injustice

The genius of Joyce Scott ( article from the Baltimore Sun )

Joyce Scott, a Baltimore artist, is one of the 2016 MacArthur Fellows. (Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun video)
She helped redefine art and artmaking in America.
We're a long way from the culture wars of the 1990s, when radically new strategies and styles of artmaking bumped up uncomfortably against long-established notions of who artists are and what art is. Baltimore-born sculptor, quilter and performance artist Joyce Scott was in the thick of those fights from the beginning, and her contributions helped redefine art and artmaking in America as vastly more inclusive and socially aware enterprises than ever before.

That's why we were gratified by the announcement last week that Ms. Scott has been named one of the 2016 MacArthur Fellows, a recipient of the so-called "genius grant" that carries an unrestricted stipend of $625,000 over five years. The award is given annually to exceptionally talented individuals in a wide range of fields, and it is a fitting recognition of Ms. Scott's 30-year career creating an impressive body of visually stunning, exquisitely crafted artworks that by turns challenge, inspire, educate and enlighten all who experience them.

Ms. Scott, 67, was born African-American and female into a world in which neither African-Americans nor women were considered important actors in the history of American visual arts. In the late 1940s art was still almost exclusively a white male preserve, and the whole canon of Western art, from Giotto to Jackson Pollock, seemed to confirm that narrow focus. It was not until the 1970s that the feminist movement began to kick in the doors of the mainstream museum world and demand that women artists be admitted. Decades more would pass before African-American artists, both women and men, achieved a similar breakthrough.

During all that time Ms. Scott labored in the trenches of the new cultural moment of radical protest and identity politics that made black women artists' unique gender and racial experience in this country central to the meaning of their art. Over that time she has regularly exhibited in galleries and museums across the country, and her works are avidly sought by collectors. Her art distills a painful history of marginalization and oppression into powerful social commentary, leavened by laughter and tears, that speaks directly to issues of racial injustice, gun violence, shattered families and broken communities that continue to torment us. She's been a prophetic voice not only for Baltimore but for a deeply divided nation still struggling to bind its wounds and live up to its highest ideals.

Ms. Scott's achievements were recognized in her hometown in 2000, when the Baltimore Museum of Art mounted a major retrospective of her work, one of the first such exhibitions ever given to an African-American artist at that venerable institution. "Joyce Scott: Kickin' It With the Old Masters" reflected the artist's famously outspoken, irreverent and intensely personal take on a society where racial, gender and class stereotypes constantly threaten to dehumanize the individual whose only resort may lie in what the poet Langston Hughes once called "laughing to keep from crying." There's plenty of humor to go along with the anger and outrage in Ms. Scott's oeuvre of intricately beaded textile works and extravagant blown glass sculptures, all of which attest to the human spirit's stubborn refusal to give in to despair.

Baltimore artist Joyce Scott named MacArthur Fellow
The coming year will see major exhibitions of Ms. Scott's work in New Jersey and in Tulsa, Okla., where she will collaborate with the textile artist Sonya Clark in a city recently wracked by protests over the killing of an African-American motorist by police. She said she initially agreed to do the show there because of its history as part of the Trail of Tears followed by Native American tribes after they were forced to give up their lands east of the Mississippi River under President Andrew Jackson's Indian removal policy in 1839. Now her prophetic vision may well be engaged by more recent injustices there as well. She's been a seminal figure on the Baltimore art scene, as well as nationally and internationally, and we are pleased to take the occasion of her being named a MacArthur Fellow to applaud her life's work.

Local artist Joyce J. Scott receives MacArthur 'Genius' Grant

Monday, December 11, 2017

December News.....

Here we are at mid- December and the artists have been creating so much great work !
Anthony had a show at the Olneyville Library in Providence that was also a part of a Comic con RI 
gathering. In addition to showing his art, he made the time to paint a repurposed wooden cut-out for the children.

Linda continues to put the final touches on her art for the Providence Gallery Night. Here are more pics of her recent works -

 Brianna experiments with abstract painting

Thank you so much to all the artists for sharing your talents, your amazing vision, and your devotion to the creative process.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Faith Ringgold

I've loved the work of Faith Ringgold for many years. I remember seeing her Tar Beach series in the late 1980s and falling in love with her mixed-media quilts. Here are a few photos from that series: 

This interview below is from an AARP magazine section called Dare to Disrupt Aging:

Faith Ringgold has been a painter, sculptor, author, educator and activist. She has had exhibits in museums and galleries around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. At 86, she has just sold her first large painting called “Die,” to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
We met at her home and spacious studio, in Englewood, N.J., which was brimming with paintings, sculpture, shows she was orchestrating and, of course, designs for her pet project, Quiltuduko.
Tell us about your app, Quiltuduko.
I have made so much art, and now Quiltuduko is my thing. It’s an art-making app that uses color and design — images instead of the number system of Sudoku.  It’s a workout that requires memory and focus, and keeps that brain functioning — for young and old alike. Plus, it’s fun, and you have a piece of art to show for it. I have more than 60 diagrams now, and the themes are based on faces, angles, swirls. I can’t stop making them.
Have you ever seen your age as a barrier when you entered the (very young) world of app development?
Absolutely not! I thought of this idea at 83, figured out the various mathematical solutions and found a young developer immediately. I give him the numbers, I work it out, he programs it, and we got it on iTunes. I don’t think of age that way.
And now, at 86, you just sold your first large painting to MoMA.
Yes! And I’m basing my next design for Quiltuduko on this painting. It’s called “Die,” and I made it in reaction to the ’67 racial riots. I’ve been thinking and creating art in panels and squares for a long time but was not really conscious of it. Once I saw it, I realized the influence. It comes from Africa, where I was introduced to Kuba. The colors, shapes and repetitions of those dazzling designs helped shape me and my way of thinking.
Faith explains her panel system for “Die”, the painting she is now programming for Quiltudko.
Tell us about the big milestones of age in your life. How did you feel when you turned 60?
I was not thinking about turning old or young when I turned 60. Age was not anything — at all.  I was away at the time, working as an artist in residence at a spectacular chΓ’teau in France. I ignored that birthday and just wanted to focus and complete a series I was working on, the French Collection … and I was trying not to bring my family there, who would definitely want to travel and inevitably distract me. Well, I resisted inviting them or anybody else. And I came home with my work. And I am getting invited to come back again, for three months, and bringing two artists with me to create a show there called “The Ancestors,” in March.  Now, how’s that?
How about 80 as a milestone?
Oh, now that was dynamic. I got 80. At first, I thought, “What is all the excitement about being 80? Why is everybody getting so crazy?” The fact is, once I got there, I knew. Eighty is the beginning of age. It sort of slipped up on me — but it is a real marker. And now I’m 86, and that’s even bigger.
Maryjane Fahey is the editor of Disrupt Aging.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

October Happenings !

The artists have had a very bust October! Ron has been not only teaching, but painting all over the place. He has a lot of new work which has become very popular with his followers. Ron was
very generous with his art and donated several pieces for the McAuley Ministries.

Anthony has also been very prolific and had several new pieces picked up by ArtLifting. He also surprised the McAuley House staff with some amazing paintings that depicted the awesome work done by the Ministry as well as the volunteers. Thanks Anthony !

Linda King

Linda has also had a great month as well as a very busy year with multiple shows in various galleries. In addition to all of that, Linda is going to be one of the featured artists for the January 2018 Gallery Night at Bank RI. So, she's currently painting up a storm, meeting other artists, and always on the lookout for new inspiration. The painting below is one of her newest pieces. I love the atmospheric nature and the ebb and flow of the brushwork. It's a painting one can get lost in again and again, and always feel transported to a place of solace.

Thank you to all of the artists for sharing such amazing work. Your openness and generosity with your art comes from a lot of hard work and a very generous spirit.  πŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’š