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UPCOMING SUMMER 2013 EVENT: WEAPONS OF MASS CREATION FEST

Like many of you, I am tired of this Winter weather and I’m ready to get to the fun and the sun! Mainly because I have a few things planned this Spring and Summer that I am so excited about. One of these things is the Fourth Annual Weapons of Mass Creation Fest taking place in Cleveland, Ohio (Will the Real Midwesterner’s Please Stand Up?). The WMC Fest is a “premier art, design, and music event” founded by Go Media designer and partner, Jeff Finley.

The Fest will run from Friday, August 16 to Sunday, August 18. It will be a huge gathering of creative minds, including entrepreneurs, artists and students. All attendees will get to interact and learn from the 20 speakers and 20 designers scheduled to appear and there will also be music from over 30 bands. Can you say fun x’s 1000?

If you would like to learn more about the Weapons of Mass Creation Fest please check out their website here. Also check out the video below for a better idea of what to expect if you plan on attending.

UPCOMING EVENT: ART JOURNALING WITH DYAN REAVELEY

If you’re on Long Island or you don’t mind traveling to Long Island, next month – arts & crafts teacher and product designer (Dylusions Range), Dyan Reaveley will be hanging out and teaching awesome art journaling techniques at Scrapper’s Playground in North Babylon, New York.

Four classes will be taught:

  • Using Imagery in Your Journals {April 19}
  • Journaling with Silhouette’s {April 19}
  • Incorporating Rubber Stamps into Your Journal Pages {April 20}
  • Couture Journaling {April 20}

Please check out the Scrapper’s Playground’s blog here for times and registration information. Happy Art Journaling!

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Images via Dyan-Reaveley.blogspot.com

VOLUNTEERING AT PLEDGE-A-SKETCH (NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE)

A few weeks ago I blogged about the NYC Pledge-A-Sketch event taking place on December 16 – 100 artists, sketching 100 portraits to raise $100,000 hosted by Art Square Times Square. After I blogged about it, I reached out to the good people over at Art Square about possibly volunteering at the event. Of course, I was excited when they said yes.

Although it was a rainy, gloomy Sunday, I wouldn’t have wanted to spend it any place else. Lots of artists and the general public came out in support of the event, which was held at the fabulous co-working space, Alley NYC. With walls covered in Keith Haring art and other colorful prints, Alley NYC is located on 7th Avenue between 37th and 38th.

Artists were commissioned to sketch portraits from photographs they received via email of people and/or pets and there were also walk-in commissions. It was unbelievable how many people came right off the streets of NYC to have their portrait sketched. It was a full house that included not only the artists and their human/furry subjects, but there were also opportunities to sit in on various presentations given by art world insiders and curators. Definitely a good time!!!

Please check out the Pledge-A-Sketch Tumblr page to see some of the AMAZING commissioned portraits.

Below are a few pics that I got of the artists working and my very own portrait done by Grace Mizrachi. How did she know that purple was my favorite color?

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PLEDGE-A-SKETCH (NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE)

Who would have ever thought that someone would attempt to turn Times Square in NYC into an Art Exhibit? Well that is just what the cool people over at Art Square are doing this December 16 when they transform Times Square into “the world’s largest public art exhibit.”

How does it work, you ask? Art Square has commissioned 100 artists to draw 100 sketches to raise $100,000. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Mayor’s Fund to Advance Hurricane Relief.

I have already chosen a couple of photos to have made into sketches. I’ll share them when I receive them!

Image via artsquare.co

GORDON PARKS EXHIBITION AT STUDIO MUSEUM HARLEM

How excited was I when I found out that one of my favorite photographers had an upcoming New York exhibition? Too excited! The late, great Gordon Parks’ work will be on display at The Studio Museum in Harlem from November 11, 2012 to March 10, 2013.

Mr. Parks, a fellow Sagittarius would have been celebrating his 100th birthday on November 30. This is a great way to commemorate his memory and his extraordinary talents, not only as a photographer, but as a film maker and musician.

If you’re in NYC, please check it out!

You can find my very first blog post on Gordon Parks and his work from November 2010.

Image via FineAmericaArt.com by Artist, Walter Oliver Neal