Monday, March 11, 2013

What's happening at The Word is ART

March-April 2013 Newsletter

What’s happening at
The Word is ART Gallery
9349 Venice Blvd.
Culver City

With March already well on its way, I decided to add April events into the mix.  On Saturday, the 16th, from 6-10 pm Jennifer Goyette is hosting an event “Define the Moment” featuring 3 artists.  Here’s what’s interesting about this event…

Join us for a unique art event where you get to Define the Moment. Normally, we look to the artist to explain their work, but this time we want you to decide what moments you think three different artists are capturing in their art. 

The 3 artists are Patrice Springer, Landscape Painter
                     Gonzalo Algarate, Bronze Sculptures
                     Rick Robinson, Pop Metal Sculptures

Also on our March calendar is an Art Doll Exhibit, “Dolls as Art”, starting on the 25th through April.   These handmade, one of a kind dolls are made from a variety of materials ranging from fabric, polymer clay , air dry substances such as PaperClay and taxidermy.   These are not dolls for children to play with but sculptural in design making them art treasures.  We will be hosting a “meet the artists” event on March 30th from 4-8 p.m.

In April we start some of our many art classes at the gallery.  The first 2 of which will introduce 2 forms of doll making in honor of our doll event.  Both these classes are on the same day, Saturday, April 6th, back to back.  These are enormously fun and you come away with a finished product.  The sock creature class will be fun to take your  child or grandchild to.  I’ve done it with my 8 year old grand daughter and had a memorable time.

Paul Murray will be teaching his “Vintage Tin Can Dolls” from 10:00 to 1:00 for $85

Joe Carrion’s Sock Creature class is from 2:00- 5:00 for $60

All you have to do is show up for these classes as all materials are included in the fee.

For more information, please go to our website here

Or, you can stop in The Word is ART Gallery, pick up a flyer and sign up there.

On April 15th, we are excited to have LEK Namnath who transforms her love and talent of fine art into one of-a-kind wearable fashion apparel.  Her fabulous hats alone will have you indecisive as to which one looks the best only to purchase more than one.  I know from experience.

Go here to see more…

Lek will have a trunk show on Friday, the 19th from 4-8 so if you want to meet this wonderful artist, mark your calendar.

On the 21st, Carrie Imai will be teaching us the art of Italic Calligraphy.  If you have always wanted to learn how to beautifully address your Christmas cards, birthday cards or perhaps you are getting married this year, there is no better teacher than Carrie Imai.  Being a professional calligrapher myself can tell you that this is an opportunity you really shouldn’t pass up.  See more information here…

If all this wasn’t enough, we have one more guest spot to announce.  Our very own Karrie Ross will be our featured artist staring on April 15th and will be featured in our windows.  See Karrie’s vibrant art here….

We are in for a full month of art my friends.  I do hope I’m not scaring you away with too much art activity.  I sometimes over do things but I’m also trying to be fearless and take advantage of opportunities coming my way. 
I'm sure some will say "What, is she crazy?!" and some will say that I am brave to take this on.  Depending on the day, I've said those exact words about being crazy to myself.  And, some days I feel brave and proud.  

I guess it's all relative.  I just want it all to get easier.  At least, that is my intention.  I figured 2 intense years of learning curves, falling down and picking myself up, feeling scared and feeling fabulous will be the norm and maybe all in one day.  All I know is, that in the end, I will be able to say, "I did it" and hopefully with no real regrets.

I hope see some of you at the gallery...

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Last night at the gallery, Lisa's event was incredible.  So many people showed up.  The online Meetup group we are working with is a great networking system and helped us have a fabulous turn out.  Click the link to see how some photos from the event.  I think The Word is ART needs it's own meetup group.

Lisa Holtzman is one of our founding members at the gallery.  She is one hell of a calligrapher and creates beautiful water color and acrylic paintings, not to mention her charming  jewelry designs that are attractive to most peoples taste.  Here's a look at some of her wonderful art.

Charm Necklace on ball chain 1

Charm necklace on ball chain 2

Charm Necklace on decorative chain

One of Lisa's pet rabbits, Maddy in water color

Lisa's water color and calligraphy

Acrylic Painting
Acrylic painting of a landscape

I couldn't tell you how much I admire this wonderful woman.  I am proud that Lisa is part of The Word is ART Gallery.  She is truly an inspiration and I am proud to call her my friend.

What's New

It's been so long since I've posted, I've almost forgotten how.  Since pulling the Gallery together and getting it opened in an ungodly time frame, I fell very ill, I believe due to the stress.  I don't think I've ever worked so hard in my life and....there really wasn't a tremendous amount to do.  Just time consuming details.

I discovered, I have a hard time asking for help or delegating chores.  I think I can do it all or better than anyone else so why ask.  Well, when I ended up in bed for going on 3 days and the darn pain wouldn't go away, I knew I wasn't going to have a choice.  Off to the hospital I went leaving my new born, just opened gallery, in the hands of all the other artists showing at the gallery.  I was suffering from a bowel obstruction.

It's hard to describe what went thru my mind when I was hooked up to all kinds of tubes and told you ain't going anywhere for quite awhile honey.  Thank God for pain meds because, not only did it take the pain away around the clock but it allowed me to sleep my troubles away. 

After several days, I started to feel better and Dec. 1st (my Grand Opening Event) was just a few days away.  I wanted nothing more than to get the hell out of there and be at my opening.  So I did leave and went to my opening against better judgment because I really wasn't well and I knew it.

My Grand Opening was spectacular with over 100 people showing up throughout the night and it was raining.  Here's a link to our YouTube video...take a peek.
I was definitely holding my breath the whole night hoping I would hold up till the end.  I can only say looking back, that I would have done it again and again in spite of the way I felt.  It was worth seeing my vision come true.  A week later I was back in the hospital hooked up again and feeling if it were possible, worse. 

I really don't want to bore you with my medical plight since I left the hospital on Christmas Day till now.  I'll only say that although I am feeling much better, I'm still not out of the woods yet.  My pancreas is now my enemy it seems.

With all that said, I want to focus on what makes me happy and that's art and my gallery.  Here's a photo of how it appears today...