Friday, October 12, 2007

Denee Barr Art News and More

An Exquisite Exhibition of local, regional, and internationally renowned artists now on view at the Community College of
Baltimore County
Catonsville, Maryland
Phone: 410-455-6123

“Mirror Me: Self-Portraits by Women,” an exhibition of works by 21 women artists, offers a multi-dimensional look into the art of portraying “self” through a variety of media and techniques. Curated by Community College of Baltimore County art instructor and Howard County Center for the Arts ( resident studio artist Diana Marta, the exhibition will be on display in the Q Building Gallery at CCBC Catonsville, October 8-30, 2007, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and features multi-faceted works by well-known artists Joyce J. Scott, Mary K. Cloonan, Oletha DeVane, Chevelle Makeba Moore Jones, Spoon Popkin, Nicole Buckingham, Connie Imboden, Joan M.E. Gaither, Aline Feldman, Patti Anne Battaglia, Camille Gustus-Quijano, Jane Hill, Cathy Leaycraft, Nancy Linden, Trudi Y.Ludwig, Diana Marta, Jane Kelly Morais, Sarah Luke Murphy, Jody Mussoff, Cindy Rehm, and Susan Stockman. Plan to view and discuss many of the artists’ work with them at the show’s opening reception, which will be held in the gallery from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2007. The opening and exhibition will be free and open to the public. In her curator’s statement, Marta says, “The self portrait can be a theme explored in depth or a study to be set aside. In any case, it gives witness to the artist’s times, changes and experiences from her particular point of view.” In work that ranges from eerily calm to bursting with color, the artists have used mixed media, wire and glass; paintings; oil; clay; photography; quilt; mixed media; video; white-line woodcut and other materials and techniques to express their varying views.

Side Note: Mirror Me: Self-Portraits by Women exhibition will be showcased on Maryland Public Television MPT Artworks program which will include an interview with curator Diana Marta on Wednesday, October 24th at 7:30pm. Stay tuned and watch!

Celebrate the Day!


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Denee Barr Art News and More

Photo West Gallery
3625 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Hours: 2pm-6pm Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment
215 222 2649

Two shows: Photo Reference and Adventures in Summer

Grand Opening Friday October 12th 5pm-10pm
Show runs through October 28th extended!

Photo Reference features the works of ten artists who use photographs as points of departure to create work in other media. The photographs on which they base their works are given new life through diverse techniques used by each artist.

Artists included in the show are: Denee Barr, Matteo Colaizzo, Jeff Dentz, Emily Erb, Luis el Estudiante, Brendan Gavin, Bill Kelly, Eva Preston, Sheila Ruen and Harry Sefarbi

Adventures in Summer Water Colors and Acrylics
by Priscilla Bohlen and Ana Lucia Uribe

There will be musical entertainment and good art and conversation.

Laurence Salzmann
PhotoWestGallery, Director and Show Curator

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Denee Barr Art News and More

Columbia Archives Explores James Rouse Vision for Columbia, Maryland with Open House Event on Wednesday, October 10th

A one-hour video featuring people who knew Columbia founder James Rouse and a lecture by the producer of a television program on Baltimore's Inner Harbor are featured events for an Oct. 10 open house at the Columbia Archives. The program called "Balancing the Value of the Past While Providing a Vision for the Future" will feature four events that provide information about the history of Columbia and community planning in general.

The first event "Looking Back at Town Center Planning" is a presentation about ways people can preserve the past and continue to create a vision for Columbia's future. That event runs from noon until 1 p.m.

The second event "Talking About Jim Rouse" is an hour-long screening of a newly remastered Columbia Matters documentary featuring interviews of people who knew Rouse well. The program
includes an interview with famed architect Frank Gehry. The screening runs from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

The third event "Archives on Our Lives" will feature a lecture by Kim Skeen, who is the producer of a Public Broadcast Service documentary called "Global Harbors" about Baltimore's Inner Harbor that Rouse designed. The documentary discusses the influence the Inner Harbor has had on harbors throughout the world. The event that runs from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The final program of the day "Walking Tour of Town Center" will feature a walking tour of Town Center that focuses on ways to balance historic preservation and development. The tour will be held from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

The Columbia Archives is located on the ground floor of the American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, Maryland 21044 in Town Center near Lake Kittamaquandi.

Contact Barbara Kellner, Columbia Archivist at 410-715-3103 for more information.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Denee Barr Art News and More

Enriching, Enlightening, Engaging......that's how I would describe Howard County Poetry and Literary Society (HoCoPolitso) program Poetry & Nature: A Family Affair with Jane Hirshfield at the Howard County Conservancy on Sunday, October 7th. Ms. Hirshfield mesmorized the audience with readings from her award winning books including selections from her current 2006 publication After Jane Hirshfield Poems. And the children in attendance were treated to a nature walk around the Howard County Conservancy and they learned how to write Haiku, a form of Japanese poetry led by talented Columbia, Maryland writer Tim Singleton.

Make Art a Lifestyle..................Enjoy the Day, Denee

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Denee Barr Art News and More

Good Day!
Yesterday I took my family to the The Howard County Conservancy Fall Festival at Mount Pleasant Farm and we had a simply wonderful afternoon. What a delightful retreat!

Some of the activities that we enjoyed were making old-time crafts, blacksmithing, archeology dig, weaving, spinning, art show, and quiltmaking.

We were also present for the rededication and unveiling of the Montjoy Barn which is the last standing wheat barn in Maryland dating back to 1798. We were told that John Quincy Adams was President and Benjamin Banneker was surveying the land in Washington, DC when this barn was a working barn......oh my to be in the presence of such an historical structure. And, the barn is simply exquisite, masterful to behold.

Near the end of the festival, I purchased a very unique plant called "Lamb's Ear". I couldn't resist the purchase because the leaves actually feel like soft sheep wool. When I brought the plant home we talked about whether I should place the plant outside but then someone mentioned about the plant being a tasty meal for some of the rabbits that like to hop through our yard so I have decided to place the plant in a very large pot on our enclosed sun deck for now.

Everyday Counts...................Make the Day Great, Denee


The Howard County Conservancy at Mount Pleasant Farm

The Howard County Conservancy is Howard County’s largest land trust, founded by a group of local citizens in 1990 to help preserve the natural environment, agricultural farmland, and unique historic sites in Howard County. Headquartered at Mt. Pleasant Farm in Woodstock, Maryland, a 232-acre farm that is 300 years old, the Conservancy offers dozens of year-round educational programs for adults and children, hosts special events, and provides numerous volunteer opportunities, in addition to providing Howard County residents with information about land conservation. The Conservancy protects land by acquiring it through gift or by obtaining a conservation easement.

In 2005, with funding from the Gudelsky Family Foundation, the State of Maryland, and Howard County, the Conservancy built the Gudelsky Environmental Education Center at Mt. Pleasant. The Gudelsky Center is Howard County’s only nature center. Our educational programs are run out of the Gudelsky Center and it houses classrooms, meeting rooms, gallery space, exhibits and a gift shop.

The Conservancy, the Gudelsky Environmental Education Center and Gift Shop are open to the public every Friday and Saturday from 9am – 4pm. Visitors can tour the center and pick up brochures and other information about the Conservancy’s native landscaping, the “green” building elements in the Center, and upcoming events. Trail maps and information about Mt. Pleasant history are available as well. Visitors can bring a picnic lunch, hike miles of maintained trails and enjoy the beautiful gardens! Dogs must be on leashes.