Putting a New Face on Halloween Fun

maskblog frogsHalloween used to be a lot better. I know that sounds incredibly old and grouchy, but let’s face it, it’s true. Instead of smaller but still overpriced versions of candy bars you can get all year round, Halloween used to be a time when the store shelves would be filled with mildly unpleasant candy that only showed up once a year. And before daylight savings time somehow became twice the length of standard time, Halloween was your chance to go out alone in the long Autumn dark and feel like you were staying up much later than you actually were. And before every single creature standing in the background in every Star Wars movie was available in mask form, a costume was something you made yourself.

This could be something as simple as attacking your mother’s best sheets with a pair of scissors and turning yourself into a ghost. Or you could go crazy with the tin foil and a cardboard box and become a robot. The possibilities were endless.

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Brave New World

Shakespeare The Tempest with Craig PaystIn 1609 a ship, bound from England to resupply the newly established colony in Virginia, was forced aground during a hurricane. All 150 people and the one dog aboard the Sea Venture made it safely onto the shores of a brave new world, mostly unknown to its English visitors. It was the island we now call Bermuda. The company of the Sea Venture remained on the island for a year while they repaired the ship, and eventually made it to their destination at Jamestown, saving the colony from extinction. A report of the strange animals and unknown peoples they encountered during that year circulated in London, and among those who saw it was almost certainly William Shakespeare, who drew on what he read to create Prospero’s island in The Tempest.

I like to think of The Tempest as Shakespeare’s American play. The events at its its basis are ones which would have direct, and almost mythic, repercussions in American history. Among the few members of the company buried on Bermuda was the wife of John Rolfe, whose death would leave him free to later marry the young daughter of Powhatan, Pocahontas.

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The Artist's Statement

Nowadays art lovers (and galleries too) want the full package. Not only do they want an intellectually engaging and technically amazing never-before-seen art exhibit, now they want you to write about it. While it may seem like a low blow to expect artists to be proficient in writing as well as visual art, the artist statement (maybe even artists' statement if you are in a group show) is a relevant part of what viewers and curators come to expect when they see a great art show. In this article, I will attempt to explain what to put in an artist's statement and what to avoid.

The good news is - THERE ARE NO RULES. Artists love to hear that. My advice in this article is just that ... advice. You can take it or leave it. Generally, there are no hard and fast rules to include in an artist's statement. Different galleries may have different suggestions, but I am going to point out the kinds of things I look for in a solid artist's statement.

First off... What NOT to do.

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Arts Center’s classes are selling out - Sign up while you still can!

Faux finished table by Nancy MartindaleClasses and programs here at the Arts Center have seen more and more new and returning students lately! This Friday and Saturday’s Watercolor Weekend with Tennessee-based watercolorist Susan Wilhoit sold out early last week, our popular Wood-fired Pottery class starting next week with Jonas Hurley has now sold out three times, and weekly ballroom dance lessons with Wes Bratcher are seeing larger classes, too. Last Wednesday’s Lunch with the Arts program also saw near-record attendance last Wednesday with the Kentucky Chautauqua’s presentation of Trish Clark as Mary Todd Lincoln.

Spots are still available for the new Faux Finishing class, starting this Tuesday, which is open to beginning and intermediate painters and anyone with furniture in need of a new finish. Any surface that can be painted can be given a “faux finish,” or made to look like marble or wood grain, but this class will focus on wood surfaces. Students will

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The Spirit is Willing, but the Flesh is Weak

Today was a somewhat rainy day. The type of weather that brings out that kind of particular melancholy that leads me to the thought, "Today is a great day to play some piano."

I'm not a good piano player by any stretch of the imagination. I'm more of a guitarist that happens to "strum" the ivories on occasion. Think of John Lennon's "Imagine" being the absolute farthest reach of my skills and you've got the picture.

I just "knew" I could sit down and write a song. Songwriting is one of my hobbies, and I'll admit the muse doesn't strike me often in that regard, but I felt like I had "one in the chamber" today. I quickly finished off my lunch and headed for the basement of the Community Arts Center, with a Post-It note pad in my hand and forty-five minutes left of lunch hour still ticking away - plenty of time.

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Exhibit and Lisi's Art Lab Hours:

Mon. - Fri.: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sat.: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Exhibits free, Lisi's Art Lab $1 per child

Office Hours:

Mon. - Fri: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

401 W. Main Street

Danville, KY  40422

Events At A Glance

Mon Dec 22
Munchkin & Me
Mon Dec 22 @10:00AM - 06:00PM
Trees & Trains
Tue Dec 23 @10:00AM - 06:00PM
Trees & Trains
Wed Dec 24 @10:00AM - 06:00PM
Trees & Trains
Fri Dec 26 @10:00AM - 06:00PM
Trees & Trains