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Fireside Chat with Stefan Baumann – Fear of Judgment

The Artist’s Greatest Fear

This week we were sitting around the campfire after a day of Plein Air painting and the question came up “What is the greatest fear that all artists have?” I thought for a moment and said “The Fear of judgment.” “Judgment from others, from peers, and from themselves. And, for a good reason, because all artists are impostors.”

Artists prefer showing what worked and only what they want you to see. They will seldom show you the stack of paintings that did not turn out well and they have hidden under the bed.

Children have a natural attraction to drawing. They’re fearless when they use crayons and paper. In fact, when asked to draw anything, they will spontaneously burst into joyful creative activity. There is no end to the multitude of colors and creative compositions that flow effortlessly from their imaginations. But sadly, this

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Carole Karemera – healing social trauma through the arts

The main part of our conversation is dedicated to Carole’s description of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and especially, the role that women played in the genocide. Carole then recounts for us the courageous journey of women in the arts in Rwanda, who picked up the task of listening carefully to the needs of their society and the daunting process of reworking their historical “heritage”, the social trauma of genocide together with perpetrators and victims and the new generations.

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Ai Weiwei on Self-Censorship and Freedom of Expression

The sculpture 'Surveillance Camera' made of marble in 2010 by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is displayed as part of the exhibition 'Evidence' at the Martin-Gropius Bau museum in Berlin, during a press preview on April 2, 2014. On 3,000 square metres in 18 rooms and the Lichthof court, the museum will be displaying works and installations from the artist which were either designed for the Martin-Gropius-Bau or have not yet been shown in Germany, from April 3 to July 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE +++ RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION, TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

In an email to the Huffington Post, Ai analyzed the culture of “self-censorship” at play in China’s art world, drawing a line between the government’s actions and an old Chinese saying, which translates to “killing the chicken to scare the monkey.” The essay is reprinted in full below.

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Our Skepticism as Artists

"Lilies and Pansies," by Stefan Baumann

Significance of the Moment

Wow! It’s October and The Grand View Ranch is buzzing with excitement. Our last outdoor painting workshop of the year is this weekend, and The Power to Create class in Medford is starting this Thursday. We have room for one more in the class, so if you feel inspired to create this fall, check out our website for details.

When I go through my studio, I often find little treasures that I have painted that have been lost for a few months, and then found with much delight. When I am stuck on a painting or I am not sure that my painting is complete, I turn it away from my view and set it in a corner for a few days or weeks. When I rediscover the forgotten work, I can see the painting with new eyes, and will notice if anything is

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Banned Books Week – Sept 25-Oct 2, 2010

Banned Books in America

It’s the last week of September. The blush is on the apple tree. Gold and burgundy zinnias announce the change of season. And perennial displays of banned and challenged books bedeck library shelves and bookstore windows across the country.

Banned Books Week 2010

Sponsored by the American Library Association, along with writers and book sellers, Banned Books Week is a celebration of the right to read. According to the ALA, 460 book challenges were reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom from communities across the United States in 2009. Banned Books Week 2010 is September 25 through October 2. You can find more information at the Banned Books website:

Here, four Southern Oregon writers reflect on the psychology of censorship, and on reading and writing in a complex literary culture.

Banned in Boston!

“I remember that when I was a teenager I loved to buy books that

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International Call to Artists, Architects + Designers


**submission receive deadline is September 25, 2010**

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” – Article 19; Universal Declaration of Human RightsBECA: Bridge for Emerging Contemporary Art is pleased to present the upcoming group exhibition opportunity, ‘ARTICLE 19‘. Drawing inspiration from both the preamble and Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, artists, architects + designers from around the world are challenged to Explore, Discover and Act through Art + Design. The result will be an international group exhibition which embodies not only the spirit of Article 19 of the UDHR but also explores today’s ever-growing challenges faced by contemporary society from all corners of the globe when attempts are made to

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