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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts Festival 2012

The event coordinator of the Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts Festival is accepting applications now – August 15th, 2012. Potters and clay sculptors, weavers, painters, toy makers, and creators of original clothing, musical instruments, soaps/candles/lotions, designer furniture, artistically-crafted unique paper, wood, stone, glass, metal, gourds, fiber arts and leather are all welcome to apply. Download the 2012 prospectus and application HERE.

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Art Works Podcast: Tim O’Brien

November 10, 2011 By Josephine Reed Tim O’Brien, (l) in Vietnam and (r) today. Both photos courtesy of the author This week’s podcast is a conversation with writer Tim O’Brien about his 1990 novel The Things They Carried, which is a Big Read selection. Although O’Brien is a veteran who served in Vietnam, The Things […]

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War Torn: The Art of Ben Steele

November 10, 2011 Text by Paulette Beete Paintings and drawing by Ben Steele, courtesy of Montana Museum of Art and Culture War Torn: The Art of Ben Steele is on view at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture through November 19. Photo courtesy of the museum “I kind of felt an obligation to the […]

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Reclaiming Art

In using arts and culture to build community, we often forget that the greatest resource isn’t necessarily the program we design, or the object we create, or the idea we generate. It is the people themselves. We somehow forget that art is theirs; that for a very long time now people have intuitively used it […]

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Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts: A report from the 2011 Oklahoma Arts Conference

November 9, 2011 Text and photo by Joel Gavin, Director of Marketing and Communications, Oklahoma Arts Council Conference attendees take part in the Mosaic Marathon. The mosaic will be installed as public art in downtown Tulsa. Fall in Oklahoma is often defined by college football and the start to the NBA basketball season. During two […]

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Understanding Our Collective Sense of Place

Modernist plazas. Those large vast expanses of concrete often in the heart of a city’s downtown, perhaps lined with an allée of trees, a modernist sculpture, and a water feature. I have fond memories of spaces like these – running as a child as fast as I could from one end to the other then […]

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Understanding Our Collective Sense of Place

Modernist plazas. Those large vast expanses of concrete often in the heart of a city’s downtown, perhaps lined with an allée of trees, a modernist sculpture, and a water feature. I have fond memories of spaces like these – running as a child as fast as I could from one end to the other then […]

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Art Talk with Anna Tsouhlarakis

November 8, 2011 By Rebecca Gross Anna Tsouhlarakis. Photo courtesy of the artist Let’s be clear about one thing: though Anna Tsouhlarakis is a Native artist, you won’t find beadwork, feathers, or images of buffalo in her work. Instead, she explores themes of Native identity through contemporary mediums, forcing people to readjust how they think […]

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2011 Retreat ~ Self Portrait Diversity

Although the Monday morn started a cool grey, our sweet den of creativity wasn’t dampen. Following Jean’s Word Process, we ventured more into the world of watercolor. With a loose suggestion of painting an image that represented “you”, each individual … Continue reading

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Interviewed by 11 year old Journalism Students

I was very honored to be interviewed by a Journalism class at Willow Wind School last month. Here is the winning class interview by Hazel Richards and Dana Baughman. Local Earth Artist: Makes Paint from the Earth By Hazel Richards and Dana Baughman Local artist Leah Mebane creates abstract oil paintings using pigments from the earth. […]

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