Tuesday, 3 January 2017

2017 Art@OddFellows Kicks off...

Art Exploring Identity...

The first exhibit opening Art@OddFellows' 2017 series on January 7-29  invites viewers to consider ideas around identity...Diverse visual art work that includes masks by children, youth & adults, portraits/other photos, paintings, drawings, assemblage, collage, plus Interactive Installations and more make this a very rich exploration. The doors for the exhibit open on January 7 and run through January 29, Thursday to Sunday plus Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday January 16.  

In addition to visual arts by makers of all ages, our show opens the ‘conversation’ wider engaging writers and dancers/dance lovers in special ways. 

The Opening Party is on Saturday January 14 -- Children & Families from 3:00-4:30 and the Community Party from 5:00-8:00pm.    WRITERS of all ages are invited to be part of the event... “I AM...” is an Invitation for poetry, stories and essays on Identity. (Details below). 

 The Mendocino Dance Project is preparing three evening Dance Performances exploring Identity that will  take viewers on an exciting exploration of movement, space and art through out the gallery.  Each evening, up to 50 Guests will enjoy local wines and special appetizers as they are treated to this special experience.   Tickets are $25 for performances on the evenings of Jan 20, 27 and 28.  Tickets will be available at OddFellows, Twist in Mendocino and Harvest in Ft. Bragg.  Proceeds will benefits creative arts in schools and community, with a special focus on at-risk youth.

Curator Janet Self talks about the theme:   "Identity has a lovely, complex meaning. It invites us to consider things that make us unique, as well as things we share in common with others: singularity and commonality, the individual and the community; how we consider other factors of age, gender, ethnicity, economics, and more. It challenges us to think about Ourselves and ”Others”.  My aim is to bring together creative works that can inspire and engage us in considering this idea of Identity." 

"I AM" ... WRITERS CALL... To inspire and engage us in considering identity, the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference and Flockworks are co-sponsoring a literary art installation and open mic on January 14th as part of Masks & Mirrors, a month-long celebration of creative work exploring identity in the series Art@OddFellows, located at the corner of Kasten and Ukiah Streets in Mendocino. We invite you to submit from one to two hundred words on the subject, “I am.”   Here's how to participate.

1 Write. Follow wherever the words “I am” take you: flash fiction, memoir, poetry, essay, manifesto, or just plain statement. As long as it’s less than two hundred words. You can use the frame on the front of this flyer, or bring your words on the substrate of your choice.

2 Bring your work—the real deal and a copy—to the Odd Fellows Hall, 45101 Ukiah Street, Mendocino on Saturday, January 14th between 4pm-5:30pm. Photographer Mimi Carroll will be there to take your portrait.

3 Watch as your writing with your photo become part of the “I am” wall—a literary art installation by Flockworks, created in real time.
  Sign up to read your work at that evening’s Open Mic. (That’s what the second copy 

is for!) Slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. For the shy among you, don’t worry: reading is optional.

5 Enjoy the rest of the exhibit at Odd Fellows and at other 2nd Saturday venues until Open Mic begins at 6pm.

The “I am” wall will remain on display as part of the Masks & Mirrors exhibit until Sunday, January 29th. This is your chance to take part in a fun, multidisciplinary artistic event that celebrates the diverse identities that make up our community.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Friends of Flockworks

Become a Friend of Flockworks... With your support, we will continue to mobilize space, talents, time, and resources to foster opportunities in arts and creativity for people of all ages in our community.

Dear Friends,

Flockworks was established ten years ago as an organizational frame to build community through creativity.  Flockworks brought new vision and leadership for community art and creative initiatives. We have fostered visibility, vibrancy and inclusiveness to local arts through major exhibits and installations. We have engaged children and young people in vivid art experiences on the playground, in classrooms and other settings. And, through collaborations, we added a creative twist to important community issues and events. We’ve woven art into everyday experiences that bring us together and enrich us as a community.

And it has all been done with volunteer time and talents, minimal resources and an indefatigable willingness to say “yes” whenever someone has asked. In the past two years, we launched Noyo Printworks in Ft Bragg, began an art and science collaboration with Noyo Center for Marine Science and sharpened creative engagement of youth in our community plus continued Art@OddFellows, mural making and more... 

As a new decade begins, we realize this creative work can’t rely solely on volunteer time.  It is essential to ensure a strong sustainable core going forward.  We need you to say “yes” to  help continue Flockworks’ special creative contribution to our community.

As a Friend of Flockworks, your tax-deductible gift will help us continue to offer art exhibits, strengthen our new community print studio, engage youth, children and others in art-making and ensure creativity is infused into our community. A gift of any size will make a difference.   Your gift to Flockworks  can help continue to foster opportunities in arts and creativity open for people of all ages and backgrounds in our community.  You can make a contribution here on our website.  Or we love to get mail:  Flockworks PO Box 1603  Mendocino, CA 95460 
Let's dream and creatively work together!

Monday, 28 November 2016

Come celebrate the Holidays with us!...

Stop by First Friday December 2 from 5-8  kicks off the First Annual Print Sale by artists at Noyo Printworks, 215 Laurel Street in Fort Bragg. 

Work by community artists includes etchings, dry point, linocuts, mono prints, wood cuts, letterpress and other related items.   

Studio Sale will also be open Saturdays & Sundays thru December 17th from 11-5. 

Noyo Printworks is a Flockworks project begun two years ago to create an open Community Studio for print making, letterpress and book arts.  Community gifts of equipment and supplies, space from The City of Fort Bragg and funding for sign and promotion from the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, together with Flockworks “Magic Cigar Box” contributions allowed us to transform the space and stock essential supplies and materials. Volunteer leadership in planning and hands-on studio work means Noyo Printworks is a true community venture, relying on the contributions of many to become a reality. 

2017 will Kickoff a new round of workshops and studio opportunities. If you are an experienced printmaker or letterpress artist, tell us how you'd like to be involved in the Studio.  If you are a beginner, let us know your special areas of interest to help us with our planning. Simply e-mail us ...

Noyo Printworks is located in the former Rec Center on the Laurel Street side of City Hall, across from the Sears building... 215 Laurel Street, just past the office for Noyo Center for Marine Science, a collaborative partner in art & science!

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Creative Change of Public Space...

In the Public Eye... Flockworks' Mural making...

It has been an exciting few months, bringing three large scale mural projects to completion.  The murals each combined art & science, aiming to inspire and engage participants and viewers in  the overall theme of the projects. Two projects undertaken with schools involved over 500 children in the hands on process. The end results reflect the creative energies of many, yet present an overall story and creative whole.

Dunbar School is the oldest public school in Sonoma County and serves about 250 children k-5.  Surrounded by premier vineyards and tasting rooms, most children come from from families hard pressed by economic, language and cultural challenges. Principal Melanie Blake leads a dedicated staff and children are eager and enthusiastic learners.  
WATER!  In Our Lives, Dunbar School, Sonoma

Flockworks Artist Janet Self has been a visiting artist Dunbar School since since 2010 with one or more  school wide creative projects each year.   

This year, the focus was WATER!  WATER! WATER... Exploring Water in Our Lives.   Every child takes part in creating the whole with a process offering everyone a chance to make their special mark.  This Mural was made possible with support from the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation.  

Water on the Farm, the Forest and Town...

Visit the Farmers Market in Town Square
Fire Truck Roars by
In the Dunbar School Garden
Diagram of the "Water Cycle" ... evaporation, condensation & on...

Back home in Mendocino, thanks to the 2014-15 AD Abramson Visual Arts Award for Art in Public Places from the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, a major mural project at the Mendocino k-8 School was also recently completed.  Entitled ENERGY OF MOTION, the project explored concepts of energy from the playground to the stars, from friendship to quantum theory.  The School's Gym has been transformed with two 30 ft panels, one by the entry way into the main gym and the other across under the score board.  Children from kindergarten to 8th grade took part in mural from start to finish.  Working in small teams, the children discussed concepts of energy, drew related ideas and helped plan out the figures in the mural.  Tracings of children in 'action' poses became the basis for the design. Two weeks of intensive work brought the project from concept to completion. 




TAG!! Mural Panel created on the Playground

Simple building, before.
This year, City of Fort Bragg received that AD Abramson Visual Arts Award for Art in Public Places from the Community Foundation of Mendocino County and Flockworks' mural project was selected for a bathroom building Noyo Headlands.  

Our Mural entitled "Currents and Waves" was a collaboration by  Artists Janet Self and Ariela Marshall. "Together, we spent a delightful month out on the new walking trail by the Noyo Center for Marine Science, transforming the simple bathroom into a celebration of the ocean." says Self.

The design wraps the entire building: the front explores the layers and depths of the oceans, while the back leaves the building partially exposed as though the wave is just crashing  around the sides.  

Unfolding Materials and supplies became a
daily ritual setting the tone of each day. 
The Artists hosted many visitors to the project, talking about the underlying concepts and discussing technical aspects of layering on the design to create depth and movement. 

 "Between daily walkers and visitors from all over the world, the energy of collaboration, and the changing beauty of the site itself, it was a glorious place for creating art."  

Flockworks has begun a related project, creating Banners with children and youth that continue this celebrate of life in the ocean. They will become part of a large scale installation.

Artist Ariela Marshall at day's end after clean up.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

The Art of Letter, Word & Book - May 2016 at OddFellows Gallery

Show opens May 5 to May 30

Daily 10:30am - 5:00pm
Opening Party - Sat. May 14th  (5pm – 8pm)

Flockworks’ 4th Annual Exhibit exploring the “Art of Letter, Word & Book”, includes calligraphy, letterpress, artist books, deconstructed books, words into other art and other related installations by more than 40 artists.

One of the pieces exhibited will be Felice Rice’s DOC/UNDOC - A mixed-media production housed in a hi-tech aluminum case, which contains her book DOC/UNDOC of performance texts by artist/writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña and critical commentary by art historian Jennifer González, video by Gómez-Peña and artist Gustavo Vazquez, and sound art by Zachary Watkins.

There will also be an Open Writing Project by Karen Lewis of the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference and a Writer’s Open Mic on May 21st from 3:30pm-5pm.

And the event will close with Book Mobile “Races” – a compilation of fanciful “cars” made from books that will race each other and be judged for distance, speed and ‘literary character’ on May 29th from 2pm-4pm.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Fire & Ice Show opens this weekend [April 1- No Joke!]

“Fire & Ice” Show @ Odd Fellows

        Textiles, Quilts & Creative Expressions art show
When:       April 1 - 24 EVERYDAY(10am - 5pm)
Where:     Odd Fellows Hall (10480 Kasten St. / Ukiah St., Mendocino)

Join us at Odd Fellows Gallery in the month of April for a vibrant exhibit of more than thirty artists exploring the colorful theme: Fire & Ice through quilts, textiles and works in other media. Open daily.

Don't miss the “Second Saturday” Celebration April 9 from 5pm - 9pm, and other special events throughout the month! 

SATURDAY April 2 @ 3:00-4:00
Join Joanna Wigginton for Collage Cards: using scraps.
Make art cards. Have fun. All materials provided. $10.

SATURDAY April 9 @ 4:00 PM
Join Mirka Knaster and Susan Lane for an ‘Artist Talk’
‘Behind the creative process: Where art comes from?’ Free

SATURDAY April 9 @ 5:00 to 8:00

SUNDAY April 10 @ 3:00 PM
Join Mary Ellen Campbell and friends for an ‘Artist Talk’
‘Behind the creative process: Where art comes from?’ Free

SATURDAY April 16 @ 3:00-4:00
Join Cindi Jo for hand sewing and embroidery
Hands ON! All materials provided. $15.

SUNDAY April 17 @ 2:30 PM
Join Mickie McCormac for a demonstration/talk on photo transfer

Questions/Sign up for ‘Hands on Workshops":  964-7577 or jgreen@mcn.org

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Watershed Visions by Mendocino Eco Artists

The Last Weekend  ...

Marvelous Exhibit by the Mendocino EcoArtist celebrates Watershed Visions and benefits the Noyo Center for Marine Science.  Running  through March 27, this is the last weekend to explore the work of 15 local artists with paintings, drawings, pastel, prints, neon and wood sculpture.  And don't miss the opportunity to see Whale Bones and other special specimens from the Noyo Center on display in the exhibit.