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.

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