"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." Vincent Van Gogh
If you haven't received your prospectus, email SunnysideArtists@gmail.com
All those on the mailing list will receive a prospectus for this show next week. If you are not sure if you on the mailing list, email SunnysideArtists@gmail.com. The image behind the text comes from LIC painter Chip Moeser, who is allowing a study he made, "Moving Through the Motions" on graphite paper, 18 x 24" to be used as the basis for the poster.
Of course, entries can be non-nudes and non-representational, and all will be explained in the prospectus.
Sunnyside artist painter Ed Kim emails:
"looking for someone to rent half of my studio space on 43rd Ave and 39th Street. My studio mate is moving so it's becoming vacant soon. Do you know any artists who'd be interested?
It's about 250 square feet &
$376 a month.
If interested, email EdmondKim@earthlink.net
Photographer Has Too Much Fun at Party
Photographer who wishes to remain anonymous turned in a hazy image of sun afternoon's festivities from SAorg for the meet and greet at Murphy's Lobster Grill. The shot "artist-plus-white russian" thinks it is an artwork.
38 locals met and enjoyed having time to compare notes and get to know one another, difficult to do during actual art installations. Mary Caulfield aided by Ann Cofta masterminded the fest. Artist Lana Chang noted, "It was so nice to just relax and not have to worry about work." Chan works during the day as a copy editor and has a month to finish a commissioned piece, a building portrait. A few compared about what they were working on for "Au Naturel" (the nude) which is the topic for the summer juried show. Photographer Peter Killeen said he is working on a non-representational entry.
Jeff Watson, who won a Jack Daniels wool beanie in the free raffles, was steamed he the did not snag the $25 gift certificate donated by host Mike Murphy. Winners of the Van Gogh (donated by Bill Nemir) and Freud action figures were pleased, but the Van Gogh winner asked, "Does it have an ear accessory?" Upcoming events from Sunnyside Artists are Irish Eyes II Tuesday, February 24, Queen of Angels Fine Fine Art Fair VIII June 7, and "Au Naturel." Email Sunnysideartists@gmail.com or call Manny Gomez, president, at 718-909-4806 to get on the email list.
Thank you to the Sherilyn Sabba of the Woodside Herald (free every week all over LIC) who like her grandfather, Joe, and father, Buster, support Sunnyside Artists for every event!
From the 'If a sculpture falls in forest and no eardrums near by was there a sound' department - without publicity, saorg events put together for free by artists and supporters would not be nearly as successful!
CASUAL SOCIAL MIXER FOR ARTISTS (just for fun!)
When: Short notice – 3PM, Sunday, Jan. 25
Where: Murphy’s Lobster Grill, crnr Skillman Ave. & 49th St.
And raffle gifts already donated! Mike Murphy is giving 10% off all food and drink! If you might drop by, please hit reply and let us know or call Pres. Manny Gomez at 718 909 4806. Thank you Ann Cofta!
UPDATE ON OUR BOOHOOING
Summary: After hearing from more than a few of you, we protested when for the second year, local artists were not notified of how to be considered for five paid installations with public funds during Sunnyside Restaurant Week.
We met with the folks who run it, who were helpful, and tried to mend fences and get into the running. Essentially, we learned that No Longer Empty considers work year ‘round for their installations not just for individual shows.
A fuller explanation: (Skip over if you have no interest.)
We met with the Naomi Hersson-Ringskog, a principle of No Longer Empty, which curates the shows, and Rachel Thieme of Sunnyside Shines-BID, who taps No Longer Empty to choose artists, some weeks ago to resolve our differences after our public complaints.
The solution suggested by Ms. Hersson-Ringskog was that individual artists send in their work for consideration so they might become part of No Longer Empty's general talent pool when NLE curates shows – not just locally, but NLE when installs exhibitions in general.
There is no guarantee of using more local artists than in the past, but artists getting work in to them to consider increases the chances.
We also asked Rachel Thieme, Director of Sunnyside Shines to consider Sunnyside Artists to curate a show or work with us and/or No Longer Empty since we have the most local experience and grassroots credibility with 38+ shows to our credit. We also have the best record for getting local people to fine art events and could generate wider local interest in their installations. We also hope our local venues benefit from more customers if they exhibit art!
In general, the meeting was forthright and we hope productive. A partnership and better communication will help all of us. We are not opposed to outside curators – the more art here the better – we were just steamed at our artists not having a crack at the opportunity when publicly funded.
Both Naomi and Rachel seemed wanting to mend fences and do their best by locals. And we promised to pipe down and respect their process: NLE does "site specific" work, meaning going into a site and bringing in an artist from a wider pool, not necessarily local. Of course, we urged more local artists as one cannot get more site specific and organic than that; and we noted that we as artists are local businesses, too!
So the gist is, the BID is going to continue to tap NLE, so if you are interested in being considered as an artist for Restaurant Week, or for any of NLE’s artist opportunities elsewhere, you should individually submit work to No Longer Empty for general review.
Note: We advise searching under GOOGLE IMAGES for "No Longer Empty" images before mulling over your work to submit.
Inundating No Longer Empty with work examples which are not in keeping with their aesthetic seems a waste of time. Their local exhibitions so far indicate that their tastes seem to run to sophisticated, sculptural, non-representational, using themes of repetition, and often fun and quirky. They seem not to favor emerging artists but those with outside success under their belts, so prepare for disappointment if that is not you.
But you gotta be in it to win it!
Read first: http://www.nolongerempty.org/home/who-we-are/nle-process/
“Au Naturel” (the nude): Treatment may be representational or not. Deadline for entry: Midnight, April 30, 2015. Prospectus not yet ready but will sent to all. Last year artists asked for two juried show improvements, both underway:
1) Earlier notification of topic
2) Top three winners selected in person after finalist work mounted