Tuesday, November 17, 2009

PAL Members Participate in Art Slam

In celebration of the 8th anniversary of Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month, the Tacoma Arts Commission is hosting an Art Slam on Wednesday, November 18. Doors open at 6:30 and the event runs from 7 to 9 pm at the Rialto Theater in downtown Tacoma.

What is an Art Slam? In a fast-paced format, a selection of work by local visual and performing artists will be projected on the big screen, set to a soundtrack of musical accompaniment. Live dance and spoken word performances will be interspersed between segments of the show. An accompanying description of artists’ work and contact information will be included in a program. Artists of all mediums and genres will show their work, ranging from the very accomplished to the up and coming. Everyone presents their work in the same format. The Art Slam is a place for artists and art enthusiasts to gather and share their work in a non-competitive atmosphere. The event is meant to be a fun, relaxed and inspiring evening, reminding us why we create art in the first place.

Several PAL artists will have work shown in the Art Slam, including Judy Buskirk, Judy Gilbert, Anne Moore Knapp, and Kari Tirrell. The Art Slam is free and open to the public. Join us for a reception in the Rialto lobby following the event.

Read the Tacoma News Tribune article here.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

PAL member in transit

Greetings fellow PAL members,
I have been invited to be a guest author so thought it might be of interest if I reported on the museum... our beloved Metropolitian. As many of you know, I'm studying art in NYC for the next 2-3 years so my focus is the realist style. Before returning to Washinton for Thanksgiving, I had to see the collection of Vermeer paintings as the exhibition ends soon. http://www.metmuseum.org/special/se_event.asp?OccurrenceId={EC38F2E1-BA19-4D5F-845F-A5C44CB90A9E} Arriving on the steps 30 minutes early with 100 or more other art lovers we easily swelled to 250+ before the doors opened . Luckily I only saw maybe 30 heading towards the exhibition so I didn't have too many people to dodge to see "The Milkmaid" one of his most famous/beloved works. Yes the work was extrordinairy from the color mixing, through the sense of light, to the treatment of edges and I was honored to lay eyes on the real thing... as we all know there is no comparison in a reproduction... even a good one. Having never seen his work outside of books, I sought out "Young Woman with a Water Pitcher" as compositionally I prefer this work and was curious to see the actual colors of this more muted palette use yet the work didn't have the same strength as the famed Milkmaid.
Curiosly as the crowds were packing tightly around the 2 mentioned works (writing notes, studying technique, making sketches...) I wandered towards a sleeper piece that was in my opinion the jewel of the show "A young woman at her toilet with her maid." The colors were rich (although not as pimary or as high chroma as the milkmaid) with plenty of interest in both highlight and shadow areas. The flesh tones and brushwork was impecable. The asset which really made me think was his treatment of edges and how he used the technique to bring the viewer in and purposly draw the eye through the composition as if to be sure no area of the picture plain was neglected. My impression was that this was not just a piece to favor the scene, the subject or even the models. This was a celebration of accomplished ablities as an artist in reguard to technique and command over his skills to direct his audience where he wished the viewer to follow. As a recently returning student to the arts, this was one lesson that you always read about but I finally witnessed from Borch, another master artist in the collection. -Feather