Synthia Saint James

Kwanzaa Celebration Speaker: Synthia Saint James
Sunday, November 4, 2007, 6-8pm

Baker Center Ballroom
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

The featured Kwanzaa Karamu speaker is Synthia Saint James, international award-winning artist and designer of the first United States Postal Stamp for the Kwanzaa holiday.

A self-taught artist and author, Saint James has written or illustrated children’s picture books, poetry, and prose books. Her work appears on more than 60 book covers including those by Alice Walker, Terry McMillan, Iyanla Vanzant, and Julia Boyd.

Kwanzaa, an African American holiday based on the first fruit celebrations of Africa, was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture: Unity, Self-determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith. The holiday is officially celebrated December 26 to January 1. Due to the OU calendar, it is celebrated early while students are still on campus. Kwanzaa is a collaborative cultural presentation of the Office of Multicultural Programs (MCP), the Multicultural Center (MCC) and the Black Student Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB). —http://www.ohio.edu/culturalcenter/programs/kwanzaa.cfm 

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Art: Women of Influence–Women Honoring Women

Art Opening: Women of Influence–Women Honoring Women
Saturday, October 6, 2007, 7-9 pm

Thru November 6, 10 am-4 pm (hours vary–call before coming)
The Piano Works (map)
48 W Main St, Logan, Ohio
Free

Women of Influence–Women Honoring Women is a mixed media exhibit by five area women artists. It includes art quilts, paintings, assemblages, paper dolls, altered books, and art.

Opening is in conjunction with Late Night Logan in which downtown merchants, restaurants, art and entertainment venues stay open for the evening on the first Saturday of each month. Cellist Michael Ingalls will entertain. Michael has appeared on Prairie Home Companion and is frequently seen around central Ohio as “the world’s only singing, strolling cellist.”

The Piano Works Show Room and Gallery is a unique showroom, gallery, and workshop to visit and shop for pianos, guitars, music accessories, and regional art. Local craftsmen restore, rebuild, tune, and repair quality pianos.

Contact: 740-380-6683 or brucebowens -at- adelphia.net

Art: Vivian Ripley: Light and Color

Art: Vivian Ripley: Light and Color
September 29 – November 4, 2007, T, W, F, Sat. 10-5, Th. 10-8:30, Sun. 1-5

Zanesville Art Center
620 Military Rd, Zanesville
adults $4; seniors $3; ages 10-18 $3; Free on Thurs

vivianripley.jpgIn 21 watercolors and pastel drawings, Vivian Ripley explores color in the landscape and how it is affected by light and shade. Ripley works in pastel, watercolor, acrylic, and colored pencil—sometimes in combination. She particularly enjoys painting in a natural setting, stating, “The whole body, and its senses, is involved with nature because of the urgency to depict an increasingly changing scene.”

Ripley’s technique was spotlighted in The Watercolor Landscape Techniques of 23 International Artists in 2003. She resides in Columbus and is active in the Central Ohio Watercolor Society, Ohio Watercolor Society, and the Ohio Plein Air Society, and has won many awards. With this exhibition, the Zanesville Art Center continues its series of solo exhibitions recognizing contemporary Ohio artists.

Contact: 740-452-0797

Art: The Hand of Toshiko Takaezu

Art: The Hand of Toshiko Takaezu
September 29, 2007-January 2008
, T, W, F, Sat. 10-5, Th. 10-8:30, Sun. 1-5
Zanesville Art Center
620 Military Rd, Zanesville
adults $4; seniors $3; ages 10-18 $3; Free on Thurs

Takaezu at her studio, 2006Exhibit features the work of one of America’s great living artists and is made possible by her remarkable generosity. In 2006, Toshiko Takaezu donated 14 ceramics from her personal collection to the Zanesville Art Center. The Art Center had purchased three works from the artist in 1963, while she was still head of the Ceramics Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art. The exhibition will also include a fine selection of pieces from other collections. Many were created using fine clay from the Zanesville/Roseville area.

“Along with Peter Voulkos and a number of other ceramics artists who emerged in the postwar years of the 1950s and 1960s, Takaezu has been instrumental in moving ceramics beyond its historical ties to the concept of function and into the realm of sculpture,” She transformed clay “from something associated only with utilitarian objects to something that could be meaningful, capable of embodying abstract ideas.” –James Jensen, director, Contemporary Museum, Honolulu

Ms. Takaezu was born in Hawaii and studied at the University of Hawaii and Cranbrook Academy. In 1956, she began to teach at the Cleveland Institute and Princeton University. Her work is included in collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, and the National Museum in Bangkok, Thailand.

Contact: 740-452-0741