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In this Newsletter. Interview with Deanna Sirlin-Artist and Writer. Artshare, Reading Club, Workshops, Call For Art
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Header Image: Deanna Sirlin's "Horizontal"
In this Issue
Interview with Deanna Sirlin
Members' Juried Show Deadline January 18
Reading Club Meeting--January 12
ArtShare--January 19
Workshops--February and March
INTERVIEW WITH DEANNA SIRLIN
Image above: Part of Deanna Sirlin's Bilboard Project.
1. Who are you and what do you do, and what is your background?
    I am Deanna Sirlin. I am an artist. I grew up in New York City and left after receiving my MFA from Queens College. I currently live and work on a horse farm outside of Atlanta. I have been an artist and writer for 33 years. I just published my first book, Sheʼs Got What It Takes: American Women Artists in Dialogue. I am the publisher and editor in chief of The Art Section: An Online Journal of Art and Cultural Commentary.
2. What's integral to your art and or art career?
    For me, it is the daily life of going into the studio.

above: Sirlin's C-Flow Project for the City Of Atlanta.
3. What themes do you pursue and what medium do you use?
    Color has always been important to me. I will work in any medium that allows me to explore the possibilities of expressing my thoughts this way.
4. What makes you angry, what makes you happy?
    Ignorance and intolerance make me very unhappy. Falseness, posturing, and pretension annoy me. And what make me happy are my passion for art and
animals and my love for them.
5. Who and what inspire you in your work and or in your life in general?
    My spouse is a very good partner and inspiration to me, and the animals in my life have taught me much about being in the moment, love, and happiness.
6. What superpower would you want?
    I would love endless energy.

above is a view of Sirlin's "Retracing", Commissioned by the High Museum of Art of Atlanta.
7. What is your favorite artists and or other person?
    My favorite artists range from Giotto to Rembrandt to Morandi to Alex Katz to Louise Bourgeois.
8. What advice would you give to other artists?
    My advice is to work really hard, be really honest with yourself, and discover who you are.
9. Contact details if any?
    Personal work– www.deannasirlin.com
    Book— www.shesgotwhatittakes.com
    Online Journal of Art and Cultural Commentary – www.theartsection.com

Reading Club

Sunday, January 12, 2014, 3:30 at Marlene Puca's 1113 Mayfield Drive, Decatur 30033, RSVP to marlenepuca@att.net if possible. The book is The Judgement of Paris.

 
January Art Share
The art share will be at the home of Kathy Meliopoulos, 1886 Fisher Trail NE, Atlanta, GA 30345. Date January 19, 3-5pm.
Kathy's phone #: 404-325-0863             email: kathymeliopoulos@gmail.com
The theme of this art share will be: transitioning with our work into the new year.
What did you learn about your process? Are you beginning a new series? What changes will you initiate with the direction of your work?
Beverages will be provided, you may bring a snack to share.
Guests are welcome. RSVP is helpful
If you would like to host an art share please contact Kathy Meliopoulos.

A WCAGA Members’ Exhibit
ROOTS

Exhibition Dates: February 3 - April 25 2014
Where: Blue Mark Studios
              892 Jefferson Street
              Atlanta GA  30318
Roots
Underground and Up Above  but most certainly, on the wall.
We have our roots in our genetic makeup, in historical stories, in past cultures; by evolution and mutation.
We are made from the stars and formed of earthen materials. As artists we
investigate, discover and choose many means to express our understanding
of our roots.
This WCAGA members’ exhibit is about Roots. It will show the diverse ways
that our members have chosen to relate our interest and understanding regarding
this theme.

Calendar
Application Deadline: January 18,  2014
Image Notification: January 20, 2014
Installation: February 2
Deliver work: Saturday, February 2 from 9:30 to 11:00am
Or: Contact Barb Rehg to leave work at her studio or with another artists who can deliver for you.brehgstudios@bellsouth.net
Opening Reception: February 13, 2014
Artist Share/Talk - March 15 or 16
Take Down: April 26 - 11:00am .
 Or: Contact Barb Rehg to have the work taken back to her studio to be picked up at a later date or make arrangements to have another artist pick up for you.                 
General Information
This juried exhibit is open to the first 25 WCAGA members in good standing who apply. Work accepted must remain on view for the entire exhibition.
NOTE: Some images or parts of images may be used for the invitation. If you Do Not wish us to use your image, please indicate this in your submission.
Entry & Fee
Entry fee: $25. This fee will supply the funds for our receptions and artists talks.
Images Submission
Send up to three images by email to brehgstudios@bellsouth.net. The image resolution should be 300dpi. And no larger than 1megabyte.  Only the artwork should be visible, no background, frames etc. Label each image file as follows: number. title, artist initials. jpg, for example, 1.Rework.br.jpg. The number should correspond to the application.
Limitations - please read
All work must be framed and properly equipped for hanging.
Size –  48” max height and width - 2D work only
Wires are needed for hanging properly.
Caution:
Work created out of multiples will not hang properly unless they are bolted together, making one piece. The hanging system is similar to a Walker System but instead of rods, wires are used. Multiplies don’t hang tight.
No sculptures or installations are possible in this space.
Agreement
Submitting an entry form constitutes an agreement on the part of the artist with all the conditions in the prospectus.
Blue Mark Studio takes a 30% commission on work sold. Price with that in mind.
Blue Mark Studio prefers not to handle any marketing merchandise for or during an exhibit of fine art.
Delivery & Return of Work
The artist is responsible for making arrangements for delivery to and pickup from the gallery. If your work will be shipped from out of town please make arrangement with a WCAGA member to receive the work. You will be responsible for the method of return if mailing the work back is required.
I can accept work at my studio.  
Barb Rehg
407 Creekview Trail SE
Smyrna GA 30082
For ore Information and Entry Forms go to WCAGA Opportunities
WORKSHOPS
Intuitive Painting
Instructor: - Jes Belkov Gordon
Location: - Binders Art
Dates/Time: - February 22nd, 10AM - 5PM
For more info contact: - Binders at 
Brief synopsis - Gather around with artists of all abilities as we tap into that unique creative source that we all carry with us. Artists require two different abilities. The one that we most often discuss is skill. There are plenty of classes that will help you develop your skills at drawing, under painting, color mixing, glazing techniques, oil painting, ceramics, acrylic painting, charcoal, pastel, etc. That is NOT what THIS workshop is about.
We are delving into the other required (and most important) ability – CREATIVE INSPIRATION (aka – talent). This is t he out-of-the-box thinking that allows you to make decisions with your gut instead of your head. It’s when you forget everything you’ve learned and start to make those skills part of your being, not your brain. We will shut the door on some of those fears and gremlins that invade your space as you create. Come play and build your confidence as the creative artist you already are.

SPECTRUM
Instructor: - Jes Gordon (Plus 30+ others)
Location: - Online
Dates/Time: - Starts March 1st
For more info contact: - Jes at bucketsofcolor@yahoo.com or 410-507-7991 or www.bucketsofcolor.com
Brief synopsis - Spectrum is for anyone interested in enhancing intuition, strengthening courage, celebrating wholeness & diversity, widening perspective, developing deeper relationships, and who wants to offer her own gifts to the world, guided by personal awareness and creative living… This journey is about connecting with BODY as guide and ally, ART as intuitive, expressive oracle, and NATURE as provider of love, lesson, abundance and belonging.

21 Secrets
Instructor: - Jes Belkov Gordon (Plus 20 others)
Location: - Online
Dates/Time: - Starts March 1st
For more info contact: Jes at bucketsofcolor@yahoo.com or 410-507-7991 or www.bucketsofcolor.com
Brief synopsis - 21 SECRETS is celebrating it's fifth year of gathering talented, inspiring Artists eager to share their art journaling secrets with you in a BRAND NEW FORMAT that will make your experience with 21 SECRETS much more personal and in alignment with the rhythms of your own creative life! In other words.... YOU RECEIVE ALL 21 WORKSHOPS AT ONCE IN A DOWNLOADABLE eBOOK WITH UNLIMITED ACCESS! YOU KEEP THE VIDEOS, WRITTEN CONTENT & VISUALS!



 
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