Artworks By Anthe Throughout Flourtown
This month and next I am fortunate to help three worthy groups listed below, with a fundraiser exhibition throughout the shops of Flourtown. The show kicks off on Saturday January 19th with a opening wine reception at Arnica and Ivy Day Spa 4-6 pm & also Sunday January 20th from 4-6pm.
Below is a list of locations that will have work for the duration of the show.
20% of sales from Artworks by Anthe collectively supports
The Historic Black Horse Restoration Fund, The Friends of Bethlehem Pike, The Springfield Historical Society and the Local Merchant who hosts the work.
Arnica & Ivy Day Spa
800 Bethlehem Pike on the corner of Sunnybrook Rd.& Bethlehem Pk.
18 works mixed media pieces created from live dance performances
located behind Arnica and Ivy in the shared parking lot Watercolors - Music and Dance
Pulse Dance Studio
1610 Bethlehem Pike located in the Acme Shopping Center
Dance related paintings and mixed media pieces
Picture Framing Gallery
next to Pulse Dance Studio 1612 Bethlehem Pike
Assorted works & reproductions in several mediums
Cisco’s Bar and Grille
1538 Bethlehem Pike Flourtown, PA 19031
Music and Dance Work Mixed Media & Collage
1512 Bethlehem Pike (parking in the rear) across from Bob’s Antiques
Several paintings created from live dance performances with hand painted frames to complete the vision. Hours: Tues-Sat: 10:am-5:pm Closed Sun—Mon.
1514 Bethlehem Pike next to Scarlet Begonias
Florals—watercolors as well as hand colored etchings.
Barbara B’s Jewels
1515 Bethlehem Pike across from Starbucks
Landscapes Oil /Golden Artists’ Colors
Hours:Tues-Wed: 10AM-5PM Thu: 10AM-7PM Fri: 10AM-5:30PM Sat: 10AM- 3PM Sun-Mon: Closed
GiGi’s Consignment Boutique 1511 Bethlehem Pike next to Barbara B’s Jewels
Collages Hours: Tues-Fri: 10:am-5:pm Sat: 10:00am-3:00pm Closed Sun-Mon
Reflection - Challenges & Changing Seasons
Reflection - Challenges & Changing Seasons
Today is a day of reflection.
I am reflecting back on the spring semester at Swarthmore;
The fun I had drawing from dance and instructing, the challenges of working in the digital world creating my work and relying on the computer to output my work. As well as the excitement of Art Rage a program that gave me the ability to draw and play back drawings I create on the i-pad as a video. Studying each line as if it was the first time I saw them as they played back on the computer was a real thrill and somehow unreal. (The new programs that are available along with all they do is really astounding to me as I think back to the days before TV. And yes I remember when only radio was around and only Dick Tracy had the ability to view the world in miniature let alone computerized or digitized.) I am still trying to figure out how to save my files and publish them…a new frustration…or shall I say I believe that this will be the next new challenge. And when I do figure this out you know I will share them with you.
Title : Harvest - Homage to Hal Medium: Mixed media Size: 20 x 30"
I am reflecting on this summer. But somehow this summer seems to have melted away just the same. Maybe it is due to the ungodly heat we had this year or just that I wish the summer was longer than it is or seems to be.
For those of you who I haven't had a chance to speak with lately or if you haven’t checked out my Artworks by Anthe face book page; I taught a class of nine 11-12 & 13 year old girls from Chester at Swarthmore College, in June and July.
Here I am with 8 of my students on last day of class.
I learned that life can be really challenging but nothing is more challenging than girls as they are coming of age. You would think I would remember this from being a mother of three teenage girls once! It was a great time for prayer, introspection and laughter. Many smiles were received and given along with many other looks.
The goal of the class was to introduce the students to unfamiliar music and encourage a visualization of the music into art. The students in this class drew from 38 different genres of music. They learned to compose drawings utilizing the visuals components that they made and incorporated them into finished works of art. Mobiles and other projects were also created while listening to the various genres the first few weeks. After which the girls wrote lyrics, composed their own music, recorded, performed and then created a visual interpretation of their music. The artwork was installed in an art show the final week of class accompanied by their DVD. The DVD recording consisted of the students performing their music and an explanation of the project for all visitors to view. Both the visual and musical components of the class came together in a DVD which I made to chronicle the experience. Two DVDs can be viewed on my “Artworks by Anthe” face book page. One of the children singing which is 2 groups of 3 and 1 group of 2 children and the second which is the children’s music and their artwork in a slide show presentation.
On another note …
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I hope to have an open studio soon…So stay tuned… Also I will keep you posted as I have my upcoming shows in 2013 in Pa and Delaware. Well that is all I have for right now. Have a blessed day and a great autumn!
A Peacock in the Kitchen
Since I was a little child I have always felt a sense of wonderment and joy when looking at art. Whether it was the iconography in the church where I grew up or the paintings, sculptures and mixed media pieces on view at a museum, that I might have visited, one thing was for sure, I was joyful, hopeful and had a sense of love in my heart along with an urgency to create. I couldn’t wait to get home to begin creating works of my own to join the menagerie of those in existence throughout the world.
Late December until just this week, my house has been torn up and going through construction. As I wrote many months ago, I left the bath water on while distracted and flooded out a portion of my studio and home. Thank God nothing much was damaged in the studio except unused goods, some furniture, paint and drywall. This all seemed to be an easy fix. Not so. It took over months of haggling with the insurance company, an adjuster as well as getting the contractor and plumber. I think perhaps I lost a bit of my sanity during the process, until the dust settled, rooms were cleaned and I could once occupy my bath, and studio.
Then, I lost two computers due to age and I am holding on to this one until the fall when I will be getting a new apple. Such is life, or at least mine.
The bathroom is complete and I have begun once again to put my house, studio, and life in order. I realized I do not cope well when I am unable to make art, producing and being surrounded by new images or projects. I gain a real sense of who I am when I go through the process of creating any facet of art. Much like a composer when writing his own lyrics the production process develops the vision for me. I tend to lose my sense of who I am, when I am not able to work. I wonder if other artists go through this as well!
Two weeks ago, I began work on this year’s Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment CHCFE Designer’s Show House which is located at 8305 Seminole Avenue in Chestnut Hill. (Info to follow, below) I have completed a mural in the kitchen and will soon finish a gallery room in the Grand Hall Landing on the second floor. I have received numerous comments on the impact of the peacock in the kitchen.
The idea of the peacock in the kitchen was a novel one and not mine I might add. Karen Phelps, designer and owner of Scarlett Begonias of Flourtown, asked me if I could paint a mural for the kitchen. (Karen is designing the kitchen and pantry areas of the house). I said sure and then asked her why the peacock. She explained that people of means in the days of old, often had peacocks strolling in their yards. She also said as she looked out the kitchen windows of this house and envisioned them walking in these gardens. I remembered not too long ago when on the historic trolley tour of Springfield Township, there was a mention of the peacocks meandering through the gardens of one such home.
My job was to bring Karen’s vision to fruition. I utilized the outside gardens as my inspiration and placed the peacock on a branch of a rhododendron so as to show off the tail in a royal and understated manor. I have been told by Karen, that our peacock seems to be the talk of the town. Several decorators and people connected with the home had already seen it and stopped by her shop with positive feedback.
The upper room will be transformed, with the aid of Karen's decorating skills along with my creativity and artworks. We will also be utilizing some accessories from Scarlett Begonias. The paintings are oil and acrylic from my travels stateside and abroad. I once again have my joy back as I am creating new works of art while working with a fabulous designer.
The house will be open for tours from
September 16th through October 16th, 2011
8305 Seminole Avenue Chestnut Hill, Phildelphia PA. 19118
Weds 12 noon - 7 pm
Thursday 11 am - 7 pm
Friday 11 am - 7 pm
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday 12 noon- 5 pm
On Thursday, October 6, for 6 to 8 PM, there is an "Evening with Designers".
This will be a special event with wine and cheese for the Show House attendees and designers meet.
An Invited Artist
I have been blessed to be an invited artist, to participate in drawing during ballet classes at Swarthmore College. Working in this class offers me the advantage to draw from a diverse body of between 10-15 students. I have been able to capture movements and connect to the choreographed line provided by those dancers. The pace is fast and the line and method in which I draw is equally so but an amazing experience.
I attended a dance performance of Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca while they performed in the Lang Performing Arts Center at Swarthmore College. Barrio & Flamenca are recognized as the most authentic flamenco touring company in the field today. I have used one of the pieces created from that night as a profile image on my facebook page. This piece to the left is one page from my sketch book drawn in the dark during the performance. Drawing from performances as well as classes is truly an honor and a privilege. I utilized the line drawings I create, scan them into the computer, delete the background of the paper, and then collage in colors and textures to create these new works. Below is a commission by Swarthmore for a postcard to be utilized by the performing arts department. It combines different methods of dance; Katah, African Drum Dance, Ballet, to name a few, to create a sense of the depth and range of dance offered through their programing. Each of the drawings used in the colored postcard piece started out as a sketch in my book as above. This journey that I am on has married a dualiaity from within, my love of dance and my love of art. Through this method of working I am able to once again express the body movements and feel the deep sensation of the dance while conveying the choregraphers intent.