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When we plan out the editorial calendar for this very blog, we find ourselves brainstorming ways to communicate to you, our readers, and anyone else who may come along, just how much we want to be a place you can appreciate and turn to for all things art-related. We set up our schedule of postings and get to work fine tuning this message, hoping that it will be well delivered and well received.
Then, a guest contributor agrees to help us out and blows us out of the water.
We find ourselves thrilled and humbled by what our friend and long-time SBMA member, Karen Chambers, had to say when we asked her to share why she has been so committed to the programs and classes we offer. Without further ado, we invite you to LEARN MORE ABOUT the VALUE of SBMA ART CLASSES by CLICKING HERE.
And, most importantly, thank you, Karen!
Here at SBMA, we pride ourselves on lots of things. From our quality exhibitions to our excellent educational programs to our stellar staff, we have a lot to be proud of. Did we mention our ability to throw a rocking summer party? On Friday June 29th, we invite you to join us at one of our signature summer events, “Meet Me on the Island”. In collaboration with WVPE, we are pleased to present you an ART-ful evening filled with live music, cool drinks, and local art and artists along a beautiful river front location. Still undecided? Keep reading as we share with you our top reasons why you should “Meet Us on the Island” June 29th.
A little while back we told you that Festival of Banners was coming, and now it’s here! Submitted designs for this year’s theme – “Pop on Parade” – were judged, and winning designs were chosen. But it’s right about now that the action is really underway as the selected artists are beginning to work on their original, hand-painted banners in the SBMA studios. With only two months to go until the banners are on display in downtown South Bend, our Festival of Banners participants are busy bringing their pop art visions to life.
From now until August, we’ll be checking in with not one, but three of our Festival of Banners participants, to see what it’s like to take transform their 4″ x 6″ submissions into banners. The dynamic, creative members of the Kanczuzewski family have agreed to let us look over their shoulders as we bring you an inside experience of this great community-based program.
Once upon a time we could stick our hands in a bucket of paint, slap them on a canvas and call it a Mother’s Day gift. But time has passed, we’ve all gotten older (not you, Mom – you’ve evolved with grace and beauty), and we know how important it is to find just the right thoughtful, special something for the ladies we love and honor on Mother’s Day. The good news is that we at SBMA provide the perfect approach to accomplishing this daunting task: come on into The Dot Shop.
Located right here in the Century Center, The Dot Shop is unlike any other retail space in South Bend. From watercolors to ceramics, from jewelry to garden accessories, our fabulous array of artwork by local artists is sure to include the gift you know is just right for your Mother’s Day honorees. The fact is that everything you can buy at The Dot Shop is a one-of-a-kind, handmade masterpiece. And isn’t that what Mom would say about you?
Our friend and colleague at the University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art, Sarah Martin, has asked that we help her extend an invitation to the Snite’s Teacher Night event, and we couldn’t be more pleased to oblige. Teacher Night events—held here at SBMA every Fall and at the Snite every Spring—are fun and FREE opportunities for our museum education departments to congratulate, thank and treat our local educators for all they do.
So teachers, we hope you will mark your plan books for next Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 4-6 p.m. Head to the Snite Museum of Art on campus at Notre Dame (parking will be available in Lot C; you’ll see signs when you arrive), any time between 4 and 6 to enjoy refreshments, mingling, and some raffle prizes, as well as the amazing galleries at the Snite. We know you spend tremendous energy enriching the life of your students each day; don’t pass up this chance to indulge yourselves!
With Easter just under two weeks away, you may notice that the ol’ Bunny Trail is starting to pick up a lot of traffic. Before you get swept up in all that cottontail congestion, we suggest you take the next eggxit marked ”SBMA!” Join us here in our studios this Saturday, March 31, from 2-4 pm for an art-making hop-portunity that will everybunny will be talking about, including bunny mask making, “bunny putty” eggs and sock bunnies.
Whenever there’s an email in your inbox from Candie Waterloo, (aka Miss Candie, one of our beloved youth instructors), the mastermind behind so many of our brilliant family, youth and community art projects, you know there’s something fun in the works. The latest message she sent out was no exception: time for Festival of Banners 2012!
A joint program we present in association with Downtown South Bend Inc. and the City of South Bend, the Festival of Banners project is one of many programs SBMA shares with the community to celebrate the visual arts in Northern Indiana. The event embraces art from all ages and backgrounds, giving everyone in the community an opportunity to be a part of the celebration. And, of course, for those of us who can only dream of seeing our artwork on display in a museum gallery, being able to drive or walk through downtown South Bend and see a banner you designed and painted yourself hanging for all to see is quite a thrill!
For about six weeks now, Adrian Hatfield’s King of the Impossible exhibit has been on display in our Art League Gallery. It’s an incredibly intriguing collection of artwork which, in the words of Hatfield, “examines the modes of visual communication developed within religion, science and fine art and the role they play in humanity’s attempt to understand itself and its place in the universe.” Take this piece, entitled “KT and The Second Coming”:
Our adult audiences might spend a few minutes gazing upon this piece, questioning the meaning of humanity and its place in the universe, but we are pretty sure we know what our younger visitors see: DINOSAURS.
So this weekend, as we prepare to host our Family Day event, we are not going to overthink it. We’re going to leave the “meaning of humanity” to the grown-ups and take on Adrian Hatfield through the eyes of a child—by making dinosaur art. Come by and bring the family as our veteran youth instructor, Miss Candie, leads a project of prehistoric proportions.
The weather is changing, the leaves are nearly done falling, and the 2011-12 academic year has been underway for nearly 12 weeks already. It’s a difficult time of year to feel energized, especially in the classroom. What teachers need right about now is the chance to take a breather — to sip some wine, mingle with friends, wander through works of art, and maybe even buy a little something lovely, just because; they need our Teacher Night!
Teachers, please let us treat you to a special evening this Wednesday, October 26, from 6 – 7:30. This free, open house event is our way of thanking and acknowledging you for all that you have done this semester, and all that you will continue to do. We will have free wine and appetizers for you to enjoy, as well as discounted shopping for you in The Dot Shop, our new retail space. Our galleries will be open for you to see our latest exhibits, especially, Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art, and we will have representatives from SAX and United Art & Education here to show you new products and ideas for your classroom. It’s going to be a “no requirements, just relaxation” kind of night, and we hope you will join us!
If you’re a skater, you probably already know Don Pendleton. Maybe not by name, but definitely by his iconic skate art, which has been displayed on thousands of skate decks in the past decade. Pendleton, a true graphic master who has been the visual force behind Alien Workshop and Element Skateboards, was also a sponsored skater himself by the time he graduated high school. On October 16, Pendleton comes to SBMA for Skate Day to lead a hands-on workshop in skate deck design as well as skate demonstrations.
The first 50 participants who register (pre-registration is required!! email: email@example.com) will have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from and design with Don. If you can’t make it to the Design-A-Deck workshop from 12-2, there will be plenty of other Skate Day events throughout the afternoon that you won’t want to miss:
From 2-4 p.m.: Skate Demos/Tricks – Don, along with another pro skater area, will lead all skaters through a very hands-on workshop in which he’ll teach them some cool tricks with their skateboards. This will take place in our front circle, and kids are encouraged to bring their boards and skate.
ALL DAY: We are creating a MONSTER deck; a skate deck so monumental it will blow everyone’s mind. This activity is going to perfect for all ages, and everyone is welcome. Here, kids/families/friends/etc can add their own personal touch to our deck via paint//markers/stickers/whatever we have on hand. This is a community-wide art project, and we want all hands on deck!!!
Noon -5 p.m.: SBMA’s American Series exhibit, “Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art” will also be open for viewing from noon until 5 p.m. that day.
Every winter, when SBMA hosts the Scholastic Art exhibit showcasing the artwork of local 7th – 12th graders, we are blown away by the artistic talent that is developing right here in our own backyards. As we contemplate the art they create, we continuously find ourselves asking, “Who exactly are these young people, and where do they find their inspiration? What is it in their young lives that shapes their artistic philosophy?”
We believe it’s time to get to know these amazing young artists a little better; to honor and thank them, and to do our part to make sure they can continue to grow in their creativity. We have therefore committed to carving out space every month right here on our blog to feature a young artist and his/her work. In addition, SBMA will award featured students with a free studio art class here at the Museum.
Teachers, we know that as the mentors and guides for these young artists, you can help lead us to these talented young people. We ask that as you watch them work and grow this year, you bring them to our attention. The form provided here can be downloaded and used at any time to nominate an artist that you think is deserving. There is no deadline for submission – we will accept nominations on a rolling basis. Thanks for doing your part to unveil these hidden gems in our community!
“I got it at the Dot!”
Trust us, Michiana, when we say you’ll find yourself hearing and repeating this phrase around town in the coming weeks and months – “I got it at the Dot!”
“I’m a Dot Shopper,” you’ll say again and again, as you suddenly find yourself invited to more and more parties and celebrations, being that your reputation for giving fabulous gifts is blossoming around town.
“Just Dot it!” you’ll recommend to your very stylish and interesting friends who are searching for the perfect accent piece for an outfit or a room.
That’s because on August 27, 2011, The Dot Shop, the new retail space the South Bend Museum of Art will be opening, making it possible to purchase the handmade work of dozens of artists in our region and to achieve the all-too-elusive thrill of finding the perfectly unique and lovely gift for your friends and loved ones in one simple outing.
In fact, you’ll spot that ideal treasure so quickly, you’ll even have time left after shopping to browse our galleries and view our collections and exhibits.
April showers have brought us May…barrels! Rain barrels, that is, made possible through the Indiana University at South Bend’s Center for a Sustainable Future and hand painted by a dozen different local artists and art groups. These unique works of green art are not only perfectly practical, economical, and good for the environment, they’re just plain fun to look at. They’re even better to own.
That’s why we welcome all visitors to our First Friday event, tonight – May 6 – our Rain Barrel Auction at 7 p.m. Guests are invited to bid on these one-of-a-kind containers and to enter a drawing for a free, unpainted rain barrel. The evening will also feature a brief lesson on how collecting rain water benefits the budget and beautifies the garden.
For more information about the IUSB Center for a Sustainable Future, go to <http://iusb.edu/~csfuture>