I am delighted to invite you and your friends to “ With A Song in My Heart” solo art exhibition by Anthe OCTOBER 11th, 2014 at The Gallery at Community Music School 775 W Main St Collegeville, PA 19426 The evening will include Ar
I have three upcoming events( dates at bottom of this newsletter) so please mark your calendar. I hope you attend. I will have a lot going on with lots of fun for the whole family at each.
As you know from my last newsletter and facebook page, the AnA Project. I really could use the help of family and friends to get it up and going. We have our first class teaching drawing and painting for dance to seniors in the Philadelphia Nursing Home. We hope for this to be a continued outreach of our project. This facility and many of the facilities we take the project to do not have the means to pay for us to be there but like PNH the people we serve get such great joy. It is a rewarding experience for them and for us. We hope to continually expand this project to eventually take it to schools in deserving but un-served areas as well.
You can be a part of the AnA Project!
No donation is insignificant and is very much needed and appreciated.
1. Donate here through our secure site http://www.AnAprojectonline.org by clicking
2. Send a check - write in memo: The AnA Project
Mail to: "CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia"
The Philadelphia Building
1315 Walnut St., Suite 320
Philadelphia, PA. 19107
3. Volunteer your time, goods or service to further the mission of the AnA Project.
4. Attend Events
DATES TO SAVE---mark your calendars
Friday October 4th " A Nite at the Ballet" preview showing of select items and sale for Arts on the Pike at Scarlet Begonias 1512 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown, PA 19031
Saturday October 19th & Sunday October 20th 12-6 pm POST - Philadelphia Open Studio Tours - You are invited to my open studio at
8335 Germantown Ave Chestnut Hill Philadelphia PA 19118 (located in the former O'Doodle's building)
This will be an open studio showing of my landscapes, drawings and paintings from music and dance. I will also have live demonstrations of drawing from dance with Amy Margaret Unks and invited dancers performing on the hour.
(bring your sketch book if you are so inclined - no photographs with out the written consent of performers or the artist)
Saturday November 2nd Evening exact times TBA
" A Nite at the Ballet" Gallery Show
Chestnut Hill Gallery 8117 Germantown Avenue Chestnut Hill Philadelphia, PA 19118 215.248.2549
Fundraiser and silent auction
Toe Shoe sculptures by Anthe along with a few select talented artists who are generously contributing. There will also be Paintings - prints by Anthe - along with other items will be for sale. Proceeds will benefit the AnA Project.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, to attend, and/or to help if you are able.
Happy Summer! Stay Cool and on that note I have some very cool news to share...
…I would like to announce my latest project which is titled the AnA Project.
Amy Margaret Unks, a talented professional ballerina and I have collaborated to form The AnA project. Amy, and I have became acquainted through Swarthmore College. She is a performer at the college and has been the subject of many of my paintings for the past couple of years. Amy commissioned me to create an artwork from her performance last year. Through that process I began discussing with her my ideas both for her piece and about how I envisioned it for my own work. I told her that I wanted to create large paintings, digital interactive pieces and needed a dancer to bring my vision to life. After speaking in length, we decided that we shared similar visions, to combine the traditional art forms of fine art and dance in new and unique ways. So we “teamed up” and started in April of 2013 working on our project.
It was suggested that I should find out why people they have collected, bought and own art, and more importantly my art.
In Preparing for The AnA Project and applying for grants, as I reflected over all that is going on in the world, e.g., floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornados…. why art? or primarily why my art?
I realized that in meeting many people and speaking with them, at openings, art gatherings, or in my studio, it never dawned on me to ask why they like my work or how they were impacted if at all by my work. Consequently I have been gathering the answers to these 4 questions that you will see in the correspondence below between Paul and myself.
I am questioning out loud…not just what do you think of my work but how does it make you feel? Why do you like it? …and I am getting some amazing answers. I will share this one email response from Paul, a dear friend and an art collector. His answers to my questions are included to make it easier for you to follow the email correspondences.
The continued responses to my questionnaire and my work have been both eye opening and humbling. As an artist, I always observe my work with a critical eye. I have an emotional connection mostly fired by the creative process itself and I am never sure that the end product will be or how it will be received. Whether it has any real intrinsic or extrinsic value continually runs through my mind. But the need to create and emote on the canvas outweighs the silence of the empty canvas …so I create. Then I sit back and wait to see if what I communicate through my work is appreciated, and comprehended in any way. Sometimes observers totally understand and through communication, articulate to me what I know and feel in my soul/subconsciencious to be true about the work.
Some people view my work as if a wind is whispering past them. They don't understand from where it came, where it goes, and most assuredly could care less. They don't peel back the layers to actually feel and see my intent. The art is simply something to entertain their eyes for a moment in time, while taking in a show or to complement the surroundings where the works hang.
The revelation, of creating questions and then the collection of the answers through this grant process has been quite cathartic. Getting the feedback has helped me gain confidence in what I am doing and the choice of direction in which I am going, as well as in some cases providing a new perspective on my work.
(Published with permission…)
I am in the throes of grant writing yet again... and I really need your help! I am trying to better understand how others view my work. With that
said, I was hoping you could help me by answering a few short questions about my art! Fill out what you would like. This is only for my eyes and will be helpful for the writing process I am embarking upon. Thanks so much for doing this for me it will be a big help and is greatly
1. What impact does my art have on you when you view it on exhibition?
An instantaneous feeling of equal parts of inspiration and joy. I am drawn into the subject matter...to explore and analyze it to
question the movement and color juxtapositions (is this real or only imagined?). There is an innate mystery evolving and developing on the
canvas, in that, it has a timeless quality that challenges the viewer to question whether the activity is frozen on the canvas or if it
continues to evolve on the canvas as the viewer stands before the work(s). In exhibition, this challenge is only heightened because as
one moves from on canvas to another, the consistency of the boding question of "fantasy versus reality" begs to be answered!
2. What impact does my art have on you when you purchase it - or own it? I have yet to experience this feeling but I look forward to it when I purchase a piece of your work (probably commissioned) in the near future. When Stevie and I purchase art (as we have done on several occasions for our anniversary), it has always been a collective decision and a very personal one. Often, the piece and medium act as a representative of a composite of that specific years experience. For instance, we are very drawn to your dance series because of the new found freedom of releasing our old home, moving into the city, and having much more freedom since the death of her father (Stevie was the one who actively managed his health care for approximately 11 years). Joy is obvious in your work and the works accurately represent ballet/dance and to me... jazz (probably because of the contextual infusion of color). In my senior years, I strive to be surround myself (like a shield) with joy and beauty and if one can turn to your work and find it instantly, then why not own it and experience that feeling....daily. Also, the freedom in dance is extremely hard to capture and freeze on a small plane (the canvas) and I think that, unless the artist dances and ,therefore, understands and has studied the human body and how the muscles and bones work in tandem in order to unite to/with the
music, an artist attempting to fake this emotion will never be able to represent the connection of motion and explosion of sheer abandonment. Stevie immediately knew that you were a dancer when she saw your first piece (one that was displayed at Karen's store Scarlet Begonias). Anyway, a dancer will always be able to spot another dancer in the crowd.
There are individuals that only purchase/own art as an investment. Not having the funds for "investment art" has hindered most people. Owning art to me means that you are vested in the piece,..... relate to it and are captivated by inescapable bond that connects the owner ...to the artist...to the subject matter. If there is no connection....then why own art? There are plenty of resources (museums, public art, and media) that are afforded to everyone for enjoyment. Besides, do we "own the piece" or does it really own us??
3. What impact does my art have on you when viewing the process of the making of my art?
Once again, I have not had this experience but I already intuitively know that the passion of which Anthe emotes when creating the artwork
must be awesome and thrilling to behold.
4. What is it about my work you enjoy most?
The paintings are tactile- more than just paint on canvas. The work explores themes such as time, change, spirituality, and life
though symbolism, texture, and color. The work also convey a synthesis of ideas about the human experience though abstract motifs
and stand as a permanent record of the goodness and joy that can be found in life through an open heart.
Thanks again for taking the time. Anthe
It was a pleasure to answer your questions and, of course, you may use the answers however you choose.
In this communication I was grateful and humbled by Paul’s responses. I marveled after reading several times one sentence he wrote … do we "own the piece" or does it own us?? Pondering that thought I know as an artist the work owns me… as a collector…well you will have to tell me your thoughts on that.
It is wonderful to know that what I do matters and at times I have struggled with the need to create art as being important in the greater scheme of things...when so many around us are hurting, need healing and a spiritual reconnection. I have prayed for signs to show me that this is where God wants me to be and doing his work through this process. He has answered through you and some other friends that this is where I belong and that joy is something God wants us to have. My work seems to exude that joy, (this was the common thread in on all the questionnaires I received) which I am so pleased to see. The world needs Joy. Sharing the work and teaching drawing from dance will help to spread that joy. Joy is definitely in my heart when I am viewing the dancers, painting, and creating the work. My work is an important part of that cycle and an answer to prayer.
A little bit about The AnA Project (http://www.AnAProjectonline.org ). The AnA project is a theatrical experience combining visual fine arts and dance. The concept of drawing from dance will be both taught and performed as an outreach to a wide spectrum of socio -cultural audiences. The blending of these two art forms creates a dynamic program for the 21st century.
When taking in a piece of fine art, the viewer only sees the finished product. They can experience it for as long as they wish to view it. When watching a dance performance, the audience sees the performance happening and unfolding right before their eyes. However, movement is transient; it exists in one moment and the audience is left with only a memory. The goal of the AnA Project is to combine the visual art and the dance art in such a way that the moving process of the artwork is revealed while the dance is given a measure of permanence.
Those of you who know me well, when I start a new project I’m in it 200%. From the day of conceptualizing the dance and art into some type of idea over two years ago, I have been on a quest to launch this project. The AnA Project is fortunate to have some interested people and businesses behind our venture with apparently the same enthusiasm. We applied to CultureWorks of Greater Philadelphia and were accepted as members. CultureWorks , are our fiscal sponsors which gives us 501c3 status. All charitable contributions go through them with a footnote of the AnA Project which earmarks it for us. We have a prestigious law firm Dechert LLP. and lawyer, Craig Godshall who have donated their services to us. Lord knows it is always good to have a lawyer in case you need them. Mr. Godshall, was kind enough to lend a hand with contract agreements and he will be providing services when we need them in the future. Loraine Tsokas was a great help with the budget preparation and we thank her for that.
Pulse Dance Studio of Flourtown has generously sponsored us by providing us with a studio to work out dance pieces and for me to draw Amy while working. If you haven’t yet “liked” my page on face book please do so. It is where I post new works, as well as info on the AnA Project. To stay informed &/or added to invites for the project “like”, https://www.facebook.com/ArtworksByAnthe . Eventually I plan on getting a AnA Project page launched on face book stay tuned.
Grants are somewhat peculiar. In order to be awarded a grant one needs to have support. But if one had the support in the first place you wouldn’t really need the grant. Catch 22 !
A ballet dancer goes through a tremendous amount of toe shoes in a month let alone a year. This is a major expense. I was unaware that toe shoes are generally only good for a few rehearsals and performances before needing to be replaced. To help with our project expenses including the purchase and replacement of the pointe shoes for performances, we will be holding a number of fundraisers. I am creating sculptures from dance shoes for sale with the monies earmarked to fund the AnA Project. If anyone has any type of dance shoes that you would like to donate please call me and I will be glad to retrieve them (ANY SIZE or TYPE.)
We are very fortunate to have some artists who have volunteered to donate their time and efforts to create sculptures for our fundraisers. Mark your calendars as we will be having a fundraiser through Scarlet Begonias in Flourtown in August and Chestnut Hill Gallery the first Saturday 2nd in November
As another source of income for our projects we have teamed up with "the funding factory" and will receive dollars for our charity if we get old ink cartridges, laptops, cell phones, ipods, and other small electronics. If you are interested in greening them through funding factory please email me or call to set up pick up or drop off. Scarlet Begonias in Flourtown and SalonSalon both have generously agreed to be drop off points for such materials.
Now it’s time for me to raise awareness on the AnA Project, raise funds as well as create work and I am doing just that.
Take care and enjoy your summer.
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