‘Sounds Surround’ Sound Journeys Workshop

Harwood Art Center, 1114 7th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM
Saturday, April 2, 10 am – 12 noon

Workshop Facilitator – Claire Coté
Workshop is $15 – Preregistration Requested
Morning tea and scones provided

The sounds surrounding us are an often neglected, but very important part of our perceptual experience of places and the world in general. This workshop provides guidance on deepening our listening in each place and how to bring soundscape awareness and sound journeys into our work. The workshop will include brief introductions to sound, listening and sound art as well as providing participants with experience-based listening exercises in and out of doors, to open our ears and minds to the sounds surrounding us.

“Sounds Surround” is open to all, but is especially geared towards artists, teachers, park rangers and interpretation specialists.

To register for the workshop please contact Claire Coté at 575-586-2362 or by email at email@clairecote.com.

‘Sounds Surround’ is presented in connection with “How Far From Home Are We?” an illustrated radio journey and a multi-sensory installation at the Harwood Center for the Arts. More information online at: howfarfromhomearewe.com

Free Download – Conservation Biology Textbook

Conservation Biology for All - it's free!

I just discovered this amazing free download of the conservation biology textbook, Conservation Biology for All, edited by Navjot S. Sodhi and Paul R. Ehrlich (Department of Biology, Stanford University) and published by Oxford University Press.

Conservation Biology for All was made available for free download in celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010 and is offered at Mongabay.com, an environmental and conservation news site. The book is 358 pages in all and covers a wide variety of conservation biology topics including biodiversity, ecosystems, habitat destruction and fragementation, invasive species, fire and biodiversity and the roles of people in conservation.

Check it out and download it here.

Learn more about Mongabay.com and explore other articles here.

Follow the Money 2-26-11 – a success!

"Press Secretary" introducing "Governor Susana Martinez"

NACFR (National Association for Campaign Finance Reform) had it’s first “Follow the Money” event on 2-26-11 at the Round House in Santa Fe and it was a great success.

By a coincidence in timing, the event was staged just proir to the Moveon.org rally in solidarity with the union members in Wisconsin.

Links to videos, audio footage and slide shows can be found at the NACFR website, nacfr.org.

Mail Art Call “My everyday object”

one of the postcard contributions

This is an interesting exhibition opportunity, in which I plan to participate. I invite you to join me!

The deadline is coming up fast  – March 31, 2011!

Name: Polifemo Fotografia
E-mail address: polifemo.news@gmail.com
Homepage URL: http://www.polifemo.org/

The Exhibition will take place  in Milan, on the occasion of Salone Internazionale del Mobile from April 12, 2011
through April 17, 2011.

Mail Art Call “My everyday object” –  one object, one postcard
Dead Line: 31st of March 2011
No returns, No participation fee, No selection, No jury, Free Technique
Postcard size only (A6 / 10,5 x 15 cm / 4.25″ x 6″)
All works must be sent by snail mail

Each participant can send one or more postcards for each object chosen:
one object, one postcard
Dead Line: 31st of March 2011
Documentation online at polifemo.org
(please include your email address for 
notification of documentation)

Send to:
La Fabbrica del Vapore
Via Procaccini 4
20154 Milano

Exhibition: from April 12, 2011 through April 17, 2011 at Polifemo,
La Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy

La Fabbrica del Vapore, a center especially devoted to the youth’s cultural
productionand belonging to the Milan City Council, is house to several
associations promoting many activities aimed at young people.The 50°
Salone Internazionale del Mobile involves the city of Milan, providing
an opportunity to continue a reflection on design, on creativity and on
culture.Polifemo, a cultural association working inside La Fabbrica del
Vapore, wants to reflect on the usage of everyday objects by creating a
great international mail-art-exhibition held inside its space on the
occasion of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile.

Join us! Feel free to forward this Mail Art Call!

Thank you.

Inventing Clouds

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of an unintended invention of illusion, a moment of accidental, spontaneous creativity with everyday objects? This very thing happened to me recently…..

How to create Cumulus Clouds:

You will need:
Cotton or polyester stuffing or batting
Clothes pins
Beautiful blue sky to hold your clouds

1. Fluff your stuffing or batting

2. Pin it securely on the line in clumps

3. Step back and use your imagination

4. Kneel, look from below and move from side to side – find your favorite angles

5. Enjoy your new cumulus clouds!

My watercolor illustration on the cover of a new book!

Commissioned book cover

A couple of year ago I was commissioned to paint two illustrations for a book by Peter Bigfoot, founder of Reevis Mountain School of Self Reliance, where Chris and I were visiting at the time. It was a fun and exciting process to conjure-up with my imagination and then manifest in watercolors imagery to embody Peter’s description of what he wanted for his book. I found myself thriving on the challenge and was excited to provide him with something he was happy to use for his book!

Today I just got the word from Reevis that Peter’s book,  Ancient Natural Remedies: Healing Yourself and Others with Herbs and Hands, is on its way from the publisher! It can be purchased for $18 (plus shipping+handling) from the Reevis Website.

"Healing Touch"

"Healing Touch" - the other commissioned illustration

From the Reevis website:
A doctor may not be available when you need one – now you can learn to heal yourself!

The first part of the this book catalogs natural remedies – including herbs, honey, the use of hands, fasts, and dietary changes – for a wide variety of bodily conditions and illnesses.

The second part teaches you how to give healing treatments to others and yourself using Oriental Acupressure to clear blockages of energy in the body’s meridians.

To see the table of contents, click here.

Includes a fold-out chart of pressure points. Wire bound, 240 pages. ISBN 0-9824091-0-9

Join us to “Follow The Money” this Saturday!

This Saturday, I will be collaborating with a group of enthusiastic artists and activists to lend a helping hand to New Mexico Governor, Susana Martinez to assist her in following through with her campaign promise of transparency in New Mexico State Government.

Where: The Round House, New Mexico State Capitol, Santa Fe, New Mexico

When: Saturday, February 26th 11:30 a.m.

This event is created by newly formed NACFR, The National Association for Campaign Finance Reform. NACFR is a project initiated by a group of artists, activists and concerned citizens eager to fulfil their civic duties through supporting and encouraging all Governors and members of Congress in their quest for transparency through events performances and art exhibitions. Learn more at nacfr.org.

NACFR agrees with Susana Martinez that, “Only bold change will end rampant abuse in state government,” (9/15/10 NMPolitics.net). And we know it’s hard, so we’re here to help!

Follow the Money’ is the first in a series of local and national events staged by NACFR to encourage and support our political representatives’ commitment to transparency.

On Saturday, Feb. 26th join NACFR’s own “Governor Susana Martinez” for a rare press conference and Follow the Money, patch by patch on her new official, state NACFR jacket, emblazoned with her sponsors, who coughed up cash for her election campaign. She will be flanked by her pit crew, TEAM Martinez, representing Oil and Gas industries, Dairy and Ranch industries, and Medical and Pharmaceutical companies, just to name a few.

“The Governor” will also applaud the US Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, blocking bans on corporate political spending and reaffirming corporate personhood (Dartmouth College v. Woodward, 1819 and Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad, 1886).

All of this is in the spirit of civil-minded transparency so YOU the voter can decide whose interests are being represented in the Round House.

Hope to see you on Saturday at the Round House in Santa Fe!

18 Days Opening – wow!

The 18 Days opening was absolutely packed with art enthusiasts, both exhibitors and the general public. As we drove up to the CCA, I found myself wondering if there was a big event happening at the nearby church or the Children’s museum (there were cars overflowing out of the parking lots onto the shoulders of Old Pecos Trail). All too soon, as we tried to find a parking place at the CCA, we discovered it was all for the 18 Days opening reception.

The work was varied and interesting with a wide variety of subject matter encompassed mostly by painting, prints, and drawing but also by photography, fiber, video, installation, welding, and “upcycled” fashion. All work was mounted on the wall, except for a select 3-4 piece,s which were suspended from the high ceiling.

18 Days Opening Crowd

My piece is tucked on the west end of a free-standing wall near the back of the gallery.

Me with my pieceMy favorite aspect of the opening (besides getting to talk with lovely people of course!) was having the opportunity to observe people to peering at my piece, leaning in close to examine its many small squares stitched together.

Folks looking aty my piece
If you’re in the Santa Fe area before March 20th, I recommend a visit. It is a show worth seeing and not just because my piece made the cut!

Click here for a little promo article from the Santa Fe Reporter.

18 Days

I am happy to announce that my piece, “63 Daily Nested Thoughts”, pictured above, has been chosen to be included in “18 Days” Fine Arts Exhibition and Performing Arts Event at the CCA in Santa Fe.
Visit my portfolio to learn more about my “Daily Nested Thoughts” series.

Please join me and other selected New Mexico women artists for the opening of “18 Days” this coming Friday, (tomorrow) February 11th, 5:30 – 8:00 pm at the Munos Waxman Gallery at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe. More information can be found at ccasantafe.org.

The Exhibition runs February 11th through March 20th at the  The Munos Maxman Gallery. The Gallery will be open Fridays and Saturdays 12-5 and Sundays 12-4 during that time. If you can’t make the opening, hope that you can stop by the exhibition in the next six weeks.

New Year’s Resolution – manfiesting!

My New Year’s resolution this year: to spend at least one morning or afternoon each month with other artists and craft-makers to experiment and explore new creative territory together. I was overjoyed that my mom, Connie, and my dear friend Jane, were up for manifesting this New Year’s resolution together.

We had our first “Art Day” together in January and shared thoughts, ideas, creative desires and aspirations to map out our future Art Days. There is no shortage of ideas or enthusiasm, let me tell you!

One of the ideas that came out of this initial brainstorm, was to each create an “Art Day Kit” to bring with us each time we get together, so that we always have “the basics”. The list, as it stands now, is as follows:

  • scissors
  • pens and pencils
  • adhesives (favorite glues, tapes and photo squares)
  • Scrap paper
  • Needle and thread(s)
  • Jewelry Wire
  • Art Day Calendar (project ideas, dates etc.)
  • Arts Journal

The Arts Journal is an aesthetic way to keep track of your arts and mixed media experiments and outcomes. I was inspired by this blog post called “Showcase Your Creative Art Experiments“.  I decided that it was the perfect time to start an Art Journal parallel to the Art Day series. I plan to tuck, sew, glue tape and write my creative forays into a large recycled-content book that I made over three years ago. This book has been waiting for just such a perfect use. Stay tuned for photos of the Art Journal!

For our first project we chose to do simple fabric dyeing with sharpies and rubbing alcohol. Between the three of us we gathered a wide variety of sharpie/permanent markers, white and light-colored fabrics, light, even-spray misters, and Jane provided the isopropyl alcohol, embroidery hoops and gloves (very helpful to keep hands free of permanent pigment).

We ended up using primarily cotton and cotton/poly blend fabrics, however the dyeing outcomes did differ on different fabrics and we look forward to experimenting with the creation of silk scarves etc. in future. The embroidery hoops helped keep the fabric taut, which provided a better drawing surface and also encouraged the alcohol to spread the colors more.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we enjoyed experimenting with hearts and warm colors. Seeing the colors spread out into the fibers was magical.

The unexpected results and lack of control with this medium is very much a part of its charm for me!