Splinters

Dick Nelson, Clare Island, 11×17” Watercolor

“One line plus one line results in many meanings.” -Josef Albers

One line on a page can be many things. It can be a beginning, it can be a finished product, it can be an accident or the unintended result of an entirely detached action. In life, every thought, gesture, phrase, intention, reception, each breath has unlimited potential. At any given moment, there are a multitude of doors before us behind which stand the infinite paths in which our fate may twist. We control this to some extent, but there are so many pieces of the puzzle that fall into place without our bidding – at times in direct contrast to our wishes.

Peggie “Batia” Lowenberg lives and works in Florida. Batia hails from the East Village in New York City but spent 18 years living in Israel after a spiritual awakening. The call to be near her aging mother brought her back to the U.S. where she settled in Boca Raton. Batia sees a fresh and exciting growing interest in the role of the arts in communities and the way in which art and artists can help local economies flourish. In her own practice, Batia does a range of things. One current project is a private commission although much of her art is in the area of public art. To hear more from Batia about her own work, her observations of the culture of art and how it fits into communities today and much more, listen to the complete interview.

Dick Nelson is an artist and educator. He taught himself cartooning in high school before arriving at art school. By the end of four years of art school, he had left cartooning behind and began to develop his own artistic practice. Following art school, he taught at the largest prep school in the country. During a sabbatical year, Nelson found his way to Yale where he took the Josef Albers color course which significantly influenced his art. Nelson says his life and influences would be totally different had he not had the experience he did with Albers. To hear more about Dick Nelson’s long and interesting career in art and education, as well as a discussion of those who have impacted and influenced him along the way, listen to the complete interview.

A Few Words to Keep in your Pocket:

Life is a marvel of unlimited possibility.

It is during these days of the calendar that each of us has the opportunity to connect ourselves to the greater good, whether in ways large or small, and make the world a better place than when we found it.

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Books to Read

What are you reading? Add your titles to our reading list here. Peggy “Batia” Lowenberg is reading Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson. Dick Nelson spoke about Interaction of Color by Josef Albers, a book for which he wrote a critique that was never published. Those wishing to read Nelson’s critique may contact him directly.

Deadlines

Artist INC is “a cutting edge training seminar that addresses the specific business needs and challenges artists of all disciplines face every day.” The spring session is currently accepting applications for the eight week seminar which runs every Wednesday evening. Area artists are encouraged to apply. Visit the website for full details.Deadline is January 10.

Weekly Edited Grant and Residency Deadlines – review the list here.

Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius and Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.

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