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"Make each day your masterpiece."
- John Wooden

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Our SchmoozeFest back on April 29 was a great event with the participants showing us some wonderful new artwork and telling us of their latest creative adventures. Take a look at the photos above and write down on your calendar that the next SchmoozeFest networking event will be August 26.

There is one week left before the Summer term at Art Center at Night begins and my "Crafting a Meaningful Career-Part One" class begins Tuesday, May 18, while the "Crafting a Meaningful Caree-Part Two" class will start on Thursday, May 20. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn how to take your career to the next level and meet other dynamic mid-career professionals eager to advance their careers. Just go to the blog and click on "Classes" for full information, or feel free to call me at 818-842-5490, or email me at

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Below are some very interesting and inspiring messages from friends who are making great strides in their new found career directions. Go to the blog for more information.



- Valvette Delaney, Graphic Designer sent in this very exciting news- "Hi Tony and fellow Schmoozers! I am so excited to share my good news with everyone. I've been accepted into the Bleckinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden! Woo hooo!!! Those of you that came to the last Schmoozfest know how much I wanted to get in (a big thank you to those that crossed their fingers and toes on my behalf!). Now comes the next challenge. The school itself is free (seriously!) but I'll need to fund everything else. So, if anyone knows of a funding/grant source that I could look into, I'd really appreciate the lead.

I will be setting up a blog to chronicle the whole experience, so I'll pass on the link as soon as it's up and running. (And I'll let everyone know when the farewell party is happening too!)"

Congratulations Valvette! We are all rooting for you.


- Mary Winterfield, Artist forwarded this great news about her new art class offerings- "Tony, It is always wonderful to see you. I hope you don't mind that I sent you.. emails with info regarding the private summer workshops that I will be teaching. Perhaps you know others that might be looking to get outside and paint and draw this spring and summer. I always do something very different from what I teach in the fall at Art Center. ...Take care, and hope to see you again soon, Mary"

Summer Syllabus A
Session A:
Abstract Garden Drawing at Parks and Botanical Gardens – Keeping a Sketchbook to Generate Ideas for the Abstract Watercolor Class
Class Syllabus: Class One: May 11th
Creating Impressions in Black and White through Transparencies.
We will paint with brush and inks to create layering and transparencies while composing. We will also discuss the importance of focus and discipline while keeping an active and lively sketchbook. Discussion of papers and brush technique will take place.
Class Two: May 18th
Hatching through Sinuous Strokes that Create Personal Calligraphy. We will work with either dip or reed pens to develop an energetic flowing style that mimics our own experience in nature. This will be practice for the Thursday watercolor class where we paint with a fine brush that will require more skill. We will see how the light begins to accumulate through the interlinear space.
Class Three: May 25th
The Austerity of Shape and Lyricism. Fragmenting reality. We will study the use of pencil technique as well as flat wash to express both shape as well as atmosphere.
Class Four: June 1st
Creating Atmosphere and Space through Color Composition. We will work with colored pencils or pastels to visually suggest both atmosphere and space. We will also study the use of line to indicate tension between visual reality and sensed space.
Class Five: June 8th
Optical Mixing to Create Light and Space in Abstract Composition. We will use equal gradations of points, lines or planes to indicate abstract experiences in the landscape. We will discuss what an abstract experience is.
Class Six: June 15th
Cloisonné Technique. We will see how nature is full of dots, lines and planes. However, how we choose to put this together into patches can create an interesting subtext for meaning in nature.
Class Seven: June 22nd
Gesture Drawing.
We will talk about the spirit of nature and how it might be best expressed in gesture and movement. The gesture drawings will bring together all of the materials and techniques from the previous six classes. We will discuss how these drawings may incubate new ideas and directions for future paintings.
The Drawing Session will be taught in conjunction with the Thursday Abstract Watercolor Session each week at the same location. You may enroll independently in either Session A or B, or take both together. If you miss a class due to travel, work or sickness, you may do make-ups in other classes including those in Sessions C and D.
Each session (7 classes) costs $420. Enrollment in both sessions together (14 classes) is $750. Class size is limited to 10 students. Sign up early! ! (Send checks to Mary Winterfield, 712 East Mendocino St. Altadena Ca. 91001)
If you enroll in all sessions (A, B, C, and D), the cost is $1200. If you have further questions, call me at 626-797-8249.
Information on locations and materials will be sent upon enrollment this week.


- Stan Kong, Industrial Designer and Instructor at the Art Center College of Design, and Pasadena City College emailed this news about a job opening.
Armory Seeking New Director of Gallery Programs
The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA is searching for a new Director of Gallery Programs to advance the Armory's contemporary exhibitions program. The ideal candidate will have a strong track record of leading, curating and managing a significant exhibitions program in a contemporary, interdisciplinary arts organization. The Armory Center for the Arts is a 20-year-old non-profit cultural institution that provides innovative approaches to creating, teaching and presenting contemporary art. The Armory's Gallery Programs manages multiple galleries inside the Armory’s 26,000 square foot facility in Old Town Pasadena and presents exhibitions and site-specific installations at non-traditional venues throughout Pasadena and LA County. Recent exhibiting artists include Edgar Arceneaux, Robert Rauschenberg, Pae White and Barry McGee. In collaboration with the Armory's renowned studio art and educational outreach programs for children, teens, and adults, the Gallery Program is committed to serving the community by presenting significant regional, national, and international artists as well as community-based exhibitions featuring youth and adults.
Ideal candidate must be:
- a creative, entrepreneurial visionary grounded in fiscal responsibility
- strategic, practical, and inspire a strong sense of community
- able to articulate strategy and goals to staff, volunteers and the community
- experienced in non-profit fundraising and strategic planning
- passionate about art education and its inclusion in exhibitions
- a visible, enthusiastic advocate of the Armory's mission and programs
Duties and responsibilities include:
- oversee all department programs, operations and fiscal affairs
- conceive, develop and promote exhibitions, performances, and education projects
- manage, edit, and contribute essays for publications and proposals
- provide long-term exhibition and strategic planning
- possess hands-on skills, from high-tech to hand-tools
Qualifications include:
- relevant Master’s degree (art history, museum studies, studio art, etc.)
- specialization in contemporary, interdisciplinary art
- proven track record curating and installing exhibitions in any/all media
- fluent in contemporary art history, theory, media, and practice
- superlative written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
- ability to collaborate with programmatic partners and guest curators
Mail a cover letter, resume, and 3 writing/publication samples to:
Director of Gallery Programs Search Committee
Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
Application materials must be received no later than 5pm on Friday, May 7 th , 2010 for consideration. Please, no phone calls, emails, or faxes. The Armory is an equal opportunity employer and encourages a diversity of applicants. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.


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