Monday, July 16, 2018

ASBA - article

This is an interview I did with students across the country learning the art of botanical illustration. (Article originally appeared in The Botanical Artist quarterly journal of the American Society of Botanical Artists, used with permission of ASBA)
Jenn's work will be on view September 1 - October 27, 2018 at my newest exhibit, EYE ON NATURE, artists explore the world of plants and animals at Poe Park Visitor Center, 2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx NY. 

Artists: Jennifer Deutscher  http://www.alithographica.com
Charlotte Ricker https://www.rickerstudio.com
American Society of Botanical Artists http://www.asba-art.org

Click to See some of Jenn's work that will be on display at the exhibit and read about her process

Saturday, June 30, 2018

EDGAR ALLAN POE FESTIVAL

Catching up and finally posting some photos taken by Beata Szpura (curator) from the exhibit at the German Society of Pennsylvania that ran during and after the fall Poe Festival.
©2016/17 individual artists (right: part of my series from Silence and The Tell Tale Heart, linocuts)
©2016/17 individual artists, Dave Kopka (see my interview under Edgar Allan Poe Illustrated exhibit)
©2016/17 individual artists, (right: Nancy Doniger, The Tell Tale Heart, mono prints)
Curated by Beata Szpura, the contributing artists: Anna Rich, Janusz Skowron, Valerie Sokolova, Madeline Sorel, Beata Szpura, Judith Wilde,  and including selected pieces from my Edgar Allan Poe Illustrated exhibit: works by (Carol (Klio) Burrell, David Kopka, Nancy Doniger and myself.
Exhibit information

Next exhibit: Eye On Nature, more info soon.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Environment - EARTH DAY

Plastic is everywhere. It sits in our landfills, fills our oceans, and threatens wildlife and plant species. It can be overwhelming to think about. Here is ONE simple thing we can all do - ditch polyester clothing and switch to natural fibers.

This isn't to say that growing and manufacturing natural fibers isn't fraught with its own environmental issues such as increased water usage with for example, cotton plants. Changes in theses industries does need to be more widespread to safeguard the environment. And as you can see with this example alone, there will be ecologically responsible and irresponsible companies. Everything is connected.

But for the moment, let's focus on PLASTICS. As a consumer, we have a powerful voice. Asking for, and supporting the natural fiber industry, and more specifically eco responsible farmers, manufacturers, designers and retailers, will help to reduce the use of polyester, a plastic fiber. Plastic material we know takes years to break down and, as it does, presents even more of a threat to plants, animals and us as it enters our food chain. And, with even smaller pieces of plastic entering our environment, it becomes more difficult to clean up. Switching to natural fibers for our clothing, bedding and other home textile goods is a great start. Examples of natural fibers include: cotton, hemp (yes, from the cannibus family, but with a chemical makeup different from marijuana cannibus), linen (made from flax plant fibers), and bamboo. These fabrics are available, and will become more so if you as a consumer opt to buy products made with natural fibers.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Morgan Book Project

This year the Morgan Book Project has expanded! Students from grades 3-12 participate, there are more schools, more books to judge and more judges.
As always, the books are quite wonderful. Subjects align with common core curriculum.

The books are judged on art, writing and technical skill.

Some of the subject matter can be quite moving such as in this example where the student was writing about coming to this country as a new immigrant.
This year the final 12 books plus the Director's Choice award will be on exhibit for one month (previously 2 weeks). The special awards will be announced at the award ceremony on May 11 and will be posted online.

Congratulations to ALL the participants. Your extraordinary work made it enormously difficult to decide on only 12.

Thank you to everyone at the Museum for making this possible and especially to Jennifer for hosting us and keeping us on track.

To see the books on exhibit, visit The Morgan Library and Museum.

You can view previous posts about this program by searching my blog.

UPDATE: Link to the Special Awards on view at the library in May

Monday, March 19, 2018

IRISH ARTS CENTER BOOK DAY RECAP

One of the best things about New York is that so many different people come together and celebrate each other's culture with great enthusiasm and interest. On this year's St. Patrick's Day, in association with the New York City Council, New York State Assembly, Literature Ireland and El Museo del Barrio, hundreds of books by celebrated Irish, Caribbean and American authors' books, including Irish authors' works translated into Spanish, were given away for free through the Irish Arts Center Book Day throughout the five boroughs.

I was scheduled to be at 42nd street and Park, but the stand closed early when they ran out of books. That's a good thing! I'm passionate about promoting the arts, literacy and reading, so I hopped on the bus to the west side station. It was fun to direct passers-by to our table, where people like this woman chose kidlit and adult books for her family.
After choosing their books people came back to me to say they were looking forward to reading them, and expressed their thanks over and over again for a wonderful program. Here are a few of the books that were available:
Young adult by Elizabeth O'Hara who writes in English and Irish, fiction by Tom O'Neill that weaves in Irish folklore, and selections from The Stinging Fly, a literary magazine.
 The Irish Arts Center offers a variety of programs and classes on Irish language, music, dance and more.

Friday, March 16, 2018

IRISH Arts Center BOOK DAY, March 17

Come say hello to me on St. Patrick's Day at 42nd and Park Avenue from 1-4 and pick up a FREE BOOK by Irish authors! 

And for a little cross cultural bridge, we'll have some books translated into Spanish.  Presented by Irish Arts Center in association with the New York City Council, New York State Assembly, Literature Ireland, and El Museo del Barrio, look for books by Spanish, Caribbean and American authors as well. 

Genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Mystery, Adult, Young Adult and Childrens

AUTHORS:
Mary Arrigan, John Banville, Tara Bergin, Mary Branley, Lynn Cahoon, Moya Cannon, Marina Carr, Mary Carter, Mollie Cox Bryan, Adam Crothers, Mackenzie Crowne, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Judi Curtin, Kit De Waal, Junot Díaz, Emma Donoghue, Jennifer Egan, Patricia Falvey, Michele Forbes, John Freely, Brian Friel, Carlos Fuentes, Brian Gallagher, Karl Geary, Matt Griffin, Seamus Heaney, Kevin Jared Hosein, Cormac James, Marlon James, Maeve Kelly, Mary Pat Kelly, Kathleen Anne Kenney, Richard Killeen, Conor Kostick, Ann Margaret Lim, Morgan Llywelyn, Kathleen MacMahon, Dorothy Mcardle,  Eimear McBride, Colum McCann, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Molly McCloskey, Malachy McCourt, Frank McGuinness, Lindsay McKenna, G.A. McKevett, Staci McLaughlin, Larry McShane, Paula Meehan, Kei Miller, Edgar Mittleholzer, J.R. Moehringer, Mervyn Morris, Alan Nolan, Edna O’Brien, Conor O’Clery, Rebecca O'Connor, Carlene O'Connor, Mary O'Malley, Michael Schulman, Nicole Sealey, Ian Somers, Matthew Sullivan, Alice Taylor, Patrick Taylor, Matt Thomas, Colm Tóibín, Kevin Toolis, Stuart Woods, Tiphanie Yanique, William Butler Yeats

Check out The Irish Arts Center for information about classes and events they have on offer.

Note: this station will close when we run out of books, so check the web site for other locations in all boroughs. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

SCHOLASTIC WRITING AWARDS

I'm delighted to have participated again as a judge for the Scholastic Writing Awards. Each year, this national program honors teens in grades 7 - 12 in several categories of writing. Students who receive  awards may be eligible for scholarships (see general information). Congratulations to everyone who entered! It was a pleasure reading your work.
Click on this link for further information about HOW TO ENTER  .

Writing can be a part of your teen's life throughout the year. There are many writing programs available for kids to hone their skills and pursue their passion. A great place to consider is the national organization, Writopia Lab. Locally there are branches in New York City, Brooklyn, Westchester, Rockland County and New Jersey. Click HERE for further information.

By the way, Scholastic also offers awards for young artists. Click on this link for general information about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards HERE .