On Saturday, October 23, 2010, Artvi Advocates will present its second Young @ heART project: The MAD MEN ARTVI pARTy in celebration of Arts & Humanities month. It will take place at The Saint Lounge in Red Hook across from Marina Market from 6-9pm. Arts and Humanities Month is a month-long celebration that has become the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the nation. The Young @ heART project is a new initiative designed by Artvi Advocates to connect the young at heart with the arts in the Virgin Islands. The goal of the Young @ heART project is to help inspire greater appreciation for the arts and encourage the long-term commitment to arts philanthropy in the Virgin Islands. It seeks to connect artists, art lovers, patrons and collectors who have a keen interest in furthering their knowledge of the arts and provide consistent financial support for the creation, exhibition, performance and proliferation of arts in the Virgin Islands.
According to Priscilla L. Hintz, founder of Artvi Advocates and co-curator of the event, “The Mad Men theme was inspired by the art work depicted on the television series Mad Men, which portrays parts of society and culture of the 1960’s. This decade was an exciting, revolutionary, and turbulent time that had a major impact on art, our society and culture.”
The event will feature, for one night only, renowned chef and artists, Tony Romano, Cruzan born artist, Luca Gasperi, St. Thomas native David Hill, Puerto Rican painter Ensor Colon and Augustine Holder. In addition, photographers, Drew Alston, Lamont Blake, Steve Rockstein and Marlon Davies will be presenting a compilation of their photography via a projected slide show. All the work featured will be reminiscent or stimulated by the best Abstract Expressionist, Pop Artists, Op Artists, Conceptual and Post-minimalist artists of the 60’s. These art movements were unique and influential artistic expressions that continue to have an impact on artists today. Eric Browne, a Virgin Islands native, will also be creating an inventive musical compilation that will be featured at the event. It will include memorable music of the 1960’s ranging from Frank Sinatra ballads, Chubby Checker’s “The Twist”, traditional Jamaican Ska music that emerged in the early 1960’s, and popular Calypso tunes of the time.
In addition, you will be able to watch the artists exploit the mystique of accident, a Surrealist technique called Exquisite Corpse. “This technique is a collaborative collage of words or images based on an old parlor game, it is played by several people, each of whom would write a phrase or draw an image on a sheet of paper, fold the paper to conceal part of it, and pass it on to the next person for his/her contribution. This will be an engaging, live and interactive piece that the artists will create during the event,” said Kimberly Young, co-curator of the project.
1960’s inspired suits, cocktail dresses & hats are highly encouraged. The first fifty attendees will receive a free Tom Collins cocktail. The event is free and sponsored by Key Art Supplies, St. Thomas Dairies and The Saint Lounge.
Artvi Advocates is a grassroots nonprofit organization of energetic and innovative art advocates who have a keen interest in furthering the cause of arts and cultural advocacy in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its mission is to support and promote the arts in order to enhance the cultural, social and economic wellbeing of the Virgin Islands through arts education and advocacy.
On Saturday, July 24th from 6pm to 9pm at Everyday Clay Studio in Tillett Gardens Artvi Advocates will present its first Young @ heART project, Dream in Green Summer pARTy; a new initiative designed by Artvi Advocates to connect the young at heart with the arts in the Virgin Islands.
The Dream in Green pARTy is a artsy social and educational networking event. The event is a fun and casual meeting of the minds for artists, art lovers and for all of us in the community that are concerned about our environment. Chat with all types of people, explore the various “green” art projects, sip some environmentally friendly wine, and share what fuels your artistic flame.
Green is not just a color, lifestyle or trend. Living green is a way of thinking, doing and being that benefits our environment and territory. The word green is closely related to the Old English verb growan, “to grow”. Currently, its’ most common association is tied to its connection to nature and the term “green” has become the color symbol of environmental protection and social justice. Throughout history, artists have responded to the natural environment, whether in detailed studies of plants and animals, lush paintings of the land and sea or by using nature as their medium.
Currently, contemporary artists are directing their creative ingenuity to create a “green” consciousness by advocating about our environmental challenges through their work. The Dream in Green pARTy will feature five such artists who have embraced the “green” theme in a variety of different ways.
Eric Browne, a Virgin Islands native, will debut his audio installation art using an audio program called RECYCLE. His work is an ever evolving rhythmic arrangement of harmonious and interactive melodic blending of sounds. Eranah Laura Davies, creative director of the Shalem Art Space for Peace at Tillett Gardens will present her re-purposed art and installations. Eranah uses diverse materials, found objects and paint to create playful visual relationships. Clay Lindol Jones, founder and director of the nonprofit arts collective, sevenminus7 will feature his organic rock sculptures and Everyday Clay Studio artist, Kimberly Young will be presenting a new series of installations and drawings inspired by The Lorax a children's book, written by Dr. Seuss. It chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax, who speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler. In addition, fine art photographer, Lamont Blake will make his Virgin Islands debut with a series of “green” inspired illustrative hybrid photographs.
The Dream in Green Summer PARTy is a “Young @ heART" project. The Young @ heART project is a new initiative designed by Artvi Advocates to connect the young at heart with the arts in the Virgin Islands. The goal of Young @ heART is to help inspire greater appreciation for the arts and encourage the long-term commitment to arts philanthropy in the Virgin Islands.
Artvi Advocates is a new grassroots organization of energetic and innovative art advocates who have a keen interest in furthering the cause of arts and cultural advocacy in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its mission is to support and promote the arts in order to enhance the cultural, social and economic wellbeing of the Virgin Islands through arts education and advocacy.