When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”~ Paul Coelho

"Some Mad Hope..."
A young and vital child knows no limit to his own will, and it is the only reality to him. It is not that he wants at the outset to fight other wills, but that they simply do not exist for him. Like the artist, he goes forth to the work of creation, gloriously alone.
Jane Harrison

Jude Harzer Artist/Art Educator

Jude Harzer Artist/Art Educator
My art is a reflection of my effort to recognize and embrace the beauty in the world around me, even when it seems most difficult to find. Contact me at judiharz@aol.com or visit my website at http://www.judeharzerfineart.com

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"Most of us have two lives- the life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands resistance."Steven Pressfield

"The greatest freedoms are freedom from regret, freedom from fear, freedom from anxiety, and freedom from sorrow."
Thich Nhat Hanh

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Creative Collaboration

When I was asked to join a collaborative arts group on Facebook with other female artists several weeks ago, I was intrigued but apprehensive. I know a few of the women, most of which are in the San Diego area, and was impressed with their creativity. As an artist and art educator however, one does not often "allow" another artist to manipulate their work. My Kindergarten students are especially territorial. If you alter their work in any way, they act as though you violated them in some way:) I totally get their protective "stance" but I also understand that great minds and great artists...working together, might possibly produce great learning and awesome results. And so, much to my delight, that is exactly what has occurred.

Read below, group coordinator and artist, Grace Matthew's explanation of the group entitled :Provenance, History and Process.
I am part of the Barnum Animal subgroup.The experience has been wonderful,whimsical and pure fun! The amazing thing is, Grace has secured an exhibition site in Escondido, CA. where the results of our "play" will be displayed.These ladies can alter my work anytime! Check out the blog listed below for updates and images of works in process.It has been a pleasure seeking inspiration from like minds. There is much to be learned from being a good "sharer," :)Hey MH, I'll see you in CA!

"The Collaborative Art Group began on Facebook (FB) on February 22, 2009. The group has sixteen members and is divided into three subgroups; Abas Nightingale, Barnum’s Animals, Dreamers Garden. Most members are new to FB and are learning the logistics and nuances of posting, using the bulletin board and making comments on images. The group has officers with titles like Chief Pretty Officer, Social Secretary and Random Chaos for ALL Officer. Many of the artists know one another and more than half are based in the San Diego area. It’s an old-fashioned mail art group where every member of a group will work on each piece circulating in that group but this group has been updated with the digital community, provenance and enhanced communications that Facebook can offer. Artists usually work alone so creating a community forum were they can see images and comment on artwork is very gratifying. The members are involved on different levels some are missing in action while others are posting pictures, messages and commenting on the images daily. It feels like we're taking part in a Dada game or experiment. The group is closed to keep the size manageable."

Several of the members have agreed to participate in an exhibition to be hosted by the Escondio Municipal Gallery in 2010. http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=72301463221&h=BHrte&u=ntw1m

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