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

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Collaborative Art: More than a Sum of the Parts

 Last year I was invited to participate in a collaborative art group organized and conceived by San Diego based artist Grace Matthews. Several groups of female artists, myself included, each created five small scale works that we then circulated amid our assigned groups via snail mail. My band of lovely and talented women were the "Barnum Group".The receiving artists could alter the work by adding or subtracting from it in a technique of their choice. The transformations were documented on Facebook. The final art was posted and then returned by US Mail to the original artist. our efforts are now on display at the Escondido Municipal Gallery in Escondido , CA. Please join us for the opening  of our show: Collaborative Art: More than a Sum of the Parts, to meet and greet some of the artists and to learn about and enjoy the fruits of our fun:) Work is available for purchase.
Collaborative Art: More than a Sum of the Parts

January 5-31, 2010
Reception: January 9, 5:30-8 p.m.
Escondido Municipal Gallery-262 E. Grand Ave, Esc. CA 92025
“Artists usually work alone so creating a community forum where they can see images and comment on artwork is very gratifying.” G. Matthews
Exhibition of work produced in 2009 by 10 members of The Collaborative Mail Art Group, formed and curated by San Diego/New York artist Grace Matthews. Matthew’s has combined the old fashioned mail art group format popular in the late 90’s/early 2000, in which artists collaborate on each piece circulating in their group, with the enhanced digital communications available on Facebook, to create a provenance for the project and the artworks.
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