Earth Poetry Bookmaking at the West Valley Regional Branch Library!
I was thrilled to lead a bookmaking workshop, (called a “program” in Library parlance!) on April 13, 2023, celebrating the Poetry Month of April through the lens of Earth Day/Nature/The Environment.
This offering was part of my Artist Residency in Bookmaking, “We Write the Book” at the West Valley Regional Branch Library of the Los Angeles Public Library, through the Los Angeles City Department of Cultural Affairs.
The Residency is comprised of a series of bookmaking workshops presented at the Library, planned in close coordination with Library Staff.
For our EARTH POETRY BOOKAMKING program, participants of all ages learned to create a bound book that can be hung on the wall as well as about the 17 syllable technique of creating HAIKU poetry.
Once each maker had bound their book together, they were free to fill it with poetry, stories, illustrations, stickers, drawings and collage! The results were moving and inspiring, as testified to by Branch Manager, Kevin Hasely in this short video! Watch VIDEO.
Exploring the inner and outer POET!
We were thrilled to welcome a group of 8-12 year-olds from a program of the nearby police cadet academy!
Playing with materials.
Mother and son work together!
20-somethings explored their creativity!
Participants worked together and on their own.
Employing stickers and origami papers to great effect.
Utilizing the Haiku poems from the information packet passed out.
Learning about HAIKU poetry.
The import of kindness.
DISMAN-tling “I Can’t I Won’t I Will I Do” at ReflectSpace Gallery!
It was with tenderness mixed with pride and appreciation that I DISMAN-tled my solo show, “I Can’t I Won’t I Will I Do ” which ran from late January to late March 2023, in the ReflectSpace Gallery in the Glendale Central Library, curated by the inimitable duo, Anahid and Ara Oshagan.
Thank you Tony, for your assistance, climbing those ladders, and using those tools!
A bit of fun with Tina Demirdjian of Poetry Consults.
Thank you Tina for the support on all fronts!
It takes a village…the completion of a job well done! With the incomparable Anahid Oshagan, co-curator of ReflectSpace, and Tina Demirdjian of Poetry Consults.
Posing with the Glendale Gals: Tina and Anahid…
and with the marvelous Maryl Fleisher, Marketing Program Supervisor at Glendale Library, Arts & Culture.
A dream I did not even know I had…fulfilled.
Thank you…appreciation, and gratitude.
“AIRES RISING” Welcomes Springtime at the Irvine Fine Arts Center!
Aires Rising is a six-woman show at the Irvine Fine Arts Center.
I am thrilled to have six works in the show.
“HANG OUT” (2017)
“WINDOW TREATMENT” (2018)
“BLACK HANG OUT” (2017)
“WHITE WEDDING” (2023)
“TORRENT AND TANGLE: KEEP YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER” (2019)
Curator and Virginia Arce on the exhibition Opening Day!
“Women Artists Unfolding”: Celebrating Women Artists at the West Valley Regional Branch Library
In honor of Women’s History Month (March) the West Valley Regional Branch Library celebrated women artists with a bookmaking workshop led by artist in residence Debra Disman!
Patrons joined us to create their own handmade books which unfolded to hold informative and inspiring images and information about renowned artists Faith Ringgold, Frida Kahlo and Yayoi Kusama. All materials were provided. The program is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
Yayoi Kusama and her ubiquitous polka dots was a hit!
Boys MAKE THEIR OWN BOOKS!
I was thrilled to teach “Make Your Own Books” through the City of Santa Monica’s CREST Enrichment program during January and February 2023!
I had a fantastic class of all boys who worked together beautifully, learned enthusiastically, and displayed great creativity and passion for their book projects!
Here is what one Mom said of her son’s experience with bookmaking:
“Owen is so sad he will be missing the last class this week as we are out of town. I wanted to share how much this class has changed Owen. He is obsessed with making books now and holds his own comic book club…daily…with his Dad and I. He carries them everywhere. He shows everyone.”
This was thrilling for me to hear…it is what a teaching artist lives for!
Below are they boys in action during our after-school program: