Happy early Summer Solstice everyone! The warm weather has arrived just in time! For this much belated edition of Young At Heart we have fun tutorial for kid-friendly “fire” poi. It’s just the thing for those warm Summer days, playing out in the yard.
Poi is a long loved tradition of the Bay Area and practiced by many circus troupes and artists in the area. However the tradition of poi first originated in New Zealand and the first time the world was exposed to fire poi was as a tourist attraction in Hawaii by the early 1960′s. For more information on poi check out this link to Wikipedia: Poi (performance art)
Obviously, we don’t want to hand over
any fire poi to our nearest and dearest young ones. So this is a fun solution that looks as pretty as fire and has less of the safety hazards. These ribbon “fire” poi are so fun and easy to make that they would be a fun toy for folks of any age.
Materials: The only things you need are a pair of scissors, small embroidery hoops or any other small hoops you can stick your hands through and a whole lot of ribbon. I chose reds, yellows, oranges and other colors to make it look like fire.
Step 1:Take off the outside ring of the embroidery hoop. We are going to be using just the inside hoop.
Step 2:Cut a piece of ribbon. Make sure it is extra long.
Step 3:Fold the ribbon in half and make a loop.
Step 4:Put the ribbon loop through the wooden hoop. Then thread the ends of the ribbon through the ribbon. Check out this picture to see what the ribbon should look like.
Step 5: Tighten the ribbon to secure it on the hoop.
Step 6: Repeat steps 2 through 5 until you have a full hoop. It should look something like this.
Step 7: Play!
Last Sunday, I stopped into SWARM gallery in Oakland. “In the Bracken” was being shown.
The digital image does not do this piece justice. Everything is shiny, golden, richly textured. The brush style reminded me of traditional Japanese brush painting. Gorgeous. SWARM is such a great gallery. There are artist studios behind the gallery, friendly faces and a nice feeling. Stop in! It’s great!
It’s Friday again, and it’s ART MURMUR, again!
My recommendation is Vessel Gallery. They have a spring showcase on display, presently.
The exhibit at Hatch Gallery also looks interesting. Check it out!
Please leave a comment if you have seen a gallery exhibit recently that sparked your imagination. Also, let me know if you have checked out any of the exhibits that I have posted about. Thanks for reading!
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This weekend, you *should* have planned yourself a little trip out of town. But, you are on a budget, here in the East Bay, looking for some arts and inspiration.
It’s preview for Open Studios at Pro-Arts Gallery in Oakland. More details on what that is all about, here.
Here’s something to do, totally free. Cruise Oakland and see some murals. They are all over, you just need to adjust your eyes to them. To help you tune in, check out Endless Canvas
online. You will recognize some Berkeley and Oakland streets, for sure.
May 28th and 29th, the “What Will You Learn” folks are holding workshops on how to . . .
If you are like me, you know people who spent some time in Antarctica. Apparently, it exists, and is a place for bizarre celebrations. Royal Nonesuch is showing some Antarctica art
. Check it out and tell me what you think.
Don’t forget what the holiday
is all about, either. I am against war, but I am not against warriors.
This week marks the opening of In Between, a collection of original short plays by the Ragged Wing Youth Ensemble. This inspiring group of young artists are responsible for the writing, direction and performance of this compelling show. Times, location and ticket prices are posted on the flyer.
For directions and more information on the Ragged Wing Youth Ensemble visit: http://www.raggedwing.org/youth
I came across this article in the East Bay Express, and the show looks really interesting!
Slow Food at Arts and Consciousness Gallery
Claudia Marseille, Jenn Shifflet, and Ellen Vogel, three graduates of John F. Kennedy University’s Arts and Consciousness program, make the case for their alma mater’s new-age/old-school values in Odyssey of Transformation: A Quest for the Genuine.Marseille paints “an interior terrain” populated by memory and perception. In “The Journey Home,” “Foreign Lands,” “I Can’t Return,” and “A Bit of Pink,” she creates richly textured abstractions in translucent encaustic that invoke geology, archaeology, and anthropology — apt allusions for an artist who went on digs in her youth and sees culture as embodied psychology. The works also contain hints of her travels to “the souks, the spice markets, old peeling stucco walls, fabrics, ruins of past civilizations, and the multicolored reflections found in ponds and lakes” in Mexico, India, and Morocco.
I said it last time, and I will say it again–I STILL really want to go to this Gallery and get inside that gorgeous building! I have a terrible confession to make. I keep posting to these events, but then I only get to the Art Murmur, where I am happy as all get out to chat with customers (so blessed with positive feedback so far). Then I miss getting my inspiration batteries charged up with seeing other people’s work.
Let’s all do it together? Message me if you want to be my travel companion to one of these places, and I will try to pry myself away from the yarn.
I DID get to a recent gallery exhibit though, and I will link here again when the post is up.
Mark your calendars for May 21, 2011, and Murmurama! More details here.
It’s going to be in Downtown Oakland, CA, Between 23rd and 26th Streets, between Telegraph Ave. & Broadway. Lots of galleries in one place.
Another great event from California Lawyers for the Arts:
May 18, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, 50 Fremont Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-2228