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Michelangelo: The First Modern Artist? (Online Course)

Michelangelo: The First Modern Artist? (Online Course)

Michelangelo is one of art history’s earliest true “characters” and his influence on art continues to be unparalleled. Everybody knows his name. But how much do you really know about him? He was a polymath genius who is widely regarded to be one of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance. Often temper driven, fickle, and difficult—he nevertheless found lifelong support by the era’s most renowned patrons and produced some of the world’s most iconic masterpieces. More recently, discoveries of his work now place him at the forefront of modern art! Take this class to find out why—and to go far beyond what you think you know about Michelangelo. He was a highly complex individual, with a fascinating history, and an artistry that sets him apart from all others.

Join us at Bethany Arts Community for this fascinating 6-week art history Online Course lead by Jill Kiefer, Ph.D.
Six Sessions – Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, April 10th – May 15th

 

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Matisse: A World of Colors and Patterns (Online Course)

Matisse: A World of Colors and Patterns (Online Course)

Henri Matisse is widely regarded as the greatest colorist of the 20th century and as a rival to Pablo Picasso in the importance of his innovations. He first achieved prominence as the leader of the French movement Fauvism—but his long career would take him in many different directions. Matisse sought to use color as the foundation for expressive, decorative, and often monumental paintings. He also made significant contributions to collage and sculpture. “What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity…” Did he achieve it? Take this class to find out!


Join us at Bethany Arts Community for this fascinating 6-week art history Online Course lead by Jill Kiefer, Ph.D.
Six Sessions – Tuesdays – 10:00 – 11:00 AM – April 6th – May 11th, 2021.

 

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Artist in Residence: Santina Amato Artist Talk

Artist in Residence: Santina Amato Artist Talk

Artist Talk via Facebook LIVE:
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Santina Amato,
sculptor and painter, will share her process for making ephemeral sculptures that decompose overtime. While at Bethany she is designing sculptures that will exist in the gardens of Bethany before decomposing. 

While in residency at Bethany, Santina is looking forward to being able to create her ephemeral nature sculptures using a new method of cotton soaked in beeswax. Designed to decompose in the environment, Santina will capture the decomposition over the residency in photographs.

About the Artist
Santina Amato incorporates video, sculpture, installation, painting and photography to explore the notion of the intimate body, especially the female body. Her practice and is deeply rooted in attempting to translate the complexities of her own female sexuality, desire and erotica. Amato was born in Australia to Italian immigrants, and has lived and worked in the USA since 2010. She received an MFA (Photography) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2017) and has been supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and the Australian Council for the Arts. Exhibitions and screenings include The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Here Arts Center, NYC, Governors Island Art Fair, NYC and Detroit International Videonale, Kuntshalle Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, MI. Amato has held positions as Fellow and Artist-in-Residence at MOCA Tucson supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA), MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA supported by the City of Chicago’s DCASE, 2018 IAP Grant, Crosstown Arts, Memphis, TN, Process Park, Artslant & Chashama, Pine Plains, NY, Filed/Work Program, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL. Amato Founded and Directed Moving_Image_00:00, a biannual festival in Chicago of moving image works by Chicago-based artists between 2016-2019. Her work is part of a collective photographic portfolio at The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection and The Art Institute of Chicago and video collection at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia.

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Bethany Arts Community’s residency programs are made possible by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County Government

Artist in Residence: Tacie Jones Artist Talk

Artist in Residence: Tacie Jones Artist Talk

Artist Talk via Facebook LIVE:
Tacie Jones Artist Talk: Mending

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We store the imprint of memory in our bodies. Some of this memory comes from personal experience, and some we inherit from our ancestors. This online artist talk will discuss Mending, a growing body of work consisting of video, media installation, sculpture, performance documentation and cyanotype photography. The works confront Walter Benjamin’s patriarchal argument that one must intellectually excavate deep memory. The processes and components of Mending echo elemental transformation and visualize sensorial manifestations of embodied memory to gesture at reconciliatory ways of being with the aftermath of gendered, transgenerational trauma. 

During her virtual residency, Tacie will be spending time in the hundred wooded acres next to her home, mentally sketching, taking videos and photographs for small series of fabric-based, projection-mapped sculptures.

About the Artist
Tacie Jones is an artist working in video, media installation, sculpture, photography and socially-engaged practice. Her recent work explores ancestral embodiment by way of probing the juxtaposition between impermanence and materiality in the sensorial reconciliation of trauma. Her combined background in new media and studio art, social practice and non-profit community work engage creativity and interconnection as catalysts for understanding the individual’s part in community resilience. Tacie holds a BFA in Studio Art from George Mason University, an MRes (Master of Research) in Creative Practices from the Glasgow School of Art, and an MFA in Creative Technologies from Virginia Tech. She is currently working toward an interdisciplinary PhD at Virginia Tech. She lives with her foodsmith partner, tending their two pups and gardens in the mountainous countryside of Blacksburg, Virginia. 

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Bethany Arts Community’s residency programs are made possible by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County Government

Virtual Artist In Residence: Karen Allen Artist Talk

Virtual Artist In Residence: Karen Allen Artist Talk

Artist Talk via Zoom:
Karen
Allen, visual artist, will share her inspirations and process for creating her works “Ark, Totems and Vessels” and the “Under and Over the Allowable Limit”  

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About the Artist
Karen Allen paintings and drawings in acrylic, oils and pastels are figurative abstractions. The inner feeling and meaning of what has inspired me visually is more important for me than careful rendering. I am

looking for both balance and contrast: to preserve the initial figurative trigger that inspired the work and to visually refine an essence of the feeling or “inner tug” that led me to that image. More and more I seem to be moving closer toward total abstraction. But I don’t feel that I will ever abandon my love of what I can see in the world around me with my eyes. It’s a fine balance …

The various collage elements which I sometimes use introduce an exploration of visual texture and personal historical intimacy. I look for balance and contrast between playfulness and considered graphic call and response during my painting process. Sometimes my working surfaces are 3 dimensional objects whose functionality becomes changed into an allegory or a metaphor. This is a clue of how and what the painting tells me about my interior life. Creating art is for me a contemplative process as well as a physical one.

In my work I am looking for visual paradoxes, a crossing into an immensity of space that may have no relationship to the actual size of things. I am becoming even more interested in how change in physical scale changes a painting’s feelings and intentions. Aesthetically, I am very interested in how pure painting ideas can be scaled to mural sized works in public spaces both to enhance architectural space and express something personal. Underlying all this is what I call my “second truth”. That is, the positive and regenerative life force that I believe lies in the universe we inhabit. A universe so beautiful, yet so full of tragedy, disappointment and darwinian struggle. I am a very flawed and imperfect idealist who actually believes the act of creation by artists has something to do with our deepest calling to be whole.

Arts Westchester

Bethany Arts Community’s residency programs are made possible by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County Government

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