The Sebastopol Art Center will be hosting a week-long sewing circle to promote this global community art project to raise awareness of growing refugee crisis. The main event will be on Sunday, January 19th at the dining room of the Sebastopol Art Center from 11am to 4pm. The event is open to all age groups. All material and instruction will be provided followed by a short presentation on the refugee crisis and discussions of how to design one’s panel. The following week, from Tuesday 1/21 to Friday 1/24/2020, after-school sewing circles will continue at the Sebastopol Art Center from 3:30-5:30pm.
When the hand-stitched panels are returned to Sacramento, they will be assembled into an installation with the first names of all participants. The first full installation will be at the Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento in June 2020. Jennifer Kim Sohn, the founder of the project, believes stitching is a way for people to engage with the global crisis.
Admission is free to this event, which will take place at 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, California 95472.
You can organize your own sewing groups to raise awareness in your own communities.
Information about the project, including images of completed panels, is available on social media: #25millionstitches, #25millionstitchesproject
Enjoy a discussion with Maestro Francesco Lecce-Chong and award-winning composer Matt Browne, as they explore the intersection of fine arts and music, highlighting and illuminating unique and surprising examples. The talk will feature The Course of Empire, the celebrated series of paintings by Thomas Cole, as inspiration for Matt Browne’s first symphony. As founder of the Hudson River School art movement, Cole’s essential works exemplify Romanticism in a landscape aesthetic representing themes of America in the mid-19th century: pastoral idealism in contrast with human discovery and development. New York-based composer Matt Browne is the 2019-2020 Composer-in-Residence of the Santa Rosa Symphony. His music has been praised for its “unbridled humor” (New Music Box) and described as “witty” (The Strad) and “beautifully crafted and considered” (What’s On London). Matt’s visits to the New York Historical Society—where The Course of Empire resides—informed his first symphony, which will be premiered by the Santa Rosa Symphony at the Green Music Center, February 8-10. For tickets and information about those concerts visit srsymphony.org. Matt Browne’s new symphony, titled Symphony No. 1, The Course of Empire, is the first commissioned work of the First Symphony Project, a collaborative project of the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Eugene Symphony, both under the musical direction of Francesco Lecce-Chong. You can learn more about the First Symphony Project and the composers at srsymphony.org/About/First-Symphony-Project.
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At the turn of the century, explosive events changed the art world, including the 1906 Earthquake and a modern art show in New York. Tonalist painter Arthur Mathews created one of California’s first unique art styles. Journalists, painters and writers, such as Jack London joined the Bohemian Club. Architect Bernard Maybeck helped rebuild the city. Alma de Bretteville Spreckels built the Palace of Legion of Honor in her battle against the de Young family for social prominence.
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Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes of the 1906 earthquake, San Francisco put on a Fair to end all Fairs. We will ‘virtually’ visit this amazing event. The Suffragettes will be there along with Lotta Crabtree and John Philip Sousa. We’ll view art in the Palace of Fine Arts, visit the Yellowstone Park exhibit, see the Montessori School in action, and even go on the Aeroscope ride 285 feet in the sky. We’ll meet Fatty Arbuckle, Henry Ford and Edison. How did the Expo help the Bay Area recover from the Quake? Who were the politicians, designers and artists behind the Expo’s tremendous success? Come on down for the fun…there will be popcorn!
Come enjoy the pleasure of poetry read or recited aloud, and bring your favorite poem to share.
Impressionism emerges as the major style in American art. California artists painted the beauty of our state’s many vistas: ocean, desert, redwoods, vineyards, and eucalyptus trees. They include Guy Rose, Grandville Redmond, Joseph Raphael, and Colin Campbell Cooper, with visits from William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam. Theodore Wores painted Chinatown. In a fight to move toward modernism we will review the Society of Six led by Selden Gile. Architect Julie Morgan designs Hearst Castle.
From her beginnings as a child singing on the streets of Paris to becoming an international star, Edith Piaf is undoubtedly the voice of French music.
Much of Piaf's music resonated with her own personal life as she specialized in Chanson and Torch Songs about love, loss, and sorrow.
Belovedly known as "The Little Sparrow" Piaf ascended beyond the skies of Paris to World-Wide fame through timeless classics such as Padam, Milord, L'Accordéoniste, and La Vie En Rose.
SonoMusette, featuring native Parisian singer Mimi Pirard, transports us back to mid-1900s Paris through the evocative songs of Edith Piaf.
This is the Paris that still lives for many of us in our memories... and in our imaginations.
Mimi Pirard's powerful and emotional interpretations of these classic songs provide a freshness and excitement that is faithful to the spirit and tradition of the original versions.
The formidable musicians of SonoMusette weave musette accordion, piano, guitar, upright bass, and drums to create a musical tapestry for these enchanting songs and melodies.
The concert will also feature a set of music made famous by other iconic French performers of the era.
Mimi Pirard - vocals
Robert Lunceford - accordion
Jan Martinelli - upright bass & piano
Isaac Vandeveer - guitar & bass
Richard Andrews - drums
Ticket Prices: Pre Sale: $20, Day of: $25, Student: $15, & 10 and under: Free
Day of the concert box office opens at 6:30pm, doors open at 7:00pm, and concert starts at 7:30pm.
America was reeling from the Crash of 1929. WPA artists painted the American scene: Maynard Dixon, Thomas Hart Benton, Diego Rivera, and photographer Dorothea Lange gave the painted voice to those struggling. The county was unsettled with over 1000 strikes. Coit Tower murals were painted during the San Francisco Maritime Strike. Another fair, the Golden Gate World Exposition celebrated two new bridges. Artists like Millard Sheets worked in new California Style. Ansel Adams advanced photography to new and exciting highs.
Artists Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko exploded onto the California scene and pushed painters out of their comfort zone. Abstract Expressionism became the norm. An association called Sanity in Art declared modern art a Communist movement. Bay Area artists rebelled. Figurative Art emerges as a Bay Area tradition. Artists will include: Hassel Smith, Sam Francis, Frank Lobdell, Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, and David Park.