Thursday, November 25, 2010

Murphy Hill Gallery Moving May 2011

 I would like to add to this post that Murphy Hill Gallery Will not move until May 31. This gives us more time to get things in order. If you know if anyone who has space available LONG TERM Please go to Murphy Hill Gallery Facebook Group. Thank you for your patronise.

 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Community Trust is Considering Funding the URBAN ART RETREAT for Five Years.

Please mark your calendars and decide which of these events you can attend and and bring more people to. The (extra) purpose is that the Chicago Community Trust  will be visiting some of these activities and we want to make sure that they are well attended. Chicago Community Trust is considering funding the URBAN ART RETREAT and we really want that five year grant program!


UAR INCREASED VISIBILITY Campaign BEGINS NOW!

Opportunities to know UAR better are coming up:
* Dec. 2 Open House After Hours from 4-7
Tour, refreshments, info. on programs, chance to win prizes, art show, hands-on art experience in art studio, plus more! First 20 newcomers win a mini-watercolor when they arrive! Plus gifts for becoming a member
or renewing membership.

* Opening Reception for Out of Town Curator Dec.11- Jan.29.

Dec. 11 (1-4) opening reception for new art show.
* Dec. 11, Saturday Offering at Urban Art Retreat “HOW TO BE AN ARTIST” presentation for beginners. “Dianna C. Long presents “Options and Insights for artists of all kinds”, along with Sharon Foster who presents “The Art of Doing Business”. Presentation and questions from 3-6 p.m.
other presenters will share some info. with attendees on “How Do I get Started?”

* Thursdays, December and January, you are invited to make an appt. for a tag-a-long with UAR artist providing a service at area Sacred Heart Home on Albany. Tag along when this artist of mercy visits SHH as an example of how the UAR program- Have Studio Will Travel operates.You must RSVP in advance to go along.

* December 23, DROP OFF YOUR GIFTS FOR CHILDREN before Dec. 23
so the elves will have time to wrap and prepare for the kids Christmas giveaway. Kinds of gifts the elves are looking for are:

School clothing, socks, boots, hats & scarves and gloves, winter coats, flannel pajamas. Also, school supplies like pens, pencils, lined papers, sketch books, markers, notebooks. Plus foods kids like- candy, cupcakes, oatmeal, peanut butter, jams, bread, chips, juices, brown sugar, canned milk, Christmas cookies. Of course, children love toys like- dolls of many colors, stuffed animals, balloons, masks, face paint, coloring books & crayons, action figures, superman & spiderman stuff, plus building blocks of all kinds including leggos. And last but not least, children love to make art. They like to put on art aprons, use watercolor paint sets with their soft brushes, and mold clay into dinosaurs, and color masks, and glue feathers and sequins on stuff and use glue to make collage with color tissue papers. They also like to draw with dry erase markers on their laminated white boards, & paint murals using acrylic permanent paints.

*January 15 at 2 p.m. View and discuss the riveting artwork created by survivors of trauma. Created by the UAR a few years ago, with the help of a grant from Coalition for the Homeless, the tape shows images of art created by a large number of artists who, at that time had in common, that they participated in an art show produced by Dianna C. Long of UAR and Sisters’ Place. The other thing they had in common was they all had survived a trauma of some type. The most reported traumas were sexual assault, incest, domestic violence, and prostitution. Video followed by discussion, video again, and talking while looking at art displayed on the video tape. This is some of the best art you will ever see. We will talk about how the artists used art making to express their feelings about the traumas in their lives.

*January 29, Saturday Workshop for Youth and Families!
Youth & family creative outlet offered by mentors from the art show “South From Here”. Great chance for area youth to take a workshop by out of town artists led by Dail Chambers from St. Louis. Dail is with the art show in the gallery December & January.
*UAR Annual Dinner Party For Newcomers!Yearly opportunity to recognize volunteers, reward newcomers for attending, give gifts to supporters and share some of the success stories and positive experiences we had in 2010! We give thanks for 2010 and encourage participation in 2011, January 29, 2011 at Lou Malnati’s Restaurant, 5:30 p.m.

Come eat with other supporters of UAR and those who would like to know more about UAR. We will have an interesting annual report for you to read by UAR board of directors on contributions & education of UAR volunteers, interns, board members on social justice issues. How UAR managed 2010 & what the 2011 plans are.

Also, a chance to nominate someone for UAR board of directors.
For never having been to the annual dinner, you receive a gift just for being a newcomer!!! And look forward to the entertainment by youth- Live Drama in the Middle of the Restaurant.

Monday, November 8, 2010

WOMEN OF COLOR ARTISTS ART OPENING

December 11, 2010,  from 1-4pm New Art Show Opening Reception: Women of Color Artists share their views on being brought up in the South.

December 11, from 2-6pm "How to be an Artist and the Art of Business". Dianna Long and Sharon Foster will lead the presentation to help people figure out how to proceed with being an artist and/or beginning a business. We will get you started.

Whether one wants to make art, or relax and soothe their mind, they can find the opportunity to do both in the Differently Minded Art Studio. URBAN ART RETREAT offers small art classes, workshops, and retreats for the individual and small groups who would like to retreat for an afternoon. Saturday's from 11am-2pm


Retreats can include- refreshments, music, relaxation exercises, meditation, body stretches, art making, and mind emptying.

Retreats for women who are beginners at relaxation, mindful breathing, stretching for health, and easy quiet art sessions, are now being booked for during and after the holiday season. Individuals and small groups may contact the URBAN ART RETREAT by email to reserve a day
Materials included.

Try going to our facebook page – facebook.com/urbanartretreat

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Closing January 2011 of Murphy Hill Gallery

WE JUST GOT WORD THAT THE ENTIRE BUILDING MAY BE CLOSING JANUARY 2011 HERE AT HOMAN SQUARE. THE DEAL TO CREATE RESIDENTIAL HOUSING IN THE BUILDING AROUND US SEEMS TO HAVE FELL THROUGH. THE DOLLARS GENERATED FROM THAT DEAL WOULD HAVE ALLOWED THE OWNERS TO CONTINUE FOR A WHILE. THE CLOSING OF THIS BUILDING WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO THE COMMUNITY. LETS SEE WHAT WE CAN DO TO REVERSE THIS PROCESS. THE MANAGEMENT STATES THAT THE UTILITIES AND OPERATING EXPENSES FAR OUTWEIGH THE REVENUE OF THE BUILDING.


I AM THINKING THIS MAY BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A MOVE FOR THE CREATION OF A HUGE MOVEMENT TO SAVE THE BUILDING AND TAKE IT OFF THE HANDS OF THE OWNERS SINCE IT IS SUCH A LOST FOR THEM TO THE POINT THAT THEY WANT TO CLOSE IT UP AND DISPLACE SO MANY PEOPLE AND THEIR DREAMS. WE NEED THAT BUILDING NOT JUST FOR THE GALLERY BUT FOR ALL OF THE INDIVIDUALS WHO WORK THERE AND STRIVE TO CREATE A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES. THE SUCCESS OF THE GALLERY I THINK WILL BE THE KEY CATALYST FOR THE MOVEMENT. ON MONDAY WE RECEIVED THE BLACK EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR VISUAL ARTS.PLEASE PRAY AND BE THINKING ABOUT WHAT WE MAY BE ABLE TO DO. RALPH MURPHY 773-457-4185.