Category Archives: Art and Learning

Grant Opportunity for Ohio River Valley Artists

Heads up local artists. The Fast Track grant application process is open until February 1, 2011.

I can speak from experience. I’ve received this grant 3 times over the years.  It’s not a huge amount of money but, I’ve been pleasantly surprised each time by the interest and passion this gift of support generates. It is well worth the effort. So, go for it!

More details:

The Artist Fast Track grant program is open to artists and craftspeople, part-time or full time with professional experience who live and work in the Ohio counties of Adams, Ashtabula, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Carroll, Clermont, Coshocton, Columbiana, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mahoning, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Vinton, Washington or theWest Virginia counties of Wayne, Cabell, Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Wetzel, Marshall, Ohio, Brooke, Hancock.
Artists and craftspeople may apply for grants of up to $500. You may not apply for more than one grant in the state fiscal year period, July 1 to June 30.

Download information at the link below.  To request an application, write to Bill Howley, project director at


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Earth and Fire Pottery

Horsehair Raku Vase by Eric Preston

I love artists who allow themselves to dive, dream, play,  listen, create, move to the edges – with joy and dogged determination. I love artists who keep doing what they love in spite of a million obstacles. Eric Preston is one such artists. Eric listens to clay, allowing it to speak it’s shape. He senses the future the clay is trying to express. He assists, midwifes, enables clay to be reborn in the shapes, lines, and colors it was meant to have.


See more of Eric’s assisted births here


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A Woman's Way of Knowing©

Just found this loving kindness meditation led by Sylvia Boorstein. I hope to practice this meditation everyday for the rest of my life. From the Being Blog.

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Making Art is like fire in the dead, cold night of winter

Making art in a destitute place is like making fire in the dead, cold night of winter. It gives out warmth, gives out light, gives direction and rekindles hope.

Lily Yeh

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One Crease, Much Beauty……….from the Being Blog

One Crease, Much Beauty

by Susan Leem, associate producer

The documentary Between the Folds won a Peabody Award this year for chronicling origami artists who reinterpret the world through folding paper. Though the film features elaborate technical mastery and the possibilities for physics, Paul Jackson, an origami teacher from Tel Aviv, Israel, describes a broader philosophy by demonstrating the elegance of a single fold of paper and the unexpected shapes that can be created:

“This is the lesson of one crease, that you don’t need to have a very strong knowledge of origami technique to make something beautiful that you feel is in some way significant and interesting.”

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Living Sculptures

Theo Jansen’s website

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Where do we go, when we allow art to move us?

The following post was authored by Heather, an artist, writer, thinker and part-time fairy-wing-wearer who, I’m happy to say,  is a student in my Art History Class. On her blog, Art Moves Us, she chronicles her inquiry into art.

Before I started this inquiry question of “How does art move us?” or “What causes art to move us?” I already knew that art did in fact move us. I had learned that from many moments of awestruck physical reactions to art. I also feel like art can move us emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. It can stretch us, shape us, color us, mold us, and reflect upon us (isn’t it funny that art can do to us the very same things that we do to art?).

Now I seem to have journeyed into the realm of “Where do we go?” or “Where can art take us?” and I love it! I feel like using quotes from “Oh! The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss, but that is just what pops into my head when I think of those two questions. The possibilities are endless. Physically art can take artists around the globe and back again, as they explore new inspirations to paint. It can take viewers around the globe too, as they follow exciting exhibits or museum trails. Emotionally art can take us to places of healing, places of struggle, places of beauty or peace. Mentally art can teach us things that we may not have known before. Spiritually art can open us.

Art can move me from a solid stance of black and white, this is right/wrong/left/right/mine/yours/weird/normal and smack into a place of gray or color where anything is possible. A place where those words no longer exist. A place where we find ourselves asking, “What is right? What is wrong? What is left? What is right? What is mine? What is yours? What is weird? What is normal?” A place where we cannot seem to answer those questions. A place where we don’t seem to care that we can’t answer those questions.

Art can move us apart, and it can move us together.

Continue reading the rest of Heather’s post.…..


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