kitchenWe each carry a powerful experience of the sensate in the present moments of our lives – creative intuition.  Each session of the workshop approaches art making as a sensory practice of discovery.  The sessions help us learn, anchor, and unfold.  We begin with a mindfulness exercise and brief noticing, then time for guided art making with a variety of media.  Critique following will focus on mindful embrace of self and other.

Some philosophy:  VanLaven sees art making as a practice, not ever to be attained or perfected.  It should be an enjoyable journey of discovery.  As she teaches it, the practice is for everybody, connecting each of us to the sometimes strange and surprising wisdoms of the senses.  We look to how they connect us to both our inner lives and the outer world in the present moment.  The workshop participants will participate in a community of discovery.  This entails a focus on mindful, joyous, curious embrace and “non-judgmental stance.”

Workshop details:

We each carry a powerful experience of the sensate in the present moments of our lives – creative intuition.  Each session of the workshop approaches art making as a sensory practice of discovery.  The sessions help us learn, anchor, and unfold.  We begin with a mindfulness exercise and brief noticing, then time for guided art making with a variety of media.  Critique following will focus on mindful embrace of self and other.

Registering is easy

  1. Go to the website:
  2. Find this workshop listing
  3. Register and pay $90 for full 5 sessionsFor questions about the workshop,
    Contact Gwynneth VanLaven:
    gwynneth@vanlaven.net

Image result for woman made gallery vanlavenMy solo exhibition, in.visible, opens Friday, March 10, 6-8pm.  The Woman Made Gallery is a beautiful gallery with an incredible legacy.  First check the gallery’s open days and times and use public transportation as the area has *extremely* limited parking.  There will be a concurrent show of work by prior jurists and exhibitors.  Come check out both if you are near.  Friends afar can get a taste of the work in my show via the online exhibition page for in.visible.  Also sign up on the FB event page and feel free to share.

WMG Exhibition Page – Online Gallery

Event Site on Facebook

I’m thrilled to say that my piece “As If to Say…” has been selected first place for the WMG’s 18th International Open.  The Award will be a 2016 solo exhibition at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago.

 

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If you can, come see my work and even see you at the opening!
18th International Open, March 13-April 23 201

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Presenting “ReMuseum: Art as Mobility” for the Floating Lab Collective

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Royal College of Art, London
10 – 12 April 2014

But how does it work? Clarifying the Rhetoric Surrounding Social Value in the Arts

See more at: http://aah.org.uk/annual-conference/sessions2014/session4#sthash.kMMfa2Lo.dpuf

 

In spring 2013 my work was included in the Humans Being II Ehibition at the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, IL.  The show was reviewed with interviews of three exhibition artists, including me.  The review article is titled “Living with disability on display in rare art exhibit” by LindseyPeterson, published May 21, 2013 in Medill Reports, Chicago.  Among the pieces we discussed was Defining Tough, the mobility scooter/motorcycle piece below.  My thanks go out to my motorcycling family of friends who support and entertain my unusual ideas and requests.  Such fun!

 

Excited to be a part of this show-
Aura: New Images of Women
, a feminist art exhibition organized by Dr. Erin Devine, 4th floor Atrium Gallery at NOVA Wodbridge through March.  I will be giving an artist talk on March 4.

July 28 – August 19 – This juried show includes two of my pieces-

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I have been excited to be a part of this project with the Floating Lab Collective.  From the Floating Lab Collective’s project website,

“The ReMuseum is a participatory, mobile experiment that investigates museum processes such as collecting, displaying, valuing and commodifying objects…”(visit site)

Inside Corcoran

Working with community members in DC neighborhoods such as Deanwood, Brentwood, Petworth, and Anacostia, the Floating Lab Collective “mobile curator” helped identify objects of personal value to that were then replicated on large and small scales.  Objects and their oral histories are displayed inside a re-purposed taco truck and inside the Corcoran Gallery of Art.  Visitors to the ReMuseum are invited to redistribute small, casted replicas into their home communities.

Outside Corcoran

Curated by Laura Roulet, the project is part of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’s 5×5 public arts initiative, “twenty-five groundbreaking temporary public art installations that will be installed concurrently throughout the District of Columbia.” (DCCAH website).

For more information about the ReMuseum and to feed back into the project with your own images of objects in new places, visit www.floatinglabcollective.com.

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