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  1. 1. The 3rd International SWAN Day of the Greater South Bay - March 26 -28, 2010 Tenacity, Guts and Grace Women Artists of the Present Pay Tribute To Women Artists of the Past Welcome to SWAN Day 2010 in the Greater South Bay, a weekend of celebrating women artists and art in concert with an international SWAN Day recognition of women artists, past and present--the work they do and the art they make! Tenacity, Guts, and Grace—Women Artists Honoring Women Artists Who Inspire Us –the theme that second-year presenters and event hosts, Alameda Artworks in San Jose has selected for this year—has guided the vision that underlies the weekend schedule.  We’re all smiles because the Silicon Valley Arts Council smiled upon us with fiscal sponsorship, giving SWAN Day for the Greater South Bay non profit and tax deductible 501c3 status. Most importantly, our generous donors, venue collaborators, arts supporters and advocates, and artist participants are the focus of and reason for all that has come together to make SWAN Day 2010 one of both recognition and opportunity for all.  We’re all smiles, thanks to an anonymous ―angel‖ donor, whose contribution has made much of this year’s SWAN Day events possible. The following is intended to provide both general listing of event locations and detailed information on specific venues at which the collaborators are sponsoring workshops conducted by artist facilitators. This listing opens with details pertinent to the four SWAN Day weekend artist-facilitated workshops to be held at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles*, whose concurrent exhibitions include, Poetic License: The Art of Joan Schulze, and Navajo Weaving in the Present Tense: The Art of Lucy and Ellen Begay: Kate Evans—At the Crossroads of Art and Life: Authoring Your Workshop Your Transformations March 27, 10 am – 1 pm, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. 520 So. 1st St., San Jose 95113. Free except
  2. 2. The 3rd International SWAN Day of the Greater South Bay - March 26 -28, 2010 $5 Museum admission charge. To reserve your space, call (408) 371-1419 or email swandayworkshop@yahoo.com Workshop description: ―Nothing happens, nothing happens, and then everything happens.‖ Fay Weldon A lot of life feels like we are traveling on a familiar road. Then, suddenly, by choice or not, we face a crossroads: a place where multiple, unfamiliar roads converge. We all have periods in our lives that we can identify in the moment, or in retrospect, as ―at the crossroads.‖ These times can be painful, exhilarating, or both. No matter what feelings are stirred up, being at the crossroads is a rich time. A Time of possibility. Of transformation. In this workshop we will engage with, capture, illuminate, and explore life’s transformations through writing. We will also probe intersections among poetry, prose, and visual art: creativity’s crossroads. In this vein, we will additionally intersect with the poetry and exhibition of quilt art by acclaimed Sunnyvale artist, Joan Schulze--on exhibit as retrospective in the main gallery of the museum and tellingly entitled, ―Poetic License.‖ The artist will be on hand to share some insights into how the crossroads of fiber art and poetry and digital electronics have helped shape her work. Kate Evans bio: Kate Evans is the author of two novels (for the May Queen and Complementary Colors), as well as a collection of poems (Like All We Love) and a book about LGBTQ teachers (Negotiating the Self). Her poems, stories, and essays have appeared in more than 50 publications. She holds a PhD from University of Washington and an MFA from San Jose State University, where she currently teaches inn the Department of English and comparative Literature. A California native, she blogs BeingandWriting.bllogspot.com. Julie Forbes—Dreamer, Realist, Critic: Moving from Vision to Fruition March 27, 1 – 5 pm, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. 520 So. 1 st St., San Jose 95113. Free except $5 Museum admission charge. To reserve your space, call (408) 371-1419 or email swandayworkshop@yahoo.com Workshop description: What expands you? What stops you? What allows you to move from dream to fruition? In this workshop, we will explore three parts of our self: Dreamer, Realist, and Critic. Within each of these parts, we will discover unique gifts that have the potential to shape our creativity and our ability to more fully express our essential creative nature. As we come to understand our internal Dreamer, Realist, and Critic, as well as positive ways to interact with them, we can open and expand our creative potential, allowing us to bring all of them together in a cohesive functioning triad. This unified triad of Dreamer, Realist, and Critic can support us in opening ourselves to new possibilities and an integrated, innovative sense of self.
  3. 3. The 3rd International SWAN Day of the Greater South Bay - March 26 -28, 2010 Julie Forbes bio: Julie Forbes is a Development consultant, Coach, and Educator, with a passion for potential and possibility. As a Developer, she is interested in nurturing the potential within each possibility, goal, challenge, or change. She works with individuals, organizations, groups, and projects across all disciplines in both the non-profit and for-profit worlds. Some of her clients include UCSC, Habitat for Humanity, Stanford, and WomenArts. She is a writer, painter, and lover of fabric. She can be found at julieforbes@basymoon.com or by phone at (831) 325-3128. www.julieannforbes.com Deborah Kennedy—Art Within: Learning to Bring Art to Life March 28, 11 am – 2 pm, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, 520 So.1st St., San Jose 95113. Free except $8 Museum admission charge. To reserve your space, call (408) 371-1419 or email swandayworkshop@yahoo.com Workshop description: Music, drama, and other performing arts often transport their audiences. People experience emotions and dance, laughing and crying in response to seeing dramatic presentations. However, when we look at visual art our responses are often brief and more rational in nature. How can we create a deeper and more feeling-ful relationship with visual art? Artist and educator, Deborah Kennedy leads a workshop focusing on creating just such a personal relationship with the visual arts. Deborah’s approach emerged from her work teaching art history classes, where she developed a teaching method encouraging students to understand art and their relationship to it at a deeper level. This SWAN Day workshop focuses of the work of women artists. The workshop will begin with a lecture followed by small group and individual exercises. Slide lectures will trace the evolution of this teaching method and share the poignant experiences of female students when using this method. Then Deborah will invite participants to use her method to begin to develop their own personal relationships with artworks. Deborah Kennedy bio: Deborah Kennedy has exhibited in California and Germany in numerous solo and group shows. She was awarded a three-year California Arts Council grant to work with at-risk youth on graffiti murals, and has completed a public art commission—Eco-Tech—on the light-rail line in San Jose. In 1997 she received an Artist’s Fellowship for Installation Arts from the Arts Council of Santa Clara County, San Jose, California. Two years later she completed a solo exhibition at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara .Recently she presented an installation and performance entitled, Full- Tox Living at Gallery Route One in Point Reyes, CA. Currently she is teaching Environmental Art, Theory and Practice at Santa Clara University, and she is working on a public art piece with a watershed theme for the Santa Clara Water District. Jane Przbysz, Executive Director, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles—Director’s Tour of Current Exhibition - Poetic License: the Art of Joan Schulze & Navajo Weaving in the Present Tense: The Art of Lucy and Ellen Begay. March 28, 2:30 – 4 pm, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, 520 So. 1st St, San Jose 95113. $10 fee includes Museum admission charge. To reserve your space, call (408) 971-0323. See further information about the exhibits at www.sjquiltmuseum.org
  4. 4. The 3rd International SWAN Day of the Greater South Bay - March 26 -28, 2010  We’re all smiles, thanks to San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles Executive Director, Jane Przybysz and her staff, for generously making the museum’s time and spaces available for the two days featuring three special SWAN Day Workshops, along with their enthusiastic assistance and support.  We’re also smiling with thanks to the three workshop facilitators, for sharing their expertise, time, and advocacy of the arts by presenting their workshops at the San Jose Quilt & Textile Museum during the SWAN Day weekend. The Art Glass Center of San Jose: Introduction to Glass Bead Making, March 27 & 28, 10 am – 5 pm. 465 so. 1st St., San Jose 95113. Try your hand at torchworking in this 30-minute introduction to hot glass work. You will be creating glass beads that will be assembled into a writing pen. $15 Seating is limited, so call to reserve your place at (408) 971-1530 Works/San Jose: Female Found. March 5 – April 6, 2010. 451 So. 1st St., San Jose 95113. Female Found is an exhibition in the Main Gallery of Works/San Jose Arts and Performing Center. Guest Curator, Terrenia Offenbacher presenting work by eight women artists working in diverse mediums: Rosine Ferber, Ann Gordon, Camille Ball, Ricky Gumbrecht, Shuang Zhang, Sheryl Tealdi, Annette Legallet, and Terrenia Offenbacher. Thursdays, 12 – 4 pm, Fridays 12 – 7 pm and Saturdays, 12 – 4 pm. This exhibit is closed from March 20 – 28, during the SWAN Day weekend for the production of a woman-directed play—a new gender-bending take on, The Importance of Being Earnest. Call for times and dates at (408) 256-6250 gallery@workssanjose.org From start to finish, The Alameda Artworks prepared and dedicated the SWAN Day weekend events with wholehearted belief in and support for the contributions of women artists in our community and around the world: The Alameda Artworks: Opening Night Reception and Juried Art Exhibition: Tenacity, Guts, and Grace: A Tribute to Women Artists Who Inspire Us. Host venue and second-year presenter of SWAN Day in the South Bay launches the official beginning of SWAN Day weekend. Very special keynote speaker, Martha Richards of Woman/Arts in San Francisco, the co-founder of SWAN Day International. The juried art exhibition based on this year’s theme opens this night as well. Please join us for
  5. 5. The 3rd International SWAN Day of the Greater South Bay - March 26 -28, 2010 refreshments, art exhibition, and a short program Friday, March 26th, from 6 – 8 pm. 1068 The Alameda, San Jose www.thealamedaartworks.com  We’re very excited to have Martha Richards join us for Opening Night at the Alameda Artworks. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and thank her for Supporting Women Artists Now  We’re smiling and so grateful to guest curator, Stephanie Battle from Works/San Jose Gallery with assistance from artist/lighting specialist and educator, Sheila Malone for coordinating and presenting the ―Call for Entries‖ and resulting juried art exhibition at the Alameda Artworks. The Alameda Artworks: SWAN Day Global Electronic Studio Exchange – Our own Pat Johnson creates an international project that demonstrates this year’s SWAN Day theme and the latent power of connectivity. Women artists worldwide fax-respond to each other’s fax-transmitted imagery based on the theme: Tenacity, Guts, & Grace: Women Artists Who Have Inspired Us. Details on how to participate posted elsewhere on this blog www.thealamedaartworks.com The Alameda Artworks: Closing Night Wrap Party. Sunday, March 28th, 5 – 8 pm. Refreshments. Camaraderie and showing of film sponsored by the South Bay Area Women’s Caucus for Art (SBAWCA) Who Does She Think She Is? Artist pick up of artworks this evening at 1068 the Alameda, San Jose www.thealamedaartworks.com  We’re all smiles, thanks to the generous support of University Art, San Jose, 456 Meridian Ave., San Jose 95126 or www.universityart.com (408) 297-4707  We’re still smiling, remembering the timely assistance with printing and support of Melody & Jon Garliepp. 15695 Los Gatos Blvd., Los Gatos, CA 95032 (408) 358-7410 info@boomerangtonerandink.com The following is a listing of women artist on exhibit in the greater south bay for the month of March: San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art: Monotype Marathon Annual Print Exhibition & Silent Auction, March 27, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, 560 So. 1st St., San Jose 95113. Call for hours and info (408)283-8155 or info@sjica.org Kaleid Gallery: Exhibiting artwork by Jessica Beerli. 88 So. 4 th St., San Jose.
  6. 6. The 3rd International SWAN Day of the Greater South Bay - March 26 -28, 2010 Soula Power Yoga: Artwork by Lucy Liew. 200 S. 1st St. Ste. 70, San Jose Photolab Gallery: Works by Alejandra Chaverri, Cuban Interlude. March 6 – April 17. 2235 5th St., Berkeley, CA 94710. Call for dates and times (510) 644-1400 or www.photolaboratory.com Avenue 25 Gallery: Artwork by the Peninsula Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art, Dreams and Nightmares, March 11 – May 10, 32 West 25th Ave., 2nd Floor, Ste. 201, San Mateo, CA Art Center Gallery: Artwork by Bonnie Smith, Abstracts & Images. 1870 Ralston Ave,, Belmont, CA 94002. Call (650) 595-9679 or go to www.1870artcenter.org The Gallery House: Artwork by Wendy Fitzgerald and Midori McCabe, Outside the Frame, March 9-April 3 2010, 320 California Ave at Birch (through Printers Ink Café), Palo Alto, Ca., Reception March 12, 2010 call for more info (650) 326-1668