Hi group, I hope this email finds all of you doing well. I know that I have been a little silent the last week or so, and haven’t contributed much ofMessage 1 of 1 , Mar 25, 2005View SourceHi group,
I hope this email finds all of you doing well.
I know that I have been a little silent the last week or so, and haven�t contributed much of anything much to the group. It seemed that before the group was started, I had plenty of free time at work and at home to contribute to discussions and work on various projects on my website that would be beneficial to others. Since the group has started I have actually had to start �working� at work doing my real job, and my available free time has dramatically decreased. I do want to let everyone know that I am currently mid stream on a couple of interesting and interactive projects that I hope to share with the group soon.
Silence isn�t necessarily a bad thing though, I would rather have silence in here rather than conflict. When heated discussions arise they can bring out emotions and passions from people which are sometimes good, but often not. I often find myself standing up in defense of the underdog in many situations. I need to learn to channel my energy in a more positive direction and, instead of getting involved in conflict, I should instead spend the time I would take in responding to conflict (which is often many hours of writing for me) and work on a project for this group instead.
I am glad that people liked the African puppets, I think for some I opened up a new area of interest and for others I made mention of an area of interest that was already there for them. Either way, I think items that represent the continued artistic productions and cultural events that still take place in Africa today, as the puppets do, are fascinating and I think that we will start hearing a lot more about them in the near future.
Something I would like to bring to light is the fact that Gary Schultze, who is a member of the group, is having an exhibition of his entire collection starting in May. He mentioned this in his introduction to the group, as well as the fact that he has a few pieces illustrated in both editions of African Art in American Collections. I am going to try to plan a trip out to New York for the opening reception on Saturday May 14th. It would be great if others in the surrounding areas wanted to attend as well. I think it would be a great opportunity for people to meet and also to view the collection of a fellow member of the group!
�I'm having a major exhibition of my entire collection at the new Queensborough Community College Art Gallery in Bayside, Queens , NYC from May 14 through the end of the summer. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, May 14 from 7-9 p.m. If any of you are interested in attending, please send me your name and address and I'll add you to the invitation list. (GARYGLS2000@...)�
I also wanted to share with others something from Bob Rizzo, another member of the group. Bob is an artist and many of his sculptures are based on traditional African art, Bob also posted an introduction to the group. He first contacted me at the end of last year talking about African art and gave me the link to look at his website and his sculptures. I immediately fell in love with his sculptures called The Spirits. I also liked the story behind them, it really was fantastic. The pieces are on long term loan to a traveling exhibition right now. I then happened across a piece on his website called The Collector, and that was the one that took my heart. It was so interesting and so unusual and it was based on the form of a Kongo nkisi figure and I figured would fit in the house really well. I ended up agreeing to buy this piece and I just got him in yesterday. He has been on my site for a while because Bob had sent me pictures. He has added quite a few new things since he took the original photos, and it is going to be interesting to sit down and look at everything. I had never seen much modern sculpture that was based on traditional African art and I really love the concept and Bob's ideas behind it all.
Here is a link to the piece - The Collector
Have a great weekend!