Rachelle Beaudoin participated in "Factory, Who?"

Sep 26 2010 12:38 pm

 FACTORY, WHO?

 

Saturday, September 18
8 pm til late

Flux Factory invites you to an evening of performance art followed by a raucous dance party, themed on the people of Andy Warhol’s Factory.

Viewing Elsa Voelcker @ Starving Artist

 Snapshots of exhibition. Up for one more week!

Closing October 2nd, 2010

  

 ARTIST STATEMENT -   ELSA VOELCKER
 
    Vulnerability is a major issue in America today. Our mythology of independence, the Daniel Boone mystique, forces people without adequate resources into isolation. But alienation is not true personal freedom. In an effort to maintain an armor around the painful self, many people are resorting to body piercings.
     To some people, body piercing is alarming. I felt that way myself, before I began my photographic study entitled Piercing Portraits, the Body as Canvas. As I photographed people in all age groups and walks of life with body piercings, I began to see the people behind the piercings, trying to find a way to be unique in the world and become part of a supportive tribe. A mutual respect formed as my subjects proudly displayed their piercings . As a college professor, I noticed students acquiring more and more piercings. Piercing becomes legal at age eighteen, and students are away from home for the first time. They are patronizing piercing parlors around colleges, because young people see piercing as a rite of passage. When they find out that they can withstand the pain, they are eager to plan the next piercing. Many of the participants noted an addictive quality; the pain seems to release endorphins, creating a different state of mind.
     These works are taken from a series of black and white portraits photographed using a medium format camera and printed on gelatin silver paper.

"Celebration of Life" at Essex Art Center for Prof. Sweet (slideshow)

The Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Marvin Sweet

took place at the Essex Art Center in Massachusetts on July 3, 2010. 

 

The Department of Fine Arts is planning a gathering in his honor in Comiskey this fall. Please watch for the announcement.

Marvin A. Sweet - In Memoriam

It is with a very heavy heart that I post this obituary. I realize for some this will be news.

 

Marvin Sweet, Ceramics Professor in Fine Arts, died suddenly from an aneurism this summer. As many of you know, he had been battling heart trouble and, most recently, cancer. He had been recovering quite miraculously from both of these ailments, and it was therefore a great shock to learn that we'd lost him in the end.

 

Prof. Sweet was known for his acerbic humor, his passion for teaching, implacable standards - both for himself and for his students,  his artistic talent, and, not least, his kindness and empathy for others. We owe a great debt to him here at the college for what he contributed to our ceramics program.

 

We are transformed in Comiskey by his absence. His presence and role in the department are irreplaceable.

Colleague, mentor and dear friend, Marvin, we will miss you much. Thank you for all you gave and for your time with us!

 

- Prof. Kimberly Kersey Asbury on behalf the Fine Arts Studio Faculty at Saint Anselm College

 

Celebration of Life Event for Prof. Marvin Sweet

 

 

 
"SWEET, Marvin A. 57, died unexpectedly, June 26, 2010 in Boston.
 
imageReceiving his Master of Fine Arts degree from Boston University, he was an award winning ceramist, author of numerous articles on artistic influences shared between Eastern and Western cultures, and his acclaimed book, The Yixing Effect: Echoes of the Chinese Scholar was presented by President Hu Hintao, People's Republic of China, as a cultural exchange gift to Yale University. Professor Sweet has taught ceramics at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH, University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH, Art Institute of Boston and the former Bradford College.

His ceramic work has received many prizes and awards including the Artists Foundation Fellowship Award and the Massachusetts Cultural Council Professional Development Grant.

His creative spirit, love of learning and teaching, will be sorely missed by his loving wife of 27 years, Catherine Jason; his mother, Mildred Sweet; sister, Barbara Sweet; proud niece and nephew, Deborah and Daniel Ben-David; and his dear friends, colleagues and students. HIs father, Harold Sweet, predeceased him.

A "Celebration of Life" will be held Saturday, July 3, 2010 from 1 to 3 P.M.at Essex Art Center, 56 Island St., Lawrence, MA 01840 and donations in his memory may be made to Essex Art Center. Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers & Sons Family Funeral Home, 36 W. Main St., MERRIMAC"

 

 


More about Marvin and his work:

http://www.marvinsweet.com/

"Piercing Portraits: the Body as Canvas", Exhibition by Elsa Voelcker - Sept 11th, 3-5pm

Sep 11 2010 3:05 pm

Piercing Portraits: the Body as Canvas, is a dynamic photographic exhibition by Elsa Voelcker. The exhibition opens September 11th, 3-5 P.M., at the Starving Artist Gallery, in Keene, New Hampshire.  Voelcker teaches traditional photography at Franklin Pierce College and at Saint Anselm College.

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summer images, 2010

 

Photos by Kimberly Kersey Asbury

Dimensions: 8x10 and 13x17

Pigment-based Inks 

on Archival Cotton Rag & Fiber-Based Epson Photo Papers.