Wednesday, December 18, 2013
We stripped the canes and gesso them white, so that the students from TLC could paint them with primary colors.
The thatch grass was tied onto the fence that separates the school garden from the 40 arches of corn stalks that surround the school and the neighboring community.
Poles were repurposed and hung from the trees, like the pods, this was the coldest day of the year, below -2 wind chill, but we installed the art projects to bring art into the sacred space.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Article reposted from Journal Gazette & Times-Courier
|Kucha Brownlee & Baba Tony Brown |
CHARLESTON — The public is invited to a reception and storyteller program in the
Tarble Arts Center atrium to close the month-long Arts-in-Education Residency with
Alpha Bruton from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Guest artists and storytellers Baba Tony Brown and D. Kucha Brownlee will present
“Jumpin’ Jambalaya,” a diverse program including folk tales, call and response, poetry,
Resident artist Alpha Bruton will discuss her installation exhibition, “Grandmother’s Circle,”
including how she incorporated works that the students made during the residency into her
exhibition. Refreshments will be served.
Funding for the residency is provided by a Ruth and Vaughn Jaenike Access to the
Arts Grant, the Coles County Arts Council, the participating schools and Tarble Arts
Center membership contributions.
The Tarble Arts Center is located at 2010 Ninth St. on the EIU campus in Charleston.
The center is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday; and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday; closed Mondays.
For more information, visit www.eiu.edu/tarble/.
A dynamic storytelling duo that combine their experience as performers to weave
a rich tapestry of African,African-American and Spanish folk tales, frolicking fables,
proverbs and dialect into their cultural performance
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tie-dyeing is practiced in many countries of the world, although the best examples can be found in India, Africa and Japan. The reason why the art of dyeing, and especially tie-dyeing, originated in countries with hot climates is because those are the areas where the best dye-plants can be found. For example, in Africa there is an abundance of wild plants which contain the colouring indigo, the traditional hue used in West African tie-tye. Another reason why dyeing is a native craft in hot regions is because the cloth can be easily laid out to dry in the sun once dyeing is complete
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Treatment and Learning Center, Humboldt
The Origin and Meaning of Adinkra SymbolsThe adinkra symbols represent popular proverbs and maxims, record historical events, express particular attitudes or behaviour related to depicted figures, or concepts uniquely related to abstract shapes.
The area is considered rural and economically depressed. Ethnic composition of the schools involved (average of all schools) is 92.6% White, 2.23% African American, 1.3% Latino, .7% Asian, .23% Native American, and 2.9% Multiracial. Participants include students with disabilities and impairments mainstreamed into the classes with whom I worked. There are no art teachers at the school, so the students and staff were really excited about the AIR coming to their community.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Alpha Bruton’s installation is a simulation of a ceremonial purification circle, in which objects and images are selected to “serve as cultural mirrors and the sites in which they are situated serve as part of a broader cultural commentary.”
Spirit Flags East: LA Happy Hyder, Talver Germany Miller, Alpha Bruton- Fabric installation Garrett
Water Element: Buddhist Hand fountain, shells, glass, fishing line, batik, stain glass paper, Zen tray, wall tapestry
Glass was donated by Amy teacher from Humboth School, glass installation by Josh and
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Artist Alpha Bruton takes inspiration from Native American heritage in environmental installation - The Daily Eastern News: The Verge
"Art is Business"
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Construction – The purification ceremonies is generally built with great care, and with respect for the environment and for the materials being used. Many traditions construct the purification ceremonies in complete silence, some have a drum playing while they build, and other traditions have the builders fast during construction.
Artist Assistant, Master’s candidate Shawn Fairchild
Undergraduate- Garrett Goben- Studio Drawing
Stephanie Aarons (music major)