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OPEN CALL: PUBLIC ART IN THE COURTYARD


The Pelham Art Center is seeking proposals for temporary public solo and group exhibitions / installations to be installed in our 2,300sq.ft. open court yard. We are looking for work that can be sited for three months, activates the entire courtyard while considering the scale, architecture and use of the courtyard. We strongly encourage site-specific proposals. Proposals will be selected by our Gallery Advisory Committee on the basis of creativity, interactivity, structural integrity and sustainability.

 
* Creativity/interactivity: Your work should be visually engaging and invite viewers of all ages to enter the court yard to experience the work further.

 * Structural Integrity: Your work must be able to withstand three months of exposure to New York weather as well as unsupervised interaction from passers-by and visitors to the Art Center day and night.

 * Sustainability: Given the temporary nature of the installation, we encourage the submission of work created with found materials, or from materials that can be temporarily appropriated and then reused after the installation.

Please find the application HERE

 



OPEN CALL: PUBLIC ART IN THE PARK

The Pelham Art Center is seeking proposals for temporary public art, including solo and group exhibitions to be installed within the five-acre Village of Pelham’s newly redesigned Wolfs Lane Park. This exhibition will launch a newly created sculpture garden as well as introducing the entire park renovation to the public. We are looking for work that will be sited for three to six months, activates the park, while considering the scale, landscape and overall use of the public space. We strongly encourage site-specific proposals. Proposals will be selected by our Gallery Advisory Committee on the basis of creativity, interactivity, structural integrity and sustainability. The work will be installed across from the Metro North Railroad Pelham Station, at 1st Street and Wolf’s Lane in the Village of Pelham.

* Creativity/interactivity: Your work should be visually engaging and invite viewers of all ages to enter the park to experience the work further.

* Structural Integrity: Your work must be able to withstand three months of exposure to New York weather as well as unsupervised interaction from passers-by and visitors to Pelham day and night.

* Sustainability: Given the temporary nature of the installation, we encourage the submission of work created with found materials, or from materials that can be temporarily appropriated and then reused after the installation.

Please find the application HERE



December 2, 2017

DIWALI, HINDU FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: FOLK ARTS SERIES
December 2, 2017
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Pelham Art Center’s popular Diwali, Hindu Festival of Lights, returns as part of its Folk Arts Series on Saturday, December 2 from 1:30-3:30 pm. Join us for this colorful and festive event with a free ancient Indian classical dance performance, traditional hands-on art workshops and receive Mehendi henna body art from artist Manjula Kandaswamy. Dancer Liza Joseph will present Mohiniyattam dance from the state of Kerala, India. She will also teach a few of the simple hand gestures and footwork from the dance so the audience can join in. 

Running throughout the event will be two hands-on art workshops led by Anki King and Becky Mills. One workshop will invite painting based on Indian traditional Gond works; the Gond people have a belief that viewing a good image begets good luck. In the other workshop, participants will be able to design their own stamps. The United States Postal Service has honored Diwali with a stamp, so let us make our own celebratory stamps!

About Diwali

Diwali is a major festival for Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains, who believe that light is a metaphor for knowledge and signifies health, wealth and peace. Diwali is celebrated as the "Festival of Lights,” in which participants light diyas—cotton-like string wicks inserted in small clay pots filled with oil—to signify victory of good over the evil within an individual, and uplifting of spiritual darkness. The festival symbolizes unity in diversity as every region of India celebrates it in its own unique way. The five day Diwali festival usually occurs during October or November, with the main day of celebration varying regionally.

About Liza Joseph, Dancer

Liza is the Director of NatyaMudra Dance School (www.natyamudra.com). For close to 30 years Liza has learned, read, watched and taught dance. She has been taught by Gurus like RLV Ush  and Smt. Chellamma. From the latter she learned Mohiniyattom, the dance being performed at PAC. She has also done intensive workshops under Padmabhushan V.P Dhananjayan and Shantha Dhananjayan and Mrs. Majari Chandrashekhar daughter of Padma Bushan Prof. C.V. Chandrashekhar. Liza believes that learning has no end as her journey through dance continues with Mrs. Shyamala Surendran of Dharani Performing Arts during her visits to India. In addition to regular classes at various locations, NatyaMudra also offers intensive workshops by visiting artists from India.

About the history of Mohiniyattam dance style

Mohiniyattam, a classical dance of India that developed and remains popular in the state of Kerala.  Mohiniyattam dance gets its name from the word Mohini – a mythical enchantress avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, who helps the good prevail over evil by deploying her feminine powers. Mohiniyattam's roots, like all classical Indian dances, are in the Natya Shastra – the ancient Hindu Sanskrit text on performance arts, following the Lasya style. That is a dance which is delicate, and feminine.  It is traditionally a solo dance performed by women after extensive training. The repertoire of Mohiniyattam includes music in the Carnatic style, singing and acting a play through the dance, where the recitation may be either by a separate vocalist or the dancer herself. The song is typically in Malayalam-Sanskrit hybrid called Manipravala.

About Manula Kundaswamy, Henna Body Art

Henna/Mehendi is the ancient art of creating intricate patterns/designs on various parts of the body using Henna paste. The paste is made from the leaves of the henna plant, a naturally occurring dye that stains the skin like temporary tattoos lasting for a few days. Manjula Kundaswamy has over 10 years experience in the Henna/art field. She is very innovative and creates unique and distinct works ranging from traditional to contemporary designs.