Many good things started to happen before Spring this year. I picked a “walk a dog a day” habit to help my healing process from the passing of my eleven-year companion dog, Blaze. I never walked another dog or owned one before Blaze, who was medium in size and roughly 50 pounds, and I was somewhat hesitant to walk larger breeds. Needless to say, I snapped out of it the first week when a giant Great Dane jumped on my back from joy when I visited to take him out for relief.
I met a wonderful artist during one of my walks, her name is Sharon Azar and creates art with mixed media. Sharon is accepting commissions to create amazing portraits of your beloved pets. Her approach with mixed media is unique, her paper mosaics—images are first drawn and then dimensionally built up with small pieces of beautiful paper.
Sharon Azar; 426 Sterling Pl. Apt. #1C; Bklyn, NY 11238; 718 783 3432
Raised in Brooklyn by her Sephardic Jewish grandmother, Sharon’s childhood dream of becoming an artist and dancer became realized when she migrated to Greenwich Village in 1963. She began studying with the artist, Otto Franz Krone, the Art Student’s League and School of Visual Arts. Her formal art teacher at the School of Visual Arts was Sarah Reader.
Sharon performed with puppeteer/director, Jane Stein at Lincoln Center Outdoor festival, LaMama Theater in NYC, various NYC nightclubs, traveled with the Tibetan Liberation Theater and worked with the off-off-Broadway director, Charles Allcroft. Sharon received a grant to further her studies from the Center of Oriental Studies, founded by John Brzostoski.
Art above: Wolf, Art below: Cat
“I was working on a watercolor painting of a butterfly. It simply wasn’t coming out the way I had seen it in my mind’s eye so I walked away to take a break. As I sat drinking tea, I noticed a dress that no longer fit lying over the back of a chair. The pattern of the dress was so beautiful I just couldn’t toss it out. It came to me that if I could duplicate that pattern in my butterfly watercolor, the piece might really work. Then it came to me. Why not cut up the dress and paste it onto the watercolor. This is how I began making fabric mosaic images which led to using paper exclusively.”
The vitality of the artist and their passion for their medium can also be evident in the environment they construct. Last summer I discovered an educational center for photography in my hometown, in Limassol, Cyprus. 6X6 is the city’s first Contemporary Center for Photography. As I am told by the owners, Mrs. Maria and Vassos Stylianou, the purpose of the Center is to host educational activities and lectures around Photography. The Center offers print services and a large gallery space for anyone interested exhibiting their work, under a submission process. The center displays old equipment and historical photography, significant to the city of Limassol and the island of Cyprus.
What can go on a show?
High-quality Fine Art Prints of paintings, illustrations, watercolors, mosaics, installations and other works of art created by local artists will be featured in exhibitions. Digital inkjet prints using Archival quality pigment-based inks for print permanence and durability on a variety of materials and finishes. All exhibits are available for sale.
Create your own!
Are you an artist interested in reproducing your original work in an affordable way, which matches the standards of the original? Visit this exhibition and explore the possibilities that 6×6 has to offer!
6×6 CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
6×6 ΚΕΝΤΡΟ ΦΩΤΟΓΡΑΦΙΑΣ
19 Ipeirou Street, 3040 Limassol, CYPRUS
Mail address:P.O.Box 51961, 3509 Limassol, CYPRUS
TEL.: +357 25354810 FAX.: +357 25372936
OTHER HAPPENINGS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
The transition to Spring brought an invitation to speak about my Coaching business to a wider audience at a live interview at The Professionals Roundtable show, hosted by Robert Whetham of All Business Media FM. The interview is 8 minutes long and is useful to anyone who wants to hear about my coaching philosophy overall and how I can help others. Listen to it here
AFFORDABLE EXPRESSIVE ART WORKSHOP AT SOHO PLACES, SUNDAY APRIL 29TH
Address: 435 Broome Street, Manhattan, NY (Prince Street and Canal street stations) Time: 4:00pm to 6:00 pm, Register by clicking here
When: Sunday, April 29th, Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: SohoPlaces, 435 Broome Street in Manhattan (Prince Street Station and Canal Street)
What we’ll do
In this relaxing two-hour workshop, we will blend visual art techniques and have fun by using our imagination and creativity to design and complete a new decorative image with collage paper art and stencil to take home, give as a gift, or decorate a wall at work. You don’t need to know about art, but a willingness to try something new. This expressive art workshop is limited to 10 participants.
Some of the benefits
- Enhance mindfulness and concentration, while developing an idea and assembling all the components
- Discuss reference imaging of Masters of Photography
- Learn new ways to utilize the various elements that might be included in an image
- Increase awareness of the potential of a color, shape, form, and line
- Work your observational and intuitive skills by focusing on designing a collage theme and developing it to completion
- An opportunity to socialize and interact with like-minded folks
Materials will be provided, however, you may bring your favorites to use
Dr. Janet Wolfe – Great combination, a mini-lectures on composition, editing, etc and line shooting followed by superb critiques from a highly experienced and talented photographer
J. F. – Excellent, and learned a great deal about texture, balance, and composition