Tomorrow night at Thunder-Sky is the opening of two special gallery shows: in the upper level is "You're Invited", featuring new works from Sharon Ann Dear and Bill Ross. In the Under-Sky space below will be "Word for Word", a benefit fundraiser show, with the proceeds of all art benefiting the fantastic local nonprofit organization Wordplay Cincy. The opening reception will be tomorrow night, March 16 from 6-10 PM.
I submitted the following painting for the show, which will be for sale (all proceeds to Wordplay). Special thanks to Jim Damico for organizing & curating this show.
Next month on Saturday, March 17, I will be hosting an animation workshop at the Cincinnati Art Museum. As the CAM is a true Cincinnati landmark and one the oldest art museums in the country (dating back to 1881 with stunning architecture), naturally, I am very excited about this one.
This will be an all-ages workshop that will be great for both children & families alike. Registration is required, and the cost is $6 for museum members, $12 for general admission. We will experiment with a variety of animation mediums, traditional & stop motion (drawn/clay/cutout) and make a live, collaborative film to be digitally archived/published.
Register here if you are interested (registration is required). This will be a great workshop, I hope to see you there!
Now available in the shop, the "Cathead" tote bag. Now you can carry around your personal belongings/groceries, but with a 100% cotton tote featuring lady with three cats atop her head.
Available here in the online store, $10.
2017 was the first full year for Floating Shape Workshop, the mobile children's animation workshop that I launched back in the summer.
In total, FSW hosted eight workshops this year, at creative venue spaces ranging from art galleries to libraries to festivals. Keeping the community-oriented spirit in mind, children of all ages & backgrounds got to experiment with different animation methods and many got to make their own films (collaboratively & independently).
I am very excited to soon announce some of the workshops that are already scheduled for 2018. I am also very appreciative to all of the individuals and local organizations who helped us along the way in 2017, In addition to the workshops themselves, some truly spectacular surprises and opportunities along sprung up along the way, such as getting to spread FSW across the airwaves on WVXU (Cinci's NPR affiliate-station). Some workshop films also made their film festival debut all the way over in California (more on that below).
I want to again thank the following local organizations and creative venues who either helped us or opened their doors to host a workshop: the aforementioned WVXU, the Public Library of Cincinnati, Robot Inside, Kid Vid Fest, Thunder-Sky, The Good People Festival.
Below is "Kindness Is ...", a special collaborative film made by eight young animators at a FSW workshop. This film was screened at the California youth animation film festival "Kid Vid Fest". Using the festival's theme of "kindness", each animator (using a medium of their choosing ... drawn, cutout, clay, or sand) animated a scene of their idea of an act of kindness. If you haven't already, please check out FSW's YouTube channel, where I do my best to archive all of the ongoing films and projects being made at the workshops. Also be sure to check out the full gallery by clicking on the Floating Shape Workshop tab at the top of the site.