Gerda’s poem “Boy Child,” was printed in Change-Links, July 4, 2018 issue. Check it out: change-links.org
Doris Bittar exhibits at the Institut de Monde Arabe in Paris; Bittar and Smedley prepare for Denmark.
Doris is in a collaborative exquisite corpse exhibit at the Institut de Monde Arabe in Paris. (See photo of her piece.) There is a video that describes and explains her contribution in the context of the other Arab artists who participated.
Doris also says that she and Melissa Smedley have a report from Denmark that they are working on. Melissa is making short videos that describe the Happenings called Storming the Wall that they created at the Roskilde Festival last week, with two moms, one dad, and lots of young people in tow. They rocked and swayed to St. Vincent and Eminem.
Judy Chicago with Gerda Govine Ituarte
This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that still resonates. The curator for Judy Chicago's show at the Pasadena Museum of California Art gave an excellent talk utilizing stories that were rich and real. Afterwards, Judy spoke at the Pasadena Women’s City Club, sold her books with proceeds going to the Museum, and stayed for an elegant reception—mouth-watering brownies got me. Judy is a trailblazer who said that she did what she felt she had to do. And, initially did not focus in on the impact because she spent most of her time in her Pasadena studio. She recalled that when she was teaching, for some reason, she did not have to go to faculty meetings. We all laughed when she said, "Initially I did not get why they did not want me to attend." A young woman shared the challenges she was facing, for example, dealing with people who she believed did not like her and criticized her work. Judy listened intently and responded, “I did not become an artist to be liked.” My life applauds meeting her as my brain is still stuck in What just happened? She has an upcoming exhibit in Santa Monica and at least three more exhibits within the next couple of years.
I was invited to Poetry Circus #4 last year. An unforgettable and enjoyable magical experience. I was invited this year and I am thrilled and look forward to being there. I hope that you can join me at this amazing gathering of poets.
Pubic Address’s exhibition, desEscondido: No Longer Hidden, opens at the California Center for the Arts on Sept 28, 2018! Eighteen members of Public Address will create engaging, interactive work that reveals the hidden treasure of local communities and public art. Shown are artists at various stages of the planning process.
Gerda Govine Ituarte joined Southern CA writers to celebrate Exhibit of Judy Chicago and Grafton Tyler Brown
On June 21, 2018 at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Gerda joined five other So. CA writers to celebrate via poetry and storytelling the exhibit of "Judy Chicago and Grafton Tyler Brown: Exploring California." Invited by Gordon Henderson, “The Incident Report #3 Creativity & Identity. Sister Friends Kim (visiting from New York), Rebecca, Toni and Sehba took a Selfie with Gerda:
Nina Karavasiles and Ruth Wallen install Hugelcultur in preparation for the upcoming CCAE Descondido exhibit
Ruth and Nina have completed most of the hugelcultur project by the front walkway of the museum. Kids digging in mud, fire loss of first batch of composting materials- all of that! Open the attached PDF file for details.
Poetry will be walking, talking, singing and dancing in Pasadena this coming weekend, May 18-20. I hope that you are available to attend based on your schedule.
There are three events:
1. Luis Ituarte Open Studio and Exhibit (of his New sculptures) on Friday, May 18, 5-10 p.m. with poetry readings (Annette Wong, Beverly Lafontaine and I) and music from 8-10 p.m. at his Studio “La Linea Curva” and Galeria ANEXA at the Flintridge Center, 236 W. Mountain Street, Pasadena, 91103 and on Saturday, May 19, 10-6 p.m., (no poetry readings) Sunday, May 20, 10-6 p.m. with poetry readings between 3:00-5:00 p.m from Bonnie Kaplan, Carla Sameth and I). We will be premiering a video of the Pasadena Rose Poets' reading: (1) Huntington event, (2) City Council meetings, (3) Poetry Within Reach in Unexpected Places noon time series (January-April 2018) and (4) a clip from my reading at the Escondido City Council Meeting on April 18, 2018.
2. LitFest Pasadena in the Playhouse District, “Litfest Outer Limits: Poets: The Bright Light of Community @ Stand Restaurant Courtyard, Saturday, May 19, from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. I will be reading with 13 other local poets including Hazel Clayton Harrison (one of the Altadena Poets Laureate, member, Pasadena Rose Poets), Carla Sameth, Annette Wong, (both members of the Pasadena Rose Poets), Don Kingfisher Campbell, Mira Mataric, Seven Dhar, Ricardo Lira Acuna, Tim Callahan, Lois P. Jones, Elline LIpkin (former Altadena Poet Laureate), GT Foster, Radomir Vojtech Luza and Beverly M. Collins.
3. Reading at Vroman’s Bookstore with seven poets reading work of other poets and from their own poetry collection on Saturday, May 19, from 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m. Featured poets are Elizabeth Iannaci, Jacqueline Tchakalian, Terry Stevenson, Amy Davis, Anita McLaughlin, Bonnie Kaplan and Peggy Dobreer.
For more info about LitFest Pasadena go to: www.litfestpasadena.org