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
Luis will be showing new sculptures at “La Linea Curva Studio and Galeria ANEXA” on Friday, May 18 from 5-10 pm, Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 from 10 am - 6 pm.
236 W MOUNTAIN ST PASADENA CA. 91103 firstname.lastname@example.org
VIDEO, POETRY, MusIc and Refreshments
FOR MORE INFO ABOUT SCULPTURES GO TO https://www.artworkarchive.com/artwork/luis-ituarte
Gerda Govine Ituarte a finalist in the LA Poet Society’s 2018 International Womyn’s Month Poetry Contest
Mothers watch daughters who listen with their eyes
whose voices bloom they flower between raindrops
weave their lives inside dreams
with grandmothers’ breath
To read all three of Gerda’s entries go to www.lapoetsociety.org
Ruth Wallen explains the Harrison’s map of drought-susseptible Europe. (Will Bowen)
Ruth Wallen is participating in "The Agency of Art,” which examines the work of 18 MFA graduates who are currently working, and two former faculty members, Helen Mayer Harrison (1927-2018) and her spouse, Newton Harrison (b. 1932), who were instrumental in inaugurating the department’s environmental art aspect and coordinating the ecologically-oriented efforts of diverse faculty across campus.
For the full article by Will Bowen: http://www.lajollalight.com/ art/sd-cm-ljl-uag- galleryexhibit-review- 20180502-story.html
During the “Oral Communication” portion of the Council meeting they were the only speakers. Doris spoke first, Gerda next, and they both ended the presentation. Some highlights: Doris - (1) “immersing ourselves in the community.” (2) We are like 18 social workers who are artists.” (3) Invited people from the community to recite poetry because poetry recharges everyone in the room like the children just did.” (4) Mentioned the Mosaic. (5) provided environmental example, Escondido Creek and mentioned social and health.
Gerda read a poem entitled, “Moves Me” about the importance of words. “Some of my comments: (1) We live in a world of words sometimes we don’t pay attention. (2) Offer gift of poetry to you as a part of giving back to the community. (3) We are engaged in preamble work that is inclusive. (4) Invited the Council members to the Exhibit. (5) Want to be inclusive throughout the community.” Theyvreceived a good question from one of the Council members: How did you folks pick Escondido? Gerda talked about Ruth Wallen’s role and her relationship with the Museum and Doris talked about the invitation from the Museum.
Words move inside
appear without warning
one word here two words there
short long sentences paragraphs
capture wayward thoughts
occupy every inch of walls floors ceilings
in sugar bowl refrigerator microwave
embedded in clothes
picnic in shoes
slip slide on hardwood floors
pokes arm—wake up
ping pongs north south east west
cadence rhythm tone arrives
blank pages capture words.
More photos to add to our 4/21/18 post. The Public Address Think Tank activists included Debby and Larry Kline, Robin Brailsford, Wick Alexander, Nicki Sucec Grenier, Luis Ituarte, Gerda Govine Ituarte, and Petar Perisic. We miss Petar’s brilliance and humanity, R.I.P. He is shown here with his wife Suzanne.