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Our ART TIMES Journal is one of those arts magazines that has two distinct personalities. Available to you both online and in print formats, it is a vibrant literary journal with art essays about painting, sculpting, drawing, film, theater, dance, music, book reviews, poetry, short fiction. Our writers are passionate about their subjects and guest writers from around the world contribute poetry, short fiction and their thoughts to our "Speak Out" column.

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The second personality trait is that ART TIMES is the go-to source for writers, painters, sculptors, film makers, actors, musicians and people looking for calendar listings, opportunity listings, arts schools, theatre auditions, juried art shows, performance locations, and writing competitions. Over the past 30 years that we have been publishing, numerous individuals have thanked us for leading them to galleries where their work is shown, companies who have produced their music and plays as well as to competitions where they have won awards and acclaim.

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NEW for July
Art: Ba’lls to the Wa’ll, Ya’ll—
     Beauford Delaney & James Baldwin
by Maureen Kelleher
Theater: Senses, skin, and live performance By Robert W. Bethune
* Music: The Very Impressive Cordydd at Carnegie Hall: A Match Made in Heaven for the Also Impressive Weather by Leslie Herman
* Dance: Speaking Without Words: Part 1 Using Dance As A Language In The Architecture of Medical and Social Information, Education, Awareness and Advocacy Contributing to Public Health by Andrew Carroll

* Film: Cell Phones and Cinema by Henry P. Raleigh

Opportunities for the Creative Spirit;
Calendar of Cultural Events

Quick Links to Summer Essays & Articles
Tobey on Elizabeth Okie Paxton
Raleigh on Film;
Bethune on Theatre;
Doyle on Art & Addiction;
Seckel's "Cultural Scene"
Special Report: Seckel spends an Afternoon with Susan Vreeland;
Steiner on Kids & Art;
Herman on Eurovision;
Lille on Dance;
Liu 'Speaks Out" on Steiner's "hypocrisy";
New Art Books;

July Music: The Very Impressive Cordydd at Carnegie Hall:
A Match Made in Heaven for the Also Impressive Weather
By Leslie Herman
Carnegie Hall Tickets

Everyone knows that it rains a lot in Wales. And on Saturday 29 March 2014, New Yorkers were treated to a truly authentic Welsh experience with Cordydd’s performance at Carnegie Hall. The Cardiff-based mixed choir, conducted by Paul Mealor, with Huw Alun Foulkes and Steffan Jones also conducting, Ieuan Jones (piano) and Gwenliian Llyr (harp), produced sounds that were so clean and pure, it was no surprise that the heavens opened to produce the rainiest night of the entire month!
(see essay)

Dance: Speaking Without Words: Part 1 Using Dance As A Language In The Architecture of Medical and Social Information, Education, Awareness and Advocacy Contributing to Public Health
by Andrew Carroll
Cornelia Seckel and Susan Vreeland

Within the artistic community, one can say that dance in contemporary times exists as a statement of the choreographer or dancer, each committed to communicating something to an audience. Regardless of whether the work that is created is literal or abstract, the desire and need for self-expression propels the artist to create. …… In addition to communication, choreographers can and often wish to impart meaning, atmosphere, mood to further explore and expand the parameters of what is presented as a final product. …. (see essay)

July Art: Ba’lls to the Wa’ll, Ya’ll Beauford Delaney & James Baldwin
By Maureen Kelleher
Cornelia Seckel and Susan Vreeland
“Yellow, Red and Black Circles” by Beauford Delaney

Baldwin met Delaney when he, JB, was sixteen years old. Delaney was about 35. Baldwin didn’t know which way to turn next in his teenage life, so he followed the advice of his friend, Emile Capouya, who had recently met or run into Delaney. Capouya gave “Jimmy” Delaney’s name and address. Shortly thereafter, Baldwin knocked on the door at 181 Greene St. in The Village, NYC. Delaney opened the door, and then his heart and friendship, to Baldwin and there it stayed for, oh, forty-plus years.
(see essay)

July Film: Cell Phones and Cinema
By Henry P. Raleigh
Cell phone drawing by Henry P. Raleigh

“There’s nothing worse for plots than cell phones” - this from a novelist, among others, who were queried about the effects of cyberspace on their writing (New York Times 11/13.) You can see how this works. The ubiquity of cell phones can’t be ignored in modern novels, certainly not in detective and mystery stories, romance triangles and the like. If everyone of your characters packs a cell phone, well they’re going to use them and there goes your story. And, of course, this sort of thing is going to show up in the cinema. .… (see essay)

July Theater: Senses, skin, and live performance
By Robert W. Bethune

There are two productions I often think about when thinking about theater. I saw the one many, many years ago; it was a production of Lorca’s Yerma in the Studio Theater at Wayne State. I saw the other one a couple of years ago; it was a production of Metamorphoses at the Water Works in Chicago. I remember both of them for one reason: Water. (see essay)

Art: Elizabeth Okie Paxton and The Breakfast Tray: The Modernity of a New Woman Artist
By Rena Tobey
Ear worm credit Jamie Herman

Pick any period of art history, and only a handful of artists will be remembered.  Piecing together the history of women artists injects an additional layer of complexity—women were not encouraged to be a professional artist for most of history.  The United States has proven to be no exception, and yet women have earned a living as artists from its colonial days.  Resurrecting the career of an artist like Elizabeth Okie Paxton (1877-1971) is especially challenging because only a few of her paintings are in public collections.  … (see essay)

Elizabeth Okie Paxton, n.d. In the William McGregor Paxton Papers, 1886-1971, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Music: Eurovision: Not Just Another Song Contest
By Leslie Herman
Ear worm credit Jamie Herman

The Eurovision Song Contest has been a pan-European annual event since 1956. It has been a launch pad for the mega careers of the likes of ABBA as well as a significant platform for others.  Sweden took the prize for the very first time in 1974 when ABBA won with ‘Waterloo’; Bucks Fizz won for the UK in 1981 with ‘Making your Mind Up’, and Celine Dion sang for Switzerland in 1988..…(see essay)

Dance: The Paul Taylor Dance Company At 60.  Wow
By Dawn Lille
Cornelia Seckel and Susan Vreeland
Paul Taylor Dance Company: Sean Mahoney, Orion Duckstein, James Samson in Sunset (Photo Paul B. Goode)

Paul Taylor, regarded by many as the greatest living American choreographer, is 83 years old. His company of 16 outstanding dancers is 60 years old and during a three-week diamond jubilee season at Lincoln Center (March 12-30) it danced 23 of the 140 dances he has created in his lifetime. But the numbers have no relationship to the sheer physical joy emanating from the stage night after night. …. (see essay)

Special Report: An Afternoon with Susan Vreeland
By Cornelia Seckel
Cornelia Seckel and Susan Vreeland
Cornelia Seckel (l) & Susan Vreeland (r) at the Salmagundi Club, NYC

Susan Vreeland is the author of, among other things, art related fiction/ historical fiction including Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Clara and Mr. Tiffany, Passion of Artemisia, the Forest Lover and soon to be released Lisette's List. I met Susan through a mutual friend and we spent several hours at the Salmagundi Club talking about art, her work and my work. …. (see essay)

Peek and Piques!: Art ‘N Kids: Future Emerging Artists
By Raymond J. Steiner

AGE, A GROWING list of ailments, and a mercenary and meaningless artworld have all conspired to limit the range of my comings and goings to art venues for the past several years — I was simply left cold by so much of what I saw, that giving up on ART TIMEShad crossed my mind more than once. But then what? Who’d hire an 81-year old scribbler who can barely get around anymore? Thus, my almost daily mantra — until recently!.… (see essay)

Art: Art and Addiction
By Jenni Doyle

The connection between drugs and art is an ancient one. Plato described creativity as “a divine madness”[1], and his contemporaries followed him in the belief that true creativity required an altered state of consciousness. Worshipers of the Greek god Dionysus used alcohol, opium, and mysterious, frenetic rites to work themselves into a state of psychedelic frenzy – in which they believed themselves to be more receptive to the god and his inspiration. The greatest poets of the Norse sagas were invariably to be found liberally imbued with ‘divine liquid poetry’ (or, as we would term it today, highly alcoholic mead [2]). .… (see essay)

Film: All-Purpose Anxiety
By Henry P. Raleigh
Henry P. Raleigh drawing

There are still many of us around who are survivors of the “Age of Anxiety”.  That was back in the 50’s.  You know - radiation, the Cold War, communists all over the place.  Hollywood movies obligingly gave shape to our fears real or imagined in scary mutations, a sun too hot (or too cold) roasting us (or freezing us), invaders from space- why you couldn’t turn around without bumping up against an enormous bed bug or flesh eating cockroach emitting jingly sounds.  Some of us spent the age in home bomb shelters, other sought shelter with psychoanalysts.  The 1964 film “Fail Safe” pretty much summed up that nervous decade. .… (see essay)

Speak Out: Creativity
By Marie Liu

While reading the Spring 2014 issue of Art Times, I was struck by a contradiction that was revealed in several articles.  “Looking at Art” attempts to demystify art and encourage its importance and usefulness to a wider audience; while statements within the “Profile” piece perpetuate a common belief (what I consider a misconception) about creativity and its exclusive and elusive nature. (see essay and Steiner's response)

Culturally Speaking:
By Cornelia Seckel
Cornelia Seckel and Susan Vreeland
(l to r) Marie Hines Cowan, President; Susan Hammond, Executive Director; Gail Levin, Guest Speaker; Sonia Stark, outgoing President at the 125th-year celebratory Luncheon, NYC

My report from where I've been and what comes across my desk. This issue I reflect on the passing of Francine L. Trevens, one of our dance writers who had been with us for the past 10 years; Raymond J. Steiner's exhibit at the Schoolhouse Gallery, Croton Falls and the M Gallery in Catskill, NY; The National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (N.A.W.A.) 125th year celebratory luncheon with guest speaker Gail Levin; The Salmagundi Club's Presidents' dinner; Buglisi Dance Theatre at Kaatsbaan, The Catskill Academy of Performing Arts, the latest program of the Phoenicia Festival of The Voice Foundation; Art in Residence an innovative gallery space in the home of Rosemary and Robert Rau; Being awarded as one of the honorees at the first annual Women Making an Impact Awards event sponsored by the Westchester County Business Journal. …. (see essay)

Theater: The anonymous audience 
By Robert W. Bethune

Backstage on opening night, one of the questions you will always hear one cast member ask another is, “Do you have anybody coming?” Meaning, will there be any friends or family of yours in the house tonight?
It’s always nice to have those you know come and see your work. It’s nice to know that those close to you care. However, how much should you care back? How important is what your friends and family think of your work? (see essay)

Essay: Looking at art: A Guide for the (Understandably) Perplexed
By Raymond J. Steiner

An Essay in four parts: Image Making, The Artist, Artwriting, Exhibition Places can be read online.

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