Biography/Folk Art – Run Toward the Sun

Run Toward the SunRun Toward the Sun
By Anton Haardt
Publisher: Saturno Press
ISBN: 978-0975384213 (hc)
ISBN: 978-0975384237 (ebook)
Genre: Biography, Folk Art
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“Run Toward The Sun: Remembering Juanita Rogers” s ia supernatural Photo Memoir of Juanita Rogers, a black self- taught artist from the South . This is a story about an African -American woman and a young privileged white woman -both artists . Behind this double biography is a soulful sub-text that acknowledges the force of friendship, and the fears and strengths that shape and change the lives of not only these two women, but all of us. A story of two bold women, both who chose not to make safe choices. One is rich and one is poor. Both are from the South, and both are artists. They become friends. Through their eclectic friendship, each on their personal quest, they travel through their own rite of passage and gain a better understanding of themselves and each other.—–a story woven with a curious thread…and the devil may care duet of this unusual friendship is true.

I first met Juanita Rogers more than thirty-five years ago, and became a frequent visitor to her home near Montgomery. Over the years I amassed many hours of audio and video-taped interviews with Juanita Rogers and her rural primitive surroundings, and photographed her and many of her creations.

The book is filled with Photographs and quotes from Rogers . The book also contains one essay on Juanita Rogers and her work. Folk art scholar,Tom Paterson, has provided an art-historical appraisal of Juanita’s sculptures and paintings.

Hers is a story of an incessant drive for creative expression amidst poverty, social struggle, and tremendous physical disability. Anton Haardt

Juanita Rogers (1934-85) lived in an isolated, poor life in southern Alabama. Her TV set was constantly on. Each picture represents a highly personalized, idiosyncratic takeoff on various TV characters and themes. From her hysteria-induced poker game titled “Card Gamer” to “Camu Head,” an eccentric interpretation of the Coneheads from “Saturday Night Live,” Rogers’ pieces show humor and heightened imagination.

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Teaching/Drama – The Drama Teacher’s Survival Guide #2

The Drama Teacher’s Survival Guide #2
Activities, exercises, and techniques for the theatre classroom
By Margaret F. Johnson
Publisher: Meriwether Pub
ISBN: 978-1566081825
Genre: Education, Drama, Teaching, Theatre
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Drama teachers everywhere enjoyed Ms. Johnson’s first toolkit for the theatre arts so much that she wrote another one! While the first book focuses on everything about a complete stage production, this one covers every aspect of classroom theatre arts. Students will learn group activities, improvisation, technical theatre, choral reading, mime, stage fighting and more. The book includes a step-by-step 10-day assignment using monologues for character development and a unit that teaches students how to write their own show. Examples are provided with illustrations, photos, and proven ideas. Reproducible forms, tests, and handouts are also provided together with a list of additional resources. Both beginners and seasoned drama directors will find this book to be an invaluable aid. As with the original book, it will banish your stress and guarantee your success.

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Memoir/Spirituality – Interplay: An Artist’s Approach to Spirituality

InterplayInterplay: An Artist’s Approach to Spirituality
By Makram Abu-Shakra
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
ISBN: 978-0741480415
ASIN: B00G4I2YX8
Genre: Spirituality, Memoir, Art
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Driven by the pursuit of inspiration and breakthrough experiences, musician, artist, and writer Abu-Shakra explores the inner terrain and develops a spirituality centered on attaining higher states of mind.

Interplay shows the benefits and risks of intensely energized, minimally disciplined spiritual development and emphasizes evoking the balancing process directly from life’s experiences.

Weaving memoir with fiction, discussions on art and music, and unique observations on the nature of reality, Interplay traces the author’s progression from skepticism to groundbreaking revelations on synchronicity, mysticism, and the process of initiation.

Makram Abu-Shakra was a 2014 National Indie Excellence Book Awards Finalist for Interplay, which also received Honorable Mentions at the 2014 Paris Book Festival and 2014 San Francisco Book Festival.

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Art Study/Teaching – A Strategic Painter: Mastermind Your Craft

A Strategic Painter: Mastermind Your CraftA Strategic Painter
By Roopa Dudley
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 978-1478722724
Published: January 2014
Pages: 100
Genre: Art — Art Study & Teaching — ArtBusiness
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This book is most beneficial for painters who are just starting out their careers as a Professional Painter and who are more DIY (Do It Yourself) type like the author.

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-When I say DIY, I mean taking your career as a Painter and your business in your own hands and not depending on art galleries to discover you, market you and promote you. There are other venues that need to be tapped and explored — online as well as off line.

-If you are a Painter with a gallery representation, you may find my point of view offensive. My purpose is not to offend you. Having a Gallery Representation is not the ultimate goal of this book. If it is the gallery representation that you seek — this book may not be for you. You see the digital revolution is going to replace the gallery setting sooner than we think. The sooner you grasp this concept and come in terms with it, the better prepared you will be when this traditional venue becomes as rare as four leaf clover. Therefore, like Noah, we must start to prepare and design the ark accordingly so when the flood arrives, we are ready to set sail and keep afloat.

-Inside this book you will also find examples of real newsletter and exhibition announcement that may give you an idea of how to create those for yourself.

-You may notice that the book is thin — 86 pages to be exact. It is because there is no fluff. Furthermore there are some blank pages (behind the images to separate the chapters). Use that space for doodling, sticking reference photos for your projects, jotting down ideas and taking notes. The chapters are short and to the point. It is created specifically for the aspiring painters by the painter (me) so be prepared to come across some strong opinions which may or may not resonate with you. When that happens keep in mind your situation may be different. This is what that has worked for me.

-Take what works for you and run with it. Explore and discover — yourself, your artistic style, new artists, books, magazines and the venues where to show your art. You will be surprised how far you can go if you keep the faith in yourself, your skills and your own abilities.

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Poetry/Art – The Antigone Poems

The Antigone PoemsAntigone Poems
By Marie Slaight
Publisher: Altaire Productions & Publications
ISBN: 978-0980644708
Pages: 104
Genre: Poetry/Art
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Infused with a brutal passion, The Antigone Poems is a stark and powerful collection of poems and charcoal drawings. An intensely personal invocation of the ancient Greek tragedy, the work was created in the 1970s while writer Marie Slaight and artist Terrence Tasker were living in Montreal and Toronto. A bold retelling of the ancient tale of defiance and justice, its poetry and images capture the anguish and despair of the original tale in an unembellished modernized rendition.

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