Lori VanMeter

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Dia de los Muertos
Oct
18
to Dec 10

Dia de los Muertos

Lessons from Loved Ones

Arting Ways and Hospice of Santa Cruz County are collaborating on a community altar for the Pajaro Valley Arts Council's annual celebration of Dia de los Muertos.  The theme this year is Lessons From Loved Ones, and we are interpreting this in the form of a how-to library.  Alongside commemorative book art created by several local artists and actual lesson books passed down to us, we are installing a whole bookcase for your lessons...

If your loved ones had authored a book entailing the lessons they taught you, what would be that book's title?  Visit the exhibit to put your title and author on the spine of a book, and it will be forever part of this unique library that we all create together.  The exhibit is at the PVA house 10/18/2017 through 12/10/2017, with an Opening Reception 10/29/2017 2-4 p.m.  

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Art Twistory:  The Mourning Commute
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

Art Twistory: The Mourning Commute

NEW PRESENTATION DEBUT!

Humans around the globe have a long and rich history of roadside memorial tributes, with widely varying styles and traditions.  The photographic presentation discusses the social, religious, legal, and practical aspects of the memorials' forms and functions, the very presence of which is often controversial.  The historical perspective is complemented by the personal story of nine memorials on one short stretch of road near Santa Cruz, California. 

Cost: $10 donation appreciated, $5 students and seniors.  No reservations necessary.  (About Art Twistory)

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Art Twistory: Cemetery Art and Architecture
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Art Twistory: Cemetery Art and Architecture

The art and architecture styles that comprise any cemetery can visually describe its culture in various aspects.  The inscriptions and images on tombstones, monuments, and other objects indicate a society’s general outlook on death, its prevailing religions or secularization, gender roles, and other social stratification such as race and ethnicity.  There is quantifiable data about life expectancy, birth and mortality rates, family size, and even some political and economic history recorded in the wood, stone, and earthen assemblages.  This photographic presentation looks at how funerary art and architecture evince the values and trends of cemetery occupants and their contemporaneous society, from ancient faraway burials to modern local customs.  Cost: $10 donation appreciated, $5 students and seniors.  No reservations necessary.  (Supporting essay here)  (About Art Twistory)

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Art Twistory: The Merry Widow
Sep
1
7:00 PM19:00

Art Twistory: The Merry Widow

Do the words merry widow sound familiar?  You may have heard of her and she likely has had an effect on your life, but do you know why and how?  This historical pictorial presentation will "uncover" (pun intended) who she is and how her legend endures everywhere from the bedroom to the boardroom in modern art, politics, and business.  Cost: $10 donation appreciated, $5 students and seniors.  No reservations necessary.  (About Art Twistory)

Heighten the merriment by wearing or bringing a Merry Widow of your own...

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Everybody Leaves, MPYRE Strikes Back
Jul
1
10:00 AM10:00

Everybody Leaves, MPYRE Strikes Back

Everybody Leaves is a participatory memorial art project that will be installed on Del Monte Beach in Monterey on July 1, 2017, for MPYRE Strikes Back (the Monterey Regional Burning Man event).  The form is an abstract tree bearing autumnal leaves.  People are invited to write and/or draw memorial names and tributes on the leaves, then we will gather the leaves and burn them with the effigy in a public bonfire at sunset.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (#EverybodyLeaves) for updates and more information.

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Everybody Leaves
May
5
to May 7

Everybody Leaves

  • Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Everybody Leaves is a participatory memorial art project that will be installed in Center Camp Cafe at unSCruz May 5-7, 2017.  The form is a small tree bearing autumnal leaves.  People are invited to pick leaves from the tree, write and/or draw memorial names and tributes on them, then let their leaves fall around the base of the tree. On Saturday night of the event, we'll gather the leaves and burn them together.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (#EverybodyLeaves) for updates and more information.

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Art Twistory Encore: The Temples at Burning Man
Apr
7
7:00 PM19:00

Art Twistory Encore: The Temples at Burning Man

The Burning Man project has been variously described as an art festival, a circus, a camp-out, a sociological experiment, a rave, a ritual, a Bacchanalia, druid puke...  Whatever.  Amid this enigmatic occurrence stands a temple, solemn and serious, dedicated to the memory of the deceased. Every year, thousands of people at Burning Man find a way to intertwine an unusual celebration of life with an unusual commemoration of death. This beautiful photographic presentation examines the roots, traditions, and meaning behind the annual creation and destruction of the temples at Burning Man.  $10 donation appreciated, $5 students and seniors.  No reservations necessary.  (Supporting essay here) (About Art Twistory)

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Art Twistory: The Merry Widow
Mar
10
7:00 PM19:00

Art Twistory: The Merry Widow

  • Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Do the words merry widow sound familiar?  You may have heard of her and she likely has had an effect on your life, but do you know why and how?  In honor of National Women's History Month, this historical pictorial presentation will "uncover" (pun intended) who she is and how her legend endures everywhere from the bedroom to the boardroom in modern art, politics, and business.  Cost: $10 donation appreciated, $5 students and seniors.  No reservations necessary.  (About Art Twistory)

Heighten the merriment by wearing or bringing a Merry Widow of your own...
 

EXTRA BONUS!!  Items from the MAH archive will be on rare display for this event (Thanks, MAH!).

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Art Twistory: A Dead Man's Tale
Feb
4
2:00 PM14:00

Art Twistory: A Dead Man's Tale

  • Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What was John Borden doing in Santa Cruz in 1876?  Who commissioned the large wooden grave marker of this bachelor with no local relations?  Why would a 21st century scholar biographize him instead of the many better-known residents of Evergreen Cemetery?  These questions and more will be discussed (and possibly answered) during this pictorial historical presentation.   $10 donation appreciated, $5 students and seniors.  No reservations necessary.  (About Art Twistory)

** Extra BONUS: **  Items from the MAH archive will be on rare display during this event (Thanks, MAH!).

 

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Nov
4
7:00 PM19:00

Art Twistory: Postmortem Photography

This presentation is about the rise and fall of postmortem portraiture, most prominent during the Victorian era. Why did people photograph the corpses of their loved ones, and why aren’t such photos prevalent anymore? What factors of human culture precipitated this blip on the radar of art historians? Where does it fit into the catalogue of Art History? A warning to the squeamish: while none of these vintage photographs are gruesome, all of the subjects are dead.  Cost: $10 donation appreciated, $5 students and seniors. No reservations necessary.  (Supporting essay here)  (About Art Twistory)

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Art Twistory: Cemetery Art and Architecture
Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

Art Twistory: Cemetery Art and Architecture

The art and architecture styles that comprise any cemetery can visually describe its culture in various aspects.  The inscriptions and images on tombstones, monuments, and other objects indicate a society’s general outlook on death, its prevailing religions or secularization, gender roles, and other social stratification such as race and ethnicity.  There is quantifiable data about life expectancy, birth and mortality rates, family size, and even some political and economic history recorded in the wood, stone, and earthen assemblages.  This photographic presentation looks at how funerary art and architecture evince the values and trends of cemetery occupants and their contemporaneous society, from ancient faraway burials to modern local customs.  Cost: $10 donation appreciated, $5 students and seniors.  No reservations necessary.  (Supporting essay here)  (About Art Twistory)

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Art Twistory: The Temples at Burning Man
Sep
2
7:00 PM19:00

Art Twistory: The Temples at Burning Man

The Burning Man project has been variously described as an art festival, a circus, a camp-out, a sociological experiment, a rave, a ritual, a Bacchanalia, druid puke...  Whatever.  Amid this enigmatic occurrence stands a temple, solemn and serious, dedicated to the memory of the deceased. Every year, thousands of people at Burning Man find a way to intertwine an unusual celebration of life with an unusual commemoration of death. This beautiful photographic presentation examines the roots, traditions, and meaning behind the annual creation and destruction of the temples at Burning Man.  Cost: $10 donation appreciated, $5 students and seniors.  No reservations necessary.  (Supporting essay here) (About Art Twistory)

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