Lori VanMeter

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Dia de los Muertos
Oct
24
to Dec 9

Dia de los Muertos

  • Pajaro Valley Arts Council (map)
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Arting Ways has teamed up with Hospice of Santa Cruz County again this year to create an ofrenda (shown above) for the annual exhibit at Pajaro Valley Arts. This year’s exhibit theme is Living Stories.

Mi Casa es Tu Casa is PVA’s annual exhibit inspired by Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a traditional holiday in Mexico that celebrates ancestors and others who have passed away. Altars (ofrendas) are built in homes and public spaces to honor and remember the dead. Similar customs exist throughout the world and we share common ground with many cultures in our desire to honor and remember those whom we have lost.

Living Stories/ Historias Vivientes

Loved ones lost are best remembered through the tales we repeatedly tell about them. Of all these, it seems to be the humorous ones that best commemorate the true spirit of the departed. Narrative altars convey these cherished memories through familiar scenes that hope to draw the dead back into the realm of the living where their legacy lives on through shared stories. —Curator Mary Tartaro

Opening reception:

Sunday, October 28, 2018

2:00PM-4:00PM

Performances by:

Senderos: featuring dancers and musicians from Oaxaca tradition

White Hawk Dancers

Workshops: Making La Catrina figurines, and make your own altar


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Memorial Art Workshop: Keepsake Cases
Jul
7
9:00 AM09:00

Memorial Art Workshop: Keepsake Cases

  • Hospice of Santa Cruz County (Scotts Valley) (map)
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Presented by Arting Ways and Hospice of Santa Cruz County.  

Reminders of our loved ones may be abundant at home, but some people like to travel with sweet keepsakes and mementos in their purse or pocket.  In this workshop, we will re-purpose mint tins to carry and display your favorite images and small items wherever you go.  No previous experience necessary.  Lunch is included. 

In the morning, we will choose patterns and images to decorate the outside of the tin, cut or trim the pieces to size/shape, and adhere them to the tins.  After lunch, we will embellish the tins with paint, trimmings, text and images, or whatever you can think of!

Participants should bring images, fabrics and objects to feature in their artful design.  We'll provide the tins and basic materials/supplies such as modge-podge, brushes, paints, colored/patterned papers, trimmings and some “bling”.  If you have photos that you would like to include in your design, bring them and we’ll photocopy them for use on your tin – you’ll keep the unharmed original.  You can bring whatever trimmings, fabric, stickers, stamps, objects, or other tools/supplies of your own that you would like to use.  

Registration Required; to register contact Hospice of Santa Cruz County at (831) 430-3000 or griefsupport@hospicesantacruz.org.  

Here are some inspiring videos and web sites featuring different ways people have decorated their tins:

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Nation Of Makers Conference (NOMCON)
Jun
9
to Jun 10

Nation Of Makers Conference (NOMCON)

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Lori will be presenting an Ignite Talk at the Nation Of Makers conference, on the conference track of Making History.  The topic is Making Our Way Through Grief, featuring several examples of arts and crafts used to address bereavement, grief, and mourning when the situation was too awkward for words, too complicated to explain, too painful to ignore. 

For information about the conference visit nomcon.org/#2018-conference-section.

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Fire & Ice SCruBall Gala
Feb
3
to Feb 4

Fire & Ice SCruBall Gala

  • Santa Cruz Moose Lodge 545 (map)
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All proceeds go to Arts Council of Santa Cruz County and The Milo Foundation Animal Sanctuary.

* TICKETS | $25/person | PURCHASE DETAILS *
- Log in to PayPal & send a gift to SCruball2018@gmail.com
- For other payment options e-mail SCruball2018@gmail.com
* * * * * * * * 21+ Event * * * * * * * * *
* * We will *not* be selling tickets at the door * * 

ATTIRE
Festive attire required for admission. Help contribute to the ball by expressing your inner fire and ice style. 

***Music***
Dance the night away under frosty icicles and fiery glowing lights with 6 local DJs heating up the ballroom floor: Dancing Mandy, Denver Drake, Lucho, Mr. Bounce Man, and Taylor Wolfsen (line-up details to come).

***Art***
Watch creative sparks fly as artists collaborate to paint fire and ice themed paintings in a wild canvas-swapping format. The finished creations will be auctioned during the event. 

***Chill***
Indoor and outdoor lounge spaces provided for your comfort & enjoyment.

***Nourishment***
Visit our complimentary ramen bar put on by our favorite chefs: Pooz, Amber & Dato!!!

Smokey goodness, tender noodles, local veggies, and delicious broth to warm your bellies. 

Drinks can be purchased at the bar.
Reenergize and try our refreshing, flavored water bar. 

Warmly yours,
the crew that brings you unSCruz

For complete information visit facebook.com/events/192828847964168/

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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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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: 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)
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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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