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!GSVA is going global

 

Announcing: Orange Couch

 

Orange Couch is a new innovative way to access quality, creative art education for anyone - worldwide!  Now anyone with access to the internet -- students, adults, schools, after-school programs - can follow nationally renowned artist Paul Hamilton through a series of 10 1-hour educational, introspective and fun art lessons.  

 

There are 3 Orange Couch series to choose from.  The purchase of Orange Couch includes a high-quality art kit containing all the materials needed to complete each of the lessons, delivered to the student's home or school.  At the end of the series, students are encouraged to upload images of their artwork to a social media gallery to be shared with other students of Orange Couch.

 

Offering Orange Couch is a way for GSVA to advance our mission to provide quality, creative art education to as many people in as many places as possible and to foster creative courage IN ALL PEOPLE.  Already, students as far away as Alaska, California, Canada, and Indiana have experienced the GSVA "global studio."

 

Lucky enough to live near GSVA but can't fit the studio class schedule into your personal schedule right now?  Purchasing Orange Couch allows you to keep your creativity flowing even when you can't physically get to the studio.

 

Wish a niece, nephew, cousin, aunt or friend outside central Ohio could experience GSVA classes?  Now they can, from wherever they live and on a schedule that works for them.

 

To learn more and order your Orange Couch - Click her
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GSVA Creative Director Paul Hamilton tends to have inspiration on demand, and when he received a celebretory text from GSVA Co-Founder Annie Cacciato, Paul had an instant vision of purity and happiness that now manifests itself at the entrance to the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.  Paul calls the piece "Blue Beautiful Skies."

“Blue Beautiful Skies” is a symphony of 96 individual painted squares, combined to form a sweeping view of the James Garden of Hope at Ohio State’s Waterman Farm.  Inspired by a friend’s courageous battle with lung cancer, Hamilton based this entire work on a text message he received from his friend, Annie, announcing the status of her treatment at The James.  The simple text message sent on a summer day exploded into a monumental, breathtaking work filled with joy, humility, hope, and gratitude. 

“Annie is so inspiring on so many levels.  It seems fitting that she has influenced my latest work.  This complete work stands as a reminder for all of us to seek beauty in all things and to share that beauty with those we love.” – Paul Hamilton

Learn more at http://bluebeautifulskies.org/art-of-healing/

GSVA welcomes Lee Anne Faler as new Executive Director!

Miss JennThe GSVA Board of Directors and I would like to welcome Lee Anne Faler as the new Executive Director of GSVA. As many of you know, Lee Anne was instrumental in the launch of GSVA and has stayed involved as a consultant and volunteer throughout the years. Lee Anne is truly dedicated to the GSVA mission and building on our successes going forward. I personally am thrilled to have Lee Anne join our team in the Executive Director position. Her unique skill set, as an accomplished artist and collaborative leader and manager are just a few of the reasons that make Lee Anne the ideal person to lead GSVA forward. I will continue my role as advisor to GSVA’s national programs and will re-join the GSVA board.

Please join me in welcoming Lee Anne Faler in her new role as Executive Director.
Respectfully,
Annie Cacciato

A message from Lee Anne:

“I am VERY excited to have the opportunity to return to GSVA as the Executive Director. My continued involvement since GSVA’s inception has allowed me to stay connected with their philosophy and to witness GSVA’s maturity and growth over the last 8 years. I’m thrilled to be a part of this amazing organization as we continue to strengthen the creativity of our local community and beyond”. Lee Anne Faler

To read Lee Anne's bio click here.

Blue Beautiful Skies!

Blue Beautiful Skies“Blue Beautiful Skies” is a symphony of 96 individual painted squares, combined to form a sweeping view of the James Garden of Hope at Ohio State’s Waterman Farm.  Inspired by a friend’s courageous battle with lung cancer, Hamilton based this entire work on a text message he received from his friend, Annie, announcing the status of her treatment at The James.  The simple text message sent on a summer day exploded into a monumental, breathtaking work filled with joy, humility, hope, and gratitude.  “Annie is so inspiring on so many levels.  It seems fitting that she has influenced my latest work.  This complete work stands as a reminder for all of us to seek beauty in all things and to share that beauty with those we love.” – Paul Hamilton

Learn more at http://bluebeautifulskies.org/art-of-healing/

YMCA Camp art shows at Ohio State Fair & OSU-N

Miss JennAre you planning on going to the Ohio State Fair July 23-August 3? The YMCA campers who joined us here at the studio for 3 weeks will have their artwork on display at the DiSalle Creative Arts Center! Once admitted into the fair, visits the arts building to see our display.

Following the fair, the exhibition will travel to OSU-newark's campus, on the main floor of the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center located at 1179 University Dr. Newark,OH 43055. Join us for the official opening, August 7th, from 4:30-6 pm; This show will remain on view for 1 week.

The Granville Studio of Visual Arts presents “Hive Culture”, one of the many themed programs in our Orange Couch series, a creative education program designed to be a unique blend of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) concepts and art. Orange Couch “Hive Culture” series is designed to explore the plight of the common honeybee. In fact, hundreds of species of bees are responsible for pollinating the essential food sources that fuel our local agriculture. Upon this theme, GSVA developed the Orange Couch program to encourage young artists to share their story with the world through creative art making experiences.

For 3 weeks, The Licking County Family YMCA, a local organization, visited the studio for Hive Culture. Each week, a new set of campers participating in YMCA’s Summer Day Camp, joined the art studio daily as an extension of their daily camp programming. Ranging in ages 1st-7th grade, campers learned about the importance of bees and the role they play in our food systems. Our goal, as both artists and designers, was to bring awareness to the alarming decline of bees in the past several years.

A special thanks to our official sponsors: Licking County Family YMCA, Abercrombie & Fitch, The Alford Foundation, and The Ohio Arts Council

www.ohiostatefair.com

GSVA Mural Camp Series June 2014

Miss JennJune 27th concluded our week long 3rd annual public mural series camp! Students ages 1st-6th designed and painted a large scale mural that will be part of the Granville community! This large scale mural is based around Ohio animals, inspired by the late Ohio artist Charley Harper.

We would like to welcome and thank Granville Exempted Village Schools and school board Superintendent Jeff Brown and GHS science teacher Jim Reding for welcoming our mural to the Granville High School Gardens. This partnership and new location expands the opportunity for continuing education and appreciation of the relationship between art and science, as well as supporting local community and school efforts such as the 'Fresh Food Program', a student-focused food service that provides local, healthy,and fresh food all while reducing lunch waste. This initiative and partnership is something we hope to further bring attention to with our beautiful large scale mural, which promotes the importance of nature,community,and supporting local!

 

The original plan to install the mural at Raccoon Valley Park was cancelled by Granville Recreation District, Director Andy Wildman, due to a misunderstanding of the actual mural location. However, we look forward to partnering with GRD in the future.

 

The mural unveiling will be Sunday, August 17th at 2:00 pm. Refreshments and fun immediately to follow until 4 pm.

 Free and open to the public.

 

 

 

 Miss Jenn

Dear GSVA families, friends, and supporters:

After a wonderful five years at GSVA, I am saying my goodbyes (for now!). I have decided to take a sabbatical, the time I am going to be gone is unknown. Just as I encourage all of my students to think big and to follow your dreams, I will be going on a backpacking adventure, beginning in Central America! I hope to make my way around to many countries and continents in this next chapter of my life.

As most change can be bittersweet, I am looking forward to my new journey but will be leaving behind a place that a big piece of my heart belongs. The fantastic place that is GSVA has easily inspired me to take bigger risks and enjoy life to the fullest. The joy I have experienced the past 5 years is irreplaceable. GSVA will always be a part of me and I will continue to be involved, even if it's from a distance.

It has been so great getting to know everyone over the years and seeing these young artists grow. I am overwhelmed by the love this community has for the arts and support they have for this organization. It will be hard to say goodbye, but please stop in the studio before August to give me a high five;)

Paul Hamilton, my teaching partner-in-crime, and the rest of the GSVA family will continue our mission of providing quality arts education opportunities for you and your children. In addition, Lee Anne Faler and Susanna Snyder will be joining our team this year. The details and timing will be announced in late July.

Thank you for everything. I am honored to have been part of this wonderful organization.

Jenn Pentecost, GSVA Studio and Programs Director

 Miss Jenn

One From The HeartGSVA will be back for the 2014 Granville Art Affair and Wine Festival right on the lawn of the Bryn Du Mansion on Saturday 6/14/14 from 11 am-3 pm. Join us for a free art-making experience that is not only fun, but educational! We will be integrating a STEM twist within the art-making, bringing awareness to the importance of bees! Along with the art-making, President of The East Central Ohio Beekeepers Association, Mike Albaugh will join the fun!

Hope to see you there. This activity is fit for all ages.

 Big-give

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