Friends and families gathered together on a surprisingly sunny afternoon to celebrate the GSVA Young Artists’ Fall 2014 Exhibition. The show included amazing artworks from GSVA Young Explorers, Teen Journey: Art of the Self-Portrait, Youth Journey: Art of the Self-Portrait, and Youth Journey: Ripple Effect. Upon entering the gallery, panels of bright colors adorn the studio space, inviting viewers to experience the last 10 weeks of creative artmaking. Artists proudly stood by their work, and cited their artist statements with confidence. While sharing cookies and other delicious snacks, conversations were enjoyed by all; the studio was alive with laughter, smiles, and heads held high. The show will remain on display until March, upon which time the Winter 2015 Art Show will nest into the gallery; inviting new bold, and creative ideas to fill the space. GSVA would like to thank the Granville Arts Commission and Ohio Arts Council for their continued support in our efforts.
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GSVA’s "Art of Giving" Family Winter Workshop participants made great art last weekend! They created large, colorful, and dynamic pieces of art to donate to the Food Pantry Network of Licking County for display. The food sculptures will be installed in their new indoor market location on 1035 Brice Road, Newark, Ohio. It was a pleasure to watch families take time away from all the hustle and bustle and create art together. GSVA will be sure to share photos once the installation is complete!
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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.
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/
PALS visits GSVA!
GSVA and PALS collaborated to offer an artmaking workshop in our studio! Participants learned about cubism, viewed artwork from cubist painters, and then created cubism self-portraits. Amazing artwork was made, positive relationships were formed, and we all had a blast!
Thank you PALS!
PALS Chrysalis Health supports a diverse group of people with developmental disabilities. They help people from all different backgrounds build the self-confidence that everyone deserves. To learn more about PALS and the wonderful services they provide for our community check out their website!
BIG thanks to River Road Coffeehouse in Granville, Ohio!
River Road Coffeehouse invited one of GSVA’s Youth Journey classes, The Ripple Effect, to showcase some of their art!
The Ripple Effect concept enables young minds to use collaboration and creativity to fuel art making for the goal of impacting and reaching a larger audience. Furthermore, the young artists will begin to develop creative solutions for a philanthropic art-based learning experience.
GSVA welcomes Lee Anne Faler as new Executive Director!
The 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.
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
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/