Monday, June 24, 2013

Shanti Arts Publishing Announces the Upcoming Release of Current: Essays on the Passing of Time in the Woods

Having spent his entire life exploring the woods and hills of Tennessee, writer and artist Robert McGowan wrote these short essays to pay homage to the natural world he so loved. In essays such as “Bee,” “Beetle,” and “Turtles,” McGowan marvels at the curious behaviors of small creatures. In “Tops,” “Fences,” and “Maple,” he writes about trees—young trees he has seen grow and old trees he has watched rot and disappear into the earth. Be it animals, trees, ferns, flowers, or rocks, McGowan passionately and tenderly recounts his close observations of nature, often wondering about the woods of olden time and imagining the woods of tomorrow. The fine, unbreakable thread that winds through the book is the passing of time—life in the woods begins, grows, and dies. Through it all, McGowan shows the reader he is a man sustained by his sense of peace and contentment, for he knows that despite his concerns about yesterday and tomorrow, “there is only the current.” The beautiful photography of Jeffrey Stoner adds vibrance and vitality to this inspiring collection of nature essays. more information

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Published by Shanti Arts Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-9885897-2-8

Scheduled for release in October 2013

120 pages; 57 illustrations; perfect bound; $30.00

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Julie Struck: Award Winner

Artist Julie A. Struck is one of five award winners in Still Point Art Gallery's current exhibition: Still Point V. Her piece, Semesterland, won the award for Best Three-Dimensional or Mixed Media Artwork. 

Julie A. Struck, Semesterland.

Semesterland integrates photography and digital artwork to create an image ripe with nostalgia and feelings about recollecting one’s childhood—whatever that childhood may have involved. Essentially Struck uses a mixture of new, old, color, black and white, and faded pieces to create an image that engages the feelings of the viewer. Of this process, Struck says it “involves assembling disparate and fragmentary memorabilia such as meaningful phrases, photographs, images from old women’s magazines, and antique dress pattern pieces, which I then rearrange, layer, and piece together into a new cohesive whole that visually communicates forbidden, frequently terrible, yet always redemptive stories.” 

Struck focuses largely on American culture and its incorporation of women, which also highlights her own personal story. A recent three-year-long hiatus from teaching surprisingly resulted in a memoir about connections between her difficult academic career and an abusive childhood, and how both have affected her life. In its summer 2013 issue, Still Point Arts Quarterly published Struck's piece, "Art Education," which is her first published excerpt from the memoir she has been writing.

Julie A. Struck is an interdisciplinary, mixed-media artist. She currently lives in Rockport, Indiana, having been born and raised in the Chicago area. After becoming a mother and wife, Struck earned her M.F.A. and became a college art professor. She has taught at several midwestern higher education institutions and recently took a break from teaching to pursue her own interests and artistic endeavors, including writing a book. 

Struck’s work, along with that of twenty-nine other artists, may be viewed until July 31st in Still Point Art Gallery’s exhibition: Still Point V.

Friday, June 07, 2013

Walk Paris Streets with Eugene Atget

Shanti Arts Publishing, based in Brunswick, Maine, will soon release a collection of short stories by the Australian master storyteller Greg Bogaerts inspired by the photographs of Eugene Atget. Working in the early years of the twentieth century, Atget is often called the first "street" photographer because he scoured the streets of Paris looking for the common everyday characters and places that comprised the city's backdrop and character. By photographing the city's ragpickers, lampshade vendors, market workers, and prostitutes, Atget left us an intimate portrait of old Paris. Bogaerts brings these photographs to life with imagination and flair. Filled with imagery and description as dark and deplorable as the back alleys of old Paris, and entangled with historically accurate details, these stories will give you far more than an entertaining read. You will never again look at an Atget photograph without thinking about the stories behind them.
Walking Paris Streets with Eugene Atget: Inspired Stories About the Ragpicker, Lampshade Vendor, and Other Characters and Places of Old France is scheduled to be released in July 2013. It has already received impressive reviews and endorsements. Art historian, writer, and teacher Jeanne S. M. Willette wrote, "For those who have gazed upon Atget's haunted images of the solitary and the lonely and have wondered about their arrested lives, writer Greg Bogaerts brings Atget's denizens of the streets to flickering life. The short stories, petites vignettes, give each nameless character a fully realized moment . . . the latent image of their existence rises from Atget's glass plate."
Walking Paris Streets with Eugene Atget is produced by Shanti Arts Publishing. It is available in paperback on their website and everywhere books are sold. Release is scheduled for July 2013. Queries should be addressed to Christine Cote, publisher. (publisher@shantiarts.com; 207-837-5760)
ISBN: 978-0-9885897-1-1

price: $19.95

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Bobby Baker Wins Award for Best Photograph

Photographer Bobby Baker is one of five award winners in Still Point Art Gallery’s latest online exhibition: Still Point V. His photograph, Lineup, won the award for Best Photograph or Digital Artwork. The striking image of eight trees evenly spaced against a cloudy background comes from his portfolio, Black and White, a collection of images of the New England coast.  Simple yet dramatic, Lineup presents a uniquer and emotive image of New England, much unlike the warm, colorful, tourist-alluring scenes that the region is famous for. Yet the image well-represents a more interior view of New England, known only to its long-time residents—simple and straightforward, yet profound.

Bobby BakerLineup

Baker has a tremendous love for the sea and the coastline.  Although he has photographed many different coasts, including those in the Carribean, Mexico, and the Florida Keys,  Baker attests that the Cape Cod coastline really offers the most for him. His photographs have been featured in galleries, newspapers, websites, calendars, books, and are included in private and corporate collections. Bobby received national award recognition in the Fine Art Photography category of the prestigious 2012, 2011, and 2010 @e National exhibit at the Cape Cod Art Association that featured juried work from artists across the United States. His work was recognized with the Best Seascape Award at the Fine Art of Photography Exhibit at the Plymouth Center for the Arts, Plymouth, Massachusetts, and he was named Artist of Distinction in recognition of his work in the Still Point Art Gallery Still Point III exhibit. His work has been featured in the national art publication Still Points Arts Quarterly (Summer 2012) and by the Office of Massachusetts Bureau of Travel and Tourism. 

Bobby Baker is a juried artist at the Copley Society of Art in Boston, the Cape Cod Art Association, and Marblehead Arts Association.

Baker’s work, along with that of twenty-nine other artists, may be viewed until July 31st in Still Point Art Gallery’s online exhibition.