HOVAB Past & Present

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Naropa University Art Galleries joins the HOVAB Celebration

with two exhibitions: HOVAB: Past & Present – Naropa University Visual Art Faculty

and local photographer Christopher Brown in Five Portfolios: Revisited

October 14 – December 11, 2016

Reception: Thursday, October 27th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

     Naropa University is proud to be one of the venues connected to the HOVAB Celebration and opens the exhibition HOVAB: Past & Present – Naropa University Visual Art Faculty in the White Cube Gallery. We are also honored to present Christopher Brown’s phenomenal photography in Five Portfolios: Revisited the Nalanda Gallery that captures the heart of natural beauty. Both exhibitions run October 14- December 11, 2016 on the Nalanda Campus (6287 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO.)  Join us to celebrate Naropa’s world renowned visual arts faculty and their work at the Reception on Thursday, October 27th from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Regular Gallery hours: M-F: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

     HOVAB Celebration! is an unprecedented, community-wide cultural event that reexamines and celebrates the City of Boulder’s dynamic and diverse visual arts past in 16 venues, featuring 300 artists, spanning 121 years of history, with 32 opening receptions, film screenings, presentations and panel discussions. HOVAB takes place Boulder-wide (and in Longmont) from September 29 through December 31, 2016. Naropa University Art Galleries showcases the past and present Visual Arts Faculty who taught at Naropa during the 40 plus years of the community.

The exhibit features: Keith Abbott, Elizabeth Acosta, Gina Adams, Tyler Alpern, Joan Anderson, Barbara Bash, Marlow Brooks, Geraldine Brussel,  Laurie Doctor, Susan H. Edwards, Sanje Elliott, Diane Stum Fekete, Michael Franklin, Bernie Marek, Laura Marshall, Cynthia Moku, Jill Powers, Robert Spellman, Harrison Tu and Sue Hammond West.  Please visit the exhibition to recognize and honor the contribution Naropa’s Visual Arts faculty has made in the Boulder Community and beyond.

     Christopher Brown is a true artist who uses his photography of the American West to show subtle colors, sweeping panoramas, and quiet details of the natural world.  His photographs are mostly landscapes, but also include more close-up views of tree roots, rocks, water, ice and whatever captures his imagination.

The exhibit Five Portfolios: Revisited explores Chris’s work throughout several decades of shooting the land that surrounds us.  From everyday images, to the North and South rims of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, to the Canyonlands and to the great 2013 Boulder flood; Chris’s vision reveals the beauty of nature in its primal form.  His photographs create windows that show natural forms with exceptional depth, detail and a subtle palette of colors that only his “eye” seems to uncover.

Christopher’s photographs have been published in many books, calendars, posters and periodicals including Sierra, Arizona Highways, Outside, National Geographic and The Colorado River Through the Grand Canyon. His prints are in many collections throughout the country, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Denver Art Museum and the University of Colorado. He has taught many photography workshops for institutions such as Anderson Ranch, Naropa University and Lifelong Learning.

For more information about the exhibitions contact: Charmain Schuh at cschuh@naropa.edu or 303-245-4637. For more information about HOVAB please visit www.hovabcelebrations.org. For more information about Christopher Brown and purchase inquires please visit chrisbrownphotography.com.

     Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities.  Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Charmain Schuh at cschuh@naropa.edu or 303-546-3549. About Naropa University (www.naropa.edu): Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Naropa University is a leader in contemplative education; an approach to learning and teaching that integrates Eastern wisdom studies with traditional Western scholarship. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

 

Homare Ikeda Gallery Artist Talk April 7, 2016

Homare Ikeda Gallery Artist Talk

April 7, 2016 12:15-1:00pm

White Cube Gallery at  Nalanda Campus – 6287 Arapahoe Avenue Boulder, CO 80302

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Naropa University & William Havu Gallery are honored to present Homare Ikeda’s paintings and drawings in the exhibition entitled “ん” from March 3 – April 15, 2016 in the White Cube and Nalanda Galleries on the Nalanda Campus (6287 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO). ん is one of Japanese hiragana alphabetical letters but is neither vowel nor consonant, and it is the last letter in addition to all other hiragana letters. Homare clarifies his title for this show, “ん?” means questioning yourself, and “ん⤵︎” means “yes,” and “ん→” means “let me see.” ん can be different meanings depending on its intonations”. Being an abstract painter, he explores his vision in a wide range of media such as painting, printmaking, and drawing to mixed media on paper. Homare Ikeda was born in Yoron Island, a small subtropical island near Okinawa, Japan. He spent his childhood exploring the island and the coral reefs surrounding it. He writes, “I used to sit on the white sand beach where I could watch the horizon. Whenever a ship approached the island, I imagined the people and things I hadn’t seen in the world beyond the ocean. I dreamed of becoming a sailor”.

Visual Arts Faculty Showing at Dairy Center for the Arts

Visual Arts Adjunct Faculty Member, Jill Powers, is currently exhibiting at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder. Her show Holdfast: Seaweeds in a Time of Oceanic Change is currently in the Dairy’s McMahon Gallery until April 3.

This installation exhibition explores the beauty and ecology of seaweeds through contemporary art and science. Education is at the heart of this exhibition which explores the critical role seaweeds play in ocean ecosystems during times of environmental change.

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Jill Powers has created a visionary show, full of the sounds, movement, tastes, and vivid presence of the ocean including: video of an underwater kelp forest, seaweed-tasting station; a wall of diatom forms, salt encrusted art, luminous bull kelp sculptures and more.  Art pieces will focus on themes such as: ocean upwellings, seaweed traditional harvesting, microscopic views of phytoplankton, kelp forests, seaweed holdfasts and tidal action, and more. The art will address ocean temperatures, acidification, the ocean food web, plastics in the ocean, and invasive species.

Why all this attention here in Colorado to seaweeds?  The focus on ocean ecology is central to our planet’s environment in a time of great stresses on the oceans. Kelp beds are the rainforests of the sea, scrubbing carbon and producing oxygen. They are an overlooked and critically important part of ocean life. Seaweeds, along with phytoplankton create from 50 to 70% of our planet’s atmosphere!

Seaweed is recently being referred to as the new superfood- loaded with minerals, and preventative for disease.  Culinary-wise it adds strong umami flavor and can be used in dishes all across the menu. It is recently being hailed as the “new kale”. Seaweed snacks are making a huge hit in the natural foods market. Seaweed farming is a new occupation for many fishermen who have lost their livelihood, and for indigenous coastal residents needing a source of income worldwide.

Seaweeds, when seen fresh in their underwater environment, are incredibly beautiful and fascinating! The show is called Holdfast, which is named after the part of the seaweed that anchors it, even in the turbulence of the tidal surf- a metaphor for our times- Hold fast to what is important during turbulent times, staying both flexible and strong.

Jill Powers is a contemporary installation artist who works with the aesthetics and science of ecosystems. A trip to the Pacific Northwest seacoast sparked an intense interest in changes occurring in oceanic environments. The experience of kayaking through a kelp bed led to research about the subject of seaweeds and visiting ocean habitats to learn more. Her life long love of the ocean, and the beauty and captivating details of seaweed ecology drew her to create the work in this exhibition.

Jill works extensively with natural materials, including kozo- a fibrous plant material that she works by hand in a wet stage to shape into her art, perfect for creating the fluid seaweed forms. Jill also appreciates the culinary benefits of seaweeds, and has been cooking with seaweeds for 25 years.

Jill is an adjunct faculty member of Naropa University’s Visual Art Department. She founded the course in Eco Art, teaches Ephemeral Art, and specializes on unusual natural materials. Her previous eco-themes have included ecological issues with bark beetles and western forests, and silkworms and insect life. She has exhibited nationally, and teaches workshops that feature unusual natural materials as art mediums.

Commedia dell’arte Performance Saturday

Don’t miss world renowned Commedia dell’arte artist Antonio Fava
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
7:30 pm – Saturday, March 12 at the Naropa Performing Arts Center

ArscomicA, Naropa University School of the Arts & University of Colorado Boulder’s Graduate Committee on the Arts and Humanities and Theater and Dance Department Present the US premier of:

PESTE E CORNA
Poxes and Horns
a Commedia Spagnaruola by Antonio Fava
With Antonio Fava, Annina Gieré, and with the virtual participation of Mariano Aguirre

pianist
Nathan Confer

Direction, Music, Masks by Antonio Fava

Naropa Community and CU students with ID FREE!
General admission $12 at the door

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MFA Theatre Thesis Festival – Part 1

This past weekend brought the start of the MFA Theatre: Conemporary Performance program’s thesis productions.

By Any Other Name
by Teresa Veramendi

A fully embodied, ritual enactment of difference and equanimity, By Any Other Name is a collaboratively devised, interactive, multilingual performance by an international cast. Dig into words with us, and watch them burn in the most awfully beautiful rainbows.

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Siren’s Fury Playlist
by Leslie Grasa & Stephanie Wilbert

A musical about finding solid footing.

A woman embarks on a dream-like journey to the Underworld to find…well, she’s not exactly sure what she’s looking for yet she’s pretty sure she’ll know it when she sees it…pretty sure…. Whatever it is, it will end all her suffering and pain and, once she finds it, she knows her life will forever be rainbows and roses. With the help of a mysterious Guide (who may have ulterior motives), she soon realizes that, in order to complete her quest, she must face the Demons of the underworld who confront her with an old story of disability, physical pain, loss and grief. What will she do when going forward to claim her prize means facing her deepest fears, while going back means letting them continue to control her as they have her entire life?

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Stay tuned for information about upcoming thesis performances!

Opening of Exhibit in Paramita Gallery

BUS STOP TO BARDO CAPTURING THE LIMINAL

By Jor-El Zajatz (Visual Arts Instructor at Naropa)

March 7 – April 17, 2106

Paramita Gallery/Paramita Campus/3285 30th Street, Boulder, CO

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Naropa University is honored to showcase the photography of Jor-El Zajatz in the upcoming exhibit BUS STOP TO BARDO CAPTURING THE LIMINAL.  Join us for the opening reception Monday, March 7th, 5:00-7:00 p.m. This powerful showcase will be held at Naropa University Paramita Campus in the Paramita Gallery, 3285 30th Street, Boulder, Colorado. Jor-El has been a photographer for 15 years, double majored in Psychology and Visual Art at Naropa University, and continually experiments with the interplay of psychology and art.

Jor-El Zajatz is a photographer whose work explores the relationship of the human psyche to the environment. The exhibit, Bus Stop to Bardo, presents three series that explore the human connection to the environment and how awareness of transitional states can provide the opportunity to either form a deeper connection to with our world or create tension from imposition of our agenda.

  • Everyday Spirituality asks the question, how you connect with your spirituality on a daily basis. Through the use of triptych photography, the series shows how five people connect to their world and transcend their sense of self.
  • Inner Nature explores the relationship formed when one connects deeply with a landscape that calls to them and serves as a tranquil place to return to no matter where one finds themselves.
  • Free-Range Geometry works with the tension that arises when natural form within an environment is challenged through constructing artificial geometry into those landscapes.

Jor-El is a freelance photographer who has worked with clients on a variety of projects ranging from websites to weddings. His photography has been featured on websites such as National Geographic and Outward Bound. When not taking on freelance clients, Jor-El is working as adjunct faculty in the Visual Arts Department of Naropa University teaching photography. For more information about the exhibition contact: Charmain Schuh at cschuh@naropa.edu or 303-245-4637.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities.  Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Charmain Schuh at cschuh@naropa.edu or 303-546-3549. 

Exhibit in White Cube Gallery Opens March 3

Naropa University & William Havu Gallery

Homare Ikeda

March 3 – April 15, 2016

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Meet the Artist Reception: March 3 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Gallery Artist Talk: April 7, 2016 from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Gallery hours: M-F from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Naropa University & William Havu Gallery are honored to present Homare Ikeda’s paintings and drawings in the exhibition entitled from March 3 – April 15, 2016 in the White Cube and Nalanda Galleries on the Nalanda Campus (6287 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO). Meet the Artist reception on March 3rd from 5:30-8:00 p.m. with refreshments and appetizers. Gallery hours: M-F from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

is one of Japanese hiragana alphabetical letters but is neither vowel nor consonant, and it is the last letter in addition to all other hiragana letters.  Homare explains his title for this show, “ “ん?” means questioning yourself and “ means “yes,” and  ””  means “let me see.”   can be different meanings depending on its intonations”.  Being an abstract painter, he explores his vision in a wide range of media such as painting, printmaking, drawing to mixed media on paper.

Homare Ikeda was born in Yoron Island, a small subtropical island near Okinawa, Japan. He spent his childhood exploring the island and the coral reefs surrounding it. He writes,I used to sit on the white sand beach where I could watch the horizon. Whenever a ship approached the island, I imagined the people and things I hadn’t seen in the world beyond the ocean. I dreamed of becoming a sailor”.  In 1978, he moved to the United States.  He received BFA and MFA from University of Colorado at Boulder. He is now surrounded by mountains but longs for the bottom of the ocean – his works are filled with both of these environments.

Join us in the White Cube Gallery on Thursday, April 7th for an intimate talk with Homare about his life and creativity from 12:15-1:30 p.m.  For more information contact cschuh@naropa.edu or 303-245-4637.