“Just because I’m into this, does that mean I should live like it and really do I dare?”
By Derrick White
If you are connected to Wi-Fi or happy with your data plan, please take a moment and watch the following short video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpunQZ4cUyI (Canadian spoken word poet Tanya Davis’ song “Art,” animation by screenwriter and film director, Andrea Dorfman. Both artists hail from Halifax, Nova Scotia). If you are reading the hardcopy edition of this issue of EGuide Magazine, please take a moment to look it up or, at least, jot it down for later. It is a nice, little pick-me-up. When I watch “Art” by Tanya Davis and Andrea Dorfman, it cheers me up. I feel reassured by its insecurity. I find it optimistic and encouraging with a message to go out in the world and make a positive declaration. It reminds me of the work of local artist, Rebecca Clarke, because of the cartoons and cheerful, appealing inventiveness. Rebecca is a dedicated ‘lifetime’ artist. She works with a constant devotion and rich delight rare among most artists. Her work is intimate, quirky and profound. She is a congenial and sanguine person. The type of person this world needs.
“I don’t really know what started me on my path as an artist. I loved to draw, write, and doodle. I started doing these activities when I was really little. I know every kid loves to color and draw but I would constantly be drawing stories to show my mom, before I could write down what the stories were about. I think there is something subconscious about sitting down with paper and a pencil and creating scribbles on paper,” reminisces Rebecca. Clarke had her first formal experience with art in sixth grade. She remembered learning the basics from taking classes. She states, “I took an after school art class where the assignments were more creative and open-minded. I started getting more interested in different processes of art beyond drawing or painting. My after school art teacher, Mrs. Woods, opened the door to the creative sides of art by letting me express myself and my thoughts, which is what I instantly became attracted to.” But her high school at the time didn’t offer any art classes, so she didn’t get the chance to expand her artmaking knowledge until college. “I still retained the same love for art, which is what caused me to pursue it in college and I have been taking college level art classes since,” recollects the artist.
Rebecca Clarke is from Bullard and received an Associate’s degree in Art from Tyler Junior College and then subsequently continued studying Fine Art at the University of North Texas in Denton. She states an important aspect art has brought to her life is the ability to experience different perspectives other than her own. “While making art is an intimate and personal process, learning to appreciate and understand art is rewarding. It is eye-opening to look at someone else’s art and think of all the different factors which go into making it and what it means to you. Art can really be about anything, important or silly, or aesthetically pleasing. There is a feeling one gets when one looks at new pieces and tries to understand them,” urges Rebecca. She states, “Art has definitely brought a sense of enjoyment into my life, as well as satisfaction and freedom. There is a sense of free will in what you are doing, being able to create something however you want, is freeing. And then when you are finished, there is satisfaction. It is therapeutic. You are addressing your own topic and ideas so it makes a statement.”
Or, as Tanya Davis put it, “I wondered what would be the worth of my words in the world. If I write them and then recite them are they worth being heard? Just because I like them does that mean I should mic them and see what might unfurl? And I think of the significance of my opinions here. Is it significant to be giving them? Does anybody care? Just because I’m into this, does that mean I should live like it, and really do I dare?”
Rebecca Clarke works with the basics; pencil drawing, pen drawing, acrylic and ink but also enjoys pastels and charcoal. “I like to draw digitally as well but it can be challenging at times. Drawing digitally is fun, and the images you get are clean, but when you struggle with line work it makes it difficult. I’m extremely thankful for the online resources. Looking up tutorials or even a new style of drawing is really effective. I’m happy I live in an age where I can use Google,” affirms the artist.
She is inspired by such contemporary artists as Sophie McPike (Melbourne based illustrator) and Erin Hanson (Los Angeles based landscape painter), as well as art history’s Edward Hopper (American realist painter and printmaker), Frida Kahlo (Mexican, Surrealist self-portrait painter), Claude Monet (a founder of French Impressionism) and Edouard Manet (the forefather of French Impressionism).
Rebecca Clarke advises, “Being an artist, you will struggle with your works repeatedly. While it can be fun, it can also be really challenging and difficult. When the work starts to go in a direction you did not intend, it can be frustrating trying to get it back onto the right path. The biggest struggle I’ve had is trying to meet my art in the middle instead of what my original aim was. Almost all of my professors have told me creating an artwork is having a ‘conversation’ or ‘dialogue’ with the piece, and that is the best way of explaining it. You have to start being okay with losing some control.”
Or, as Tanya Davis put it, “So, I pondered the point of my art in this life. If I make it, will someone take it and think it’s genuine? Will they be glad I did because they got something good out of it? Will they leave me and be any more inspired? I question the outcome of the outpouring of myself. If I tell everyone my stories will this keep me healthy and well? Will it give me purpose, to this world some sort of service, is it worth it, and how can I tell?”
You can friend and possibly commission art from Rebecca Clarke through Facebook at @beckstertwosocks.
On Exhibit at The University of Texas at Tyler Art Galleries
UT Tyler hosts several galleries with a variety of art on exhibit. For more info, call (903)566-7237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. On exhibit this month:
There are several galleries. The Meadows Gallery is located within the R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center on the campus of UT Tyler and features rotating exhibitions. The Meadows Gallery exhibition schedule includes nationally known guest artist exhibitions, the Annual International Exhibition, faculty curated exhibitions, MFA thesis exhibitions, and a student juried exhibition each summer.
The UC Gallery is located on the second floor of the University Center. This gallery is dedicated to exhibiting student work.
The Fine Arts Complex (FAC/ARC) Gallery is located in the new Fine Arts Complex. The FAC Gallery provides a place for invited artists, undergraduates, and graduate students to display their works. In conjunction with art history courses, students have curated exhibitions from the Tyler Museum of Art’s permanent collection, given talks on the work, and hosted opening receptions in the gallery.
Exhibits scheduled are:
Thru March 9th – 33rd Annual International Exhibition
March 22nd (6pm) – MFA Thesis Exhibition Reception: Daniel Jake Arnold (Meadows Gallery)
March 29th (6pm) – MA Thesis Exhibition Reception: Kirsti Smith (FAC Gallery)
April 7th – 4th Annual Art History Symposium (ARC 112)
April 10th (5:30pm) – MA Thesis Presentation by JoBeth Cox (ARC 112)
April 12th (6pm) – MFA Thesis Exhibition Reception: Brandon Witschi (Meadows Gallery)
April 19th (5:30pm) – BA Thesis Presentation by Cree Summerfield (ARC 112)
April 19th (6pm) – 1st BFA Thesis Exhibition Reception (FAC Gallery)
April 26th (6pm) – 2nd BFA Thesis Exhibition Reception (FAC Gallery)
May 3rd (6pm) Annual Juried Student Exhibition Reception and Juror Talk (Meadows Gallery)
Call for Artist: “Unfettered” Exhibit April 7th
Call for Artist:
“Unfettered” Exhibit April 7th at Wagner Auto Group, Tyler
Attention artists: submission for the Art Show “Unfettered” to be held Saturday, April 7th (7-11pm), Wagner Auto Group, Tyler. This one night curated art show will have a scene like no other. “This will be an extremely exciting evening out to peruse original art, watch live art demos, and check out some extremely talented art vendors,” said Kerian Massey, curator of the show.
“We are looking for a variety of art with the theme of ‘Unfettered.’ To be unfettered is to come undone, to let go or to become free, without ties. Any artwork that carries this theme in any loose fashion will be considered.”
For more info contact Kerian Massey at email@example.com or call (903)714-7414
All art will be juried in by a panel of judges. Notice of Acceptance will be given Monday, March 26th.
For those who want to be a part of the show but would like to sell more, there will be an area for select fine art for sale. All artwork is subject to review for quality and content. Absolutely no resale items with the exception of canvas prints and fine art prints.
Art Events SPRING-ing Up For The Season
Events & Classes
Call for Artists & Vendors – April In Edom is April 21st-22nd and is an old fashioned folk, street fair for adults, kids and pets. There is free admission. At April in Edom, you can find 125 plus vendors with handmade and folk crafts, demonstrations, vintage items, great foods, awesome kids’ zone with arts and activities, pet parades and contests, 40 Performers on 3 Stages, and a Fire 5K Run. To apply, go to visitedom.com/participant-vendors, email April@VisitEdom.com, or call (844)633-6689.
March 15th (6-8pm) – Watercolor Painting Class – M6’s first Watercolor Painting Class cost is $40 and includes all of your materials and a complimentary glass of M6 Wine. Reserve your seat at m6winery.com/events. Feel free to bring snacks to enjoy while you paint. M6 Winery is located at 201 W. Main St., Bullard. This class is taught by Chelsea Presley.
March 24th (12 noon – 5pm) – Azalea Trails Art Show – Join during the Azalea Trails season as Smith County Historical Society hosts local artist John Randall York upstairs in the Payne Auditorium at SCHS building, 125 S. College Ave., Downtown Tyler. “We are so excited to see the wonderful showcase John will have available to the public. The Society is working with John to provide supplemental histories of his subjects and for the works he will have available for sale. Please join us for a viewing and history of multiple local landmarks.” If you would like more information please feel free to contact the Smith County Historical Society at facebook.com/smithcountyhistoricalsocietytx.
May 12th (4-10pm) – TJC Art Club 15 Year Reunion – Have you ever been in Art Club? Have you ever taken an art class at TJC? Has Chris Stewart ever intimidated you? Do think Paul Jones is weird? Do you want to see old friends or make new ones? Come hang out, reminisce, reconnect and have a beer at True Vine Brewing Company, 2453 Earl Campbell Parkway, Tyler. This will be a great for old and new friends alike.
EGuide Magazine’s Gig Guide
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