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photos by Judy Hardin Cheung
Alameda Historical and Art Museum
Of Land and Sea
Art, poetry and dance in honor of Jack London’s Birthday (and Natica’s too)
January 12, 12:30-3:30
Artists reception and poetry reading
AEI has been fortunate to have a combined art show nearly every year for the past six years. Here, we have the opportunity to provide a museum venue for our artists, including an artistic setting for the accompanying poetry reading and dance program.
This year was no different. To a full house of nearly 50 people, our reception was a grand and satisfying success. This year, we joined Alameda Island Poets, with President, Mary Rudge, Poet Laureate of Alameda, in their annual tribute to Jack London who lived in Alameda much of his life.
In the above photo, we see Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company performing their Birth of Writing, a 2007 Grand Prize winner from the Dancing Poetry Festival Contest.
The paper sculpture is by Nancy Beck, Inverness, CA, made
specifically for this dance, using stylized cuneiform in some of the oldest surviving words ever written.
In the background are Richard Angilly’s Poetry Bytes, short poems accompanied by original line drawings, applied to colorfully painted canvas.In the foreground, on the pillar, are poetic masks by Natica. In all, we had 18 artists displayed, including our “out of town” artists, Alisha Rodrigues from Tetonia, Idaho; and our world traveling member,Dr. Kenneth Kuanling Fan from China and Taiwan.
We lost count of poets who read. 26 poets were scheduled to read, plus we included all poets who came.
Richard Angilly stands between his Poetry Bytes (L) and Dr. Kenneth Kuanling Fan’s scroll (R).
Tanya Joyce, creator of art on the right, stands in front of her art and the scrolls of Dr. Kenneth Kuanling Fan, left, showing us the poetry book sent as gifts from Dr. Fan to the poets and artists of our event.
While depicting being far away in the constellation of Pegasus, Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company swirls large veils while seated during a very unique piece of choreography. This dance was performed to a Dancing Poetry Festival Grand Prize Winner, Pegasus, by Ruth Wildes Schuler, Novato, CA.
Juliet Evans, our newest AEI member, proudly displays her acrylic Spirals, in her first AEI showing.
Dancer Rona Alexander, Wanda Ingmire and Shukriya DeVine give some spectacular swirls in their rendition of Richard Angilly´s poem, Midnight Skies
Judy Hardin Cheung shows her Poetography, combining poetry and photography in her Grotto of Imagery on installation day. Each year, this little nook is a popular place to stand, contemplate and chat.
AEI member and Pres. UPLI, Ben Yuzon (L) give poetry awards to Mary Rudge, Angela Reis and Nancy Merritt. Natica (far right) assisted.
Poet Laureate of Alameda, president of Alameda Island poets and co-coordinator of this event, Mary Rudge, and Angela Reis, poet from Alameda, delight in the refreshments served throughout the program. The food and drink were provided by AEI and presented by Judy Hardin Cheung, Kay Renz and Nicole Dobson Neal.
(l-r front: Natica Angilly, Betty Wong, Arthur Chang, Cindy Levinson, Gerry Egan, Liz Hack; middle row: Tania Joyce, Shirley Shukriya DeVine, Wanda Ingmire; back: Richard Angilly, Michael DeVine, Arthur Levinson, Judy Hardin Cheung, Juliet Evans. Sarahanne Lum attended but is not pictured.
Annual Board Meeting
Friday, December 28, 2007, 12:00-3:00 p.m., at Plearn’s Thai Restaurant,2050 University Ave., Berkeley, CA. We reviewed the events of 2007 and gave ourselves a pat on the back. We were especially happy to welcome back Gerry Egan,and welcome to her first AEI meeting, emerging artist, Juliet Evans. AEI continues to hold its status financially with no great gains or losses, but slightly better off than last year. Our list of activities and events were great and laudable, providing venues to poets, painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians and photographers around the Bay Area and as far away as Montgomery, Alabama with the World Congress of Poets and New Jersey with Rakkasah. Our sales at Rakkasah were much higher this year due to selling our new product, Natica’s Stardust Veils as well as tambourines, masks, earrings, books and various dance related items.We agreed to continue our usual schedule of venues and to advocate for creating an art piazza in front of the National Shrine of St. Francis.
Salon For Your Imagination, WOW!
AEI and Salon For Your Imagination, WOW! continue to work together to provide venues for our artists. Natica has her ongoing exhibit of masks and tambourines. Coming up on March 8, AEI has a group showing in the Middle Dining Room of Cafe Arrivederci, 11 G Street, San Rafael, CA. This show will include artists Natica Angilly with masks and tambourines, Judy Hardin Cheung with her poetry and photography combined into Poetography, Janet Kiyo Brockman with a pastel drawing, and Alisha Rodrigues with collage and paintings. Along with this art exhibit, Judy Hardin Cheung will give a talk with audience participation, Tambourine Slam, on March 10, describing how to enliven your poetry reading by using a tambourine and other percussive instruments. For reservations, call host Angar Mora, 415-897-7313. Additional upcoming shows will feature works by various AEI artists in the entry way, the first middle dining room and the bar area during the first half of 2008.
Poetic Dance Theater
Annual Christmas Party
Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company held their annual Christmas Party in the Alameda home of Wanda Ingmire on a stormy afternoon. We enjoyed a turkey dinner pot luck and gift exchange which brightened the day with friendship and Christmas good feelings.
L-R, F: Wanda Ingmire, Rona Alexander, L-R, M: Shirley Shukriya DeVine, Sarahanne Lum, Natica Angilly, Cindy Levinson, Ben Yuzon, Pilar Yuzon, Nancy Merritt; L-R, B: Michael DeVine, Richard Angilly, Judy Cheung. Some of the party goers left before we took this photo.
Shukriya smiles at receiving a framed photo of her dance extravaganza act for the past year, Pirates, where the Dancers of the Pharaohs, Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company, and many guest dancers join together in the wild exuberance of romanticized pirate life including billowing storms, sword and knife fights, raucous jigs, and all sorts of other wonderful, adventurous scenarios. What will she do to top that dance this year? Come to Rakkasah and find out.
It is with regret that we announce the passing of member, poet Helen Malkerson on Dec. 4, 2007.A remembrance of her will be held on her 96th birthday by her grandchildren, at her home, 2635 Rawson Street, Oakland, CA, Feb. 12, 2008, beginning at noon. RSVP Melissa@PatinageProductions.com
Selected upcoming events presented or participated in by AEI
for RSVP and information on any listed event, contact AEI at naticaaei @aol.com or510-235-0361
January 1-May 15, Dancing Poetry Contest see insert for rules.
February 1, 2008-Feb. 1, 2009, Natica’s mask and tambourine display goes back into Cafe Arrivederci
February 23,Redwood Empire Chinese Association Chinese New Years Celebration. For info, call Judy Cheung, 707-528-0912 or
March 8-March 27, Combination AEI art exhibit featuring AEI members Natica Angilly, Judy Cheung, Alisha Rodrigues and Janet Kiyo Brockman, 11 G Street, San Rafael, CA
March 10, Judy Cheung gives a talk on how to use the tambourine to accent poetry readings in a Tambourine Slam, Cafe Arrivederci, 11 G Street, San Rafael, CA
March 10-16, Rakkasah West, Vallejo Fairgrounds, Week long classes and a weekend festival with dance and international bazaar. AEI has a sales booth for fundraising. Natica will teach cultural tambourine dancing with glorious inovations on Monday, March 10, on Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company will dance Friday evening, Dancers of the Pharaohs dance Saturday afternoon.
March 15, 82ndAnnual Berkeley Poets Dinner and Awards Ceremonies, You must be present to win. Call AEI for details.
March 29-April 18, Judy Cheung’s Poetography exhibit in Cafe Arrivederci’s bar, combines poetry with photography.
May 10-June 20, Natica’s masks and tambourines exhibit in the entry way of Cafe Arrivederci.
June 21-August 1, Judy Cheung’s Poetography exhibit in Cafe Arrivederci’s entryway, 11 G Street, San Rafael, CA
August 9,Multi-Cultural Poetry Reading and Poet Luck Lunch, RedwoodEmpireChineseAssociationCenter, Santa Rosa, CA, Noon-4. Co-sponsored by AEI and Poets of the Vineyard. Call Judy Cheung for info 707-528-0912
September 27, Dancing Poetry Festival, Noon to 4:00 p.m. CaliforniaPalace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco.
July 16-20, 2009: Plan ahead for the World Congress of Poets in Managua, Nicaragua. Many AEI members plan to attend.
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ARTISTS EMBASSY INTERNATIONAL’S FIFTEENTH ANNUAL DANCING POETRY CONTEST Deadline May 15, 2008 Over $1,000 in prize money to be awarded All DPF prize winners will receive a prize certificate suitable for framing, a ticket to the Dancing Poetry Festival ’08, and be invited to read their prize winning poem at the 2008 Dancing Poetry Festival, September 27, 2008, Noon to 4:00 p.m. in the Florence Gould Theater in the California Palace of the Legion of Honor Art Museum in San Francisco. Three Grand Prizes will receive $100 each plus the poems will be danced, and videotaped for the winner. Each Grand Prize Winner will be invited onstage for photo ops with the dancers and a bow in the lime light. Five First Prizes will receive $50 each Ten Second Prizes will receive $25 each Twenty Five Third Prizes will $10 each
Pegasus by Ruth Wildes Schuler, Novato, CA
Won’t wear my mama’s mumu, by Bill Reinman, Oakdale, CA
Birth of Writing by Patricia Wellingham-Jones, Tahema, CA
“White winged wonder navigating the celestial
gathering stardust fromdwarfed red stars,
and descending to sprinkle the powers
of inspiration on earth’s artistic population....”
Won’t wear my mama’s mumu
by Bill Reinman, Oakdale, CA
“I won’t wear my mama’s mumu
‘cause my hula doesn’t show.
Inside that great big mumu
My hips go to and fro...”
“...We who pounded clothes
on rocks by the river
then stamped ourselves on the clay,
we are forgotten,
but we know who we are.”
CONTEST RULES Line Limit: 40 lines maximum each poem. No limit on number of entries Send TWO typed, clear copies of each entry Poems must be in English or include English translation Show name, address, telephone number, e-mail and how you heard about us on ONE copy only (The anonymous copy goes to the judges. Judges’ decisions are final.) Entry Fee: One poem for $5 or 3 poems for $10
Make checks out to Artists Embassy International Poets outside the USA, please send an international postal money order in US dollars or US currency No poems will be returned. Send all entries and fees postmarked by May 15, 2008, to AEI Contest Chair, Judy Cheung, NL 704 Brigham Ave. Santa Rosa, CA95404 Winning a grand prize includes your permission for Artists Embassy International to publish your poem in print or on-line with your credits for publicity involving the Dancing Poetry Festival. All other rights remain with the author. Judges are members of AEI and represent poets, dancers, artists, and musicians with international credits.
Winners will be announced by July 31, 2008
Early submissions are appreciated by the staff. Thank you. We look forward to seeing your work.
Check out our website at dancingpoetry.com for last year’s winners and additional general information