Artists Embassy International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting intercultural understanding and peace through the universal language of the arts.Founded by Althya Youngman in 1951, AEI has continuously promoted individual and group artists working in many media, offered venues, publication opportunities, poetrycontest, prizes, festivals, conferences, classes, exhibitions and many other opportunities for the promotion of artists and their work throughout the United States and the world.Membership dues, $30 per year, include quarterly newsletters, advertisements of events, opportunities and contacts for international events and reports on your personal artistic work.Subscription only to the quarterly Newsletter, $10 per year.Send dues, subscription, newsletter articles and information to AEI for inclusion in the next publication.For more information about AEI, please visit www.dancingpoetry.com
The Intrigue of Joy
An Artists Embassy International production at the Alameda Museum of History and Art
January 24, 2009, 11:30-3:30
AEI’s year’ Alameda Museum art festival began with an extravaganza of light and joy. About 150 people came to our annual art show’s Artists Reception, Poetry Reading and Dance Performance. This is not including the people who came by during the entire month of January to see the art exhibit.As one of the docents told us during the artists’ set-up day, “This raises this museum up a notch.”During January, we kept hearing kudos from those who had seen the art. On January 24, the afternoon was awesome! The poetry was fabulous, the dancers were magnificent and the Artists’ Walk-about was a grand success.
Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company greeted the afternoon with Dances of Light, dancing to the poem of Richard Angilly, in front of the art of Natica Angilly’s masks, Liz Hack’s paintings and Kazumi’s Japanese brush paintings. Nearly 20 AEI artists had work on display. Dancers of the Pharoahs, choreographed by Shukriya Devine, gave an unforgettable performance of Fascinating Rhythm. Alameda Island Poets, with Poet Laureate Mary Rudge, joined AEI poets to round out the afternoon with poetry on this multi-media, artistic afternoon.
Oh yes! And don’t forget the food! A snack buffet was available throughout the afternoon for continual munching of breads, crackers, lunch meats, cheeses, sushi, veggies with dips and salad dressings, potato salad, cake, cookies, little apples, fruit salad, punch and wine.
In Praise of the Jellyfish, by Lucile Lang Day, Oakland, CA, was a dazzling display of veil fans billowing like a sea of jellyfish.Notice how many cameras were taking pictures. The program was aired on local TV, thanks to Glenda Barbara (L with camera).
Tanya Joyce read her poetry and displayed her art. Behind her is the art of Natica.
UPLI’s Pres. Benjamin R. Yuzon introduced Joseroman R. Laquian (R) who recited his poetry in Kapampangan from the Philippines
Judy Hardin Cheung read her poetry, displayed photos and was in charge of the food.
Alameda Island Poet Garrett Murphy read poetry from his poetry book.
Fascinating Rhythms by Dancers of the Pharaohs, choreographed by Shukriya Devine (2nd dancer from R) thrilled the standing room only audience with swords on their heads while the music sang, “I want to be all that I can be...”
Juliet Evans joyfully talked about her art to an appreciative audience. Behind her is the art of Maria Messina, nearer the door is some of the art of Alisha Rodrigues of Tetonia, Idaho.
A modern Asian scroll by Dr. Kenneth Kuanling Fan of Taiwan included English and Chinese poetry and was very popular.
Angela Reisse proudly discusses her paintings. Behind her is Natica and Richard Angilly with his Poetry Bytes and a painting by Tanya Joyce.
What better backdrop for an expressive dance than one’s own art?Natica and Richard Angilly perform We Need to Send Out More Birds as their introduction to Legend, by Mary Rudge, danced to Firebird, with shimmering red Stardust Veils, a dance prop invented by Natica Angilly.
AEI ANNUAL BOARD MEETING
On December 7, 2008, AEI met for a review of the past year and planning for 2009. 17 members met in the Pleasanton home of Nancy Merritt. 2008 activities and events were reviews and deemed a success. Discussion confirmed that we will continue along the same path we are now on, filling our current schedule of activities and events and evaluating new opportunities as they arise. Our website seems to be successful. Our treasury is holding its own. Our activities and events seem to be effective in promotingambassadorial inter-cultural understanding and acceptance. No motions were presented.
DANCING POETRY CONTEST UPDATE Our Dancing Poetry Contest is now under way under the guidance of Judy Hardin Cheung. This year, we have more participation than any previous year for the month of January. During the month of January, the opening month of our contest, we have received 39 poems from 15 people, sent in from California, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Texas, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Canada and Greece.Please copy the flyer and pass it out to as many people as you know who might be interested. We enjoy receiving winners from various places. One year, we had a father-daughter reunion. One lived in North Carolina, the other in California. Both won in our Dancing Poetry Contest without knowing the other entered. Please send in your poetry and spread the word to your poetry friends and families.For further updates, please check our website at www.dancingpoetry.com.
SALON FOR YOUR IMAGINATION,
For over 10 years, AEI and WOW! have been working together to place AEI member’s art into MarinCounty restaurants. Art coordinator, Angar Mora, schedules artists from around the greater San Francisco Bay Area to fill the many gallery areas of Cafe Arrivederci in San Rafael, CA and, new this year, Aurora Ristorante in Novato, CA.Each art display, whether it is oils, acrylics, watercolor, photographs, masks, tambourines, sculptures, or welded items, all come with one evening of artist presentation.
Nearly every Monday, except for major holidays, artists of all genres meet at Cafe Arrivederci to get to know each other, eat fine food and discuss art. Each salon offers a visual artist (painter, photographer, sculptor, etc.) and an audio artist (poet, singer, discussion leader or panel). Everything from media to techniques to innovations to “I love your work...” brightens the evening of artistic company.
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, for reservations and information on how to have your personal showing in a MarinCounty restaurant, please call Angar Mora, 415-897-7313.
If you are interested in having a few of your ready-to-hang pieces of art (includes quality frames, mats, wires, signature, date and specific identification on the back), displayed in an AEI group show, please contact Natica Angilly for details at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-245-0361.
Judy Cheung at Aurora Ristorante in Novato, CA, shows off her photo, “Dancing in the Temples of Zimbabwe
Natica stands in front of her artistic, poetic masks at the coffee bar in Cafe Arrivederci. She has a long running shelf display of masks and tambourines in the adjacent dinning room
All DPF prize winners will receive a prize certificate suitable for framing, a ticket to the Dancing Poetry Festival ’09, and be invited to read their prize winning poem at the 2009 Dancing Poetry Festival, September 26, 2009, 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.
Six First Prizes will receive $50 each Twelve Second Prizes will receive $25 each
Twenty five Third Prizes will receive $10 each
2009’s winners will be performed on September 26, 2009
Silence of the Song By Janice P. Egry, Verbank, New York, 2008
... You’ll leave your compositions On the shelf to mourn the stillness Of their paper and their ink....
In Praise of the Jellyfish By Lucille Lang Day, Oakland, CA, 2008
Let us celebrate the siphonophor, with its tiny gas-filled float atop a cluster of swimming bells forming a column like blossoms of foxglove; ...
By Allison Joseph, Carbondale, IL, 2008
Sing to me a language I don’t speak
With vowels swirling round my ears like silk,
Fingertips lifting candied morsels to my mouth, ...
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, 2009, to AEI Contest Chair, Judy Cheung, NL 704 Brigham Ave. Santa Rosa, CA95404 Accepting a grand prize includes your permission for AEI to publish and perform your poem
in print, on-line, and on stage around the world, with your credits
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, 2009
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