Our Meet the Artists Reception for the Artists Embassy International January Art Show at Alameda Museum, Alameda, California, featured artists, poets and dancers from 13 years old to 89 (unless someone older didn't tell us.) Artists were mostly local to the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, but some member-exhibiters are from as far away as Canada and China. Artists Embassy takes pride in providing opportunities to all artists of all genres, ages and ethnicities.
Please scroll down to share our wonderfully artistic afternoon.
Program: Artists Statement - Jan. 19, 11:30 till 3.30
Artists Embassy Arts Show at AlamedaMuseum
Photos by Judy Hardin Cheung
Slightly over 100 people attended this event. Thank you to everyone who came, participated and supported this
Artists Embassy International Meet the Artists Reception
with visual artists, poets and dancers
Welcome by Natica Angilly: Artists Embassy International, exhibiting artists Alameda Island Poets Chapter of the California Federation of Chaparral Poets, National League of American Pen Women, United Poets Laureate International, Open Exchange Magazine Publishers, Dancers of the Pharoahs, Banat El Hogar, Richard and Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company, Poets of the Vineyard, Eco Spirit Project, and appreciated audience.
Poetry Reading: Richard Angilly, Judy Hardin Cheung, Claire J. Baker, Nicole Dobson-Neal, , Kay Renz, Cathy Dana, Lourdes Costales, Jan Dederick, Amy Estrada, Tanya Joyce, Dave Holt, Nannette Bradley Deetz
The Dancers of the Pharoahs with Art of Balance
Poetry by Alameda Poet Laureate: Mary Rudge, Read by Natica Angilly
Directed by Shukriya DeVine, with Loywanner Haddadou, Wanda Ingmire, Carolyn Williams, Cindy Levinson, Ronda Hollie, Faith Dunham-Sims
Multi-media Artists Tour of AEI Visual Artistry:
Judy Hardin Cheung, Dr. Kenneth Kuanling Fan, Superna Ghosh,
Ishtar-Lhotus Zeviar, Janet Brochman,Ken Petersen, Tomye Neal-Madison, Mary Laughran, Mary Hart, Harriet Moore, Marguarite Moore, Tanya Joyce, Open Exchange.
Guest speakers: Janet Geis and Bart Brodsky of Open Exchange
Magazine, Northern California’s Premier Holistic non-profit resource
directory with the mission to provide the Greater Bay Area with
new technologies for positive change in the areas of healthy living,
business, recreation, performing and fine arts, and spiritual growth.
Artists Statement: Dancing Poetry Festival Grand Prize Poem
by Tanya Joyce, performed in dancing poetry fusion by
Natica & Richard Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Co.:
Wanda Ingmire, Cindy Levinson, Sara Ann Lum, Shukriya DeVine
Also, please visit our website at www.dancingpoetry.com for samples of our widely varied international art works.
Poetic Dance Theater workshopsand Dancing Poetry classes, please visit www.dancingpoetry.com for class descriptions. For class times please
call Natica at 510-235-0361.
March 11: Week long international dance specialty workshops begin for Rakkasah. Natica teaches in the afternoon, please contact Rakkasah for more information.
March 15,16,17 see: www.rakkasah.com Public is welcome to the Richmond Auditorium’s Main Stage, Cabaret Stage, continuous dance performances and international shopping in the Rakkasah Bazaar. Dancers of the Pharoahs and Banat El Hogar both perform on Saturday. Poetic Dance on Sunday.
AEI souvenir and fundraising booth with Dancing Tambourines, artistic note cards, unique books, original jewelry and many other artistic adventures is on the Mezzanine of Rakkasah. Please join the fun. We would love to visit with you there.
Artistic Photo of the Day
Looking around the gallery during
the Meet the Artists Reception
January 19, 2013, 11:30-3:30
Oppertunities to chat with the artists, poets, dancers, family and friends, and the people we did not know began the afternoon and continued at various times throughout the event.
Our food table was open for snacking during the entire afternoon.
Many artists had an artist's statement telling about themself and their art. Each statement was posted on the wall and in a binder for comfortable reading. Here, an art appreciator reads about Dr. Fan, an artist, poet, educator and business man from China, also an AEI member.
Many associate artists were displayed along the back wall with some of our AEI members including (L) Superna Ghosh of Canada and India.
Some easles were moved during our Gala Reception due to the volume of traffic in the gallery.
Our event was covered by two videographers: one for AEI archival purposes, the other for local Alameda TV
Tanya Joyce had a large labyrinth with watchers. The labyrinth will be a main focal point of the January 26 workshop by Tanya Joyce and Natica Angilly in the Alameda Museum.
Our many artists made a wonderful backdrop for our varied performers.
What could be a better backdrop for Natica's dance than (L-R) her own paintings and masks, her husband Richard's Poetry Bytes, AEI VP Judy Cheung's photos on the wall and posts, and AEI member Nicole Dobson'Neals rock sculptures and magnets on the table.
Exhibits of members, guests and a table for brochures and advertisements of upcoming events concludes our quick look around the gallery.
Poets, Visual Artists, Dancers
Natica welcomed the audience and presenters to the Meet the Artists Reception for the Artists Embassy International January Art Show.
Richard Angilly, Poet, Reader for the Poetic Dance Theater Company, and creator of Poetry Bytes (circular blue piece above Natica's paintings) was the first poet to recite for the afternoon.
Poet Cathy Dana, President of Alameda Island Chapter of Chaparral Poets and Teacher
Poet Maureen Hartmann, notice her portrait in the upper left corner, part of the "Artist as Art" exhibit of photographs by Judy Hardin Cheung
Nanette Bradley Deetz
Nanette Bradley Deetz and Dave Holt did a Native American duet
Dancers of the Pharoahs, directed by Shukriya DeVine, thrilled the audience with their swords.
"Art of Balance" by Mary Rudge, Poet Laureate of Alameda, was the poem used by Dancers of the Pharoahs.
This is a new way to point out out the art of Dr. Kenneth Kuanling Fan. Framed by swords is the art of (L) Sherry Wacker, (C) Liz Hack, (R) Natica Angilly
On stage bow with poet Mary Rudge
Ishtar-Lhotus Zeviar, poet, artist, dancer
Poet and artist, Tanya Joyce's poem "Artist's Statement" was the theme of this event. On January 26, she gives a workshop with Natica Angilly in this gallery on how to create your own artist statement. During this workshop, there will be a segment on the labyrinth, her major work displayed in this show.
Open Exchange Magazine was on display and available to all. Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company has been featured in the Oct.-Dec. 2012 and Jan.-March 2013 issues, including color photos by Judy Hardin Cheung and Tanya Joyce's poem, "Artist Statement." Natica wrote both articles.
"Artist Statement" by Poet Tanya Joyce was danced by Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company.
The color and exhuberance was wonderful
Uplifting, joyful, expressive of one's own individuality, all this is expressed in this poetry and dance combined into a unified art form.
On stage bow with poet Tanya Joyce
Banat El Hogar, directed by Loywanner Haddadou, gave a Middle Eastern Dance in vibrant jewel colors that looked like they matched the art on the walls.
Classic moves and poses highlighted this performance
Their whirls, twirls and swirling veils was truely stunning.
Artist and poet Kazumi Cranney
Artist Sherry Whacker
Artist Nicole Dobson-Neal with stone garden sculptures and artistic magnets.
Artist Juliette Evans
Artist Evelyn Glaubman
Ishtar and her daughter, Jewal Zeviar, danced to a poem by Marjorie Lynne Wagner
They depicted a rain storm in all its fury and regenerativeness
Great sheets of water enveloped the people who struggled, drowning, but finally escaped the devistation to continue life refreshed. Theirs was an extremely innovative performance.
Alameda's High School Poet Laureate, Mary Rudge, Alameda Poet Laureate; Cathy Dana, teacher of a current High School Poet Laureate; Sophia Starling-Shirley, Alameda Community Learning Center Poet Laureate all received recognition
Sophia Starling-Shirley, Alameda Community Learning Center High School Poet Laureate was specially introduced and recited a poem. (She was also wonderful in volunteering to help set up the food table before the show. Thank you Sophia!)
"Dancing With Tambourines" by poet Claire J. Baker was performed by Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company
"Dancing With Tambourines" by Claire J. Baker was a Grand Prize Winner in the 2012 Dancing Poetry Festival and was premiered at the San Francisco Palace of the Legion of Honor in September, 2012.
Exhuberant and colorful as well as vibrant and lively!
Claire J. Baker was unable to attend, but artistic director Natica Angilly joined the exit formation of the dance.
Poet Garrett Murphy
Poet, Artist Mary Rudge, Poet Laureate of Alameda
Poet, Dancer, Jewal Zeviar
Poet Jan Dedrich
Poet John Rowe
Poet Katherine Wilson recited a poem accompanied by poet/dancer Jan Dedrich performing totally impromptu to the great delight of the audience
A new poet joined us for the first time. My apologies for not writing down his name.
When we finished, we had to clean up and leave the gallery ready for the next event.
A-A-A-Ahhhh! We all agreed with Richard at the end of the event. He found a comfortable couch (for sale at the Museum) and is haloed by his Poetry Bytes.
My apologies to artists, poets and dancers who may have been missed by the camera lens (including myself). With so many interesting people presenting their wonderful works, I sometimes missed a shot. I hope we will all get together next year and remedy the situation.
Thank you to everyone who read, danced, created art or just came to share our glorious afternoon. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you
From all of the Artists Embassy Staff, especially Judy Hardin Cheung, photographer and webmaster.