We all have them, whether boldly stated, quietly muttered, or secretly pondered– resolutions for what we will (or will not) do or accomplish in the New Year. Resolutions are easy to make, but not so easy to keep. Still, recognizing that a change is desired or necessary, and being open to that change, is a great start.
Thoughts from the EC artists
The two big resolutions are “I’m going to lose weight,” and “I’m going to quit smoking”. Both of these are really hard to keep, because they rely on you changing habits and combating addictions. Being really hard to keep doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make the resolution, but you should keep in mind what you’re dealing with.
One artist suggested that somebody might decide to stop burping. But EC artist Sofia pointed out, “It’s gas. Just gas. Everyone gets gas.” Hilda agreed, “Yeah. That would be like saying you’re never going to fart.” So, rather than trying to fight your natural body functions, it may be more reasonable to say that you will be more polite when you burp—remembering to cover your mouth and say “excuse me”.
Instead of making a resolution really broad, like “I’m going to get healthy,” try to be more specific. Maybe you want to eat healthier. Maybe you want to get stronger, physically. Maybe you want to feel better about yourself, emotionally.
Don’t give up
Sometimes, we quit when we have setbacks. Everyone will slide a little bit when they’re climbing up a hill. The steeper it is, the harder it will be, and the more you may slide back. It’s okay. Give yourself permission to forget about your setbacks. Just keep climbing.
A resolution is a promise you make to yourself; not others.
Setbacks might be even more difficult to deal with if your resolution wasn’t really your goal. Continue reading →
There is a slideshow of art and artists at end of post.
What’s this? How do you– Ooooh, I get it. Cool!
New technology inspires apprehension in some people, but not in the EC artists. They’re explorers. They are used to learning and exploring new ways of artmaking. The iPad screen is just a new surface, like paper or canvas. A stylus is just a new tool, like a paintbrush, pencil, or pastel stick.
The Enrichment Center introduced a new Media Arts component this summer. Twice-weekly classes introduced media devices, such as Apple iPads, Apple TV, Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus (styli?), Continue reading →
Brooding Hamlet (played by James Brizendine) is informed by his father’s ghost, the late King (played by Luiz Gomez), that his own brother (played by Hilda Cotta) killed him, married the dead king’s wife Gertrude (played by Marlen Hernandez), and made himself the new king… If you think about it, you’d probably be brooding, too. Oh, poor Hamlet! His emotionally delicate girlfriend Ophelia (played by Calixta Perez) Continue reading →
EC art is back in the EC shop. If you missed us at the Artisan Fair, don’t fret. The EC Office Shop is open all year in Room 6 on the 3rd floor of the Arts Center. With 4 short flights of stairs, you can get your shopping done and a nice burst of cardio while you’re at it! Or you could use the elevator, because we have one of those, too. Continue reading →
On the 3rd floor landing, the DIA DE LOS MUERTOS exhibit is coming down to make room for HOUSES. VESSELS will be featured on the 2nd floor landing.
VESSELS and HOUSES are exhibits of ceramic works made of paper clay.
You may have seen paper clay in your local arts and crafts store. That paper clay is generally for air drying. That’s all good, but the EC artists need a lot of material, so we can experiment. We made our paper clay for firing in the kiln, from a combination of our regular firing clay and a cellulose paper product. It was a job and a half to make, but Kristine, our Clay/Ceramic Arts Teacher, was on it!
VESSELS started as balloons dipped in paper clay slip. It was a tedious process of dipping and drying… and dipping and drying… and dipping and—well you get the idea. Layer by layer, day after day, Continue reading →
OMG! It’s been almost a year since our last blog post… The EC artists have been busy, and yes, having fun!
Here’s what’s new…
When you want some EC art, but 18″x24″ is just a tad too much…
We’re upping our game… The EC will now be offering matted prints of artworks by selected EC artists, in addition to individual and boxed sets of note cards. Images, sizes, and prices to come.
2015 Holiday Artisan Fair
The EC artists will be selling prints and note cards, along with ceramic ornaments– letters and hearts– at the 2015 Holiday Artisan Fair. If you’re looking for a gift, be it for others or for yourself, come to the Merced Multicultural Arts Center at 645 W. Main Street on Friday, Dec 4th, 11am-6pm, and Saturday, Dec 5th, 10am-2:30pm.
Paper clay ceramics
In addition to the goods for sale in our booth, we will have more amazing ceramic creations on exhibit, which are also available for purchase. The EC artists have spent the last few months working in paper clay, and the results are beautiful. In the glass case on the 2nd floor landing– paper clay houses and buildings. In the glass case on the 3rd floor landing– paper clay bowls and vessels. We’ll have more details about EC art on exhibit next week… WE PROMISE!
Here they are: the 2014 Enrichment Center ornament… LETTERS.
This year, the EC artists’ ornaments offer a new way to personalize your holiday (or any-day) gift giving and decorating. Our 2014 ornaments go everywhere! On inside trees and outside trees, garland, gifts, and stockings… boxes, bags, hooks and bottles… chains, pins, collars, and key fobs. Personalize your holiday gifts this season, with handmade ceramic letters which can be used year-round.
The letters have been cut from slabs of firing clay and decorated by the artists of the Enrichment Center, with imprints and relief. They (the letters, not the artists!) were then fired to bisque in our kiln. The artists then spent two weeks painting the letters with glaze, before firing up the kiln again during the week of Thanksgiving. Continue reading →