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Hello to all of my dear friends and Linked in members!

About 3 weeks ago my computer crashed! Totally! I am not able to access my laara63@gmail.com account due to the fact that I have forgotten both my password and my recovery account password.

I have telephoned some of you to let you know that I am alright. Finally, I realize I can do this wonderful post and it will reach many of you who care about me!

My son, JP will be getting me a new computer and also trying to rescue my hard drive but this will not happen until May!

The reason for this is because I am going to fly to France and then to Italy to visit friends and stay at Ozu Cultural Centre again! I leave on Monday. Hopefully, I can use my buddy David’s computer and do a blog about my travels while I am away!

Here is a new email address for you to use to reach me!

laarawilliamsen@gmail.com

Sending you all lots of Love and Light

Sincerely
Laara WilliamSen
International professional painter
and Bossy Angel to some!
Vancouver, B.C., Canada

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ILDIKÓ KALAPÁCS Painter, Dancer, Sculptor, Video Artist, Teacher, Lecturer

Ildikó Kalapács life story spans two continents while her creative vision is born of a universal sense of the deepest rivers of thought and emotion.  Couple this depth with her commitment to the expression of cultural, racial and class identity in the context of globalization and her artworks and projects literally breathe with her intense creative perceptions.  It is my privilege to introduce you to the creative work of Linked in network member and International professional artist, Ildikó Kalapács!

FRAGILE Original painting by Ildikó Kalapács (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

Ildikó Kalapács was born in socialist Hungary on June 13, 1965, in Szeged city.  She grew up during the Cold War era and comes from a background of staunch and sturdy family members. Her parents were among the first to get a high school degree in their families and they encouraged her as a youth to pursue whatever she wished to pursue.  She received an excellent free education and began Folk Dancing classes at the age of eight years old. Of her dancing, Kalapács says, “I fell in love with it and I have been dancing since then.  I believe it was the improvised aspect of folk dance which intrigued me the most.”  With her older sister’s encouragement, she  was accepted into an art high school at the age of fourteen years old. She came to the USA when she was twenty two years old. Attending the Eastern Washington University from 1988 till 1992, she received a BA degree in Studio Art on completion of her studies.

BEARING SCULPTURE Profile Original by Ildikó Kalapács (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

 Kalapács willingness to speak out about social causes and to help others through her art making is evidenced in her art in public spaces.  Most recently she conceived the Bearing Sculpture Project which was created in the small bronze sculpture version by Kalapács in 2008, with grant funding from the non-profit Puffin Foundation, Inc.  The Bearing Project is a public sculpture and it is proposed to be cast life-size by the internationally known Walla Walla Foundry.  When completed it will be placed in a prominent location in the greater Spokane area, in Washington, U.S.A. This larger completed sculpture will be a gift to the community from the donors of the Bearing Public Sculpture Project Fund.

BEARING SCULPTURE Top Original by Ildikó Kalapács (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

Celebrating the strength of women across the world, this sculpture depicts a woman carrying a man which represents the burden that war places on the human spirit. Dispossessed women carry the weight of family and spousal responsibilities; bearing the physical and emotional load of the aftermath of war.

BEARING SCULPTURE Front Original by Ildikó Kalapács (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

In her own words, Ildikó Kalapács expresses the essence of the Bearing Project by saying, “It is essential for a compassionate society to acknowledge women’s positive contributions to the healing of soldiers during and after wars, be it on the front lines or at home.  It also demonstrates courage when one helps the returned soldiers to fight their next battle in peace time and to encourage them to accept a partnership in that.”  The in-progress Bearing Public Sculpture Project can be viewed at the website  http://thebearingproject.com/

A selection of other art in public spaces that Kalapács has created are; “Dream Catcher” at the Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest, in Spokane, Washington, U.S.A. where she created an almost wall size painting for them.  She incorporated words into the work which are related to the purpose of their service and depicted young people of both genders. “Relief”, Spokane Hospice, Washington, U.S.A. was created for the Hospice of Spokane.  She created a painting for the family contemplation room where grieving families go to reflect.  It is a more traditional portrait of a young woman, with her hair down, but words are playfully incorporated into her locks. At the Kamiyamada Bunkakaikan, Computer Print Works in Collection, Kamiyamada, Japan she was invited by the Japanese for an annual Hungarian Japanese print exhibition where she exhibited computer printed versions and variations of some of her paintings.

Ildikó Kalapács states, “I investigate the overlaps of various identities and their ambiguities — cultural, personal, language, gender, image. And our identities play against the natural environment in the context of our global era. Everything is in more flux than ever due to our volatile global culture with its instant communication and mobility.

My images grab a moment in time, yielding glimpses of a perceived state of culture and identity. My motivation to explore identity is the fact that I have lived in two opposing cultures (Hungary and the USA). As an artist and dancer, I live in a well-connected international world.

I am exploring cultural, racial and class identity in the context of globalization using internal (inner) realities and through external images. It reflects my background as an artist and dancer exploring other cultures, but at the same time well grounded in my own Hungarian culture. I marry the universal and the culturally specific both of which are equally important in our era.”

LOVE Original painting by Ildikó Kalapács (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

These mixed medias offer a  refreshing  view of “woman” in her ordinary flesh.  So much of our current commercialization of the female image hides the reality of the female aging process or even just what women’s bodies really look like!  So quite aside from the other attributes of Kalapács art works, these art works give the viewer a much needed, rare and truthful view of women’s bodies.

HEART Original painting by Ildikó Kalapács (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

In these mixed media works, the incorporated photographs are collected from the USA, Transylvania and Hungary proper.  The photographs focus on cultural and personal identity and how people depict that identity through photographs.  Kalapács is currently expanding her images to include other cultures in the context of globalization and social class.

Both the old photographs at the bottom of each art work and the loosely floating designs, that can be suggestive of an old fashioned fabric or translucent drapery, can depict for the viewer a sense of place and history.  There is a certain and clear honesty in Kalapács perceptions and in her translation of her perceptions into these creations. This truth is immediately felt and known as we view her art work. It is not surprising then that her matured art language gives each artwork a new breath of life while honouring traditions and women from all walks of life..

Of her more than one hundred exhibitions, recent solo and group exhibitions include the Central European University, Soros Foundation, Budapest, Hungary,  Lonely Canary Gallery, Spokane, Washington, U.S.A., Bank Left Gallery, Palouse, Washington, U.S.A., Invitational Travelling Group Show by Landfill Art Project, PA, U.S.A., Spokane Valley Art Auction Show, Spokane Valley, Washington, U.S.A. All Media Juried Show, Chase Gallery, Spokane Washington, U.S.A., “Pushing Against the Wall”, Two Wall Gallery, Vashon Island, Washington, U.S.A., Moses Lake Art Museum, One Year Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Washington, U.S.A., “Domestic Patterns,” Kolva Sullivan Gallery, Spokane Washington, U.S.A., “Feminist Exhibition”, Tacoma Community Collective, Tacoma Washington,  “The Feminist Myth”, Arts West, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., Unitarian Universalist Church Gallery, Spokane, Washington, U.S.A.,  “Straddle,” Szeged, Hungary, First World Exhibition of Hun Am Artists, Cultural Center, Nyíregyháza, Hungary, Muhely Galéria, Szentendre, Hungary, Szalóky Galéria, Budapest, Hungary, Hungarian Culture Center, Castle District, Budapest, Hungary and the Tinman Art Works, Spokane Washington, U.S.A..

A true creative, Ildikó Kalapács is a painter, dancer, sculptor and video artist.  She has taught and lectured in all of these disciplines both in the U.S.A. and in her birth country of Hungary.  Kalapács says that both the visual arts and folk dance have contributed a tremendous amount to her life.  She acknowledges the solitude that is required in the studio to create her art works and feels that by contrast dance has given her an opportunity to learn and work in a group as no other profession can.  She feels that both these art forms have brought a balance to her life.  And just beneath that balance is her life time of achievements and her finely honed creativity sensibility.  This can only be evidence of  a deep, innate root of courage within her; a voice that speaks out for social causes, a hand that does not falter and a heart that gives unconditionally.

Ildikó Kalapács many creative achievements really do exceed the boundaries of this article and I invite you to learn more about her by visiting;

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528463098&sk=info
http://www.ildiart.com

BEARING SCULPTURE Top Original by Ildikó Kalapács (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

**The Bearing Public Sculpture Project’s websites:

http://www.facebook.com/TheBearingProject
http://thebearingproject.com/

Or contact Ildikó Kalapács directly at ildiko@ildiart.com

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Thank you.
Laara WilliamSen
International professional painter, author


“VANITAS VANITATUM II” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

UKO POST

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Uko Post, a Contemporary Fine Artist who was born in Meppel, the Netherlands, in 1954.   In his last primary school class, he became more interested in drawing because there was a project to complete for the national holiday for the queen. This project was organized in all the primary schools in Meppel. He received early recognition of his creativity when his  drawing was chosen to hang in the local newspaper window.  In 1969, he went with his father to the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam and viewed the Rembrandt exhibition.  He  was so impressed by the paintings of Rembrandt, that he decided to become a painter.  Although this was against the will of his parents, he did not loose his vision and he received his artistic training  at the Academy Minerva of Fine Arts in Groningen in the Netherlands from 1972 to 1978.   There he was introduced to realism and was taught by Diederik Kraay Poel, Wout Muller, Ger SIKS and Geert Meijer.  Uko Post is member of the Dutch Northern Realists also known as the Noordelijke Realisten.

“NEW BEGINNINGS” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

Since 1994, he has lived and worked  in Belgium in the tranquil region of Sankt Vith, Eifel, known for the ancient Celtic magic of this region.

“ENTRANCE TROYE” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

He has been deeply inspired by the Magical Realism of the nineteen thirties and painters that he admires from this period are Pyke Koch, Wim Schuhmacher, Raoul Hynkes, Dick Ket and Carel A.C.Willink. He is also a great admirer of the Flemish Primitives such as Jan van Eick and Memling.

“VANITAS WITH HALF APPLE” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

Uko Post is a Master Painter who paints the fragility of our earthly existence. He is always seeking content that mirrors his feelings and he is often inspired by the history of mankind and the history of art.

"WHAT REMAINS?" Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

“WHAT REMAINS?” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

He says, “I create what I create because it feels good for myself to work in that way.  It is a part of my vision on the world and on myself as a human beïng……I disassociate myself from the mainstream. I am not searching for the temporary but rather the timeless, that occupies and binds us as humans.

The same thing that binds us together, also divides us to the bone of the matter, where to there is no answer to be found.”

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“GRAVEYARD” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

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In a metaphorical sense, each  painting created by Uko Post is a self portrait and yet once each painting is completed, it begins a magical life of it’s own depicting quintessential states of being.  When we view Uko Post’s paintings that evoke the various eternal stages of  life, decline and death or “vanitas,” it is obvious that these art works spring from his matured vision of that evolution which both builds and divides our lives.

“DEAD BULLFINCH” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

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There is an undeniable sense of the familiar and also of the mysterious within each of his art works.

“OLD WALL” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

“APPLE” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

It is not surprising then that Uko Post’s paintings are also often associated with the Magical Realists of the twentieth century and that his art works are revered and exhibited throughout Europe.

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Some of his recent exhibitions include  Hospital Gallery Pruem, Germany, Gallery Hohenbusch Gruefflingen Gallery, Belgium, Gallery Dogan, Blaue Galerie, Schoenecken, Germany, Museum Altes Amt Schoenberg, Germany.

"THE BEACH" Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

“THE BEACH” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

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He has also exhibited at the Gaytalpark Umwelterlebnispark, Germany, Verbandsgemeindeverwaltung Ulmen, Germany, Culturhaus Pruem, Germany

“MONOLITH” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist

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as well as Gallery Am Pi, Weissenseifen, Germany,Kunstroute Zijpe, Petten, Netherlands, and Burgkapelle Burg, Neuerburg, Germany and many other venues.

“WATERGATE,” Original painting by Uko Post (c) COPYRIGHTED 2011 All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

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Uko Post is a truth seeker, a visionary and one who does not compromise to accommodate modern trends.  The results are evident in each of his hauntingly beautiful works of art that challenge us to look and then look again at the very core of what makes our souls resonate with life and death.  Because of his uncompromising choice of subject matter and his excellent mastery of the technical skills of painting,  Uko Post’s creations provide us with an unforgettable journey through a  myriad of feelings and states of beings!

Please visit http://www.ukopost.eu to view more of Uko Post’s artworks and for more information!

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Laara WilliamSen
International professional painter and author

ALLAN J. WASH’s PAINTINGS AT THE LOUVRE!


Paintings by Allan J. Wash have been accepted for exhibition this December at the:
Salon 2010 La Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts to be held in the Paris Louvre
Art Complex:

Salon 2010 La Societe Nationale des Beaux ArtsContemporary art fair
December 16, 2010 > December 19, 2010
Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts, founded in 1861 by Louis Martinet and Theophile Gautier, and then refounded in 1890 around Messonier of Puvis de Chavanne. The quarrels of strong personalities and squabbles led the demerger of several companies of artists.
Encouraged by the Minister of Culture, a company known as “Historical Shows” were reconciled around a common living room at the Grand Palais and the National Society of Fine Arts joined them in 2006. But his presence at the Grand Palais remains on the sidelines of the annual event it organizes in the Salle Le Nôtre at the Carrousel du Louvre where SNBA highlights the multiplicity of trends in contemporary art and vitality.
In the heart of Paris, this show offers its participants a high quality service and exclusive facilities. In addition to French artists, this show hosts delegations from Brazil, Canada, People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Spain, U.S., Japan, Turkey, Italy , United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany. It’s an international event ..

Carrousel du louvre
Salle Le Nôtre
99, Rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris 1er – France
01 43 59 47 07

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