Sunday, January 4, 2009

...And we're back!

Good things are worth waiting for. Sidebar calendars will be updated by the end of the week. In the meantime, here are some artistic opportunities and interesting shows to start your new year off all minty-fresh.

Whimsical Works
Blue Raven Gallery
Deadline: January 10
Fee: $10 submission fee for first piece, $5 for each additional piece, maximum of 3 submissions
Artists notified: January 13
Delivery deadline: January 17
Opening: January 24, 3-6pm
3054 N. 1st Ave.

Blue Raven Gallery is accepting applications for Whimsical Works, an exhibition focusing on whimsical or gently amusing interpretations of any subject matter in two- and three-dimensions. A wide diversity of mediums and styles will be considered. Email images, or mail or deliver CDs or photographs of up to three examples of your work that you wish to have considered for this show. Download the complete submission guidelines here, or stop by the Blue Raven Gallery at Many Hands Courtyard to pick up a copy. Gallery hours are Thursdays 1-4pm, Fridays 12-5pm and Saturdays 11am-5pm. Contact Katie Iverson at or 405-3657 for more information.

El Mexorcist 4: America's Most Wanted Demon
Guillermo Gómez-Peña
Saturday, January 10 at 8pm
Tucson Museum of Art
140 N. Main Avenue

Using stratgically subsersive personae, San Francisco Mission District-based performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña addresses art, politics, sexuality, pop culture, and Chicanismo, through border savvy technologies. Why do we continue doing what we are doing against the backdrop of war, censorship, cultural paranoia and spiritual despair? What are the new roles that artists must undertake? Where are the new borders between the accepted and the forbidden? Is art still a pertinent form of inquiry? Who are 'we' and who are 'they'? Front row seats for this performance are $25, all other seats are $12. You may purchase at the door, or guarantee your seating by calling the Tucson Museum of Art at 624-2333 x109.

art, politics, and the soup of change
Dinnerware Artspace
Deadline: January 14 & 15, 9am-5pm or by appointment
Opening: January 15, 5-8pm
Exhibit runs through January 24
Pick up artwork: January 25 & 26, 12 noon-5pm or by appointment
Fee: $5 entry fee per artwork, up to 3 artworks helps pay for the space
264 E. Congress

Artwork wanted whose subject matter deals with any aspect of politics: political candidates, political cartoons, political attitudes, the role that television and the internet played in the campaigns, gender and politics, political satire, sexuality and politics, feelings about politics, persuasion, humor, the power of the poster, the environment, the economy, past, and almost-past, and soon-to-be presidencies, the future of the country, the state, the city. All mediums including video, performance, and music are welcome. Work need not be framed. Deliver your pieces to the gallery on January 14 or 15 between 9am and 5pm.

Soup will also be created by artists and served the night of the opening on January 15. We are looking for artists to participate in making soup for this event. Their soups will require innovative titles. A $5 donation gets visitors all-you-can eat soup and viewing of political art. Donations help raise money for Dinnerware community events, in small bites. Bring your own bowl and spoon. Artist Made Soups will also be served all week at Tooley's on Congress as part of this exhibit from January 17 to 24. $5 for a bowl of soup with a baguette on the side.

Contact David Aguirre at Dinnerware Artspace with any questions at 792-4503 or

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