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The Daughters of the American Revolution is an organization with a deeply rich history while also being truly relevant in today’s world. More than 930,000 women have joined the organization since it was founded close to 125 years ago. They became members to honor their heritage as well as make a difference in their communities across the country and the world.
A while ago, Ellen Gordon, Registrar for The Lake Wales Chapter of the DAR, nominated me for the Women in the Arts Recognition Award. This National Award is designed to recognize worthy women in the community for outstanding achievement in the non-performance arts.
The criteria was: innovative design work, featured exhibitions, publications and technique development. The recipient is expected to have contributed to her artistic field in an outstanding manner beyond mastery of technique. Ellen was especially interested in the art that called for environmental action: “When the People Care.”
The packet we sent off to the National Chairman included Ellen’s Nomination, My Artist Statement, ten large photos of art works, Letters of Recommendation from Artsy Shark Founder and WUCF TV Video Content Producer.
On October 5, 2015, at The Lake Wales Chapter Meeting, I was presented with the Award. My presentation included two videos of TV Interviews about my “Manhole Art.”
News 12 Interview in Port Jefferson NY: 1998
and The WUCF TV Artisode # 108 in 2013:
The audience chuckled when they heard the name of the grass roots environmental Adopt-A-Spot Group I founded: CLEAN (Committee for Litter Elimination And Neatness).
They laughed out loud when they discovered that I was on the Moscow Website entitled: “Sewers of the World Unite!” The DAR Audience was very receptive and interactive.
I am very Honored to be a recipient of a National Art Award from The DAR, an organization which promotes historic preservation, education and patriotism.
The Member Artist Showcase by the Smithtown Township Arts Council features unique original art displayed in the lovely historic Mills Pond House. A former resident of St. James and then Port Jefferson, Bobbi has maintained her membership and participates annually in their members’ show.
“Florida Citrus 467-1″ is a departure from her normal street scenes, but because she can’t visit the exhibition, she sent the “Flavor of Florida” instead. This mixed media relief artistically represents the vital elements for Florida’s Dominant Crop: Light, (for sun) water, soil, seeds and its most famous product: oranges.
Here are the step by step photos and story of its creation:
MEMBER ARTIST SHOWCASE EXHIBIT
Opening Reception Sat. Oct 10th at 2:00 PM
October 10, 2015 – January 8, 2016
View a Slide Show of Members’ Artworks:
Smithtown Township Arts Council
Mills Pond House
660 Route 25A
St. James, NY 11780
Office Hours: 10am-4pm Wednesday – Friday,
12pm – 4pm Saturday and Sunday* For Current Exhibitions
If you are able to attend the exhibition,
please share your comments on this blog.
Bobbi Mastrangelo’s “Inside 52GA-R” included in 25th Annual All Florida Juried Exhibit Sept. 25 – Nov. 14, 2015 in Stuart Florida.September 12th, 2015
“The Arts Council of Martin County is excited to be hosting this fantastic celebration of All-Florida Art in the Court House Cultural Center. The works have been personally selected by our juror Josh Davis to create a show that reflects the finest in Florida Art,” noted Nancy K Turrell, executive director.
“Inside 52GA-R” is a bit of a departure from the rest of Mastrangelo’s sculpture relief pieces, because is presents a look at the underside of a manhole cover: an underground view. “Inside 52GA-R” was a prize winner at Orlando Museum of Art’s 1st Thursdays and exhibited with “The Best of The Best” at The Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall in Orlando Florida in 2014.
Bobbi is pleased to have this special piece selected for this prestigious exhibit.
Wall Grouping: Bobbi’s Art, Thalia Sizemore, Below: Mia Lindberg and Gary Gresko.
Joshua Hunter Davis, juror for the show, is an artist from South Florida whose subjects range from industrial sites to machine animal hybrids. Though Davis did not grow up in Detroit or Newark or any other major city of industry, his preference for all things industrial and mechanical was the inevitable result of growing up in the family business of water and sewer plant operation.
Mastrangelo’s Art of sewer covers and water covers relates to the Davis family business. Joshua Davis Hunter currently works as an adjunct instructor in South Florida and exhibits work throughout the area.
Art Reception: Fri. Sept. 25, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.,
The exhibition runs from September 25 – November 14.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday – Friday,
Saturday 11 am – 2 pm.
Court House Cultural Center Gallery,
80 East Ocean Boulevard
Stuart Florida 34994
For more information, please call 772-287-6676
or visit www.martinarts.org.
Viewers, if you are able to see this exhibit, please add your comments to this blog.
Since 2001, I have been donating art for Attleboro Art Museum’s annual fundraiser. Proceeds from the auction fund colorful and innovative arts programs for all levels of artists and art students. The on-line bidding provides a chance to purchase art at a reasonable price and support the arts too.
Bobbi Mastrangelo’s “American Flag Eureka”
Mixed Media 9″ x 11″
Attleboro Arts Museum 2015 Benefit Art Auction
Oct. 13th – Nov. 4th, 2015 – Online Auction Bidding:.
Oct. 13th – Nov. 4th Auction Spotlight Exhibition
Attleboro Museum’s Ottmar Gallery
(preview all work before the live event)
Thurs, Oct. 15th, 6-7:30pm: Reception/Sponsor Recognition:
Saturday, November 7th, 2015
Gala-Live Auction/Silent Event
Doors open at 5:30pm.
For tickets to the Gala or information: Call 508-222-2644 x10
or email: email@example.com
Mastrangelo’s Patriotic Art at The Stars & Stripes Exhibit July 16 – Aug.14th at CityArts Factory Orlando FLJuly 10th, 2015
“American Flag, Eureka” Mixed Media 9″ x 11″
“STARS & STRIPES”
ART EXHIBIT & SALE
July 16 – Aug 14, 2015
29 South Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
Officially, the stars and stripes can be any color or media, but Bobbi Mastrangelo decided to enter three of her patriotic pieces.
“American Pride” Sculpture relief: 9” x 15” x 1.5″
For more information or prices of the art works, e-mail the artist: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your comments on the blog are very welcome. Please let Bobbi know if you were able to see this exhibit. Happy Summer!
I AM Pocket Sized
Curated by Rhonda Cooper
June 28 – September 13, 2015
Reception: Sunday, June 28, from 1 – 4 PM
I AM Pocket Sized invited artists from around the world to create art that fits in the palm of your hand!
I AM Pocket Sized exhibits a large survey of paintings, drawings, collages, sculpture, and more.
In today’s art world, where the notion that bigger is better seems to be too-often taken for granted, it’s refreshing to see that contemporary artists are continuing to produce work on a small scale as well. While small-scale paintings and sculptures, or maquettes, have often been produced as preliminary studies for larger-scale works, the artists represented in the IAM’s current exhibition demonstrate that small works hold a valid and unique place of their own in an art world often dominated by more sizable creations.
“The Essential Element” is one of Bobbi Mastrangelo’s two rotating miniatures being exhibited at the Islip Art Museum. Here is the top view based on an actual manhole sized water cover. The side and back views of Bobbi’s miniatures can be accessed here: http://www.bobbimastrangelo.com/sallery/Mini-Rotating-Sculptures.php
“The Essential Element” at Islip Art Museum
“I AM POCKET SIZED” June 28th – Sept 13, 2015
ISLIP ART MUSEUM
Reception: June 28 from 1 – 4 PM.
I AM Pocket Sized features Detlef E. Aderhold, Max Victor Alper, Lisa Argentieri, Susan Barrasi, Linda Beckerman, Ennid Berger, Phyllis Bilick, Katey Carey, Darlene Charneco, Ye-seul Choi, John Cino, Denise Collado, John Crimmins, Rosetta DeBerardinis, JoAnne Dumas, Shana Einhorn, Cara Enteles, Ann Fox, Reu’ven Gayle, Tony Geiger, Gabriella Grama, Michael Griske, Barbara Grossman-Karyo, Sylvia Harnick, Jeanne Heifetz, Neddi Heller, Katherine Hiscox, Paul Hitchen, Kyle Horne, Takafumi Ide, Debbie Johnston, Heidi Jukes, Drew Kane, Deborah Katz, Heejung Kim, Bernard Klevickas, Kathy Klompas, Jeni Kobylarz, Elizabeth Kolligs, Rachelle Krieger, Deanna Lee, Cynthia Loewen, Jennifer Maggio, Bobbi Mastrangelo, Claudia Mirzaali, Lauren Monte, Pat Moran, Alexandra Muzek, Stephanie Navon-Jacobson, Fred Neudoerffer, Vanessa Nguyen, Keith Perkins, Ramona Perrin, Mario Politi, Richard Quinn, Evelyn Ramos, Andreas Rentsch, Alan M. Richards, Deena des Rioux, Helen Rousakis, Sue Runkowski, Lorena Salcedo-Watson, Laurie Samara-Schlageter, Jane Schiowitz, Sungsook Setton, Alisa Shea, Sally Shore, Ruby Silvious, Megan Sirianni-Brand, Elena Soterakis, Ted Stamatelos, Stelios Stylianou, Chanika Svetvilas, Dianne Talan, Christine Verga-Maday, Gina Vigliarolo, Mary Waka, Caroline Waloski, Sharon Way-Howard, Patricia Yantz, Nancy Yoshii, Courtney Young, Helen Zajkowski, JoAnne Zambito, and Anthony Zummo
Islip Art Museum
50 Irish Lane
East Islip NY 11730
1 (631) 224 5402
Thursday – Friday 10:00 – 4:00 P M
Saturday & Sunday . Noon – 4:00 P M
“Reuse” at The Islip Art Museum
This year’s Annual Open Call exhibition has been curated by Rhonda Cooper, who was the Gallery Director of Stony Brook University’s Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery (formerly University Art Gallery) from 1983 to 2013. In addition to her curatorial work, Cooper has taught art management and Asian art history courses at Stony Brook University, the Art Institute of Boston, and the University of Bridgeport. She is also a co-author of the book, Masterpieces of Chinese Art.
Incidentally, The Islip Art Museum has nineteen of Bobbi Mastrangelo’s art works in their permanent collection. http://islipartmuseum.org/permanent.collection.html
Web Viewers, if you are able to see the small works exhibit at the Islip Art Museum this summer, please add your comments on this blog.
Wishing you a Splendid Summer!
Q & A with a “Grate” Artist
Mary Joye interviewed Bobbi Mastrangelo about her unusual art theme of manhole covers and water covers. The author had recently photographed the decorative water meter covers in New Orleans Louisiana, and was delighted to discover another soul who found beauty in manhole covers.
The complete article appeared on page 39 of the May issue of Today and Tonight Magazine published in Polk County. Several photos of Bobbi’s art and her manhole cover poem “Ode to Karl Shapiro” are included in the publication. Scroll to page 39 of the May edition to read the article: http://issuu.com/todayandtonight/docs/today___tonight_magazine_0515/39?e=7118698/12712714
Today & Tonight Magazine, edited by Chris Douglas is recognized as Polk County’s premier dining , entertainment and Lifestyle Resource. http://www.todayandtonight.com/
NPCW 2015 “The City Beautiful”
“The City Beautiful is the third of my Florida Post Cards Trio for NPCW. Orlando, The Theme Park Capital of the World, and one of our most visited cities, appealed to me for its dedication to the Arts.
Orlando’s impressive City Hall houses two public art galleries. The Terrace Gallery features national and international artists and collections, as well as Florida artists of renown. The Mayor’s 3rd Floor Gallery is specifically dedicated to Central Florida artists. Supported by private philanthropy, See Art Orlando is the permanent installation of nine contemporary public art sculptures in Downtown Orlando.
During the summer of 2014, my art was displayed on the third floor Mayor’s Gallery at City Hall with all the winners of Orlando Museum of Art’s First Thursday’s Exhibition: “Best of the Best” http://bobbimastrangelo.com/MyNews/?p=4377
The beautiful circular gallery space was impressive. The colorful City Logo posted next to the Mayor” Door inspired me. The actual city logo-manhole cover out on the streets is not colored, just plain rust-toned. So, influenced by “The City Beautiful” and the colorful Japanese Manhole Covers, I created my first manhole cover sculpture in color and posted the image on my 2015 NPCW Post Card.
National Post Card Week is celebrated annually during the first full week of May. Since 1991, I have been a participant, sending out a post card that is usually based on one of my manhole cover relief works.http://bobbimastrangelo.com/postcards.php Here is The Mastrangelo National Post Card Week Collection on Pinterest :https://www.pinterest.com/bmastrangelo/npcw-collection-for-bobbi-mastrangelo
I exchange post cards with over 130 post card pen pals and save their creations in binder notebooks. Demaris Swint has posted the 2015 post cards for National Post Card Week on this site: http://www.nationalpostcardweek.com/2015.php
Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Art and Community Involvement focus on Caring for Our Planet Earth. This is the First Blog in a three part series on EARTH CARE.
Why would anyone want to incorporate litter into an art work? When Bobbi Mastrangelo began her manhole cover art theme, she used to sweep the litter off the manhole covers before taking photos or doing rubbings. Well, the truth is that adding litter called attention to the treatment of our streets and our Planet Earth. So she composed this poem and embossed it into her hand made paper.
By now, you probably know that Mastrangelo’s art theme is based on Manhole Covers, Water Covers, Grates and Drains. Not only does her art document the visual history of our streets, but it carries an Environmental Message as well: To Conserve and Protect Our Precious Resources.
She created a walk around assemblage: “People Start Pollution: People Can Stop It.”
Mastrangelo also expressed concerns with conserving water in her sculptures and works on hand made papers. Ten of her “Water Cover” works are featured on the website of WEAD (Women Environmental Artists Directory). Her “Grate works of Art” have been exhibited in many important venues from Water Authorities in NY State to Florida, The New York Hall of Science, “Listen to the Earth” at Hamilton College and “Best of the Best” at the Mayor’s Gallery City Hall, Orlando in 2014.
Bobbi Mastrangelo has garnered many prizes for her art, but she is especially proud to have been one of the eleven finalists for the first-ever Environmental Art Prize sponsored by the NRDC National Resources Defense Council for the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Earth Day. http://www.nrdc.org/nabicontest/
Bobbi Mastrangelo’s “Grate Works” featured at The Albin Polasek Museum Exhibit: “Sight Unseen: Touchable Sculpture”, Dec. 7, 2015 – April 17, 2016November 23rd, 2015
Sight Unseen is a sculpture exhibit based around the concept of touchable, hands-on, 3-Dimensional art. Selected works must be made to safely withstand visitor touching and encourage interaction. Local physically challenged communities and organizations will be invited to participate, including the blind and vision-impaired, and the State Organization on Arts and Disability – The VSA of Florida. Blindfolds will be available for visitors with sight to use to experience the art with heightened sensory awareness. Selection was based on the artists’ aesthetics as well as their ability to embrace the theme. Artists were encouraged to make the audience want to touch their art!!!