Bobbi Mastrangelo’s “Da Gracias Por Agua” at Hispanic Heritage Exhibition in Orange County Regional History Center: Sept 3 – October 30th, 2016

August 1st, 2016
Bobbi Mastrangelo with her Triptych: "Da Gracias Por Agua"

Bobbi Mastrangelo with her Triptych: “Da Gracias Por Agua”

Bobbi Mastrangelo is delighted to have her art chosen for the 2016 Exhibition   sponsored by The Hispanic Heritage Committee of Greater Orange County.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration Exhibit 

The Orange County Regional History Center

65 E. Central Blvd. in downtown Orlando

Sept. 3 through Oct. 30, 2016

Reception: September 15, 2016

Phone: 407-836-8500

www.thehistorycenter.org

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Each year, Orange County and the nation observe Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and was expanded in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan to the 30-day period from September 15 to October 15.

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The date of September 15 was chosen because it’s the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. October 12, celebrated as Columbus Day or El Día de la Raza, also falls within Hispanic Heritage Month.

Agua Sagrada Cirlcle     Agua Elemento      Agua Aztec Pictured are Water Cover details from the three sculpture relief works.

More “Grate News”  Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Triptych: “Dar Gracias Por Agua” was also chosen as an Award of Excellence Winner:  Celebrating Healing Arts on Manhattan Arts 2016.  Scroll down: http://www.manhattanarts.com/hpa-2/

You can see the individual Art Pieces, read the details of Bobbi’s research into Mexican and Aztec Art, her connection to the Poet, Jorge Argueta and the influence of Masaru Emoto concerning Water Appreciation on her blog:  http://bobbimastrangelo.com/MyNews/mastrangelos-scintillating-sculptures-celebrate-cinco-de-mayo-2016/

 

Two Sisters In American Art Collector 2016

May 29th, 2016

Two Sisters Close in Age, Far Apart in Art Themes:

Bobbi’s Manhole Art Theme deals with “The Gateway to the Underground,” contrasted with her sister’s Ethereal Landscapes containing hidden Angels. Judie Pufpaff’s Theme: “The Spirit Within” contemplates “The Gateway to Heaven!”

American Art Collector 2016

Most of the Blog Readers are familiar with Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Manhole Art. This sculpture relief is featured in The American Art Collector 2016 by Alcove Books.  http://collector.ac/

City of Orlando

“City of Orlando” by Bobbi Mastrangelo

Now you have the opportunity to meet her sister, Judie Betschen Pufpaff who tells us her story!  Here is her piece in American Art Collector 2016: “Walk in the Light” Isaiah 2:5

Walk in the Light by Judie Pufpaff

“Walk in the Light” by Judie Pufpaff

Judie says: “Sharing a childhood home gave us (and our siblings) opportunities to explore and create the life every child would love. Our parents encouraged the fine arts along with a very strong vein of independent thinking.

Imagine a home in the hills of Springville, New York that resounded with music and laughter. Our neighboring farmers probably rolled their eyes at the “city folk” trying to raise 6 children with chickens, a pet pig and acres of strawberries, while our dad drove into Buffalo each day where he sold Electrolux vacuum cleaners door to door.

Bobbi, baby Claire, Judie and our dog.

Bobbi, baby Claire, Judie and our dog in 1948.

Now, as I look back, I think of us as the Springville “Von Trap Family,” singing and playing whenever possible. Hard work, honesty, high marks in school, being fine citizens and good neighbors were attributes highly prized by our parents.

Bobbi and I were the oldest, enjoying all of the rewards and responsibilities as such. We were very different: Bobbi always looked for challenges, gave every endeavor 150%, while I chose easy, fun, pretty projects. I would plant flowers or run to the woods to read a new book, as Bobbi tackled a huge report or essay. I chose easy “A” classes, while Bobbi chose the most difficult.

The Betschen Bunch: Lois, Claire, Rick, Bobbi, Fred & Judie

The Betschen Bunch: Lois, Claire, Rick, Bobbi, Fred and Judie

We are still very different in creativity, Bobbi loves sewer grates while I paint landscapes of sunshine and flowers. I always choose “pretty and elegant” while Bobbi chooses unique. We are appreciative of each others talents and pursuits, as we are of our younger siblings, all very talented and ambitious. We are blessed!!!”
Love,
Your sister,
Judie Betschen Pufpaff from Williamsville NY

Bobbi Mastrangelo adds: “My sister Judie inspires me with her ethereal, sublime landscapes. Visit her website to see more of her exquisite landscapes. http://www.judiepufpaff.com/index.html

 

Lois, Bobbi, Claire and Judie at The Castile Farm, NY 2006

Lois, Bobbi, Claire and Judie at The Castile Farm, NY 2006

After my sisters posted their comments, I added the above photo to show the fun we have when we are together.

Here is Judie’s recent art work that was exhibited with The Buffalo Society of Artists:

"Quietness and Assurance" (Isaiah-32:17) by Judie Pufpaff

“Quietness and Assurance” (Isaiah-32:17) by Judie Pufpaff

Mastrangelo’s triptych: “Da Gracias Por Agua” Celebrates Water and Cinco De Mayo 2016

April 25th, 2016

Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Triptych “Da Gracias Por Agua” will be exhibited at the Orlando Museum of Art’s 1st Thursday in May: CINCO DE MAY-OMA!   Ole!  Reception 6-9 PM

Member Artists of ArtistsRegistry.com. celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5th with their own interpretations of Mexican life, through the mediums of paintings, drawings, photography or sculpture.

Da Gracias Por Agua (triptych 21" x 48")

Da Gracias Por Agua (triptych 21″ x 48″)

Bobbi Mastrangelo is internationally known for her unique wall relief city-scape interpretations of water covers and manhole covers. Her Triptych created just for this Mexican Themed Event is collectively titled: “Da Gracias Por Agua.” (Give Thanks for Water)

The first sculpture relief, entitled “Agua Sagrada,” pays homage to Jorge Argueta’s Poems in “Hablando con Madre Tierra.” (“Talking with Mother Earth” illustrated by Lucia Angela Pérez) His powerful, inspirational bi-lingual poems explore a young native Salvadoran boy’s connection to Mother Earth. Tetl’s Grandmother taught him about the spirituality of his Nahuatl Ancestors viewing the Earth as being alive with sacred meaning.

Aqua Sagrada (Sacred Water)

Aqua Sagrada (Sacred Water)

The text inscribed around the simulated water fount is “El Agua Es Sagrada.”  (Water is sacred)  “Es La Sangre de La Madre Tierra. (It is the blood of Mother Earth.) Jorge Argueta graciously gave permission for me to use these words from his poem “El Agua.”

 

Los Cuatro Elementos (relief 21" diameter x 6") and El Agua Es Una Bendición

Los Cuatro Elementos (21″ dia. x 6″) & El Agua Es Una Bendición

With water conservation and protection as a recurrent theme, Bobbi envisioned the center piece with “Covers” representing The Four Elements “Los Cuatro Elements:” Tierra, Aire, Agua y Fuego. The four covers float above metallic colored concave wells.

 

El Agua Es Una Bendición

El Agua Es Una Bendición

Bobbi enjoyed researching the ancient Aztec, Mayan and Nahuatl Cultures for the borders and designs of the two outside pieces. Atl, the Aztec symbol for water is located in the center of the starburst design.

But it was the contemporary Water Researcher, Masaru Emoto, author of The True Power of Water who influenced  the text of the above piece.  “Water is a Blessing, Give Thanks for Water,” Bobbi inscribed the Spanish Translation around the water fount: “El Agua Es Una Bendición.  Da Gracias Por Agua.”

Emoto believes that: “It is our individual responsibility to learn all we can about water, the most precious resource on the planet and to help shift the consciousness through our thoughts, words and prayers.  May our understanding of water help to bring peace to all mankind.”

Bobbi felt Spiritually Blessed as she created this triptych and hoped that Argueta’s philosophy about honoring Mother Earth and Emoto’s revelations about water would resonate to the viewers.

 

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Orlando Museum of Art

2416 North Mills Ave.

Orlando FL 32803

1 (407) 896 4231

www.omart.org.

Bobbi Mastrangelo’s “Of Manhattan” in Twitter Art Exhibit: NYC 2016

March 18th, 2016

Twitter Art Exhibit: NYC is an international exhibition of original postcard art benefiting Foster Pride’s “Handmade” Program, in which young women in foster care learn to create and market a unique line of goods. The entire exhibition is carried out by an unpaid, volunteer corps of organizers and artists; there is no entry fee, and artists of all career levels are encouraged to participate, making it possible for emerging talent to appear alongside seasoned professionals.

Foster Pride website: http://fosterpride.org/

Twitter Art Exhibit: NYC is the sixth installment of an open international exhibition of handmade postcard art for charity, donated by hundreds of participating artists from around the globe.

"Of Manhattan" by Bobbi Mastrangelo

“Of Manhattan” by Bobbi Mastrangelo USA

TWITTER ART EXHIBIT: NYC
Benefiting Foster Pride’s “Handmade” Program

OPENING EVENT: Thursday, March 31, 2016 – 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Exhibition runs March 31st – April 21st

Trygve Lie Gallery
317 E 52nd St.                                                                                                                                                                   New York NY 10022

EACH HAND CREATED ART PIECE SELLS FOR ONLY $35.00 or three for $95.What an amazing opportunity to purchase original art!

The idea is simple: artists around the globe receive a call through Twitter social media to create original postcard-sized art, which they mail to a local curator, who then exhibits and sells them to benefit a local charity.

Opening Night Schedule: March 31, 2016
Arrival: 6:00PM
Speeches begin: 7:00PM
Reception & sales through 8:30PM

1 card for $35
3 cards for $95

Speakers:
Isha Setia, Curator of Twitter Art Exhibit: NYC
Thor-Erik Fjellvang, Director of Trygve Lie Gallery
Lynn Schnurnberger, Foster Pride
David Sandum, Creator of Twitter Art Exhibit

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Alexander Kholopov – RUSSIA – 1948 to 2016 Memorial Tribute

February 11th, 2016

Alexander Kholopov (Sasha) is internationally known for his Artistamps and his contributions to the Mail Art Realm.

Alexander Kholopov

Alexander Kholopov

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The Best Sewerage for the Best People, 1996 Artistamp Series.

http://sewers.artinfo.ru/archives/archive-en.htm

His resume lists his accomplishments: http://artistamp.artinfo.ru/cv/cvk.htm

How did a USA Artist become acquainted with Russian Artists in Moscow?  I was actively engaged in artwork based on the theme of  Manhole Covers, when a colleague, Michele Brody, a designer of  NYC Manhole Covers, http://michelebrody.com suggested that I apply to be on the “Sewers of the World Unite” website.

My art was happily accepted in their projects, commentaries and archives: http://sewers.artinfo.ru/archives/archive-en.htm, but I was amazed at how this unique website had evolved.

Sewers of the World Unite (website: sewers.artinfo.ru)

On Laughter Day 2000 (Our April Fools’ Day) Two enterprising artists, Alexander (Sasha) Kholopov and Natalie (Natasha) Lamanova from Moscow posed a mail art project just for fun.  They invited artists from all over the world to send photos of manhole covers to their website.  So April Fools’ Day was the start of something “Grate.”  Artists from 40 countries enthusiastically responded to the E-mail request.

Sasha, Bobbi and Natasha in their apartment.

Sasha, Bobbi and Natasha in their Moscow Apartment in 2001.

In August 2001, my husband, Al sang with Barbershop Harmony Choruses in St. Petersburg, Russia. The next week, we met Natasha and Sasha in Moscow and were invited to their apartment for dinner. They were not comfortable speaking in English and I knew only a few Russian Words, but their warm hospitality, and our love of music and art bridged the gap. Their bond and devotion to one another were heartwarming.

For a decade we maintained contact with them by overseas mail and e-mail. Sasha continued his artistamps and arranged some fascinating manhole art exhibits in Russia and Abroad.

Moscow International Forum

The Moscow International Forum of Art Initiatives, 2004. Exhibition “Paradise” A.Kholopov exposition in “Pirogi” on Nickolskaya.

The “Sewer Cover” project reflects in an ingenious way Kholopov’s personal history as an artist throughout the isolation of the Soviet era. From the BBC to BB King to the Beatles, each sewer cover is dedicated to the many sources of stimulation and inspiration that sustained his art. Choosing the sewer cover as a vehicle for his project is an apt reflection of the sardonic and bitter-sweet humor that characterizes so much of Russian humor.

Sasha and Natasha at a Moscow Cafe

Sasha and Natasha at a Moscow Cafe

By 2009 the participation grew to 233 Persons who contributed 3,052 images of manhole covers and grilles from a total of 71 countries.  Alexander Kholopov, a single artist, promoted more International Good will than many politicians accomplish. Sasha’s Drawing honors all the participants of  “Sewers of the World, Unite.”

Sasha's Drawing "Sewers of the World, Unite" & Participants

Sasha’s Drawing “Sewers of the World, Unite” & Participants

Sasha and Natasha especially enjoyed time in the country and working on their Dacha.

Natasha and Sasha at their Dacha

Natasha and Sasha at their Dacha

On the fortieth Day after his passing, People from all over the world were celebrating Alexander  Kholopov.

Here are Artistamps from the website: http://artistampmuseum.blogspot.com/2016/01/alexander-kholopov-russia-1948-to-2016.html The postings are by Ginny Lloyd.

Alexander Kholopov Tribute Stamps

Alexander Kholopov Tribute Stamps

The fortieth day post mortem February 13, 2016 is of cultural significance in Russia and Natalie Lamanova is putting on an exhibition of Alexander’s work to coincide with his fortieth day.

Art Museum Blogs spot invites your artistamp contribution to Honor Sasha:  If you make a commemorative sheet or single stamp it can be added to this post. Deadline: March 31st.  http://artistampmuseum.blogspot.com/2016/01/alexander-kholopov-russia-1948-to-2016.html

Here is one of the first to honor Sasha:

Alexander Kholopov 1948 - 2016 by Steve Smith

Alexander Kholopov 1948 – 2016 by Steve Smith

 *”The art of Alexander Kholopov can be seen as an example

of the finest work emerging from Mail Art.

His many innovative projects

produced work that reflected his command of composition

& color, mirroring an active intellect and imagination.

The richness of his imagery gave us a unique vision

of the world in which he lived.

Sasha was a fine artist and a generous friend who will be

sadly missed by the International Mail Art community.”

* Written by Harley and images by Steve Smith.

Grate

PLEASE ADD YOUR “GRATE TRIBUTES” TO ALEXANDER KHOLOPOV

in the COMMENT SECTION BELOW.  Include your location, too.

“Unseen Art” WUCF-TV Artisode: Interviews with Sculptors of Touchable Art at the Polasek Museum

February 1st, 2016

Bobbi Mastrangelo and several colleagues appear in the WUCF-TV Artisode filmed at Winter Park’s Polasek Sculpture Museum.  The PBS special was aired Thursday, Feb. 18th 2016.

Bobbi Mastrangelo

 Bobbi Mastrangelo with “Con Edison Concert”

“Sight Unseen: Touchable Sculpture” curated by Rachel Frisby is such a unique exhibition that it caught the attention of Buddy Pittman, Video Content Producer at WUCF- TV.

On Monday, January 25th Buddy and Mark Greenwald, The Video Producer interviewed the Curator, Rachel Frisby, Amy Wieck, Bobbi Mastrangelo, Byron Walker, Susan Menand and Kameron Lannan about how their art fit the touchable concept. They also filmed Amanda, Kameron’s Mother, to give a blind person’s experience with the art at The Albin Polasek Sculpture Museum in Winter Park, Florida.  The Artworks are shown below.  When you watch the WUCF-TV Video, you will feel as though you already know the sculptors.

368 fingers and 5-1/2 feet by Amy Wieck

368 fingers and 5-1/2 feet by Amy Wieck

Amy Wieck : “368 fingers and 5-1/2 feet” was created for Sight Unseen: Touchable Sculpture as a tactile experience that any attendee could enjoy on different levels. Visually the fingers become a pattern. To the touch, they become a texture. As the attendees run their hands across the piece, the flexibility of the silicone and the fact that they are fingers creates the sensation of being touched back. Hence, this becomes the sculpture that touches you back. The shape of the fingertips are reminiscent of the braille system and although no word was intended with the position of the fingers it is up to the “viewer” as to whether the pattern creates a word or two in braille. After all the meaning of art is ultimately up to the viewer visually impaired or not.”

"368 Fingers" (close-up)

“368 Fingers” (close-up)

Amy Wieck: “8 sculptors (spouse’s of sculptors too) gathered to make this pieces. It was a bonding experience and lots of fun. The lifecasting portion took 2 to 3 hours one afternoon and the group looked as if they were in a football huddle while the material took up to 15 minutes to set up in each of the 3 sections. Days later, after the silicone was cast into the life casting material, the sculptors were trying to identify their fingers and could not resist touching the piece.”

Byron Walker cozy in his "Hosey Chair"

Byron Walker cozy in his “Hosey Chair”

Byron Walker’s Hosey Chair was very popular.  So many museum visitors felt the texture, sat in the chair and had photos taken.  And yes you guessed its composition: entwined garden hoses…actually about 1255 feet of garden hoses.

"Green Sea Turtle" by Susan Menand

“Green Sea Turtle” by Susan Menand

Susan Menand’s “Green Sea Turtle” is composed of recycled materials: fused plastics, bags, water bottles, wrappers, over recycled chicken wire and buckets for the pedestal.  Susan was inspired by the plight of sea turtles here in Florida that mistake ocean borne plastic bags for jelly fish (their primary food source), ingest them and die. Susan felt that we could draw attention to this alarming problem that is often times “unseen.”  Museum Visitors touch the bubble wrap on the Turtle Shell and contemplate how we can protect our endangered Sea Turtles.

Moma by Kameron Lannan

Moma by Kameron Lannan

Kameron Lannan’s mosaic sculpture is based on one of her drawings.  For “Unseen Art,” she created her giraffe in a tactile format so her blind mother, Amanda, would be able to experience this art for herself. In the WUCF Video, Kameron, who is also a musician, explains how her “Moma” giraffe appealed to her Mother through touch. In turn, Amanda shared her positive response to touching and experiencing the sculptures.

“WUCF Artisodes” are a weekly arts and culture feature.  Each episode airs on Thursday at 8:00 PM.  A local artist or initiative is featured as well at stories from across the nation. “Sight Unseen: Touchable Sculpture” at the Polasek Museum aired on Thursday, February 18th at 8:00 PM and can now be viewed on You Tube.

“Touchable Sculpture” Exhibit at the Polasek continues through April 17, 2016.  Background information on The Polasek Exhibit:

http://bobbimastrangelo.com/MyNews/mastrangelos-con-ed-and-orlando-with-touchable-sculpture-at-the-polasek-museum-now-through-april-17-2015/

Your comments about the Artisode or Museum Visit are welcome:

Here is the Artisode by WUCF-TV:

Mastrangelo’s “Con Ed” and “Orlando” in Touchable Sculpture Exhibit at the Polasek Museum Now through April 17, 2015.

January 24th, 2016

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“Sight Unseen: Touchable Sculpture” Tuesday, December 7, 2015 – Sunday, April 17, 2016 at The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park Florida.

DO TOUCH the ART. The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens presents its new exhibition, “Sight Unseen: Touchable Sculpture,” running December 8, 2015 – April 17, 2016.

The museum encourages visitors to touch the art and experience the exhibit through its innovative sensory station—complete with blindfolds, a tactical way-finding system, and braille labels. Designed with the assistance of the VSA of Florida: The State Organization on Arts and Disability, the exhibit makes art universally accessible.

“Sight Unseen” presents 40 of the most innovative and exciting modern sculptors in an exhibit that demands a heightened sensory awareness. With an exhibit this immersive, visitors will forget what they know about museums and come to their senses.

Check out some of  the fascinating sculptures on FaceBook:

https://www.facebook.com/PolasekMuseum

City of Orlando

Here is a detail of my wall entry “City of Orlando:”

“Con Edison Concert” is an interactive sculpture which I created just for this exhibition. Here it is in the Museum setting:

Con Edison Concert

Con Edison Concert

A paper casting of a partial Con Edison Manhole Cover had been in my studios for several decades just waiting for its entry into the Art World. It would be called: “Con Edison Concert,” based on city street noises. The Polasek Museum’s call for Touchable Sculpture motivated me to develop the work. "Con Edison Concert" (top)

 “Con Edison Concert” (top)

As a former Elementary School Teacher and later a Title One Tutor, I knew the appeal of  hands on experiences to “Kids of all Ages.” The New York Metropolitan Area abounds in Con Ed Covers, an immediate symbol of omnipresent electricity. The focus of “Con Edison Concert” became the Appreciation of Electricity through the fun experience of touching the buttons, hearing, and feeling the various components incorporated along the sides. These include: a musical doorbell, an LED light, switches, an outlet and three play back recordings of electricity trivia.  It was a real challenge to reinforce the elements set into a foam base,  so they could not be pushed through the back.

"Who is Known for Lighting Up Our World?"

“Who is Known for Lighting Up Our World?”

Side One has an LED light to press on and off.  Push the button on the right for my question… “Who is known for lighting up our world?”

Side Two pictured in the museum setting above, has a silent switch to press.  Nothing happens, but the switch is a reminder of the luxury of turning on electric power. Press the button on the right for a Terry Roderick’s quote related to Con Edison’s 95,000 miles of underground cables.

On the side with the noisy switch and outlet: Press the button to hear four seconds of a furious hurricane.  Al Mastrangelo says: “Hurricanes Cause Power Outages!”

One has to have the patience of a saint to be married to a “Manhole Artist!” So while I worked on this project, I called my husband: “Saint Alfred.” He helped me select and order the various side components. Al’s brilliant suggestion was to incorporate my antique stone texture instead of a stucco finish.

Blog Viewers, if you are able to attend this fascinating exhibition, I hope you have as much fun experiencing “Con Edison Concert” as I did in creating it. Please share your comments on this blog.

“Sight Unseen: Touchable Sculpture”

Tues., Dec. 7, 2015 – Sunday: April 17, 2016  

Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens:

633 Osceola Avenue,

Winter Park FL 32789

Open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Admission fees  adults (18-59) $5

Seniors (60+) $4

Students (age 12 through college) $3;

 Members and children age 12 and under free.

For more information: call 407-647-6294

Visit the website at www.polasek.org.

 

 

Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Two “Grate Works of Art” at Coral Springs Museum of Art Dec. 1 – 28, 2015

December 8th, 2015

Two of Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Sculpture Relief Works: “Vestige” (shown below) and “When” (The People Care) are on exhibit at this prestigious Florida Museum.

“When”(FiberArt) http://bobbimastrangelo.com/gallery/fiberart.php

“INVOKING THE MUSE”

December 1-28, 2015

Coral Springs Museum of Art
( Theater Lobby Gallery)

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN ARTISTS, INC. FLORIDA CHAPTER (N.A.W.A.) is presenting a multi-media exhibition entitled “Invoking The Muse,” which will be hosted by the Coral Springs Museum of Art located at 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs, Florida. The Juried art will be on view in the Lower Lobby Gallery from Tuesday, December 1 through Monday, December 28, 2015.

Vestige SC (Charleston) sculpture relief 27″ x 17″ x 2″

Museum Hours:  10 AM – 5 PM

MONDAY – SATURDAY (CLOSED SUNDAY)

Coral Springs Museum of Art
2855 Coral Springs Drive
Coral Springs, Florida 33065

Admission Cost: $6 (Members Free)

Phone:
(954) 340-5000

http://coralspringsmuseum.org/about/

 

Bobbi Mastrangelo Received The Women in the Arts Award from the DAR 10/5/15

October 10th, 2015

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 DAR Women in the Arts Award

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.

Ellen Gordon, Bobbi Mastrangelo and Earlene Head

Ellen Gordon, Bobbi Mastrangelo and Earlene Head

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 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RELr84wchJI

and The WUCF TV Artisode # 108 in 2013:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpA8ATTAE_k

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.

 

Bobbi Mastrangelo’s “Florida Citrus 467-1” on Exhibit in St. James NY October 10 – Jan. 8, 2016

October 8th, 2015

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:

http://bobbimastrangelo.com/MyNews/creating-florida-citrus-467-1/

 

The Flavor of Florida

Florida Citrus 467-1 (The Flavor of Florida) By Bobbi Mastrangelo

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:

http://www.stacarts.org/exhibits/show/91

Smithtown Township Arts Council

Mills Pond House
660 Route 25A
St. James, NY 11780

Phone: 631.862.6575

http://www.stacarts.org/

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”

“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.

2015 All Florida Juried Art Exhibit

2015 All Florida Juried Art 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.

Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Art Benefits Attleboro Arts Museum Fundraiser Oct.13 – Nov. 7, 2015

September 10th, 2015

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.

http://attleboroartsmuseum.org/index.php/2015-benefit-art-auction/

For tickets to the Gala or information: Call 508-222-2644 x10

or email:  office@attleboroartsmuseum.org

Mastrangelo’s Patriotic Art at The Stars & Stripes Exhibit July 16 – Aug.14th at CityArts Factory Orlando FL

July 10th, 2015

“American Flag, Eureka” Mixed Media 9″ x 11″

American Flag Eureka

“STARS & STRIPES”

ART EXHIBIT & SALE

July 16 – Aug 14, 2015

 CityArts Factory

29 South Orange Ave.

Orlando, FL 32801

407-648-7060

http://www.cityartsfactory.com

Officially, the stars and stripes can be any color or media, but Bobbi Mastrangelo decided to enter three of her patriotic pieces.

American Pride

“American Pride” Sculpture relief:  9” x 15” x 1.5″

For more information or prices of the art works, e-mail the artist: bobbimastrangelo@aol.com.  Your comments on the blog are very welcome.  Please let Bobbi know if you were able to see this exhibit.  Happy Summer!

Bobbi Mastrangelo’s “Little Grate Works” exhibited at Islip Art Museum June 28 – Sept 13, 2015

June 25th, 2015

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 (Water Supply)

 “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

Museum Hours:

Thursday – Friday 10:00 – 4:00 P M

Saturday & Sunday . Noon – 4:00 P M

http://islipartmuseum.org/about.html

Front Reuse MiniatureBobbi Mastrangelo’s miniature rotating sculpture:

“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 and A With A “Grate” Artist: Today and Tonight Magazine: May 2015

May 31st, 2015

Bobbi happyBobbi Mastrangelo and “When the People Care” (mixed media)

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/

Toast Coffee House Hosts “Great Food and Grate Art” at its Second Location in Patchogue NY

May 16th, 2015

News Coming Soon

2015 NPCW “The City Beautiful” (Orlando, Florida) by Bobbi Mastrangelo

May 4th, 2015

The City Beautiful

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

 

#Mastrangelo’s Environmental Art #Earth Care: Part One (Earth Day is Every Day).

April 13th, 2015

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.


"When the People Care"
“When the People 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.”

People Start Pollution

People Start Pollution

Part One: Cigarette Butt Litter. Cigarette butts are being dumped from a car ash tray.

Cigarette butts are actually cellulose acetate, which is man made and doesn’t biodegrade. Light weight butts easily get caught up in runoff from storms. Tons of butts land in open spaces posing a health problem for birds and other wildlife for up to 12 years. The cumulative effect of these toxic chemicals can pollute water.

Medical Waste PollutionMedical Waste Pollution

Part Two: Simulated Medical Waste.

Mastrangelo used port wine and catsup to simulate the dried blood, but the waste looked so convincing that a mother pulled her son away from the assemblage, scolding:. “Don’t touch that! You will get a disease!” 

People Stop Pollution: Clean, Paint & Plant Part Three: People Can Stop Pollution. They will clean littered areas or better yet provide waste cans, paint and plant to improve environments. The Keep America Beautiful Symbol is displayed on the waste can. Water Valve Covers are incorporated in the bases of One and Three. 
Pollution Solution
"Water?"

“Water?”

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/

Manhole Covers of Spitalfields by The Gentle Author

June 7th, 2016

Here is an article shared from http://spitalfieldslife.com/2011/01/05 with permission from The Gentle Author. I have only included six covers.  Visit the website to see all of them.

Ever since I wrote about sculptor Keith Bowler’s Roundels, describing how he set new manhole covers into the pavements of Spitalfields with motifs to commemorate all the people, cultures and trades that have passed through, I have been noticing the old ones that inspired him in the first place. This one from the eighteen eighties in Fournier St is undoubtably the most snazzy in the neighbourhood with its dynamic sunburst and catherine wheel spiral. So much wit and grace applied to the design of a modest coalhole cover, it redefines the notion of utilitarian design. In Bath, Bristol, Brighton and Edinburgh, I have seen whole streets where each house has a different design of coalhole cover, like mismatched buttons on a long overcoat, but in Spitalfields they are sparser and you have to look further to find them.

Clark & Hunt Sunburst from the eighteen eighties in Fournier St

Clark & Hunt Sunburst from the eighteen eighties in Fournier St.

There is a second example of this Clark, Hunt & Co sunburst, that I like so much, in Redchurch St, just a hundred yards from the former showrooms at 159/60 Shoreditch High St of this company who called themselves the Middlesex Iron Works – founded in 1838, proud contractors to the H.M. War Office, the Admiralty and London County Council. And like many local ironworks, gone long ago, but outlived by their sturdy cast iron products. Alfred Solomons of 195 Caledonian Rd is another name I found here in Spitalfields on a couple of manhole covers, with some rather fetching, almost orientalist, nineteenth century flourishes. I discovered that the Jewish Chronicle reported the birth of a son to Alfred’s wife Celia on 18th December 1894 at the Caledonian Rd address, so these plates commemorate them personally now.

Covers remind us of their long dead makers’ names more effectively than any tombstone in a churchyard. There was rain blowing in the wind yesterday but when the sun came out afterwards, the beautiful old iron covers shone brightly like medals – for those who had the eyes to see them – emblazoned upon the streets of Spitalfields.

Meanwhile Hayward Brothers of 187 & 189 Union St, Borough, are the most ubiquitous of the named manufacturers with their handsome iron artifacts in the pavements of our neighbourhood. They were founded by William & Edward Hayward, glaziers who had been trading since 1783 when they bought Robert Henley’s ironmongery business in 1838. As glaziers they brought a whole new progressive mentality to the humble production of coalhole covers, patenting the addition of prisms that admitted light to the cellar below. You can see one of their “semi-prismatic pavement lights” illustrated below, in Calvert Avenue. Such was the success of this company that by 1921 they opened a factory in Enfield, and even invented the “crete-o-lux” concrete system which was used to repave Regent St, but they ceased trading in the nineteen seventies when smokeless zones were introduced in London and coal fires ceased. Regrettably, Spitalfields cannot boast a coalhole by the most celebrated nineteenth century manufacturer, by virtue of their name, A.Smellie of Westminster. The nearest example is in Elizabeth St, Victoria, where I shall have to make a pilgrimage to see it.

Unfailingly, my fascination with the city is deepened by the discovery of new details like these, harbouring human stories waiting to be uncovered by the curious. Even neglected and trodden beneath a million feet, by virtue of being in the street, these ingenious covers remind us of their long dead makers’ names more effectively than any tombstone in a churchyard. There was rain blowing in the wind yesterday but when the sun came out afterwards, the beautiful old iron covers shone brightly like medals – for those who had the eyes to see them – emblazoned upon the streets of Spitalfields.

19th Century coalhole cover by Alfred Solomons

19th Century coalhole cover by Alfred Solomons

In Fournier St, a nineteenth century coalhole cover by Alfred Solomons, 195 Caledonian Rd – I was informed there are similar covers in Doughty St and around Bloomsbury.

Hayward Bros Cover Semi -Prismatic Pavement Light

Hayward Bros Cover Semi -Prismatic Pavement Light

Hayward Brothers’ “Patent Self-Locking Semi-Prismatic Pavement Light”Calvert  Ave.

At the Rectory in Fournier St, this early plate by Hayward Brothers of 187 & 189 Union St, Borough, which is also to be found in Lower Richmond Rd. IMG_8432

At the Rectory in Fournier St, this early plate by Hayward Brothers of 187 & 189 Union St, Borough, which is also to be found in Lower Richmond Rd.

Bullseye in Chance from Spitalfield.com

Bullseye in Chance St

In Middlesex St. LCC – London County Council was abolished in 1965. Can it be only co-incidental that this old manhole cover in Petticoat Lane Market, in the former Jewish quarter, has a star of David at the centre?

The Manhole Covers of Spitalfields was originally published on JANUARY 5, 2011, by the Gentle Author, however the information is still fascinating. Have you seen any of these covers?  Your comments are welcome.  Thank you Gentle Author for sharing.

www.spitalfieldslife.com

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