Pictures at MARS

December 1st, 2012

Spent last week in Cape May, NJ, selling photo equipment at a photography school/seminar. MARS is the name of the school. Had a great time, and sales were good. Reminds me of going to camp. Photo camp n this case. At the end ogf the week, everyone knows everyone else and says good bye teary eyed, hoping to see you next year.  I took these snaps with my iPhone, which totally amazes me. That tiny little camera, just a small hole in the back of my iPhone packs quite a whallop. And it is ALWAYS with me!




Note: the painting Smokeoil is taken from Chun Arthur Wang’s website:

March 2 through April 29, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH: Artist Chun Arthur Wang will display his oil paintings at The Ohio State University Faculty Club in a solo exhibition entitled Fleeting Dream which will be on display from March 2 through April 29, 2011.  This exhibition was made possible through cooperation  with The Ohio State University’s Foreign Language Center, the National East Asian Languages Resource Center, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and East Asian Studies Center.  A Reception will be held in honor of Prof. Wang at the Club on the evening of Friday, April 8, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  A special highlight of the reception will be a presentation by Prof. Wang including details of his trips in China and their influences on his paintings.

Prof. Wang views his life experience and education in both East and West as very valuable,  giving him a unique view as an artist and as an educator.  He states that in his paintings  he “investigates the Oriental mood through combining the language of Western traditional oils with the influences of Buddhist and Chinese folk art.” The artist points to his use of many Chinese art concepts and themes in his  paintings such as ” subjective color, geometric forms, re-organized linear qualities, and decorative patterns.”

Arthur Chun Wang, who was born in China, studied there at the Central Fine Arts Academy in Beijing, and began his teaching career in 1982 while still in China.  In 1992, he came to the United States. He graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design with his second Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and then went on to earn, through a full scholarship, a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Now a naturalized American citizen, he is an Associate Professor at the Columbus College of Art and Design.  He was the 2004 Recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.  Known for his work in portraits, he won the ARTIST’S MAGAZINE‘s  National Portrait Competition in 2003..   His paintings are in many public and private collections, including the Ohio Statehouse, the National Museum of Fine Arts in Beijing, China, and the University of Colorado.

Established in 1923, The Ohio State University Faculty Club is located at 181 South Oval Drive on the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University on the Oval near Mirror Lake.  The art exhibition program at the Club features the work of selected Ohio State University faculty, staff and alumni in exhibitions held throughout the year. ALL EXHIBITIONS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For more information, please call the Club at 614-292-2262.

This was sent to me by my friend Lori who found it on the internet.

The Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to
take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or
changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Here are the winners:

1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the
subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

2. Ignoranus: A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.

3. Intaxicaton: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you
realize it was your money to start with.

4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly

5. Bozone (  n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops
bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows
little sign of breaking down in the near future.

6. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of
getting laid.

7. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high

8. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person
who doesn’t get it.

9. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

11. Karmageddon: It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these
really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s
like, a serious  bummer.

12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day
consuming only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido: All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when
they come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after
you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your
bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

17. Caterpallor ( n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in
the fruit you’re eating.

The Washington Post has also published the winning submissions to its
yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings
for common words.

And the winners are:

1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has

3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.

6. Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a

7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been
run over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by

13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.

14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that, after death, the soul flies up
onto the roof and gets stuck there.

16. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by
Jewish men

The call for submissions for the OhioDance Showcase are due January 5, 2011.

To apply, submit a portfolio received by January 5, 2011
that includes the following:
1. A press kit including a brief description and history of the
organization or
a bio of the artist(s) that lists artistic accomplishments; recent
performances; a description of the group/artist’s creative process, the
choreographer’s resume or bio; and a publicity photo. (A brochure may
serve as documentation, if one is available).
2. A sample DVD (4 copies of DVD) of artistic work to be performed. This
be accompanied by an information sheet noting the dance title,
choreographer name, music, dancers names, length, and brief description of
how this dance is representative of the artists’ work. (The DVD may be a
rehearsal DVD) Please consider the quality of your DVD including lighting,
visibility, clutter and overuse of special effects.
3. An application fee of $35 for OhioDance members, $40 for non-members.
This is a non-refundable application

please contact Jane D’Angelo by phone at 614-224-2913 or by email at Or visit the OhioDance website at:

Juried Art Show – NYC Mar 12-Mar 27, 2011
Early Bird Deadline January 4 (or Final Deadline: January 17)

JUROR: Nathan Trotman, Guggenheim Museum of Art

CASH PRIZES totaling $1,750 including $1,000 Best of Show

THEME: “Wide open spaces… arms wide open… eyes wide open… Just feel all the possibilities of knowledge and freedom and love. But as with all things, there is the inevitable opposite. Wide open to attack… wide open to a lawsuit… wide open to corruption… wide open to failure… What kind of phantasy phrase is this? What does it really indicate? This juried show looks to explore this idea of “wide open”, in all the hidden niches of our collective psyche.”

ELIGIBILITY: This call for submission is open to all residents of the U.S. and its Territories 18 years of age or older. This is a juried exhibition for artists working in all traditional and non-traditional 2D and 3D media, except for film/video. All artwork must be original in concept, design and execution. Note: Crafts, kit work or reproductions after original works in other media (such as giclees), unless used as part of a mixed media work, will not be considered.

Oversize Work, Assemblages and Installations are welcome at the discretion of BWAC, but must meet all other specifications and be delivered, installed and removed by the artist (or their agent).

Only original works may be submitted. They must be in a .jpg file format. No slides, photographs or DVDs. CD’s will be accepted when application is submitted by mail.
Early Bird Submissions (through January 4): $45.00 for up to three (3) images, plus $5.00 for each additional image. Submissions January 5 through January 17: $65 for up to three (3) images, $5.00 for each additional image. All entry fees are non-refundabl.e

Go here for prospectus:

Go here to enter now:

Free Press Salon tonight!

December 11th, 2010

Join us for the
December Free Press Second Saturday Salon this Saturday
December 11, 2010
We will celebrate the victories of 2010 and look forward to our challenges in 2011. Come relax and socialize with progressive friends, a bit of music by Stephen Dodge, some art, and refreshments. The new Free Press issue will be hot off the press for you!
1021 E. Broad St., Columbus

Free Press Salon this Saturday

December 7th, 2010

Join us for the
December Free Press Second Saturday Salon this Saturday
December 11, 2010
We will celebrate the victories of 2010 and look forward to our challenges in 2011. Come relax and socialize with progressive friends, a bit of music by Stephen Dodge, some art, and refreshments. The new Free Press issue will be hot off the press for you!
1021 E. Broad St., Columbus

The Arts Upstairs Gallery, 60 Main St, Phoenicia, NY, WWW.Artsupstairs.Com, 845-688-2142
announces the opening of Celebrate on Saturday, December 18th from 6 to 10 PM
This group show features two solo art: we are proud to have showing with us Patricia Charnay, an extraordinary lyric painter and Jacqueline Barnett, a color field painter whose magic on canvas has recently been shown in New York City as well as Paris, France.
Gallery hours: Friday 3 to 6PM, Sat 10 to 6 PM, Sun 10 to 4PM and by appointment.

Contact person:
Alan Fliegel

Harvey Wasserman

Afghanistan is about perpetual war
November 26, 2010

The war in Afghanistan is about perpetual war, not Afghanistan.

It’s about preventing democracy in the United States, not bringing it to Southwest Asia.

And it is the tombstone of the Obama Presidency.

To justify the fight, they’ve rounded up the usual suspects: Terror. Oil. Minerals. Poppies. Democracy.

But George Orwell’s 1984—now updated with important new books— illuminates the bigger picture: “continuous warfare” is the key to social control.

It keeps the public frightened and dependent.

And it keeps “the wheels of industry turning without increasing the real wealth of the world. Goods must be produced, but they must not be distributed.”

Better to destroy them in a ritual slaughter like Afghanistan, and wherever is next.

For a truly prosperous society, educated and secure, cannot be ruled by the few. Poverty, ignorance and fear are the three pillars of authoritarian control. Without war, they all disappear.

Thus Afghanistan. Before it: the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, central America. After: whoever else is handy.

Recent books by Howard Zinn and David Swanson have updated Orwell’s analysis.

Zinn’s THE BOMB, testifies to the obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the utter senselessness of these “announced nuclear tests.” Once an Allied bombardier, Zinn revisited a French town he helped destroy. He found the act, of which he was once proud, had no military meaning whatsoever.

Though he passed away earlier this year, Howard’s PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES continues to shape our understanding of this nation’s true core. In narrating the hidden, bloody past of our compromised democracy, he warns at end that even for the US, “There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

Swanson’s new WAR IS A LIE adds to the litany. A tireless campaigner for peace and justice, Swanson was instrumental in tearing away the ridiculous Bush lie that the war in Iraq was about Weapons of Mass Destruction. WAR IS A LIE adds carefully documented, passionately argued reasons why the era of endless slaughter in SouthWest Asia is a tool of social control for the military-industrial elite.

Over the years, Norman Solomon’s superb books and film WAR MADE EASY have also provided a firm, steady opposition to this fatal addiction.

Nowhere has our military madness become more transparent than in the Obama Administration. The “shellacking” the Democrats took this fall stems directly from Obama’s painfully visible failure to bring hope or change to a nation at war since 1941.

For a few infuriating weeks, Obama danced around the decision to escalate in Afghanistan. Rarely has a single human being had a greater chance to change history.

Obama could have stood up to the generals. He could have de-escalated. He could have begun the process of drawing down the military budget, the only way to save our economy.

More than 50% of taxpayer money goes to weaponry. We have troops in more than 100 countries. We spend more on our military than all the rest of the world combined. Throughout history—Athens, Rome, Persia—empires have spent themselves to military oblivion. We have now been in Afghanistan longer than the USSR.

With a simple speech, Obama could have begun the Great Reversal. It was a crystal clear moment. The public support was there. It was what he was elected to do.

But like Lyndon Johnson’s catastrophic March 1965 decision to escalate the war in Vietnam, Obama went exactly the wrong way. He became the first man in history to accept the Nobel Peace Prize with a pro-war speech. With Bush’s Secretary of War by his side, he ceded to the military our nation’s most critical decision. He doomed our domestic economy and global ecology by burying us still deeper in the lethal quagmire of perpetual war.

All else is sad detail. When Obama caved on Afghanistan, so did his presidency.

As Orwell, Zinn, Swanson and Solomon make clear, perpetual war is the carefully engineered route to poverty, ignorance and dictatorship. Afghanistan is merely the latest installment in this seamless, unseemly tragedy. Its ever-changing justifications are meaningless smokescreens, forever poised to cloud the inevitable transition to the next conflict. The names, places and rhetoric may change, but the impact will not.

Until we find a way to break through to a genuine state of peace—and we must, and soon—we have no future.

HARVEY WASSERMAN’S HISTORY OF THE US, introduced by Howard Zinn, is He edits the web site. For a good time, see Pete Seeger, Dar Williams, David Bernz & the Rivertown Kidz sing “SOLARTOPIA!” at

Click on the link to view our recent flashmob dance involving people of all ages from GCAC’s out-of-school-time program, Art in the House, partner program TRANSIT ARTS, adults and seniors!
This was a really fun, intergenerational event and it all happened at the Columbus Metropolitan Library.
Please share with everyone you know who would enjoy it!
Jami Goldstein
Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Events


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