Thursday, February 28, 2013

Liberty Revisited

As I'm slowly getting back to a rhythm of working in the studio again, I'm amazed how taking a break for almost a year while producing the Amherst Biennial has cleared my eyes. Recently I pulled out some older paintings from the racks which had stymied me years ago. But now I'm looking at them with fresh eyes, They are speaking more clearly to me. Here's a detail of one of the series of the Statue of Liberty, which I started in 2004. The title for this painting is Newtown.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cable TV Interview with Me & Tony Maroulis

Julie Lapping Rivera, In the Garden, mixed media collage
This interview took place in the Spring of 2011 with Tony Maroulis, Director of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce & Co-Curator of the first Amherst Biennial 2010, former Director of wunderarts.

After this program was recorded, Town Manager John Musante announced that he was giving the East Street School to Amherst Media, ACTV. So plans for the Amherst Arts Center have been put on hold. Terry has now just produced a second Amherst Biennial with all 3 colleges, 5 museums, 4 galleries, a nature preserve & storefronts. Presently, she is focusing on her own work & considering various projects for the future.

http://blip.tv/amherstmedia/amherst-neighbor-to-neighbor-terry-rooney-5121944

Monday, February 11, 2013

For the Love of Art

It has been so gratifying the response to the latest Amherst Biennial and that the Town of Amherst is making Matt Evald Johnson's sculpture a permanent installation in Kendrick Park  More good news, the Amherst Cultural council just awarded the Amherst Public Arts Commission a $1,000 grant towards the purchase of this sculpture. This brings the grand total raised to $7,000 with only $3,000 left to raise to make Portal a permanent installation for our community park.We will be launching a fundraising campaign on Valentine's Day. Check out Amherst Biennial webpage for details and gifts.:
<www.amherstbiennial.com>

Also I've continued updating the Amherst Biennial website with recent accomplishments of the Biennial artists, exciting things being created by Nancy Winship Milliken in Boston' and wonderful collaboration with Rosalyn Driscoll & Sarah Bliss coming soon.  The Biennial also recently received a nice review in Big Red and Shiny

http://www.bigredandshiny.com/cgi-bin/BRS.cgi?article=2013-00-25-125050660194288713