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Archive for February 2009

The Center for Performing Arts Gallery showcased digital photographs at a Digital Photography Reception held Feb. 25 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

David Bradley, visual arts faculty at PVCC, estimated that 120 photographs hung in the CPA Gallery.  Pleased with the amount of participation and open to all, he hopes to make this an annual event at PVCC.

Each artist submitted up to five framed or mounted photos for display or sale at the exhibition.  Photographs remain on display in the Gallery through March 12.

PVCC students, faculty, staff and members of the community came to the free reception to view the photos, partake of food and beverages and talk with Bradley, adjunct faculty member and photographer Tony Nelssen and artists. 

Nelssen teaches the popular introductory digital photography class, ART 142.  Instead of a cell phone or a firearm, Nelssen carries a point-and-shoot digital camera in a holster strapped to his belt, so he never misses a great photo shot.  He teaches Photoshop techniques, answers questions on specific camera use and advises people to always visit the Web site dpreview.com prior to purchasing any digital camera.

May 11, 2007 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

May 11, 2007 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Bradley always finds innovative ways to get the campus and community involved in art.  He found an opportunity to bring local artist Jane Kelsey-Maple to campus to design, create and teach a class in public art, which brought the public sculpture “Gateway to a Life-long Journey of Learning” to the south side of the CPA. 

PVCC Public Art

PVCC Public Art

At the moment, temporary paintings done on plywood grace the north and west entrances to the PVCC parking lots and will change every few months, says Bradley.  Additionally, he says steps for another public art project are in the works.

Instructor Jim Patterson appeared at the reception and displayed five photos: “Colors of Malaysia Celebration”, “Big & Rich Concert in Las Vegas”, “Stavanger Fjord, Norway”, “Sedona Church” and “Girl & Cat: Arab Street, Singapore”.

Artist Anastasia Pagonas exhibited her colorful and unusual photo of a singer performing in the subways of New York entitled “Belting for Bread @ Bedford Av”. 

"Belting for Bread @ Bedford Av"

"Belting for Bread @ Bedford Av"

Pagonas also exhibited creative architectural and human interest works of art photographed in New York City: “5th Ave & the Eternal”, “Strand Bookstore, NYC”, “Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself” and “The Good News & Manhattan”.

Puma Press photo editor, Forrest Rossi, showcased a patriotic self-portrait entitled “Rock the Vote”.

"Rock the Vote"

"Rock the Vote"

PVCC Interim President Paul Dale took time from his busy schedule to view all of the photos and speak with students, staff and faculty members at the reception.

"The Renegade Writer's Query Letters that Rock"

"The Renegade Writer's Query Letters that Rock"

The Renegade Wrtiers’, Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell, produced another outstanding book, “The Renegade Writer’s Query Letters that Rock”.  In their book, these two, well-published writers answer everything a writer needs to know to write and submit query letters that get them assignments.

In light-hearted detail, Formichelli and Burrell include two sections, Query Letter Q & A and Query Letters that Rock, that show writers how to produce winning query letters. 

Query Letter Q & A takes questions submitted to the authors, who also teach writing classes, by their writing students.  The wide range of topics covers all aspects of the query letter process from following up on query letters to submitting a killed article to a new magazine.

The section entitled Query Letters that Rock takes the reader to a show-and-tell session.  The authors asked editors of a wide-range of publications to choose a query letter that rocked.  The section contains 24 query letters, comments from the writers who submitted them and the editors’ reasons for choosing the query letters.  Publications included “AARP: The Magazine,” “Midwest Airlines,” “Oxygen,” “El Restaurante Mexicano” and “Writer’s Digest“.

For any writer from beginner to seasoned pro, this book reveals a wealth of information to make your next query letter rock.

According to The Grief Recovery Handbook, “Grief is the conflicting feelings caused by the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior.”

Sunrise - A New Day

Sunrise - A New Day

Authors John W. James and Russell Friedman wrote the book to help individuals identify and recover from their grief.  Both authors experienced and documented their own grief and how they used the program to overcome it. 

Grief not only includes death and divorce but it also includes loss of a job or a home, moving, health problems, marriage, legal difficulties, holidays and other loss experiences.

The book guides the reader through the steps to recognizing grief and successfully dealing with it in order to live a happy life.  The authors also established The Grief Recovery Institute to further help individuals and to train certified GriefRecovery Specialists to lead programs to help individuals.

In a recent free program offered by Paradise Valley Community College, I discovered first-hand how valuable the program is in identifying grief. Through the use of the book, the guidance of certified counselors, who in some cases also specialize in alternative wellness methods like meditation, and the interaction with group members, the program works to successfully deal with grief.  I highly recommend the book especially in this time of economic loss and change so individuals can learn to deal with their grief and live a happy life.

Former President Bill Clinton wrote Giving to show examples of people in all walks of life giving to make life better for those less fortunate.  Even though his editor, Bob Gottlieb, suggested Clinton use human interest examples, readers need to work their way through the politician’s writing.

Individuals like Brianne Schwantes and Oseola McCarty share stories of how they managed to overcome the odds and give to those in need.  Despite a rare bone disease, Schwantes started volunteering at the age of 13 and spoke to others about the importance of becoming a volunteer.  For over seventy-five years, McCarty washed and ironed people’s clothes and saved her money.  At the age of 87, she decided to give $150,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi for scholarships for African-American students.

At the other end of the spectrum, the book shows how wealthy individuals like Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates set up or contribute to foundations to solve problems in the United States and other countries.  The Gateses formed their foundation while Buffet decided to give money to their foundation along with donations to his children’s foundations.

The private sector organized fair trade coffee markets.  Small coffee farmers in developing countries grow their coffee and earn a fair income from its sale.  Other organizations also provide a fair trade environment.

The book lays out ways that govenment and religious groups help with the giving process.  Govenments set a standard for establishing programs.  Religious groups give wherever there is a need.

A dozen pages of resources in the book categorize Web sites and books for readers to obtain additional information and opportunities for giving.