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April 2011
April 2011

They examine society’s treasures

The role of a curator, in an overall general understanding, is one who is entrusted with the responsibility to safeguard a cultural organization’s collection of mainly historical or scientific tangible objects, however their duties whether it is for a small to large library, an archive, museum or art gallery, take on other facets such as they not only decide, but also

oversee the how to care for, including the documentation as well as conduct research related either a single work to an entire collection. In turn, these findings are often placed on exhibition to the public.

These guardians of a society’s exist are all around the globe and although some curators are limited to specific concentrations because of giant size of the institutions like the Musée d ʹ Orsay in Paris or the Metropolitan Museum of Art in

New York, but when it comes to the actual numbers; these leaders c o mmand a six figure tabulation, who dominate huge spaces like the Frist Center for the Arts in Nashville, Tennessee and those smaller nestled within huge cities such as Los Angeles, where Affinity and Lark galleries staged their collaboration recently entitled, “Spring Equinox” in separate opening receptions that combined the visual and performing arts. Curated by Larisa ‘Lark’ Pilinsky and Tony Clark , the events under this dual gallery spring umbr ella began with Colors of Life at the Phantom Galleries in Long Beach,

under this dual gallery spring umbr ella began with Colors of Life at the Phantom Galleries
GOERS LOOK ONWARD during the presentation of the Sound Art exhibition awards. including a Jason

GOERS LOOK ONWARD during the presentation of the Sound Art exhibition awards.

including a Jason Jenn’s Cavafy’s Caress theatrical production; Artistic Voyage at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Yorba Linda; Sound Art:

Marriage of Music and Art in San Pedro at the Loft Galleries; and Sacre du Printemps: Art, Music & Dance at the 216 The Promenade in Long Beach. Those who curate as well as reviewers or

scholars not only possess es the specialized knowledge of the subject, but they also serve as guiding overseers that alerts a civilization with the present day events and the people who express their ‘modernization’ to the links of ago. One of the winning musical selections for LarkGallery Online Colors of Life international competition was by Alan Derian called, Father and Son an d the artwork teamed with Derian ʹ s composition was Broken Earth by Narine Isajanyan , and reviewed by Laurence Vittes who said, “Who could not like a song with this title, especially when the two voices, of father and so n are so deeply, affectionately and gently handled that they cannot help being reflected in the strange landscape on a satellite map in someone ʹ s life that the artist, Derian ʹ s wife has created. Even more, there is the composerʹ s ability to create moments of indelible be auty that mus t surely paint the intimacy of his love for Narine.” Although Vittes also talked about S. J. Pettersson ’s performance and who was honored for the Best in category classical modern opera and ballet composition, he had much to say about all that is recorded elsewhere, including new to the LGO community was “… songstress Kinsey Michal, who

about all that is recorded elsewhere, including new to the LGO community was “… songstress Kinsey

flew in from Indiana for the week to accept her award as well as perform.” He further added, “The

intrepid Ann Gresham with her Project Evanos crew captured the intoxicating thrills of opera and operetta by singers who strolled among the audience.” Curator Clark

touched upon the Sacre du Printemps show where goers were greeted “… with the larger than life Symphonic Poem paintings by Roy Shabla ; Water Dance by William Emboden gave the essence of the dancing life forms; the multi media of j. Reto ʹ s classical Greek themes; Stanley Howard ʹ s figure and forms give the organic forms of nature; Ray Klausen ʹ s Circles and Spiral sculpt ures remind one of the sun ʹ s approach to the earth with every twist; and the Earth Movements of David Gardner gave way to

his Dancing Flameswork. Beyond the visual arts in the ‘Sacred’ celebration, the music flowed and the rhythms by the SangoB eat World Music, with Sel and Pashyo Sarkin playing Jazz to the Congo beats; Marvin Bond ’s sax filled the airways with his sounds of soul; including the visual movements of the Fred Sugarman ʹ s Medicine Machine Dancers as well as artist Eva Montealegre painting to the music. “We had more than 100 entries for these venues, which were selected by highly gifted jurors, yet they told me it was challenging because of their obvious artistic and technical skills,” said curator Pilinsky. “But they are all winners in my assessment and they will remain part of Spring Equinox’s permanent collection and future exhibitions.”

For a mor e information on these exhibiting visual and performing artists: Art Venti, Sandra Cooper, Felice Willat, Elena Beresnjak, Amy Galaudet, Kaleeka Bond, Jolanta Badyna Budny, Michael Chearney, Pat Rayman, Georganne Heller, Ruth Dutoit, Dasha Guilliam, Lark, Juan

"A rt contains a beautiful purpose to unify people through a common thought, feeling or an experience. Engaging

in this process is the amazing part of being an artist." Kinsey Michal

thought, feeling or an experience. Engaging in this process is the amazing part of being an

Rosenfeldt, Elisse Pogofsky Harris, Narine Isajanian, Vered Galor, Sallie Anne Swift, Armi neh Teimourian, Annemarie Rawlinson, Rachael McCampbell, Roy Anthony Shabla, Randal Reel, Randall Oldrieve, William Emboden, William Haugse, J. Reto, Eva Montealegre, Sel Sarkin, Pashyo Sarkin, SangoBeat World Music, Saule Piktys, Artie Q, Parviz Azad, Alan Derian, Devin Galaudet, Burton Goldstein, Kinsey Michal, Kevin Nolan, Nyee Moses, S.J. Pettersson, Norman Sachs, Katherine Se m ple, Andrew Swift, Susan Thampi, Julia Torgovitskaya, Pamela Stein, Jeannette Koekkoek Rusty Wickell and Project Eranos see larkgalleryonline.com or affinitygalleries.com, as well as you are also encouraged to contact curators Pilinsky or Clark direct in regards to future programming and events. Editor’s commentary

SINGING ON CENTER STAGE IS PASHYO SARKIN with the SangoBeat World Music performers. Artist Roy

SINGING ON CENTER STAGE IS PASHYO SARKIN with the SangoBeat World Music performers.

SARKIN with the SangoBeat World Music performers. Artist Roy Anthony Shabla (left) and family and
SARKIN with the SangoBeat World Music performers. Artist Roy Anthony Shabla (left) and family and

Artist Roy Anthony Shabla (left) and family and (right) Dr. Harvey Abrams with Tony Clark pose for history.

Dr. Harvey Abrams with Tony Clark pose for history. Eva Montealegre stands next to her painting

Eva Montealegre stands next to her painting created to the sounds of music and j. Reto talks about his yellow sculpture series and other works.

created to the sounds of music and j. Reto talks about his yellow sculpture series and