Spring Fling art exhibit in Williamsburg Brooklyn

S P R I N G  F L I N G!

International juried show, curator Yuko Nii

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Drawings by Jeffrey Allen Price

 

Saturday, April 21 - Sunday, May 27, 2012

OPENING  Sat. April 21   
4 - 6 pm  Gallery reception 
6 - 8 pm  Celebration dinner 
8-12 am  Music & dance party

Come, fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring / The Winter Garment of Repentance Fling!  
The Rubaiyat, Omar Khayyam, 1120 AD

What comes to your mind when we say Spring? Warm sunshine, sprinkles and showers, nature in bloom - all creatures rejoicing in the reawakening spirit of life, green leaves, colorful flowers, busy birds and bees...and people too. Yes, free spirits everywhere delight in this season. 

I wanted to have this exhibition for special reasons. The earth’s climate is changing drastically, erasing the distinct seasons we've taken for granted for centuries. Nature’s cycles as we know them might not continue-- how will future generations understand the paintings and poetry of Primavera, the cultural legacies of Spring? I wanted to see how artists communicate their feelings about the season, before it becomes extinct. I entitled the show Spring Fling to express the flare of radiant, light-hearted spirits in celebration. 

I also envision Spring Fling as a kind of seedling, launched in preparation for the WAH Center Sweet 16 Anniversary Celebration coming up in October. Like many cultural institutions, we face significant financial challenges, and fundraising is crucial to both maintain our exhibition programs and preserve our historic building.Spring Fling will kick-off a series of fundraising events to help support our important Sweet 16 milestone and keep us going for the future.

Spring Fling opens on Saturday, April 21 with a gallery reception, dinner, and night of unique musical performances and dance party! In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be many exciting events, including a two-day Spring Dance Festival, performance programs, walking and bike tours, artist market, food vendors, and more. We look forward to welcoming you all and sharing the joy of the Spring spirit!

Yuko Nii
WAH Center Founder and Artistic Director

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Lynda Andrus, Stephen Auslender, Grace Azar, Ayako Bando, Bienvenido Bones Banez Jr., Doreen Beck, Olivia Beens, Kevin Bell, Susanna Beltrandi, Ragna Berlin, Jeffrey Berman, Marissa Bridge, Joe Catuccio, Wan Yu Chen, Pauline Chernichaw, Jeannie Choe, Mijin Chun, Diane Churchill, Laura Conliffe, Cedric Cox, Stephen Crawford, Francine Demeulenaere, Missy Hammond Dunaway, Aidan Sofia Earle, Laura Fantini, Troy Frantz, Daniel Genova, Mark Gibian, Ronald Gosses, Leonid Grinberg, Natsuko Hattori, Kathleen Hendrick, Christine Herman, Aimee Hertog, Miho Hiranouchi, Callie Hirsch, Sarah Horvat, Akihiro Ito, Susan Jacobs, Liz Johnson, Robin M. Jordan, Mikiko Kanno, Hide Kawabata, Itsuko Kiyokawa, Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, Melanie Kozol, Jsun Laliberté, Eunjeong Lee, Martin H. H. Leff-Cinthus, Estelle Levy, LIZ-N-VAL, Richard Lund, Stephen Marc, Basha Maryanska, Christina Massey, Florence Alfano McEwin, Andrew Murray, Carlton Murrell, Irmari Nacht, Yoko Naito, Kenichi Nakajima, Harry Newman, Yumiko Nolan, Emily North, Kuzana Ogg, Holly Overton, Janice Patrignani, Cade Pemberton, Yupin Pramotepipop, Jeffrey Allen Price, Jennifer Primrosch, Roni Sherman Ramos, Nancy Saleme, Lana Santorelli, Mira Satryan, Julie Joy Saypoff, Larry Scaturro, Gloria Schuster, Tasneem Shahzad, Bonnie Shanas, Jen Siegrist, Jenifer Stern, Suprina, Larry Szycher, Rose Tang, Jocelyn Toffic, Katherine Toukhy, Atsuko Tsuruta, Matthew Turov, Angela Valeria, Jania Vanderwerff, Takuya Yamauchi, Cindy Zaglin, Diane Zeitlin, and Charles Zigmund.

DINNER 6-8 pm 

Following the gallery reception, everyone is invited to join us for dinner to relax, meet the artists, and celebrate! Buffet-style Thai and Italian food from delicious Williamsburg restaurants, including 2 drinks (beer/wine) and dessert. 
$20 / $15 for participating artists. 

Bands

MUSIC & DANCE PARTY 8-12 am
Concert

Music for Theremin and Piano: Jason Smeltzer & Wayne Smith 
Fist of Kindness 
(( intermission ))
Dance Party
House of Waters  
Triple Cobra 
$15 / $10 for participating artists. 

Music for Theremin and Piano: Jason Smeltzer & Wayne Smith 
Jason Smeltzer has been performing and demonstrating a musical instrument called the Theremin for approximately ten years. The range of music extends from classical and improvisational (w/ pianists Wayne Smith and Catherine Shefski and classical guitarist Jay Steveskey) to Middle-Eastern Dance (w/ Diana Shahein and the Beledi Dance Theatre) to Nursery Rhymes to Elvis to Schubert (w/ harpist Deirdre White) and also R&B and Jazz Fusion (w/ the trio Black Licorice). Wayne Smith is an improviser, composer, and pianist. He has appeared recently as a featured guest on WVIA public Radio. Other appearances as both a soloist and in groups include performances at the Waverly Community House, Columbia University, Le Moyne College, and recently at The Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum with Jason Smeltzer on Theremin. Overseas, he has performed in Korea and Japan. 

Fist of Kindness                       
Fist of Kindness unleashes over two hundred years of musical experience in the American traditions of rock, soul, punk, country, funk and jazz. They have released three albums and their music has been played on radio stations around the world. (Orin Buck, Cassandra Victoria Chopourian, Steve Dworkin, Rich Gross, David Gould, Gary Heidt, and Matthew Metzgar)

House of Waters 
House of Waters is a Brooklyn based band with a global sound. Drawing inspiration from Africa, India, South America, and Jazz, the band is, as TimeOut NY states “a sight to behold.” House of Waters is hammered dulcimer virtuoso Max ZT; master percussionist Luke Notary; and brilliant bassist Moto Fukushima. These three innovative musicians are redefining their instruments as they excite their audiences. Max, a National Hammered Dulcimer Champion studied with the Cissoko griot family in Senegal and recently returned from a year in India studying with the world-renowned santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. Luke studied with djembe legend Cheik Oumar Diabate and has just returned from a year touring the world with Cirque du Soleil. Moto's finesse, subtlety and power attracted the attention of Joe Lovano and other jazz greats, who he has accompanied to critical acclaim. House of Waters has shared the stage with Ravi Shankar, Tinariwen, Jimmy Cliff, KODO, and more. Their concerts are beautiful and electrifying moments of mastery and magic.

Triple Cobra     
Triple Cobra play summer jams for the end of the world. Through a baroque haze of billowing synthesizers, pounding tribal beats, five-part harmonies, and soaring guitars, the Brooklyn-based septet delivers wildly infectious psychedelic pop anthems with an almost operatic grandeur; all beneath a dazzling veil of bright lights, whirling snow and a storm of confetti. Their latest album "The Last Summer Ever" is a collection of apocalyptic summer jams which explore the impending end of days; the grief of knowing our time is near, a last chance at an old love, the chaos of our final moments, and the ultimate communion of all the spirits of the human race: past, present and future. (Attiss Ngo, William Hanson, Paul Volpe, Athena Valbracht, David Vassallo, Attis Jerrell Clopton, and Matthew von Ohlen)

Videos

WAH Center Spring Fling

Photo: Yuko Nii

WAH Center Spring Fling

Photo: Yuko Nii

WAH Center Spring Fling

Photo: Yuko Nii

WAH Center Spring Fling

Photo: Yuko Nii

WAH Center Spring Fling

Photo: Yuko Nii

WAH Center Spring Fling

Photo: Yuko Nii

WAH Center Spring Fling

Photo: Yuko Nii

WAH Center Spring Fling

Photo: Yuko Nii

WAH Center Spring Fling

Photo: Tasneem Shahzad

WAH Center Spring Fling

Photo: Tasneem Shahzad

WAH Center Spring Fling

Photo: Tasneem Shahzad

WAH Center Spring Fling

Photo: Tasneem Shahzad

WAH Center Spring Fling

Photo: Terrance Lindall

WAH Center Spring Fling

Photo: Terrance Lindall