As the rain patters on the roof above I am pondering the next steps to take in order to start on the creative process for the next show at Studio 215 with André and Jose. There is a third collaborator by the name of Asher. He brought another perspective…
Although school is indeed back in session Studio 215 felt it important to show just how much integrity the students from Buckman Heights showed at the end of the school year last year. I hope you enjoy looking at the fantastic results of a show the students and I will never forget. They not only showed their own art work but were able to visit other studios and galleries at the Hungerford Building. So here we go again into a new year for both Studio 215 and the students at Buckman Heights. We will have our “School’s Out for Summer Part 3″ at the end of the 2012 — 2013 school year! Please check out more images by clicking on the exhibits tab.
• Should each student showcase pieces from their portfolios?
• Should certain students show entire portfolios while others create live work?
• Should each student choose two pieces? One?
• Should they even show their work from school or create installation instead?
• Should we have stations or should we have a treasure hunt?
• Should we set up the weekend before or the day of?
So many decisions to be made… so many pieces of art, so many children with spirit, so much art to share, so much Beautiful Fun. Artwork highlighted created by fifth grader from Buckman Heights Elementary School in Greece, New York.
Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs. March is almost over… I choose to advocate all year round. Thought I would let those in on the secret who were wondering why so much art advocacy this month from Studio 215? If you have two minutes that’s all it takes to tell Congress you support the Arts and Arts Education! Please fill out survey created by Americans for the Arts by copying and pasting the web address below. It took me under two minutes. If you are an artist think of your educational experience with no classes in your favorite subject. Peace.
There are many decisions to be made regarding the “School’s Out for Summer Part 2″ show starring artwork from selected students from Buckman Heights. I will get ideas from these students and then take them to our friends at the Hungerford Building and ask for feedback. It’s going to be a great. Their artwork and their personalities will shine. These are the role models at Buckman Heights. They make our school proud in the way they behave inside and outside our school. They make the world a better place and deserve this reward! More to come…
Heather Erwin’s gallery, Studio 215, originated in the Anderson Arts Building in the Neighborhood of the Arts in Rochester, New York. The gallery/art studio moved in November 2011 to the Hungerford Building where the studios are called “Suites.” The Hungerford Building (1115 East Main Street) is located in Rochester’s thriving Public Market District. In the spirit of Dada and “Beautiful Fun” Ms. Erwin kept her DBA, Studio 215, and can be found on the fourth floor in Suite 433. Her experience as a curator and working artist is both vital to her art and her teaching. It gives her the opportunity to collaborate with other artists in different venues, including poetry and music. It also allows Ms. Erwin to continue to reflect upon the ways the world impacts her life and the lives of those around her. In her latest project, URALIAR, she merges video and lighting technology with painting and elements of graphic design, creating a multi-sensory gallery environment.
In addition to teaching full time at Buckman Heights Elementary school, Heather Erwin operates STUDIO 215 on the fourth floor of the Hungerford Building in Rochester, New York while fostering several collaborations with other local artists and continuously exploring new creative outlets (visual, musical and language).
The ability not only to allow yourself to dream, but to be encouraged to follow those dreams, is central to Erwin’s philosophy of teaching and life. “In life we take risks and I talk to students about starting a business and taking risks,” said Erwin. “You put yourself out there and you take risks and you follow your heart. That’s what I’m trying to teach them, that it’s okay to follow your heart.”