Starting from humble origins in a Mission District garage in 1983, Creativity Explored celebrates 40 years of supporting artists with developmental disabilities in San Francisco.
Creativity Explored was founded by Florence and Elias Katz, an artist and a psychologist duo who believed that art is essential to life. Throughout our history, we’ve facilitated the art careers of hundreds of disabled artists — and changed the art world along the way. Our artists have seen their work exhibited in museums, galleries, and art fairs in over 14 countries and have earned over $2.2 million from their art. Our San Francisco studios are the center of a thriving creative community where all are welcome.
Vanity Searching—Discovered Creativity Explored
Years ago, I bought the rights to ArtChangesLives.com for my blog. That was about 18 years ago; I was still in grad school. As I began to post my entries, I did some vanity searching and found that Creativity Explored holds the number one rank for Art Changes Lives, and they were located in San Francisco.
The next time I visited San Francisco, I made a point of visiting their studios. It was abuzz with activity and artists working in all sorts of media. I visited with a few of the artists, and they shared their work with me—genuinely excellent and original work. So, I want to recognize this organization for its work.
Doodling serves as a means of keeping the hand or fingers limber, so that they are always ready for serious work.
~ Charles E. Burchfield (https://www.azquotes.com/)
One Sketch: Two drawings-Two Approaches
Nothing special to say. I wanted to share some work and one of my favorite artists, Charles E. Burchfield, the feeling he could evoke and the many communication signals he used to communicate through his work, experiences, time, and period.
There are things I can imagine and I can draw. There are things I can imagine but I cannot draw. But, could I draw something that I cannot imagine? ~ István Orosz Graphic designer, animated film director, author.
Currently in the world of Bill : )
A few days ago, I started on a new project—3D Metaverse Installation.
Part of my October show at Second Life Endowment for the Arts.
“The metaverse is an unprecedented opportunity for people to connect, create, and share experiences together” – Dr. Philip Rosedale
Tap Quentin Awarded a Grant from Second Life Endowment for the Arts
Remember, in the Metaverse, I am known as Tap Quentin. A name I picked 16 years ago when I joined Second Life. At the time, the thought was you were to separate your real-life and second-life identities. That is no longer necessarily true.
My show at Sky Gallery: Second Life Endowments for the Arts. (SLEA) closes at the end of the month. The past two group shows I participated in at Sky Galleries were by invitation. Last month, I was led to apply for a grant to use a 1/4 region to explore and create another installation. SLEA granted me to use 128 meters x 128 meters of their digital space. (https://sleagrants.com/grants/current-grants/)
Being Male is a mixed-media Installation. I play with scale and perspective in this work, both a fascination. The surreal environment is an extension of my drawings and other works.
The new work will take the shape of passages, whether a maze, labyrinth or labyrinthine. I read that a maze is where you find yourself, and a labyrinth is where you go to know yourself.
As I was uploading the images used for the Being Male installation, I debated whether or not to share the images that include a penis. I decided to include one. I am not Mapplethorpe, but I chose not to censor my work.
Yesterday was my seventieth birthday, and I am beginning my third year of retirement, I have one bold request.
As a gift to me, could you subscribe to this blog?
ArtChangesLives(Dot)Com is owned by me and started in grad school almost two decades ago. Subscribing to my blog will help the blog’s rank on Google and other search engines. I hope it will become a place for people to share their thoughts while creating artwork … Meaning any of the arts.
I don’t know if I intend to show or sell my work commercially, but I am heading that way.
Thank you to the artists who agreed to let me link their sites to this site. Most of these individuals are friends.
Art has a vital power to promote understanding of one’s self and the world and provides a path for an artist to self-realize and connect with the known unknown.
It is a big ask, but could you subscribe to this site? I’d appreciate it.
BTW, my 70th birthday was fabulous, hearing from friends and family and spending it with family.