This month's FMVA Visual Talk will be with Jescia Hopper. I asked her to tell me a little more about her upcoming talk.
"My visual talk will focus around my current body of work, Dinorama, that I have been creating for the last six years. The series was inspired by my reluctance to embrace the seriousness of adulthood in my life, and focuses on playful and whimsical reactions to difficult situations. The talk will walk viewers through the development of the series, from the creation of the first dinosaur costume, to my upcoming exhibition at the Spirit Room in April, which will likely mark the conclusion of this lengthy exploration into childlike innocence and apocalypse." - Jescia Hopper
Jescia Hopper is the visual art educator at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Middle School. She has a Master of Arts in Art Education from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a BFA in drawing and BS in Art Education from Minnesota State University Moorhead. For more information about Jescia and her current projects, you can visit any of these sites:
Photos, quotes and info provide by Jescia Hopper and her website.
This year the FMVA has implemented a new event series called Draw Ins. Draw Ins are social gatherings for artists to explore new avenues of creativity in unique places. Artists should arrive at the location armed with the tools of their craft: drawing supplies, camera or paint and canvas. The first two Draw Ins were held at Stokers at the HoDo and Elevate atop t he Loretta building in downtown Fargo. The next Draw In will be held at the Riverside Cemetery.
The Draw In will be held from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm on August 3rd. There will be a social afterwards at Pepper's Sports Cafe where appetizers and drinks will be available. Riverside Cemetery is the oldest, largest burial site in Fargo. It was established in 1879 and contains over 18,000 burials. The site is rich with natural beauty and wildlife. Artists are encouraged to take in the beauty of the place by walking, photographing, sketching and interacting with the site. The only restriction is that artist's do not focus on the names of the grave makers so as not to offend or upset the families and loved ones of the deceased. A list of cemetery etiquette tips will be found at the end of this post.
The Draw In Committee will meet this fall to plan the topics and FMVA board members will meet in December to plan 2016 events. A programming meeting will be held to organize next year's shows, events, socials and activities to ensure year round engagements for members. The Draw In Committee members are: Ron Boehm, Susanne Williams, Gin Templeton, Brenda Luthi. The committee meets this fall to plan next year's events and in December they will choose 3-5 dates for them. If FMVA members are interested in joining the Draw In committee, they can contact Brenda Luthi by emailing: email@example.com. If you are interested in hosting a Draw In event for the FMVA, you should contact the FMVA at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The FMVA is a volunteer organization with around 200 members started in 2003. Every year we grow in members and expand our programming to be an active part of the FM community.
For more information on Draw Ins please visit: https://fmva.org/events/socials/Draw Ins/
1. FMVA & Riverside Cemetery Request: Please don’t focus on names on grave markers in your artwork to pay respect to the families. Modify & be creative with your sketch.
2. You are on sacred holy ground so be respectful & quiet. Cell phones sound carry so turn down ring tone and don’t talk on a phone because it is too disruptive.
3. Walk around the grave – not over the grave. Don’t stand on grave marker. Don’t sit on or rest against a tombstone
4. Appreciate the memorials as they are. Do not add to, take away or modify. Leave items as they are.
5. Don’t intrude on funerals. Stay far away not to distract. Don’t intrude on people. Don’t be overly friendly to strangers because people may want to be left alone. Don’t take pictures of anyone in the cemetery. If you need a person, have a buddy step in.
6. Don’t leave your car idle in a cemetery. The fumes can harm the sculptures and stone. Stay on roadways with your car. Don’t drive on the grass.
7. Can only be in the cemetery during posted hours. It is a business and it is trespassing.
All photos and information provide by Brenda Luthi. Thanks to the Riverside Cemetery for the use of their grounds.
Sarah Dotzenrod, vice president of the FMVA, answers a few questions about Visual Talks.
Where did the idea for the FMVA Visual Talks come from?
"FMVA used to have an "Artist Den" series years ago that basically got artists together and featured presentations and storytelling amongst each other. The education committee decided to bring it back but is inviting both artists and the general public to take part."
Why are you doing them?
"We're hosting them to provide the community with a better understanding of and connection with their local artists by sharing local area artwork, processes, & creative experiences."
Who should attend these talks and why?
"These talks are for the curious, if you're interested in hearing why and what drives, motivates, or affects local artists, you should definitely catch a talk. These presentations are given in a smaller more intimate setting where there's snacks and beverage and we promote conversing before and after the talks where there is free admission to the exhibits that evening within the museum."
How are the presenters and topics chosen?
"The artists who present choose their own topic - we tell them it could range anywhere from personal, academic to historic in nature, it's really what they're most passionate about sharing."
Can the public view recordings of the Visual Talk series?
"Starting in September 2014, we found a media person to come in to help record, edit, and upload the talks onto our youtube page that is then linked to our website. However, our schedules don't always align and not every artist/presenter prefers to have their talk released online."
How can an artist apply to give a Visual Talk?
"Anyone who wants to view past talks or are interested in participating in next year's series should visit: https://fmva.org/events/socials/artist-talks/ or e-mail myself email@example.com with any questions."
Photos: Eric Johnson Visual Talks 2015 and Ellen Diederich Visual Talks 2014. Thanks to Sarah for these photos.