Gwarlingo, like the arts in general, is about seeing the world in a way we’ve never seen before. Whether it’s through poetry, film, visual art, music, performance, or writing, we make room for art in our lives not only to be entertained, but also to be challenged, educated, and awakened. Isn’t this the reason we make time for the arts in the first place? The real reason we buy books, travel, and attend gallery shows, movies, concert, and performances?
Since Gwarlingo launched in June of 2011, I’ve single-handedly brought you the work of over 80 Sunday Poets, over 200 articles on film, visual art, books, and music, as well as insights about the barriers to the creative life based on 20 years of working with artists and arts organizations.
But in order to continue providing you with quality content, I need to pay the bills. Creating Gwarlingo is a full-time job (one without a regular paycheck). Your collective support allows me to offer the Complete Creative series, artist interviews and reviews, the Sunday Poem, and other great content for free with no paywalls or annoying advertisements.
The only selling out Gwarlingo is going to do is to you—its loyal readers. But I need your help. Over 200 readers have already donated. Won’t you join them? If you give $50 or more, you become an official Gwarlingo Member, just like these fine folks.
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Good Karma is Your Reward!
Want to give to Gwarlingo and get nothing in return but good karma? This membership option allows you to make a donation in the amount of your choice with no fancy rewards attached. (Although if you give $50 or more, you will still have the option to complete a membership profile for yourself or in honor of someone else). Completing the profile isn’t required if you prefer to remain anonymous.
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$50 Membership Level
Your Reward: An Interactive Member Profile
Donate $50 or more and become a Gwarlingo Member. Once you’re a member, your name, profile, website, photo, art, etc. will be featured on the interactive Gwarlingo Members Page for one year and seen by hundreds of thousands of readers. You can also donate in honor of a friend, loved one, or favorite arts or non-profit organization. You’ll also receive priority notice for special Gwarlingo events, parties, retreats, and workshops. This is not just some name on a list. This is a fully interactive, visually compelling membership profile that includes links to your website, Facebook page, Twitter account, etc. It’s a win/win: showcase your own work and make some new connections in the process.
Once you have made your donation, you will have the chance to complete a short online profile that includes your bio, blurb, honorary message, links, and a photo of your choice. It can be a photo of you, your art work, a book cover, or an image that represents your organization. The possibilities are endless.
Do it for yourself. Do it for a friend, loved one, or an institution that has made a difference in your life. Check out the Gwarlingo Members Page right here.
$100 Membership Level
Your Reward: Member Profile + Limited-Edition Book by Artist Margaret Lanzetta (Only 1 Left!)
For a $100 donation, you (or a designated individual or organization) will be featured on the Gwarlingo Supporter page (as described in the $50 level). Five lucky $100 donors will also receive one of the remaining signed copies of Margaret Lanzetta’s book, Pet the Pretty Tiger–a gorgeous color catalog that features the artist’s work from 1990-2010 and contains essays by John Yau, Judy Halebsky and curator Carol Schwarzman (shown here). The 87-page book is paperback and measures 8.5 x 10.5 inches.
Lanzetta’s work draws inspiration from nature, Islamic architecture, Buddhism, and sixties’s pop. New York art critic and poet John Yau writes…”In Margaret Lanzetta’s bold, graphic paintings, the artist weaves, jams together and recombines patterns and shadow images in order to understand their often-unacknowledged presence in our lives. We see them, but do not notice them…I would characterize this as one of Lanzetta’s strengths—she can turn a familiar image strange, as well as transform what is perceived as elegant and decorative into something cold and threatening…In contrast to Bridget Riley and other artists involved with op art, Lanzetta recognizes that there is no pure state of seeing; everything is inflected by culture and history.”
$250 Membership Level
Your Reward: Member Profile + Limited-Edition Print by Margaret Lanzetta (Sold Out)
For a $250 donation, you (or a designated individual or organization) will be featured on the Gwarlingo Member page (as described in the $50 level). The first ten donors at the $250 level will also receive this limited-edition, archival print by New York-based artist Margaret Lanzetta. NH7 South (from the National Highways series) is printed on archival paper. The image is 16 x 16 inches and the paper size is 24 x 24 inches. Each print is individually signed and numbered. (And as an added bonus, the first THREE donors at the $250 level will also receive a signed copy of Margaret Lanzetta’s catalog, Pet the Pretty Tiger, a gorgeous color catalog that features the artist’s work from 1990-2010 and contains essays by John Yau, Judy Halebsky and curator Carol Schwarzman. The catalog is described above at the $100 level.)
Lanzetta’s work draws inspiration from nature, Islamic architecture, Buddhism, and sixties’s pop. This special-edition print, available only to Gwarlingo readers, is titled NH7 South and is part of Lanzetta’s National Highways series, which uses “slices” of maps to reference metaphoric and directional travel. The entire series is painted with two different silkscreens, screened repeatedly with variables, shifts, and physical repetition. The works in the series are titled after actual highways in various countries. Our place in the world is both established and questioned.
“Lanzetta’s titles reference national highways, but her use of numbers ‘frames’ both the abstract and the spiritual,” says poet Susan Briante. “Line after line of color offer ‘a mantra like’ practice of repetition (to quote Lanzetta) more than industrial reproductive precision. The lines repeat, but the paint stutters and fades. The handiwork shows in the canvases.”
Lanzetta has been a Fulbright Fellow in Syria and India. She is also the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, Ucross, and The MacDowell Colony. Her work is in many personal collections, as well as in the collections of MoMA in New York; the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; and the Fogg Museum, among others. She has had solo shows at Kenise Barnes Fine Art, New York; Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, and the French Institute Gallery and Le Cube Gallery, both in Morocco.
Like all of the art work here, these limited-edition prints are being offered below market value and won’t last long. You can read more about Margaret’s work in my Gwarlingo feature or on her website.
$300 Membership Level
Your Reward: Member Profile + Limited-Edition Photograph by Barry Underwood (Only 1 Left!)
For a $300 donation, you (or a designated individual or organization) will be featured on the Gwarlingo Supporter page (as described in the $50 level). The first ten $300 donors will also receive a special-edition print by Barry Underwood. (Click on images to enlarge.)
While photographers like Edward Burtynsky, Robert Adams, and Joe Deal have produced straightforward documentary images of environmental damage, Barry Underwood’s unique combination of photography and site-specific installation art represents a highly original, 21st-century approach to the tradition of landscape photography. Underwood re-imagines an ordinary landscape in the same way a brilliant cinematographer or set designer can turn an everyday moment into a memorable, visual experience. (Think Close Encounters of the Third Kind meets Richard Long meets Ansel Adams.)
Inspired by land art, cinema, and landscape painting, Underwood’s photographs are both surreal and familiar. His landscapes emit an eerie, alien beauty, but it’s impossible to know if these strange scenes are the result of some natural phenomenon or, instead, the result of some terrible environmental disaster caused by humans.
Many of Underwood’s installations are created at artist residency programs, such as Banff, The MacDowell Colony, and Headlands Center for the Arts. This particular installation was created and photographed at The MacDowell Colony. Barry is offering a special, Gwarlingo edition of MacDowell (Theatre). Ten archival pigment prints will be available to the first $300 donors (well below market value). This unframed photograph (seen below) is printed on 17″ x 22″ FineArt Baryta paper. The actual image is 16″ x 20.25″. This is a limited-edition print available only to Gwarlingo supporters.
In 2011 Underwood was awarded the Cleveland Arts Prize. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland and the Akron Art Museum among others. He is represented by Johansson Projects, Oakland, California, and 1point618 in Cleveland, Ohio. The artist currently teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he is head of the department of film, video and photographic arts.
$500 Membership Level
Your Reward: Member Profile + a Fruit-Sticker Drawing by Rachel Perry Welty (Sold Out)
I think of Rachel Perry Welty’s colorful artwork each and every time I pull a sticker off a piece of fruit. Her awe-inspiring, fruit-sticker drawings combine a minimalist style with Rachel’s novel use of everyday materials. One lucky $500 donor will receive an unframed, one-of-a-kind drawing by Rachel Perry Welty at a below-market-value price. In person, these drawings are both playful and weightless. Though your own drawing will be unique and differ from the 2009 drawing shown here, these images of Sin and Paradise, will give you some sense of how brilliantly Welty transforms commonplace, everyday items (like fruit stickers) into memorable pieces of art. (Click on images to enlarge.)
Though your own drawing will be unique and look different from Sin and Paradise (shown here), this photo gives you some sense of how brilliantly Rachel Perry Welty transforms everyday materials into memorable art.
Rachel Perry Welty was born in Tokyo, Japan, and graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 1999 with a Diploma and Fifth Year Certificate in 2001. In 2006 she was a finalist for the Foster Prize competition at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Rachel has had solo exhibitions at the deCordova Museum (Lincoln, Massachusetts) and the Zimmerli Art Museum (New Jersey). Her work has been in international group shows at Kunstmuseum Bonn (Germany), the Taiwan Museum of Art, and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Her work is held in the permanent collection of several museums, including the ICA in Boston. In December 2011, Rachel’s work was featured in a multi-page photographic essay in Vogue magazine. She is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York. You can see my in-depth article and photo essay about Rachel Perry Welty here. Sorry but once this special drawing is snapped up, you’ll have to contact Yancey Richardson Gallery to purchase Rachel Perry Welty’s artwork.
$800 Membership Level
Your Reward: Member Profile + Limited-Edition, Hand-Tinted Etching by Olive Ayhens (Sold Out)
(Sorry! This Reward is Sold.)
For an $800 donation, you (or a designated individual or organization) will be featured on the Gwarlingo Member page (as described in the $50 level). One lucky donor will also receive this gorgeous hand-tinted etching, Moorish Architecture by Olive Ayhens. The etching is painted with watercolor, making each print unique; it measures 30″ by 22″ and is printed on a fine, archival rag paper. (Click on images to enlarge.)
I’ve been a long-time admirer of Ayhens’ work, which has been featured on Gwarlingo before. Olive has the ability to capture cityscapes and architectural interiors like no one else I know. Her neo-expressionist pen and ink and watercolor drawings are playful, idiosyncratic, and deliberately unruly.
When Olive offered to donate an art work to the Gwarlingo fundraiser, I jumped at the chance to offer one of her beautiful pieces to a lucky Gwarlingo donor. This hand-colored etching is being offered for $800, less than a third of the gallery price.
Ayhens is a frequent traveler and has had many residencies, including stays at Ucross, Yaddo, VCCA, the Lower Manhattan Culture Council, Malta, The MacDowell Colony, Djerassi, Blue Mountain, Saltonstall, and the Millay Colony. But it was a residency at Fundación Valparaíso in Spain that inspired Ayhens to explore the subject of Moorish architecture. Antonio Gaudi was also a big influence on this new series.
“My painting frequently evolves from a special sense of place, and transformation of environments in my own quirky ways,” says Olive. “Sometimes [there is] a political or ecological subtext,” but most important is “the love of the paint itself — layering it, exploring color relationships, building textures, etc.” There is a vigorous, sensual beauty to Ayhens’ art works.
Olive Ayhens has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell fellowship, two Pollack-Krasner Awards, and the Adolph and Ester Gottlieb Foundation individual support grant.She has had recent shows at the Lori Bookstein Gallery, the Transit Museum in Grand Central, Electronic Labyrinth, the New York State Museum, at Adam Baumgold, and at the Institute Franco-America in Rennes, France.
“I have fun with personification as well as improbabilities of scale,” says artist Olive Ayhens. “I’m constantly renewed visually by everything around me, a feeling of the uniqueness of each environment in which I find myself.”
Like all of the work offered here, this limited-edition prints is being offered well below market value and won’t last long. You can read more about Olive’s work and see additional photos of the print in my Gwarlingo feature.
Thank You & Check Back Often
Thanks for your time, attention, and support, and thank you to the 200+ readers who have already donated to Gwarlingo. Your help keeps Gwarlingo free for readers and also free of advertising.
Please check back again. More special rewards will be added to this page on a regular basis!
Here’s a glimpse at some of the special donor rewards that have been offered in the past, but unfortunately, are now sold out)…
Past Rewards for Gwarlingo Donors (Sold Out)
Rachel Perry Welty Artist Book
A signed copy of Rachel Perry Welty’s limited-edition artist book 24/7 was mailed to ten lucky $100 donors. Not only is the book a lovely catalog of Welty’s work, but the attentive reader will find a number of hidden surprises inside that reveal Welty’s cleverness at using the detritus of everyday life as an art medium.
Andre Gregory & Cindy Kleine Signed DVD
More than ten $100 donors have signed up to receive Cindy Kleine’s acclaimed documentary, Before and After Dinner, about theatre director, actor, and raconteur Andre Gregory. This film is a must-see for artists interested in the creative process. It’s also the story of a happy marriage between Kleine and Gregory (a real rarity in cinema).