VOV Workshops are all free and open to the public. Workshops take place VOV Satuday thru Tuesday – 3PM at Emergent Arts, 341 Whittington.
Banjo & Harmonica Workshop – Saturday, March 21 – 3:00PM, Emergent Arts, 341 Whittington, Free and open to the public.
Kentucky Colonel JD Wilkes — frontman of the Legendary Shack Shakers — has studied with some of the most notable Kentucky old-time music masters over his 25+ years as an artist. He will share with you a short history of Kentucky old-time music, anecdotes from his apprenticeships, and most importantly, a number of techniques he learned from these masters. His focus on basic technique of a variety of harmonica and banjo picking styles is suitable for beginners as well as more advanced players. At the end of two hours you will have experience with banjo picking styles ranging from clawhammer to thumblead, as well as the harmonica techniques of cross, straight & slant. http://www.jdwilkes.com/bio.htm
Wind Flag Project – Saturday, March 21 – 3:00PM, Emergent Arts, 341 Whittington, Free and open to the public.
Chicago artist, and musician Andrea Jablonski brings the Prayer Flag Project to Hot Springs and invites you to take part in the creation and installation of a prayer flag designed by you! A prayer flag is a colorful rectangular flag often found along mountain ridges in the Himalayas. Darchor (vertical) prayer flags are usually large, single rectangles attached to poles along their vertical edge. Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers up to the gods, a common misconception, but spread these messages on the wind to the world. Darchor are raised by communities and often found along walkways or paths as a colorful reminder of goodwill. The first part of the Prayer Flag Project was completed and installed for Figment Chicago at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago. http://andreajablonski.blogspot.com/p/prayer-flag-project.html
Comic Illustration Workshop – Sunday, March 22 – 3:00PM Emergent Arts, 341 Whittington – Free and open to the public.
Legendary Shack Shakers frontman Col. JD Wilkes’s contributions to visual art include “Head Cheese,” a strip seen in the Nashville RAGE (Metromix) weekly from 2005-2008, illustrations in “Spookiest Stories Ever” (University Press of Kentucky, 2010), Top Shelf Comix-published “Grim Hymns”, and the comic book that accompanies Shooter Jennings’ album The Other Life. From concept to completion, Wilkes will show you how to create comic strips from scratch. Using his personal layout method, he’ll walk you through everything from writing dialog to pencil and inking. http://www.jdwilkes.com/bio.htm
DIY Touring for filmmakers, photographers and performance artists & a Pop Up Photo Show – Monday, March 23 – 3:00PM, Emergent Arts, 341 Whittington, Free and open to the public.
Texas-born, San Francisco exile, and confirmed tramp, Bill Daniel continues to experiment with survivalism and bricolage in his attempts to record and report on the various social margins he finds himself in.
Daniel’s work has received awards from the Film Arts Foundation, The Pioneer Fund, Texas Filmmaker Production Fund, the R & B Feder Charitable Foundation, and The Western States Media Alliance. He is the current Wattis Foundation artist-in-residence at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where his installation “Souls Harbor” was exhibited in Dec. In 1999 he was in-residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts where he produced several multi-projection 16mm film installations, including “Trespassing Sign” in collaboration with the late Margaret Kilgallen. In 2001 his installation “The Girl on the Train in the Moon” was included in “Widely Unknown” at Deitch Projects in New York. A veteran of the touring scene, Daniel has programmed, booked and exhibited several mobile art shows—most recently the Lucky Bum Film Tour, with partner Vanessa Renwick, which screened in over 65 cities. In 1997-98 he curated a weekly screening series, Funhouse Cinema, in Austin, that also regularly screened in Houston and San Antonio.
Daniel is also recognized for his work as cinematographer and editor for filmmaker Craig Baldwin. Other endeavors include publishing two zines—The Western Roundup, a punk fanzine in 1981-82, and Detour, a situationist journal in 1986. He is also the creator of an experimental sports league, The Texas Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Hockey Association. www.billdaniel.net
Our Ever Changing Worlds – A discussion on LGBT – Tuesday, March 24 – 3:00PM, Emergent Arts, 341 Whittington, Free and open to the public.
LGBT advocate and singer/songwriter, Ryan Cassata (CA) discusses the music industry future for LGBT artists. Since coming out as transgender in his early teens,motivational speaker and singer/songwriter Ryan Cassata has become a powerful, globally recognized advocate for equality,anti-bullying, and related LGBT issues for one simple reason: “I don’t want any youth to feel alone in their journey.” Gaining initial renown for his appearances on Larry King Live, The Tyra Banks Show and ABC’s “Heads Up,” the multi-talented 21 year old tours the U.S. frequently, addressing tens of thousands of high school, college and university students every year on the importance of acceptance.