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Spring 2014, Twelve-day residency at an elementary school in Western Pennsylvania.  I worked with 200 second grade students to create and perform a puppet pageant.

Tom Sarver, Puppet Residency

A core group of 60 students made sketches for puppets, then made them into characters for the pageant.

A core group of 60 students made sketches for puppets to appear as main characters in a show.  

Many of the students created puppets based on foods.

Many of the students created puppets based on foods.

A student sketches his idea for the puppet show.

A student sketches his idea for the puppet show.

Students who were not in the core group still experienced a puppet making session.  Their resulting works appeared in the final pageant.

Students who were not in the core group still experienced a puppet making session. Their resulting works appeared in the final pageant.

Sarver Puppet Residency

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Painting background scenery.

Painting background scenery.

Sarver puppets

A painted sketch for the puppet pageant scene.

A painted sketch for the puppet pageant scene.

Creating a giant puppet with cardboard and papier mâché.

Creating a giant puppet with cardboard and papier mâché.

Sarver Puppets

 

Adding texture to the background scenery.

Adding texture to the background scenery.

Some of the classrooms made finger puppets for the pageant.

Some of the classrooms made finger puppets for the pageant.

Sarver Finger Puppet

Tom Sarver Puppet Residency

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A collection of big puppets.

A collection of big puppets.

Tom Sarver Puppets

A big crowd for the final performance.

A big crowd for the final performance.

 

 

 

 

 

December 2011, Curated show and performance night, Lascaux to Garfield at Irma Freeman Center for Imagination.

Reception, Lascaux to Garfield Art Salon, Photograph by Larry Rippel, © 2011

Tom Sarver warms up the crowd for Friday Night Puppet Live. © 2011

Gallery Reception photograph by Sheila Ali. © 2011

© Irma Freeman Center for Imagination 2011

Below are works that were on display at the Lascaux to Garfield Art Salon.  The show ran December 2nd & 3rd 2011, Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, Garfield, Pittsburgh.  The mini-festival event included a Puppet Happening cabaret, Friday Night Puppet Live.  

Gabe Felice presented an assortment of paintings and painted wood gadgets.

detail of painting by Gabe Felice

Glass artist Lindsay O’Leary played with themes of size and scale in presenting a collection of hand-crafted terrarium environments.

various succulent terrariums, 2011

Go Fly a Kite, 2010

Using the medium of serigraphy, Jessica Scott celebrates expected and unexpected views.  Her works utilize delicate line to describe the magnificent       structural qualities of Pittsburgh bridges.

Sister Bridge

After 9/11, Photographer Larry Rippel was struck by the proliferation American Flags throughout Pittsburgh. His tableau of images from that period remind us of our reactions to the disaster, with the flag serving a symbol of collective hope in the midst of strong national division.

Jessica Langley presented a series of collages in which she altered appropriated imagery of trophy sport hunting.

untitled, 2011

untitled, 2011

Kirsten Ervin presents an assortment of mixed-media work exploring color and whimsy realized through an intuitive process of  “automatic” drawing.

LEX Covato presented painting combining pop culture with metaphysical reflection. Covato weaves together mythology, psychology, and religion in an illustrative manner encouraging the viewer to contemplate as well as laugh.

                                                                Super Id by LEX Covato

Saint of the Sea by LEX Covato

Mike Cuccaro presents some new cityscapes in watercolor and india ink inspired by the recent bizarre events around Zanesville, Ohio.

Nicole Sarver presents a selection of acrylic paintings in which she thoughtfully renders the unnoticed microcosms of Pennsylvania’s unspoiled wilderness areas.

Through the void and back again, painter Moshe Sherman presents works reminiscent of Op art with a soothing twist.  He describes his works as “Dream Catchers” and “Intention Carriers.”

Claudia Giannini’s work explores our connection to the natural environment. Using imagery of native plants in Appalachia (working in a technique that includes hand printing and toning photographs) along with archetypal symbols for the elements of nature, she creates delicately crafted photomontages.

Element: Water by Claudia Giannini

Steve Smith creates visionary images based on current events and personal moments.

Steve Smith, Detail of Pharaoh’s Pet

Steve Smith, Detail of Tippy Tippy Bongo

Victoria Cessna presents a three-panel group portrait painting titled Sullivan School 1957

Gallery Installation

Art from Lascaux to Garfield, Irma Freeman Center for Imagination

Gabe Felice making at Psychic T-Shirt for Buddy Nutt

The Irma Freeman Center For Imagination, located on Penn Avenue in the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Photograph by Tom Sarver © 2011

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One response to “Community

  1. fred p seifried

    Looks – great/fun/interesting/in or out side of the BOX

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