Artists’ mentoring workshop and presentation opportunity, Los Angeles, CA – with an environmental theme

Intensive workshop and mentoring opportunity for artists of any sort (including upcoming/emerging artists) in Los Angeles, throughout the summer with an August public performance/presentation. Free of charge – applications due Friday the 29th but drop them an email asap if you are interested, date may be flexible.


More information, and downloadable application, here:

Project Director: Dan Kwong Co-Facilitator: Young-Ae Park
Cost: FREE. Participants required to create a final project at conclusion of program (details below)
Workshop meetings: Twice a week; Wednesdays 7-10PM and Saturdays 10AM-4PM
Workshop period: June 13 to July 25
Intensive Rehearsal Period: EVENINGS Mon-Fri; July 27-August 1; August 3-7 Public performances: Saturday August 8th 3PM & 8PM

NEW APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, May 29, 2009 (IN OFFICE, NOT postmark)

COLLABORATORY is Great Leap’s mentorship program to develop the next generation of artist-leaders in Los Angeles. It is intended for those who not only endeavor to enrich and develop themselves but who also have the desire to give back to their communities. Our program emphasizes leadership skills, collaboration, artistic development, and promotes a socially conscious progressive attitude that places art in service of community.

Juried exhibition and auction – partial benefit for Carmel’s Center for Photographic Art


The Center for Photographic Art, located in the beach resort town of Carmel, California, will host a juried photography exhibition and auction this year and invites submissions from members and non-members (non-members pay a small fee.) Currently the gallery showcases a variety of photos taken by, and of, Ansel Adams, curated by the artist’s family. Highlights of the show include the captions, describing critical reviews and the professional and ecological impact of Adams’ work.

Submissions for the upcoming event, which will benefit both the accepted artists and the Center for Photographic Art, are due July 15th. The Center requests images on a CD initially, and then prints for those who are selected to take part in the gala auction.

More information, contacts, and full submission guidelines and instructions are available here:

Would encourage everyone to visit the exhibit – was personally inspired by the description of curator Stieglitz as ‘allowing the artists to work and be shown with dignity, and to work as they chose.’

Writers’ Workshop Opportunity: Femina Potens Gallery


Beginning the last week of May, Femina Potens will be offering an intensive writers’ workshop for women and Queers directed by the talented Beth Mattson.  The work shop will culminate in a reading performance with the National Queer Arts Festival on Thursday, June 25th. The theme of the workshop will be Identity, and poets and creative non-fiction authors are welcome if comfortable with the fiction writers’ perspective. Authors will meet for four weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, starting on May 26th, from 7:00 – 10:00pm. The group will be capped at a total of nine authors, and there will be a flat fee of $80 to help cover the costs of the reading and workshop space. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but contact the gallery quickly, as the first nine writers to make a deposit will be included in the workshop, and the rest will be placed on a waiting list.
To make a $20 deposit and reserve your place in June’s intensive Identity workshop, please purchase a Workshop Deposit Ticket as soon as possible at (the remaining amount will be due on May 26th).

Please email Beth Mattson at with questions, interest or sliding scale inquiries. And keep your literary eyes wide open – starting in July, Femina will also be offering broader, longer writers’ workshops.
 Femina Potens Writers’ Workshop with Beth Mattson
May 26 – June 25, 2009
Femina Potens Art Gallery
Tickets: $80.00 sliding scale (No one will be turned away for lack of funds)
2199 Market St | San Francisco, CA 94114 US

Event announcement – Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keefe


Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities

Monday, June 29  7:00 pm

Join us for an exciting SFMOMA museum presentation/slideshow on Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams — two of America’s best-known artists — are both revered for their ability to capture, in their own unique ways, the essence of natural beauty. The two met for the first time in 1929 while in Taos, New Mexico, and despite a 15-year age gap and differing personalities, they developed a lifelong friendship through their shared admiration of the natural world. O’Keeffe and Adams corresponded over the years, visited one another, and sometimes traveled together to sites that became subjects of their artwork. Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities brings together nearly 100 works from the painter and the photographer, revealing the parallels between their distinctive visions of the natural world. An introductory gallery provides a context for their art, with works by contemporaries such as Marsden Hartley, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Weston.


2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane
Atherton Ca 94027


Teenage brother and sister sing opera/Broadway


Please feel free to give them a listen and rate/leave comments. We here at Synchronized Chaos love to encourage people along the way to developing their talents…maybe some of the featured musicians from our past few issues would like to give them advice or drop them a note? 😉

Michael, 16, singing “Nessun Dorma” from Turandot (No One shall Sleep):

Megan, 15, performing “Memory” from Cats:

Two articles: Art talk for beginners, and a piece on Grandma Lois’ simple mission of gentleness


Marie Claire article, some basic terms and a funny user-friendly guide to observing important features and striking up a conversation about visual art. It’s great to ask questions of artists and fellow patrons at galleries, and some vocabulary and idea of what to look for in artwork can help people formulate questions and make comments. Viva La Vida y El Arte!

You may not know your Lucian from your Sigmund, but you can still hold your own at the art museum with this conversation guide.

Portrait, Landscape or Still Life?
Are you looking at a person (portrait), place (landscape), or thing (still life)? Get off to a good start by using the correct term instead of calling the piece, “a picture.”

Form and Line
Shading and texture give an object form, and generally make a piece look realistic. Talking about line is another way to discuss the shaping of the objects in the piece. Are facial features well defined and detailed (if you’re discussing a portrait), or more subtle? Form and line also give an object movement or a sense of being static. Use your intuition. It’s unlikely that a bowl of fruit will have much movement.

Negative Space
When you’ve said everything you can say about what’s in the painting or sketch, talk about what’s not there — the negative space in the piece.

Read more here:

Now, the article on Grandma Lois’ gentle artistry of kindness and human touch, which neuroscientists are finding out is incredibly important for young children’s cognitive development.

By Debra Skodack of the Kansas City Star:

Jayda Norman fusses. She squirms and cries.

“It’s OK. You’re OK.”

Jayda’s dark brown eyes look up to where those hushed words are coming from.

Grandma Lois is here.

Jayda relaxes as she nestles her tiny body into Grandma Lois’ cradled left arm. Together, they rock. Back and forth. Back and forth. Jayda’s eyes slowly close.

Everything is all right. Grandma Lois is here.

Five days a week, Lois Lakey comes to Children Mercy Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

The 73-year-old Kansas Citian has been volunteering here every weekday for a remarkable 12 years. Her job is powerfully simple: She is there to rock the babies.

“She brings a kind of warmth and a human feeling to the bedside,” says Howard Kilbride, the physician who is medical director of the unit.

Read more here:

Ginosko Literary Journal open to submissions

Everyone, I am impressed and intrigued with the work of Ginosko Literary Magazine, and just received their new issue last night. They try to be classy and look for decent work that reflects craft and style. I submitted a few short stories awhile back myself, was not accepted but know that was in part because I could have done more work to perfect the pieces.

If anyone is interested I have pasted information and submission contacts into this post…and we can and will write notes of recommendation or provide publishing credits for Synchronized Chaos readers interested in sending work to Ginosko. You may peruse the webzine on their site also.

Accepting short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and excerpts.  Length flexible. 

Receives simultaneous submissions & reprints, postal mail and email submissions prefer attachments in Microsoft Works Word Processor. Copyright reverts to author one time rights.

See downloads for tone & style.

Editorial lead time 1-2 months.

Selects material from ezine to be printed up in anthology.

Website traffic 500-700 / month; ezine mailing list 3300+.

Ginosko Literary Journal
PO Box 246
Fairfax, CA  94978

Book ads $60/6 months, $90/12 months.

Robert Paul Cesaretti
PO Box 246
Fairfax CA 94978

ginosko (ghin-oce-koe)
To perceive, understand,
realize, come to know;
knowledge that has an inception,
a progress, an attainment.
The recognition of truth by experience. .



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