Online Calendar Blurbs

Below, you’ll find several samples of copy written for ArtsWestchester’s online calendar. The goal for these short pieces was to generate public interest in attending various events being offered in Westchester County. After being given a brief description (often, just a sentence or two) I was asked to conduct brief research on the event and/or venue, and write a compelling paragraph about the event. Special attention was required for the first sentence. Since the rest of the selection would be truncated, it needed to spark reader interest and be no more than 175 characters long.

The image, below, demonstrates how this information appeared online. To view a few copy samples, please scroll down below the image.

 

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD FILM SCREENING
Sunday December 2, 2012

The riveting film about a brilliant artist will be preceded by selected video shorts from Peekskill Project V and followed by a Q&A with the film’s director.

Based on a rare interview, this definitive documentary delves into the meteoric rise and fall of a talented artist who achieved “rock star” status in his early 20’s. A successful African-American artist and iconoclast, Basquiat’s work attacked power structures and systems of racism through a marriage of text and image. Often confronted by racism and misconception among his peers, he persevered, exploring dichotomies such as wealth vs. poverty and integration vs. segregation. Before his untimely death at 27 years old, the artist managed to achieve critical and commercial success. With compassion and psychological insight, Davis explores the mind and heart of the man, the artist, and his enormous talent.
 


 
ICE AGE TO THE DIGITAL AGE: THE 3D ANIMATION OF BLUE SKY STUDIOS
Sunday December 2, 2012

Take a behind the scenes look at the world of digital 3D animation, from first conception to final frame, with the artists of a major, Greenwich, CT-based animation studio.

Their stunning animations bring artistry and technology together to transform visual concepts into believable, fantastical worlds for the big screen. Co-created by Katonah resident, Chris Wedge, Blue Sky Productions is responsible for the animation in such movies as “Robots,” “Ice Age” and “Rio.” The creative company, the artists and their work are being celebrated by the museum in an exhibit that he hopes will serve as a showcase of the studio’s accomplishments, but also as a way to educate people on the intricate process of creating animated movies. Wedge is thrilled to have the exhibit on display in his home town. This rare opportunity to view various facets of the animation process is sure to educate and inspire.
 


 
DIWALI, HINDU FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Sunday December 2, 2012

A Festival that includes a traditional dance demonstration, art-making workshops and henna tattoos, Diwali literally means “rows of lighted lamps.”

The observance of the Hindu New Year is, typically, celebrated by families performing traditional activities together. Lamps, left burning all night, are meant to welcome Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity, who is said to bring good luck in the coming year. Decorations often include beautifully drawn patterns on the ground outside, called Rangoli, made from a mixture of rice flour and water. Part of their Folk Art Series, Pelham Art Center’s cultural celebration will include a demonstration by traditional dancers, art-making workshops and henna tattoos. This is a magical way to experience another culture, or celebrate your own.
 


 
LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE
Sunday December 2, 2012

From the award-winning writers of “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “You’ve Got Mail” and “Silkwood”comes the hit play, “Love, Loss, and What I Wore.”

Through an artful mix of humor and a deep emotion, women’s stories of love and loss are woven together to form a masterwork. The mostly comedic moments are peppered with more emotional tales, all of which touch on what it is to be a woman; our relationships, disappointments, and the strength we find in each other. The stories, spurred on by clothing and the memories they trigger, demonstrate the deeper meanings and resonance that a dress or accessory can hold at the crucial moments in our lives. Poignant, funny and compelling, this touching tale just completed a 2 ½-year New York run.
 


 
WITNESS: THE ARTS OF JERRY PINKNEY
Sunday December 2, 2012

This exhibition features over 150 watercolor illustrations by the award-winning, Westchester artist and will be followed by a series of family-oriented activities.

This is the first major overview of Pinkney’s 50-year career as a designer and illustrator. The exhibition follows his 2010 award of the Randolph Caldecott Medal for “The Lion and the Mouse,” a richly illustrated picture book that captivates children of all ages. This will be its only showing in the New York area, creating a unique opportunity to reach hundreds of young families and to identify with this beloved author and illustrator. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full range of family-oriented educational programming, focusing on the theme of “reading to your children.”

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