Wednesday, February 24, 2021

'A Life in the Arts' Interview with Kico Govantes

 

Enrique "Kico" Govantes is a Cuban-American artist and art collector. Kico shared details on his creative process as a painter and a summary of his works, including his more recent "pandemic series" which will be featured in a gallery show at Time and Space Limited (TSL) in Hudson, New York this spring.  We were fortunate to have some time with Kico earlier this week. Recorded here is our interview, hosted by Masterwork's own Joseph White.  

Our thanks to Kico for sharing his story with us. 

About the Masterwork Music and Art Foundation

The Masterwork Music and Art Foundation has been supporting excellence in the arts for over 50 years. 100 percent of your donation funds art and artists through community grants, competitive awards and a premier award for an emerging artist. Find out more at www.masterworkarts.org 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

'A Life in the Arts' Interview with Arjay Lewis

 Actor, Magician, Author - Arjay Lewis is a man of many talents. We were fortunate to have some time with Arjay earlier this week and recorded our interview, with Masterwork's own Joseph White, here. 

Arjay credits one characteristic for the dexterity of his long and varied career. Can you guess what that is?



Our thanks to Arjay for sharing his story with us. 

About the Masterwork Music and Art Foundation

The Masterwork Music and Art Foundation has been supporting excellence in the arts for over 50 years. 100 percent of your donation funds art and artists through community grants, competitive awards and a premier award for an emerging artist. Find out more at www.masterworkarts.org 




Saturday, February 13, 2021

The 'A Life in the Arts' Interview with Duke Dang

 On Monday, 2/8, we were honored to be able to interview Duke Dang, general manager of Works & Process the performing arts series at the Guggenheim Museum. To view the interview, hosted by Masterwork's own Joseph White, click here.


More about the Interview

Since 1984 Works & Process made it possible for audiences to go behind the scenes, illuminating the creative process of performing artists. Programs blending discussion with performance excerpts of new works serve as a laboratory of sorts for artists to test their ideas, prior to the pandemic Works & Process produced approximately 60 performances annually.

Faced with a shuttered theater among other pandemic challenges, Duke developed a residency program that would allow artists to safely gather, create and perform in a series of COVID-free bubbles across the Hudson Valley. His work and views of the struggles facing performing artists today are featured in Isolation to Creation - a four part series streaming on ALL ARTS, a public media channel of WNET, which you may find streaming on www.allarts.org.

Next up for 'A Life in the Arts'
On Monday, 2/15 we're be interviewing actor, magician and author Arjay Lewis. To participate in our series live, email masterworkarts@gmail.com.


The Masterwork Music and Arts Foundation has been supporting excellence in the arts for over 50 years. 100 percent of your donation funds art and artists through community grants, competitive awards, and a premier award for an emerging artist. Find ou more at www.masterworkarts.org.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Announcing the 'A Life in the Arts' Winter Series

February 2021 

The Masterwork Music and Art Foundation is pleased to continue our series of Zoom events this Winter, celebrating the lives of artists and art lovers. With the Winter series, our friends and followers can participate! 

'A Life in the Arts' was created by Masterwork Arts as a Zoom series to celebrate people who've dedicated their life to the arts or a specific arts discipline. In doing so we're intent on showcasing the ingenuity and innovative thinking that an arts education provides, as well as offer some inspirational material for young artists. Our subjects prove there are many paths to a life in the arts. 

Each Zoom event is free and open to the public, comprised of a thirty minute interview by the host Joseph White, followed by ten minutes for questions from attendees. To participate in the live events, simply email masterworkarts@gmail.com or look for the link on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

Here's our Winter Schedule: 





Monday, February 8 (8PM) - Duke Dang, General Manager of Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim.








Monday, February 15 (8PM) - Arjay Lewis- Actor, Magician, and Author. 







Monday, February 22 (8PM) - Kico Govantes, Painter and Art Collector











Monday, March 1 (8PM) - Dorothy Darlington, Oboist 


About the Masterwork Music and Art Foundation

The Masterwork Music and Art Foundation has been supporting excellence in the arts for over 50 years. 100 percent of your donation funds art and artists through community grants, competitive awards and a premier award for an emerging artist. Find out more at www.masterworkarts.org 


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Monday, February 1, 2021

Announcing Our 2021 Premier Award for Organ Performance


February 2021

 The Masterwork Music and Art Foundation is pleased to announce a premier award for an emerging young organist. $10,000 will be awarded to the winner of our competition. The selected finalist for this award will also perform at a benefit concert for Masterwork Arts at a date and time to be announced.  

Long committed to supporting “excellence in the arts,” Masterwork Arts recently revised their offerings to provide three levels of support — community grant awardwhich are issued to organizations, smaller competitive awards which are issued to contest winners in a variety of arts and the premier award – a $10,000 monetary gift issued to a single artist. While this year the premier award is going to an organist, Masterwork rotates the award across a number of arts disciplines. Our primary objective with this award is to support “excellence in the arts” by helping an aspiring artist get to the next level of their artistry. The Organ Competition Award is accepting applicants through midnight, March 15, 2021 via the Masterworkarts.org web site. (see: Organ Competition Award)

 

Each application requires a $30 processing fee, which should be sent to:

 

       Masterwork Music and Art Foundation

       P.O. Box 1116, 

       Madison, NJ 07940.

 

Application Criteria


Applicants should be under the age of 40. Each entry must include a twenty to thirty minute video of organ performance. The video should contain works from the North German School, a work representing 19th or 20th century French masters, one work based on hymn tunes, and one work of the applicant's own choosing to demonstrate technical and interpretive ability. The video will be submitted through the competition web site. A 500 word essay on the importance of the award to the applicant's career, a bio and two letters of recommendation from past instructors should be emailed to masterworkarts@gmail.com


See the competition web site for full criteria. The contest will be adjudicated by a jury of professional musicians, as well as the organization’s Board. 

 

The awardee will be announced on June 11, 2021

 

The inspiration for our premier award came from Wayne Walters, a longtime community arts leader, the conductor or the Morris Choral Society, composer and singer. Wayne is also a Board member of Masterwork Arts and has adjudicated a number of competitions. 

 

For questions or more information, email masterworksarts@gmail.com.


About the Masterwork Music and Art Foundation


The Masterwork Music and Art Foundation has been supporting excellence in the arts for over 50 years. 100 percent of your donation funds art and artists through community grants, competitive awards and a premier award for an emerging artist. Find out more at www.masterworkarts.org 



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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Thanks to our Angels

 


Our heartfelt thanks to the donors listed below who have provided us with vital support for 2021 during our Angel campaign. 


We could not do this without you!



Silver Angels 

   Todd Whitley and Gary Holder


Bronze Angels

   Tim Watkins and Carol May

   R. Wayne Walters

   Joen Ferrari 

   Lavinia Mears


Winged Angels 

   Laura Edmondson Amerman

   Alice Glock and Hebby Economy

   Gwyneth Mooney

   Nancy Whitley

   Hadiza Dockeray


For more about how you can be a Masterwork Music and Art Angel, contact us at masterworkarts@gmail.com.


About Masterwork


The Masterwork Foundation has been supporting excellence in the arts for over 50 years. 100 percent of your donation funds art and artists through community grants, competitive awards and a premier award for an emerging artist. Find out more at www.masterworkarts.org  

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The Songbird Sings

 A Stellar Evening of Song from Our Inaugural Premier Awardee, Stephanie Leotsakos


One of the bright spots in our 2020 was awarding our first Premier Award to an emerging vocal artist, the talented Stephanie Leotsakos

The brainchild of Masterwork Music and Art Foundation Board member, Wayne Walters, the Premier Award was offered to help an young artist advance their career. 

Our great appreciate to our volunteer adjudicators for meeting the challenge of the times by reviewing submissions virtually.  The esteemed group included Stephen Bryant, Hadiza Dockeray, Robert Hoven, Mathew Lee, Roberta Maher, Mary Elena Mammon, Rosemary Messineo, Denise Mihalik, Elizabeth Perryman, Patricia Ruggles, and Jay Tramm.

We had planned a concert to celebrate our awardee in the Spring, but modified our plans to present a socially distanced recital in the Fall, inviting a select few. We had the good sense to have the event professionally recorded by Christian Schuller of Happy Camper Creative and have included the links below. 

Special thanks to Joen Ferrari for providing catering for the event.

We hope you enjoy Stephanie's talent as much as we do. 

Please join us in extending our best wishes to Stephanie for what's sure to be a bright career. 



Stephanie Leotsakos, performing at the Madison Community Arts Center

Recital Program:

  • Introduction by Wayne Walters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoMB-k5rwRE 


  • Il vento (The Wind), by Raphael Fusco (2010)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMJdQ84BLWs&t=75s


  • E sera (Its Evening), by Raphael Fusco (2010)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMhfhH8ndxQ


  • I’m on a cloud, by Stephanie Leotsakos (2016)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgSmUI_gE5s


  • Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (from La Rondine), by Giacomo Puccini

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IToHH30uvEk


  • Vissi d’arte (from Tosca), by Giacomo Puccini

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae_qdq89O-w 


About the Masterwork Music and Art Foundation

The Masterwork Foundation has been supporting excellence in the arts for over 50 years. 100 percent of your donation funds art and artists through community grants, competitive awards and a premier award for an emerging artist. Find out more at www.masterworkarts.org  

#MasterworkArts #LovetheArtist #LovetheArts

Introducing A Life in the Arts --- our virtual series celebrating the lives of artists

"Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one" Stella Adler

With this post we're officially unveiling a project we began last Fall. 'A Life in the Arts' was conceived as a series of Zoom interviews with people who have dedicated their lives to the arts. Our hope is that by sharing these interviews we'll not only help emerging artists, but also reinforce the importance of the entrepreneurial skills an arts discipline inspires. Of course, we are also very happy to celebrate the accomplishments of our interview participants, as well. 

Given the challenges of the pandemic, the pressure to adapt has landed heavily on the shoulders of many artists - and performing artists in particular - who've found themselves struggling to adjust to dramatic changes in both their employment and practice. Recognizing that, we wanted to kick off this series by interviewing Dr. Mitchell SaskinDr. Saskin is a Clinical Psychologist with a private practice and an adjunct professor at the Teacher's College of Columbia University.  We invited him to share tips on how artists may better cope with the challenges of our times. Of course, as you might imagine, much of what he had to say is helpful to all of us. 




Click here to view our 40 minute interview with Dr. Saskin.

We'll be offering a new series of interviews in February. To participate in them, please follow us on Facebook or send an email to masterworkarts@gmail.com





Thursday, January 14, 2021

Move More, Feel Better

Get up and dance through 2021



Apart from helping to relieve external stressers, dance makes your feel better and helps fight dementia (see: this WSJ article) — with a combo like that, give this New Year’s Resolution a try! Join our free classes for older adults. 

About the Class

The format of the hour and a half long class offers a forty five minute warm up that pulls from a number of dance disciplines and includes some floor exercises meant to strengthen back muscles.  There’s a section on across the floor technique and a small choreography at the end. Participants are encouraged to modify exercises and may opt-out of any section they choose. 

 

Classes are offered on Saturdays at 10:30am and Tuesdays at 6:00pm. Zoom invites are sent out early the day of each class. 

 

About the Instructor

Todd Whitley began his dance career as an adult, accumulating live, broadcast and film performances while maintaining a career as a digital strategist for nonprofits. He has received grants for a number of community based choreography projects and has been teaching classes for the past eight years. He feels strongly about the benefits of dance, both physical and as a tool to unlock creative thinking and problem solving.

 

About Fees

These classes are FREE! 

 

There are no fees for class. However, participants are encouraged to support three community-based organizations that support the arts:

The Masterwork Music and Art Foundation

PO Box 1116

Madison, NJ  07940

Friends of Beattie-Powers

P.O. Box 453

Catskill, NY 12414

The Athens Cultural Center

24 Second Street

Athens, New York 12015

 

Each of these organizations is promoting this offer in-kind. 

 

As with any dance class or school, neither The Masterwork Music and Art Foundation, nor the instructor are liable for individual injuries sustained in or out of class. 

 

For more information and to be receive class invites, email masterworkarts@gmail.com 

 

#MasterworkArts

#LovetheArtist

#LovetheArts

#Dance


Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Your gift offers hope

Supporting artists is what we do. And today, no one deserves your support more. Artists and arts organizations have been among the hardest hit during the pandemic - with livelihoods, performing opportunities and even practice efforts significantly curtailed and/or virtualized. 


Help us help them by making a gift to the Masterwork Music and Art Foundation where 100% of your gift will go directly to supporting artists and arts organizations through our grant program. 


You know the arts makes the world a better place. 


Please give today so we can help the artists in our world. Your gift provides hope for tomorrow. 


Make out your checks to 'The Masterwork Music and Art Foundation' and mail them in to:


The Masterwork Music and Art Foundation

P.O, Box 1116

Madison, NJ 07940


Thank you!




Sunday, December 20, 2020

We Love Our Angels

Become an Masterwork Music and Art Angel and Receive a Masterwork Mask as our Thank You!


Members of The Masterwork Music and Art Foundation’s Angels Circle provide a sustainable foundation for the vital grants that we make to artists and artist organizations across a wide variety of disciplines.
 

In appreciation of a tax-deductible annual contribution of $100 or more, Angels receive recognition on our web sites and in relation to our grant offerings. This year we're also sending those Angels that give $100 or more a custom Masterwork mask, as well. 

 

Please consider supporting Masterwork Arts by becoming an Angel today. 

 

All donations to the Angels Circle are 100 percent tax-deductible. 

 

For more information about the benefits of the Angels Circle, please contact Todd Whitley, our Executive Director, at masterworksarts@gmail.com

 

Masterwork Arts Angel Levels

  • $5,000 and above

Angels who give $5,000 and above receive naming rights on our Premier Award.

 

  • $1,000 to $4,999

Angels who give $1,000 to $4,999 receive naming rights on our Community Grant Offerings.

 

  • $500 to $999

Angels who give $500 to $999 are entitled to naming rights for one of our Competitive Awards.

 

  • $100 to $499

Angels who give $100 to $499 will receive Masterwork Arts mask.

 


To become an Angel, make your checks out to Masterwork Music and Art Foundation and mail them to:


The Masterwork Music and Art Foundation

PO Box 1116

Madison, NJ  07940

Our Angels are not only guardians… They make excellence in the arts happen! 

Thank you for your generosity.

 

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