New York Artist Marlene Tseng Yu Presents her “Fire: Element of Life” Exhibition with Works Depicting Fiery Phenomena

This exhibition is the third show of 7 from her exhibition series entitled "Lucky 7s" which celebrates her 77th birthday and debut to Louisiana.

Fire: Element of Life2004, Acrylic on canvas, Molten Lava Series, 8x32

SHREVEPORT, La., Nov. 10, 2014 Artspace Shreveport will display lava and fire inspired paintings from the Molten Lava, Space and Universe, and Forest Fire series by artist, Marlene Tseng Yu, in the Fire: Element of Lifeexhibition beginning Friday, Nov. 14 through Jan. 17, 2015. The paintings from these series to be displayed draw from the high temperature phenomena found at the core of the earth, on earths surface, and out in the universe.

The exhibition will be located on the ground floor in the mainspace of Artspace, located at 710 Texas Street, Shreveport, LA 71101. The hours are Tuesday- Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  

The opening reception will begin at 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Nov. 14 with a $10 admission. Hors doeuvres, cash bar, and live music will be provided. Yu will be there for pictures, signings, and questions or comments. Notecards, postcards, and signed posters, prints, and books will be available for purchase throughout the exhibition from Artspace.

Art critic, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, provided a review of Yus work for Live Mag! Titled, Communing with the Elements: Yus Irrepressible Vision.

Yu varies her marks considerably, adding to the perception of artistic control over phenomenological chaos,said Wright of Yus Molten Lava Parkpainting, Amorphous clouds and fiery washes contrast with concise shards and irregular recessions.

The Rainforest Art Foundation and Marlene Yu Museum are partnering with the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, Shreveport Regional Arts Council, Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College, Bossier Arts Council, Robinson Film Center, and Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center for the "Lucky 7s." The "Lucky 7s" are Marlene Yu's 7 exhibitions in honor of her 70th solo exhibition in her 77th year at 7 local institutions.  Marlene has designed 7 themed, non-overlapping exhibitions selected from her 4000+ paintings, more than 35 series of works, ranging from 16 inches to 37 feet long.

The first show of the Lucky 7s, Purple Swamp & Nature Abstraction,was held at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum from Sept. 25 - Nov. 10. The second, Emerald Forestopened Sept. 26 and will run through Nov. 29 at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport. Attendees are encouraged to bring their passport stamped at these first two locations to the opening reception to get their third stamp. Fully stamped passports will be redeemable for a collectible book.

For more information please visit http://www.marleneyumuseum.org/lucky-sevens-dates or call 318-717-9111.

Contact:

Iris MacLean

Public Relations Manager

Rainforest Art Foundation & Marlene Yu Museum

(318) 840-5213

irisrainforestart@gmail.com

Call to Shreveport Area Artists for Nature Inspired Works

The Rainforest Art Foundation is now accepting rolling submissions from local artists to be featured in various upcoming nature-related exhibitions

SHREVEPORT, La., Oct. 13, 2014 – The Rainforest Art Foundation, located in downtown Shreveport, is currently asking local artists for submissions for their inaugural group artist shows to begin with “The Beauty and Spirit of Nature” at the Grand Opening on Dec. 21, 2014 from 1-4 pm and Preview Party on Dec. 18, 2014 from 5:30-8:30 pm.  
The “Beauty and Spirit of Nature” exhibition will run from Dec. 18 through the end of January and will celebrate local glass artist, Minor Vinck’s, work and nature etching on his 99th birthday on Jan. 22, 2015. Art for this exhibit will feature wildlife such as plants, flowers, animals, and forest or rainforest scenes.
 

Then, following this exhibition will be a “Disappearing of the Rainforest” exhibition, as well as the “Nature Through the Lens” photography exhibition. Art for the “Disappearing…” show may highlight the green movement themes of forest fires, landslides, deforestation, carbon emissions, wildlife endangerment, community displacement, global warming, and glacial melting.
 

Artists residing in North Louisiana and writers internationally are invited to submit work by emailing rainforestartfoundation@gmail.com with a brief bio, a brief statement of their work, a profile or face photo, and a photo of their artwork with caption describing a particular piece's title, year, medium, and dimensions.
 

The Rainforest Art Foundation 501c3 non-profit organization aims to increase appreciation of nature through art and was founded in 2001 by internationally acclaimed artist and pioneer in the environmental green movement in the arts, Marlene Tseng Yu.
For tickets to the Preview Party and details about the Grand Opening please visit www.rainforestartfoundation.org. For more information about the founder, Marlene Yu, please visit www.marlenetsengyu.com.
Contact:

 

Iris MacLean

 

Public Relations Manager

Rainforest Art Foundation and Marlene Yu Museum

(318) 840-5213

irisrainforestart@gmail.com

Watch the slideshow below to see the works to be featured in this exhibition.

Artists Featured: Shirlene Alexander, Joe Bluhm, Julie Burgin, Susan Duke, Don Edwards, Ellen Frautschi, Taffie Garsee, Curt Harville, Camille Hirsch and Louis Sicard, Debbie Hollis, Bob Horne, Judy Horne, Jim Hudelson, Lana Johnson, Lynn Laird, Katy Miller Merriman, Henry E. Price, Jeanne-Marie Reed, Rachel Norma Sayad Sangsura, Minor L. Vinck, Adam Volker, Robert Streeter, Jason Phipps, Dave Ivey, Su Stella, Casey Jones, Rosalyn Liu, Robert Trudeau, Eva Hurskin

Marlene Tseng Yu Unveils her "Emerald Forest" Exhibition with Vibrant Works Inspired by the 1985 Movie


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Marlene Tseng Yu Unveils her "Emerald Forest" Exhibition with Vibrant Works Inspired by the 1985 Movie

  Marlene Tseng Yu with “Emerald Forest” 2010 Acrylic on canvas 10x20 feet


Marlene Tseng Yu with “Emerald Forest” 2010 Acrylic on canvas 10x20 feet

This exhibition is the second show of 7 from her exhibition series entitled “Lucky 7s” which celebrates her 77th birthday and debut to Louisiana

SHREVEPORT, La., September 15, 2014—Vibrant paintings of a dreamy rainforest abstraction will make the journey to the Robinson Film Center for the second show of Marlene Yu’s “Lucky 7s” exhibition series entitled “Emerald Forest Series” from Sept. 26 through Nov. 29, 2014. Yu’s Emerald Forest series features works inspired by the rainforest, the movie titled “The Emerald Forest,” and humankind’s relation to nature.

The paintings will be on display on the walls of Robinson Film Center’s in-house restaurant, Abby Singers Bistro. The Film Center is located at 617 Texas Street, Shreveport, LA 71101 and the hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00 am-9:00 pm.

Robert C. Morgan, PhD describes the series in his Berliner Kunst review, “Forest Raging: Paintings by Marlene Tseng Yu.” Speaking specifically about the painting, Emerald Forest, Dr. Morgan describes the colliding folds of the pyramid shapes as depicting the landscape of the Rainforest.  

“It goes to the center of the forest primeval,” wrote Dr. Morgan, “It puts us there.  We are suddenly in the place where we tremble and shiver as the light cuts through the clouds on the wake of the deluge.”  

The 1985 movie titled “Emerald Forest” tells the story of an American engineer, Bill, who loses his son, Tommy, in the Brazilian Rainforest.  Tommy is adopted into an aboriginal tribe after they kidnap him, by rite of passage where he takes on the persona of a spirit animal.  After searching for ten years, Bill finally finds grown-up Tommy, who refuses to go back into civilization.  However, when Tommy's mate is then taken with other tribe women to work as slaves in a forest brothel, he returns to America, scaling a building (as if it were a tree), to get help from his father.  The movie provides social commentary on mankind's invasiveness in nature and tribal communities.  Yu’s paintings draw inspiration from the film's commentary.  

Exhibition attendees are encouraged to print a passport at www.marleneyumuseum.org/passport/ and bring it with them to each of the 7 shows to get stamped. Fully stamped passports may be redeemed at the Marlene Yu Museum at the end of the “Lucky 7s” in 2015 to earn a collectible book.

The Rainforest Art Foundation and Marlene Yu Museum are partnering with the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, Shreveport Regional Arts Council, Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College, Bossier Arts Council, Robinson Film Center, and Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center for the “Lucky 7s”. The “Lucky 7s” are Marlene Yu's 7 exhibitions in honor of her 70th solo exhibition in her 77th year at 7 local institutions.  Marlene has designed 7 themed, non-overlapping exhibitions selected from her 4000+ paintings, more than 35 series of works, ranging from 16 inches to 37 feet long.

In honor of the future Young Artist Gallery to be housed inside the Foundation and Museum building at 710 Travis Street, Shreveport, LA 71101, the Foundation is now accepting donations from sponsors with the proceeds going to children’s programs and the renovation of the YAG room. To become a sponsor with recognition and various benefits packages please visit http://www.rainforestartfoundation.org/donate/ and click on the sponsor tab.

For more information regarding the artist, please visit www.marlenetsengyu.com. For more information regarding the Marlene Yu Museum and the “Lucky 7s” shows please visit www.marleneyumuseum.org.

Contact:
Iris MacLean
Public Relations Manager
Rainforest Art Foundation
Marlene Yu Museum
irisrainforestart@gmail.com
(318) 840-5213

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Plans for Young Artist Gallery are in the Works

SHREVEPORT, La., July 31, 2014 –The Rainforest Art Foundation is designing programs, fundraisers, and plans for renovating a space in its location at the former YWCA building to be the future Young Artist Gallery and kids workspace when the building opens December 21. The first fundraising project will be a part of the Lucky Sevens opening reception, the Marlene Yu Meet and Greet party at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, September 25. RAF is calling out to its supporters to sponsor this event in exchange for recognition and other prizes. Funds raised from sponsors will be used towards the Young Artist Gallery and it’s first children’s educational program, the Biology and Art Exploration Program (BAEP), designed by Rebekah White.

 

The Young Artist Gallery space has been a children’s play area, nursery, and cafeteria during its time as the YWCA, and RAF intends to honor the history of the space. It will be used as a place for young artists to display their work in a gallery to gain more exposure in the community. This space will also be used for children’s outreach programs such as the BAEP and an annual art project to become a mural of different species of fish created by kids in the area.

 

BAEP is a hands on program designed to help children learn art and science in a fun environment. The six-week summer sessions will explore concepts of butterflies and blending, plants and perspectives, taxonomy and texture, and camouflage and color. Age groups will be divided into 3-5 year olds, 1st-3rd grade, and 4th-5th grades.

 

The 2014-2015 annual kids art project focuses on biology concepts of interdependence and symbiosis by inviting as many kids as possible to participate in creating a larger work of art. Kids will be given colorable sheets of paper with fins on them of different fish. The fins will be attached to recycled bottles to create “bottle fish” that will be incorporated into a large mural-style multimedia painting. There are four different oceanic environments with fish that specialize in each to be incorporated into the project.

 

The Lucky Sevens is a series of 7 shows in honor of Marlene Yu’s 77th year and 70th solo exhibition at 7 local institutions. Yu is the founder of the Rainforest Art Foundation and paints large-scale abstractions of nature. She has over 4,000 paintings from 35+ series to select 7 different themes of non-overlapping works for each show.

 

To make a donation or learn more about BAEP, the kid’s art project, and the young artist gallery please visit www.rainforestartfoundation.org. To learn more about the Lucky Sevens please visit www.marleneyumuseum.org. For any other inquiries call (318) 797-9111 or email rainforestartfoundation@gmail.com.

Contact:

Iris MacLean

Public Relations Intern

Rainforest Art Foundation

Marlene Yu Museum

(318) 840-5213

irisrainforestart@gmail.com

www.rainforestartfoundation.org

www.marleneyumuseum.org

 

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Celebrated Artist Marlene Tseng Yu Presents Lucky Sevens Series in Louisiana

Known for her abstract expressionist paintings, the seven solo exhibitions will feature a different theme from over 4,000 works of art

SHREVEPORT, La., July 31, 2014 -- The Lucky Sevens is a series of solo exhibitions in Shreveport/Bossier, Louisiana featuring artist Marlene Tseng Yu.  There will be 7 shows at 7 local institutions beginning with her 70th solo exhibition in her 77th year.  Different from a traveling show, each exhibition features a different theme and selections from her 4000+ paintings, 35+ series, and 50+ years of “Forces of Nature” creations, ranging from 16 inches to 37 feet long or 18 feet high.

The first show will be at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum with the Marlene Meet and Greet Party on Thursday, September 25, 2014. The exhibition, titled “Purple Swamp and Nature Abstraction,” will run from September 25 through October 31, 2014. This theme will feature Yu’s most recent paintings inspired by the swamps of South Louisiana. The next show will run from September 26 through November 30, 2014 at the Robinson Film Center. The title is “Emerald Forest Series” which features works inspired by the rainforest, the movie titled “The Emerald Forest,” and humankind’s relation to nature. Following, is “Fire—Element of Life” to be held at Artspace from November 14, 2014 to January 17, 2015, with an evening opening reception.

The “middle” exhibition of the seven will be at the grand opening of the Marlene Yu Museum with the title “Forces of Nature.”  This show will feature paintings from her 50-year series that relate to natural disasters and the elements. The ticketed Preview Party for the grand opening of the Marlene Yu Museum and Rainforest Art Foundation will be held on Thursday, December 18, 2014, followed by the Grand Opening on Sunday, December 21, 2014. “Forces of Nature” will run through May 31, 2015.

The Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College is the fifth show with a reception open to the public on Saturday, February 21, 2015.  The exhibition, through May 3, 2015, explores Yu’s uncharacteristically figurative works from a 3-year period, “Dream Series,” depicting a love story between the figurative female and her male counterpart represented by various animals. Next, is the “Melting Glacier Series” at Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center, beginning March 17 through April 26, 2015, which falls in line with Earth Day. The final location of the Lucky Sevens will be Bossier Arts Council with the title “Crystal Reef Series” running from June 1 to July 31, 2015.

The Marlene Yu Museum is a single-artist museum being built during Yu’s lifetime with the mission to preserve, exhibit, document, and interpret the life and works of Marlene Tseng Yu. MYM will be the first contemporary art museum in Shreveport as it opens the doors inside the Rainforest Art Foundation building. The 710 Travis Street, Shreveport, LA 71101 location will be the world headquarters for the Rainforest Art Foundation. The Foundation and Museum want to help make Shreveport an international destination for nature-inspired arts as well as an educational and cultural hub by strengthening the downtown arts community, attracting young talent to work, play, and stay, and furthering the area’s intergenerational family values.

Yu founded the Rainforest Art Foundation in New York City in 2001 to bring together like-minded artists who are involved in the green arts movement. The mission of RAF is to increase appreciation of nature through art. Yu has had 69 solo exhibitions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Her work has been reviewed in 9 different languages in over 200 publications including Artforum, Art in America, and Art News.  

Digital Artist Intern Joins RAF

Digital Artist Rafael Doolittle Joins Summer Interns

 

SHREVEPORT, LA., June 16, 2014 – The Rainforest Art Foundation welcomes newest summer intern, Rafael Doolittle, to the team. Doolittle will be a Digital Art intern.

 

Doolittle will help design works for various things including website content, email images, print materials, and social media images. He will also contribute to various non-profit needs through administrative duties.

 

Doolittle is proficient in Adobe suite CS6 in Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. He is a junior at Louisiana State University in Shreveport pursuing a degree in Digital Art. He is also a graphic design intern at Bossier Arts Council, where he has had experience creating posters, post cards, brochures, and a magazine.

 

He has worked with other organizations such as Community Renewal, The Hub Ministries, and The Providence House. Doolittle’s knowledge and skills with design and the Shreveport/Bossier community will allow him to be a beneficial part of the team at RAF.

 

Contact:

Iris MacLean Public Relations Intern

(318) 840-5213

irisrainforestart@gmail.com

www.rainforestartfoundation.com

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New Intern to Work on Biology and Art Program

Rainforest Art Foundation Welcomes Intern Rebekah White

 

SHREVEPORT, La., May 20, 2014 – The Shreveport branch of the Rainforest Art Foundation is excited to announce the addition of summer intern, Rebekah White. White will be using her knowledge of biology and art to add to the Foundation starting May 20.

 

White will work primarily on a new program for RAF, which will aesthetically illustrate themes in biology such as ecosystems and interdependence. She will also play a role in non-profit arts administration. White’s passion for biology and love of art will allow her to be a beneficial part of the team at RAF.

 

White is a sophomore at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with a minor in French. Some of her interests include research in science and technology, the French language and culture, karate, painting, and drawing.

 

White is a Shreveport native. During her time at C.E. Byrd High School she accomplished many academic and artistic accomplishments including valedictorian of the class of 2012, various science and French scholarship awards, and an Artbreak Literary Portfolio Award.

 

Contact:

Iris MacLean

(318) 840-5213

irismaclean18@gmail.com

www.rainforestartfoundation.org

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Glass Artist Vinck's 99th Year Celebration

Rainforest Art Foundation to Honor Local Glass Artist Minor Vinck on his 99th Birthday

SHREVEPORT, La., May 13, 2014 —The Rainforest Art Foundation will honor Minor Vinck for his artistic accomplishments and 99th year of life with a birthday celebration on January 22, 2015 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. His artistic works will be featured amongst other local artists work at the preview party and grand opening of the Rainforest Art Foundation and Marlene Yu Museum. The preview party will be Dec. 18, 2014 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and the grand opening will follow on Dec. 21, 2014 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 710 Travis Street, Shreveport, LA 71101.

 

Vinck is a well-known glass artist whose works include copper wheel engravings, glass sculptures, and carved glass murals influenced by his love of nature and flight. Vinck harnessed skills including beveling, wheel cutting, sand carving, leaded glass, and copper wheel engraving at a home studio throughout his life.

 

Vinck was born on January 22, 1916 in Texarkana, TX where he grew up. Vinck’s family was employed by the local glass factory leading him to take interest in glass at age 16. His family encouraged his interest by presenting him with a set of stone engraving wheels, beginning his lifelong endeavors of translating his love of nature and beauty into glass.

 

Vinck also took an interest in flying. He formed an aerial daredevil team with Texarkana pilot, Henry Ray, and became known as the “Daredevil Youth of Texarkana” or “Mile-High Vinck”. His interest in flying is reflected in many of his glass sculptures and murals.

 

Vinck’s wife, Ruth, brought him to Shreveport where he settled down. After 35 years as a cutter and inspector at Libbey Owens Ford, Vinck began working as an artist full time in 1972.

 

Vinck’s lifelong work has been recognized through various awards including the Beaux Arts “Living Legend” Award, LA Visual Arts Hall of Fame, Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau Honoree, and Red River Sculptor of the Year. His work can currently be found at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport.

 

Contact:

Iris MacLean

Public Relations Intern at Rainforest Art Foundation

(318) 840-5213

irisrainforestart@gmail.com

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 Minor Vinck

Minor Vinck


 Minor Vinck works on a glass engraving

Minor Vinck works on a glass engraving

Rainforest Art Foundation Hires New Intern

Rainforest Art Foundation Welcomes Intern Iris MacLean

 

SHREVEPORT, La., May 7, 2014 – The Shreveport branch of the Rainforest Art Foundation is proud to welcome new intern, Iris MacLean. MacLean will help fill the public relations needs of the foundation as it prepares to open in Shreveport this December.

 

MacLean will play a large role in maintaining the foundation’s social media, event promotion, and organization. Her work in a variety of different service industry and office administrative assistance jobs mixed with her education in public relations has prepared her to begin an internship with the foundation.

 

MacLean is a senior studying mass communication with a concentration in public relations at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. She expects to graduate in the spring of 2015.

 

MacLean was born in Maine and moved to Shreveport with her family at age 12 where she has remained since. Her love of Shreveport, nature, art, and the development of a cultural downtown area makes her a perfect fit for the foundation.

 

MacLean enjoys helping local artists with musical and installation projects. She also enjoys going to art, music, and theater shows around town. Growing up in Maine she was instilled with a strong sense of appreciation for nature at a young age. She often went on mountain hikes, camping trips, and canoe trips with her family as a child. Her love of nature stems from these times with her family.

 

Contact:

Iris MacLean

Public Relations Intern Rainforest Art Foundation

(318) 840-5213

irisrainforestart@gmail.com

 

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Rainforest Art Foundation Calls to Local Artists and International Writers, Preparing for Inaugural Exhibitions in its New Location

Rainforest Art Foundation Calls to Local Artists and International Writers, Preparing for Inaugural Exhibitions in its New Location

 

Shreveport, Louisiana – March 6, 2014 – Rainforest Art Foundation calls to local artists and international writers for its inaugural exhibitions in its new location. 

Artists residing in North Louisiana are invited to submit by October 6, 2014 via email to rainforestartfoundation@gmail.com a brief bio, a brief statement of their work, a profile or face photo, and a photo of their artwork with caption describing a particular piece's title, year, medium and dimensions for one or all of the following inaugural exhibitions:

1) The grand opening of the Rainforest Art Foundation on December 21, 2014 starts with the "Beauty and Spirit of the Rainforest" exhibition. Art may feature wildlife such as plants, flowers, animals, forest or rainforest scenes. Inaugural exhibition will celebrate Minor Vinck's glass work and nature etching on his 99th birthday on January 22, 2015. 

2) "Disappearing of the Rainforest" exhibition, spring 2015. Art may highlight green movement themes such as forest fires, landslides, deforestation, carbon emissions, endangerment to wildlife, community displacement, global warming, and glacial melting. 

3) "Nature Through the Lens" photography exhibition, spring 2015.

Writers from around the world are invited to submit a 250- to 2500-word short story in English by October 6, 2014 for the following:

A new international program for the Rainforest Art Foundation features science fiction literary, digital media and comic, and performing arts narratives of what life would be like in extreme weather conditions, where 'global weirding' is the norm. Selected works will be presented to digital media and comic artists for their interpretation of the written work, and one or two pieces may be chosen for live theater production. Projected fall 2015 to spring 2016. 

The Rainforest Art Foundation 501c3 non-profit organization aims to increase appreciation of nature through art and was founded in 2001 by internationally acclaimed artist and pioneer in the environmental green movement in the arts, Marlene Tseng Yu.

 

Contact: Stephanie Lusk

Co-Director of the Rainforest Art Foundation

(318) 717-9111

rainforestartfoundation.org


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