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Creativity Takes Courage – Listen to Theirs

Hi all! Bill here! My primary mission on the VAC board is to help leverage technology to the benefit of all VAC members, both artists and non-artists; anyone that appreciates art.  I believe we can use technology to improve our appreciation of art. I recently led an initiative to add Quick Reaction codes to the winning pieces of art put up every quarter in our Art Exhibit in the Community Center. Quick Response (QR) codes are two-dimensional optical barcodes. They can be easily read by the camera in your smart phone. Why would you do this? So you can be standing in front of a beautiful quilt (or painting, or photograph, or sculpture, or …) at the Community Center, point your phone at a QR tag on the quilt, and be taken to an audio interview with the quilt’s creator! This effort, entitled Creativity Takes Courage – Listen to Theirs recognizes the value we can each get from hearing an artists describe what inspires them, in their own voice. And this is especially powerful when you are standing in front of the art piece and listening to the person who created it. As we get better at the behind the scene efforts to do this, we hope to get to the point each quarter where every award winner will be interviewed and the audio posted. So how do you scan a QR code? With your smart phone. With an iPhone, use the built in CAMERA app.  For an Android-based phone, use NeoReader which can be downloaded from the Google Play store. Just point your camera in your phone at the QR tag.  You’ll either see a popup question about ‘do you want to go to this website?’ or your phones browser will just take you to the website.  The page… Read More

Clay Rice at Annual VAC Meeting, Jan 2019

Dataw Visual Arts Club hosted Clay Rice as their featured artist at their annual meeting in Jan 2019. First video (Part 1) is the 44 minute discussion between Clay & Marj about his background, art, and inspiration.  The second video (Part 2) is the 31 minute question & answer session that followed.  “Clay Rice is an award winning silhouette artist and children’s book author. This rare artform is a Rice family tradition spanning three generations and two artists.” Instructions: lower left triangle is play/stop. Lower right box is to view full screen. To exit full screen, hit the escape key (esc) on your keyboard.