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Arts Consortium and First Friday

Newsletter August 2021-MY VOICE MEDIA CENTER

In August the sunshine is triumphant and so is the collaboration to "newsletter" with Arts Consortium. As our parent and main home, My Voice Media Center continues to make improvements and adjustments to fit the needs of the people and the events happening all around us.


August Newsletter

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  • LIVE F1rst Friday Show!!! - Percussionist, Keio Ogawa

  • LIVE F1rst Friday Venues

  • Special Announcements

    • Watermark Special Edition Magazine

    • Artist Matthew Fry at Farmers Market

    • 1st Saturday in Three Rivers

  • Member of the Month: Dave Daniels

  • Membership Featured Presentation: Taste The Arts Marketing Workshop with Dave Daniels

  • August Membership Meeting Information

    • New August Membership Meeting Location - Brandon Mitchell Gallery!

    • 2021 Watermark Art Contest winner announcement!

Taste The Arts

  • TTA Committee Zoom Meeting

  • Welcome, TTA Artists!

  • Artist Opportunities

    • Farmers Market

    • Tulare County Artist Master List

  • Things To Do In Visalia event link

  • We appreciate our members!

  • My Voice Media Center

ARE YOU READY FOR OUR LIVE F1RST FRIDAY?PLEASE NOTE, THE ARTS CONSORTIUM'S SHOW FEATURING KEIO'S DRUM JAM WILL BEGIN AN HOUR LATER THAN OUR USUAL TIME. THE SHOW IS FROM 6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. PLEASE CHECK LISTINGS FOR OUR OTHER VENUES, AS TIMES DIFFER. In case you missed any of our past Virtual F1rst Friday events, you can click on the following link that will take you to the Arts Consortium's YouTube channel:

CONSORTIUM'S FEATURED FIRST FRIDAY ARTIST: Keio OgawaKEIO OGAWA, based in central California and Guinea, West Africa, is an American performer, scholar, teacher of world percussion, and drum builder. She has been drumming for over 40 years. Specializing in West African percussion, Ogawa has studied extensively with master drummers Famoudou Konate, Mamady Keïta, and Mamady “Wadaba” Kourouma in Guinea, West Africa, Europe, and the US. She recorded, produced, and performed on master drummer Mamady "Wadaba" Kourouma’s albums Oroko Kan! and Independent Music Awards 2008 Finalist, Sabari, both recorded in Wadaba’s remote village in Oroko, Guinea. Ogawa is director of the Traditional West African Drum Ensemble, manager for Wadaba, and artistic director and performer in Wadaba’s concert ensemble, Wadaba. She is also founder and administrator for the Oroko Fund, which provides aid to villagers in Guinea; founder of African Village Adventures, a drum and dance tour of Guinea featuring Wadaba; and founder of DrumDance Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting artists and making traditions of drum and dance available to our American community. In addition to colorfully teaching and performing traditional West African and world percussion, Keio is a skilled drum circle facilitator. She has additional training from Arthur Hull, and is pictured on p. 111 and p. 123 of his book, Drum Circle Spirit. Her rhythm program for children, Keio’s Kids Drum Jam, was the most sought-after program in the Arts Council of Tulare County’s Artists in Education program. Keio also does clinics and gives inspirational speeches about life, women’s issues, and the healing power of drumming. Keio Ogawa - Keio Music Manager for Mamady “Wadaba” Kourouma Concerts / Drums / Classes / Schools / Clinics / Guinea Tours / Drum Circles / Team Bldg / Speeches / At-Risk Youth / Events Organizer / Aid to Africa / Programs for the incarcerated

Contact info:, 559-827-2114Percussionist, Keio OgawaDon't forget to check out our F1rst Friday participating LIVE venues, The Odd Shop, Arts Visalia, Brandon-Mitchell Gallery, and The Creative Center:*Arts Visalia's exhibition, Floral Flex Time and Premium Glossies, has been extended through F1rst Friday in August.For more information, visit Arts Visalia's website at:

Contact info: 214 E. Oak Ave., Visalia 559-739-0905For more information, visit the Brandon-Mitchell Gallery website at:

Contact info: 117 S. Locust, Visalia (559) 625-2441For more information, visit The Creative Center's website at:

Contact info: 410 E. Race St., Visalia (559) 733-9329 THE ODD SHOP Exhibition by artists Mark Medina and Cesar Santiago

We have another venue participating in our August 10th F1rst Friday art hop! The Odd Shop will feature artists Mark Medina and Cesar Santiago with music provided by Jamaloo! Their show will start at 5:00 p.m. Contact Info: Four Creeks Lodge #94, 118 S. Court St., Visalia 559-972-2023SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS! The Watermark Special Edition is Here! The Watermark Special Edition, the Arts Consortium's magazine, is filled with 62 pages of beautiful art, an art catalogue section where you can see what our local artists have for sale, a Draw-It Contest for all ages, a feature on our Artist of the Year, updates on the local art scene, and so much more! If you'd like to pick up a copy, you can stop by the Arts Consortium during our regular business hours: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. It will also be available online soon! Our Farmers Market booth is back! Our first artist at the market for 2021 is Matthew Fry! His artwork will be available for purchase and he'll also be doing live art at the Farmers Market behind Sears on August 14th from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Don't miss out on his incredible artwork!Lemon Boy by Matthew Fry1st Saturday in Three Rivers! 1st Saturday in Three Rivers is back with lots of wonderful handcrafted art by local artists!

The Arts Consortium's Membership Meeting will feature a Taste The Arts Marketing Workshop Presentation by Dave Daniels! David Daniels is the owner of Absolution Woodworks, a boutique woodshop specializing in custom furniture, fine art cutting boards, and highly specific objects for highly specific people. Working out of a 400 square foot shop behind his home in Visalia, California, David sources lumber locally in the Central Valley, usually from orchard removals where trees would otherwise be burned or turned to mulch. His cutting boards are made of sustainably sourced domestic and exotic hardwoods arranged as functional works of art.

You can follow Dave at: by David Daniels IMPORTANT NOTICES: For this month's Membership Meeting, we will be LIVE, but our location has changed! The meeting will be held at the Brandon-Mitchell Gallery at 117 S. Locust St. in Visalia. Come by and see old friends and make new ones! Please join us on Tuesday, August 10th at 5:30 p.m.


2021 Watermark Art Contest winner announcement! To view past Membership Meetings, here's the link to our YouTube channel: here for more info: FOR MEMBERSHIP MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS: We are asking for any announcements Members would like to share to be sent to by Friday, August 6th. All Things Taste The Arts


Hello Art Lovers! Our Taste The Arts festival is scheduled for October 16th, 2021! The next Taste The Arts 2021 Committee Zoom Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 24th at 5:30 p.m. Our Executive Director, Ampelio Mejia Perez, would like to invite all Taste The Arts Committee Members to our scheduled Zoom meetings. It's not too late to join in the fun and sell your art this October 16th! Artists can still register for a booth for Taste The Arts, however, the Arts Consortium will not provide online or social media marketing support for artists that register late. All other benefits are the same. Arts Consortium members can still receive their discount by calling Pam at 559-802-3266 for the promo code. Here's the new link to purchase late tickets: Some great booths are still available -- don't miss out! We hope you'll join us to make 2021 Taste The Arts a great event! Welcome, Taste the Arts 2021 Artists! Here are just some of our local artists who will be joining us for Taste The Arts! More artists to follow in next month's newsletter! ARTIST OPPORTUNITIESThe Arts Consortium is compiling a master list of Tulare County artists that will be posted on our website for public use. If you are a Tulare County artist and would like to be included in the directory, please click on the link and complete the brief form:

THINGS TO DO IN VISALIA If you would like to submit an event to appear in the Times-Delta under "Things To Do In Visalia", click on the following link: Things To Do in Visalia CA - VisaliaTimesDelta.comWe appreciate our members! My Voice Media Center - August, 2021Artwork by Michael KoonceWhat a great "July Night Skies"! Participants were able to express themselves through our theme and the chosen color, blue. We continue to offer our morning sessions and offer sessions on ZOOM in the California heat. Despite the heat, in 2D and 3D Art, participants studied the practice of layers in collaging and using graphite paper. In Photography, participants used sparklers in celebration and also used photographing techniques such as a long shutter speed. Finally, we talked about how July was going for peers in Art and




"Must be August Sunshine" to brighten our days and inspire us to create! Our theme's color is yellow for August. In sessions, facilitators are able to use the theme and color in art making and music. Please READ THE BLOG to find out more about the feature artists that emerge from My Voice Media Center!

ART AND WELLNESS plans a trip to the Getty! In this session, peers will be joining together each Thursday from 2-3PM to discuss plans for a trip to the Getty museum in LA. Each peer will play a part in planning, researching and preparing for the healing and respectful atmosphere one can discover in a beautiful museum like the Getty. Please see our website to visit the calendar page or browse our sessions this August! Check it out at: For more information please call 559-802-3266 or email: mvmc@artsconsortium.orgThe goal of the My Voice Media Center is to reduce the stigma of mental illness. We provide a safe space where participants may learn to express themselves through the arts; we provide exhibition and art sale opportunities for our participants; and we help educate the general public about mental wellness and recovery. This email was sent to why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences Arts Consortium · 300 E Oak Avenue · Visalia, CA 93291 · USA

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