Category: General
Posted by: viol8ion
1. Money isn't made out of paper. It's made out of cotton.

2. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (marijuana) paper

3. The dot over the letter 'I' is called a 'tittle'.

4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

5. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

6. 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

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06/11: truth

Category: Carl B Johnson
Posted by: viol8ion
Why would Paul Porreca collude with his known enemy, Lou Magazzu? It could only be that they have a common enemy. What could that enemy be? That enemy would be truth.
Category: Sebastian
Posted by: viol8ion
I have a problem with bleeding hearts. That is why I have a difficult time voting for democrats. It seems their answer to every problem is to throw money on it, from the comfort of their upper middle-class homes secluded from the trials that face the working class daily.

I could care less what two people do in the privacy of their bedroom. Just as my sexual peccadilloes are nobody’s business other than that of my partner, I am a live and let live sort of guy when it comes to another’s lifestyle.

However, it bothers me no end when I am waiting in line at the local Wawa to pay for my cup of black, hot coffee and the person in front of me is paying for their groceries with food stamps. And then they are buying several packs of Marlboros with cash.

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Category: Carl B Johnson
Posted by: viol8ion
Art critic Roger Cardinal is generally credited with creating the term Outsider Art as an English alternative to the French term Art Brut. Why do the French always have to use weird terms, such as an aftershave lotion, to describe art? Just come out and say what you mean.

Art Brut roughly translates as "raw art", describing art created outside the boundaries of official culture. Early Art Brut focused on art by insane asylum inmates, when the term ‘insane’ was still politically correct.

Outsider art is the closest you can come to truly original art, art not influenced by or tainted by pretentious pseudo education, commercial profit, or cultural mores. In the South Jersey region we have a wealth of outsider art, and it is some of the purest art you will see displayed anywhere.

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06/11: Abate This!!!

Category: Carl B Johnson
Posted by: viol8ion
The antics of some people would be amusing if they weren’t so desperate. Take Paul Porreca’s radical organization, Millville First, for example.

The organization’s website claims that Emil Van Hook is the President, but knowledgeable bystanders all acknowledge Porreca as the official voice and brains behind the organization. Emil is there merely to provide a place to meet.

From the slanderous attacks on outspoken private citizens in the online news forums to the underhanded sabotage against political candidates that he is supposedly supporting, there is no tactic too disingenuous for Porreca.

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Category: Deb DiMarco
Posted by: viol8ion
When the weather cools down, things begin to heat up at Carlisle School of Glass Art. In November we offer three introductory classes, geared toward those with little or no experience working with glass. On Saturday, November 1st, Stacey Camac leads Introduction to Soft Glass Beads. This is the choice for all Wanna Beaders who are chomping at the bit, waiting for the opportunity to learn how to make mandrel wound beads. Love stringing beads, but want to make your own? Stacey’s experience and patience help guide you through the basics of soft glass beadmaking. Even those who are all thumbs will find their way under Stacey’s tutelage.

For those who prefer working with cold glass, a Mosaic Tile Stepping Stone is the perfect project for you. In one Saturday session, you will complete an 8” x 8” concrete and glass stepping stone that will WOW everybody you know. Even those with no experience cutting glass quickly learn how much fun mosaic creations can be. After curing, these stones may be used outside in a path or a garden. CSGA Director, Deb DiMarco, heads up this class on Saturday, November 8th.

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Category: Carl B Johnson
Posted by: viol8ion
By Carl B. Johnson

In my previous column I discussed resolution and image size. This time we will explore color.

We understand that there is more involved in resizing an image than just worrying about height and width. But what are these Grayscale, RGB and CMYK terms?

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06/11: MO KNOWS

Category: Mo Pagano
Posted by: viol8ion
Many painters have written specifically on the subject of painting in one form or another – in journals, treatises, notebooks, and letters, to name just a few. One question is the correlation between art works and words. An answer is provided by Sir Joshua Reynolds in his discourse to the students at the Royal Academy on December 10, 1772. He said “Be as select in those whom you endeavour to please, as in those whom you endeavour to imitate … It is certain that the lowest style will be the most popular, as it falls within the compass of ignorance itself: and the vulgar will always be pleased with what is natural, in the confined and misunderstood sense of the word…”.

Through the years I have read quotes from many artists that I have admired. Here are a few of the ones in which I could make a connection between words and work.

“May I repeat what I told you here: treat nature in terms of the cylinder, the sphere, the cone, everything in proper perspective so that each side of an object or a plane is directed towards a central point. Lines parallel to the horizon give breath, that is a section of nature, or if you prefer, of the spectacle that the Pater Omnipotens Aeterne Deus spreads out before our eyes. Lines perpendicular to this horizon give depth. But nature for us men is more depth than surface, whence the need of introducing into our light vibrations represented by reds and yellows, and a sufficient amount of blue to give the impression of air” - Paul Cezanne.

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Category: Dr. Debra Miller
Posted by: viol8ion
by Debra Miller

Liz Nicklus’s Phantom Gallery struck again on 3rd Friday in September, with an impressive exhibition in the RRCA’s atrium, of works by faculty, alumni, and students from Philadelphia’s Hussian School of Art, where I teach Art History. The highly esteemed four-year graphic design and illustration program just moved to a new location on the third floor of the historic Bourse Building at 5th and Market, and we celebrated the beginning of our new era with a themed show of self-expressive work called It’s All about Me. As co-curator of the show, I called upon my students and colleagues to submit self-portraits, their own favorite works, or compositions that they felt were most indicative of their unique artistic styles. Upon seeing the installation, RRCA Board President Marie Hahn graciously invited us to extend the show to an entire month, well beyond the usual one-night 3rd Friday shows for which Phantom Gallery is known. When Hahn asked for my opinion of Hussian, I tried not to brag, but stated that I’m very proud of the quality of the program and the students, and that I think it’s a truly outstanding art school. She responded, “That’s not what I heard; I heard it’s THE BEST!” She heard correctly.

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Category: Poetry
Posted by: viol8ion
American Tragedy
D.J. Richardson

Another week of not
What day it is,

Facing another dawn
On a couch,
Disheveled from occasional anguished visits.

As Aristotle's dictum
Runs through my mind
About all things in moderation,

Other thoughts
Against the inside of my skull

Like seething waves upon
The rocks
Of addiction.

And I drop to my knees
To the Almighty

To save me

Archangels too,
Raphael, maybe,

And I cannot remember
When I was

Just broken now
With a million names
In my head

Losing energy tic by tic.