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  • 11 Sep 2017

    Why would anyone do Steampunk?

    So why should anyone be interested in Steampunk??   Well, Steampunk & Gothic event guru, Jeff Mach, has the answers for you…and the events to attend to check out this fascinating scene.  Here’s a blog he wrote & allowed me to share with you…

    Are there reasons NOT to do Steampunk?  Oh, HECK yes.  Let me give you some.

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    First off, it’s ridiculous. An imaginary 19th century which never happened and which we explore in the 21st century? Why in the world would anyone want to do that?

    Relatedly, it doesn’t seem to make sense, when you think about it. I mean, when people imagine they’re at a Renaissance Faire, at least there is some degree of hypothetical actual history involved. It’s taken something like 50 years for the modern Renaissance fair to evolve so deeply into something which doesn’t really involve the Renaissance.  It took decades for Renaissance Faires to get to a point where they embody “some sort of point in history where people carried swords; something after the Dark Ages and before the Internal Combustion Engine.  Heck, in my own lifetime, with the coming of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, I’ve seen Renaissance Faires be pretty excited to welcome Pirates of clearly 18th century backgrounds–ie, at LEAST a hundred years after the Renaissnance is acknowledge to have ended.  That’s an impressive (and, to be clear, incredibly fun!) historical innacuracy – but at least it took a really long time.

    Steampunk doesn’t have that excuse. How long has Steampunk as we know it been a thing? Eight years? Perhaps 10? I certainly know people who feel they and practicing it longer, but the very least, the Steampunk we see today has existed for less than a decade. It didn’t start out accurate and get weird. It started weird, and got more inaccurate from there.

    And at least if this was something like punk rock or Goth or the hippie movement or even, as some claim, just a genre of science fiction literature, we don’t have anything like the hierarchy of those genres!  For example, there may or may not be a top Steampunk band or two. But those are the main reason people discover Steampunk. Is there a topSteampunk author? I think there are many incredible steampunk authors, and some have sold more books than others, and some might have had more influence than others, but I don’t think ANY particular Steampunk author is the creator of the Steampunk we know–certainly K.W. Jeter, who coined the very term, has said repeatedly that he did NOT create the Steampunk we see today.

    Famous steampunk makers? We certainly have some. We certainly love their creations. I think I could possibly narrow my own list of the top five Steampunk creators down to… I don’t know, perhaps 10 people, all of whom could lay reasonable claim to being in the top five.  And most of them are actually too modest to say that. And some of the finest creations in Steampunk have absolutely not been made by people who identify as Steampunks–they’re just people who love playing with this culture.

    Is Steampunk created by events? Would that mean that the people who run events run Steampunk? I’ll be honest. If you’re reading this, you are probably seeing this on my own website for my own event, or through social media that is related to an event company which bears my name. Do you think that I run Steampunk? I run the world’s largest Steampunk event. Am I in charge? Have you even heard of me?  The answer to the first question is definitely no!  The answer the second question is not definitely “no”…

    …but I’m pretty sure that if you took all the people world who identify as Steampunk, and asked them if they know who runs any particular Steampunk events, most of they’d probably be able to answer only for the events they go to or for which they’ve seen advertising.

    So why play with, create for, former lifestyle around, experiment with, or otherwise be a part of Steampunk?

    The Steampunk World's Fair - "Wonders Untold"

    Photos © 2010 – 2016 Babette Daniels Photography Purchase your copy of this image at http://www.babetted.com/Events/Steampunk/SPWF2016

    For exactly and precisely each and every one of the reasons above!

    Because Steampunk doesn’t have to make sense!  Steampunk doesn’t have to have a leader! Steampunk doesn’t have to be any damn thing at all except a gorgeous 19th century canvas upon which we are throwing all manner of paint, and sketches, and words, and ideas. And what we get out of  something which brings joy and fascination and beauty and community to a world which could choose to be humdrum and mundane and boring.

    Let the world be boring?  NEVER!  We make the choice to be precisely the opposite. We are Steampunks!  In fact, each and every one of us IS Steampunk itself. You, right now, are building steampunk just by thinking about it and contributing your presence to this culture, even if all you do is read a few articles and put a few thoughts out into the ether. In fact, people who do that “matter” just as much, in their own way, as people like me whose lifestyle and actual living depend on Steampunk.  Because this isn’t a contest where somebody wins; this is a world-building to make a giant, deeply individual, deeply shared Universe we can call our own.

    No masters. No slaves. No rules except the simplest one:

    if you want to be a part of Steampunk, you can.

    To get info on upcoming events:  http://steampunkworldsfair.com

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  • 1 Aug 2017

    A look BEHIND THE VEIL

    Are you fascinated with the possibility of life after death?  Do you have an interest in ghost hunting? Tarot cards? Other spiritual topics?  If so then the annual BEHIND THE VEIL event in the haunted Elk’s Lodge in East Brunswick, NJ is for you!  The event, that began as Para-X, is scheduled this year for Saturday, Sept. 30th, 11am-6pm (& it’s ONLY $5!!!) & I’m happy to be a part of it.  For more interesting details of how it began and what it’s become are founders and organizers Karen Kimmel Timper & Katharine Clark….

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    The Beginnings…

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    Para X was conceived in 2010 by Karen Timper and her Father Richard Kimmel, who co-founded New Jersey Ghost Organization over 13 years ago. We received permission from the Elks Lodge in East Brunswick, NJ which made perfect sense seeing that the lodge was indeed a haunted location and the group had investigated it on several occasions after hearing numerous accounts of experiences by the lodge members. Proceeds in part help the lodges many endeavors over the years from their Youth Scholarship Committee to Drug awareness mentoring programs.

    We took a 2 year hiatus after the first 5 years of running the expo largely due to the groups other projects and obligations, which included writing books for this Father-Daughter duo. Their most recent book, “Folklore of the New Jersey Shore.” Schiffer is their Publisher and this book along with other titles can be found in local Barnes and Noble Bookstores as well as on Amazon.

    We’ve been back running the expo going into a second year once again along with Katharine Clark a Wiccan Elder and fellow Author and Lauren Curtis, local artist who is know for her very long fingernails and was featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not book. Having help makes it easier as it is a huge undertaking, sometimes overwhelming, but absolutely rewarding because it brings the Public and the Paranormal together. It’s also a way to get into the spirit of things for the fall season on a lighter note. It’s serious business for local ghost hunters since they don’t charge for their expertise and this gives them a chance to get awareness out to the public. A lot of historical locations fall by the wayside and groups like these can help, as well as helping those families experiencing hauntings get the help they need.

    Come see the “Haunted Lodge on the Lake” at 21 Oakmont Avenue in East Brunswick, NJ. There is a secret staircase, a bookcase that turns and more haunting features, right out of a Nancy Drew Mystery Book! Pick up a flyer at the door and find out the history and mystery. You won’t be disappointed.

    WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE EVENT…

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    On the DAY of the Para-X, you will see EXPO signs, especially on Hardenburg Lane, Oakmont Ave., and especially down the driveway leading to the Lodge.

    LECTURE TIMES!

    12PM: Katharine Clark – Pagan Autumnal Traditions

    1PM: Chuck Lehman – An Introduction to Crystal Singing Bowls

    2PM: Robert Oberholtzer – Reiki 101 and its (possible?) Beginnings

    3PM: Kevin Meares – Ghosts, Demons, and Weirder Spirits: Understanding The Difference

    4PM: Justin Bamforth – Preceptions and Deceptions in the Experience

    5PM: Chris DiCesare – The C2D1 Haunting

    LECTURERS RUN FROM 30 – 45 MINUTES,

    SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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    MEET a few of the AUTHORS: KAREN TIMPER AND RICHARD KIMMEL & KAT CLARK

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    Karen Founded NJGO in 2003. She has been the subject of many news articles, and has appeared on local cable TV, radio and internet radio programs, as well as the Maury Show, over the years. She has co-authored three books with her dad, covering topics from Paranormal Archeology, to Ghosts of Central NJ, to Folklore of the New Jersey Shore.

    Not being an easy field, both Ms. Timper and her group continue to move the Paranormal Field in a positive direction. Go to http://www.NJGhostOrg. com for more info on Ms. Timper and New Jersey Ghost Organization.

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    Richard Kimmel is the other half of the father-daughter duo and a professional in his own right. Richard was a Photographer in the Army. He helped his daughter found New Jersey Ghost Organization over 13 years ago, and he continues to do what he does – work with his collections and his books.

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    Katharine Clark has been the hereditary Elder of the Tutha De Danann Irish Wiccan tradition for over 40 years. She is an award winning poet, a former workshop leader for the National Endowment for the Arts, an Occult Specialist for sever local police departments, and a Tarot instructor.  She is the former Circle leader at Earth Spirit New Age Center in Red Bank NJ.

    Her first book, “An Irish Book of Shadows”, contains the ritual system of the TDD, along with coven structure, and an extensive compendium of Irish gods and their correlations. Her second book, “Things Your Elders Never Told You”, is a humorous look at growing up Wiccan. It also contains insights that are learned at the knee of a teacher, but missing from modern Wiccan instruction. Her works have been endorsed by Dan and Pauline Campanelli, Raymond Buckland, and Rosemary Ellen Guiley.

    Along with Natalie Zaman, she is the co-creator of the “Graven Images Oracle” deck. It is not only available as a book and deck set, but also as an application for iphone, Android, etc. Come to her table to try a sample reading!

    And there’s more…more authors, experts & alternative artisans & craft-persons, including yours truly (Lauren Curtis Art) who will be exhibiting & selling our wares. So join us for this mystical, magickal event!! And if you’re interested in vending please contact Kat at  katrclark@yahoo.com 

    See you there!!


       

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Franklin Park
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WELCOME, fellow creatives, friends, new-comers & the curious!
OK, why is my gallery worth your time? Well, because each artist is unique and has a personal vision/message to portray through our work and being a full time artist, I strive to share my art with the world; I hope it will make you think, discuss and FEEL something!!

I’ve been an artist all my life and made the leap to full time in 2008 after the economy tanked and I was laid off from both of my jobs; I then knew it was time to go for it & it’s the best decision I ever made! My career has really taken off now that I have all the time I need to devote to it. I love working in a variety of mediums & exhibit my work regularly across the US as well as doing freelance illustration & graphic work. Please feel free to contact me!

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P.O. Box 193
State
NJ
City / Town
Franklin Park
Country
United States
Website
http://www.laurencurtisart.mosaicglobe.com

Medium Information

Main Medium
Mixed Media
Other Mediums
Drawing
Graphic Art
Jewelry
Mixed Media
Painting
Photography
Wearable Art
Writing

Experience, Awards, Prizes - Brag Items

Work Experience
Published & Commissioned Works

*Art represented by galleries including Through the Moongate, Highland Park, NJ, 2004 -present; Caladan Gallery,

Cambridge, MA, Sept. 2005-present; Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, June 2009-present.

*Several pieces commissioned for the website & marketing materials for Norwegian real-estate company.

* Illustrations for historical organizations including the Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission and the Joyce Kilmer Centennial Commission. 2003-present.

*Artwork commissioned by Chartpak for international crafter exhibitions in Texas & Chicago, IL. February-July, 2004.

*Artwork for national greeting card and crafter companies, 1999-present.

*Children’s textile design for X-El Design. 1998-1999.

*Illustrations & poetry published in local & national magazines, 1994 - present.

*Paid Internship and graphic design projects for Amos Eno Gallery, NYC, NY; Including gallery ad design for Art Forum Magazine. 1987.



Awards & Recognitions
*"Benjamin Franklin Award", 5th Annual Juried Art Fest, Franklin Park, NJ. Winning photo in month-long exhibit, July 2010.

*1st Prize Winner, 26th Annual Ray Bradbury Art Contest, Waukegan Public Library, Waukegan, IL, April, 2010.

*Accepted as a member of the Highland Park Art Collective, Highland Park, NJ, 2010.

*Selected for a 2009 Solo Exhibit, Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, NJ.

*Artwork & letter published in Art Calendar Magazine, Nov., 2009.

*Historical painting selected for permanent collection, Joyce Kilmer Library, Edison, NJ, August, 2007.

*Judge’s Honorable Mention Award, Franklin Township NJ Juried Exhibit, July,2007.

*Selected as Artist-of-the-Month, North Brunswick Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Community Services; awarded solo exhibits, April, 2006 & March, 2007.

*Winner of The Pauper art group’s Logo Competition, November, 21. 2005.

*Honorable Mention in Photography, Highland Park, NJ Arts Fest, Sept. 24, 2005.

*Artwork received 2nd Place Award in magazine art contest, Nov.1, 2004; Honorable Mentions & publication in photography & poetry publisher competitions, 2004-2005.

*Member of the Arts Council of Princeton, October 2007-present.

*Interviewed for national and international arts & art-culture videos, DVD’s, books, and NY/NJ cable TV shows. 2003-2010.

*Elected Board Member (2003-2005) & exhibitor; Visual Arts League, NJ, 2002-present.

*Artwork featured on several on-line galleries; awarded solo exhibits, 2001-present.

*Artist interviews in newspapers including The Star Ledger, Oct. 2001; The Princeton Packet, Feb. 2005; The Home News, June,2005, July 2007 & Nov. 2008; The Sentinel, March 2007; The Courier News, Nov. 2008.

*Artwork selected for covers of publications, including On The Go Magazine, 1999 & 2000; Take-Care Connections, 2004; Circle of Stones Journal, 2004; Inner Realm,2007

*Member: Red Bank, NJ Art Alliance,1998-2000; Morris Area Arts Council, 2004-2007.

*Certificate from Graphic Design Honors Course, Parsons School of Design, NY. 1984.

*Participated in over 90 solo, group & juried exhibitions throughout the U.S. & BC, Canada; pieces in private collections in the US, Holland, UK, Norway & Denmark. 1984-present.



Education

*”SmART Business Coaching” art-business courses; New York, NY. 2003-2006.

*BFA, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Majored in painting and drawing. Graphics courses. 1984-1988.

*Parsons School of Design, New York, NY. Received certificate for honors graphic design course. 1984.

*DuCret School of the Arts, Plainfield, NJ. Drawing and color theory courses. 1983.

http://www.ducret.edu
Prizes & Awards
*"Benjamin Franklin Award", 5th Annual Juried Art Fest, Franklin Park, NJ. Winning photo in month-long exhibit, July 2010.

*1st Prize Winner, 26th Annual Ray Bradbury Art Contest, Waukegan Public Library, Waukegan, IL, April, 2010.

*Accepted as a member of the Highland Park Art Collective, Highland Park, NJ, 2010.

*Selected for a 2009 Solo Exhibit, Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, NJ.

*Artwork & letter published in Art Calendar Magazine, Nov., 2009.

*Historical painting selected for permanent collection, Joyce Kilmer Library, Edison, NJ, August, 2007.

*Judge’s Honorable Mention Award, Franklin Township NJ Juried Exhibit, July,2007.

*Selected as Artist-of-the-Month, North Brunswick Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Community Services; awarded solo exhibits, April, 2006 & March, 2007.

*Winner of The Pauper art group’s Logo Competition, November, 21. 2005.

*Honorable Mention in Photography, Highland Park, NJ Arts Fest, Sept. 24, 2005.

*Artwork received 2nd Place Award in magazine art contest, Nov.1, 2004; Honorable Mentions & publication in photography & poetry publisher competitions, 2004-2005.

*Member of the Arts Council of Princeton, October 2007-present.

*Interviewed for national and international arts & art-culture videos, DVD’s, books, and NY/NJ cable TV shows. 2003-2010.

*Elected Board Member (2003-2005) & exhibitor; Visual Arts League, NJ, 2002-present.

*Artwork featured on several on-line galleries; awarded solo exhibits, 2001-present.

*Artist interviews in newspapers including The Star Ledger, Oct. 2001; The Princeton Packet, Feb. 2005; The Home News, June,2005, July 2007 & Nov. 2008; The Sentinel, March 2007; The Courier News, Nov. 2008.

*Artwork selected for covers of publications, including On The Go Magazine, 1999 & 2000; Take-Care Connections, 2004; Circle of Stones Journal, 2004; Inner Realm,2007

*Member: Red Bank, NJ Art Alliance,1998-2000; Morris Area Arts Council, 2004-2007.

*Certificate from Graphic Design Honors Course, Parsons School of Design, NY. 1984.

*Participated in over 90 solo, group & juried exhibitions throughout the U.S. & BC, Canada; pieces in private collections in the US, Holland, UK, Norway & Denmark. 1984-present.

Education

College / University 1
Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers): BFA
Graduation Year 1
1988

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