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McKay Artist Awards 2018

The Fremont Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 McKay Artist Grants:

Cool Earth!
Project Director: 350 Seattle

We’ll be led by a big two sided 2-D hot, dirty earth on a small float, which will be pulled by pasty corporate executives with money bulging out of their suits. We’ll have a bigger float that will be our future beautiful, life-rich “Cool World” displaying elements of a socially just and sustainable planet. These elements may include visual and active allusions to; construction of clean energy solutions, community-centered affordable housing, urban gardens and open spaces, and low-carbon public and bicycle transit. The float will be surrounded by a costumed and coordinated crew of people, with props celebrating clean water, healthy salmon, an orca pod and 30 beautiful 18” heart/earth bobbing lanterns.

Garden of Life
Project Director: Bloco Pacifico

Bloco Pacifico’s theme for the 2018 Fremont Solstice Parade is “The Garden of Life.” Through music, dance, and creative costumery, our band is hoping to inspire feelings of joy, celebration, and connection in the community (human, plant, and animal). Our drummers will represent a vibrant field of lavender, each flower adding to the music of the garden, while our dancers will transform into bees, pollinating the ranks of drummers and dancing their joyous bee-dances throughout the garden.  This year’s musical arrangement is being composed by a world-renowned Brazilian samba musician and teacher, Eduardo “Dudu” Fuentes. We’re lucky to have the chance to collaborate with Dudu, who plays with some of the most acclaimed samba schools in Rio de Janeiro—Unidos da Tijuca and  Portela—as well as teaching around the world. With VamoLá’s input, Dudu has developed two pieces just for this parade.

Joiboi Deva Puppet Ensemble
Project Director: Sarah Lovett

I am designing two giant puppets. These puppets are going to celebrate their joy with an interactive swirling dance. It’s all about play and having fun and being in amusement.  The puppets will draw form from imaginary devic creatures that aim to the delight children –fairies & unicorns are not foreign to these creatures. My aim is for fluid movement, these are Devas of the air and water. They dance and float above the street and above the crowd. It can be about release being as natural as water dropping from a cloud.

Paradisiax Parasol Project
Project Director: Tina Ilvonen

Paradisiac Parasol Project is a triple parasol on a tripod of steel poles powered by tricycles. The Parasols will be 13-15 feet diameter each, and the poles will be 12 feet tall. Each of the two front poles will be attached to wheeled “pole carts” that will be powered by bicycles and the back pole of the triangular structure will be on its own set of wheels. This structure (withouts the bikes) will be used a stage at other festivals this summer. For the Solstice Festival we are excited to include ensemble elements with the “floating” giant parasols including a marching band and people dressed as pollinators such as bees, flowers and butterflies. The band will be playing and the pollinators will either be rollerblading or dancing during the parade, carrying personal parasols, pinwheels and pennants as the parasols parade by.

Pollination Revolution
Project Director: Desiree Jones

Queen Bee Juanita and her bouquet of dancing wildflowers will be taking their message of the importance of weeds, flowers, and bees to the parade to educate and excite the masses! While Juanita preaches her message of bee love and flower power (through a megaphone or other voice amplifying device if possible), beautiful weeds in blooming costumes will surround her, carrying handmade signs with slogans (such as “SAVE THE BEES” or “FREE THE WEEDS”) for their pollination revolution and passing out packets of bee-friendly wildflowers to the crowd.

Super Moi!
Project Director: Marilyn Kurka

Our team, the IPA (Intergalactic Pussy Alliance,) will be with us as Super Moi! Super Moi is a team theme to transition from the IPA to Super Hero’s by discovering and highlighting the super hero trait within.  Each of my ladies costumes (including the Muppets) will highlight their inner super trait. Their character names and bio’s also help them discover their super inner super power.  This year, the IPA team and I am building 7’6” tall Muppets that are ventriloquist driven with controls in the small of their backs.  They are fully poseable with push button joints and have roller blades wheels on feet for better movement. They will be carried by two of our kinetic sculptures and will race and parade up and down the West Coast.  But they will also change poses and come off to go along with us on their feet with a one person assist.

Technological Terrors
Project Director: Seattle Steam Rats

The Seattle Steamrats present our Giant Steamrat Robot Float as a whimsical caution against unbridled lust for technology. Unrestrained, our technology will turn against us- be it with global warming, bioengineered disease, or terrifyingly efficient weapons. Will we choose to use technology wisely, or will it destroy us all to gnaw on our bones?  Our primary float, symbolizing runaway technology, will be an eye-catching 13’ tall mechanical steampunk robot rat in a style inspired by clockwork mechanism, science fiction and Japanese Animation. The Steamrat will feature mechanically driven limbs, head, tail, and windup key. It will be towed by a team of steampunk supplicants and led by a high priestess, representing the current spirit of blind veneration for and indulgence in technology.

Tides of Change
Project Director: Seattle Women’s Steel Band

SWSPP seeks to create a qualitatively high level work of kinetic mobile art featuring music, dance, theatrical elements, costumes and pageantry by participating in the Fremont Solstice Parade.  With 80-100 or more total participants and a float 36 feet long, the magnitude of our entry is intentional and meant to evoke a powerful and engaged reaction from the audience. The intent is to create spectacle that links essential awareness of the Oceans with Female power and cooperative effort and presents these 3 ideas in a setting of public celebration and community unity. Audience response and interaction is encouraged, mostly by inviting viewers to dance as the float passes.

{photo: A. Schwartz, 2017}

Luminata Artists 2017

Luminata is a lantern procession held at Green Lake on Thursday September 21, 2017. Gather at dusk near the Aqua Theater for hand made lanterns, an opening ceremony and a lantern procession that ends at our Secret Banquet near the Bath House Theater.

The Fremont Arts Council is pleased to announce the artists and performers for Luminata 2017:

Opening Ceremony Music
Artist: Rafe Pearlman

Procession Music
Artist: One Love Band
Artist: Vamola

Secret Banquet Music
Artist: Ricky Gene Powell

Artists and Performers:

Beacons

Artist: Elise Koncsek

Beacons consists of 10 suspended wooden lanterns, each one cubic foot in size, lit from the inside by arduino-controlled LED rings which cast shadows on the faces of visitors. The beacons invite passers-by to spin them and play with the dancing patterns of light and shadow.

Coralume

Artist: Team Caveglow

Coralume is a colorful, interactive installation that merges land and water, highlighting our disappearing coral reefs and showcasing a variety of phenomenal organisms. Parade-goers will be able to interact with the installation’s touch-activated elements.

Dance of the Light Warriors

Artist: Poi-fect Alchemy Dance

Poifect Alchemy performers create an illuminated painting as they spin. A state known as "flow" is created for both the performer and the audience in a symbiotic relationship. This performance is sure to help the community transition into the dark and introspective time of winter. The troop was formed last year by a retired school nurse that discovered the health benefits of this ancient circus/martial art.

Dodacahedrons and Icosahedrons

Artist: Daniel Metzler

We are celebrating the autumnal equinox with the creation of two settings of three luminaries each. Once set of luminaries are dodecahedrons and the other icosahedrons. The luminaries range in size from 12" to 36".

Electric Flowers

Artist: Randy Garbrick

A sculpture of giant lighted flowers with participant interaction to change the colors of the flowers.

Fragile and Light

Artist: Sandy Ruffin

Fragile & Light is an exploration of light and shadows, using small LEDs to light gilded eggshells. The sculpture is both fragile and strong, both light and dark. The play of light and shadow across the surfaces of the eggs, as well as the cast light and shadows, invites viewers to move around the work, exploring the delicate differences found in a change of viewpoint.

Light in the Dark

Artist: Sean Carleton

A solar powered steel structure with glass elements that illuminate at sunset. It is a light beacon demonstrating visual understanding of solar power in a vertical light display. The aesthetic has been described as 'from space', 'beacon', and 'rocket'. Visually, it is a lightly caged three sided structure which houses three petals that fold down similar to a flower.

Luminata Dragon

Artist: Art Program at Fircrest School

A dragon with 9-foot wings, and 21 feet long (in 3 parts) - to honor the equinox. It will be lit from inside with motion detector lights. The red eyes will light up and the dragon may roar when anyone approaches. The body is flexible and translucent.

Masked in Light

Artist: Joe Griffith

A projection mapping rig will create live architectural projections on a building or facade. Projections are bright, colorful and family friendly. They are designed to create a sense of wonder and joy. They work with symmetry, geometric displacement, particles, fractals, wireframe, lumia and liquid effects. Visual content is mixed live and on the fly. Visitors are welcome to move in front of the projectors, interacting with the projected images and co-creating new imagery and experiences.

Ookpik the Snowy Owl

Artist: Kelly Wardle

White flash of feathers float

Spreading into silver moonlight

Graced by harmony

This 9.5’ snowy owl light installation is set just above eye level and dances to very soft music with her synchronized LED lights. Her feathers glow in shades of white, ranging from the bluest side of the spectrum to the yellowest. She is a serene and magical creature who is mesmerizing to watch. It’s both entertaining and relaxing to stand or lay in front of her for a few minutes.

Sea Horse

Artist: Sarah Lovett

A giant illuminated sea horse; handcrafted of reed, paper, and silk

Silk Hangings

Artist: Peter Toms

A ring of yellow silks.

Star and Mooncatcher costumes

Artist: Ivy Thompson

A black spangled LED gown as the "stars" and a "moon catcher" with a glowing orb.

String of Pearls

Artist: Pickled Okra

A musical performance with lanterns. The intention is to gather musicians and be creative. It will look like a string of pearls. The pearls will walk in the parade, then set up a jam circle until everyone has satisfied their need to play music.

Uwah - long eared owl puppet

Artist: Sarah Lovett

a Giant Illuminated Owl Puppet; handcrafted of reed, paper, and silk. It is performed by 4 people on poles . It flies above the procession.

Wings Alight

Artist: Lily Harrison

A performance of isis wings movement with bioluminescent butterfly wings. The butterfly beckons people to dance with her and the glowing wings as a physically and visually stimulating experience in a flowing and never stopping movement light.

{photo by: K. Wardle 2016}

Luminata Artist Awards 2017

The Fremont Arts Council is pleased to announce the 2017 Luminata Art Grant Awards:

Beacons

Artist: Elise Koncsek

Beacons consists of 10 suspended wooden lanterns, each one cubic foot in size, lit from the inside by arduino-controlled LED rings which cast shadows on the faces of visitors. The beacons invite passers-by to spin them and play with the dancing patterns of light and shadow.

Coralume

Artist:  Team Caveglow

Coralume is a colorful, interactive installation that merges land and water, highlighting our disappearing coral reefs and showcasing a variety of phenomenal organisms.  Parade-goers will be able to interact with the installation’s touch-activated elements.

Luminata Dragon

Artist: Art Program at Fircrest School

A dragon with 9-foot wings, and 21 feet long (in 3 parts) – to honor the equinox.  It will be lit from inside with motion detector lights.  The red eyes will light up and the dragon may roar when anyone approaches.  The body is flexible and translucent.

Masked in Light

Artist: Joe Griffith

A projection mapping rig will create live architectural projections on a building or facade.  Projections are bright, colorful and family friendly.  They are designed to create a sense of wonder and joy.  They work with symmetry, geometric displacement, particles, fractals, wireframe, lumia and liquid effects.  Visual content is mixed live and on the fly.  Visitors are welcome to move in front of the projectors, interacting with the projected images and co-creating new imagery and experiences.

Ookpik the Snowy Owl

Artist: Kelly Wardle

White flash of feathers float

Spreading into silver moonlight

Graced by harmony

This 9.5’ snowy owl light installation is set just above eye level and dances to very soft music with her synchronized LED lights.  Her feathers glow in shades of white, ranging from the bluest side of the spectrum to the yellowest.  She is a serene and magical creature who is mesmerizing to watch. It’s both entertaining and relaxing to stand or lay in front of her for a few minutes.