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The Made In Ridgewood exhibit has done so well, the showing has been extended through Oct. 24th, instead of Oct. 15th. So if you’re in the area, check out OUTPOST Artist Resources. I have a new piece in this group art show. The exhibit was originally put together by OUTPOST and Ridgewood Artists Coalition for Bushwick Open Studios 2016.

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Artist: Michele Witchipoo

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This past weekend was the opening reception for the Made In Ridgewood exhibit, held at OUTPOST Artists Resources for Bushwick Open Studios 2016. There was a large turn out for the opening night. OUTPOST and Ridgewood Artists Coalition got together, gathering local artists from the Ridgewood,Queens area of NYC.

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Reverend Mother by Michele Witchipoo as seen in the Made In Ridgewood (Ridgewood Artists Coalition) group art exhibit at OUTPOST Artists Resources for Bushwick Open Studios 2016. Pen and ink on illustration board.

My work was part of this group art show, debuting this new piece. There were various mediums and styles ranging from painting, sculpture, video, photography and interactive. Of course it helped that open bar was courtesy of Finback brewery, another local Ridgewood establishment. It should be noted that Finback makes some very good beers. So if craft beers are your thing, definitely check it out.

Artists were: Yasmeen Abdullah, Kate Bae, Bill Bartholomew, Ethan Boisvert, Michele Borg (Michele Witchipoo), Daniel Boventer, Mengwen Cao, Campy Dicks, Liliana Dirks-Goodman, Nathalie Di Sciascia, Elizabeth Donsky, Rachel Dove , Danielle Draik, Pablo García, Ida Gavois, Tim Gowan, Huisi He, Georgia Hinaris, Ji Hoon Kim , An Hu, Daniel Iliescu , Liz Johnson (Spadiode), Sandra Koponen, Molly Lambe , Connor Lawson, Deanna Lee, Stephen Lewis, Christina Massey, Varvara Mikushkina, David Nakabayashi, Sharilyn Neidhardt, James Peay, Joshua Pelletier, Kyle Andrew Phillips, Gabriela Rassi , Elizabeth Riley, George Rosa, Christopher Rose , Rebecca Rubinstein, Isabelle Schneider, Sara Schraeter, Farshid Shafiey, Vered Snear, Jeanette Spicer, Kelli Thompson, Jimmy Valdez Osaku, Allison Wade, Tyson Washburn, Chenli Ye, Beata Zalewski, Alex Drewchin, Greg Fox, Winslow Laroche, Jonah Rosenberg, Andrew Sutherland, Caterina Verde, David Wightman, Magin Schantz, and Libby Mislan.

If you missed the opening reception, you can still check the exhibit until October 15th.

Thanks to OUTPOST Artist Resources and Emily Heinz for putting this together.

Next post: Bushwick Open Studios 2016 in photos.

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Tomorrow is the Made In Ridgewood group art exhibit at OUTPOST Artists Resources for Bushwick Open Studios 2016 (BOS). The opening reception will be from 6pm – 9pm. The exhibit itself will be up from Oct. 1st – Oct. 15th, 2016. Made In Ridgewood came out of the Ridgewood Artists Coalition, a collective of local artists. This event is also listed on the Hyperallergic guide to BOS 2016. I will among one of many artists showing work at the show.

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Photo: Image courtesy of NUTUREart. “Boots in Balls” Campy Dicks 2016

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One of the cats living at OUTPOST Artist Resources. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Sept. 2016. 

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This just in. I will be participating in the 2016 Bushwick Open Studios (BOS) event with the Ridgewood Artist Coalition (RAC) over at OUTPOST Artist Resources from October 1 – 15 2016, from 12:00 pm to  6:00 pm. This will be a group art exhibit featuring many artists from the Ridgewood, Queens area of NYC, displaying work in various mediums.

Opening night details can be found on this OUTPOST page, from noon to 7 pm.

I’m especially pleased because I’ll be showing something fresh. This is part of a new series I’m working on. The series is still in process but I managed to get the first part in on time.

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Reverend Mother. Pen, ink, illustration board. 2016. Loosely based on Frank Herbert’s Dune series. Illustration by Michele Witchipoo.

The new series is loosely based on Frank Herbert’s Dune. For a little over a year and half stone, I’ve been getting back into the science fiction genre. (In fact, the 50th anniversary of Star Trek happened this past Wednesday as of this posting.) Particularly those of a Dystopian nature. Dystopia is very fitting into these times, especially with current world and political events. Also, I think Dystopia forces us to confront some very uncomfortable truths about humanity through fiction. Many times Dystopian fiction is very disturbingly prophetic.

Despite some slight reservations I have about how the women are depicted in the Dune series, it’s still one of the best sci-fi stories of all time. My introduction to Dune came during my early ’80s adolescence. The film adaption finally came to the big screen, which I was lucky enough to catch during it’s original theatrical release. The film was produced by flashy producer Dino De Laurentiis and directed by art house fave David Lynch. It wasn’t the greatest film adaption, but at least it supplied some sort of visualization. It had enough impact upon me to buy the paperback at a local Queens drugstore, with the movie poster as the book cover. Years later gave this copy away, which I came to regret. Since then I’ve re-brought the novel at Topos Bookstore.

Enough details. What drew me back to Dune once again was through personal conversations, and it’s correspondence to magick. There’s a brilliant quote that’s pretty well known. It goes like this:

‘I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.’

You can apply this passage not only as an occultist, but also as any sort of creative. Whether you’re an artist, a writer, a musician, actor, etc. This can apply to life in general. In order to accomplish anything, one must get over, or break away from whatever holds the person back. You will never discover your true Will if you allow fear to overtake you.

Revisiting Dune the second time around, the characters that appealed to me the most were the Reverend Mothers.  Otherwise known as the Bene Gesserit. The Bene Gesserit is a very powerful sisterhood that can be liken to witches. So I’ve gone back using symbolism such as alchemy and combined it with the likeness of the Reverend Mothers.

The above piece is for sale. If anyone wants to acquire, you can send me an email.

See you during Bushwick Open Studios.

 

 

 

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Sign outside The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House. June 7th, 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Sign outside The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House. June 7th, 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

On June 6 and 7th, 2015, I took part of a group art show, as part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015 event. A new group, the Ridgewood Artists Coalition  (RAC) had a showing at the historic  Vander-Ende Onderdonk House.

Below are photos of some of the work from the group show:

Artist Michele Witchipoo's drawings, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Michele Witchipoo’s drawings, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Tim Gowan's paintings, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Tim Gowan’s paintings, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Isabelle Schneider's installation, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Isabelle Schneider’s installation, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Archana Santra's painting, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Archana Santra’s painting, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Emily Roff's painting, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Emily Roff’s painting, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Danielle - Draik's painting, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Danielle – Draik’s painting, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Below is my personal favorite from the show:

Artist Alison Duignan's painting, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Alison Duignan’s painting, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

While the show was happening, I decided to explore the Vander-Ende Onderdonk House itself.

Outside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, June 7th, 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Outside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, June 7th, 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House has quite a history, becoming landmarked in 1995. A kind gentleman took me on a tour of the house, starting downstairs with the colonial kitchen.

Colonial kitchen downstairs inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Colonial kitchen downstairs inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Colonial kitchen downstairs inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

The hearth, as part of the colonial kitchen downstairs inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Oven inside the hearth. Colonial kitchen downstairs inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Oven inside the hearth. Colonial kitchen downstairs inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Colonial kitchen downstairs inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Colonial kitchen downstairs inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Colonial kitchen downstairs inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Colonial kitchen downstairs inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Heading back upstairs, there was rooms sectioning off different eras.

Plaque designating the history of the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Plaque designating the history of the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Victorian room inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Victorian room inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Dining room inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Dining room inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Display inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Display inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Cash register inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House gift shop.

Cash register inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House gift shop.

Not shown was the tiny farm in the back of the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, complete with small chicken coop.

The show received media coverage since it was part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015 event. Below is a link to one of the many news articles.

http://queenscourier.com/photos-hundreds-of-local-artists-participate-in-bushwick-open-studios/

Part two of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015 coverage arriving in the next blog post.

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In the NYC, this will prove to be a busy weekend. Quite a few events are happening. For starters, there’s going to be the Special Edition New York Comic Con at Pier 94. On Sunday itself, there will be a free event at Flushing Meadow Park in Queens celebrating the 75th and 50th anniversaries of the NYC World’s Fair. (Always been fascinated by the history of the World’s Fair myself.)

Ad for the Ridgewood Represent! The Ridgewood Artists Coalition Group Show at the Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, as part of Bushwick Open Studios (RAC), taking place June 6-7 2015.

Ad for the Ridgewood Represent! The Ridgewood Artists Coalition Group Show at the Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, as part of Bushwick Open Studios (RAC), taking place June 6-7 2015.

Then there’s going to be the Bushwick Open Studios, June 7-8th 2015. I will have my illustrations/drawings on exhibit as part of this group show. Entitled Ridgewood Represent! The Ridgewood Artists Coalition Group Show at Bushwick Open Studios, the show will be held at the historic Vander Ende-Onderdonk House located at 1820 Flushing Avenue, Ridgewood, NY 11385. The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, according to Wikipedia, is the oldest Dutch Colonial stone house in New York City. In the past, the house has been a livery stable, speakeasy, office and as a parts factory for the Apollo space program. Now it’s an historical landmark, open to the public. The event is free, and is part of the new Ridgewood Artists Coalition (RAC) that formed earlier this year. 

I also found out yesterday that thanks to this event, I had a listing on the ArtSlant website. I’ve participated in a lot more shows than listed on ArtSlant, but not complaining. Below is one of the my pieces selected for this show.

Pen and digital color. Drawn and illustrated by Michele Witchipoo, Feb., 19th, 2015.

Pen and digital color. Drawn and illustrated by Michele Witchipoo, Feb., 19th, 2015.

 

 

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