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Transformation: Alternative Visions of Peace Art Exhibit and Sale

A Celebration of Diversity

You're Invited to the opening reception of the art show "Transformation: Alternative Visions of Peace", co-sponsored by The Studio@620 and the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), 3:00- 6:00 pm on Sunday January 25, 2009.

A celebration of diverstiy, the reception will highlight the artwork of 30 local artists as well as dance, music and poetry related to peace.  The opening will feature patchwork pillows made by young women in the Quilt Project of the Florida Youth Arts Corps as well as the artwork of local artists and non-artists alike who joined together to create multifariously painted chairs.

Performing as part of the opening celebration will be Abasi Ote.  Ote is known for playing World/Folk music and instruments including Didgeridoo, Tibetan Bowl, Conch Shell horn, Kalimba (African Mirba) to name a few.  To see and hear some of his musical soundings go to :

Admission is free. Purchased artwork will benefit AVP, local artists and the studio @ 620.

Experiential Workshops

Mini experiential AVP workshops exploring the concept of transformative conflict resolution will be offered in The Studio gallery during the  first week in February.  Each one is unique.  Workshops are limited to 15 participants.  Please RSVP and reserve your seat by calling  Darrell Hefte at 727-799-0683.

·       February 2  6:30-8:30 PM : "Creating a Positive and Affirming Community" 

·       February 3  6:30-8:30 PM : "Practicing Pro-active Communication" 

·       February 5, 4:30-6:30 PM : "Transformative Conflict Resolution" 

A team of experienced trainers will facilitate the workshops.

About AVP

Alternative Visions of Peace, known internationally as the Alternatives to Violence Project, is a non-profit organization which sponsors workshops in war-torn countries (such as Rwanda and Kenya, Columbia and Bosnia), in prisons and communities throughout the US, and around the world.  Workshops involve basic building blocks of affirmation, community building, communication and cooperation skills, dealing with conflict management and resolution experientially, and  introduction of the concept of Transforming Power which is at the core of the project.  Participants examine violence as it surrounds us in our lives and how it is personal to each of us.  By working and playing together, we discover ways to function more effectively and peacefully every day.

AVP Tampa Bay consists of a group of community volunteers who offer at least one workshop a month, often two, at Coleman Federal Correctional Complex, Women's Camp in central Florida as well as workshops for youth and adults in the Tampa Bay community.  It currently has an active group of young adults in the Peace Studies Program at USF/Tampa working with students at the college.    Dr. Darrell Hefte, Coordinator of AVP Tampa Bay, has also worked with children and youth using AVP principles through the Pinellas County School System, the Pinellas County Health Department; and with Family Services as part of a grant to serve the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pinellas County (KUNGA).
Come find out more about AVP during our Opening Reception on Sunday and during the week when AVP facilitators will be available to talk. 

To find out more about AVP, please visit online or e-mail

Contributing Organizations/Volunteers

Youth Arts Corp, A Program of Family Resources, Inc.:  A free youth development, arts education,  and job training program that uses the fine arts to help youth reach their potential.  The opening will feature patchwork pillows made by young women in the Quilt Project of the Florida Youth Arts Corps at Wildwood Community Center.

Community Volunteers:  Local artists and non-artists alike joined together to create multifariously painted chairs. 

About Abasi Ote

Abasi Ote Primal Instrument Creator,  Musician, and Teacher.

Abasi Ote, a peace maker, musician, and primal instrument maker  teaches participants of all ages to discover music anywhere, through innovation, adaptation, and borrowing from different cultures. Demonstrating  traditional and indigenous instruments with special attention to those of Africa and Australia,  Ote plays  wooden flutes, didgeridoos, bull roarers, rainsticks, musical mouth bows, and clappers. He teaches audiences of all ages  about the historical origins of these instruments and their  relationships to the ecology and the cultures from which they are derived. 

"Many children are becoming passive consumers at an early age," Abasi says. " Without elaborate toys, games, and media, they often regard their surroundings as inadequate or boring." Abasi's hands-on presentation encourages the audience to identify and make use of the bounty of human and natural resources all around us, creating a deeper sense of connection to the world.

Participating Artists

Grace Ann Alfiero, Mixed media

Paula Allen, Ceramics

Susan Andrews and Carolyn Fellman (Oiseaux Sisters) Assemblage

Carol Andros, Complex Cloth

Tegwyn Baragry, Computer prints

Linda Brassell, Mixed Media

Jack Breit, mixed Media photo collage

Leslie Anne Chanove, Clay

Lin Carte  

Neverne Covington, Acrylic on canvas

Carol Dameron, Oil Painting on wood 

Amy Deulin

Paul Eppling, Metal Sculpture

Lenzer Evans, Ceramic

Kathleen Fulmer, Complex Cloth, Fiber art

Debbie YAti Garrett, Mixed Media

Lori Loveberry George, Inks and wax on paper

Lisa Glazer, Mixed Media

Marlene Glickman, Fiber art    

Diane Gugliotta, mixed media on paperbag 

Maryanne Hamilton, Photography

Lynn Carol Henderson, Mixed media

Elizabeth Nealy, Acrylic on Paper

Mary Klein, Enamel on copper

LaDrig Jacqueline, Clay

Betsy Lester, Assemblage

LindaD, Fiber art, Mixed media

Kim O'Brien, Glass

Oak Oaken Oddwomon, Assemblage

Jill Oldenski,  Fiber/mixed media

Rose Mary Prins, Assemblage

Kiaralinda and Todd Ramquist  

Brian Ransom, Clay Sculpture

Peg Rigg, Calligraphy 

Judith Salmon, Mixed media

Rebecca Skelton, Oil on canvas  

Steve Smith, Giclée Prints

Herb Snitzer, Photography

Mei-Ling St. Leger, Complex cloth/shibori  

Margaret Stewart , Mixed media, Assemblage

Rachel Stewart, Sculpture, Alabaster stone

Hermann Trappmann, Giclée on Canvas

Kirk Wang, Oil on wood and canvas

Toni Young, paintings




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