March 22, 2014, 6:00-9:00PM, Performances at 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

On March 22, 2014, Studio Z in the Butcher Block Mills will host the premier of “The Art of Peace.” Opening reception from 6:00-9:00pm with performances at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. This dynamic multimedia performance was created by award winning audio-visual artists, Cathren Housley and Nanci Hersh. Featuring the voices and illustrations of children, this RISCA supported event explores the theme of “Peace” within an interactive matrix of stories, sounds and moving imagery.

The performance draws on the talents of many young Rhode Island artists. Their stories evolve from a common theme of peace and conflict and in this performance, The Art of Peace provides an audio-visual landscape that transforms the children’s illustrated narratives into a multi-dimensional magic carpet ride. The Art of Peace ultimately conveys peace as an act we all have a part in, rather than an abstract state or condition of mind.

Long time creative collaborators, Cathren Housley and Nanci Hersh, merge their eclectic talents to work with a variety of formats – sculpture, drawing, audio, video, music and technology.

About the Artists

Cathren Housley is an artist based in Providence, RI. A RISD alumna with a degree in children’s book illustration, Cathren has over 30 years of experience as an illustrator, graphic designer, product developer and mural painter, and has illustrated four published children’s books. She was a workshop developer and instructor for family programs at the RISD Museum from 2004-2010 and has been conducting successful children’s picture book workshops with RISCA funding since 2012.

In addition to the visual arts, Cathren has had a second career in TV and film production, sound studio recording, stage performance and writing. She produced, wrote and hosted a cable TV show for Cox called “Fixing the Human Machine” from 1997-2004 and won three awards for her work: Women in Cable & Telecommunications, N.E. Chapter/NEWICT Award: Best Segment Hosted by a Woman; and the R.I. PEG Awards, Best General Talk/Entertainment/ Variety Program two years in a row.

From 2000 to 2004, Cathren worked with Butterworth Productions as a workshop teacher, marionette artist and performer, and was the lead singer and keyboard player in the Providence based band, Kimo Sabe, from 1987-1993.

Lew Place, was associate producer and editor on the documentary, “Pell Grants: A Passion For Education” (2013) and winner of the 2013 Producer’s Circle Award from the RI International Film Festival. His technical expertise and work in special effects will be a vital contribution to this project. Lew once built a life-size replica of the robot from “Lost In Space.”

See a side-by-side comparison: and Watch him take off in the Jupiter II:

Nanci Hersh is a sound, music and multimedia specialist whose creative and technical pursuits have taken her all over the world. Hersh has worked with the United Nations, BBC World Service, BBC New Media and ABC Radio Networks. She won the prestigious International Film & TV Festival Of NY award: “Best Original Film Score,” for composing and engineering the music for the children’s animated film, “Joey Runs Away.”

The Art of Peace performance premier is organized by Gallery Z director, Berge Ara Zobian, and will be presented at Studio Z on 22 March 2014.

The Studio Z Visual Arts and Performance Space is located at: Butcher Block Mill, 25 Eagle Street, Providence, RI 02908.

Tel: 401.751.1970

The Art of Peace is generously sponsored in part by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

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