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APRIL - 2011

IN THIS MONTH'S NEWSLETTER

• In The Window: Puppets by Debbie Grieve
• Alexander Mergold Marionette Workshop this weekend
• Basement Studio Available for Rent
Olga Korper Gallery: Matt Donovan & Hallie Siegel

• Hot Docs 2011: Being Elmo - Kevin Clash
• As You Puppet: Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People

• Puppets from around the World

• Patricia O'Donovan
• Calgary Animated Objects Society
• Jim Henson Builds Some Puppets

• June Harlowe foods
• Zocalo

NOW IN THE WINDOW AT OPEN DOOR DESIGNS
HAND PUPPETS BY DEBBIE GRIEVE

MARIONETTE BUILDING WORKSHOP
WITH ALEXANDER MERGOLD
THIS WEEKEND
starting this Sunday, April 10th
more information

REGISTER NOW BY CALLING 416-531-1290
or email
info@opendoordesigns.ca

SHOW AT OLGA KORPER GALLERY

Matt Donovan & Hallie Siegel
March 31 - April 23, 2011


17 Morrow Avenue, at Dundas Street W, Toronto
Phone: 5388220
Open Hours: 10am-6pm Tue-Sat

More information: http://www.olgakorpergallery.com/exhibitions.html

 

A passerby told me about this show of doll/puppet figures.

BASEMENT STUDIO
NOW AVAILABLE
FOR RENT

The basement studio is now finished and available for rent
for small meetings and events. A beautiful clean new space, there is approximately 350 sq ft of floor space. 2 tables, 12 chairs, microwave, kettle, coffeemaker, fridge and bathroom.

Rates:
$15/hr - 8 hour minimum
$20/hr by the hour.

 

more info: info@opendoordesigns.ca , (416) 531-1290


Kevin Clash and Elmo
Screenings
Fri, May 6, 7:15 PM:
Isabel Bader Theatre
Sat, May 7, 7:15 PM:
Isabel Bader Theatre
Sun, May 8 4:30 PM:
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1

Being Elmo at Hot Docs

“When a puppet is good and true and meaningful, it’s the soul of the puppeteer that you’re seeing.”
– Martin P. Robinson, veteran Sesame Street puppeteer

This Sundance Special Jury Prize winner is heart-warming and fun for the whole family. Being Elmo is the inspiring story of how a shy nine-year-old Kevin Clash pursued his dream of becoming a puppeteer on Sesame Street. Raised in a low-income community, Clash’s talents were evident in his homemade prototypes and the puppet shows he staged for his mother’s daycare kids. But it was after his first gig on a local children’s TV show that he was truly on the path. Featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes access at Sesame Street, Being Elmo captures the magic created by Jim Henson, and is a tribute to Henson’s legacy and the community of puppeteers who’ve enchanted generations of children around the world. - Karina Rotenstein

ADAPTED AND PERFORMED
BY JANE MCCLELLAND & MIKE PETERSEN
PRODUCED BY HANK’S TOY BOX THEATRE

RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 1-6

STUDIO APRIL 10–21, 2011
RUNNING TIME: APPROX. 55 MINUTES
TICKETS: $15-$20

SCHOOL GROUPS CALL: 416-862-2222

 

German
hand puppet,
painted composite
wood,
14.5"
Sold

American, 30's-40's?
hand puppets, clown (Sold), friar(?), big bad wolf
molded papier mache,
wood, 20"
$95 ea

Marionette
New Orleans, contemporary
carved, painted wood
18"
$120

Rajasthani Puppet - This puppet flips: male one side female the other. Carved, painted wood and textile. 20"
$75

wajang golek
rod puppet, thailand(?), 24"
$75
 
 wajang golek
rod puppet, thailand(?), 29"
Sold
 

I am also pleased to say that we now have some provenance on these wonderful Czech puppets were brought into the store. They are in mint condition and we now know that they were made after 1948. They were purchased "as old" in the early 1950's.

Radek Licek from the Puppet Museum in Chrudim in the Czech Republic wrote this about these puppets:

"The puppets displayed in your slideshow are small marionettes from a serial production for family theatres. They were manufactured by Mr. Lubor Svorcik (*1911 - ?) from Pardubice, Czechoslovakia.
He obtained a licence for "a production of art puppets" in 1948. He designed and produced the puppets himself, only with a help of his wife until the early 1980´s."

The 26 puppets are about 10" tall and including the controller 24" tall. The owners would like to sell them. They are available individually @ $35 ea or the set of 26 for $780. If you would like to purchase them, please contact us at info@opendoordesigns.ca or call (416) 531-1290.

 

A friend recently told me about one of his friends:

Patricia O'Donovan
Director, playwright, designer and performer of Puppet Theater, Object Theater, Shadow Theater and Science Theater. Biologist. Lecturer and teacher. Workshops for professional artists, students, museum guides and educators. Academic degrees in both biology and theater. President of the international association of Puppet Theater in Israel, UNIMA.

Visit her Website: http://patriciaodonovan.com

Scene from Head in the Clouds
 
A TOUCH OF LIGHT is based on the biography of Louis Braille,the inventor of the alphabet for the blind. It has been acclaimed by critics and the public since its inception and has been invited to participate in all major international puppet theaters in the world. In France it has performed over 2000 times and has been accepted by the League of Teachers as a recommended spectacle.

Apologies, I missed the March Newsletter so this Festival info is stale dated but I thought I would include it for reference purposes.

 

Jim Henson and Muppeteers show kids how to make puppets from simple things like socks. This video aired on Public Television in 1969, prior to Sesame Street, on Iowa Public Television's "Volume See" kids' show.


June Harlowe Foods
1627 Dupont Street
(Between Dundas & Symington, south side)
Toronto, Ontario
M6P 3S8
416.848.1984

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Material Donations Needed
RED WAGON COLLECTIVE
AT EVANGELINE


Donations may be dropped off at Open Door Designs or email Nancy Davis Halifax for more information.


RED WAGON COLLECTIVE: DONATIONS NEEDED:
fabric, wool, embroidery floss, needles, crochet hooks, old sweaters


RED WAGON COLLECTIVE was formed in 2006 in response to our desire to deepen our artistic, collaborative, and community-engaged practices through residency projects that would enable us to develop both intensive and extensive relationships in the Junction - a rapidly changing neighbourhood in Toronto's west end. We share a desire to work collaboratively with artists and non-artists to create work that inspires new conversations; softens boundaries between groups separated by age, culture, ability, and economic status; promotes the presence of art in everyday life and contributes to increasing public engagement in community development. The work we create with communities is used in producing exhibitions, public installations, and celebratory performance events.We are currently working within the walls of the Evangeline Shelter.

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