November 21, 2005 -
Three Women in Two Acts
preceded by Steve Stein who will play Baroque guitar before the event.
A presentation by mother/daughter artists Sara Templeton,
choreographer/writer, and her mother, Irene Asturias Kaufman, artist/businesswoman.
A frustrated story writer and artist for many years, in 1998 Irene
Kaufman decided to take matters into her own hands and take art classes one
night a week at Kids Art in West Portal. Despite all her pleas, she
was not allowed to start with portraits, but had to 'begin at the
beginning' with a still life of a piece of fruit and a mug. Undaunted, she
kept at it until finally she was allowed to copy her first drawing of a
sketched portrait. Today she continues to take portrait classes with Anna
Lisa Van Der Valk at City College, and is working on drawings for her
first illustrated children's story, The Minstrel's Daughter. When not
sketching, Irene tries her hand as a dance photographer, sings (soprano)
with the Noe Valley Ministry choir, and works at a day job as an office
manager/HR professional at an online computer games company.
Irene's daughterSara Templeton is a choreographer and teacher based
out of San Francisco. Her movement background dates from 1995 when she
started a 5-year performance career as a hip-hop dancer for Culture Shock
and Trybe. In 1998 she began training in modern dance and ballet, and a
year later also became a practitioner of Iyengar Yoga. Sara has
studied Lewitzky, Dunham, and Horton technique, and also has had exposure to
release and contact forms. She has taught in workshops, dance studios
and arts-in-the-school projects, where she really enjoyed alternating
(and integrating) different dance forms. Currently, in addition to
creating original works for local venues, Sara continues to study and teach,
as well as write and speak on the process of 'orchestrating
creativity.' Her recently completed "Memoirs of A Dance" she views as the first
of a series of books that will cover the aesthetic, practical,
business, and philosophical aspects of the choreographer's role.
ArtistMarlene Aron will present slides and poetry from her body of
Artist, lecturer, and published poet, Marlene has been a working and
exhibiting artist for 40 years, and received a Master of Fine Artsfrom
The California College of the Arts and Crafts. Marlene's work is in the
permanent collection of TheButler Institute of American Artin
Youngstown, OH. She has had solo exhibitions atCarnegie Mellon University,
The Butler Institute of American Art, Galerie de Sfinx in Den Haag,
Allegheny College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, McDonough Museum of
Art and Ahda Artzt Gallery in New York City and, most recently, at The
California Institute of Integral Studies.
All of Marlene's works - whether objects held in the hand, hung on the
wall, or created as time-and site-specific environmental installations
- are a fine and meticulous layering of earth, mulch, bark, wax,
sawdust, oak galls, paint, cocoa bean hulls, clay, and cloves.
She was invited to create environmental site-specific installations at
the Bioneers Conferencein San Rafael; Chatham Collegein Pittsburgh,
PA; Gualala Arts Center in Mendocino County; and Mellon Park, Pittsburgh
Center for the Arts in Pennsylvania. She was awarded two Ohio Arts
Council Grants and her work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine.
Marlene also lectures on the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh, and has
been a community and peace and justice activist all her life. During
the 1980's she acted as the coordinator of the Noe Valley Nuclear Freeze
Campaign. Currently, her work is included in the exhibition"My
Country, Right Or Left: Artists Respond to the State of the Union" at the
Horton Gallery in Stockton, CA. In 1973 she was initiated into the Sufi
Islamia Ruhaniat Society.