Indepth Arts News:
2008-09-06 until 2008-12-31
Micra Art Group
Skogas, , SE Sweden
Mirca Art Group based out of Skogås, Sweden is pleased to announce the publication of its first and long awaited book: “Freedom and Art”. A collaborative work of 78 international artists, this book deals with the thoughts of the participants on Freedom along with their art, inspired by that gift. Group founder Stefan Tunedal, wanted this book to be a true act of freedom. Thus each participating artist will purchase the book and “set it free” in a public place! Four artists who have Premier Portfolios with absolutearts.com will be participating in the book: Brad Michael Moore, Cassandra Gordon-Harris, Luise Andersen and Carla Goldberg, who compiled the information and created the publication.
Amnesty International is sponsoring the book on its website, as proceeds from the sale will be donated to that organization, keeping true the intent of this collaboration.
The book will be released for sale to the public on September 6, 2008- International Read a Book Day – and can be obtained from the bookstore at http://www.blurb.com
Freedom and Art
20.00 USD/ (approx. 12.60 Euro), plus taxes and shipping.
18 × 18 cm or 7 × 7 inches
(ISBN number is: 978-91-977701-0-1)
According to Carla Goldberg, US-based coordinator and senior editor for Freedom & Art, the book was meant to harness the energy and passion of the artists for Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi into an actionable
strategy to aid in her release. On the effort to work with artists from around the world, Carla says, “The project has brought our group together in a whole new way. There has been a lot of wonderful back-and-forth on message boards and everyone has been willing to offer their individual talents where needed.” On the effort to assemble the work of the artists together, she says, “It has been like assembling a beautiful puzzle…each piece is unique and, in the end, everything has fit together to create a complete work of art.”
After its initial release to the public in October the book will be available for sale through the official website of Amnesty International and Amazon.com. All proceeds from the sale of the book Freedom & Art will be donated to Amnesty International to support efforts being made on behalf of Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi’s . A traveling exhibit featuring a selection of the art published in the book is also planned. It will open February 14, 2009, at the Mount Beacon Fine Arts Gallery in Beacon, NY.
“I wanted to see what I can do from this safe studio in Stockholm where it would be impossible to even think of imprisoning an elected (official)," says Tunedal when asked about his passion for the plight Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi. “A woman like her should not be treated like this. She has the right to be free," adds Hungarian artist Krisztina Asztalos, writing from the other side of Europe. “Aung San Suu Kyi’s efforts…are an inspiration for the many people throughout the world who are striving to attain democracy, human rights and ethnic conciliation.”
By working together in the spirit of global collaboration, these artists have become a united voice of hope and pierced places where freedom has failed with the liberating power of artistic expression.
There are 74 Mirca artists from 27 countries represented.
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, and USA.
Andersen, Luise USA
Baiwir, Leopold- Belgium
Bayer Domanoski, Linda-USA
Bonnici, Martin- Australia
Cousins, Scott Jeffrey-USA
Davidson, Mick-UK & the Netherlands
Goldberg, Carla- USA
Hodeib, Inaya- Lebanon
Ideta, Goh- Japan
Koedijk, Rob-the Netherlands
Konstantinova, Svetlana- Russia
Lensen, Carla-the Netherlands
Mahuba, Ali-Malaysia & USA
Moore, Brad Michael-USA
Murphy, Don W.-USA
Prestegaard, Elly- Norway
Severin, Constantin- Romania
Tunedal, Katarina- Sweden
van der Merwe, Belinda-South Africa
Ward Kelly, Stacey-USA
Carla Goldberg, Editor USA