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  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 12:13 am on March 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Mark Your Calendar for ArtHouse 

    Please join us at ArtHouse, a weekend-long celebration of art and ideas at the ICA, April 30 and May 1, 2011 (9AM – 5PM each day).  ArtHouse is free to attend and will highlight and demonstrate all the great things that are going on at the ICA that benefit artists, members and our community at large, including:

    The Print Fair: an open portfolio sale by more than 35 Bay Area printmakers
    Printapalooza!: morning and afternoon art-making workshops at the ICA Print Center*
    AIR Print Exhibition: original works on paper by ICA Artists in Residence
    Talking Art: lunchtime conversations and demonstrations with visiting artists
    Exhibition Tours with ICA curators and exhibiting artists

    For more details and to sign-up, click here.

    To win a chance to participate in a 3-hour printmaking workshop for free during ArtHouse, print this invitation card and drop it off at the ICA on or before April 15, 2011.

    For ArtHouse information and programming updates, please go to http://www.sjica.org.

    We are very excited to be presenting this inaugural event and hope to see you in there. Please feel free to invite your friends and family.

    Cheers and stay tuned for more ArtHouse news in the coming weeks.

  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 12:39 am on January 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    “This is the most amazing opportunity for art appreciators since Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir propped their easels along the Seine…” 

    so says Robyn Blummer of the St. Petersburg Times who writes about the 450 + reasons NARM is the ultimate cultural passport. NARM: North American Reciprocal Membership Program.  Read about it here and GET IT as an ICA “Friend” member and above.

  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 7:30 pm on September 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    GOT Steve Martin to the San Jose ICA! 

    Well folks, we did it! Together, through a stealth and somewhat misguided national mobilization effort to Get Steve Martin the the San Jose ICA’s 30th Annual Art Exhibition and Auction we GOT the Steve to the ICA!  Read the original invitation letter here to see how it all started.  Below is our Thank You letter to Steve.  Visit the ICA website to get all the details.

    Dear Steve,

    You are even more clever than you look. Hard to fathom.  Today we received your RSVP to our upcoming 30th Annual Art Exhibition and Auction in October.  Thank you, Steve <fist bump>.  And of course you responded in your expected, unexpected way.

    You know Steve,  when we told folks that we invited you to join us at our auction fundraiser event because of the whole other Steve Martin cosmic connection and your own personal interest in art and collecting and all that, they all kinda went, “Meh.  Dream on, weirdos.”

    Well who are the weirdos now?  Ok, we’re still weird but that’s beside the point.   We are now excitedly scheming about how we’re going to present your generous performance piece to our members, friends, supporters and guests at our anniversary event celebration.  And rest assured Steve, it will be done in the spirit of your generous gift, talent and truly genuine nature.

    Again Steve, thank you so very much.  WE knew you would support the ICA and our 30-year old mission to serve up the best contemporary art in the hood. You get it, Steve.  Very, very cool.

    And in the words of one tough, never-say-melt snowball in hell, “Has anyone seen my SPF90?”

    Giddily yours,

    The ICA Staff and Board of Directors

  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 12:08 am on August 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Get Steve Martin to the San Jose ICA Auction! 

    Get Steve Martin to the San Jose ICA

    We recently sent this invitation letter to Steve Martin (see below).  And guess what? It worked!
    Read our Thank You letter to Steve.  And while you’re at it, become a fan of  “Get Steve Martin to the ICA” on Facebook!

    Dear Steve,

    The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is  a non-profit contemporary art gallery that presents work by established and emerging regional artists and provides educational programming to members, donors and the community.

    We are inviting you to join the ICA this year as we celebrate our 30th anniversary.  Why you?  Why us?  We’ll explain.

    The ICA has presented its Annual Fall Art Exhibition and Auction – our major fundraiser of the year –since we opened our doors 30 years ago. More than 175 works donated by established artists including Manuel Neri and Frank Lobell to “anonymous” artists are on view and for sale during the exhibition and auction.  This is a big deal for us and for the artistic and cultural community that we serve . This year the exhibition opens on October 1st with a silent auction.  The live auction – the “big event” – is on Saturday, October 23rd.

    For the past 10 years the auction has been led by a good friend of the ICA and professional auctioneer named, you guessed it, Steve Martin.  And during these past ten years we have often wondered and dreamed about how cool it would be if the other Steve Martin (that’s you) attended our auction.

    We also know, as many do, that you are an avid art collector/enthusiast; that you started buying art when you were in college; and that you’ve long been a champion of art collecting and art appreciation. High five!

    Steve, this year we want to blow the roof off the joint.  So we figured, let’s just go for it.  Let’s ask the other Steve Martin to join in the celebration too!  What have we got to lose?  A smidgen of pride?  The respect of our friends and community?   Our jobs?  Pish!  We don’t care!   We’re doing it.  We’re inviting the other Steve Martin to our anniversary celebration.

    There are many ways that you can participate, like:

    • coming to the October 1st opening reception and maybe throwing down a bid in the silent auction, or
    • being our very special guest speaker at our next Talking Art discussion in the gallery (Are you free on a Thursday nite in October?), or
    • visiting the gallery between now and say, mid October, shaking our hands, wishing us well, taking your picture with us, letting us interview you for our blog, becoming our first celebrity Facebook fan, signing our guest book, adding 20 bucks to our donation box, etc., etc., etc., or
    • whatever you want!

    So, all kidding and lame attempts at humor aside, we really are serious.   We cordially invite you to join us and our friends at our big auction celebration this year.   Check us out on our website (http://www.sjica.org).   If you go to the “Exhibition Archive” Page you can read all about our past auctions, view pics and see the amazing works that artists have donated over the years.

    You can call or email us if you want to explore this “amazing offer” further.

    Thank you the Steve Martin for your time and consideration.  We look forward to a-snowball’s-chance-in-hell of speaking with you.

    Kind regards,

    The ICA Staff

    • InsinsfideMiz 7:21 am on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What a blogpost!! Very interesting… Looking for more posts like this!! Keep you the goodwork!
      Anyway thank you for this info.

  • annahygelund 6:40 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Create a Legacy, Support the Arts 

    1. Prepare a will. Only 50% of those who pass away have one. Without a will, you may lose control over your belongings.

    2. Leave a gift in your will for a charitable or nonprofit organization. Museums such as San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, SFMOMA and Fine Arts Museum of SF are good local candidates to name a few.

    3. Leave a specific dollar amount or a percentage of the assets in your will to a nonprofit of your choice. If you care about and have supported an arts organization during your lifetime, a planned gift to the organization’s endowment will enable you to continue your support well into the future.

    4. Consider using assets for your charitable gift. For example: stocks, bonds, CD’s, real estate, vehicles, art and jewelry. Such gifts may even provide tax savings.

    5. Name a nonprofit of your choice as the beneficiary of your pension plan, IRA, or life insurance policy.

    6. Purchase art from emerging and local artists! By avoiding decorative and antique art, a collection built on contemporary artists supports living artists and makes your home more interesting (at least in our opinion).

    7. Actively participate and support arts organizations throughout your lifetime. Starting memberships usually begin around $50 and allow you and a guest free admittance for a full year. Don’t forget memberships can also make great gifts!

    8. Rent arts spaces, such as a theater, museum (gallery or auditorium) for meetings, company events and holiday gatherings.

    9. Propose to your organization that they update their look and increase productivity, morale and creativity by hanging some quality art on the wall.

    10. Encourage a love of the arts in your children, so they will continue to actively participate and support the arts throughout their lifetime.

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