Friday, July 27, 2012

Member Spotlight: Jeanne Lombardo and Bonnie MacAllister

Congratulations Bonnie MacAllister and Jeanne Lombardo, winners of the $500 Artlines Fall Edition Grant! They will be working together to produce WCA's first art-focused Artlines this fall.

Rachel Lloyd signing at F&N Gallery:  Bonnie (top left),  Jeanne (right)
Just recently, this duo participated in Zig Zag Handmade's "Branching Away: A Sestina" written for puppets. Bonnie wrote the text, recorded the audio, and helped direct and Jeanne Lombardo was half of George the Dragon. The performance was held at The Walking Fish Theater located in Fishtown.  The production also starred WCA members Ellen Bonett and Ruth Schanbacher as well as Jamie Campbell.

   Zig Zag Handmade will perform at in “Discordinalia: Goddess Night” at Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum on this Saturday, July 28 from 7 p.m.-12 a.m.  Bonnie will screen and perform "Water the Water Wore" which debuted at our chapter and DC chapters' joint show at the Sandy Spring Museum.
Jeanne as 1/2 of George the Dragon

Designer Jeanne Lombardo specializes in all things creative: graphic design, marketing, resume writing, event coordination, craft workshops, blogging, bartending, and creating specialty partyware that sells in two boutiques: Square Peg Artery & Salvage and Vix Emporium in Philadelphia. Also, she teaches jewelry workshops at Blueberry Bog in Media, every Monday night during the month of August. She is currently launching a creative art party business.  Jeanne teaches workshops in a creative art party format for birthdays and special events in people's homes.  This could include painting wine glasses, or making jewelry, or a custom craft project she can create for special events.  For more information, please contact Jeanne at Additionally, our talented friend is taking guitar lessons, singing in a cover band and secretly hoping that 80's BIG hair will make a comeback. She is a graduate of Cabrini College where she edited the art & entertainment and features sections of the student newspaper revived the college literary and art magazine, and hosted radio shows.

Editor Bonnie MacAllister renders moments in a variety of media. She is an editor of a multimedia collaborative site and print edition of Certain Circuits. She recently exhibited cross-genre work in New York at Et Al Projects and curated performances at Raandesk Gallery, in Maryland at Sandy Spring Museum, in Pennsylvania at the Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum, and in Virginia at Artomatic. Her written work has appeared in Flying Kite, Esque, On Barcelona, Classwar Karaoke, Apiary, and 10,000 Poets for Change: Fieralingue. She has debuted five original plays and readings at the Adrienne Theatre, Green Light Arts, Fringe Festival, Shubin Theatre, and Walking Fish Theatre. She has won multiple championships in poetry slam competitions in the US and France. MacAllister is a Pushcart Prize nominee and a Fulbright-Hays recipient to Ethiopia.  
Bonnie MacAllister:  "Cracker Jacks" 

Additionally, Bonnie is the curator of Certain Circuits Magazine , which publishes poetry, experimental prose, art, and new media. Certain Circuits Magazine is hosting a workshop “Creating Collaborative Multimedia Poetry” at Big Blue Marble Bookstore on August 4 from 2:00-4:00.  Lora Bloom will co-teach the workshop.  The magazine is currently accepting submissions in all genres.  Submissions are due August 1; for guidelines,  Zig Zag Handmade will be part of the Lancaster Avenue Second Friday Events, which will be on August 10. 

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