Dear Camp Red Tails Family,
As elated as we were in 2019 to announce that Camp Red Tails would continue in 2020, we are doubly saddened and disappointed to have to communicate that, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Camp Red Tails will not be held as planned.
We view all attendees of Camp Red Tails as family – a tribe if you will. As such, we the organizers feel morally and emotionally bound to ensuring the safety of all attending. We have been closely monitoring the state of the pandemic daily, and given the mounting evidence that the COVID-19 Crisis is not resolved at this time – rising confirmed cases in states such as Texas that prematurely released their shelter-in-place conditions, continued high infection rates in Southern California, lack of any indication the travel restrictions to the United States will be released by the applicable Federal Governments, news of a second wave of infection in China – we have come to the inevitable but regrettable conclusion that efforts to contain the outbreak will not be sufficiently mitigated to safety convene a gathering involving activities requiring physical contact, such as spanking, and therefore holding Camp Red Tails in 2020 is not a responsible course of action. We are deeply sorry that we will not be able to hold in 2020 the event to which you looked forward. Instead, we are electing to proceed on the side of caution, because there is no regard more primary than the health and safely of you, the members of our community / family.
It should also be noted that Saratoga Springs has informed us that they cannot guarantee us that they will be open in time for us to host camp in July, and even if they are open with the current protocols required to be open Camp Red Tails as planned would not be able to be held.
However, we do also have hope. The 26th Edition of Camp Red Tails is merely being postponed to 2021. We have already secured the dates with Saratoga Springs they are Thursday July 15, 2021 to Tuesday, July 20, 2021 – and hope to see you all then.
2020 CAMP RED TAILS - CANCELED
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
After 25-years, Man’s Hand Films is no longer sponsoring Camp Red Tails, however we are excited to report that several of our long-time campers are taking over the operation and the tradition will continue for as long as there is an interest! To contact Dan, John and John,
If you have additional questions regarding Camp Red Tails
please Email them at CampRTLLC@gmail.com
To keep safe and enjoy the artwork,
please join us
in a worldwide streaming artist reception
Thursday, May 14, 6:00-7:00 PM PST.
is pleased to present
The Garden of Adornment,
Oakland Artist Kevin Woodson's
new collection of paintings and adorned multimedia paper sculpture flowers.
Virtual Artist Reception
You are invited to a global virtual reception and artist talk,
Thursday May 14, 6:00 – 7:00 PM PST, live from Joyce Gordon Gallery,
Kevin will present the artwork and be interviewed by Mitch Jeserich, host of KPFA’s Letters and Politics.
*Join the Zoom Live Stream https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3374873342
*Watch and engage on Facebook Live streaming from the Gallery, and Kevin's Facebook pages.
Downloading the catalogue will enhance your experience of Kevin's presentation
Experience the artwork and the story of The Garden of Adornment in an in-depth catalogue guidebook.
The Gallery welcomes your queries about the work displayed here. We will update the catalogue regularly.
Joyce Gordon Gallery,
At the Gallery
The Gallery will open to small groups and appointments following guidelines, when the Bay Area's Five-County shelter-in-place is relaxed. We are happy to arrange a conference video tour for you now.
Wishing love to all the mothers in our circle this Mother's Day Weekend. Joyce and I would love to facilitate a very special flower painting gift for mom.
Please contact the Gallery to inquire about the artwork, set up an in-person or video-conference tour with Kevin.
Returning to Joyce Gordon Gallery after exhibits in 2016 (Peace Within Chaos)
and 2018 (Night Flowers), the Garden of Adornment builds on Kevin’s well-known studio and plein air flowers, exploring new ideas in design, painting, paper, and adornments.
And have you noticed the New KevinWoodson.com? I've been working with Arthur Chen to host a fresh and contemporary design for my art!
KEEP YOUR DREAM ALIVE, artist statement:
“Even during dark times of this pandemic, I maintain the belief that art, love, and human expression have never been defeated by fear. But, as I make final preparations for The Garden of Adornment, many local galleries post cancellations and shutdowns. My commitment goes beyond this May 2020 show. I’m dedicating the Garden of Adornment to remind us all that staying safe isn’t only about protecting yourself, it’s about remembering to keep your dream alive and to live for what you love.”
#KeepYourDreamAlive — Kevin Woodson, Oakland, March 15, 2020
Human culture, love, and magic begin in the garden.
Kevin Woodson’s floral mindscapes are recognized throughout the Bay and around the world for their beauty, vibrancy and depth.
Kevin follows in the footsteps of Bay Area greats like Gary Bukovnik, and takes inspiration from painters, multimedia artists, contemporary floral designers,
poets, and philosophers, active in the vibrant art communities of Oakland. Taiwan, and around the world.
Born in Illinois, Kevin made his home in the Bay Area in the early 1990s, diving into the fertile art scene and breathing life into murals, performance art, and installations, while continuing his dedication to flowers and gardens. Kevin has been painting and exhibiting flowers exclusively since 2011, connecting with people and galleries in California, Asia, and Mexico.
Kevin dedicates his art to give flowers a place in our contemporary cultural dialogue and redefine the human experience of The Garden.
Kevin talks about his work: “Human culture, love, and magic begin in the garden.
My paintings also begin in the gardens, greenhouses, in cloud forests, and anywhere flowers are blooming. When I make the first watercolor strokes on the blank paper, I strive to paint the ephemera and drama of human passion, captured in a single bloom.”