On May 21, 2014, Meridian Gallery will host the release of Nancy Calef's Peoplescapes -- My Story From Purging To Painting 6-9:00 PM, including a curated exhibition of paintings and drawings featured in her illustrated memoir. Below you will find events and activities surrounding the official release. Please help us spread the word.
"This memoir tells the story of how Calef ingeniously transformed her mother's ravenous ambition for Nancy to be a "star" through much childhood and young adulthood suffering -- into a world stage where the audience becomes sensitively and beautifully executed human beings, evoked with irony, humor and pathos in a painting style uniquely her own."
--Jack Hirschman - Award winning author & poet, painter and former Poet Laureate of San Francisco
UPCOMING BOOK EVENTS:
May 21, 2014 - Book Release & Art Exhibition - [Meridian Gallery] http://meridiangallery.org/calendar/), Wed. 6-9 pm
535 Powell St., SF 94108
Art Exhibition: May 19-25, 2014
May 27, 2014 - Official release date
June 26, 2014 - Green Apple Books, Thurs. 7:00 pm - Reading & Art Exhibition, 506 Clement Street (@ 6th Avenue) SF, CA 94118
July 19, 2014 - Book Passage, Sat. 1:00 pm - Reading & Slideshow, 551 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925
Cafe Trieste, April 2, 2014 - photo by Stewart Bloom
WHAT'S NEW & NOTES FROM THE AUTHOR:
Nancy changes out of her pajamas and reaches out of her comfort zone: On April 2, she sang jazz standards with the Ned Boyton Band at the Cafe Trieste in front of an enthusiastic audience.
Presidio - Pre-release Celebration April 3, 2014 photo by Eduardo Bonsi
The next night, April 3, Nancy and Jody attended the pre-release celebration for Peoplescapes before a full house in the Presidio. Nancy spoke about the impetus to write her story, played a slideshow of paintings and read an excerpt from the book. The lively Q & A that followed was punctuated by laughter and appreciation for the book's message.
"A heartfelt thanks to my dear friends who celebrated with me and to Cat Carr and Marc Kasky for opening up their beautiful home. Looking out at all of your faces, made me feel much love. I hope I can take this out in the world.
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ABOUT PEOPLESCAPES -- MY STORY:
This transformational journey in words and pictures chronicles Nancy Calef's evolution from child model, suffering anorexia and bulimia, through recovery and maturation into a multi disciplined artist renowned for her innovative "Peoplescapes:" vibrant plein-air colors applied to exaggerated snapshots of the human condition. together producing a remarkable narrative on issues facing society.
Driven by honest self-examination and daily commitment to convert her self-destructive energy into creative expression and physical exercise, Calef provides in these pages inspiration for other young people to help themselves transcend their deepest emotional and physical obstructions. More than a cocktail table art book, Peoplescapes -- My Story From Purging To Painting is an around-the-world tale of self- discovery, courage and love, at turns hilarious and heart-breaking, while Calef's luminous talent shines through.
Peoplescapes: My Story from Purging to Painting
By Nancy Calef with Jody Weiner
Publisher: Babu Books, [www.babubooks.com]
Publication date: May 27, 2014
Categories: Nonfiction | Memoir | Art | Health
156 pages | ISBN: 978-0-9898171-0-3 | Price: $22.95 paperback
Illustrated throughout with full-color paintings and drawings
Also available at Book Passage, Green Apple Books & Amazon