Friday, May 20, 2011

Guest Post: The Art of Karen Gersch — Contemporary Clowns (part one)

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In a previous and popular post, this blog had the privilege of sharing Karen Gersch's paintings and drawings of classic clowns.  If you haven't seen it, Do Not Pass Go and instead click here immediately!

Sweet, eh?  And now that you've savored that, I won't repeat everything I already wrote about Karen, but I will plug her upcoming exhibition of paintings, Circus Lives, which runs from May 25th to June 28th on the fabuloso Waterfront Museum barge in Red Hook, Brooklyn, an amazing decades-old project of David Sharps, nice guy and highly talented clown, juggler, and nautical impressario.



The barge is also home to a long-running tradition of hosting a circus show every Sunday in June.  Originally called Circus Sundays, it now goes under the name of Showboat Shazzam. If you're going to be in the NYC area next month, check out the schedule of performances. And to bring it full circle, you'll never guess who produces and hosts Shazzam....  yep, none other than Karen Gersch. So come see the paintings, the shows, and Karen. Three for the price of one!

So here we go with another amazing series of clowns.  Enjoy!
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Clown, Slava's Snow Show, NYC





Clown, Slava's Snow Show, NYC





Clown, Cirque du Soleil 





Bill Irwin





Michael Davis





Jamie Adkins





Clownesse, Jamie Adkin's assistant






Tom Dougherty 





Guy La France, France





Drew Richardson & Donna Pennoyer, USA





Guy & Jean-Louis, Clowns with Le Rire Medecin, France





Ami Hattab as "Mr. Baxter"





Clown, Cirque du Soleil's "Alegria"





Clown, Cirque Gruss, France   





Plate Spinner, Cirque Gruss





Stiltwalker, Big Apple Circus



That's it for now. Don't want to crash your browser but — not to worry — part two of Contemporary Clowns is coming very soon.  In the meantime, check out Karen's web site by clicking here.

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