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National Children’s Day at A Time to Dance Studio


So my friends Amanda and Bobby from the A Time to Dance Studio, who work with, teach, and generally love to be around kids, decided it would be cool to create a special day to celebrate kids at their studio, and they called it National Children’s Day. I don’t know how official the title really is, but they made a great space for kids today! Free Pizza! Prizes! Moonwalk! They had dancing demonstrations, and make and take kids areas, loud music, and of course Bobby was showing off his street dancing skills. It was a blast! I was so happy that they invited me down to be a part of the party. I created this 30″ x 40″ fun painting of a boy and girl dancing, in about an hour and a half. I really wasn’t sure what I was going to paint while I was there, but I knew I wanted it to be fun! I hope you like it!

Thanks again Amanda and Bobby! I’ll see you again next year!

Peace out, much love.



Opportunity for sculptors

News of an opportunity for sculptors has come my way. This comes from Bonnie Kubilus of Highland High School in Medina county (Granger Twp). She is looking for a sculptor to work with the students next May in constructing several outdoor pieces (there are some good places she has in mind). She is at the stage of preparing a grant request to some locally based funding prospects and would want to work with an area sculptor in doing that. The district has suffered a string of tragic events in the past year and she wants to develop a project that involves the students with a theme of resiliency and hope to counter some of that negativity before they end their school year. In addition to offering the chance to contribute to young lives, a participating sculptor would gain visibility with a very appreciative audience. This opportunity may be shared broadly in the Akron arts community and I encourage you to pass it on also. Interested sculptors should e-mail her at

Brand new music video coming soon from Zach!

Last Monday night, Erin and I got to work on a brand new music video for local celeb/musician Zach. This video will be very unique in my opinion. You see, its a combination Live performance video mixed with a production video all shot in one evening! The great folks over at the Josaphat Arts Hall in Cleveland invited Zach to come out and shoot a video in their space, and what an amazing space it is! Its an old church converted into a beautiful arts space. To see more check them out at

Anyway, great space, and to top it off, they brought volunteers to light all these candle around Zach to create this wonderful space of warmth that fits so well with Zach’s new song Surround Me. The next thing that made it so cool was that Zach does not yet have a studio recording of this track, so due to the awesome acoustics in the hall, he was sure he could just perform it live, if we could capture the audio. And let me tell you, it was amazing. The final piece of this puzzle was to have this video be more than just a performance video that you see all over YouTube. We wanted this to have the feel of a production video with a little bit of story too. I am really excited about this project, and I can’t wait to complete the edit. In the meantime, I have a short teaser to whet your appetite! Check out this video from the shoot!

Thank you Zach. Thank you Alenka, and all the wonderful volunteers who lit all those candles!

Stay tuned! Peace out.

Brand New from the todd v studio

So this is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while now… I wanted to create some paintings that were pure motion and flow similar to the feeling of Asian character “shodo” painting. It’s also a painting created with restraint, in that I limited myself to two strokes of the brush, and a palate of only three colors. Finished with a free flowing splatter. I think I really like these, and need to experiment further.

What do you think?

Much love,

Check it out! Arts Quest now EVERYWHERE!

So, you’re bummed cause you don’t have Time Warner Cable, and you can’t see the most excellent arts and culture television show ever… Well, dry your eyes pumpkin! Now you can see Arts Quest in lots of other places, like TiVo, DivxTV, Boxee, SamsungTV, VizioTV, and Roku! And, as always on the net at, or you can subscribe via iTunes and have it automatically delivered to your phone! Click HERE to subscribe!

Much love from the AQ crew!

Joseph Arthur Exhibit at We Gallery

Meet Joseph Arthur!

Joseph Arthur’s first passion is the visual arts, yet he is better known for his musical talents after being discovered by Peter Gabriel in the mid-nineties. Arthur’s artwork is a spiritual quest expressed through form, lines, and color, involving a profound search for the ‘thread’ of life, binding even opposing forces of torment and beauty. As with Arthur’s music, evocative of such vivid imagery and emotion, his paintings dance with a similarity animated rhythm of form. His artwork has received much attention from the artistic and musical community including a Grammy nomination for his album packaging for the 1999 release of Vacancy. As expressed eloquently by Peter Gabriel, “When he was starting fifteen years ago, I was struck by the strength and visceral quality of Jo’s paintings. They seem to connect to Expressionism, Art Brut, Basquiat and the Graffiti movement. I remember encouraging him to take the painting seriously and it has been great to watch its evolution. Jo is a really unusual, interesting and talented artist in music and art”.

Hope to see you all here this Saturday the 18th from 5 – 9 pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Joseph and see his amazing work! Then, head downstairs to Musica to enjoy an evening of great music by the one-of-a-kind visual and recording artist, Joseph Arthur! Can’t make it this Saturday? Never fear, his exhibit will be up through September 27th!

Coming up! The Akron Film Festival

These are our free September 2010 festival workshops. Sign up using this form (PDF).

Intro to Motion Design
Instructed by Steve Felix
You’ll be introduced to the concepts behind Adobe After Effects and will get tips on designing snappy pieces. See Steve’s work at or in one of his trailers for Akron Film.
Saturday, September 25th at 10:00 AM at Akron Digital Media Center (44 E. Exchange St., Akron), approx. 1.5 hrs.

Title Sequence Animation
Instructed by Cory Sheldon
See some of history’s great title sequences and go through the process of creating one.
Saturday, September 25th at 12:00 PM at Akron Digital Media Center (44 E. Exchange St., Akron), approx. 2 hrs. (more…)