Monday, September 10, 2012

Thank You!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out on Friday for the grand opening of Capoeira: Roots, Myths and Legends!  We had a great event with a fabulous turnout!  

For those of you that missed it, here is a photograph of the finished 6 foot by 12 foot painting.  I still have some limited edition prints available, so contact me if you're interested.

Capoeira: Roots, Myths and Legends, Anna Ludwig, oil on canvas, 6' x 12'. 09/2012.

I will continue to catch up my blog in future posts, to showcase the work that the kids did, as well as show work in progress of the completed painting.  I also made 2 oil paintings, portraits, of Mestre Bimba and Mestre Pastinha, for this installation, that were unveiled as a special surprise on the night of the grand opening and will be featured in future posts. 

My fiance, Sam, caught most of my artist talk on video, so we will be posting that on youtube in the coming weeks.  For now, I would like to repeat the Thank You's section of my talk, because it just that important.   As an artist, I am truly honored by the support I have received from the community to make this public art project happen.  It has been an incredibly moving experience!  Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Patron Sponsors
Ms. Janice Batchelder
Ms. Susan Kumagai of Lafayette & Kumagai LLP
Ms. Joyce Hicks and Mr. Eric Behrens
Mr. Gary Lafayette of Lafayette & Kumagai LLP

Gold  Sponsors
Ms. Donna Lee (Algodao)
Warren and Elizabeth Ludwig

Silver Sponsors
Dr. Michael Whalen
Ms. Keri Lloyd
Ms. Catherine Jordan
Ms. Elizabeth Blase
Ms. Ola Dlugosz (Mel)
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bentley
Ms. Clara Marigmen
Mr. Eli Batchelder and Ms. Simona Agnolucci
Ms. Constance Ludwig
Mrs. Terry Ludwig

Dr. Hsuan Hsu (Ligerinho)
Mr. Philip Tegler and Ms. Anne Goldstein
Ms. Rebecca Batchelder
Karen and Bruce Jackson
Ms. Cynthia Neary (family of Jack or De Cara)
Ms. Yania Escobar
Mr. Marty Mulvihill
Ms. Whitney Craig
Mr. George Lee
Mr. David Ezekiel (Fidalgo)
Ms. Bonnie Asano
Ms. Tahlise Hines
Ms. Eleanor Jones
Ms. Peggy Parker
Ms. Laura Gilinsky
Mr. Stuart Adamson (family of Elizabeth and Sarah or Piscadinha and Tortoruga)
Ms. Katina Gad
Ms. Gretchen Gold and Mr. Tom Batchelder
Ms. Natasha Saleski
Mr. Donald Coley (Mestre Bengala)

And thanks to all the families who donated at the mother’s day raffle!

Special Thanks to Algodao, Mel, Acao and Mestra Lagosta for their assistance with fundraising! Thanks to Instrutor Pezao for his expertise in installing the large painting and making sure it stays on the wall. Instrutor Esquilo, and Instrutor Oracio for their help with the kids project! A big Thank You to Mestre Bengala for his help locating old photographs, with the kids project and with publicity.

A very special Thank You to my fiancé Sam (Instutor Sumido) who has helped me with every thing from the kids project to running studio errands and providing all kinds of moral support over the past 2 years.

And of course many many thanks to Mestre Marcelo: without his work, dedication and support this project would never have happened.  And frankly, without his support as a teacher, I probably would never have been making capoeira paintings in the first place.

This project is supported by a grant from the East Bay Fund for Artists and the East Bay Community Foundation. For more than 75 years, the East Bay Community Foundation has connected donors with nonprofit organizations that work hard to make their communities exceptional places to live. For more information, visit or call (510) 836-3223.