Welcome to GIBBIN HOUSE!

When I first started this blog about the misadventures of a nascent author, I had only a small novel under my belt, titled Gibbin House. The building that bears the name is a fictitious postwar era safe-house, as many might have existed, and the London home of my motley crew of exiles. I could not anticipate then the degree to which I would join its ranks of writers and artists, but since publishing my book in 2011, I have had the greatest privilege of opening my own art gallery and of exploring my love of the written word through visual poetry and paper sculptures. Yet much like the girl who first started blogging two years ago, I suspect I don't know what I'm doing half the time. As such, Gibbin House remains a refuge for ramblings...and on occasion a haven for little triumphs.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Carola Perla

Hello readers!!  Help me get 'collected' and be part of the immense art installation in Times Square this summer!  Just follow the link and click 'collect me'.  I just need 77 votes to be official:)

LINK:  Carola Perla

Thursday, March 15, 2012

LITERA - ATELIER 1022 Gallery Indie Lit, Film, and Art Showcase

ATELIER 1022 Gallery hosts 2nd Edition of LITERĂ

An evening for independent writers, art, and documentary film

            ATELIER 1022 Studio and Fine Art Gallery is pleased to announce the 2nd edition of LITERĂ – an evening of indie book readings, documentary film, video art, and literature-inspired art installations, on April 14th, 2012, 6-11 PM.   Central to the showcase are Florida indie writers C.T. Douglas, creator of the Lore Trilogy, and Carola Perla, author of the exiled artist novel Gibbin House, both of whom will be on hand to read from their works and offer insights into independent publishing.  Other event highlights include:

·         “Homeless in Los Angeles” (2011) – an independent documentary film by Sergei Zelinsky and Taylor Golonka, exposing untold stories of LA’s itinerant street performers (Florida premiere)

·         Video poetry by award-winning German filmmaker Wolfgang Lehmann (Florida premiere)

·         “Spelling Bee” – a debuting paper art and light installation by plastic artist/author Carola Perla

·         Original illustrations for the children’s book Altavarania, by Ellie Perla

·         LITERĂ photograph series, including “Literary Walk” by New York photographer Susana Perla-Mendoza and “Extinction” by Carlos Rodriguez-Feo

Private reception for the artists to begin at 10 PM on ATELIER 1022’s newly opened terrace.  LITERĂ coincides with the Wynwood Art Walk for the month of April, and is free to the public.  ATELIER 1022 Gallery will also host a separate afternoon kids program – KINDERART – on April 14th, featuring readings from Ellie Perla’s fairytales, and an interactive art workshop led by the resident artist.  The program kicks off at 2PM.

Featured LITERĂ Indie Authors

C. T. Douglas – Lore Trilogy

This phenomenal young writing talent and full-time undergraduate English major at the University of Florida was most recently honored for his fantasy novels at the 2011 New York Book Festival and the 78th annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition.  Douglas was also a keynote speaker for the Marion County Library’s CREATE program in 2010.  The Lore trilogy is a bold and exciting mesh of fantasy, historical fiction, and science fiction that starts with A Pirate’s Charm – the first volume in the tale of young Molly Bishop and her search across the seven seas for werewolves, vampires, and a magical destiny as the most powerful sorceress in the world.  www.LoreTrilogy.com

Carola Perla – Gibbin House

The Romanian-born author and plastic artist bases her historic novel Gibbin House, which depicts the struggles of exiled artists in 1949 London, on her own extensive immigrant experiences throughout Europe and the Americas.  Ms. Perla, who holds degrees in Art History and German Literature from Florida State University, extends this theme in her multi-lingual word-oriented paper and light installations, like “Off the Page”, which debuted during Art Basel Miami 2011.  Upcoming projects include the installation “Spelling Bee” (April 2012) and the novel Humboldt’s Riches, a semi-autobiographical story set in the Peruvian Amazon at the time of the first Shining Path insurgency.