The end of summer brings a renewed awareness of shortened days. Serious contemplation of time and space away from the rest of the world. The natural beauty of ponds, birds, gardens.
A pastoral setting located near the shores of Lake Michigan. No car is necessary as a shuttle service is available for pick up from the airport. The Saugatuck Interurban is our home town transport. Explore the scenic towns of Saugatuck recently voted America’s number one coastal town. Nearby Douglas and Friendly Fennville have an authentically original look and feel that is evocative of another era. The area likes to refer to itself as the Art Coast.
Art Farm Fennville is destined to morph into something creatively unique. Here's a sneak peek:
The property is at the end of a private road, surrounded by ponds and nature walks. The summer evenings host fireflies and the fall colors crown the shores of Lake Michigan with scenic sunsets that seem to go on forever.
The Main house has three separate bedrooms. A shared bath and a half of bathroom. Simple amenities include laundry facilities, garage for bikes and motorscooter. Meals can be purchased and arranged ahead of time for delivery. There are small boats for enjoying the aquatic life on site as well as fishing poles.
There is a yoga/movement studio available for private sessions, as well as a local yoga teacher that schedules classes seasonally and by request (summer 2016.)
The Terry Thomas Art Center is a multi-use creative space with a painting loft, and small apartment.
Seasonal Farm to Fork dinners are held bi-monthly through out the summer months. Private events, and gallery space can be arranged with Christine directly.
There's a lot to be said for the short season of fine summer weather that graces middle America. Long summer days of building a working space/event co-op with an eye toward the future.. Meeting so many creatives, working artists sharing time and talents making a lot happen in a small amount of time. Our fall schedule will be arriving soon.. for both Saugatuck and Santa Cruz.
A calendar of art events from our neighbor Ox-bow, numerous art shows, gallery openings and theater productions keeps those of us seeking out creative community wishing all year could be as fruitful. Our end of summer camp wrap up is slated for an upcoming weekend as our time dwindles we'll celebrate all that's unique and spectacular in Michigan.
What does community radio mean to you?
The idea that local radio station KUSP might be sold is a sad statement. What can we as supporters of public radio, local programming do?
How about sending an email then attending the June 2nd meeting (details below)
Board of Directors http://kusp.org/board-contact.shtml The community advisory http://kusp.org/cab-contact.shtml
The June 2, 2015 meeting at 7 p.m. will be held at the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, 7807 Soquel Drive in Aptos. Please attend and voice your concern as it’s the public voice that’s going to be needed.
Picking up a paint brush, a screw drill, a muffin tin. Beading a thread thru a needle, knitting a scarf or simply sitting down to the still life that is nature can all be creative endeavors.
I can’t describe a better scene: music after school with an accordion bellows honking out notes that may or may not thematically improve as time and tempo give way to unexplored neural networks of a certain high school student playing in a group setting.
Sock puppets yet to be liberated because the buttons and thread have yet to be adorned and fashioned into something much more. A story unfolds when we unhinge from the norms. Putting an effort forth for free wheeling creative thought is a muscle that needs developing, strength training for our core should include this as mandatory manna from heaven as the lost art of creativeness slides to a dark corner if we let it.
My offering? Create an environment for those seeking an outlet can and will be rewarded with a sense of satisfaction, a glimpse at the unknown and maybe a window into the bigger picture of self.
Seeking a place to be creative in is as much about the creative process as creating. The environment in which we find our self lends a certain patina to the experience. If a song can transform the mind to another place and space, imagine an imaginary world where the hopping off point is leading you in a direction that tends to blurb reality.
Make life anything but mundane and magnificent things may happen. Strive for this in the everyday.
Manifesting in the world is a magnificent experience that should be shared and spread around for as many that seek it. A thirst for knowledge means exploration. Explore where you can and where it leads you is the true nature of the adventure. Plan too carefully, plot too warily and the magic is muddled. Unknowing is trusting the outcome and embracing the bravery that is to me the essence of creativeness. If you can have a sidekick that helps the process, leads the path or simply sees an opportunity even better.
We might catch a glimpse of how that magic is conjured up
Grab a moment of what ever it is that you may be curious about. Please don’t over think, over process as overkill happens swiftly with a time centric signature. the essence of what we crave isn’t that far fetched if we can see the opportunities and take them as we make them.
- Christine Currie. Creating creative space for magic to happen.
PSA: Team Teen Blastolene [Project 50037] Returns To Celebrate all things Maker Faire 2015
Solar Powered Fun Under The Sun:
Congratulations, we are delighted to have you participate in the 10th Annual Maker Faire Bay Area 2015.
Your support and involvement is important to the Maker community, and we thank you in advance for bringing your project, enthusiasm, and Maker spirit to the event. Maker Faire celebrates the best of human imagination and creativity, and we expect that this Maker Faire will be no different.
We want to make sure that we help prepare you in advance for a great experience. Please find key information below.
1. Save the dates May 15, 16 & 17 for Maker Faire!
Plan on setting up Thursday, May 14 and join us in the late afternoon for networking, a Maker Mixer, and our traditional Maker Paella Dinner prepared by Gerard. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet other makers and have some fun before the event begins. You will receive an invite with details as we get closer to the event.
Please note that we are STARTING ONE DAY EARLIER this year. Plan to be show ready on Friday, May 15 at 1pm.
Preliminary Maker Faire Schedule:
Thursday, May 14: 10am - 8pm* - Setup Exhibit, Evening Maker Meetup, and Paella Dinner!
Friday, May 15: 7:30am - 12:30pm - Setup Exhibit
Friday, May 15: 1pm - 7pm - Maker Faire - NEW SHOWTIME
Saturday, May 16: 10am - 8pm - Maker Faire - SHOWTIME
Sunday, May 17: 10am - 6pm - Maker Faire - SHOWTIME
Sunday, May 17: 7pm - 9pm - Break Down
*Times for social activities on Thursday evening are subject to change.
Marc Gould is an amazingly talented artist located in Aptos. Talented might be an understatement.
Burton Levitsky has a genius that's genuine.
Learn About Native: Nature Photography, Sharpen Your Pencil: Writer Workshops in October. Corralitos California Where Art Meets Adventure
As we look toward Spring the ideas on the back burner include a showing of after school solar projects and electrical vehicles.
The idea of a solar charging station for phones and other communication devices as well as bike, skateboard and any thing else in need of a power boost might be in the works for our return this year. That said, anyone looking to be a part of the exhibit ( this includes sponsors or anyone in the solar field should contact us.)
Bikes and trikes and other vehicle designs are currently being considered. The opportunity for a fun and informative event is certainly part of our plan. Stay tuned.
The visual sweep of acres of apple trees full of fruit, the crisp air. We have a schedule coming soon for late fall and winter workshops.
Christine Currie, Represents California Artists in Santa Cruz, Chicago and Saugatuck Michigan. Her most recent projects include a writers retreat located in the Redwoods of Corralitos. Sculpture Garden Event Center and Artist Retreat in Saugatuck Michigan. Her studio space is located in Historic Squid Row downtown Santa Cruz.