Short stories that pack a punch as amazing short films effect a sense of brave choices. You may sit and compose yourself emotionally eviscerated as you find yourself after this Wittman sampler sized film experience .
No spoilers.. It’s a hella wallop you’ll get from the powerful 112 minute roller coaster of emotional film making made as exquisite an experience as the world deserves in this moment. No topic too tough to muster the spirit and expertise to tackle the bunch of the non-animation live shorts nominated for this years consideration for the Oscar.
The bunch as a single bite seating deliver very right now sentiments. If the tide could turn a tender heart to acknowledge the suffering of the world, the Art of Independent Film brings a vision of bravery. Thank you writer and directors Jaime Donoghue,Patrick Vollrath, Benjamin Cleery with the greater community of creatives rally forth cameras and intent in hand to change the world. Bravo and thank-you one and all. Don’t miss them film art students. I’m recommending a screening of these beautiful little films, exquisitely crafted with strong storytelling.
Not feel good films by a long shot, but well crafted work that will stick around long after the credits roll.
Art Farm Fennville and Ox- Bow make planing for summer in Saugatuck Township an easy conversation for any artists looking to score an amazingly creative experience. The Leroy Neiman Foundation is offering fellowships and opportunities to study this summer at The Art Institute of Chicago creative summer art camp. Details are here.
Art Farm Fennville is seeking a few artist in residence candidates July- September art camp staff we’ll have the offerings here
soon or at the website for Artfarmfennville.com
Santa Cruz based writer Robert Sward shared news the Marsh Theater in San Francisco will debut his poem adapted for the stage: “Gloria, A Monologue” Monday May 9, 2016 brown paper tickets. or at the box office The Marsh Theater 1062 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110
As the complexities of the world fall away, finding beauty and inspiration means renewing the sense of well being we all seek perhaps what is needed is some appreciation of the gift of time. The time to strike a balance by way of paying attention to life. Prioritize an artistic outlet, a moment to reflect to write to ponder prose.
The long list of what’s inspiring as of late is in the details of everyday and the many talents we encounter along the daily route that is life. The past year gives way to anew and before that happens I’d like to give a star spangled, frosting covered, warmed by the flames of the wood burning stove welcome to Camden Maine, and the genius of design studio 82 Pearl. Creating everyday and posting original work daily. Nothing like a carrot and a stick to lead those fearless souls into the portfolio building daily practice of making it happen. Bravo and thank you for the creative output and beauty brave one.
Yoga and wellness in the enclave of Santa Cruz needs little introduction. In a town where you can’t swing a hula hoop and not hit a studio of yoga the bright light of Susan Merritt and the Body and Soul Studio here at Squid Row. Susan is a true force of knowledge and technique to get one back into a triangle pose after injury.
Robert Sward poet and writer, leads my writing group to a higher ground of prose and faith in the pen. My gratitude to you. Writing group Tuesday attendees continue to amaze and awe my world weekly.
It is of great faith I place in this endeavor to manufacture sentences to spin a yarn of feeble beginnings with high hopes of rewrite rebirth or maybe simply rejoice. Taking the time and making the priority that creative life requires is a kind of gift to mankind really. It’s the prospect of soul filling experience due to the ingenuity and candor a creative life engenders. It is this hope that propels a new years’ wish that we seek to inspire and collaborate as a lifeline of sorts for adding value to a landscape that forgets the reasons one might embrace.
Inspired Inspiration feels a lot like indigestion. Indigestion of the mind perhaps as it’s plate can be filled with a simple pastime, passage of wonder plus materials to transform.
It is this delight to embrace another purview, one of wonder one of awe.
The new year holds a bountiful amount of wow, here’s to discovering what’s on your plate.
Santa Cruz Workshop Registration Link
Day One: Design & Build - Saturday, November 7, 9am-5pmDay Two: On & Off-grid Systems - Sunday, November 8, 9am-5pm
Ready to change your world?Join seasoned tiny house builder and designer, Jay Shafer and construction expert, Daniel Bell, and experience a whole new way of thinking about house design and the spaces we live in. During this comprehensive 2-day workshop, Jay will share his unique subtractive design philosophy while walking you through everything you need to know to design and build your very own tiny house. This is a unique opportunity to gain knowledge while sharing your ideas and experiences with other tiny house enthusiasts!
DAY ONE: DESIGN AND BUILD WORKSHOP Jay and Daniel will give an overview of tiny house design, building, and regulations, while tackling some of the faulty building information that has been disseminated throughout the tiny house community. This will be a day of intensive learning, tiny house discussion, and Q&A.
What you’ll Learn:
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.
Christine Currie, Co Founder of Artdujour hosts cultural events in 7 Squid Row, Summer Art Adventures at Art Farm Fennville.