Our own local favorite creative artist force of nature, Michael Leeds was honored at the Gail Rich Awards this month, his broad stroke can be experienced from the rockets blasting off at the Bonny Doon Winery, the Santa Cruz Movie Marque, and the crazy cadre of automobile/kinectic art that we see him driving around on occasion.
This lovely slice of community we embrace, it’s the slice that sustains. Gives us a moment to pause and ponder the wonder of creative magic. Thank you to the Arts Council of Santa Cruz and Wallace Baine- Bravo one and all.
We've discovered that the artloft is a delightful spot to create in early morning. We've pulled together papermaking, plein air painting (see below) and a Weathergrams/garden art offering as we use foraged materials for the papermaking this year. Artist- Painter- Sandra Hansen will take the helm and use cattails for the paper process. Join us for weekends in August 2017. Friday meetings at 6:00 pm, Saturday workshop from 10:00 am-5:30 p.m. bring a sack lunch or email us for coverage.
If ever there was a time to dive deep into the creative process it's a healthy diversion of using local resources and connecting with community. We'd like to take a moment and showcase the writing and readers groups our own local Library offers. Poetry writers? We've linked a few of our spring offerings.
Summer schedules for Art Farm Fennville will be on line Friday. Space will be limited, and a few volunteer's are still needed to help.
We've been busy with offerings for the new season. Art Farm Fennville will have Plein Air offerings, drop in figure drawing and summer art experiences for those looking to try on a new groove.
Interested in finishing a book project? Seeking a quiet spot to disconnect for a bite of time? Let us know what might work as the fall schedule for 2017 will have Artprize to look forward to. Stay tuned!
Santa Cruz writers we'd like to connect with you, we've had a few workshops as creative incubator for getting edits, book published path and a few evening sessions for poetry. Email us if the mood strikes you, if not know that we've been bleeding ink for the sake of a good workshop. Well done for those of us on the quest to Storyville.
May the new year find you ready for new creative endeavors.
Jim Harrison and Dan Gerber, Authors of my youth who introduced me to poetry continue to remind me it’s the realm of cherished voice and prose as introductions to a genre of delicious experiences that hold my attention in and around the written word.
Forever in search of the place that’s a revisit of lost deep and wide, in a book that is. This month we start a series, part book of the moment part Author over-share from someone obsessed with an ideal. It’s a tiny moment in time when you ask yourself how did this exist with out my knowledge. Tell me again? This time it's author Mary Olivers' Upstream. Her most recent “Upstream” a Poetry and essay collection I picked up this past week and devoured in a single setting. Last Tuesday I shared with my writing class if only because .
In the selected essay Of Power and Time, such life lessons in and around the field of creative life unfurl a conversation set for an introspective case study in well worn paths of being true to your inner child for delight is under rated, even for those that have a sense of place in a space of creative endeavor. She captures a spirit of wanting to follow the unknown off into the unfathomable and then finding the unavoidable as all part of the plan. The lesson is better to not know we all sing in unison. Amen. Well, the bigger creative vision is a pep talk for the unexposed among us. It’s this path of not knowing but realizing something will lead us down a creative path if we sign up for the journey.
“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” -Mary Oliver.
My recent toe in the water of writing poetry left me feeling in need of a life line of sorts, so another writer friend slipped me a copy of a Mary Oliver Poetry book she scribed in the late 1990’s, A Poetry Handbook. A prose guide to understanding and writing poetry gave fuel for writing.
In a tiny excited burst of poetic love for all things newly forged in understanding prose poems and the lure of hear and now a few Audible books rounded out a hint of where such creative unhinged-ness with the author reading her own work
This certainty of which something aspires to be holds the motion set forth as being the highest best use all round. No neutral space or room for not being ready to endeavor. How does she capture the essence of all of this so succinctly? I’m delighted to have had a brush with the Poetry book penned by Oliver and back drop for a little foray into the genre that meets on Tuesdays from 10:00 to 11:30, the now small group could benefit from a few more writers, why not try and seek out a spot. Follow the link here.
November will shuffle in creative changes for all, Happy Fall.
It’s an exciting time for creatives with a pen, our local Santa Cruz based Robert Sward a bright light of the poetry scene as the author of more than 20 books of poetry, including “Rosicrucian in the Basement,” “God is in the Cracks” and his most recent work, “New & Selected Poems: 1957-2011.” The former Cornell University, Guggenheim Fellow, Iowa Writers' Workshop instructor, and UC Santa Cruz professor will be inaugurated as poet laureate Sept. 24, when he leads a literary event titled “Voices of the River,” a family-oriented poetry event at San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz, as part of the Ebb & Flow River Arts project.
The two-year position is the county’s most high-profile literary appointment and is sponsored by Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Poetry Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and Santa Cruz Public Libraries.
If you’d like to experience his most recent work “Love Has Made Grief Absurd,” focusing on his wife Gloria, a longtime visual artist, struggling with Alzheimer’s Disease. This you tube bite will give you a window into his creative process. It’s a proud moment for the poet in all of us. Congratulations and Bravo Robert Sward.
As a side note: This last year much of my own writing and editing adventures have brought me into the talented fold of local writers and poets work shopping stories and memoir under the guidance of Robert Sward. We are so very lucky and excited to honor such a great guy!
Drop In Figure Drawing Wednesday's with H2o Plein Air Intensives in August. It's All at Art Farm Fennville
Art du Jour is hosting summer camp styled workshops at Art Farm Fennville in August: A few spots left!
Watercolor Plein Air Plus: Rain or Shine. *Intensive Wknd Workshop.
Think hybrid of pencil, paint, charcoal, pastel. If you’ve wondered about getting yourself in a place to explore the relationship of paper, palette and intent this is your workshop. We will have various painting surfaces to discuss and use for our workshop that will cover paper choices, medium, and techniques associated with painting.
This intensive will be a casual meet and greet Friday, discussing how we may work with the current weather and skills of the group. Saturday we will meet from 10:00- 12 noon, break for lunch (provided- special dietary? give us a heads up.) Pick up where we left off from 1:00- 3:00 p.m. Sunday 10-1 p.m.
-Please Note: There will be some materials offered for sale, if you need guidance on what to bring, let us know.
All levels are encouraged to attend. Do to the nature of being in nature, please expect a wildly wonderful mix of whatever Michigan may throw at us. We’ll welcome it and enjoy the opportunity to get creative with it all. *Adults, and per request teen/tweens.
Figure Drawing: Open Studio with Model. Held Theater in the round style with live model. Wednesdays starting August 3rd in the Stables Studios. Model sits from 6:00 p.m until 9:00 p.m. This is a drop in workshop, cost is $15.00 per student.
The Studios here at Artfarmfennville are still a work in progress, and as we seek to offer up authentic we were momentarily set back with the on going saga of baby birds about. The middle of July finds workshop offerings of sketchbook and Plein air near the ponds for watercolor sittings on Monday afternoons thru September. Other dates are being considered so stay tuned. The stables will host a few pop-up gallery offerings for local Middle coast art, and farm to table events. We'll post as we add to the offerings. More photos to follow.
Art du Jour is offering weekend workshops all summer for aspiring creatives. Picking up a personal journal and filling with thoughts, art, pondering what ever gives you a kick in the create be great mantra we all need to harness the moment.
Join us for painting on the meadow or in the newest studio space at Art Farm Fennville when rainy weather is forecast. The former stables converted to gallery space featuring student works throughout the summer. We've got a great bunch of Sketchbook and Artjournal evenings around the ponds and nature of #artfarmfennville drop in or prebook.
Small group experience with professional local artists from in and around Saugatuck. Painting loft for artist in-residence available September and October of this year. Please email Christine for consideration.
Christine Currie, Co Founder of Artdujour hosts cultural events in 7 Squid Row, Summer Art Adventures at Art Farm Fennville.