Now that I’ve had time to get back into the normal groove, I thought it would be a good time to re-hash my experience with RAW (really artistic women and this year +1). I have been amazingly fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to Kentucky the last two years for an arts residency that continues to prove to be one of the highlights of my year. The premise of the residency is to pull together a group of women artists (this year we had a +1 who, I hope, continues to be a part of the group) for an intensive time of work in whatever medium is our specialty.
We all converged on the beautiful countryside in Somerset, Kentucky, set up our studio areas and got to work. Pulling together artists who work in diverse media (encaustic, oils, acrylic, watercolor, quilting, ink–you name it) and have such different forms of expression serves to invigorate our individual art practices. This year we added a little something extra with community involvement in the form of mini seminars. We invited the public to bring their lunches and join us for discussions centering on professional practices for artists. Discussions included mailing list development, resume building, marketing, artist statements and more. Members of the community were able to ask questions and be a part of the conversation as well as take home information that would help them grow in their own art practice
Another benefit of the residency was the unlimited access we all had to the creative processes of our fellow artists. Conversations with other artists are essential, in my opinion, and stimulate ideas, provided support and motivation and deepen the relationships that have been formed. We discussed anything from our daily lives to the deeper philosophical subjects.
The artists who participated in RAW this year were Sue Burkett, Shannon Maisel, Andrea Eckert, Darlene Libbey, David Cazalet and myself. The residency culminated with an exhibition held at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky, an organization dedicated to arts and culture. The RAW exhibition will hang from August thru November with an opening reception on October 2, 2009. This opening will coincide with the opening night of the Center’s production of Steinbecks Of Mice and Men. The opening will also include a performance of The Ironing Board Project.
Sue Burketts work in progress…
Andrea Eckerts Rain In
Darlene Libbey’s work in progress…
AND-Shannon Maisel?? as soon as I have an image I will post it!! In the meantime visit her at www.shannonmaisel.com
Till next year!