Sunday, June 22, 2014

"Red" in Saranac Lake and Washington, DC

Last night we saw the play "Red" at Pendragon Theatre, on the recommendation of - well - everyone!  And it was well worth it. It was like a wild ride inside the head of a fascinating man who thought much more deeply than I ever have about the meaning of art and of being an artist.

It was also fascinating that I entered the theater thinking I knew the actor playing Rothko - my ArtWorks colleague Burdette Parks. But Rothko was played by Rothko! I guess it was Burdette, but he was marvelously transformed into someone I had not met before. Someone who could be loud, opinionated, sometime rude and obnoxious. I loved it!

In May, we visited the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. We didn't do much homework and had limited time, and we got to the Phillips with only about an hour and a half to explore the whole place before they closed. Not enough to really sit and observe as I would have preferred.

The Rothko Room
As we wandered, we found the Laib Wax Room. It was Experiential Art in a wonderful way! It's a small closet-sized room lined with bees wax (440 pounds worth!) and illuminated by a bare ceiling bulb that provides just enough warmth to enhance the fragrance of the wax. (Go to the link above to learn more, and imagine that fragrance as you read.) The room was inspired by the Rothko Room in the same section of the museum, and that is where we went next. At the time, my only regret about our visit were that we didn't have enough time to sit for long in the Rothko Room. Now my second regret is that we had not seen the play "Red" before being in Rothko's space. It would have added a whole different dimension to have understood the artist as presented in the play.

Posted by Cris Winters 

My Wonderful Studio Tour Colleagues

Artist Directory in new brochure

Yesterday we held the second of two workshops for this year's Studio Tour artists, this one in Saranac Lake at Bluseed Studios. (The first, two weeks ago, was in Jay at Young's Studio & Gallery.) What a great group of artists! They had loads of ideas, questions, and energy. Not only will the 2014 Studio Tour be better than ever but their ideas about the future of our Art Community will lift all of us. Many thanks to all of you!!!

Posted by Cris Winters
One of the Studio Tour maps

Box of new ArtWorks-Studio Tour brochures

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cartography at Schweinfurth

On our trip back to Saranac Lake from Keuka Lake today we stopped at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, NY to see the current exhibit "Cartography: The Artist as Map Maker." Nine of us from our village are included in this show. About two years ago, our maps were the brain children of print maker Jess Jeffries for the show "Mapping the Familiar." Here are some of them, as part of a wonderful new show.

The show also includes the art quilt maps of Valerie Goodwin. Here is her Economic Landscape. I love her concepts and her techniques. See more about Valerie and her art.

Posted by Cris Winters
Valerie Goodwin's Economic Landscape

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Art on the Road

Gabriels artist Diane Leifheit shared this New York Times link - a fascinating article about mobile art galleries. Most of the examples are in urban areas, but wouldn't it be cool to bring art to our smaller Adirondack communities this way? Check it out - maybe someone will be inspired to give it a try. "Just Like Taco Trucks, Art Takes to the Road".