The next time I find myself standing on the edge of fear or uncertainty, or am aswirl in self-doubt, I will think of the powerful work of artist Charles Williams, 2015 summer artist-in-residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. His work explores the origins of fear, racial stereotypes, and how art helps us understand and overcome all of the above. Click on image or here for full story.
Interviewing glass artist Carmella Jarvi was like meeting a new friend. We're both Virgos, both love water, and both love every shade of blue. If I hadn't been sitting by a recently-fired kiln on a hot summer day, I may have stayed all day. For this HappeningsCLT profile, I had the chance to talk to her about her art, the importance of never standing in one place creatively, life's suprise ups and downs, and her passion for helping fellow artists. Check it out here or by clicking on the picture.
I have had 23 addresses in my life. John Ford's Westerns are my boo. In the city or the great outdoors, I've always been drawn to the idea of place. When I first saw one of Isaac Payne's collage paintings of a city block, I was surprised to feel so strongly about the architectural elements. Some buildings were well-defined; others were half-assembled to the point that I couldn't tell if they were crumbling or under construction. All seemed to me to be characters in a story, imbued with intentions and emotions as strong as any experienced by the people who might move inside and around them.
I was able to interview Isaac for this piece in HappeningsCLT. We talked at length about his ideas of place and the presence/absence of narrative in his work. Click the picture or the link to check it out....
In a piece in the New Yorker a few years back, author Robert Swartwood coined the term "hint fiction" to describe stories that could be told in 25 words or less. In additional to the novels, essays, short stories and poems he writes, he also encourages others to write in this form. He's published an anthology and holds an annual hint fiction contest. I was very happy to receive an honorable mention (here) in this year's round, judged by one of my favorite authors, Ben Percy. Excellent prize was receiving three books of hint fiction, including Swartwood's Phantom Energy that I found myself reading cover to cover all at once. Pick it up and be prepared for big stories to live comfortably in close quarters.
...Rick and Elsa had Paris and Glen and Maggie have Terminus. Now the star-crossed couple from my 3MF story, Nick and Christine, have another place to call home -- a beautifully rendered song. Soprano Christine Brewer heard the original story on NPR and asked Composer Douglas Cuomo to transform it into a song, which they premiered on April 6 with Ms. Brewer's performance at the Morgan Library & Museum in NYC. I'm thinking my voicemail-leaving-and-deleting heroine and her long-lost love are in very good hands.