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People'sClimateMarchFinal-Count

On September 21, 2014, 400,000 people participated in the People’s Climate March in New York City.

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Among

them

were

many

from

western

Massachusetts,

including

three Art Workers

from

The Art Garden:

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Valerie Caro, Phyllis Labanowski, and Jane Beatrice Wegscheider.

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[Besides the unflattering hard hats] we wore and carried 75 ribbons

from our What Do You Love About the Deerfield River? public art installation.

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The

red,

orange

and

black

color-coded

ribbons

had the latin

and common names

of endangered,

special concern,

threatened,

and

invasive species

from our watershed

written on them.

Phyllis wore the key

on her backpack.

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 also

 had

 whistles

 that

 sounded

 like

 real birds

 (brought

 from

 Istanbul

 by

 Phyllis.)

 They

 brought

 smiles

 to many faces

 (including ours)!

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It was exciting to be a part of such a well-organized, engaged, diverse, and creative display of activism and LOVE!

Please join us at our first 2014-2015 Art For A Change workshop in November. We will focus on the climate issues before us, and how we, as artists, activists, and community members, have and can address them.

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Stop by The Art Garden
during our regular hours (Mondays through Saturdays 1pm – 5pm)
to see our current

Summer at The Art Garden display!

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After a busy Summer at The Art Garden, we are taking a short break before we begin our Fall programming.
The Art Garden will be closed from September 1st through 12th.

 

Join us on September 13th, from 6pm-8pm
(during the Shelburne Falls Art Walk)

for a Celebration of Summer at The Art Garden:
a display of images and objects from our summer programs, and summer community art projects;  including giant Deerfield RiverFest fish, Green River Festival musical art instruments, and our collaboratively-made River of Songs magnetic poetry sculpture.

 

And the official unveiling of a new canvas mural on the outside of our building, painted by our after-school and summer program participants.

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Visit The Art Garden to see a playful installation and exhibit
inspired by the Bridge of Flowers:

FLOWER POWER

is on display through August 12th!

You can visit the exhibit Mondays through Saturdays, 1pm to 5pm.

 This mixed-media “Wild Carrot” painting,WildCarrot4blog created by The Art Garden’s summer intern, Greenfield Community College student, Hannah Chase,
is one of 44 individual and collaborative pieces in the exhibit.

There are 43 artists represented,
including 19 pre-school aged photographers.

The whole exhibit
functions as an installation,
created collaboratively
by Bridge of Flowers gardener,
Tish Murphy,
Art Garden board member,
Laura Iveson,
our summer intern, Hannah Chase,
and The Art Garden’s director, Jane Beatrice Wegscheider.

If you would like more information, feel free to contact us.

 

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How are we like the bridge? Re-purposed? Constantly changing?
Spanning a sometimes tranquil, sometimes raging river?
Walked on…tended…revered?

How does the flux of nature (contained as it is so beautifully in the Bridge of Flowers) reflect our own lives?

Why are we so drawn to the fragile and temporary beauty of a flower?

What spiritual, emotional, and intellectual musings emerge for you as you saunter or hurry across the bridge…taking a moment to savor…or a shortcut to the post office?

How do we transform these musings into works of art? music? poetry? stories?

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Work that is inspired by the Bridge of Flowers will be included in the exhibit,
at least one piece per participant. Size restrictions may be necessary.
Please call ahead if your work is larger than 36” in any direction.

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Community Exhibits at The Art Garden are meant to promote conversations about the themes, ideas and issues we care about as a community. Diversity is expected. No prior exhibit experience is necessary.

Visual and written work is hung salon-style in our working studio space. Performances happen during our opening reception and are scheduled in advance. Please call (413) 625-2782 for information and to schedule.

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Exhibitors and performers are asked to contribute food for the reception (or help with set-up or clean-up.) Details given when dropping off work.

This Exhibit is funded in part by the following Local Cultural Councils:

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Ashfield,

Buckland,

Charlemont/Hawley,

Colrain,

Conway,

Heath,

Leyden,

&

Shelburne.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

& Thank You Bridge of Flowers gardener Tish! for having the idea for this exhibit, and for collaborating with The Art Garden to help make it happen.

 


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This past March, I had the privilege of living for a month in Chapala, Mexico, at one of the 360 Xochi Quetzal Residency spaces.

13 volunteersChapalaDinner4blog (including all of our board members)
kept The Art Garden
running smoothly,

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!

so I could dedicate
extended time
to
getting lost
in my own
creative process…
and to resting,
re-balancing,
and eating really well! 

 

Getting lost can be uncomfortable.

As an artist, I try to forage in the unknown…

but often rely on the familiar.

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Art-making is a safe place to take risks, but still, I can hesitate.
Getting Lost requires patience;
the kind that weathers hesitation.

In my work, I explore where and who I am, and the relationships that are part of my life: my context. A sense of connection usually inspires or emerges in the work and/or process.

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I had traveled

extensively

in Mexico

over 23 years ago,

I arrived on March 1st,

estranged,

tired

from

a

L

O

N

G

winter,

judgmental,

AND

not knowing

what I would make.

We converted a large bedroom into a studio,
using an old beer cooler and door as one of my work tables.

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My grappling with context,FeetMap2

my initial

lack of context,

and my sense of uncertainty,

in

a

place

so different

from my home

in western Massachusetts,

shaped

the work/play

that emerged

each

gloriously

sunny

day.

Caminante, son tus huellas
el camino, y nada más;
caminante, no hay camino,
se hace camino al andar.

Traveler, your footsteps
are the road, nothing more;
traveler, there is no road,
you make the road by walking.

 

Antonio Machado, de “Proverbios y cantares XXIX [Proverbs and Songs 29], Campos de Castilla (1912); trans. Betty Jean Craige in Selected Poems of Antonio Machado (Louisiana State University Press, 1979.)

 

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Who I am, wherever I am, is part of my process.

LoteriaSeries1forblogHow

images,

sounds,

people,

landscape,

thoughts,

memories,

conversations,

dreams,

questions,

and desires,

weave

themselves

into
a story,

a collage,

a painting,

an
installation,

a life…

is

why I am

an artist!

“The way we shape our stories shapes our lives.”

—Arlene Goldbard, from The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & The Future

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I returned home to a still wintry April, and continued working as Spring began to exert her magic in this place I love.

Here & There, my first solo exhibit at The Art Garden, opened on May 3rd with a lovely flower-filled reception. Ricardo Frota performed his magic with sounds that transported us into the rainforest of his native Brazil.

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The exhibit can be viewed until May 23rd, 2014.
Please stop by during our drop-in hours:
Mondays through Saturdays, 1pm – 5pm.
Or call for an appointment: 413-625-2782.

See our map, if you’ve never been to The Art Garden before.

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Muchas gracias to Deborah, Christian, Dan, Liz, Bob, John, Laura, Kate, Laura, Alethea, Cosima, Pam, David, Suzanne, Pat, Bob, Paget, Mikayla, Karen, Linda, Stephanie, Markie, Pam, Edite, Phyllis, Alan, Miriam, Carlos, Heidi & Guadalupe
for making it possible!!!!!

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Brazilian musician RICARDO FROTA returns to The Art Garden to explore new dimensions in sound-making, performing on instruments made from natural materials.

The Art Garden’s director Jane Beatrice Wegscheider will be exhibiting recent mixed-media work from her residency in Chapala, Mexico.

Opening Reception from 6pm – 7pm

Performance from 7pm – 8pm

This intergenerational event is part of the Shelburne Falls Art Walk. Many other galleries and venues in town will also be having special exhibits and performances starting at 4pm. This event is offered free-of-charge. Donations welcome.

Please see our map for directions, if you have never been to The Art Garden before.