Remembering 2014: Favorite Open Studio Moments

Yep – it’s still January, frigid cold, and a perfect time to reminisce about the long, warm days of the summer.  In this next post, I wanted to share some of my favorite Open Studio moments from the 2014 season.  Open Studio happens four times a summer, at the end of each residency session, and provides community members the opportunity to meet Byrdcliffe’s resident artist and see what’s been happening in our studios.

If you are interested in learning more about Byrdcliffe’s residency program, visit  Applications for 2015 Residencies are being accepted through March 15th!

The Villetta Inn all dressed up for the August Open Studio! The drawings you see hanging on the porch are by ceramicists Matthew Ward (Greenpoint, NY) and Peter Fulop (Leitrum IRE)

Peter Fulop (Leitrum IRE) Demonstrating how to throw a pot during the August Open Studio

A lovely spread set-up on the porch of the Villetta Inn for July Open Studios

Artist Auguste Garufi (Redhook NY), installing a salt poem on the gravel road in front of the Villetta Inn, with the help of program assistant Mark Teshirogi (Los Angeles CA)

Eight of Auguste Garufi’s carved ceramic vessels (the final works will be cast in metal) behind a text written in salt:
like a flower with a thousand
nameless petals be simple
and complex misery
into account be fruitful and die
suffer and love have fears
and do work be and go on being
end where you end in silent space
do not reject the gifts of the earth
all things done well will help you

Open Studio visitors checking out the studio of Jessica Harvey (Chicago IL) – on the left is Jessica’s video piece 100 Songs to Cry To, and the photos are from Arrows of the Dawn, a project exploring Byrdcliffe’s varied history and archives. The title is taken from Ralph Whitehead’s newsletter of the same name, which was written and distributed in the early days of the Colony.

Jessica Harvey (Chicago IL) with her work

Visitors checking out the studio of Bridget Speath (Brunswick, ME), during June Open Studios.

Bridget Speath’s (Brunswick ME) studio ready for visitors

Photos by Martin Seeds (Brighton, England) taken during his residency at Byrdcliffe.

Artists-in-residence Michael Woody (Brooklyn NY) and Hoda Kashiha (Boston MA), discuss Hoda’s oil paintings

Ben Piwowar (Baltimore MD) in his studio during July Open Studios.

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Artist Lauren Nickou (Astoria NY) converses with visitors

Playwrite Gloria Bond Clunie (Evanston IL) discussing the nature of silence with artist Michael Woody (Brooklyn NY)

Writer Sara Marinelli (San Francisco CA) reading an excerpt of her work

Guests and artist-in-residence listening to the readings on the porch of the Villetta Inn

Sara Rolater (Houston TX) Reading during Open Studios

Playwrite Sarah Norris, Co-Founder of New Light Theater Company, reading an excerpt of SIDD, a piece that was later produced in the Byrdcliffe Theater

Rapt listeners during Open Studios Readings

Writer Stephanie Danler (Brooklyn NY) reads an excerpt from her manuscript during the July Open Studio Readings in the Byrdcliffe Theater

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Writers-in-Residence Barbara Blatner (New York, NY) and John Rowel (Baltimore MD) read from Barbara’s play during the July Open Studios


After sunset, artist-in-residence Emily Campbell (Baltimore MD) practicing throwing on the Villetta Inn’s porch


More information on the artists featured in this post can be found on their websites:

If you are interested in learning more about Byrdcliffe’s summer residency program, please visit







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