Friday marked the end of a wonderful month with this group of truly inspiring artists. Open Studios gave Woodstock locals the opportunity to see what the residents have been up to for the past four weeks, speak with visual artists about their work, attend our writers’ reading, and celebrate the beginning of September with a potluck! Thanks so
Talented local woodworker Andrew Gray paid us a visit last week and imparted some wisdom on how to craft beautiful wood pieces from start to finish. After sourcing our own wood from a fallen ash tree in the forest, we built completely functional (and cool-looking!) camp stools. The perfect souvenir from the residents’ time at Byrdcliffe!
What type of art do you create? What first got you interested in this medium? I’m a screenwriter and a playwright. I started off writing plays when I was a teenager, and then when I was in college, I took my first screenwriting class which kind of transitioned me from doing stage-based writing to more
Work Share, an evening where residents have the opportunity to share what they do with their fellow artists, is an integral part of the Byrdcliffe experience. Yesterday, we listened as painters, ceramicists, writers, and photographers talked about what inspires them and we looked at some of their most recent creations. Everyone left with a great respect for their peers, and
This weekend’s power outage couldn’t keep these artists down! When Ulster county lost water and electricity for a few hours on Saturday night, our residents made the most of it; chatting, watching the storm roll by…and preemptively eating all of the ice cream from the freezer!
What’s the key ingredient for a magical Byrdcliffe experience? People! The residents arrived yesterday and the rain cleared for our session 3 welcome dinner. We’re so excited to spend the next four weeks with this talented bunch! Writers: Ursula Fuentesberain David Greenwood Clarissa Wu RN Healey Olivia Hurd Visual artists: Henrietta Mantooth Christopher Law Dan Gratz Lori Solondz
At Byrdcliffe, we encourage residents to collaborate across mediums. This week one of our residents, Vaughn M. Watson, organized a group activity to cross writing with visual art. As Vaughn explained to the group of 12 participants, ekphrasis is the written response to visual art and is used to inspire creativity and building cohesion between artists