Arts News & Notes

Several newsworthy items have come to my attention over the past few weeks, all of which I felt deserved coverage in this month's guide and magazine. These stories may have been edited a bit for space.


Producer Wraps Up Warhol Film Series during Gallery Walk

Andy Warhol is not only America's most famous artist, during his lifetime he was also a commercial illustrator, a writer, a photographer, a sculptor, a magazine editor, a television producer, and an exhibition curator. But it is his role as a groundbreaking filmmaker which has been celebrated this season by the Brattleboro Arts Initiative (BAI) through its Andy Warhol Film & Video Series.

Andy Warhol by Christopher Makos

Andy Warhol
by Christopher Makos

The final film in the series will be shown at the Latchis Theatre on Friday, February 4. Filmed in Arizona, "Lonesome Cowboys" is a pseudo-Western starring Viva, Taylor Mead, Louis Waldon, Joe Dallesandro and Eric Emerson. There will be two showings on the film before and after Gallery Walk: the first at 5 p.m. and the second at 11 p.m.

To accompany the finale of the Warhol film and video series, the BAI has invited the producer of "Lonesome Cowboys" to Brattleboro. Southern Vermont resident Carel Rowe will speak at 7 p.m. at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center during February Gallery Walk. An independent producer/director of documentaries and educational films and videotapes for over 30 years, Rowe is the author of The Baudelairean Cinema: A Trend Within the American Avant-Garde, "Dominating Peter Greenaway" in The Last Sex: Feminism and Outlaw Bodies (1994), as well as many other film publications. The producer of "Grand Delusion: A Psychoanalysis of the Image of Marilyn Monroe" (2nd Prize winner at the Baltimore International Film Festival), "Panic USA: Meet Mr. Postmodern" (with Arthur Kroker), "Baudrillard in the Mountains" (with Prof. Jean Baudrillard), Rowe also produced America's first reality TV series, "The Continuing Story of Carel and Ferd," which ran for four seasons on PBS and has been exhibited in more than 60 museums worldwide. Currently Rowe is producing a follow-up with Berkeley's Pacific Film Archives: "So Much for The Sixties," a segment of which was recently produced at Marlboro College.

Rowe began producing documentaries for the Peace Corps in the 1960s and received a state establishment grant from the American Film Institute to found a Regional Film School in Tucson, Arizona (AFP). Among her students were David Lynch, Peter Tork and Linda Ronstadt. With a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from Northwestern University, Rowe has also taught film studies and film and television production at San Francisco State University, University of California at Santa Barbara, and University of New York at Stony Brook, among other places. While teaching at Eastern Mediterranean University, in Northern Cyprus, Rowe shot "Paradise Denied: Turkish Republic North Cyprus," a Mideast documentary which had 12 international film festival screenings and won a special award from British Parliament.

Sponsored by the Brattleboro Arts Initiative, the Rowe's talk is free of charge and those attending will also have a chance to see the museum's current exhibit, "Andy Warhol: The Jon Gould Collection," free of charge until closing time, at 8:30 p.m. (Note: this exhibit ends on February 6, so don't miss this opportunity!) The BAI is also the sponsor of the exhibit "Portraits of Warhol" by Makos, which will be on display in the Latchis Theatre through the month of February. For further information, please call the Brattleboro Arts Initiative at (802) 254-1109.


In-Sight Photography Project Opens Digital Studio

In the fall of 2003, In-Sight Photography Project moved into a newer, bigger space at 45 Flat Street with plans to create a digital photo lab. In February 2005, the small blue room reserved for that purpose will finally be in use. The studio is funded by grants from the Henderson Foundation, the Robin Foundation and the Thomas Thompson Trust. Fundraising delayed the start-up but allowed for the purchase of top-of-the-line computers, laptops, and other equipment. Digital cameras were donated by Nikon.

In-Sight plans to run two digital classes limited to about five students each, rather than the usual capacity of eight in other offerings. "Despite the smaller classes, the digital lab offers huge benefits to all of In-Sight's programs. I'm particularly excited about how it will increase our ability to share images with students from other programs like In-Sight, across the country and around the world," says coordinator Sara Andrews. In addition, "having the digital lab will increase our ability to help kids gain job skills." While not the focus of the program, she sees it as an added benefit. "They'll be learning skills that are extremely marketable now."

Lathe Scene by Jacob Bradford

Lathe Scene by Jacob Bradford,
a student in the Fall 2004
Incentive Class at In-Sight

Instructor Christopher Cardillo agrees: "My professional work experience over the past 6-plus years has centered around computer-aided design and digital photography." He adds, "The main advantages [over traditional photography] would be the speed [of the] process of capturing the image to printing -- as well as the infinite possibilities that an image has once it is digital." During this upcoming session, Cardillo will teach Introduction to Adobe Photoshop, while In-Sight graduate Zach Stephens will teach Digital Camera Basics. Both instructors are professional free-lance photographers.

This marks the first time that the 14-year-old nonprofit offers digital classes. Both Andrews and Cardillo said a number of students are excited about "going digital," while a few are hesitant to depart from traditional methods. "Our core is still to be in traditional photography," Andrews said.

"If a student is passionate about photography and wants to pursue it seriously," Cardillo said, "they should definitely have a firm grasp of traditional photography processes and techniques -- the understanding of the principles of light and color are invaluable to being a good photographer, be it traditional or digital."

The standard line-up of Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, and Incentive classes will still be available. There will also be classes in cooperation with the Brattleboro Retreat and Oak Grove School. In-Sight offers 35mm cameras, a fully equipped darkroom, and gallery space to all interested Windham County youth, regardless of ability to pay. Classes are staffed by volunteers, most of whom are In-Sight graduates. Registration was held on January 29, but there is still a space or two in most classes, which begin in early February. For more information, call (802) 251-9960, e-mail tipp@sover.net, or visit online at www.insight-photography.org.


Great River Arts Opens Printmaking Studio to Community

The new printmaking studio at the Great River Arts Institute is now open to community printmakers for rental by the day and by the week. Located at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, this fully equipped studio features two etching presses -- a Charles Brand large-bed press and a Rembrandt press -- and a Vandercook letterpress which can be used for woodblock printmaking.

The half-day rate is $25 and the full-day rental is $45, which includes use of presses, tools, black ink, proofing paper, newsprint and tarlatan. Arches 22" x 30" paper will be available for purchase by the sheet, along with a wide range of inks and other printmaking materials. A monitor will be available on Tuesdays and Saturdays to assist in use of the presses. Reservations are necessary to schedule press time. Weekly rentals can be arranged with rates to be negotiated, and private time in the studio is also available pending other schedules for classes.

As part of GRAI's School Outreach, teachers who want to bring groups of students to GRAI for a printmaking workshop can do so for a fee of $150 for a 3-hour class. (This assumes that the students will come with prepared plates ready to print.) The studio accommodates a maximum of 8 students. Ink and paper will be provided. A monitor will be on hand to supervise use of the presses during student workshops.

Three weekend workshops are scheduled in March and April for those who want to advance their printmaking skills. A Type & Broadside workshop with Dan Carr and Julia Ferrari of Golgonooza Press will be held March 26-27. Monoprinting with Sarah Amos is scheduled for April 9-10, and Collograph Printmaking with Catherine Farish will be held April 16-17.

For more information, to reserve press time, or to register for a workshop, contact Great River Arts at (802) 463-3330 or visit online at: http://greatriverarts.org.


"Pawtraits for Kids" Camp & Classes at Realist School of Art

Brattleboro's newest venue for studio instruction, the Realist School of Art, located in the Cotton Mill Hill complex, is offering a "Pawtraits for Kids" camp during the February public-school break (Mon.-Fri., Feb. 21-25, from 9 to noon). A 10-week "Pawtraits for Kids" class is also offered on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5. Five percent of the proceeds from "Pawtraits" sessions will go to the Windham County Humane Society.

Dog Portrait by Nora Daniel

Dog Portrait
by Nora Daniel

"Pawtraits for Kids" provides area children ages 6 through 12 a chance to develop the skills necessary to create a quality portrait of a beloved pet or favorite animal. Participants can work either from a family photo or from life using Zuka, the teacher's very friendly and gentle model dog. A variety of media will be available for use by students, including pencil and charcoal on paper, acrylics, screen printing, and, if time permits, oils.

The camp and Wednesday classes will be taught by local portrait artist Nora Daniel, director of the Realist School of Art. Daniel points out that a portrait of a family pet or favorite animal makes a wonderful family heirloom or personal gift. "But the ultimate goal of both the camp and afternoon classes is to have fun," she says. "I believe that the best way to nurture kids' talent and skills is by creating a relaxed and playful atmosphere that allows them to be themselves, and to express what delights them." Although Nora also teaches adults, she enjoys the sense of wonder and adventure that children so readily exhibit during this important phase in their development.

A Putney School graduate, Nora holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Marlboro College. She attended Vermont Studio School, the National Academy in New York City, and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She has also studied independently in Venice, Italy and Hamburg, Germany. Daniel has taught at the Baum School of Art in Pennsylvania, the Armory Center in West Palm Beach, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and at The Putney School. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Williamsburg, San Francisco, Hamburg and London, as well as Vermont. She has received awards from the National Academy and the Art Students League and was a visiting artist at the Forbes Chateau in Normandy, France.

Tuition for the "Pawtraits for Kids" camp is $125 per student for five days. Wednesday afternoon classes are offered at $240 per 10-week session. Registration is open through Wednesday, February 16. No previous experience is necessary. For more information, contact Nora Daniel at the Realist School of Art, (802) 254-7337, or e-mail norapainter@yahoo.com.

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