Sunday, May 3, 2009

Last Morning By The Sea

The last morning I caught the shuttle to the airport, to catch the flight back home. I got up really early, due to an alarm clock time setting malfunction on my part.

There was no coffee or tea, nothing was open. No car available to zip into town for something before breakfast. So I went for a walk to take some early morning photographs.

I'm an early riser normally, due to the time zone differences this was extremely early in my home time of Central Daylight Time.

This is the view behind the dorm I stayed in.

This is Dorm 225 with the lights still on, and the color from the sunrise shining on the front of it. Only a few people were stirring, so early in the day.

The fort buildings are historic looking and interesting.

There were ships going by, out on the still morning waters.

Later in the day, the sun came up and the sky was clear and sunny. This was the fleeting view of the mountains I saw, as the bus went whizzing down the highway. If I had been in a car I would have pulled over and taken more pictures of them, it was a clear day and they were very visible as I left for home.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Sunsetting Tower

Creating this blog has been my effort to keep the memories and excitement of Artfest and the through-the-looking-glass experience alive.

To give folks who haven't attended before, as I had not, an idea of the picture-postcard experience of what it's like to be there, and maybe give them that little push to attend the next one.

To meet in person, possibly take a class in person, from someone they have admired, to learn from them and get to know them slightly, and at vendor's night to make their book or an example of their artwork part of a personal library or art collection.

Do you have memories of Artfest 2009 to share?

Friday, May 1, 2009

deMeng and Tell

On the last night, everyone who wants to do it, brings their class results and puts them out for Show-And-Tell. That's my roommate Stacie on the right, heading through the doors to see everyone's displayed art feast.

This photo is of my roommate, Stacie, with her instructor for the "What A Relief" class she took, that's Michael deMeng on the right next to her.

Many of Michael deMeng's students had their work visible in Show-And-Tell, for the Relief class and also one named "Demented Toys" - the results were both humerous and thoughtful.

Where did this current of dark, ironic imagery spring from? Pondering ...

No amount of pondering would cover everything that came from those classes, but one outstanding effort was this theatre box with dancing skeletons. (**Update: I've been told since that this came out of the Paper Theater class and not deMeng, I guess I was seeing deMeng inspiration everywhere that day)

Self-lit from the inside, it had an eerie but facinating glow to it.

The photos are not perfect, I apologize for the grainy pictures. But it adds even another element to the visuals, so I hope you can see the fantastic details. If this is your work of art and you've found this blog post, I hope you'll leave a comment! And if you've seen better photos of this piece somewhere please let me know ... (**Update: I've been told since that this came out of the Paper Theater class and not deMeng, I guess I was seeing deMeng inspiration everywhere that day)

This is a piece from the "What a Relief" class, I really like the colors, the use of texture and the imagery.

In this room the natural light was a little better, so I was able to get better photos. The colors and wood textures were beautiful. The assemblage made very good use of the original pieces that were collected. The parts from a musical instrument, the worn wooden texture and colors.

This last one is from Michael deMeng's "Matchboxes" class.

My hubby loaned me his digital camera to use. When I got back he asked me why the photos were so dark. I told him I didn't take the flash with me. That's when I found out that the flash was built in. But turned off. All I had to do was turn it on.

If you've ever used a camera you're unfamiliar with, you'll understand why I was reluctant to change the settings. What if I couldn't get them back again?

So I apologize for the "atmospheric" photos of Show-And-Tell, it was after 7:00 pm and the dusk was falling. Use your imagination and think of it as an after-hours tour of a secret art collection!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Touring the Grounds and Towers

There was a lot of rain during those few days by the coast, but one afternoon the sky cleared and I grabbed these photos.

Down this path beside the Dorm was land's end.

The sun was even more appreciated when it did come.

There was a brisk wind, and I was glad I took my black hooded caplet coat, to wrap around me.

The waterfront was beautiful, an invitation to walk.

The Pavillion and the Chapel were down the road just a bit, but not too far to walk.

The tower looks like a storybook building.

Seen through the window of the second story of one of the main buildings, it is framed like an irish castle, it doesn't take much imagination to see yourself in a mystical magical place.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Same Class Unique Views

The results of Nina Bagley's book class Journey: Destination were facinating, as each person found a way to tell their own stories.

You've seen the pages of the book I made. I didn't get it finished in class, many others made a couple of pages.

I hope all the books reached completion, telling their personal stories.

The class was large, more than thirty students.

We formed into horseshoe shaped work areas, to bring the class closer in the large airy, bright classroom.

The radiators were working well, it was necessary to open the windows and doors for fresh air.

I love large well lit, high ceilinged spaces like this.

The results were as unique and different as the student.

As different as their beginnings, their own special life stories.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Tool Working Times

Everyone has their own set of favorite tools, stored the way they like to use them. This is a photo of the demonstration table that Nina Bagley set up on the first day of Artfest, the book class Journey: Destination.

The things they bring with them to every class, the things they reach for first.

When you're flying into Artfest and can't bring as much as you would if you had your car, with its roomy trunk, there's some deliberation to be done.

What will I need and can't get easily.

What will I use the most.

What can I leave behind, never miss?

It makes me wonder if using the things to hand wouldn't be a good exercise.

To pare down the amount that's needed, and identify the key crucial things that are needed.

They'd be different for each person, of that I'm sure.

Friday, April 24, 2009

On Location Shots

The trees are still bare, and the sunrise is causing the rosy tints on the Dorm building.

The first few days of the event had a lot of rain, even snow. But the last morning was clear and fresh.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Trading Part 2

Artfest trades are a great combination of color, ingenuity and humor.

The little box with the mermaid on the front had seaglass and this special quotation with handmade papers inside. It's a quote that strikes a note, as I've seen it used as a signature line by Nina Bagley. And very meaningful, thought provoking.

Even when folks had a similar idea, like bottlecaps or glass vials full of sand, the creativity made each one unique and different.

If you spot your trade - leave a comment. And thanks for sharing your creativity with me.

They hold a lot of meaning and memories for me of the fund and excitement of Artfest 2009.