Write On, Door County is pleased to a special edition of Art/Speaks with the Egg Harbor Public Art Initiative.
Art/Speaks is a free writing lab encouraging people to write in response to visual art. Led by poet Francha Barnard, this 60-minute writing activities is perfect for both beginning and advanced writers of all ages.
This session will focus on the metal sculptures of Richard Edelman, on display at the Kress Pavilion and in various locations in downtown Egg Harbor. Weather permitting, the session will be held outdoors.
THIS PROGRAM IS PRESENTED IN PERSON (OUTDOORS)
The practice of using words to comment on a piece of visual art—ekphrasis—is an ancient one. One of the earliest and most commonly cited forms of ekphrasis occurs in The Iliad, when Homer provides a long and discursive account of the elaborate scenes embossed on the shield of Achilles. Contemporary literature provides many fine examples of ekphrastic writing. Though most common in poetry, ekphrastic writing can also include fiction and nonfiction.
Some background and examples of ekphrasis will be provided. Participants will be asked to write in response to one of the pieces from the current exhibit or to another piece that captures your imagination. Following the writing, writers will share their work aloud with other participants if they wish.
Richard Edelman Art Exhibit Reception (Artist Talk at 5:30pm)
The public is invited to the opening reception of “Expressions in Metal: Sculptures by Richard Edelman” on June 17th from 4-7 pm with Artist Richard Edelman speaking about his work, philosophy and process at 5:30 p.m. (Free)
Richard Edelman is a Milwaukee artist who has sculptures permanently displayed throughout the world. He is also a recipient of the Frank. L. Weil Award for contributions to Jewish Culture. His permanently displayed work in Egg Harbor are “Blue Sail” (Marina) “Three Dancers” (Peg Egan) and “Little Dancer Aged 14” Highway G at the walking trail entrance.
Between the Cracks features 14 pieces and came out of a 2021 winter challenge about facing the unknown and undefined within two virtual workshops lead by local artist Dawn Patel. Artists were asked to create from the in-between spaces of life where everything familiar disappears and one steps into the unknown. View the image below in person at the Kress Pavilion from March 15 through Memorial Day 2021.
I tell stories with hand stitch and applique that point to the beauty and hope found within life’s simple moments.
The Caregiver’s Job Has Ended
I know we planned and discussed. Does that all start now?
Wait. Where did you go? Are you in the air? If I leave, will you find me?
Look. We raised the bed, so you’d be more comfortable. Were you? Are you proud of me? Did I do a good job?
Look at the time. You’ve been gone for 24 minutes.
I have such a long way to go without you.
This piece honors all loving caregivers. I lost both my brother and mother in 2015. Their empty beds remain warm in my heart forever.
Hand stitch and applique, tinted with watercolor and pastel
Exhausted, recovering art fair exhibitor discovers new life as fervent stitching zealot
This workshop about exploring and honoring liminal space has reminded me how much I love to explore the creative process. I was encouraged to enter a zone that was both uncomfortable and surprisingly productive.
This piece potentially had many more examples of liminal space – more doors, doors with windows, portholes both withholding and excreting more doors, etc. While wrestling with this mental collage, and searching through my ample stores for inspiration, I discovered this long forgotten black display box. It quickly became a welcome boundary to my project’s unruly girth and the ideal exhibit tool. The spiral embroidery was both thematically perfect for this current project as well as a lovely example of the most recent way I am making colorful marks on my world. It nestled inside the box beautifully, needing only minor adjustments.
The ‘front door’ is purposefully left ajar so the viewer can see it as well as what it reveals within. If you are very gentle, I invite you to open the piece by the black frame. (not the painting of the door, please) Inside is the spiral embroidery surrounded by the night sky, further framed by pieces of an original drawing I created during the workshop.
Linoleum Print Block/#1 Reduction
I am working my way through a four-color reduction print depicting a winter landscape in the woods. I see snow, thinning ice with cracks, and a dark, pooling path of water alongside bare trees.
My first step was to carve into the block you see here. The negative space, the beige areas, will not print when I ink up the plate and will read as the white color of the paper I am using. The color of the paper “counts” as one of the print colors. For the first impression using block #1 I will roll gray ink over the blue areas of the plate and print this plate ten times, re inking each time. I will then cut much of the blue away, leaving small areas within the white lines you see on this block for the second inking. I plan to use a darker, more transparent grey for the second impression with block #2 and again print ten times, re inking and registering the paper as I go. Then I will cut the block again, removing the last of the blue, without touching the areas you see penciled in black. The last steps will be to roll black ink over the remaining areas of the block #3 and pull that final, third impression ten times. The finished print will read as a mirror image of the carved block.
Bio I am a printmaker balancing my time between Fish Creek and the Chicago Loop. My printmaking often experiments with color and overlapping, repetitive layers. Additionally I enjoy creating collagraph prints from found objects, inking one plate with both intaglio and relief techniques.
Retired in Southern Door, now have time to learn, explore and create.
I have been working at Abstract Painting for several years. Many of my pieces contain a path or after learning a bit on liminality, maybe a liminal space?
I am a white woman: I am speaking to other white people. This poem is based on real events. I choose to say “events” because the statements and racist ideas within this piece have been personally executed, witnessed and re-produced in other all-white spaces; they are being produced today.
Utilizing the prompt of “between the cracks” and liminality, the only thing I could see was my own silence and complicity in maintaining white supremacy. The United States was built on racist ideas and is fortified by racist systems.
Racism is a white person’s cultural inheritance.
If I can’t admit that I produce and uphold racist ideas, there will be no end to my production of racist ideas.
My hope is that other white people see themselves in this poem.
She is infinite, making brief appearances in this place, this plane of reality limited by narrow constructs of belief. She pulls back the veil. What was once in the shadows is meant to be revealed. Millions exterminated by colonizing violence and greed. Millions erased from “his” story. Every being relegated to the margins writes a new story to include all beings.
The grid-like structures enclose our sentience, blind us to our radiance and the truth of our being. Promising safety, belonging and livelihood, they create limitations and separation. The liminality of infinite space at first feels unstable and uncertain. Leaving the cage can be scary.
This liminal space project has truly been a wonderful experience for me to stretch my creative wings!
The thoughts of liminal space quickly took an unwanted opportunity to change my focus. In fact, I couldn’t see anything clearly. A bout of vertigo hit like a blinding whirlwind of total chaos. My artwork in progress needed to double in size to emphasize the quaking blurrrrrr, becoming head aching art!
Now I totally understand, literally, living a liminal life between the cracks of sanity and grace!
These Knee Weaves were created in 2019 after a fluky accident left me unable to work and needing to learn to walk again.
Though, as an immigrant to the US, I’ve lived in liminal space— the in-between—my whole life; that singular experience catapulted me into an intense separation from even the usual rhythm of my own life.
This led to deep surrender and choosing to creatively explore my own healing thru art, Biofield Tuning, depatterning trauma, and embodiment.
My body has daily messages for me now. Here are a few! 1) There is a lot in us that was never given permission to express 2) The still small voice and I are working together. 3) We are electric. We are whole. 4) A wound is a message… not a place to live.
Carrying the threads Shaken awake to the bone where everything is tangled, tender.
From scared to sacred Stories in the ancestral river
As a maker, introvert, and creative being — I have been familiar with liminal space all of my life. It is only recently that I have learned the name for it. Dawn’s class has deepened my understanding and appreciation, as well as enriching my artistic process.
“Rememberings: marking place to hold her here let go again…”
“Rememberings: begin the bitter sweet sacred journey awake in dreamtime awash in tears”
I live on the unceded land of the Anishinaabe. Making food, making art, making love.
Erika embraces her creative endeavors from her humble abode in “The Hermit” Tarot card, embracing the cottage-core dream with her two familiars in-toe
I am a traditional quilter trying to work toward art quilts and textile arts. The concept of liminality is intriguing, as it not only describes quarantined life during the pandemic, but the struggles moving from precise quarter inch seams and quilt piecing to the abstract. This is my first attempt using variations of a photo I took in an iPhone photography class.
The Egg Harbor Public Arts Initiative and Kress Pavilion are seeking entries for the “Three Dancers” Photography Contest.
Egg Harbor’s Eames Cherry View Park, next to the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center, is the new home of artist Richard Edelman’s sculpture “Three Dancers.” Members of the public of all ages and experience levels are invited to take a photograph that captures the exuberance and spirit of the sculpture. Entries will be divided into three groups: youth through age 12, age 13 and older, and professional photographers.
The juror will be Florida photographer Jim Redding (jimreddingphotos.com). Winners in each group will receive $150 for first prize, $100 for second, and $50 for third; and all winning photos will be displayed with the Edelman sculpture exhibit, scheduled for June – September at the Kress Pavilion.
Entries are limited to one photograph as a jpg file, between 3MB and 10MB. Email entries to email@example.com by May 10.
The Village of Egg Harbor’s Public Arts Initiative is excited to announce a liminal art exhibition featuring local and regional artists, and more than a few first-time artists, on display at the Kress Pavilion starting March 15 through Memorial Day 2021.
“Between the Cracks,” features 14 pieces, and came out of a 2021 winter challenge about facing the unknown and undefined within two virtual workshops held through the Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion and lead by local artist Dawn Patel (Brilliant Stranger). Artists were asked to create from the in-between spaces of life where everything familiar disappears and one steps into the unknown.
“Coronavirus has created a global liminal experience. You could say we are ‘in the gap’,” explained Dawn. “We may feel lost but feeling lost implies the loss of a reference point, the reference point of old structures of thought and constructs of belief. Sometimes we are lost in order to find ourselves.”
The word liminal comes from a rite of passage, traditionally. Like going on a vision quest, facing death and coming back changed. Each artist went on a journey to show their in between space that may come from a transition, boundary, or threshold. All mixed media pieces, each with a story to accompany the piece.
This exhibition will remain on display until May 31, 2021 and includes textiles, mixed media, printmaking, cold wax, poetry and photography.
As we enter this winter of unknowns and isolation for many, this time in history can be seen as gift as much as struggle. Within this liminal, in-between space lies dormant a great potential for creative exploration. If the words or feelings of falling “Between the Cracks” speaks to you, we invite you to take part in a group exhibition at the Kress Center in Egg Harbor.
January 23 & 30 from 10am-12pm
Open to all ages, it is recommended that artists attend both free Virtual (Zoom) Workshops led by Door County artist and educator Dawn Patel. Recordings of the workshops will be available through end of February 2021 and will be shared below inside this article when they are available.
Artists should supply their own tools and equipment. If needed, computer/WIFI access will be available at the Kress Pavilion during workshops times. Please call to reserve your computer space at 920-868-3334, extension 3.
Participants will create and display a work of art for a 3-month exhibit beginning March 2021. All mediums will be considered (some limitations may apply for the space). The workshop will utilize visualization, automatic writing and drawing as well as meditation of dream and consciousness exploration. Absolute beginners as well as experienced artists are encouraged to join.
(Video above: Between the Cracks – Session 2)
Dawn Patel is the artist and clothing creator behind Brilliant Stranger in Egg Harbor and on Etsy. Dawn has over 30 years of experience creating, teaching and exhibiting art, as well as developing her own method and practice of embodied art making. Past teaching experience with Youth through Adults include Milwaukee Art Museum, University of WI Milwaukee, Northland College, the Chas A Wustum Art Museum and The Peninsula School of the Arts. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards and most recently served as an artist in residence in Puebla, Mexico with the Arquetopia Institute.
For many artists and creators living in Door County, the question of belonging begs to be answered. The climate, tourist/seasonal economy and demographics of Door County can result in experiences of solitude that while often ideal for artistic practice can lead to isolation. If not connected to one of our county’s prominent galleries or tied to a beneficial social network, many an artist creates in a private space and can seemingly fall “between the cracks.” This space can be be seen as a liminal space.
And yet, in the famous words of Leonard Cohen, this is “where the light gets in.” These pockets of light are where artists working in solitude fill the liminal spaces of our County with beauty and creativity. Liminality can, in this way, be seen as an opportunity and gift.
Perhaps you are creating in solitude and your work is not seen by a larger audience than close friends and family? Or you belong to a supportive social group that is itself between the cracks of our dominant narrative? Or you are concerned you may lack the funds to present your work in a way that makes it gallery material?
Whatever your “story”, if you resonate with the feeling of being and falling “between the cracks” in any way, you are invited to participate and contribute to this unique exhibition opportunity.
We will begin with a two day virtual workshop, in which the experience of liminality is explored and embodied, and ultimately leading to the creation of a work of art, writing or performance on the the theme of the in-between space – the cracks or crevices of culture and society where creativity pours into a private space.
What and Who are Liminal?
People existing in the crevices and margins of the mainstream (such as hermits, monks, exiles) People having an experience that puts them the in a temporary way (such as grief, job loss, divorce, illnesses, but also astronauts, cave explorers and travelers) People who enter into liminality as a practice – Artists, Spiritual practitioners, actors, etc.., and people who by definition are liminal beyond personal choice and decision (marginalized people, refugees, immigrants, members of racial minorities, transgender people and people with disabilities, to name some examples) The social circumstances resulting from the Covid Pandemic can be seen as creating liminal experiences for many, as well as some of the current breakdowns in political stability and status quo.
Contact Dawn Patel for more information at dawn (at) brilliantstranger.com or 920-366-0301.
Women Who Run with Scissors and the Village of Egg Harbor’s Public Arts Initiative are excited to announce concurrent fiber art exhibitions, “Old Maid Revisited,” and “Exotic Pollinators,” now on display at the Kress Pavilion until February 2021.
“Old Maid Revisited,” features 14 pieces, and came out of a 2018 challenge in which artists were to imagine a fictitious character with an actual occupation for a new version of the Old Maid Card Game. Unlike very simple themes like Tired Tom or Silly Sara, the pieces reflect unusual, uncommon… or even illegal professions, each with a story to accompany the piece.
The other exhibition, “Exotic Pollinators Challenge,” had only a few rules, the finished quilt was to be 18” x 25” and depict any method of pollination, from boy scout feet stomping through the woods, to wind, fire, waves and the countless number of insect bird or animal activities which help to pollinate our planet.
The exhibition comes from Women Who Run with Scissors a Green Bay Fiber Art Group founded in 1997. According to their mission statement, “Our interests are in creating original pieces of fiber art and enjoying the thread of weirdness that binds us all together. Those same irreverent qualities that got us into trouble in grade school are now finally working to our advantage as we blend our personal visions with the exploration of contemporary surface design techniques.”
This exhibition will remain on display until February of 2021 and includes 28 quilt pieces.
If you believe that quilts are simply blankets that are meant to be thrown over your bed, think again. Women Who Run with Scissors challenged the traditional purpose of a quilt and turned their hobby into creative artwork.
About Women Who Run with Scissors: Women Who Run with Scissors is a Fiber Art group founded in 1997 based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Their common interests are in creating original pieces of ﬁber art and enjoying the thread of weirdness that binds them all together. Those same irreverent qualities that got them into trouble in grade school are now ﬁnally working to their advantage as they blend their personal visions with the exploration of contemporary surface design techniques.
The artist group is comprised of 15 women who are ﬁrst and foremost interested in having fun and making art. The order of importance ﬂips back and forth, and many of the artists experiment with a variety of art forms and activities. Their creativity and humor shine through the pieces they create.
Artspeaks is a practice of writing in response to a piece of art, this is an ancient form of art called ekphrasis.
Poet Francha Barnard will lead this workshop. She will provide some background information and some examples of ekphrasis writing. The participants will be free to chose a piece of art in the exhibit on the main level of the Kress Pavilion to write about.
When everyone is finished the participants will have the opportunity to share their writing if they wish.
This Artspeaks event is free and open to all interested individuals, from beginning writer to the more advanced writer.
The Egg Harbor Public Arts Initiative announces the opening of the Lawton Gallery’s exhibition, “Museum of Natural Inspiration: Artists Explore the Richter Collection.” This exhibit is collaboration between the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay’s Lawton Gallery, the University’s Center for Biodiversity, and features artists who have created artwork inspired by the Richter Museum of Natural History’s collection of specimens. This exhibit is in a true partnership of art and science.
The exhibit opened with a free public reception on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 4PM to 7PM, which included a special presentation by the Open-Door Bird Sanctuary. The artwork on display is on loan to the Donald & Carol Kress Pavilion from University Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Lawton Gallery.
This exhibition will remain on display until Spring 2020. It is the hope that by displaying the works in Door County, it will further broaden year-long celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Center for Biodiversity.