ArtTalk: Conversations with Essex Artists during ArtWeek

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Essex news from Lee Spence and Lynne and Jay Havighurst:

ArtTalk: Conversations with Essex Artists

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10AM – 12PM

Hosted by Essex River Cultural District

Event Location: Essex Town Hall, 3rd Floor, 30 Martin Street, Essex, MA 01929
(An accessible facility)

Get to know a diverse group of Essex artists as they share thoughts on the creative process, inspirations and influences behind their art, in a casual conversation moderated by Karen Ristuben (Program Director, Creative County Initiative at Essex County Community Foundation) with audience Q&A.  Hear from poet Erica Funkhouser, whose latest book, Post and Rail, undertakes an exploration of family history, one mother’s compelling silences and our recent discovery of a way to “hear” gravitational waves that have been traveling to earth from billions of years ago.  Mixed media artist Susan Guest-McPhail, passionate about the process of experimenting and starting new, explores the mystery of creating a non-objective painting.  Glassblower James McLeod of The Bubble Factory uses steel or wood coupled with glass –  creating tension between a very fragile material and a seemingly unbreakable, “heavy” material –  to generate an emotional response and connection to these objects.  Sculptor Chris Williams bends, shapes and welds metal into life-like works of art that appear caught in a moment of stillness.  His process of bending and twisting the metal gives each piece a pulse. Essex Arts Collective comprises the second panel of artists.  This dynamic group of women artists create collaboratively and collectively to inspire each other as they pursue their art.  Featured members are Melissa Glorieux, Jen Groeber, Mallie Pratt, Jen Romans, Margaret Sweet and Alison Taylor.

Doors open at 9:30AM with complimentary coffee and cinnamon rolls by Ripple on the Water Restaurant. Following ArtTalk, clam chowder by Woodman’s Restaurant will be served. Free admission and parking.

This special event, presented by the Essex River Cultural District, is funded by a grant from the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. The event marks the recent 5-year renewal of the Essex River Cultural District designation. ArtTalk: Conversations with Essex Artists is part of ArtWeek (https://www.artweekma.org), a statewide creative festival.

 Artists’ Websites:

 Erica Funkhouser https://www.ericafunkhouser.com/

Susan Guest-McPhail https://susanguestmcphail.com/

James McLeod https://www.bubblefactoryma.com/team

Chris Williams https://www.chriswilliamssculpture.com/

Essex Art Collective https://riversandroads.life/essex-artists-collective/

Facebook Event Page

https://www.facebook.com/events/470793190124676/

ArtWeek Event Page

https://calendar.artweekma.org/Detail/144

cultural districts across the state convened at Natick Center for the Arts MCC #powerofculture

Cape Ann participated in the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) statewide cultural district convening which was hosted by the Natick Center for the Arts. Statewide district gatherings occur once or twice a year: the last two were held in Cambridge, and Beverly. Representatives from Gloucester, Rockport and Essex cultural districts were in attendance. (Manchester and Ipswich do not not have a designation at this time. Gloucester could have seven.)

Massachusetts Cultural Council Director, Anita Walker, welcomed the crowd, and introduced officials from Natick and new additions to the MCC staff. Jill Cahill, Gloucester’s Director of Community Development, brought a gift from the Mayor and the City to add to a send-off  of thanks and well wishes for Meri Jenkins, longtime MCC leader who managed cities and towns through cultural facilities funding and district designations. Luis Edgardo Cotto and Justina Crawford will be taking over the MCC Community Initiative programs managed by Meri.

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The MCC approved five year district renewals for both Rocky Neck and Rockport last year. District renewal for Gloucester’s downtown is underway. Essex received official citations for their renewal at this convening. Here’s a photo of Christopher Stepler, artist and Manager of Essex Shipbuilding Museum, and Lee Spence, former Director. One update they shared was that the successful historic exhibition The Women of Essex – Stories to Share displayed at Essex Town Hall in a renovated bright space on the top floor above the TOHP Burnham Public Library (thanks in part to Cultural Facilities funding) was selected to travel to the NPS regional Visitor Center in Salem.

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prior GMG post with MCC October news