2013

B K ADAMS • I AM ART

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Adams, a multidisciplinary artist who’s known around Washington D.C. for his vibrant public installations, has long been a part of the local arts scene—he had a solo show at the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum last year featuring more than 50 of his works. In 2010, Worn Magazine followed him around his neighborhood and into his Jackson Pollock-esque paint-spattered studio. Adams’s work puts everyday objects into unusual surroundings, such as a bright blue chair placed on a stack of books called “Sitting on Knowledge 1.”

“BK sees himself as the city’s “premier ambassador of art for all people.” A self-described “walking exhibit,” BK’s eclectic public art installations are known to pop up like spring flowers all over the city without notice. Some of his art has been displayed in galleries. All of it is embraced by his growing fan base. (His most recent accolade was the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, the “2011 Janos Enyedi Artist of the Year Award.)”

(Visiting Artist 2013)

Rebecca Crowell

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Rebecca Crowell uses a kind of “memory mapping” to create her works which, although visually quite abstract, often still retain faint echoes of landscape and nature – its plant life, earth and rocks. For Crowell, rugged textures, earthy colors and a feeling of light, open spaces reveals her subliminal interest in the colors, mark-making and abstraction of at least a “memory” of landscape.

Since earning her MFA in painting from Arizona State University in 1985, Rebecca Crowell has led a life focused on painting. She has worked almost daily in her studio in western Wisconsin, with time out for travels and painting in England, Spain, the Western US, and the Canary Island of Lanzarote. In the fall of 2011, she was an artist in residence at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annamaghkerrig, in Ireland. Rebecca Crowell is represented by fine art galleries in New Mexico, Colorado, Toronto and Wisconsin. She has recently signed with an agent to represent her in Ireland and the UK, and was featured in an exhibit in Dublin, Ireland in October of 2011.

(Visiting artist 2013)

Sarah Kay

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 A performing poet since she was 14 years old, Sarah Kay is the founder of Project V.O.I.C.E., teaching poetry and self-expression at schools across the United States. She is the best-selling author of “B”, a short hardcover book containing the poem she delivered at her first TED conference. Most recently Sarah spoke and taught at the European Conference of International Schools in Nice, France!
Sarah gave the opening keynote address to start off the conference of over 800 educators from around the world.

Sarah was a speaker at the 2012 Bonier Grid Conference; a speaker at the TED 2011 Conference, “The Rediscovery of Wonder” in Long Beach, CA; a speaker at the 2011 Cannes Lions  Creativity Festival in France; and she was a featured poet on the sixth season of Russell Simmons presents HBO Def Poetry Jam.

Check out Sarah's TED talk. And this one as well at TED.

Cornelia Konrads

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German artist Cornelia Konrads creates mind-bending site-specific installations in public spaces, sculpture parks and private gardens around the world. Her work is frequently punctuated by the illusion of weightlessness, where stacked objects like logs, fences, and doorways appear to be suspended in mid-air, reinforcing their temporary nature as if the installation is beginning to dissolve before your very eyes. Seeming to defy gravity, the works by the German-based artist use materials found within those landscapes, such as rocks and branches, to form installations which strike an ambivalent pose, caught in the midst of a skyward ascension or a downward accumulation. Suspended in time, the works provide a peaceful, contemplative interaction between nature and man-made culture while forming a bridge of mythic other-worldliness between the two.

Bernice McFadden

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Bernice L. McFadden is the author of seven critically acclaimed, award-winning bestselling novels; including the classics "Sugar" and "The Warmest December" which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and was lauded as "searing and expertly imagined" by Novel Laureate, Toni Morrison. In 2012 Bernice was recognized by the New York Times as one of the "100 Notable Books of 2012" and by the Washington Post as one of the "50 Best Books of 2012." Here are a few other awards Bernice has won since 2010:

  • 2011 BCALA Literary Award in Fiction (Glorious)
  • 2010 New York Times Book Review (Glorious)
  • 2010 Debut Selection for The One Book, One Harlem Program (Glorious)
  • 2010 O Magazine "Book to Watch" (Glorious)
  • 2010 Historical Novel Society "Editor's Choice" (Glorious)

Amy Park

Amy Park received her B.F.A. from the University of Wisoncon-Madison in 1999 and her M.F.A. from the University of of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. Amy also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Ox-Bow Summer Art School. Her studio practice is focused on large scale watercolor paintings that investigate the history of architecture and abstraction. Park was a recipient of a Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program Award in 2007-2008. Her work has been exhibited widely in the US at Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York City; The Suburban at Project Row House in Houston, TX; The Poor Farm Experiment in Manawa, WI; and Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Park is represented by Morgan Lehman GAllery in NYC, where she will have a solo show in spring 2014. She lives and works in Long Island City, NY with her partner, artist Paul Villinski and their son Lark. 

Visit Amy Park's website at www.amypark.us/

Artist Update: Park Show Opens at Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles.

While at Serenbe, Amy worked on pieces for an upcoming show at Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles. Read the write up in the LA Times:http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2012/05/julius-shulman-watercolor-paintings.html

For this show, Amy created large-scale watercolors from the architectural photographs of Julius Shulman's images of California homes and other buildings. 

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Marilyn Suriani

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Marilyn Suriani on her Residency at Serenbe:

“What made my residency at Serenbe special? That’s easy...the community most of all. I met so many interesting and diverse people who were very kind and supportive. And I can’t think of a better setting/environment for creating with so much energy and attention to detail all around me. Of course, the Blue-Eyed Daisy Bakeshop was my second home and the meals at the restaurants were superb. My living accommodations were top notch and so convenient to the studio. Finally, I made many friends. I really can’t think of a better place for any artist to be in residence.”

Visit Marilyn's site here.

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Lora-Faye Whelan

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Brooklyn native Lora-Faye is a singer and multi-instrumentalist whose ghostly howl seems to come from a different time and place altogether. While there is an undeniable political and intellectual bent to the project, the songs themselves run completely on raw and untethered emotion. With a deep understanding of the power in the strange and idiosyncratic in American folk and rock traditions, Lora-Faye draws from such disparate sources as Gillian Welch and Jeff Buckley, Blind Willie Johnson and Anais Mitchell, Harry Smith and Andy Warhol.

In 2012 alone, Lora-Faye’s songwriting won her such accolades as the Grand Prize Award at The Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, Hudson Valley Songfest’s “Best New Artist,” and a winning slot at The New Jersey Folk Festival’s Songwriting Competition.

Lora-Faye performs her energetic live show with a constantly evolving band of New Yorkers: a rotating cast of jazz musicians, untrained folkies, opera singers, and everything in between.