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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)

Valetta Anderson

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Valetta Anderson is an award-winning playwright and a teaching artist with the Alliance, Fox and Horizon Theatres. She spent her time at Serenbe working on her play Hallelujah Street Blues, which was produced by Horizon Theatre.

Full productions include HALLELUJAH STREET BLUES by Atlanta's Horizon Theatre, LEAVING LIMBO by Atlanta’s Essential Theatre, SHE’LL FIND HER WAY HOME and TODAY by Jomandi Productions. SHE’LL FIND… was produced by Fisk University Players in Nashville and Pittsburgh’s Kuntu Repertory Theatre. MORAL OF THE STORY, a children’s play, and SHE’LL FIND… are both available at HaveScripts.com.

Other productions include DR. LOVE & THE FABULOUS DIAMOND JUBILEES by Clark-Atlanta University Players, and SISTERS & OTHER CHRISTMAS TURKEYS, a ten minute play by 7Stages Theatre.

She is a Resident Teaching Artist with Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, Former Adjunct Drama Professor at Spelman College, Consultant with Atlanta's Fox Theatre Outreach Program, Arts in Education Consultant Member of the Georgia Council for the Arts’ Arts in Education Consultant Bank, Playwright Instructor Member of the GCA's Teaching Artist Bank.

Laila Biali

Award-winning Canadian Jazz pianist, vocalist and songwriter Laila Biali has toured with Suzanne Vega, Chris Botti and Paula Cole and recorded with and supported Sting. She takes the best of pop, rock and soul, informs it with her knowledge of Jazz and weaves it into her musical arrangements. Laila's music has been presented at prestigious venues spanning four continents including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo's Cotton Club, Peru's El Festival Internacional de Lima, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Her latest studio recording Tracing Light received a JUNO nomination for "2011 Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year" and her most recent release Live in Concert, recorded live in February 2012 in front of a gracious audience at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Canada, captures the spirit of live performance so essential to Jazz. Live in Concert was in rotation at 73 radio stations in North America. Laila is also a member of the all female New York based neo-Classical crossover quartet Rose & the Nightingale whose members tour with Grammy award-winner Esperanza Spalding. Her accolades include "SOCAN Composer of the Year" and "Keyboardist of the Year".

Visit Laila's website at www.lailabiali.com.

Scott Browning

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For the past two years, Scott Browning has been working on a project called Public Domain–– a series of short films made entirely from archival source footage that exists in the public domain (everything from turn of the century Edison-era films to amateur and ephemeral films of the 1950s). During his two weeks at Serenbe, he furthered this project and also met fellow artist-in-residence, Michael David, and StudioSwan artist Tom Swanston. The three began a business partnership and founded the Fine Arts Workshops at Serenbe.

Scott Browning on his Residency:

The base elements of an artist residency program are simple: time and space. The creative potential that lies within this simple formula is quite profound. The realities of my day-to-day life (not unlike that of most artists who work “real jobs” to pay the rent) tend to preclude extended periods of quiet contemplation, thus when I sit down to work, time dictates that I need to know what I am doing. By removing many of these constraints, a residency provides a safe environment that encourages experimentation and discovery (think of it as the research and development department of the arts). It is an environment that provides every opportunity for success, but just as importantly, allows for the opportunity to fail (failure being the most common ingredient of success).

 

Zach Brock

Distinguished jazz critic Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune writes that Zach Brock is a violinist “whose every phrase argues for the instrument’s value in 21st century jazz.”

Zach’s debut recording was listed as one of The Chicago Tribune’s Top 10 Jazz Recordings of 2012 and features Brock with pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland in a set of new originals, standards, and contemporary classics.

Born in Lexington, KY, Zach grew up in a family of musicians and was performing publicly by the age of six. From a background in classical and folk music, Zach became serious about studying jazz while in high school. He moved to Chicago with the dual goal of furthering his classical studies at Northwestern University, while embracing the city’s rich jazz scene. He relocated to New York City in 2005.

Learn more about Zach here.

 

 

 

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)

Michael David

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Michael David is the Serenbe Institute’s first Distinguished Visiting Artist. An American-born painter raised in Brooklyn, he attended SUNY Fredonia for one year and in 1976 received a B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design. David is classified as an abstract painter, best known for his use of the encaustic technique. He is also known for his works in mixed-media figure painting, photography and environmental sculpture. His work is included in the permanent public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Jewish Museum in New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Edward Albee Foundations, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Frank Hunter

Master black & white photographer and printer Frank Hunter, whose work has been featured in Atlanta’s prestigious High Museum of Art, is widely renowned for his Platinum Palladium prints. At Serenbe, he recorded the community’s natural beauty and presented an exhibition of his work at StudioSwan Gallery.

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Frank Hunter was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up in the desert Southwest. He has an MA in communications from the University of Colorado and an MFA in photography from Ohio University, where he was the John Cady Graduate Fellow in Fine Art. Hunter has taught at the university level for more than twenty years. His interest in photographic process includes the technical process of exposure and development as well as the psychological and spiritual aspects of creating photographic work. Hunter is best known for his landscape photographs done in the nineteenth-century process known as platinum/palladium. His recent work includes a commission done for the Federal Reserve Bank documenting Midtown Atlanta at the turn of the millennium, which was shown at the High Museum in Atlanta in 2003. His work is represented in a number of public and private collections, including the Speed Museum, the Denver Museum of Art, the High Museum, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.