I look forward to the call from our editor, Andy Coughlan, that ISSUE is soon to come out and my contribution to this prize-winning magazine is in demand — at least by Andy’s standards, which is the deadline.
(Editor’s note: I sense a heavy dose of sarcasm in that paragraph).
Nonetheless, I feel that it is important that I keep our readers up to date on the feel of the organization in a real sense.
One innovation you will see when you come to view the first show of the season, “Earthly Delights” on Sept. 6, is new lighting in the parking lot. Thanks to Mark Jacobson, artist and long-time member, who made the lights happen.
Recent developments that are not so successful are the box exhaust fan on the roof. Bad bearings on the fan and rotting wood on the box requires major repairs and a lot of hands to haul supplies and equipment up the outside of the 25-feet building. Roof repairs are also soon to be done, but, as yet, not done along with a much-needed deck out the backside of the clay studio. We need room enough to store equipment that currently takes up space in the interior work areas.
Our studio space is currently at capacity and has been for some time. This indicates the seriousness of artists in the area to dedicate themselves to their art and see themselves as contenders in the visual arts scene.
All embryos require incubation and all artists require incubation to grow and develop as an artist. And to grow and develop as a artist, one must grow and develop as a person, however good or bad, and be true to who they are. Our residents are working diligently to complete work for the Tenants Show. I wish we had more space to accommodate all those artists who want a space and can’t get it.
Big future plan — expansion of studio space — providing a new addition to open access to more studios through a 40- x 80-feet extension off the proposed clay room deck. Yes, I know it takes money, yet without some form of vision to where we can go, we end up with no vision and no future.
We are already the “Impossible Dream.” Few people thought we’d survive the first five years much less 30. We were lucky and hopeful and determined and stubborn and open and giving and willing to get where we are today. The same qualities that made us who we are are the same qualities that will drive us to who we are going to be.
Thanks for all the participants of the summer ArtSkool. As usual, it was everything but cool in the temperature sense, but energy was hot for all the work getting done. A special thanks to Elizabeth Fontenot, who filled in for Sheila and me as we went to New Orleans to meet my new grandson, Greg Busceme lll, born July 21, to Jess Ward and Greg Busceme, Jr. Elizabeth took both of our classes plus her own and did a fantastic job. I owe her so much for letting us participate in this wonderful family celebration.
Remember, clay classes start Sept. 13, 10 a.m., and other classes will be posted in the near future.
Thanks for reading and see you in the next ISSUE.