ABOUT

The Pikes Falls Visual Art Residency is a two week artist retreat located in the scenic woodlands of Jamaica, VT. We are a project of the Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival. Residents are provided a stipend of $250 per week, room and board, and access to a wood shop and ceramics studio. Concurrently, there is a classical chamber music festival down the road in downtown Jamaica. Artists are invited to attend all events and are welcomed but not required to collaborate with the music festival to create interdisciplinary artworks.


PEOPLE

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Natasha Loewy is a visual artist based in Oakland, California. She primarily works in sculpture and collage. Much of her artwork is comprised of pure geometric forms and figurative elements. Through this fusion, she aims to create sculptures and collages that are structurally spare and contribute to a conversation about the formal and theatrical qualities of minimalism.

Loewy studied painting and photography at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2008. She has shown her artwork at exhibition spaces in the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington State, Vermont, and Louisiana. Currently, she's an art teacher at a public high school in Oakland, CA. In the Fall of 2018, she will begin studying at San Francisco State University as a Master of Fine Arts candidate. 

 

Jennifer Lauren Smith is a visual artist working in sculpture, photography, and digital filmmaking. She frequently bases her projects on experiences of place: how a landscape and one’s bodily experience within it generate raw material, and how that raw material can be transferred to craft an art experience. Her work ranges from performance works staged in non-gallery contexts, observational short films with and without narrative, photographic print editions and books, to sculptural objects created in bronze, wood, or paper.

She presents her work in a variety of formats, each occupying comparable importance as venue: gallery exhibitions, film festivals, off-site installations, public speaking engagements and curatorial projects. Previous appearance include group shows at Emerson Dorsch Gallery (Miami, FL), Pierogi Boiler (Brooklyn, NY), and Reynolds Gallery (Richmond, VA). She her films have been included in programming at the Finger Lakes Film Festival (Ithaca, NY), Façade Film Festival (Plovdiv, Bulgaria), The Schneider Art Museum (Ashland, OR), Ringling Museum,Sarasota, FL) and Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, (Marl, Germany).

In 2015, Smith founded P / H / A / O / N, a presentation space for time-based art in Sunset Park, Brooklyn where she is currently based. She received her BA from Reed College in Portland, OR and her MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and has participated in numerous residencies in the US and Europe. Currently, she teaches sculpture at The Spence School in Manhattan.

 
Andrew Brehm

Andrew Brehm is an artist and educator whose work is primarily three dimensional and video based. His installations are often interactive, manipulating viewers to become performers in the work. His sculpture is scaled to the body, facilitating an easy relationship between audience and the kinetic or performative qualities of the work. Andrew works in many mediums and most recently has focused on pulping paper for use as a casting and sculpting medium. The soft, nebulous qualities lends itself easily to absurdist and often humorous storytelling present in the work.

Andrew was born in Pennsylvania where he initially studied furniture making and later received his MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He currently manages the fine art workshops at Columbia University and has a sculpture studio in Brooklyn, NY.

 
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Joshua Davis is a blacksmith and sculptor working primarily with metal. Most of his work is process oriented and demonstrates the evolution of an ordinary piece of metal into something else. His work is strongly influenced by nature and the environment. Some sculptures are kinetic and move with wind, while others are static and sit delicately balanced.

Davis went to school at the University of California, Santa Cruz from 2008-2010. Shortly after taking a blacksmithing class through the Art Students League of New York, he left school and attended their residency program in Sparkill, NY. After being a resident for a few months, he stayed on as a live-work artist-in-resident for three years. With great teachers and mentors, daily classes, a constant influx of new residents, and unrestricted access to a metal shop and forging equipment, these few years were extremely influential and productive for him. 

Currently, he works as a property caretaker on a lilac farm in Cherry Valley, NY. He is also renovating the house and studio where the Pikes Falls Visual Art Residents will live. He maintains a studio practice in Vermont and New York.


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