2019 Artist in Residence Beril Or and Calum Craik

Our little community is expanding. Can’t wait to have two awesome artists, Beril Or and Calum Craik, join us this year all the way from California. I’m super thankful that they both donated artworks for our 2019 fundraiser.

Calum Craik donated this beautiful publication, which is a collaboration between himself and New York based artist, Liam Allan.

The writing and photography is by Calum and the publication was put together by Liam. In 2018, Calum handed the publication to train commuters in San Francisco and Liam handed the publication to train commuters in New York City.

The writing and photography is by Calum and the publication was put together by Liam. In 2018, Calum handed the publication to train commuters in San Francisco and Liam handed the publication to train commuters in New York City.

Beril just got back to the Bay Area from visiting family in Turkey. In her suitcase, she brought us three plaster sheep for the fundraiser.

Or’s “Sheep Series” was inspired by her interest in human nature. It is meant to highlight the notion that people from varying cultures, religions, and nationalities have extraordinary differences and similarities.

Or’s “Sheep Series” was inspired by her interest in human nature. It is meant to highlight the notion that people from varying cultures, religions, and nationalities have extraordinary differences and similarities.

AIRFLOW: a film screening

This year, Pikes Falls Visual Artist-in-Residence, Jennifer Lauren Smith, will present AIRFLOWWW, a program featuring time-based works created over the past 8 years. Focusing on the intersection of natural and fabricated auditory experience, Smith stages visual manifestations of sound. Whether documented on video or performed amidst a live audience, her work explores the physicality of the process of listening, and our ability to supply and invent sound information to fill in visual milieu. 

1.) Toyota Carova Equus Ocracoke, standard definition video with live narration, 2010/13. (13 min)

2.) Woodwind and Kite, high-definition video with live musical accompaniment, 2010. (5 min)

3.) February, high-definition video, 2011. (9 min)

4.) Present Day, high-definition video, 2012. (5 min)

5.) 300 Features and 40 Shorts, high-definition video, 2014. (12 min)

6.) Follower, high-definition video, 2016. (15 min)

This is the third iteration of the AIRFLOW film series, originally conceived as a visual accompaniment to the Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival. Past participants have included Heidi Schwegler, Alison O’Daniel, Jenny Vogel, and Carlos Vela-Prado. The screening will be followed by a Q & A and reception. More details about the reception coming soon!

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a little backstory:

Jamaica, Vermont is a very special place to me. Both of my parents spent many summers there when they were kids. They shared their love for this little town by bringing my sister and me there during many of our family's summer vacations. Since then, my sister Susanna has taken inspiration from this little oasis and created a chamber music festival that takes place in Jamaica every summer.

As part of her program, she invites visual artists to join the festival. I'm excited to share that this year, I'm taking more ownership of the visual arts component and expanding it to become a two week artist residency. 

One major reason for this expansion is newly gained access to a beautiful house with a ceramics shop, a wood shop, and a rudimentary metal shop. To give you a little background on the house, it was built by a close family friend and artist, Jerry Goldman, who passed away in 2003. It was his dream for the house to be a haven for artists. Without Jerry taking care of the property, it suffered some serious damage. Thankfully, Joshua Davis, who is also an artist, bought the house and is getting it back in working order. 

This summer, we have the opportunity to host the residency at this incredible location. I'm very excited to announce that Andy Brehm and Jennifer Lauren Smith will be the first official visual art residents in the expanded program. Both Brehm and Smith are accomplished artists and four year veterans of the festival. Joshua will be our shop manager and host for this year's artists. Here's to two weeks of almost uninterrupted time to work on art in Jamaica, VT.  I can't wait for all of us to make art and break bread together.