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.