Beautiful night under the plan trees and stars once again! We had about 25 folks form Akumal and surrounding areas (including a local writing group!) join us for the final SUNDAY SALON of this session!
We discussed "following that voice/trusting your instinct" in art and life! Poet Sarah Sweeney shared new and old poems from her manuscript "Island of Swallows". Sarah's poems are funny and poignant. She had us laughing! And feeling. Sculptor Laura Serman shared with us some new plaster creations she has made this past week. She has had to be creative in her choice of materials, as we have been unable to procure her clay yet. Her designs are feminine and explore positive and negative space. And lastly, local writer Karen Hamer shared with us some very personal poems from a very private and heart wrenching time in her life. Beautiful. What bravery she showed in reading these for the first time to a group of strangers. And that is what the salons are about: creating community, exposing truth, risking failure, sharing art.
Thank you to all who have participated in the salons this year, witnessing the work at this raw, vulnerable state, giving the artists a chance to explore and learn in a safe environment. And thanks to all the artists for doing just that.
Resident musician Ruby Rae graciously taught a class in songwriting to the community and Residency Director Kim Schultz taught another improv class in Akumal. More fun residency sponsored events!
Resident writer Félix Jiménez Velando spent the afternoon at Hekab be Biblioteca Thursday. He read from his children's book, Calcetines, captivating them completely. He then took themes/characters/locations and objects from his novel and encouraged them to write their own stories in groups. They then shared their stories in front of the assembled group. How great! They get to meet a published author, work with him on their own creative writing, encouraging imagination and play on the page and then got to bravely stand in front of the group sharing their results. So many great skills explored and encouraged. Thanks to Marietta and the library for having us and to Felix for sharing his skills!
Last night, here in Akumal, about 50 of us had the honor of listening to resident musician Ruby Rae play an outdoor concert for us on the Grateful Dead Stage with a couple of local musicians (Jeremy Moore and Foco de la Pena). It was a beautiful evening of music and community. We are grateful for the generosity of spirit that makes a night like this possible in Akumal. Gracias!
It was a beautiful late afternoon in the residency gardens yesterday when we hosted the first SUNDAY SALON. These have become popular events to meet artists and talk art. Resident artists Felix Jiménez Velando, Rachel Kremidas and Ruby Rae shared work and process and wine with us under the umbrella theme of creating space.
We and lovely conversations about how to create space in your life for your passion projects, as well as what that space can open up for us as artists and humans. We were also joined by 6 wonderful women from a North Akumal weeklong art retreat.
So all in all not a bad way to spend a couple hours on a Sunday afternoon. Join us for our next one NEXT SUNDAY, February 8! And see some snapshots from the event below.
Suminagashi (墨 流 し) or "floating ink" is the process of marbling plain paper with water and ink to transform it into something vibrant and colorful and resident artist Laura Serman taught us how last friday in the weekly residency class!
About 12 locals joined in as we created amazing and unique stationary or as Laura offered: grocery list paper!
Thanks for all who cam and special thanks to Laura for teaching. Next week's class is on SONGWRITING!. Come on by the residency!
Kim Schultz is the director of AIAR and blogs here about the experiences in the residency. Follow on facebook and twitter (@akumalresidency.com)