Interdisciplinary. Community. Advocacy. Humor.
I went for the minimalist black and white simple lines today in my choice of coffee mug and water cup.
You may have gathered from reading my posts that our day is full packed with activities. Our daily schedule starts with breakfast 7:30-8:30 am. We are in the studio full blast by 9 am. In no time, we find our selves at 12 noon heading to lunch. We are back in the studio by 1:30 pm for more learning until dinner time at 5:30 pm. After dinner we are treated to artist stalks by the teachers, residents and teaching assistants. It is really a tight but today I decided to take time out to walk around and explore the other studios. Here is fiber artist Adrienne Sloane with her students in action.
And artist Zeke Leonard with his students
Arrowmont has different gallery and exhibition spaces in their buildings showcasing their permanent collection as well as the works of the teachers and students. I've been passing through them as I walk in and out of the studio. Today I decided to take my time admiring all that is on exhibition. Here is a selection of the pieces that spoke to me.
In the studio we got to learn enameling. As promised, Kat Cole gave us a demo in exchange for Ana our instructor giving her students a demo in metal etching.
I love the collaborative feel of Arrowmont. Not only did Ana and Kat collaborate as teachers, they also made a piece together with Kat's assistant, Samantha Clarke, and donated it to Arrowmont for sale. It is not yet decided wether it will be sold by auction or at the shop but I made sure they let me know because I'm certainly eyeing this piece! Here you can see the piece worn by Kat in the middle with Ana to her left and Samantha to her right.
At dinner I got to chat with Bill May the executive director of Arrowmont. He told me about the long history of this place. I did not realize that Arrowmont was here before there was even a town called Gatlinberg. Apparently, the first electrical hookup in this area was to Arrowmont. The first movie ever shown was at the red barn.
After dinner we enjoyed talks by the teacher assistants. Here is a clip from Elisha Harteis' talk who has finished her BFA just last year.
After the talks we had "studio tour" where we got to walk into all the classroom studios and see what everyone has been doing for the past five days. In this video clip, notice the oooohs and aaaahs as people walk up to the works.
It is storming bad out so I hope that by the time I finish posting this, the rain will have stopped and I can go back to my room and not get too wet.
Great post, Heba! Thank you so much.