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This Art Guide aims to present a summary of the artistic projects developed during 2013 at Arte Studio Ginestrelle artist residency, located in the Regional Park of Mount Subasio, Assisi.

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CON IL SOSTEGNO E IL PATROCINIO DELLA With the Grateful Support of Assisi Un ringraziamento particolare: International Contemporary Art Guide 2013 COMUNE DI ASSISI - COUNCIL OF ASSISI Ufficio Turismo - Ufficio Cultura CLAUDIO RICCI Sindaco di Assisi Mayor of Assisi

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The International Contemporary Art Guide aims to present a summary of the artistic projects developed during 2013 at Arte Studio Ginestrelle artist residency, located in the Regional Park of Mount Subasio. The projects are exhibited collectively at one of the most prestigious galleries in the heart of the city of Assisi, the UNESCO World Heritage site. The exhibition is proudly supported by the Council of Assisi through the provision of the gallery space and the production of this guide. NOTES.......................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... Disciplines: Visual, Literary, Performing, Music, Video Where: Art Gallery Le Logge, Piazza del Comune, Assisi When: 30 November - 8 December, 2013 Opening on Saturday 30th November at 5 p.m. th th Assisi, the UNESCO World Heritage Site

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NOTES.......................................................................................... ARGENTINA - USA MINNIE VALERO AUSTRALIA RICHARD BALDWIN KRISTEL BRITCHER SAL COOPER ANNA HEDIGAN SARAH MUFFORD BARBARA NELL EMILY WILLIAMS CANADA WENDY FELDBERG SHLOMO FELDBERG POOJA KUMAR ANN MANUEL DANIELLE POTVIN MONIKA ROSEN DENMARK LINE KALLMAYER KIRSTEN ROTBØLL LASSEN LOTTE TAUBER LASSEN FINLAND ESA MÄKIJÄRVI GERMANY CHRISTIANE HOMMELSHEIM LISA M. STYBOR ITALY IRENE MATTIOLI JAPAN JUNYA OIKAWA LATVIA IEVA PLUME LIECHTENSTEIN VLADO FRANJEVIĆ RAJKA POLJAK FRANJEVIĆ NETHERLANDS KATRIEN VAN DEN BRANDE .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... .................................................................................................... RUSSIA ALEXEY BARANOV MARINA KORNILIEVA DMITRY SOLNTSEV SINGAPORE KAREN KWEK SOUTH KOREA BOYOUNG LEE SWEDEN MALIN FRANZÉN TAIWAN CHIH-FEN TSAI UNITED KINGDOM CRONA GALLAGHER HEATHER HAMPSON KEITH WILSON UNITED STATES LEW AYTES SUZANNE BENTON LINDA LUISE BROWN SANDRA JEAN CEAS UNIEL CRITCHLEY MARCELLO DOLCE LYNDA FRESE VALERIE GIANNI GAIL GORIESKY VIRGINIA MALLON CLAUDIA MICHAEL LAURA MUSTIO GARY ELDON PETER KELLEY SCHEI JENNIFER STEIL REBECCA FERANEC SULLIVAN ANDREW SULLIVAN EMILY TODER GWEN WALSTRAND

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MINNIE VALERO B.A., Universidad de Cordoba, Argentina, 1973 M.A., C.S.U. Dominguez Hills, California, USA, 1983 M.A., Loyola Marymount University, California, USA, 1988 M.A., UCLA, California, USA, 1993 I am a visual artist who works in multiple media with a focus on drawing and painting. My work has been exhibited in Central and North America, and in Europe, in over 200 group juried exhibitions, and 17 solo shows in California and France, since 2006. I have participated in residencies at the Hungarian Multicultural Center (Budapest, Hungary, 2012), the Ricklundgården Museum (Saxnäs, Sweden 2013) and Arte Studio Ginestrelle (Assisi, Italy, 2013). My work can be found in private collections in America and Europe, and in public collections in USA, France and Sweden. I live in California and France. My project at Arte Studio Ginestrelle was to absorb the colors, shapes and spirit of the Umbrian landscape, and translate them to my canvas, using watercolor techniques. Water from Umbria and the sounds and smells of Ginestrelle are imbedded in my work. Walks around the area, and the fruitful exchange of ideas with other artists at Ginestrelle, under the expert direction of Ms. Merli, provided me with inspiration and excitement to work with enthusiasm and love. www.Minnievaleroart.com http://minnievalero.blogspot.com ASSISI INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART GUIDE 2013 Published by COUNCIL OF ASSISI Edited and printed at Tourist Office Assisi - 2013

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GWEN WALSTRAND RICHARD BALDWIN At Ginestrelle, I pursued two different projects: 1) making quick ‗street photographs‘ of the people and surroundings in Assisi, Perugia, and Santa Maria degli Angeli 2) using large format black and white film to photograph the landscape around Ginestrelle. Both projects offered endless possibilities. However, my love of direct, yet expressive portraiture pulled me toward making a few portraits of the other residents. This little side project, a third project, was extended during the next month, as I worked in Florence and occasionally made time to set up my large format camera in a neighborhood piazza. Each of these piazza portraits were made by talking strangers into a brief portrait, one sheet of film, and having quick but fascinating conversations with people from all over the world. Portraiture, one of the first and most time-honored ways of using a camera, interests me in the ways it suspends time, offers complete description, and explains almost nothing. Coccoidea (Cochineal) During 2011-12 I completed a series of paintings titled Black Mountain White Mountain. In this work colour has been deliberately reduced. In the first instance the work was based on observation and fleeting vision of the Australian Landscape. I say fleeting vision because I often use observation from a moving car as a starting point for my visual research. For the Black Mountain White Mountain paintings I also used photographic compositions to assist the unusual framing in the work. Not far from my studio Black Mountain forms a central feature in the landscape around Canberra. The combination of black and white vertical forms from the Eucalyptus trees help create the Australian bush, trees that have a characteristic starkness and produce a graphic landscape full of contrast. Another choice with this work has been to use large grids as the underpainting and cross hatch marks or grids to define the surface forms in the landscape. Both observation and the mark making process have played a large part in the development of this series of work. In my work proposal for the residency at Arte Studio Ginestrelle I have discussed the further development of my work with the introduction of Cochineal. My interest is both the fascinating history of the pigment, the trading of colour and the relationship of colour to the development of precious objects and wealth. It‘s going to be an exciting challenge as I have not produced an artwork outside of Australia. Italy provides a fascinating context for the development of this project as a context for the history of painting and a landscape that provides a contrast to the Australian Landscape. It is my hope that the 3 week residency at Arte Studio Ginestrelle will provide me with the opportunity to challenge my art practice and develop my relationship with a new landscape. eye_matter@hotmail.com www.richardbaldwin.org "There is nothing as mysterious as a fact clearly described."– attributed to Garry Winogrand Support from Missouri State University www.gwenwalstrand.com gwenwalstrand@missouristate.edu

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KRISTEL BRITCHER EMILY TODER I am a glass artist/designer from Adelaide, South Australia and I work with the notions of place, growth and the natural order of things. Assisi and Monte Subasio are rich in history and tradition, the connection between the town of Assisi and the mountain was the initial inspiration for this body of work. This work Sum of Parts developed through research into the physiology and mythology of the Subasio region. Inspired by the influence of Saint Francis and the appreciation of the landscape that is inherent in the Umbrian way of life, I wanted to explore geometric forms that speak of the landscape‘s fundamental origins. This work represents in it‘s structure the limestone that creates mount Subasio and the town of Assisi, and in form the oak leave from the tree that is native to the region and plays a part in some of Saint Francis‘ Fioretti stories. These sculptures are intended to represent the origin of things, and the sense of place we create for ourselves in our surroundings. Emily Toder is a North American poet, translator, and archivist. Born in New York City in 1981, she holds an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an M.A. in literary translation from the University of East Anglia, and an M.L.S. in library science from Simmons College. Her poems have appeared in various journals and magazines, and her first full-length collection, Science, was published by Coconut Books in the fall of 2012. She has also published several English translations of prose, poetry, and plays by Spanish and Latin American writers. At Ginestrelle, she weaved, out of a love of Italian language and the feeling of foreignness, a series of poems exploring the limestone blocks of Assisi, the erosion of frescoes, the roving of the wild boar, and the impressively massive quiet of the Subasio mountains. This project was assisted by the South Australian Government through Carclew Youth Arts Board. www.emilytoder.tumblr.com kristel.britcher@gmail.com

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ANDREW SULLIVAN Works: Ginestrelle I,II & III / Porziuncola SAL COOPER The Seventh Circle During my residency at Arte Studio Ginestrelle I continued to develop one of a series of video works that are based on Dante's Inferno. I am seeking to explore where this medieval text and the conditions of the contemporary world intersect, and how humankind might begin to face the hellish conditions of environmental destruction. The specific video work presented here is concerned with the thirteenth Canto. This is the Seventh Circle of hell within which is the Forest of Suicides, a region where all the souls are manifest as near-dead trees. The central part of the audio track is based on the highly magnified sound that occurs inside an actual tree with an insufficient supply of water. I was inspired by the surrounding Umbrian landscape, the colors around Ginestrelle and the rich history and culture of Assisi. I created a series of abstract landscapes that reflect these influences using found elements and watercolor. The landscape is divided into two sections with a horizon line. The upper portion is collage on paper with local clay, paint chips, and rust. Each piece of paper references the structure and color of the stones found in traditional Umbrian homes. The dried clay created an ephemeral quality that is similar to fragility of the local frescos. The lower portion of the composition contains banding colors that are prevalent in Assisi and Mount Subasio. The turquoise is ubiquitous in the palette and also in Ginestrelle and references the Virgin Mary‘s robe. St. Francesco and St. Chiara (Brother Sun and Sister Moon) are represented as complimentary warm and cool colors. My wife, Rebecca, and I also collaborated on three pieces. We were inspired by the shapes of altar pieces, the architecture of churches and the local frescoes. The work is mixed media and references Assisi‘s art and architecture. andrewsullivan.email@gmail.com Andrewsullivan.net www.salcooper.com

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ANNA HEDIGAN REBECCA FERANEC SULLIVAN "...the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little." Luke 7.47 Monday 22nd April 2013 You don't see many animals on the mountains during the day, but their presence is everywhere, in the ruts and bracken beds of cinghiale, the howling of the hunting pack across the valley triggered by god knows what, the flash of birds between the thickening green of the trees. Spring is moving, the small waterfall on the corner of the property is running fast so let it rain. You can't get the cut velvet grass without it. We came in through the lower gate of San Giacomo, still with a tower and a tree growing at the very top. A coffee to warm up. The window framed a view over the woman's shoulder of the hills...she was very measured in her movements - no bustle or hurry. Signs say we may sit for free...Every time I drive in the car with Marina along the road it is like a gift; so much to check, changes in light, the growing, tiny observations in the moving landscape. There is quite a grand house on a bend in Lignano, the settlement marked by two restaurants facing each other. It has a lovely small chapel I will never see. http://themoralhighground.wordpress.com/ The Porcelain Fungus can be found in the Mt. Subasio region. After creating several small sculptures using fig leaves, paper and plaster, I created these with clay and painted them the colors of the Porcelain Fungus. I installed Porcelain Fungus in a tree near other outdoor works. Ancient Greeks called the re-representation of nature in art mimesis. In practicing mimesis, my hope is to transform understanding and to experience a paradigm shift - to reconsider what may be considered grotesque and to view it as something beautiful. In Ginestra, Fig, Sambouca, and Tartufo I sought to capture the natural elements that thrive at Ginestrelle. Walking around the studio grounds I found these 4 to be not only thriving in nature, but the fig and tartufo were also present in our meals. I drew these images on found wood and depicted the clusters atop tree cross sections, which are in abundance at Ginestrelle. My husband, Andrew, and I also collaborated on three pieces. The shapes of altarpieces, the architecture of churches and the local frescoes inspired us. The work is mixed media and references Assisi‘s art and architecture. I used found materials, natural elements, and traditional art materials to create these works. rebecca.feranec@gmail.com Support from

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JENNIFER STEIL SARAH MUFFORD Visual Artist, Manly, NSW Australia Master of Education (Visual), University of Technology, Sydney Bachelor of Visual Arts, Institute of the Arts, Australian National University, Canberra Jennifer Steil, author of the critically lauded memoir The Woman Who Fell from the Sky, finished writing her debut novel The Ambassador‘s Wife while at Arte Studio Ginestrelle in April 2013. The novel is about a free-spirited artist whose pampered life as the wife of the British Ambassador stationed in a deeply religious Middle Eastern country on the brink of civil war is shattered when she is brutally kidnapped, an act of terror that turns out to have far-reaching consequences for everyone she loves. It delves into the realms of art, diplomatic life, parenthood, terrorism, friendship, relations between the West and the Middle East, and the challenges of attempting to transplant feminism in a culture unprepared for it. The book has been described as echoing Bel Canto and The Constant Gardener, and is based in part on the author‘s experience of being married to the former British Ambassador to Yemen. It will be published by Doubleday. www.jennifersteil.net The midsummer heat and seasonal transformation of particular flora and associated smells, textures, sounds, sights and tastes of Ginestrelle, located the core inquiry of my residency . The focus was on mark-making with water based media describing the light and space of the landscape juxtaposed with detail of local plants. It is part of an ongoing investigation of nature using direct observation, incorporating macro and micro dichotomy, dissolving interplay of fore, mid and back grounds and layering of inherent pattern and repetition. Ornament and subsequent flatenning of space as depicted in many of the regional Giotto, Pinturicchio and Perugino paintings was also used as a strategy to alter traditional conventions of space bridging formal geometry and organic allusion. www.sarahmufford.com.au

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BARBARA NELL Barbara Nell lives and works in Goulburn, Australia. She has been an artist and educator for thirty years. Her work includes painting, drawing and printmaking. In recent exhibitions she has explored the themes of family history and a connection to the landscape. During my three week residency, I have explored the interrelationship of spirituality and nature through art making. My previous bodies of work have been created through exploring a sense of place, that then becomes a sacred site. To immerse myself in the environment that was once the home of St Francis is an enormous privilege. Walking, thinking and contemplating are part of my process, but the physical making of art is as much a meditation as is silent prayer. My art making includes the techniques of drawing, watercolour and painting on canvas to explore the Umbrian environment, from a range of views. The environment is investigated by observing the light and its interplay with the landscape around me. I am interpreting the esoteric atmosphere from an intuitive level and this influences the mood and sense of presence within the work. KELLEY SCHEI My work at Arte Studio Ginestrelle will continue my engagement with landscape painting that evokes the personal, spiritual, and sublime treatment of nature in the works of early modern Symbolist artists, while addressing a contemporary experience. I want to continue the development of a new body of oil paintings that thematically explores my interest in our collective experience of anxiety and awe created by our complex and changing relationship with nature and climate, and its associated social and political implications, by introducing figuration and narrative to my semi-abstract landscapes. http://kelleyschei.tumblr.com mbnell@bigpond.com

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GARY ELDON PETER Fiction Writer, St. Paul, MN USA Gary Eldon Peter‘s short stories have appeared in Water~Stone Review, Great River Review, River Oak Review, Orchid: A and other publications. His awards include a Loft Mentor Series Award, a McKnight Foundation Artist fellowship, two Minnesota State Arts Board grants, and two SASE/Jerome Foundation fellowships. He has held residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Hambidge Center. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and has worked as a lawyer in private practice and in the legal publishing industry. He is currently a faculty member in the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development, where he teaches courses in writing, law and popular culture, and American literature. While in residence at Arte Studio Ginestrelle in June 2013, he focused on several writing projects. He worked on revisions to Carl Paulsen, a young adult novel that he is preparing for submission to literary agents and publishers, and also several new short stories. ―Much of my work is set in the rural Midwestern United States, a landscape that could not be more different than the breathtaking geography surrounding Arte Studio Ginestrelle,‖ he says. ―Nevertheless, having Mount Subasio as the backdrop as I worked outdoors on the balcony above the residents‘ kitchen nearly everyday was an inspiring counterpoint to the world I attempt to recreate in my fiction. As a result, I was extremely productive as I alternated between revising existing work and generating new material.‖ EMILY WILLIAMS Cellist/Composer Australian born musician from Melbourne. Literary Review, Blithe House Quarterly, On the 31st of August, after a 3 week residency at Ginestrelle, Emily gave 3 performances of her compositions for solo Cello. These works consited of a 6 part solo Cello suite. A solo work composed for A. E. titled 'Adria's Theme' and a study on D string harmonics. A new work for Ginestrelle's Art Exhibition at Le Logge was completed and will be performed at Le Logge Gallery for the opening night and closing night events in Assisi 2013. These works complied of field recordings in and around Assisi with live solo cello performed as soundscapes overlaid to the recorded soundtrack. Emily's music composed at Ginestrelle contains classical foundations with modern sampling techniques and aims to creatively engage and represent the sounds and the timbre experienced in the 3 weeks of residency in Assisi. A tribute to early processional classical music influenced the themes which underscore live, unique sounds as subject matter. This musical expression is reflective of the light and colour of the people, festivities and sounds of natures, creatures and monuments of Assisi. Emily's previous musical compositions have been referred to as 'working outside the usual association of classical cello' incorporating sampling, effects and amplification and new techniques in Cello with multilayering instrumentation, tonal and atonal, creating intricate, haunting and distinctive sounds. Emily also works with various artists on cross platform multi-media including dance and choreography, film, visual art and theatre. www.emilywillias.com.au gepeter@earthlink.net

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WENDY FELDBERG October Scrolls: Pianticelli del Subasio (Little Plants of the Subasio) LAURA MUSTIO BFA : Painting/Ceramics : Miami University, Oxford, OH Post-Baccalaureate Certificate : Painting : Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, Pont-Aven, France Inspired by the broken colours and forms of the still-radiant ancient frescos on the walls of churches and streets in Assisi and neighbouring medieval hill-towns, I created a series of Artist Books and textile ―frescos‖ with content referring to the natural environment of the Subasio as well as to its powerful spiritual and Dantean heritage. My intention was to research the bioregional plants of the Subasio near the Arte Studio Ginestrelle at Santa Maria di Lignano and to discover natural pigments which I could use to dye and print locally-made paper and vintage linen. I was interested in a contemporary application of the traditional knowledge about natural dyes associated historically with this region of Italy where much of that older wisdom seems to have disappeared. My question was: Could some version of that knowledge be restored? The October native vegetation growing high up the mountain provided a rich palette from leaves, bark, berries and late blooms that worked together in successive layers of dye and print. My work on this beautiful mountain recalls to me the ―Fioretti‖ (Little Flowers) of Saint Francis of Assisi whose love for the Umbrian landscape brought him and others closer to God. And although I was here too late in the season to use the traditional ―ginestrelle‖ blooms in my prints, I was able to obtain much colour from their seed pods! Shlomo Feldberg, also in residence at Arte Studio Ginestrelle, created cases for Wendy‘s Artist Books. wendy.feldberg@sympatico.ca www.wendyfeldberg.ca www.wendyfe.wordpress.com In February of 2013, thanks to a successful campaign through the crowd-funding website Kickstarter, I embarked on an 11-month self-designed art and service residency across India, Italy Ireland, and Iceland. My project, entitled INITIRIC, has three main goals: to create as much work as possible in each country, to spend time volunteering in each place, and to bring together all of the paintings, photographs, and stories in one cumulative exhibition at the end of the year. Ginestrelle provided the perfect backdrop for both experiencing Italy and making the work that it inspired. My paintings, which are experience-based, are inspired by the people I meet and the places and colors that affect me in a meaningful way, a ―visual diary‖ of sorts. ―I tried to blur the line…‖, the piece included in the 2013 International Art Exhibition in Assisi, is no different and is, primarily, influenced by my time at Ginestrelle. At the most basic level, it‘s about the people we encounter who serve as teachers and mirrors. People who, sometimes, bring to light some less-than-attractive qualities about ourselves. I‘m thankful for those lessons and those mirrors. To follow the project or to see additional work, please visit: www.INITIRIC.blogspot.com or www.lauramustio.com

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CLAUDIA MICHAEL Visual Artist - Emmanuel College BA - Lesley University M.ED Informed by the contrasts in color, light and form found in nature, my paintings interpret elemental structures as they relate to the landscape. While I strive for honesty, I allow an emotional response to influence what I know about painting the physical environment. My visual narrative reflects the transient qualities of nature and my perception of beauty. The portrayal of the natural world in art has been a metaphor for the temporal existence of humanity since the early Renaissance. My paintings are place specific yet are realizations of personal time and space. Painting ―en plein air‖ keeps my work spontaneous and in communion with my subject. SHLOMO FELDBERG Companions As a ―Green Artist‖, I work in found metals, objects and materials to create sculptures, mixed media pieces, jewelry and Artist Books. The history of Umbria, especially during the medieval period, drew me to learn about Dante‘s life and experiences during that time of intense political, personal and spiritual turmoil. Dante visited the Subasio and Assisi and wrote about beauty of the area, as well as about its illustrious son, Francis. While in residence at Arte Studio Ginestrelle, I created a mixed media triptych referring to Dante‘s Divine Comedy on backgrounds recalling the tricolour Italian flag. With characters in the Commedia in mind and using materials and objects foraged from the natural and urban environment around the Subasio, I created companies of figures whom any of us might have met or might still meet on our own life‘s journey. The concepts of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven as developed by Dante and illustrated in frescos about the life of Saint Francis of Assisi provoked contemplation and expression in my art. As a bookbinder, I also created cases for Wendy Feldberg‘s eco-printed Artist Books In Assisi I intend to explore the land and climate through observing and painting the Umbrian landscape. My project will include the study of the natural environment and the exploration of the changing light and colors through a daily practice of sketching and painting. A progressive investigation into the connection between the site and its spiritual and historic significance will be examined. I seek to create a body of work that pays homage to the physical, emotional, and spiritual life that I find in Assisi. I make my home in southern New Hampshire, where I am a senior lecturer for Granite State College and a faculty member of the New Hampshire Institute of Art. I have received three Fulbright travel awards and have painted in several countries including Canada, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, China, Morocco and the U.S. My work is widely exhibited in New England and my paintings have won numerous awards. http://claudialmichael.wix.com/claudia-michael-art paxel@igs.net

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POOJA KUMAR VIRGINIA MALLON Visual Artist - New York, USA National Association of Women Artists Queens College, City University of New York Writer, Visual Artist, Environmental Planner Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, University of Delhi Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Queen‘s University Registered Practicing Planner, Canadian Institute of Planners The Song of Yin and Yang is an illustrated story that seeks to deliver the existential messages ‗Where did I come from?‘ ‗Why am I here?‘ and ‗What is life?‘ to a broad audience, in an easy to absorb manner. It is themed around the power inherent in instinct, relationship and memory, and the role of the imagination in understanding the context within which they interact. Conceptualized in the summer of 2011, The Song of Yin and Yang was written in India and Canada, but it took the home-like atmosphere of Arte Studio Ginestrelle for the visuals that accompany the story to take shape, in the spring of 2013. It is the third in a series of writings – preceded by ‗A Bagel on Bagot Street‘ and ‗Sunflower Bread on a Saturday Afternoon‘ – that I have only found time for in recent years. Professionally trained as a journalist and an urban planner, I currently work with the Government of Canada in Ethiopia, assisting local governments to manage urban growth in an ecologically responsive manner. My impressions of this experience can be accessed at: www.thewaterhorseandi.wordpress.com poojakumar.wfl@gmail.com Washed in on the Salt and Out is a Place are concurrent projects, borne of the tides, whose catalyst was a hurricane that struck the east coast of the United States and New York City. In the aftermath of the storm, while walking on the beach near my home, I discovered an array of personal possessions washed in on the salt. Photographing, painting, and reconstructing this strange assembly of lost and found items became a personal way of coming to terms with my own vulnerability to unexpected, catastrophic events, with a natural progression on how others deal with, and protect themselves from loss. As the project grew, patterns began to emerge, not only on what is taken away, but also on what is discarded, tossed aside, and thrown out, without the conscious awareness that out actually is a place. It looks at the tethering of our lives to possessions and the wonton collection of unnecessary objects. These parallel projects touch upon the human condition, what we hold dear, need, as well as what objects we choose to define our lives. In November 2013 the project continues in Assisi, Italy, a place renowned for sacrifice of both saints and ordinary men, giving yet another dimension to the project. Inspiration here will be taken from the words of the city's patron saint, Saint Francis, ―It is not about what is lost, but what is found at the core of our being that gives our life value.‖ Here, the theme progresses toward the tangible and symbolic elements of voluntary, emotional and physical loss balanced against fundamental values. It will also look at what is gained from loss, be it spiritual, philosophical, emotional or material. www.VirginiaMallon.com

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GAIL GORIESKY Alexandria, Virginia USA Bachelors in Art Practice, Michigan State University San Francisco Art Institute DeYoung Museum of Art Academy of Art, San Francisco ANN MANUEL Visual Artist, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada BFA, Mount Allison University - B.Ed, Queen's University MA, University of British Columbia The Worry Ladders is an installation of five ladders representing five worries central to my understanding of environmental, political and cultural changes and how they relate to my world. The work has its origins in a quote from Edward P. Jones book The Known World in which the head slave reminds the master that he need only worry about having enough water for his crops and to ‗not go any further up the worry ladder‘. The first ladder in the work, constructed during the Arte Studio Ginestrelle residency, is made using gilded trees from Mount Subasio Park and represents my worry regarding Knowledge and Education. I have incorporated 'The Golden Tree of Knowledge' often referred to in many religions as well as the 'Ladder' to which St Francis often compared Education. A 100' timeline of related drawings and monotypes incorporating the simplicity and spirituality of my surroundings is also part of the work completed during the residency. The ‗worries‘ are distilled into five themes, some of which are also an elaboration of the recurring themes in my two dimensional work. They include Knowledge and Education, Environmental Stewardship, Balance, Technological Advancement (what we have lost), and Building Community. The ladders will be installed first in a natural setting and then in a gallery setting under a false ceiling of clusters of red alder branches suspended as clouds. Additional works completed during the residency include the continuation of the Food for Thought project. In this project words representing virtues are stamped into cutlery that is is in everyday use at the studio. Using the tools we use to nourish ourselves, this work references the research and literature on the power of intention. The artist gratefully acknowledges the support of artsnb. amanuel@nbnet.nb.ca - www.annmanuel.com I don't set out to produce art in a strictly defined predetermined manner. Constantly I‘m drawing and painting in my mind images and things that I observe. Generally, I tend to work in several different styles, often getting bored and switching or creating another style. With time, I began to notice patterns or styles and recurring symbols I hadn't intended but am now pleased with. Much of my work tends to focus on people and imaginary creatures to convey psychological and spiritual influences. Recently, images and symbols have become more whimsical. Some of my more abstract pieces merge with a type of surrealism whereas distorted imaginary and real images combine in a complexity not originally intended. Color has been a dominant part of my work. This aspect of painting has come naturally for me. My intent at Ginestrelle is to focus on the beautiful surrounding Italian landscape. This will be a departure from my usual styles. www.galinka.com

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