The benefits included unlimited time to continue to develop the artworks for Contradictions – Bringing The Past Forward. Plus working in the studio, without distractions, and communicating daily with Bernard Leibov, the director, about the progress my artwork was a huge benefit.
It just seems so appropriate that the first public Artist Talk and open studio for my project, Contradictions – Bringing The Past Forward, a visual interpretation of the stories of African American homesteaders who settled in the Mojave Desert, was at BoxoPROJECTS in the High Desert at Joshua Tree, CA. And all of the visitors’ interest and positive feedback is greatly appreciated.
Another plus was the opportunity to make presentations about my project with students at Copper Mountain College. Professors Renee Gurley (Intercultural Communications), Anna Stumpf (Art and Art Appreciation), and Megan Kinney (3D design and Digital photography) facilitated the presentations to their classes.
Connecting with the community
I really appreciate all the visitors who came to BoxoPROJECTS to hear my artist talk and view the artworks. Their observations and thoughtful questions assist me greatly as I continue developing the artworks for the January exhibition. And, in keeping with Boxo’s philosophy of connecting artist residents with the Joshua Tree community: Gary Daigneault’s radio talk show z107.7 FM Community Radio in the High Desert; star gazing at Natasha Peterson’s and Boxo (saw Jupiter and Saturn); a visit with Eva Soltes at Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology with greens for dinner from her amazing permaculture garden.
I miss the early morning views from the guest house windows. Now I’m back to my daily art practice as I continue to prepare for my Contradictions – Bringing The Past Forward exhibition at San Bernardino County Museum, January 14 to April 10, 2022. More to come . . .