I'm glad to catch up on the digital life a little bit here...Getting images ready for this post was a great way to remind myself of the experience, (which was one of the most amazing experiences ever!) that I am so grateful to have had! I recommend this place very highly to anyone and everyone!
The Marble House Founders and Staff have created a most restful, engaging place where art, agriculture & the natural world meet somewhere in the middle. In just under two years, they've brought a beautiful, historic home back to life with new energy and a great vision -- it's really impressive what's been accomplished. They've revived the formal gardens, created a new organic, sustainable garden whose produce feeds all the artists and staff at Marble House. They've built barns to host events for the community like their weekly Art-Seed Lectures, as well as Yoga Classes, farm lectures, Writing workshops, and special farm-to-table evenings and other events. They've made a really special place of retreat where artists, writers, dancers, choreographers, videographers, et all can visit & become part of their community. A place where the creative person can rest, recharge and reconnect with their practice alongside others who are doing the same.
The talented residents I was fortunate to share this time with were (in alphabetical order): Jari Chevalier, visual artist and poet, Melissa Diaz, visual artist and art therapist, Jeannette Ehlers, visual , film, and performance artist, Simonetta Moro, visual artist and academic, Judith Rubin, art therapist and filmmaker, Leah Raintree, visual artist, and Deborah Rosen, writer/poet. Please visit their websites to see the range and breadth of their works.
Overall, I felt really cared for there....with my mind, body and spirit nourished by the environment, the time to create, and the healthy & abundant garden produce we were encouraged to graze and cook from. I even lost three pounds - woohoo!
It was a time to for me be with nature, or be in the quiet, or be with others, or be alone with my art and process, with time to experiment there too... it was a time for me to get reconnected with myself and with my source...nature and creativity. And a time to enjoy a big-ass studio space!! what a luxury!!!
In that generous, spacious studio I was able to meet the goals of my project, which were to experiment more with mixed media materials and techniques, and explore combining them with my textile/fiber techniques. I was able to start on some promising new pieces in that direction, as well as make solid progress on fiber pieces I've been working on. One in particular was the large five panel piece I've been working on FOREVER. It's been stalled for some time. I realize now it wasn't just my over-packed schedule keeping me from it, it was the fact that I can't get enough distance back from it in my small home studio to really take it in. Also, I think what happens when something drags on, is that I lose confidence in the idea. So at Marble House, I was able to decide where this piece needs to go. What a relief! it feels like an obstacle overcome.
Please enjoy the gallery of images below my ramblings here. Apologies for some that are poor quality. There are some captions written. I have tons more photos that I didn't include, not sure if I'll do separate posts later, but I hope this will give a glimpse anyway into this special place...hoping that this rings true - that a picture is worth a thousand words, so read on!