MacDowell, Weeks 1 and 2

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

NEF studio - oldest residency in the country but this is one of the more recent structures, built in the early 1990's.

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

The amazing NEF front window

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

My fireplace

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

The NEF darkroom

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Close up of one of the tombstones, every studio resident signs when they leave

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

My first visitor

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

My first visitor

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

The famous lunch basket closed...

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

the famous lunch basket, open...

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Cold weather array in the library.

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

One of Neel Mukherjee's favorites, from his reading

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Painting easel from repurposed dark room trays and film reels

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Arrival of the boxes

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Commandments for working at MacDowell, but really for anywhere

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

No lights outside equals a very black night.

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

My driveway and the road to Colony Hall

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

The view from my window

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Getting to work

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Valentine's Day at MacDowell with Amy Gerstler

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Thanks for the use of the lightbox Zoe!

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Quilt templates for making watercolors

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Looking out my window, NEF

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Getting the quilt templates on the wall

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Walking to dinner at Colony Hall, about half way there

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

A quilt from the The Quilts of Gee's Bend in Matt's presentation

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

From Matt Phillip's presentation

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Painting by fellow resident Matt Phillips

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Detail of a painting by fellow resident Matt Phillips

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

the cold weather array in my studio

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Getting there with the quilt templates, working towards a total of 123

From Vinland / Quilt by Cindy Bernard

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Panel 6 from Vinland: Quilt

From Vinland / Quilt by Cindy Bernard

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Panel 101 from Vinland: Quilt

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

View of the library, old and new buildings

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

First edit of Episode 1961 from Your View of (Social) Nudism

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

My own personal boulder

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

The library consists almost entirely of contributions from MacDowell fellows, here's mine

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Touching remembrance in the basement of Colony Hall

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

100 quilt templates on the wall, 100 quilt templates...take one down...

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Michael Grossman organized a screening of Our Town (which was written at MacDowell and loosely based Peterborough) - MacDowell fellow Spaulding Gray as the Stage Manager

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

NEF

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

First fire in NEF with tombstones

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Masks for Vinland: Quilt

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

From Vinland / Quilt by Cindy Bernard

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Panel 67 from Vinland: Quilt

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Max Posner and Scott Adkins - from Scott Adkins' re-enactment of a Tom Murrin full moon ceremony

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

From Scott Adkins re-enactment of a Tom Murrin full moon ceremony

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

From Scott Adkins re-enactment of a Tom Murrin full moon ceremony

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

From Scott Adkins re-enactment of a Tom Murrin full moon ceremony

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

My tarot

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

From Your Personal View of (Social) Nudism: Episode 1961

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

First wall arrangement of Episode 1961 on the wall.

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

MacDowell Residency Weeks 1 and 2, February 2016

Walking to breakfast at 7:30am and 20 degrees was tough, so I stocked up.

MacDowell, Weeks 1 and 2

February 26, 2016 Elsewhere, Residencies 0

MacDowell is my first non teaching residency and so far it’s been amazing. Four weeks of time, supported in every way possible. Lunch is even delivered to my door each day, left just outside on the screen porch so as not to disturb the working process. Extraordinary. I’m writing from a library filled with contributions from other MacDowell Fellows, to which I’ve been given a key for 24/7 access. I’m also writing just as some of the closest friends here have completed their stay and left….it seemed like a good time to report back to friends at home.

I’ve been concentrating on two bodies of work: an evolution of the social nudism project which I’ve broadened to a larger history presented as a series of episodes divided by year, and a series of watercolors for Vinland based on a quilt acquired from my Aunt Gladys in Beaches, Newfoundland.

Read about weeks 3 and 4.

 

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