Thursday, March 26, 2009

Fellows Reunion in New Orleans


New Orleans area Fellows are invited to join Advancement Director Hannah Hanford for a mini Fellows Reunion, Monday, March 30, 6 p.m at bar at The Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Ave. See you there!

Image courtesy www.thecolumns.com.

Monday, March 16, 2009

"as if her breath": An Evening of Poetry and Music with VCCA Fellows



VCCA composer Craig Urquhart will perform selections of his work, accompanied by VCCA poet Jan Freeman on Thursday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. at Klavierhaus, located at 211 West 58th Street in NYC. Email Craig for more information and reservations.

Photo courtesy Craig Urquhart

Thursday, March 12, 2009

VCCA Fellows Meet in Malta


Composer Alex Vella Gregory, who attended the VCCA as a Malta exchange participant in 2008, performed work written at Mt. San Angelo on March 7 at the St. James Cavalier Center for Creativity in Malta. On hand for the performance was VCCA Fellow, Olive Ayhens, who is currently on the Malta exchange.

Thanks to Olive for the photo. Pictured are: Alex Vella Gregory, Carmen Callus (Operations Manager at St James Cavalier), Marouska Attard (soprano) & Olive Ayhens (VCCA artist currently in Malta)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Fellow at Virginia Festival of the Book


Pat Valdata will sign copies of her book, The Other Sister, the story of three generations of Hungarian women, on Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Omni Hotel, as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book. She worked on this novel during her 2006 residency and it was here that she did the final revisions. Now living in Elkton, Maryland, Pat is also the author or Crosswind. Click here to listen to Pat talking about The Other Sister on YouTube. 

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Fellow Publishes First Novel


Christine Hale's first novel, Basil's Dream, has been published by Livingston Press of West Alabama. Her third residency, in 2005, was instrumental in completing the book. "VCCA's paths and vistas calmed the author during more than one revision of this book," she says. Set in Bermuda, the book follows the story of an American family living abroad and their entanglement with one of the country's opposition leaders. Read an excerpt on Christine's website.

Book cover courtesy Christine Hale.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Anki King Exhibits "Sisters" at Trygve Lie Gallery


Brooklyn artist Anki King will exhibit her drawing and painting series "Sisters," based on her experience as the oldest of three sisters, at Trygve Lie Gallery in New York City, with an opening reception on Thursday, March 12, 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will be on view through April 26. Part of this work was created during Anki's VCCA residency last fall.

Anki will also exhibit in a group show "Darkness Descends: Norwegian Art Now," during the Armory Show, March 5-8. In connection with this show, she will open her studio, in Long Island City, for visitors on March 6th, 2-8 p.m. For details, visit her website.

During her VCCA residence last fall, Anki also created two site specific sculptures on the VCCA trail, one of which , "Vine Woman," is pictured here, after the early March snowfall this week.


This work is also being featured at the International Museum of Women.


"Sometimes materials can inspire; sometimes a space restriction or infinite space can challenge, and at times, music can give you unprecedented ideas," says Anki. "I was lucky that all of these came together to give me Vine Woman. Vine Woman wove herself into my mind one night while I listened to a young composer Jeff Stanek play his piece Insinuation in the Leaves. The following day, I immediately got materials for an armature and started collecting vines and branches. A few days and some sore hands later, Vine Woman was placed on a nature trail for all to enjoy. Eventually, however, she will return back to nature."