The Sunday Paper #309
April 26, 2020
Did you have a chance to listen to my interview with Ioana Stoian on Paper Talk?
Robbin Ami Silverberg was on the podcast recently, and she’s created a lovely virtual tour of the retrospective of her artist’s books at Pratt Institute.
This might be my last post about TP. Fritzi Huber shows you how to make it out of handmade paper!
Jacqueline Mallegni has curated an amazing show of contemporary handmade paper art which is now virtually on view at Gallery Fritz in Santa Fe with the support of IAPMA (the International Association of Papermakers & Paper Artists). I’m honored to be exhibiting in A Conversation With Paper with a stellar group of artists, and I was so looking forward to attending the opening. The exhibition is now virtual, and I really like how Jacqueline explains why she wanted to show handmade paper art in America in a short video introduction (we really don’t get the same recognition that artists in other countries do)! Take a look at all of the fine pieces, and contact Justin at Gallery Fritz if you’d like to own one of these works and support the arts at a time when we need it most!
The News from Here:
Our county was the first to be hit with COVID-19 in our state, probably due to the fact that it is an international ski resort. Our health care system was on top of it, planning since they first heard about the virus in January until it got here in early March, setting up the first drive-through testing facility, and creating more space in the hospital if needed (I don’t think they ended up needing it, at least not yet). We’ve managed to flatten the curve, and we have met the guidelines for reopening, which begins today. This is both exciting and terrifying. Let us see what our future holds!
It was just two weeks ago when I wrote here that I was bored. Well this week I found the energy to start some new things. I have a knitting project on my needles, I started reading a book, and my brain has been bursting with ideas for my business and my art. Hooray!
My husband’s company qualified for the Payment Protection Program, and his job will be reinstated on May 1st (he was moved to part-time in late March). He also qualified for work share unemployment, which filled his income gap. If you need financial assistance, I believe it is there. The number of programs and e-mails I get about them is overwhelming, and it is hard to determine whether I’m eligible or deserving (I have food on the table, a house, a husband with an income, etc). I decided to apply for a grant and for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to replace lost income from a teaching gig I lost earlier this month and summer events in the studio.
I listened to a lovely interview on On Being yesterday with Krista Tippett. She interviewed Stephen Batchelor about finding ease in aloneness. I enjoyed his description of solitude as the art of being alone. And he actually talked about how artists are good at this (this is not an art podcast). It is rewarding to have someone puts something into words that I’ve thought about and identify with.
Stay well my friends. May we all strive to find beauty and peace in our solitude!
Thanks to all of you who filled out my survey for the upcoming online class Paper + Light. I will be in touch with more info soon. In the meantime, if you missed it last week, here’s the premise, although I am now leaning towards one 6-week session.
I think we’re all going to be a bit travel shy for a while, and sadly, I’ve been seeing workshop venue after venue cancelling their summer workshops (my own included). I am planning a fun online class with the intention of getting us through the summer together as we explore paper + light through a series of weekly exercises. Stay tuned for more information, but here’s what I’m planning:
I’d love your input, and if you fill out this short survey about the class, I’ll send you a $10 coupon when class opens for registration. We could all use a little more light in our lives!
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Thanks, Helen, for your “Sunday Papers.” There’s always something new and interesting. Best wishes from San Francisco,
Awww, thank you, Ellen!