12.24.2009

Happy Holidays!

I found the perfect gift for someone with money to get you

Happy Holidays from some starving artists! CozInk will be whoopin' it up tonight in Woodstock. Be safe, and make merry!

12.14.2009

Mucho Arborea News!

Arborea has been BUSY! I have three bits of awesome news to share about stuff going on in the musical endeavors of Buck & Shanti.

The first is the inclusion of Arborea on a beautiful tribute album, produced by Wears the Trousers magazine. Wears the Trousers is a print and online magazine centered around women in music. The album is "Beautiful Star: The songs of Odetta" and is a tribute to folk musician / civil rights activist Odetta Holmes. Sales from the album will help the Fawcett Society and the Women's Resource Centre. Arborea's contribution to this album is a calmly powerful cover of "This Little Light of Mine", which you can download from Amazon or iTunes and hear below.

Which leads to the second bit of news; the Maine Video Activists Network and Craig Saddlemire produced a 40th episode music video that features Arborea's recording "This Little Light of Mine." The video gathers clips from the previous 39 episodes that MVAN has produced, and follows the organization from its start in 2006. The video can be seen below.



And the third and last bit of news is that Arborea will soon be kicking off their month-long European tour. Leaving in mid-January, Buck and Shanti will kick off the tour with an appearance on the Planet Claire radio show ( 93.1FM) in Paris on January 20th. From there they will tour France, Spain, and Italy before ending the tour with a show in Brussels, Belgium. For more information and specific dates/locations, see Arborea's website.

12.12.2009

the Solid Supper

We're just emerging from Flu-Hell, and I'm finally clear headed enough to start blogging again. So for my first blog back, I thought I would point you to an upcoming event that deserves your support!



In the wake of Maine voters' veto of the law allowing same-sex marriage in the state, there could easily be a desire to give up and step back, because you might not know what else you can do. One thing that is incredibly important is supporting Maine's queer youth, through programs like high school Gay/Straight Alliances, and Outright L/A, the last remining Outright organization in the state.

This upcoming Saturday, December 19th, several cooperatives from central Maine are hosting a Solidarity Supper at the Turner Grange. The Faire-Op housing co-op, the Bangarang House, and the JED Collective are teaming up to raise money for Outright L/A and the Treatment Action Campaign.

Both are incredibly deserving organizations. Outright L/A provides a safe space and a vital support system for LGBTQ youth in the Lewiston/Auburn area, with resources including counseling, networking, and community. The Treatment Action Campaign is a South African AIDS activist organization. The group works in S. Africa to ensure that people living with AIDS/HIV have access to the health care and community support they need.

The supper starts at 5:30, with music/entertainment starting at 6:30. Admission is a sliding scale donation, and for more information or contact info, please visit the JED Collective site.

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There will be more blogging coming up soon, including some very cool news from Arborea. For now, be healthy!
-Grace

11.28.2009

Upoming art show- Friday, Dec. 4th!


What: Opening reception of 30//30//30 exhibit
When: Friday, December 4th from 5pm-8pm
Where: Roots & Tendrils; a multi-use arts space which can be found at 2 Cross Street, Belfast, Maine.

Currently my entire household (save for the canine and feline members) is laid up with the flu (swine or otherwise, all we really know is that we are tired, achy, whiny, and it sucks), so I'm going to keep this short and to the point.

This Friday, December 4th there is an opening reception for the 30//30//30 exhibit at Roots & Tendrils in Belfast, Maine. The exhibit features 30 works, by 30 artists, all under the age 30, including one piece by yours truly. The gallery has kindly included my photograph, Quiet Movement, in this show.

The opening reception runs from 5pm to 8pm, in the super charming little city of Belfast. Come early to check out the downtown area! I'll be there- I hope to see you!

-Grace

11.22.2009

"a celebration"- they weren't kiddin'!


The organizers of Alive in Lewiston pulled off a beautiful family event on Friday night. Good music, good food, and even better vibes from all the attendees and hosts.

A few pictures from the night:



Thank you to the Lots to Gardens organization for hosting such a great event!

11.16.2009

The CozInk Collective is (finally) on YouTube

I don't really know why it took me so long to create a YouTube channel for us. You know how sometimes you have a reason for doing, or not doing, something and then as time goes on you forget what your reason was? I think at some point I had a reason not to make one, but I don't remember anymore, and it seems silly for the collective not to have a presence there.

So, I give you the CozInk Collective YouTube Channel!

It currently has 10 videos, comprising past shows from Old Man Forest and Arborea. I'm working on uploading more videos, from Jan Mayes and from the L/A Comp release party in 2008, and of course I'll continue to update it with NEW stuff as it happens and I can be there to take video.

11.15.2009

Old Man Forest at Guthrie's, Nov. 14th

There is more video to upload, so there will probably be another post tomorrow sometime. In the meantime, check out the brand spanking new CozInk Collective YouTube channel! http://www.youtube.com/user/CozInkCollective







(pictures & video by grace)

11.12.2009

Alive in Lewiston! A celebration of local food, music, and art


CozInk peeps Old Man Forest will be playing at the Alive in Lewiston event, and CozInk Paper Goods will be present as well, with note cards out for sale, and some Lewiston-inspired photography on display!

About Lots to Gardens: Lots to Gardens is a youth and community driven organization that uses sustainable urban agriculture to create access to fresh food, and to nurture healthy youth and a healthy community. We teach people how to grow their own food, provide affordable access to fresh food, and involve youth as leaders. We help families and youth develop skills and build power for lifelong and community-wide change.

Come out and enjoy some local flavor while supporting a great organization!

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Join neighbors and friends for a night of delicious food, colorful art, and toe-tapping tunes at
Alive in Lewiston: A Celebration of
Local Food, Music, and Art
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Friday, November 20th 6:30 pm
Each season Lots to Gardens invites community members, friends, and partners, for an evening of live and local music, locally made art, and a delicious homegrown meal prepared with food grown in community gardens and farms found throughout Lewiston and Maine. This years featured meal will be prepared by our Chef in Residence, Scott Johnson, from the Blair Hill Inn in Greenville ME, and will be made with
hearty autumn fruits and veggies.
Come celebrate la vida local at this fun, family event!


Tickets will be available at the door. They will be sold on a sliding scale from $5-$50 with a suggested minimum donation of $10 for individuals and $25 for families. Please pay what you can.

Proceeds from the event will go to support Lots to Gardens' Programs.


If you think you'd like to attend or would like more information about the event and the work of Lots to Gardens' and the Nutrition Center please contact us at
lotstogardens@gmail.com or 207 513 3844.

11.08.2009

Leaves of Life


Artwork by Hanna Tuulikki


June 23rd was the official release date for 'Leaves of Life'.

Leaves of Life is the essential collection of songs by some of today’s most creative Indie Folk musicians. This record brings together unique and contemporary artistic voices to create an evocative and stunning collaboration; with all proceeds from the sales of this record going to benefit important relief programs in Africa, and other communities in great need around the world.

Curated and produced by Buck Curran of the Alt-folk duo Arborea, Leaves of Life features 19 exclusive songs by artists Alela Diane, Devendra Banhart, Marissa Nadler and Black Hole Infinity, Fern Knight, Shanti Curran (Arborea), Rio en Medio, Larkin Grimm, Mi and L’au, Starless and Bible Black, Silver Summit, Micah Blue Smaldone, David Garland, Citay, Big Blood, Mica Jones, Eric Carbonara, Ora Cogan, Cursillistas, and Magic Leaves…along with the beautiful art work of musician Hanna Tuulikki. This project hopes to further inspire people around the world to join in vital artistic and social efforts to make a better life for all of us.

In addition the digital release of the compilation will include special bonus tracks by Jozef van Wissem, Laurent Brondel, Denise Dill, and Plains.

To purchase the cd in the U.S. please visit Darla Records

http://darla.com/index.php?fuseaction=e4_ecom.ecom_superitem_detail&item_cat_id=36667

For purchasing in Europe visit here

http://bornerecordings.bigcartel.com/product/various-artists-leaves-of-life

All proceeds from the sale of this record go to the World Food Program!

if you would like more information about the world food program please visit: www.friendsofwfp.org

Please help us get the word out about this record compilation- every cd that sells will help!!!

-Buck & Shanti

and the participating shops are.... !

A few days ago, I told you that several Etsy Maine Team members have pledged 15% of their sales from 11/13-11/19 to Preble Street. "Several members" has now turned in to FORTY SIX shops! Here is my email below- feel free to copy and paste it and cross promote!



The Etsy Maine Team is a group of Maine artisans all selling their work on the online marketplace Etsy.com. The team supports, cross promotes, runs promotions, and often takes a few weeks a year to donate a portion of their sales to a worthy cause.
This month, 46 members of the Maine Team are taking one week and donating 15% of all their sales that week to Preble Street, in Portland. The Preble Street organization includes soup kitchens, drop-in shelters, a food pantry, social work services, supported housing, and many other resources for Maine people struggling with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty. You can learn more about them at www.preblestreet.org
Please feel free to forward this to anyone who might want to shop local and support a great cause at the same time. From 11/13 to 11/19, all of the below shops have pledged to donate 15% of their sales to Preble Street:

Jewelry
http://knitster23.etsy.com
http://junquerevival.etsy.com

http://littleputland.etsy.com
http://folkarttreefandangle.etsy.com

http://quenchmetalworks.etsy.com
http://dreabunny.etsy.com

http://lofteddesigns.etsy.com
http://karhumoon.etsy.com

http://willowandme.etsy.com
http://amaliarita.etsy.com

http://lindydesigns.etsy.com
http://cindyraspiller.etsy.com

http://seesoul.etsy.com
http://posystudio.etsy.com

http://glorijane.etsy.com
http://allsey.etsy.com

http://glassbeadedexpressions.etsy.com


Accessories/Bags/Purses
http://thebeadbag.etsy.com
http://bunnybaubles.etsy.com


Folk Art/Skrimshaw
http://folkarttree.etsy.com
http://rmiliken.etsy.com
http://lindalayden.etsy.com


Sewn/Knit/Crochet/Felted/Woven/Fibers/Clothing
http://constantgalore.etsy.com
http://beckyrose.etsy.com

http://louisiana1966.etsy.com
http://moondogfarm.etsy.com

http://lizzyoos.etsy.com
http://prettysneaky.etsy.com

http://torits.etsy.com

Vintage/Supplies/Digital Arts
http://vintagejunquerevival.etsy.com
http://vintagejewelry.etsy.com

http://paigemaxim.etsy.com
http://vintageimagemadness.etsy.com


Dolls & Miniatures/Plushies
http://camelotstreasures.etsy.com
http://sarajean.etsy.com


Paper Goods
http://cozink.etsy.com
http://sockmonkeycards.etsy.com

http://purplebeanbindery.etsy.com
http://forgottenhues.etsy.com


Paintings/Drawings/ACEO’s
http://jamieribisi.etsy.com
http://discardedtreasures.etsy.com

http://bluebirdiesinger.etsy.com
http://suzannedrown.etsy.com


Home D├ęcor/Ceramics/Pottery
http://malloryalisabeth.etsy.com
http://LaurieSpugnardi.etsy.com

Thanks for reading!
-Grace

11.06.2009

Joint CozInk Show at Guthrie's- Nov. 14th


Arborea is staying busy close to home! Buck and Shanti are playing a show tonight (Nov. 6) at 7:00, at the North Star Cafe in Portland, ME. Portland is a busy town tonight, too, so if you want to head down early, this is the monthly First Friday Art Walk in P-town! Art walk starts at 5ish, and then finish off the night with some live music and good eats at the cafe. Find the cafe online here, and at 225 Congress Street, Portland, Maine.

Also this month, Arborea and Old Man Forest (the latest incarnation of Jessy, Denise, and Jordan's band- formerly known as Tight Light Flight and Sunwell... yes, they are very indecisive) are playing a joint show in their hometown! She Doesn't Like Guthrie's, at 115 Middle Street in Lewiston is hosting both bands live at 9pm on Saturday, Nov. 14th.

Come on out and support local music!

10.29.2009

Etsy Maine Team Raises Funds for Local Shelter

The good folks at the Etsy Maine Team will be donating 15% of all sales from participating seller's shops from 11/13 to 11/19 to a local shelter, Preble Street.

Preble Street is a Maine organization which provides accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty; and advocates for solutions to these problems. Watch their PSA here: http://www.preblestreet.org/home_for_good_video1.php

Help keep Maine women, men, children, & teens warm and empowered this winter! A complete list of participating sellers will be posted on our blog-- http://etsymaineteam.blogspot.com/

10.11.2009

Newly planned printmaking workshop!


Falling Into Craftiness- Leaf-Printing on Fabric
Saturday November 21st, 2pm - 3:30pm at Sweetland Retreat, in Manchester, Maine
Instructor: Grace Kendall of CozInk Paper Goods

Leaf-printing is a fun and easy printmaking method. Using fabric screen printing ink and real leaves, students will create unique, one-of-a-kind fabric art on tote bags, clothing, scarves, or whatever they would like to try! We will also try leaf-printing on paper to make some unique gift tags or cards.

There is NO experience necessary to jump right into this craft, so NO WORRIES! It is easy and fun and yields awesome results no matter what your printmaking experience is.

Kids welcome! This craft is suitable for ages 5 and up, but we do need a parent/guardian there to work with their child. For each parent who registers for the class, one child 10 and under can attend for free.

10.06.2009

Upcoming shows!


Jan & Jerry will be playing some kick ass live music this Saturday the 10th at Holly's Own Deli in Auburn. Stop by 84 Court Street, Auburn, Maine for music and good eats from 6:30 to 9:30! They also have another upcoming show on Oct. 24th at the Smilin' Moose in South Paris, Maine from about 6:30-9:30.

Jessy, Denise, and Jordan (previously Sunwell, and currently performing as Old Man Forest) are playing on Saturday the 17th at She Doesn't Like Guthrie's- 115 Middle Street, Lewiston, Maine.

Pass on the info!
-Grace

9.30.2009

Buck Curran interview with guitarbench.com

I don't think I've mentioned on the blog before that Buck, of Arborea, is also a luthier. Now, I'm probably the least musical person in the whole family, and I don't know anything about guitars, so I may be biased here. I find it completely amazing that Buck can hand craft an instrument that creates such beautiful music. Not only that, but they're just stunning to look at, too. His guitar crafting is truly is a whole artform in itself, apart from the music that is made with them. I can't get over it. To the right is one of Buck's (Curran Guitars) Butterfly Model guitars with a red spruce top, ebony fretboard, Brazilian headstock faceplate, and Brazilian rosewood radial style rosette. Photo (c) 2009 by Aaron Wiens.

This month, Buck was interviewed about his craft, and his guitars, by Terence Tan with www.guitarbench.com. Click here to read the full interview and see more photos of Buck's work.

9.15.2009

Blog Feature and Upcoming Shows in Oct.!

Fairly recently, I added a schedule to the blog layout to keep track of upcoming events featuring CozInk Collective folks. The schedule is right over to the right of this entry, underneath the images of two wonderful CozInk CDs.

As you'll notice, October is shaping up to be a very busy month! Sunwell, Arborea, and Jan Mayes are playing all over New England (and a little further!). In honor of their upcoming shows, I'm going to provide everyone with a few links to see or hear them play, and entice you to catch some of these shows.

Sunwell
Video from Sunwell's performance at Roots and Tendrils in August.
A couple tracks from Sunwell.

Arborea
Video from Arborea's performance at Roots and Tendrils in August.
Arborea's website.

Jan Mayes
Pictures and video from Jan's performance at Holly's Own back in April.
Jan's website.

So if you're going to be near any of these shows, take the chance to support some very talented local musicians!

As a side note, CozInk Paper Goods (me...) has just been featured on the Etsy Maine Team's blog. The Maine Team has been calling for team members to share their work spaces or studios with the blog, and since I just got my first real studio set up, I was only too happy to oblige... You can see the blog, and pictures of my studio here. You can see more work from more talented Mainers by going to Etsy.com and searching for the term "maineteam". That will bring up all sorts of awesome handmade goods that members of the Etsy Maine Team have been working on!

8.28.2009

Make a Donation and help Arborea define their independent spirit!

Please visit Arborea's blog here, and click on the paypal button to donate!

Hi everybody, This is Buck and Shanti calling out to anyone that might be interested in helping to make a special once in a lifetime project become a reality. Arborea has evolved far past our current means, our imaginations are exploding with creativity, and we have many new songs to record. Sadly though, our once faithful old recording machine has finally kicked the bucket! So here we are with loads of music and no way to record it. Our goal is to make the ultimate ‘Arborea’ record without limitations of any kind and document it on film. We plan to invite some amazing musicians and artists (drums, cellos, and walls of guitar and banjo) from around the world to be involved to help us realize this vision. We will also be pressing a special limited run of the recording on Vinyl. When the record is finished Shanti and I, along with our two children will embark on a tour across America…from our home in Maine to the golden shores of California and up to the grand mountains of the Pacific Northwest (this tour will include private house concerts for folks who end up helping us achieve our goal). After touring America we will fly across the Pond to play shows in Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and England…and finish up our World Tour in Europe. Of course we would absolutely love to perform in Australia and Japan, if there is anyone that wants to bring us over!

On the road we will also be helping to promote the hunger relief benefit compilation cd that we have curated titled ‘Leaves of Life’. All proceeds from the sales of Leaves of Life will be going to support vital hunger relief efforts run by the UN World Food Program.

Thanks in advance for being a part of this album! Here is list of what you will receive for your level of donation:



$9 – Seed Level: A free digital download of the album, when it's released.
$25 – Root Level: An advance signed copy of the CD- Weeks before the release date.
$50 – Seedling Level: An advance signed copy and a signed T-shirt.

$100 – Sapling Level: All the above, plus a special T-shirt saying you're a junior executive producer on the album.

$200 to $400- Birch Level: All the above, plus free admission to our shows for a 5-year period.

$500 to $900 – Maple Level: All of the above, plus a signed copy of the Limited vinyl pressing of the record, and a special Thank You in the liner notes of the cd.

$1,000 - Oak: We’ll write and record a song dedicated to you!

$2,500 – Red Spruce Level: All the above, and be mentioned as an executive producer of the album in the cd liner notes!

$5,000 – Redwood Level: We’ll come and do a house concert for you. Invite your friends, and we’ll put on the show of a lifetime. We’ll also invite some special musician guests to perform with us, and also record this unique event and give you a cdr copy for your archives

$10,000 – Forest Level: You get to come and sing or play your instrument on our CD, and you will get mention in the liner notes as performer and executive producer. Free copies of any of our future releases (including special live recordings), Free entries to our shows for life, and we’ll design a unique Arborea T-shirt just for you.


Our goal is to come up with $85,000 for recording, filming, touring and living expenses. We are dedicated to making an Epic record and look forward to including you in our experience! We are also seeking business minded people looking for an investment opportunity. If you are interested in investing a significant amount towards our project please send us an email and we will discuss ways to make this a joint venture.

8.12.2009

CozInk Cards for sale in Minneapolis!



You lucky Minnesotans, you.

CozInk cards are now available in a fabulous brick and mortar store just outside of Minneapolis. Artsy Tartsy is an arts and crafts store in Savage, MN, and as of yesterday when the cards arrived at the store, is officially carrying CozInk cards. I'm happy to be working with Julia, the owner, and hope Minnesotans are pleased with their little piece of Maine art. :)

Artsy Tartsy is located at 14115 Hwy 13 S in Savage, MN 55378.

8.10.2009

Roots & Tendrils show (Part 2)


Part 2 (which actually came first... I just uploaded files backwards) of the Roots & Tendrils show on Saturday night was Sunwell. This was their first show outside their native Lewiston. Sunwell is made up (from left to right) of Denise, Jordan, and Jessy:


Watch Sunwell's performance of Denise's original song, "Fiction"

an old traditional folk song, "Lazarus"

another traditional, "Cripple Creek" (Buffy St. Marie also recorded versions of both Lazarus and Cripple creek- check them out!)

a song that Jessy wrote, "Dallas"



So there it is. I have more video, but I'm gearing up for the printmaking workshop tomorrow. I have 5 gelatin plates to make, paper to cut, supplies to gather, nerves to calm...

Roots & Tendrils, Belfast Maine

I posted about the show, and I'll post more about the show later, but I didn't really talk about the venue much.


"Roots & Tendrils is a multi-use arts venue run by husband and wife team Bub and Meg Fournier" so their website's "about" page starts. It's an informative little page, but it could never really get across how nice the people and the space are. Meg & Bub are both super nice people, who make folks (customer, artists, and musicians alike) feel relaxed and right at home in their gallery.


The gallery itself it in a beautiful old red building on Cross Street. Parking is easy, either on the street or at the city of Belfast's public lot (take a left at the "Public Parking" sign on your way down Main street), which is less than a block away from R&T. Look for the big red building, with an installment of carvings by artist Ron Cowan out front (two are shown in the first picture).

Roots & Tendrils is made up of a gallery space (currently showing
"Little Epiphanies", a beautiful collage exibit by artist
Nitasia S. Timms), a retail component selling hand made crafts by Maine artisans (many of whom can also be found on the Etsy Maine Team!), and a live music venue (with what all the performers on Saturday night agreed was a GREAT sound set up).


As if that wasn't enough- the drive there on Route 3 is one of those classic drives that make you so glad you live in Maine (or so glad you're visiting, as the case may be...). The little town of Belfast is well worth showing up a couple hours early for any Roots & Tendrils show, to give you time to visit the harbor and explore the cool shops along Main Street.


Put it on your list.

8.09.2009

Roots & Tendrils Show (Part 1)


These video files are HUGE, so I'm going to post this in two parts, and the second part ain't coming 'til tomorrow, folks. Those are going to have to upload overnight.
Last night, Roots & Tendrils (an awesome little music venue and gallery that, in addition to hosting music performances, also houses some beautiful art and handmade crafts from Maine artisans) hosted an all-ages double show featuring two CozInk-affiliated groups: Arborea and Sunwell, both out of Lewiston.
The first part of this intimate little show is Arborea:


Arborea performing "Beirut"


and "Seadrift"


You can read more about Arborea, hear more tracks, and find upcoming shows at www.myspace.com/Arborea2

The second post from last night will be pictures from Belfast on the night of the show, and pictures/video from Sunwell's performance, and will be coming tomorrow...

-Grace

7.27.2009

camp weekend



7.23.2009

CozInk Cards in a new brick and mortor


Hashed out some details today, and shipping cards off tomorrow. You will soon be able to purchase CozInk Cards at Dalton Heritage Arts, which part of the Maine Heritage Village in Wiscasset, Maine.

7.20.2009

newness

There are changes in the works for CozInk. Right now, it looks like CozInk, the name only, will morph into just my stuff, and it will cover my Etsy shop and my printmaking. The collective is movingmorphinggrowing and right now it appears the new name will be the Tryall Artistic Collective, and there will be all sorts of cool stuff like a new blog and a website and hopefully even an online marketplace. More to come...

For now, though, the upcoming events are thus:
August 1st, I'll be at the Augusta Art Walk, on the nature trails of the UMA campus. Jamie from Sweetland Retreat offered to share her space, and since I'm teaching a printmaking workshop there in August, it seemed a good opportunity to show some prints, and printmaking crafts, and maybe even do some crafting demos at the event.

August 8th is going to be an awesome show at Roots & Tendrils in Belfast. An all-Tryall/CozInk pairing of Buck and Shanti's Arborea, and Jessy and Denise's Sunwell starts at 8:00pm. This is going to be an all ages show in a great little venue. Tickets are $7 at the door.

August 11th I am teaching a printmaking workshop at Sweetland Retreat, in Manchester, Maine. Class size is limited to 8 students, and sign-up deadline is August 5th. See here for more details.

August 22nd, I am super happy to be sharing a space with fellow Etsy Maine Team member moondogfarm, at the Rock & Art Shop in Ellsworth, Maine.

August is shaping up to be a pretty fun month!
-Grace

7.14.2009

CozInk featured on a Maine craft blog!

Peggy, who owns Three Bridges Sewing Co. also runs a great Maine craft blog called The Fabric of Time. Every Tuesday she does a Twos-Day Morning Artist Feature, where she features two artists from the Maine Etsy Team.
I'm totally flattered that this week Peggy featured my Etsy shop along side Paige/Knitster.

Blog feature is here, take a peek!

7.09.2009

printmaking

The printmaking process yielded some pretty photography this time, too:


For anyone stumbling upon this blog- above are pictures of my usual set up for gel printmaking. I use real leaves, ferns, flowers, and other plants to make the cards and stuff that I sell in my Etsy shop. Printmaking with a gelatin plate allows me to pick up a LOT of the detail in my plants, and transfer that to one-of-a-kind cards and other paper goods.

All photos (c) Grace Kendall, 2009

6.19.2009

Gelatin Plate Printmaking at Sweetland Retreat


Thanks to fellow Etsy Maine Team members Jamie and Joy, I'll be teaching a printmaking workshop at their artists' retreat in August.

Sweetland Retreat is playing host to "Gelatin Plate Printmaking", a one night workshop that will take place on August 11th from 6pm-8:30pm. I'll be teaching about making your gelatin plate and gathering materials, the basics of the printmaking process, storing and disposing of your gelatin, and we'll also try a few crafts that you can make with this process; everyone is going home at the end of the night with at least a couple note cards and post cards they've made themselves.

The cost is $50 ($40 class fee + $10 materials fee), and space is limited to 8 students so sign up fast! Visit Sweetland's workshop page here for more info or to register.

6.17.2009

CozInk Photo on Maine.gov

"Lightning Over Shagg Pond", by Grace Kendall (moi) has been selected as the "Honorable Mention" in a photography contest run by the State of Maine website.
Maine.gov runs photography contests four times a year; for spring, summer, fall, and winter. "Lightning Over Shagg Pond" was submitted for the summer contest, in the "Inland and Mountain Scenes" category. The photo will be displayed in the winners gallery on the Maine.gov website through the months of July, August, and September.

/horn tootin'

-Grace

6.16.2009

CozInk at Valhalla Fields Festival this Saturday!

This Saturday (June 20), there's a great little FREE festival in western Maine. In Poland, to be exact.

Valhalla Fields Farm is a second generation homestead, started in the 70s with the vision that one day the land would serve as a sanctuary of sorts; a place for artists and musicians to share their crafts in a relaxed, low key way. On the longest day of the year, the farm opens its land to the public for the Valhalla Fields Festival. The festival is free, full of great music and art, and a great way to spend a family-friendly afternoon. No one gets paid, and no one has to pay.

CozInk has some stuff going on in the art show part of the festival as well as the music part. I will have one photograph and one printmaking piece in the art show, and Jessy & Denise will be playing music around 2:30 that afternoon.

Speaking of Jessy and Denise, the name "Tight Like Flight" is out, and they are now going by "Sunwell". "Like a well. With a sun at the bottom." as Jessy explained.

I'll be at the festival with my daughter and my aunt, Jessy and Denise will be there for awhile around their set, and some of the other CozInk people may make the trek out to Poland, I'm not sure. Hope to see you there, though!

-Grace

6.08.2009

Shows on Saturday- music, belly dancing, slam poetry, oh my!

This Saturday (6/13) is shaping up to be an awesome night in Lewiston/Auburn!

First, decisions decisions, because the first two shows of the night run at the same time.

At the Faire-Op housing cooperative in Lewiston, there is a potluck at 6pm, followed by slam poetry and music performances at 7pm by Port Veritas, Snapdragon, and Denise Dill. Faire-Op is a private residence, so email or leave a comment if you want to check that out.

Also running from about 6pm to 9pm, you can stop by Holly's Own Deli at 84 Court Street in Auburn for Middle Eastern Night- belly dancing and Okbari Band. (I'll be hitting up this one- I'm supposed to take pictures there)

Annnnd after those, no decisions necessary, because you can come over to Guthrie's (115 Middle St., Lewiston) at 9pm for more slam poetry from the Faire-Op crowd, and music from Jessy Kendall and Denise Dill.

6.07.2009

Arborea on BBC radio

Last month, Buck and Shanti traveled to the UK, with stops in Ireland and then in London, where they recorded a session with Mary Ann Kennedy for her "World on 3" program.

Arborea plays 4 songs on the program (in 2 sets, starting at about 17 minutes in, and then again at 59 minutes in, if you're a little impatient), including one unreleased track; Son of the Moon, Daughter of the Sun, which was written for their two beautiful children. That track will be on the forthcoming "Leaves of Live" compilation album that Arborea has been curating. The album will be released later this month, through Bourne! Recordings, and all proceeds from the album will be donated to the World Food Programme and Not On Our Watch. For more information about the comp, visit Arborea's MySpace page.

To listen to the World on 3 session (which played live in the UK on Friday night), click here.

6.04.2009

Upcoming Art Shows

Tomorrow night is the grand opening of Roots & Tendrils, a new multipurpose art gallery in Belfast, Maine. For their first exhibit, they are hosting a great show called "Visions from Voices" which showcases the CD artwork from local (Maine, New England) music. This is a perfect first show for them, since the space is about drawing together art, music, and retail.

I'm psyched to announce that art from Arborea (CD above is their latest, House of Sticks- artwork by Buck and Shanti Curran) and L/A COMP (at right, artwork by Victoria Koldewyn) are both being included in this first exhibit, and also that Roots & Tendrils is carrying some of my paper goods in their retail side of things. Visit them at 2 Cross Street, Belfast, Maine to pick up Cozink cards, copies of L/A COMP, and copies of Arborea's Wayfaring Summer.

Show: Friday, June 5th from 5PM-8PM with live music following from 8PM-10PM.


And the next night...


Captive Elements Art House is having their opening reception for their June art exhibit on Saturday, June 6th, from 7PM-10PM. The exhibit includes three featured artists: acrylic painter Sarah Vorisek, photographer Abi Wellman, and me, photographer/printmaker Grace Kendall. They will also be displaying works from their house artists during the show, which runs June 6-26.
They will have up eight photographs of mine, along with eight or nine prints, and cards/bookmarks/postcards like what is in the Etsy shop. The show is free, and refreshments will be available as well. The show will be right at the gallery, Captive Elements Art House, 25 Landry Road, Lewiston, Maine.

-Grace

5.28.2009

Jessy & Denise opening for Spoke Ensemble 5/29

denise dill and i are opening for Spoke Ensemble this fri. at guthrie's
'round 9pm.... they have a myspace- it's americana, dutch 2-step music, i
think. they're good. you can check out and and dill's latest on rough ride
of crafts myspace.


see you then and there?

loven,
jessy

5.23.2009

Show at Captive Elements


Saturday, June 6 at 7pm- save the date!

Captive Elements Art House in Lewiston is hosting a 3-person show that includes some of my photography, as well as printmaking, and some of the cards/bookmarks that I usually sell on Etsy. Come out, eat food, drink booze, support the arts!

Also, LA COMP is on sale for $6 instead of the usual $7 up in the Etsy shop, through the long weekend.

-Grace

4.20.2009

Guthrie's 04/17/09 photos & video

On Friday night, She Doesn't Like Guthries hosted a showing of the Neighbor By Neighbor documentary and performances afterward from soundtrack artists Big Blood (out of Portland) and Jessy Kendall & Denise Dill (out of Lewiston).

Jessy & Denise
















Denise Dill & Sherie Blumenthal


Big Blood