The Truro Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the publication of its new catalog that includes an extensive Spring, Summer & Fall schedule of creative workshops, topical lectures, poetry readings, contemporary art gallery exhibitions and New Culinary and Garden Arts workshops for the 2013 season. Executive Director Cherie Mittenthal stated that she has 36 new and renowned visual artists, writers, poets and authors coming to the outer Cape for Castle Hill’s exciting educational season. “This year there will be courses never before offered at our campus”, according to Mittenthal. With over 145 diversified artistic opportunities; such as Painting Frescoes, with Michael Biddle, Pictures that Tell a Story, “Children’s Book Workshop”, with Steve Light, Drawing for Fun, with Rebecca Doughty and even Fred and Ginger’s Greatest Hits Film Class, taught in July by Marc Strauss.
Many New Inventive Workshops along with Signature Art Class Offerings
Among the many new classes this Summer at Truro Center for the Arts are: Beyond Plein-Air, with Christopher Volpe, a painter and art historian from New Hampshire, who will teach an outdoor painting class that pushes beyond the imitation of nature and explore the expressive use of design and color. Daphne Confar, a portrait artist from the outskirts of Boston, will teach; More than a Portrait, and will help students work past the “nice” portrait, to make a portrait painting that has psychological impact. Adam Lowenbein, whose work is exhibited in New York, and has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, will teach, Mixed Media and Painting where students will learn how to explore the use of photographs, fabric, paper, with paint to make 2D or 3D work. Daniel Heyman will teach Monoprints on Plaster, a technique that is half way between fresco painting and monoprint.
Returning to Castle hill are many local artists who have taught at the center, including Truro resident and artist; Nancy Ellen Craig, who will teach a four day workshop called Painting the Figure from the Model. Craig is Castle Hill’s honored ELLA JACKSON CHAIR this year and renowned for painting portraits of the famous including; Edwin Dickinson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Hans Hoffman and Norman Mailer. Mark Adams from Provincetown returns to take you drawing and painting on your kayak – a perfect Cape Cod experience.
Well known installation artist Judy Pfaff returns to each a week long intensive in July and her colleague and friend, Joan Snyder, returns to Castle Hill in August, to teach a painting class called The Anatomy of Your Painting. Local Truro pastel artist, Amy Sanders will teach a week long class on the Exploration of Vibrant Realism in Pastel that will reveal a variety of technical tricks that make the process of using pastel easier.
Philadelphia artist Stuart Shils, returns in September to teach his three day workshop called The Perceptual Moment. He will give a lecture on September 19th, the Thursday night before the workshop that weekend. That same weekend, Ken Kewley, also from the Pennsylvania Academy of Art, will teach a class called: From the Literal to the Poetic: Working from the Model, Drawing, Painting, Collage and Sculpture.
Castle Hill is well-known for its ceramics department and has full slate of recognized ceramic artists teaching all season long. Just to name a few of the highlights for the summer, potter Jack Troy, is the Mary Lou Friedman Chair this year and will teach Wood Firing and Studio Workshop; Collaboration with Earth Fire and Spirit.
Bob Green, a ceramic artist and educator from Western Massachusetts will teach Raku Firing and Forming, the magical 16th century Japanese firing process which is closely associated with Zen Buddhism. Susan Rawcliffe will teach a class called SoundWorks in Clay, how to make musical instruments out of clay. A variety of flutes, whistles, and sound sculptures will be made. Guy Wolff will his famous archetypal pottery; crocks, bottles, jugs, and bowls. He is a frequent guest on the Martha Stewart show and is teaching a two day weekend workshop in September.
This year the writing department will feature a class by inaugural poet Richard Blanco, who will run a poetry Master Class on June 20th from 1-4pm. Other poets who are teaching this summer are; Peter Campion, Mark Doty, Martin Espada, and Robert Pinsky. The writers include playwright; Wendy Kesselman, and authors; Mary Dearborn, Anne Bernays, David Unger, Judy Huge, Michael Klein, Sinan Unel, and Tony Kahn.
Culinary & Garden Arts, Photography, Jewelry, Teen & Kid Classes and Classes for the Whole Family
The culinary and garden art workshops are all new at Castle Hill this year. Paula Marcoux, food editor and columnist at Edible South Shore, will give a workshop on Building an Earthen Oven in early June. Go to the website for a more complete listing of all NEW Culinary and Garden Arts classes. Outer Cape raw Chef, Katherine Reed will teach a class; From Bean to Bar in June. Chris Murphy will share his knowledge about Cape Cod Organic Gardening with a garden prep workshop this Spring and a follow up class in the fall for the harvest season.
Local artist and internationally recognized designer, Sally Bridge, will teach single two-hour afternoon classes that the whole family can participate in together, such as: Kids Family Portrait, Paint Who You Love!, Reclaim/Recycle Old Chair! and Textile Stamping to Make a Swanky Castle Hill Beach Bag! Each are held in the afternoon on various Tuesdays this summer, from 3-5pm and all ages are welcome. Teens, can participate in a self-portrait class with a twist. They will combine the language of drawing with text to create autobiographical mixed media work. Artist, Teresa Bonillo, will teach teens to either make a painting with text or a turn a book with text into a sculpture using mixed media and paint in a class called, The Marks You Make, The Stories You Tell; Mixed Media.
Castle Hill offers many more classes in clay, calligraphy, photography, printmaking, puppetry, sculpture, drawing, felting, fiber art and music making with storytelling for the very young, middle school age or high school student to choose from. All other classes including printmaking, photography and jewelry workshop descriptions with teacher biographies can be found on our website www.castlehill.org.
7th International Encaustic Conference
To kick off the season, Castle Hill will host the 7th International Encaustic Conference with partner and founder Joanne Mattera, from May 31st to June 2nd at the Provincetown Inn. The keynote speaker at the conference this year is Barbara O’Brien, who is the Executive Director of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. There will be pre and post conference workshops held at the Truro Center for the Arts.
Limited space does remain for the conference. If you are interested in attending please register online at www.castlehill.org or by calling the office 508-349-7511.
Special Events, Topically Relevant Lectures & Poetry Readings
Castle Hill’s popular evening lectured will continue in 2013 with the first of the John Bunker Lecture Series, established by his children in honor of their father, John Bunker. Dr. Bunker grew up in Truro and became the founder of the department of anesthesia at the Stanford University School of Medicine and died in May of 2012. The lectures will address subjects ranging from art & literature to philosophy, politics and opera. Craig Barnes is the first guest of this series that will be held once a year. Craig was a civil rights lawyer, a negotiator of nuclear issues in Moscow and is now an award winning author and essayist on contemporary political issues. His lecture is called: “The True, the Good and the Beautiful, from 500BCE to 2013.” and will be given on June 18th at 7:30 at the Wellfleet Preservation Hall.
For the next lecture Poet Richard Blanco – the inaugural poet for President Obama, will give a poetry reading on June 20 at the Wellfleet Congregational church and in July — the National Book Award winning poet, Mark Doty will be at the Truro Meeting House on July 16th to give a poetry reading at 7:30.
In conjunction with the “Greening” of the Truro Center for the Arts, Environmental activist and founder of 350.org, Bill McKibben will give a lecture on August 11th at Wellfleet Congregational. He is the Woody English Chair this year. His appearance will coincide with the installation of solar panels at Castle Hill. Listing details for all lectures and tickets can be found on-line at; www.castlehill.org. Call 508-349-7511 for more information.
An event free of charge for everyone is our Castle Hill Tag Sale on May 11, 2013. Also the Postcard Art Sale event takes place on Sunday June 30th. A returning and unique fundraiser, it will feature more than 200 4×6 postcard sized works created by prominent local artists, faculty and students. All postcards will be for sale.
Castle Hill’s Summer Party takes place Saturday July 20th. Come join us as we celebrate 42 years of being a community of artists and a world of inspiration. This year Castle Hill will host an Organic Garden Tour on Sunday, July 28th. Please register early – the event sells out quickly. The Castle Hill Live & Silent Benefit Auction Saturday, August 10th and provides guests a chance to acquire coveted pieces of art by artists of local, national, and international acclaim all the while supporting the mission of Castle Hill. POEMJAZZ, returns with Robert Pinsky and Laurence Hobgood on piano & Stan Strickland on Saxophone on August 14, at the Wellfleet Preservation Hall.
Castle Hill’s founder Joyce Johnson received a Life Achievement Award at the sixth annual Creative Conference Collaborative Conference of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod last month. From its humble beginnings in 1971 when founder Joyce Johnson charged $250 on her new MasterCard to produce the first one page brochure outlining 15 workshops offered by the fledgling school Castle Hill has never looked back. That year, for the first time, students of all ages and skill levels were able to take classes in printmaking, drawing, painting, writing, sculpture, weaving, ceramics, jewelry, wood technology and fencing of all things. Johnson likes to recount how since the very beginning “people of all ages were attracted to Castle Hill as though there was a magnet hidden among the barn’s weathered beams.”
For more information about Castle Hill’s workshops and programs, visit www.castlehill.org, or call (508) 349-2711 to request a catalogue