Come view an exhibit of quilts made by designer and artist Julie Summersquash.
Meet the artist and listen to an artist talk about her creative process and inspiration.
Enjoy live music, poetry and more by the group Creating Moments, with special guest musician Kamala Burden on tablas.
Partake in refreshments and have a joyful time!
$10 Suggested Donation
About Julie Summersquash:
“I grew up (down South) surrounded by my parents’ artist friends in a family of seamstresses and quilters. I have been sewing since I can remember. Costume and textiles have always been a major focus. Especially the traditional dress of north and west Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.
When I went off to study at the Rhode Island School of Design, it was no surprise that I chose the textile department. I dropped out after a couple of years, it being the 60’s and all. Settling and spending most of my life since in Providence, with time out to travel and live in a woodland yurt for a while.
Working for decades for an Indian clothing importer as a textile and embroidery designer. This allowed me to spend time in that homeland of sensory overload.
When I first produced quilts in the ’70s, they used traditional calico prints. Gradually transitioning to more elaborate Victorian designs and chintz. After a lengthy hiatus, I began working exclusively with the African prints in the quilts on display, which were created between 2006 and 2015. Currently, using simple traditional geometric quilt pattern as a grid to fill with color and pattern. I don’t have a minimalist bone in my body, and my goal is to leave no surface left unembellished, an aesthetic that’s also apparent in my home and wardrobe.”
Saturday, December 15th, 2018
Cocktail: Hour 6 pm
Show Starts: 7 pm
Sean Rowe is an alternative folk singer-songwriter and musician.
Born and raised in Troy, New York, Rowe started playing music at an early age. He received a bass guitar from his father on his 12th birthday and performed in a local band. After receiving an acoustic guitar as a gift from his uncle, Rowe began playing solo.
He wrote his first song at the age of seven on a Fisher-Price typewriter after listening to Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.“ Rowe started seriously writing songs when he was 18. The first complete song that he wrote was called “Turtle,” which was inspired by his friend and singer-songwriter Jeanne French. At the age of 17, Rowe discovered Otis Redding and his song “Open The Door”, which inspired him to begin singing.
An avid naturalist, Rowe often speaks of his fascination with the woods and his connection to the land. After reading The Tracker by Tom Brown at the age of 18, Rowe started a blog about his experiences in the wilderness. He later took courses at Tom Brown’s Wilderness Survival School in Asbury, NJ. In 2006, Rowe studied for a year at Hawk Circle Wilderness Education in Cherry Valley, NY, and completed a 24-day solo survival quest after his training. Rowe also studied under wild food author and expert, Samuel Thayer, and has partnered with Kawing Crow Awareness Center as a guest instructor for wilderness survival workshops and wild edible plant foraging. Since 2009, Rowe has contributed as a blogger to the Albany Times Union on topics concerning nature, wildlife, and his music career.
Since 2003, Rowe played locally in his hometown at open mics, bars, and cafes. He began playing with percussionist Marco Haber, who played on a few tracks on his first album “27”. Shortly thereafter they began playing under the name Mudfunk and recorded a live album, Live at the Grind, as well as a single of “Wrong Side of the Bed” at Studio Zoot in Albany. The latter would be re-recorded for Sean’s solo album, Magic, without Haber and with different instrumentation. He recorded his album, Magic, at Collar City Sound and released it through Collar City Records on April 21, 2009. In 2009, Rowe was asked to open for Noah and the Whale in the United Kingdom. Soon after, Sean signed with ANTI- Records, which re-released Magic on February 22, 2011, and released The Salesman and the Shark on August 28, 2012. On March 4, Sean played his new release, “Downwind”, on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The movie The Accountant with actor Ben Affleck (2016) features Sean Rowe’s song “To Leave Something Behind”
Join us to view an exhibit of artwork by John Hampshire while listening to live jazz by the Julia Donnaruma Trio. Meet the artist, enjoy refreshments and share in this lovely evening with us.
$10 Entry Fee/Suggested Donation
John Hampshire is a Professor of Studio Art at SUNY Adirondack and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally. He is the recipient of many honors and awards, including most recently a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity, a NYFA fellowship grant, and a Purchase Award from the Hyde Museum.