On Saturday October 28th we welcomed a number of leaders from the many arts and cultural organizations in the Capital Region to Arts Letters & Numbers Tasting. With this event, we opened our doors to the extended creative community around us: to share our experiences and spaces, and to begin and continue the conversation about how we can best foster collaboration and contribute to the vibrant arts and cultural communities growing in the region.
Friday 25th November
Going back in time at the House on the Hill, we opened the doors to a the speakeasy salon from the 1920’s. It was a classy event with no end-time. Musicians and friends who were either in town for the Thanksgiving weekend or who live in the area year-round came in and out creating a constant flow of sound. Lot's of songs and laughs with everyone decked out in their best pre-war era garb. A wonderful new thanksgiving tradition hosted by Arts Letters and Numbers
Photography © Zelé Angelides. 2016. All rights reserved.
Arts Letters & Numbers would not have grown to where we are today, without the tireless, continuous support and help of our friends and volunteers. Though we sometimes might seem too busy to show it, we never forget it. And we are eternally grateful to each one of you for what you have brought to the project.
The spaces we inhabit have been around for much longer that we have and that requires a certain precision of care and awareness; to repair and maintain and furthermore to imagine their full potential at every step of the way. Luckily we have the privilege of being in a heart-warming community, who sees the value in our project, and support us with their endless dedication. We are constantly learning from everyone around us, whether it’s to fix leaks or washing machines, build walls, and restore barns or how to deal with parasites. There is always someone who has an answer, or knows where to find one. Our work weekends are a great way for this kind of knowledge to be shared, where we bring people together and in a joined force focus on specific facility based tasks. So far, these gathering have made it possible to create spaces for our artists, expanded our accommodations, winterizing the facilities and much, much, more. There are not enough words to show our gratitude to everyone involved in building this project!
Patrick McKearn, jazz pianist, composer and writer has lived in NYC for over 30 years.
Before moving to New York, he studied piano and composition at the University of Illinois with Salvatore Martirano and Thomas Frederickson, performed in big bands and accompanied such jazz greats as Illinois Jacquet, Betty Carter, Oscar Brown Jr. and Abbey Lincoln.
Since moving to New York he has performed with numerous artists including Teri Roiger, John Menegon, Tani Tabbal and Paul Shapiro in various clubs around Manhattan including the 92st Y, 55 Bar, Knitting Factory and Fez. Recent collaborations include a three hour improvised soundtrack for Jan Baracz’s film installation Live Video at Art in General in New York City.
His CD, Throw Out the Lifeline, features his arrangements and compositions, and is available through CD Baby. In addition to teaching privately, Mr. McKearn also works as a Teaching Artist for Lincoln Center Education, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Center for Arts Education and Community Word Project. He also serves as chorus director for the NYC based Project Find Senior Center.
“I am constantly rediscovering my art by sharing in the process of making it with new people and communities, young and old.”
Photography by Joey Pfeifer and Lyndsay Bloom
We were invited by the Sand Lake Historical Society to talk about the history of the Faith Mills, our ongoing programs using these buildings and future plans for their conservation and renovation. Speakers were Diane DeBlois, Robert Dalton Harris, Che Perez and Ira Baumgarten.
A book release event was held at the Mill on May 14th for A Night on Buddy’s Bench – An End of Life Story – an adult picture book written by Ira Baumgarten, a local resident (who lives two mile from the Mill) and illustrated by his mother-in-law Ann Bonville Trombly, another local resident. It was a celebration of how we hold life’s grief and gratitude in the same moment.