July Artist of the Month ~ Martin Dominguez Ball

Martin SAC bio picMartin Domiguez Ball is an artist, musician, teacher, husband, father, friend and neighbor to many of us in Warwick, NY. Open, passionate and genuinely interested he is; in his work, his personal life and in how he brings art and creativity to the Warwick community.

He is also Village of Warwick’s 2015 Artist in Residence…a well deserved appointment, as those of us who know him would heartily agree. His work is animated, vibrant, alive and certainly varied in form, function, style and medium. His heartfelt, inspired expressions tell a visual story and our interview answers some of our questions…

Sea Nymph
Sea Nymph
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Gm

 

SAC ~ Tell me first a little about your history – anything you would like our readers to know…

Martin ~ I was born and raised in Uruguay, South America. Making art, playing music and building things was always a big part of my life. When I was younger I would often sit at the table and draw cartoons or play piano for hours. I’ve always truly enjoyed every aspect of art. At age 15 my parents decided to come to the United States. Life in the US proved to be quite difficult for many years, but art was always there for me as an escape route. Playing guitar became a big part of my art practice through some hard times. Later, I formed an original Latin fusion band called “Larrama” performing in venues throughout New York City as well as festivals and other places in the Tri-State area. My paintings, drawings and sculptures have been well received in galleries in NYC and beyond in solo shows and group exhibitions. Now I continue to develop my personal art practice as well as my professional practice as a graphic designer and college professor.

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Zero

 

SAC ~ Tell us about the kind of art you make or take part in…

Martin ~ I must say, I love all different kinds of art and art practices. I am a multi-disciplinary artist. I love to paint, draw, make sculptures, play music, making my ink on wood designs, graphic design and film. Film making was something I explored while working on my MFA and has become a big part of my art practice.

SAC ~ What was your motivation for making art?

Martin ~ I believe I was born with the need to create things. From a young age I was always drawing or make things in my grandfather’s workshop. At one point I was obsessed with the Pink Panther and drew it over and over again. I must say, I drew a pretty good Pink Panther. I guess my motivation was the absolute pleasure and peace I got out of creativity.

Gladiator
Gladiator

 

SAC ~ Who are your favorite artists and what about their work do you love?

Martin ~ My favorite artists are Rembrandt, Artemisia Gentileschi, Salvador Dali and multi-media artist William Kentridge, just to name a few. I love their passion and dedication to their craft as well as the way I feel when I look at their art. They all tell powerful stories with their work in their own unique ways.

SAC ~ Is there anyone who particularly has influenced your work?

Martin ~ Not anyone in particular, however, looking and learning about different kinds of art and artists has, and continues to inspire me. So I guess if knowledge was a person, she influenced my work.

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Flores

SAC ~ What about the process is the most fun? What is the most satisfying part of the process for you?

Martin ~ I love the idea of materializing something that I have envisioned with my mind’s eye. I feel as if I can reach into my head, pick out a project and work on it so that later on I can physically hold it in my hands. This piece of art that only existed in an intangible dimension now asserts its presence occupying real space in real time. That fascinates me. I also like that while making art there is no such thing as a mistake, but rather an exciting opportunity for a different outcome. I believe it’s best to let art lead the way and dictate the outcome, instead of trying to control and hinder its inventiveness.

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Crow

 

SAC ~ What is the most difficult part of the process?

Martin ~ The most difficult part for me is abandoning the idea of perfection.

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iFix

 

SAC ~ What motivates and inspires you to do the work?

Martin ~ At all times, I literally have tons of ideas for art projects; my motivation is the need to see them come to fruition. Another thing that motivates me is the different ways in which we can use art as a tool to raise awareness on issues of concern; not to seek acceptance but the willingness to converse and inspire change.

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Stallion

SAC ~ Is there anything else would you like to say about what you do?

Martin ~ For me art is not just something I do, but a way of life. Without art life would be bland and boring.

The Watcher
The Watcher

 

SAC ~ What else are you involved in that you would like others to know about…

Martin ~ I now teach art and graphic design at St. John’s University and SUNY Orange. Also, I have a mutual project with my wife Joan Ball called Story Solutions Group, where through storytelling and visual communications we help individuals or companies take their business to the next level. Currently, I am honored to be Artist in Residence in Warwick, NY and will be working on a year-long project.

I Love NY
I Love NY

 

For more about Martin Dominguez Ball visit his website here:  www.martindb.com

Visit his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/martin.dominguez?fref=ts

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May Artist of the Month – Ian Sharp

Ian Sharp

As Ian is our inspiration for Project Knomad and Sharp Arts Community – which is about sharing arts with our youth – this month I want to focus on Ian’s artwork as a spring has sprung tribute. Spring has finally come to our little town and the kids are out and about, especially at one of Ian’s favorite places, our skate park. Ian’s work reflects love of movement, be it skating or painting…

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Enjoy these next images of some of Ian Sharp’s work. We miss him, we love him, we feel him near every time we create, skate and participate…

Deep Thoughts - Coltrain By Ian Sharp
Deep Thoughts – Coltrain By Ian Sharp
Skateboards by Ian Sharp
Skateboards by Ian Sharp
Judgement Day by Ian Sharp
Judgement Day by Ian Sharp
Always On My Mind by Ian Sharp
Always On My Mind by Ian Sharp

You can enjoy more of Ian’s work here:

The Art of Is ~ https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Art-of-Is/148857431802211?fref=ts

We support Ian Sharp’s work with arts and youth here at Project Knomad:

https://www.facebook.com/ProjectKnomad?fref=ts

Stay tuned for more of Ian’s work and story!!

April Artist of the Month: Caroline Siecke-Pape

SAC interview with Caroline: Encaustic and more…

'Italian Church'‘Italian Church’

SAC ~ Creative expression – what is your favorite or current (or both)?

Caroline ~ Mostly painting – lately loving Encaustic.

SAC ~ Tell us something about the Encaustic process, and what you love about it?

Caroline ~ I love the Encaustic process – it’s meditative to heat up the wax on a hot plate and brush it onto board. I like to get contrasting textures on the same piece. Smooth and shiny next to rough and brush stroke-y. My favorite part is buffing it to a shine when my piece is done.

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SAC ~What medium do you usually paint in, and what do you like/dislike about that medium?

Caroline ~ When I’m not painting with Encaustic, I paint with acrylic or I draw with a pen. I am fascinated with lines and how they interact on a surface. Every medium can be frustrating sometimes, but a lot of times the mistakes turn into something amazing that you wouldn’t have imagined without trying.

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SAC ~ Were you always interested in drawing and painting? Who encouraged you?

Caroline ~ I would draw and write as a child and did well in art in high school. My high school art teacher encouraged me to apply to Savannah College of art and Design where I studied illustration. After college I gravitated toward graphic design and would paint on the side.

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SAC ~ Were there any particular inspirations or motivators that sparked you to draw? What or who are your subjects for your painting/Encaustic?

Caroline ~ I tend to home in on one subject matter for a while, then burnout on it. For a while I really enjoyed doing religious icons. I’m not a religious person, but some of the stories and images are so intriguing. Then I was doing a lot of birds – hummingbirds in particular. I loved being able to do a feather in one brush stroke. Now I’ve been mixing architecture in with birds. I like the juxtaposition of man-made and natural.

'St. George'‘St. George’

'Sleeping Magi'‘Sleeping Magi’

SAC ~ During our conversation you mentioned to me you liked to write, do you still enjoy writing?

Caroline ~ I don’t write much anymore. I would write and draw a lot as a child when I got grounded as punishment. A lot of time these ideas would come from somewhere else – almost like channeling. I would go into a zone and not realize what I had created until it was done.

SAC ~ Do you have a favorite painter or illustrator?

Caroline ~ Wow. Hmm – favorite? It changes all the time. When I was studying illustration in college my favorites were Maurice Sendak, Ralph Steadman, and Aubrey Beardsley. Favorite painters include German Expressionists like Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and Oskar Kokoschka. Work in Encaustic lately has me appreciating abstract art.

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SAC ~ Where do your influences for your work come from?

Caroline ~ I’m influenced all the time. Mostly by friends and what I see and how I feel. My friend Valerie at Art Works has always been encouraging and my friend Linda introduced me to Encaustic and has invited me to work in her studio several times.

SAC ~ What about the process is the most fun? Do you have a routine or ritual that gets you working?

Caroline ~ Looking at art books and my own scribbles and sketches gets ideas going. Lately I’ve been combining my own sketches and drawings together which is interesting because I’ll blend two or three different time periods of my own work. It’s introspective, retrospective and forward-looking all in one.

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Visit Caroline’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/sieckepapeart?ref=hl

And her Pinterest page for more! https://www.pinterest.com/sieckepape/

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Olivia Baldwin AOTM Interview Part Two – In her own words: The Seligmann Center…

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A bit of history…
The Seligmann Center is housed on the former homestead of Kurt Seligmann, a Swiss-American Surrealist painter and printmaker. The Seligmanns first came to New York from Paris in 1939, ostensibly for an exhibition of Seligmann’s work at Karl Nierendorf Gallery. Both Seligmann and his wife, Arlette were Jewish and although they planned to eventually return to Paris to live, they never did. Seligmann was the first of the Parisian Surrealists to arrive in America and was instrumental in securing the necessary papers and affidavits to rescue his colleagues.

The Seligmanns initially lived in New York before acquiring a former dairy farm in the hamlet of Sugar Loaf, New York in 1940. Dividing their time between New York, where Seligmann taught printmaking at Brooklyn College, Briarcliffe Junior College, and the New School, and their homestead in Sugar Loaf, the Seligmanns entertained many guests including friends Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Calder, Yves Tanguy, Kay Sage, Max Ernst, Dorothea Tanning, Peggy Guggenheim, Meyer Schapiro and many others. In Sugar Loaf, Kurt used the barn and the farm outbuildings as his studios and maintained an impressive library, with a particular interest in the occult, and Arlette cultivated a garden and raised sheep, cattle and rare birds.

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Organizational information: 

The Seligmann Center at the Citizens Foundation is an art center located on the 50-acre rural homestead of Swiss-American Surrealist Kurt Seligmann (1900-1962) and his wife Arlette (Wildenstein Paraf) Seligmann (1906-1992). The Seligmann Center is committed to celebrating the artistic and intellectual legacy of Kurt Seligmann, honoring the history of its site, and presenting contemporary work by emerging and established artists. The Center is home to four galleries and performance spaces, housed in the homestead’s converted farmhouse buildings, a sculpture park, and the Robert Fagan Art Library, the largest public collection of art books in the county. The Seligmann Center’s Permanent Collection features 112 prints, and 19 paintings by Kurt Seligmann, as well as an archive of the couple’s photographs, letters, and personal effects, a portion of which are on view in the Seligmanns’ home.  Founded in 2010 by the Orange County Citizens Foundation and a group of artists, the Seligmann Center offers rotating exhibitions, workshops, and performances that interpret surrealism, trace its origins, and explore its contemporary resonance.

The Center is located about 50 miles northwest of New York City in a vibrant rural area of Orange County in the village of Sugar Loaf.  The history of the site is palpable—Max Ernst slept in the Guest House; Marcel Duchamp shot five bullets into the barn foundation; Alexander Calder pulled prints from the very same press that is still in use today, and others, including Yves Tanguy, Kay Sage, Peggy Guggenheim, and Meyer Schapiro, spent time on the property.  In its four years the Seligmann Center has presented works by such notable artists as Robert Whitman, Hiroaki Sato, Jacob Kierkegaard, Katinka Fogh Vindelev, Philip Pearlstein, Chaim Gross, Cy Twombly, and Lynne Sharon Schwartz.  The Seligmann Center honors the Seligmanns’ legacy and welcomes the new, presenting contemporary work that enriches, challenges, and connects.

Olivia Baldwin and her role at The Seligmann Center

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Olivia show pieces 2Works by Olivia Baldwin from her show: “Exotic, Fur, Etc.”

I curate or co-curate most of our programming. We are lucky to have an amazing programming committee. The committee has been in place for about five years and is composed of a group of artists, writers, historians and enthusiasts. All of our members live in the county and many of them have been involved since the beginning. They are the backbone of all that we do.

I’m committed to presenting dynamic work from artists of all disciplines. Most of the artists we show wouldn’t self-identify as “surrealists” but there’s always a thread – a connection to surrealism or to Seligmann. Sometimes it’s subtle, more often its evidence of what’s come out of the movement and how it’s manifested in the Twenty-First Century. Katarina Riesing is a great example of this…we showed two of her Galaxy pieces, which are composed of photographs of all of the moles on her body. Her work is strange and thoughtful and fresh. Once she committed to doing the show she bought Seligmann’s book, The History of Magic. A few days later I got a call from her because she’d just come upon his mole divination chapter! She couldn’t believe it. But I think all of us who are making things, whether material or ephemeral run into these sorts of coincidences, especially at a place like this.

Katarina Riesing GalaxyKatarina Riesing ~ Galaxy

We’re committed to showing work by emerging artists as well as work in new genres. In the coming months we’ll feature site-specific works by Riva Weinstein, Lisa Brekznak, Mimi Graminski and a community-built, site-specific sculpture project by Sue Wrbican. We have a number of performances, lectures, readings, and events in the works and are partnering with other local organizations.

More info regarding Sue Wrbican’s project can be found here: https://bay174.mail.live.com/mail/ViewOfficePreview.aspx?messageid=mgzgghvEvZ5BGRpGw75adLxA2&folderid=flD0iRFCLwBkmeLwr6i826jw2&attindex=6&cp=-1&attdepth=6&n=11197268

Aside from our programming we are also committed to showing Seligmann’s work and caring for our collection of 112 prints and 19 paintings. We are currently focused on securing support to conserve the collection. This is a long process, but we are on a good road.

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March AOTM Olivia Baldwin ~ Interview, part one!

Olivia Baldwin in her studio

SAC ~ What is your creative expression?

Olivia ~ I primarily work in painting. Even when I’m not actually painting, I think I apply that sensibility to my work, or it translates…some of it becomes sculptural or performative, or moves into installation. I also write – mostly creative non-fiction. My writing and my visual work rarely intersect, at least not directly. When I’ve tried to mix the two approaches its felt forced, or somehow too overwhelming. I’m all for interdisciplinary work, but don’t find my writing and visual quite work together in the way I’d like.

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SAC ~ What were/are your motivations? What started it?

Olivia ~ From the beginning, my parents encouraged me to create. My mother’s background is in fashion. She wouldn’t self-identify as an artist, but she’s an artist. My father was a musician and an educator.  My mother has always said, “Where’s the poison?” meaning, “Where’s the tension?” That’s something I carry with me. For her it’s usually related to color, but I also apply it to form and surface texture. As a child, when I made a mistake in a drawing, I’d patch the drawing rather than start a new one, maybe an indication I’d paint. I’ve never been a perfectionist.

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SAC ~ You mentioned falling in love with painting, that Italy was a breakthrough…

Olivia ~ I’ve had many wonderful teachers. Lorenzo Pezzatini, a painter I studied with in Italy has been particularly influential to me, not only because of who he is, but also because of what he allowed me to see in myself, in my own work. He gave me the confidence to paint, to believe in my instinct, to express for expression’s sake. He told me I had the soul of a painter – it needed to come out. It came at a time when I really needed that kind of backing.

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SAC ~ Tell us about your process…

Olivia ~ I don’t plan the paintings, or whatever it is I’m making. Occasionally I’ll assign loose parameters, but even when I do, the paintings/works surprise me. If they don’t, then something’s wrong. I appreciate the immediacy of painting, the push and pull of it, the material on my hands, and the sense of discovery. Because I work abstractly, and because of the way I work, the beauty is in the discovery – in the pealing back and the layering.

By nature I’m physical and impulsive and impatient. I take great satisfaction in destruction – covering up entire paintings, sometimes cutting them, sometimes breaking the wood, tearing the paper. It’s satisfying in that, at that point, the painting can’t get any worse, the reversal is necessary. There comes a time when you’ve layered and layered and the paint and the line just isn’t singing in the way you need it to, or your uncertainty is manifested in a way that’s totally uninteresting and you don’t ever want to see the thing again. And then you act and it’s terrifying in a way, but it’s also a tremendous relief. Sometimes I repeat this process several times and eventually discard it, or hide it in a corner, or use it as a drop-cloth.  I like the idea that nothing is precious.

The challenge comes in slowing down, in stopping, in allowing a motif to arise without making it a habit…in keeping it fresh without forcing anything.

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SAC ~ Favorites in your field and why?

Olivia ~ Those who most move me:  Susan Rothenberg, Eva Hesse, Sophie Calle, Antoni Tapies,  Amy Sillman, Marlene Dumas, Richard Diebenkorn, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Anselm Kiefer, Lydia Davis, Joan Mitchell, Miranda July, Egon Schiele, Milan Kundera, Marilynne Robinson…Rothenberg’s paintings are so physical. I love the way she speaks about her work, her discipline; that one has to spend time in the studio, or create time to make, even when you know it’s not going to lead anywhere that day, to make a mark for the sake of making a mark…that the paintings are relationships, and one must give them time. I try to apply these ideas to my own practice.

I’m attracted to the immediacy of Hesse’s work. Her works read as an extension of the body, but it doesn’t feel labored. There’s a tremendous gravity to her work…and yet it doesn’t feel heavy to me – it’s more fundamental.

I first encountered Sillman’s work at a time when I really needed it. I stepped into the gallery and I was immersed in this incredible painting show. I’d just returned from Austria and it had been a while since I’d really felt moved by painting. I hadn’t found it in Austria, and I stepped into the gallery and I was somehow disarmed. Her work is confident and subtle, intentional without being predictable. Juicy, juicy paint – I’m a sucker for paint…for being able to look at something and know what it smells like. They’re luscious but also sort of raw. She’s an amazing colorist–her work is loaded with poison.

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 SAC ~ What inspires you?

Olivia ~ I’m inspired by my friends’ work and dedication to their practices. We motivate one another to keep making, to hold onto the conviction that what we’re making is important, and has the capacity to connect – that it’s somehow fundamental, that it’s not so much about ourselves, or even an object, or a moment, but something larger.

Stay tuned for part two of our interview with Olivia! In the meantime…get to her show!!

EXOTIC, FUR, ETC.
NEW WORKS BY OLIVIA BALDWIN
Opening Reception Friday, March 20, 6:00pm-9:00pm
On View March 20-April 6

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Gallery Hours: The gallery is generally open 10am-3pm Monday-Friday, or by appointment. For good measure, we recommend calling ahead of time (845.469.9459)

Olivia Baldwin also has a solo show in Gallery 1308 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from August 7th to September 29th, 2015.

Introducing March Artist of The Month: Olivia Baldwin

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Originally from the Boston area, Olivia Baldwin studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Not intending to study art – but realizing she needed art, she chose courses – painting, photography, performative work, creative writing – that would fill that sense of need.

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Her experience in Florence was dramatically different in that she was welcomed as an artist, an equal, and learned to trust her creative instincts. Living in Austria brought experiences via inter-disciplinary work and participation in the Spiel Arts Festival. Back to Boston and then accepting a job at The Seligmann Center brought Olivia to Warwick, NY.

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Our two-part interview with Olivia Baldwin begins next week! Find out what motivates and inspires her to paint, create, build.

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Olivia will be exhibiting at the Seligmann Center this month ~ 

EXOTIC, FUR, ETC.
NEW WORKS BY OLIVIA BALDWIN
Opening Reception Friday, March 20, 6:00pm-9:00pm
On View March 20-April 6

Olivia Baldwin Seligman promo pic

Olivia Baldwin is director at Seligmann Center in Sugar Loaf, NY. She is the artist in residence and is involved with programming and the collection at Seligmann.

For more information about The Seligmann Center ~ http://www.kurtseligmann.org/

And here: https://www.facebook.com/SeligmannCenterattheCitizensFoundation?fref=ts

For more info about Olivia, visit her website here: http://livbaldwin.com/

Linda Mensch – Feb AOTM Interview – Part Two!

All About The Dance…

Photo by JoEllen Kelly
Photo by JoEllen Kelly

SAC ~ What made you want to do this? What started it?

Linda ~ I started dancing when I was 7 and never looked back, never thought of stopping. My first dance class consisted of ballet, tap, jazz, and baton twirling all in one hour. I LOVED it! After class was over Mrs. Dirken, my dance teacher, would have us line up as she hand wrote in each of our notebooks the ballet terms we just learned and the tap step we just learned. I wish I’d kept that notebook.

When I was in junior high school, my physical education teacher saw my interest in dance and got me out of school once a week with 2 other high school girls and took us to NYC to Cunningham studio – my intro to Modern dance. It was different and challenging I was hooked. Then I found myself at Fokine Ballet Camp where we went to several shows at Jacobs Pillow where I saw my first Modern dance performance… so weird , so much to talk about when we came out of the theater. I wanted more, more, more…

My mom found The Center For Modern Dance in Hackensack, NJ., where I studied until graduation then continued to Bard College as a dance major. I had a dance company up and running after Bard for several years performing in theaters, parks, schools etc. Menschwerks performed in the NY-NJ area, in Boston and in London, England. I also performed with Dinosaur Dance Company, Spoke the Hub dance company, Aileen Passloff among others.

Photo by Diane Pell
Photo by Diane Pell

The plan was to have a Modern Dance company, to tour the world. Well, I built the company and got to perform. I worked with some inspiring dancers who made my choreography grow to new levels. Teaching became my passion unexpectedly.

Dance Inventions
Dance Inventions

My first teaching job was for blind senior citizens. I loved working with them. I created a dance film where they danced to Keith Richards singing ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’. That began my love affair with the process of teaching. I went back to The Center for Modern Dance (where I studied from age 14) and I began training to become a teacher. I learned something so valuable there – that it wasn’t all about learning the steps – you also really needed to understand where students were developmentally and emotionally. I also worked with special needs students which, later in my life, became another big part of my teaching career. I taught for many years at Gowanus Arts Exchange, and Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn and in area preschools. My days were full of teaching dance and driving back and forth in NY and NJ and I loved every minute.

b and w classesEventually, I ended up moving to Warwick. My first job here was running a summer arts program at Warwick Valley Community Center. After, I taught classes within the Clocktower gym. I had 30 students at that point and with a bit of nudging from a friend I opened the Moving Company on Main Street above The Toy Chest and immediately had 60 students. I hired lots of interesting teachers over my 10 years there and saw lots of students go on to dance professionally or do other interesting things with their lives. I feel so grateful that so many of them have stayed in my life. The Moving Company, true to its name, has had many homes, and has been happily housed at Vastu for the past 4 years.

Photos by JoEllen Kelly
Photos by JoEllen Kelly

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SAC ~ Do you have a favorite choreographer?

Linda ~ I like a lot of choreographers for different reasons. I always liked Twyla Tharp. Her choreography had ease within its complex technical movement. The subjects were interesting. There are so many great companies I admire; Yvonne Rainer, Jose Limon and many more.

"Passage" Photo by Hannah Maxwell
“Passage” Photo by Hannah Maxwell

SAC ~ Who influenced your work?

Linda ~ So many amazing teachers – particularly Marya Warshaw and Aileen Passloff. Both made us think inside, outside, and around the box. Their lessons still come up and make me say, “OH I get it now!” So thought-provoking.

Photo by JoEllen Kelly
Photo by JoEllen Kelly

SAC ~ What is the most difficult part of the process?

Linda ~ The difficult part might be starting, even though it still tickles me. The process is not all fun, it’s sometimes uncomfortable. Early on I learned to ride those times and have faith in the process.

 SAC ~ What about the process is the most fun?

 Linda ~ When the dance begins to have its own life, when the dance tells me what to do next…when the flow takes over.

Performance at Seligmann Center, Sugar Loaf, NY
Performance at Seligmann Center, Sugar Loaf, NY

 SAC ~ What inspires you?

Linda ~ These days I would say anything (can inspire) – a space, a headline, the way a crowd weaves. One of my favorite pieces I performed was called “Lily’s Planet” about a 3-year-old girl playing alone in her room with her doll who was not sure if it was real. The piece was based on real interactions with my friend’s daughter, things she said, how she moved. Another piece “The Unbearable Lightness of Being Barbie” (which also inspired a New Yorker cartoon by Danny Shanahan) was about being single at age thirty depicted through the use of Barbie dolls – Wedding Barbie, Spanish Barbie, Ken was Can’t Be Barbie, etc. Both pieces were danced to the music of Night Ark, an instrumental jazz quartet – with some of the music performed live.

Linda Mensch and Patty Cook ~ photo by JoEllen Kelly
Linda Mensch and Patty Cook ~ photo by JoEllen Kelly

The Moving Company is a thriving part of Warwick’s cultural community. Performances by the company can be experienced in many settings in and around Warwick. In the past, as participants in Warwick’s annual Arts Festivals, you would have found TMC dancing at Scheuermann Farm, at Railroad Green or in Sugar Loaf, NY (below), on Main Street or at Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center. The Moving Company Summer Arts Program dancers performed on the Carriage Path steps, followed by an art show in the adjacent Tuscan Cafe’ (now Sugar Shack Cafe’), and held an art show in Port Of Call (now Millspaugh Furniture). Working with community is something that comes naturally to Linda and her company and something she welcomes doing more of in the future.

‘Warwick Dances’ – part of the Warwick Summer Arts Festival, The Moving Company invited Warwickians to dance…and dance they did!  Check out the video here:

Below are photos from other performances…

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Pillow Dance - recital performance at Seligmann Center, Sugar Loaf, NY
Pillow Dance – recital performance at Seligmann Center, Sugar Loaf, NY

The Moving Company will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2017. Watch for a Facebook events page for details!

For more information about The Moving Company Dance Center visit the website and Facebook page:

http://movingcompanydance.wix.com/movingcompany

https://www.facebook.com/groups/119466066957/?fref=ts

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