Groove News

Patrick Dougherty & “Bending Sticks” Excerpt Featured at Renwick Gallery Group Show

This excerpt from BENDING STICKS: THE SCULPTURE OF PATRICK DOUGHERTY will be on view at the Smithsonian’s newly renovated Renwick Gallery as part of a new exhibit featuring a Dougherty stick sculpture. Nine major contemporary artists have been invited to install works that respond to the architectural spaces of this historic landmark in Washington, DC. “Wonder” opens November 13, 2015 and will be on view for six months. More info about “Wonder”:

“Peace in Our Pockets” Slum Tour Screenings Continues in Nairobi

Thanks to Kariobangi Mirror and others for hosting the third slum tour screening of Peace in Our Pockets in Mathare #10, Nairobi. Lead organizer of these events, Willis Adika Adeya wrote that this new initiative is awessome as it allows them to reach many people and engage in debate and discussion. His organization, Kariobangi Mirror is focused on social change, civic engagement, arts empowerment and social development in Nairobi’s informal settlements. He hopes the film can reach even wider audiences beyond Nairobi and Kenya.

“Peace in Our Pockets” Screenings in Kenya and Nicosia

We are very happy to have completed Peace in Our Pockets  this past Feb. 2015 and having the film roll out internationally in diverse settings. The film website has also been redesigned to highlight how the film is being used as a tool for change by peacebuilders and how screenings can be a catalyst to support new and existing peace and development programs. Learn more here about how to host and sponsor screenings and bring Peace in Our Pockets to your community.

We are thrilled to share the film at Build Peace 2015 in Nicosia, Cyprus. Fiber Art hand made by Diana Weymar. Copy by Roger S. Duncan
This is an important and unique international gathering of activists, artists, policymakers and others working in the peace and technology field, exploring best practices and creative initiatives that make our world more peaceful, healthy, and resilient. There will be two screenings Friday, April 24th @ 20:30 and Saturday April 25th @ 23:00. More details on the Build Peace Art page here.

Also this weekend KBMirror and other partners in Kariogangi and Nairobi, Kenya host a screening Sunday, April 26th at Hamisi House in Mathare North. This event is one of several being planned in Nairobi’s informal settlements and the Eastland slums where much of the film was shot.  Peace in our pockets poster

Silvia Heyden, Feb 27, 1927– March 2, 2015

SilviaCU NICESilvia Heyden, admired far and wide for her unique gift of weaving vibrant tapestries, died peacefully at sunset on Monday, March 2nd at age 88.  We feel blessed to have worked with Silvia on A Weaverly Path and to have been touched by her warm spirit, humor, and wisdom.  She will be greatly missed by us and by family and friends both here and in Switzerland, but her rich legacy of well over a thousand tapestries and her passion for the arts will continue to inspire us all.

A Report from Asheville Inclusive Arts Coalition

Thanks to everyone who participated, organized and sponsored the Oct. 16th gathering of activists and advocates who came together in Asheville, NC to build more inclusive, accessible communities.
Polly Medlicott, co-producer of A NEW KIND OF LISTENING, was one of the organizers and presenters at the event which touched on many of the themes explored in our film.

You can read more about this great event here…

Doughtery Sculpture at NC Botanical Gardens

Penelope and I stopped by to visit Patrick Dougherty at the NC Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill, NC. Patrick is creating another one of his amazing sculptures as part of the “Sculpture in the Garden” exhibit at the botanical gardens. An artists talk takes place Fri., Oct.17th @ 7pm and the piece should be in completed by Oct. 25th.

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“Bending Sticks” Screens at Varisty Theater in Chapel Hill July 18th

“Bending Sticks; an evening with Patrich Dougherty” on Friday July 18th . This event will include the screening of the film “Bending Sticks” which  highlights the work of environmental artist Patrick Dougherty’s extraordinary and monumental scale works built with live saplings.The film will be shown at the Varsity Theater at 7:00pm followed by a reception at FRANK Gallery at which the artist will be present. Tickets are $30 and space is limited.  Proceeds benefit FRANK Gallery.

“A New Kind of Listening” Featured in SOUTH WRIT LARGE

Kenny has written a piece reflecting on “A New Kind of Listening” for the Spring 2014 edition of South Writ Large.

South Writ Large is a quarterly online magazine that explores the culture of the changing South through its literature, art, music, psychology, and social patterns. The magazine grew out of the Global South Working Group, based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where, beginning in 2007, authors, artists, psychoanalysts, historians, social scientists, documentarians, and other humanists have met regularly to share recent work and to discuss the dreams, history, symbols, art, music, migrations, transplants, and interactions that link the southern United States to the wider world.Polly and Chris Smiles GREAT copy

From the Spring edition….

“I am the captain of my soul.” ― William Ernest Henley
Confinement takes many forms, binding us physically, mentally, or emotionally. Our Spring 2014 issue looks at confinement in its broadest interpretation and examines the ways in which creative expression can open the door to healing or survival for some prisoners of the body or mind. We are inspired by the line above, from William Ernest Henley’s poem Invictus, reiterated by Nelson Mandela when describing his ability to grow into the fullness of his humanity while imprisoned. Contributors to this issue explore the interplay of creativity and confinement in their own lives through written and artistic forms of expression, testifying to the power of self-expression to flourish in even the harshest of conditions.