Originally published in Compass, August 8, 2013
Haystack to host Session 5 Evening Programs, Spring Exhibition
Haystack’s second exhibition of the summer, which opened July 14, is on view through September 1. They Used to Work Here: Art by Haystack’s Summer Assistants features the work of Haystack Summer Assistants—spanning 24 years—whose creative processes have been influenced by their time at Haystack. The work in the exhibition will be accompanied by text in the artists’ voices explaining the impact Haystack has had on their work and creativity. Events are free.
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts’ Summer Evening Programs Series includes Studio Walk-Throughs around Haystack’s campus by artists sharing their work, ideas, and artistic influences, and End-of-Session Auctions in the Gateway Auditorium. These programs are open to the public, and begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
On Monday, August 12, basket maker Hisako Sekijima and weaver Samantha Bittman will share their work. Sekijima is a Japanese basket maker and a visiting professor at Tama Art University in Tokyo. Bittman is an artist, textile designer, and on faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
On Tuesday, August 13, book artists Beck Whitehead and Audrey Niffenegger will present their work. Niffenegger is a visual artist and writer. She has published two novels, The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry. She is a Professor in the Fiction Department of Columbia College Chicago. Whitehead is chairman of Papermaking and Book Arts at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas. She has taught workshops in papermaking around the country and in Canada. She creates paper paintings and one-of-a-kind books.
On Wednesday, August 14, glass artist Bohyun Yoon and metalsmith Deganit Stern Schocken will present their work. Yoon is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He received a BFA and MFA in Glass from Tama Art University, Japan, and an MFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design. Schocken is the founder and, for nine years, was head of the Jewelry Design Department at Israel’s Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, where she is now a professor and head of the D.Des. program.
On Thursday, August 15, ceramicist Ayumi Horie will share her work. Horie is a studio potter who was named Ceramic Monthly’s first recipient of the “Ceramic Artist of the Year” award. After the Great Japan Earthquake of 2011, she-cofounded Handmade For Japan, raising over $100,000 for disaster relief. Ayumi Horie is on the board of directors of the Archie Bray Foundation and the American Craft Council.
On Monday, August 19, the fifth session technical assistants—artists who aid the instructors in leading classes—will present their work. These assistants are accomplished crafts people working in a wide range of media. On Tuesday, August 20, Haystack staff, many of whom are also studio artists, will present their work. An end-of-session studio walk-through and auction will take place on Thursday, August 22, with studios open at 7:30 p.m. for self-guided tours followed by an end-of-session auction—preview begins at 8 p.m. and auction will begin at 8:15 p.m.