2010

Sculpture in the Park
Cate Park and First Congregational Church Wolfeboro
"Izu" by Morris Norvin

"Izu" by Morris Norvin

Sculpture in the Park featured works by New England artists and was juried by New England Sculptors Association.

Clay Sculpting Workshop
The lawn of First Congregational Church
515 S. Main Street, Wolfeboro
Sculpting Clay workshop

Sculpting Clay workshop

Participants were given a large piece of self-hardening clay to create a sculpture to take home. They were able to visit the Arts on the Edge Sculpture in the Parks beforehand to get inspired. Master potter Deborah Hopkins was on hand to assist participants understand how best to manipulate the clay.

August 3: “The Moving Image: Film, Dance, Animation”
Village Players Theatre, Wolfeboro

The day was split into four events:

  • “Choreography: At the crossroads of Cinema and Dance” — Filmmaker Alla Kovgan of Kinodance, Boston, presented a history of choreography in film with examples followed by a viewing of her award-winning film “Nora”. Lee Barrett, the Mary B. and Henry P. Stager Professor of Theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary, interviewed Ms. Kovgan and moderated public discussion. Journeying through the history of cinema from early silent films to music videos, We discussed choreography on screen. We looked at current and historic tendencies, attitudes and approaches of the film world to dance. We addressed how looking at cinema through the choreographic lens could bridge between the film and dance worlds and demonstrate the tremendous (yet to be discovered) potential of dance film collaborations.
  • Dance workshop ”Improvisation, Moving Body, Moving Camera” with Ingrid Schatz from Kinodance – Improvisation, like any other dance style, is an essential skill to be learned and cultivated. Its heart is listening and presence and its foundation is stillness. This workshop introduced simple tools and strategies for creating rich improvisatory relationships in partners and in small groups. In the context of The Moving Image: Film, Dance, Animation, we also glimpsed into applying improvisation techniques to creating choreography that specifically engages camera into action, and get a taste of how it is to perform for the camera. We asked our participants to bring comfortable clothes to move in and encouraged but not require them to bring any kind of available video camera, a recording media (tape or flash card) and charged battery.
  • Award-winning Animation: “The Man Who Planted Trees” by Frederick Back; “What’s Opera, Doc?” by Chuck Jones; and “Tale of Tales” by Yuri Norstein. We viewed works of the most highly acclaimed 20th Century animation followed by a public discussion with Lee Barrett.
  • “The Sensation of Sight” a film by Aaron Weiderspahn – Winner of the 2007 New Hampshire Film Awards Best Feature Film, The Sensation of Sight is Aaron Weiderspahn’s philosophical meditation on the subject of suicide and the grief process of loved ones. The viewing of the film was followed by public discussion with Lee Barrett.
August 10, 2010 “A Celebration of Poetry”
Pinkney Boathouse, Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro

This event was free to the public and made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities Council and Governor Wentworth Arts Council.

New Hampshire poets Walter Butts (current NH Poet Laureate), Alice Fogel, and Matt Jasper, all read from their works separately.  Alice Fogel presented a workshop, ”Sound and Sense” which explored ways in which the sounds, rhythms, and pacing of words, and the intervals of silence between them, are the lion’s share of what poems “say.”

Through discussion of historical and contemporary readings in poetry, followed by writing and revising participants’ own drafts, we played with sound and its emotional, structural, and sensory effects. Participants were asked to bring rough drafts of unfinished poems.

Walter Butts also presented a workshop, “Secular Faith and the Poetic Spirit”b which examined the relationship between the spiritual and the corporeal, as it might be expressed in poetry. We read representative works, and discuss how metaphor, imagery, and symbolism can serve to evoke larger issues of faith, independent of dogma.

Through writing exercises, participants wereintroduced to strategies to extend the context of their own poems.

There was a forum titled “Poetry and Faith” with theologian Elizabeth Nordbeck, Walter Butts, Alice Fogel, and Matt Jasper  The event ended with an open mic session for the audience.

August 15 – Shape Note Singing Workshop
St. Katharine Drexel Church, Alton

This free workshop was conducted by American composer Neely Bruce, who taught this popular form of 18th century singing.
Participants sang examples from The Sacred Harp and other sources and was attended by amateur and professional musicians alike.

August 17 – “Wolfeboro 250th Anniversary Concert”
St. Katharine Drexel Church, Alton

American Composer Neely Bruce

Honoring the 250th anniversary of the founding of the town of Wolfeboro, this monumental concerts featured music from the time of colonial New Hampshire, including songs about the French and Indian War, and a setting of the Bill of Rights in the style of Early American music by the eminent living composer, Neely Bruce, who conducted.

The concert featured Festival Harmony (Neely Bruce, conductor), a chorus comprised of 50% basses and Shape Note singers from around New England, Village Harmony (Larry Gordon and Malkhaz Erkvanidze, conductors) a youth chorus from central Vermont, fifer extraordinaire, Christopher Layer, and drummer Bailey Beltramo.

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