Congratulations to the five A4A artists who have graduated since February! Our latest graduates hail from all four of the states currently served by Assets for Artists — Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and New York — and include our very first graduates from NYC and Rhode Island. Here’s a snapshot of each:
Singer-songwriter Liz Lawrence is the proprietor of Root Note Studio, a private music school in downtown Lowell, MA. In addition to offering individual lessons to kids and adults, Root Note Studio hosts regular Jam Parties and “Rambles” to connect musicians with each other in a spirit of improvisation and revelry. Liz will use her A4A funds to purchase studio instruments and expand her team of instructors.
Beth McDonald describes herself as “a classically trained tuba player gone awry.” She performs in nearly every musical genre (including electroacoustic and American avant-garde) and plays in multiple ensembles in the Boston area. Beth’s A4A funds will help her reach new audiences with her new solo CD, “Still,” to be released in May.
Rhode Island metalworker Teresa Mowery creates exquisite jewelry, ornaments, and home decor inspired by “the fractal geometry of nature and the play of the elements on weathering objects.” Teresa markets her copper works under the aptly chosen name Patina Studio, and she plans to use her A4A funds to help increase Patina’s representation in galleries and other markets throughout the northeast.
Sound artist Andrew Thompson is currently working on a sonic map of his home city of Portland, Maine. When finished, the project will consist of an hour-long sound recording at each of the city’s [more than 478] street crossings, each uniquely evocative of its location. Andrew will put his A4A funds toward equipment purchases and test installations to help realize this project, as well as improving gallery representation in 2014.
NYC-based Matthew Handal has worked in the film industry for 20 years, and since 1995 has been creating and producing independent films. His current documentary project, “Riding with diss_ABILITIES,” introduces its audience to a therapeutic horse riding program for children with disabilities. Matt will put his A4A savings and match funds toward the completion and marketing of the film.
Here’s a cutdown from “Riding” that focuses on Zach, a 6-year old autistic participant in the program: