Helena-area arts and entertainment news published Nov. 25


Grandstreet elevates Christmas classics

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr.” opens December 2 at Grandstreet Theatre.

Join Grandstreet Theater for an adventure that includes a giant abominable snow monster, a singing snowman, misfit toys and a red-nosed reindeer who saves the day.

A holiday classic soars off the screen in this musical adaptation of the beloved television special. Because of his shiny nose, Rudolph doesn’t feel like he belongs in Christmastown and leaves to find a place that accepts him.

Along his journey he encounters fellow misfits, only to realize that home is where he belonged all along. When a storm threatens to stop Santa’s sleigh from fleeing, it’s up to Rudolph to save Christmas.

Filled with your favorite characters and holiday hits, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr.” teach us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.

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You can also buy treats, ornaments and raffles.

Performance dates: December 2-18, Wednesdays-Fridays at 7.30pm, and Saturdays at 10.30am, 2.30pm and 7.30pm, and Sundays at 2.30pm

Grandstreet Theater is located at 325 N. Park Ave. Get tickets at the box office, 406-447-1574 (afternoons), or online at www.GrandstreetTheatre.com. Tickets cost $17 to $27.

A musical production of ‘The First Christmas’

Sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and directed by Stephi Johnson, a musical production of “The First Christmas” comes to the Capital High School auditorium in early December.

Performances will be at 19:00 1 December, 19:00 2 December and 14:00 and 19:00 3 December. Admission is free, and seats can be reserved at firstchristmasplayhelena.weebly.com.

“The First Christmas” is a movie produced by Liken Production that was adapted as a stage musical. This story begins with the Brown family. The mother and father decided to share their Christmas with another family who did not have much and had a very difficult year. The Browns pitch the idea to their young daughter Amelia. Amelia anxiously awaits Christmas in hopes of receiving a doll she desires.

As Amelia’s parents explain the situation of giving away their Christmas, they tell Amelia three separate stories from the Bible: Zaharias and Elisabeth, Mary and Joseph and the shepherds and Angel Gabriel.

Amelia’s imagination comes to life on stage as each of these stories is told. This musical is full of music and humor (the shepherds even have a number called “a boy band”) and leaves the audience feeling uplifted and ready for the holiday season. “The First Christmas” is a non-denominational production for the whole family to enjoy.


“Mini-Nutcracker” performance at the Holter

Mini-Nutcracker performance at the Holter

Premiere Dance Company presents a free “Mini-Nutcracker” performance at the Holter Museum on Saturday, November 26, at 1 p.m.


Cast members of Premiere Dance Company’s 30th anniversary production of “The Nutcracker” present a free “Mini-Nutcracker” performance at the Holter Museum on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 1 p.m.

Designed for young audience members, the story of this beloved holiday classic will be told by Artistic Director Charlene White as the dancers bring the story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince to life.


Country Christmas Craft Show

The eighth annual benefit craft show will be held at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall on Saturday, November 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There will be over 70 vendors offering Christmas decor and gift items, artisan goods, wood decor, Montana made items, vintage items, clothing, jewelry, and much more.

Food truck 206 BBQ Food will be on site. Get your shopping done, eat a delicious lunch and support the Tri-County Wolves Special Olympics team. Special Olympics 2023 truck raffle tickets will be available. Admission is $4.

Film screening, discussion at Carroll

Join Carroll College in recognizing National Native American Heritage Month. The Helena area community is invited to a screening and follow-up discussion of the film “Trick or Treaty?” on Tuesday, November 29, from 6-8 p.m. in the Simperman Hall Wiegand Amphitheater.

“Trick or treaty?” reflects the often conflicting interpretations of treaties between First Nations and the “Crown.” The film powerfully portrays one community’s efforts to enforce their treaty rights and protect their lands, while also revealing the complexity of treaty agreements in contemporary contexts (Obomsawin, 2014).

Mike Jetty, an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation and a Turtle Mountain Chippewa descendant, will join the discussion. Jetty works for the Montana Office of Public Instruction as an Indian Education Specialist.

This event is free and open to the public.

West Mont Christmas Tree Lot and Winter Festival

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Brian Kassay of Bozeman’s bluegrass band Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs performs at West Mont’s Winterfest event on Dec. 3.

Meagan Thompson, The Montana Standard

Montana nonprofit West Mont will host a Christmas Tree Raffle at Lewis & Clark Tap Room, 1535 Dodge Ave., from Friday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Dec. 11, or while supplies last. They will sell Christmas trees, wreaths, tree stands, holiday gifts, festive food and hot drinks. They will also have some unique giving opportunities. Their Giving Tree will have gift tags representing needs at their vocational and residential sites and contain the Christmas wishes of their under-resourced clients. The tree lot will be open Monday to Friday from 10:00-19:00, Saturday from 9:00-19:00, and Sunday from 9:00-17:00

West Mont will also host Winterfest at the Tap Room on Saturday, December 3, from 10:00am-3:00pm. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to greet the children and wish everyone happy holidays. Brian Kassay of Bozeman’s bluegrass band Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs will perform live music from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is free.


Thompson exhibit at the library

“The Heart Intact,” a multimedia installation by Jennifer Thompson, will be on view at the Lewis and Clark Library in November and December.

Eight pieces make up “The Heart Intact,” which is distributed throughout the library.

Free and open to the public, art making times will be hosted by the library throughout November and December. Check the Lewis and Clark Library website or Facebook page to find out locations and times.

Annual Holiday Show at 1+1=1

1+1=1 Gallery

The 9th Annual Holiday Gift Show runs through Dec. 30 at 1+1=1 Gallery, 434 N. Last Chance Gulch. These mugs were made by Robyn Till.

The 1+1=1 Gallery presents its ninth annual Holiday Show featuring small and affordable gift-appropriate artwork. The show includes encaustic paintings, ceramic and mixed-media sculptures, wooden vessels, mixed-media 2D art, functional ceramics, photography, hand-bound books, unique jewelry, collage, acrylic paintings, loads of holiday ornaments and artists. -made greeting cards. It features 50 local and regional artists, including many who are new to 1+1=1 and to Helena.

Stop by during regular business hours to see the pieces in person for the duration of the show, which runs through the end of January. The gallery will launch a new online store on November 28th at 8am and can be found by visiting, https://1plus1is1.com/.

The Holiday Gift Show runs through December 30th and is located at 434 N. Last Chance Gulch. Winter hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:00-17:00 The gallery will be open on December 24 from 11:00 to 17:00.

For more information on the upcoming exhibit, visit www.http://1plus1is1.com/ or call (406) 431-9931.

Open Studio Days at The Bray

The Bray community is invited to wander the Shaner Studio Corridor to connect with Bray resident artists, experience finished artwork and view works in progress during Open Studio Days on Friday, December 2, from 17:00-19:00 and Saturday, 3 Dec. , from noon to 2 p.m

Open Studio Days are held once a month to allow the Bray community to get to know the artists, see their artwork and reconnect with each other.

Visitors are welcome to walk the grounds with a self-guided tour map and are invited to shop the Holiday Sale at the Sale Gallery.

The event is free and open to the public.

2022 Governor’s Arts Awards

The Montana Arts Council invites the public to the 2022 Governor’s Arts Awards scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 1 in Room 303 of the Montana State Capitol (the old Supreme Court Chambers), with a reception to follow in the Rotunda.

Online streaming is available at https://leg.mt.gov, and broadcast will be provided by MPAN (Charter 191 and OTA PBS channels).

This year’s honorees are musician Rob Quist, photographer Barbara Van Cleve, ceramicist Josh DeWeese, author Deirdre McNamer, visual artist Don Greytak and craftsman Nate Wald.

Visit https://art.mt.gov/gaa for more information.

Helena movie list


760 Great Northern, 406-442-4225, cinemark.com

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, PG-13
  • The Chosen Season 3: Episodes 1 & 2, NO
  • Black Adam, PG-13
  • The menu, R
  • She said, R
  • Ticket to Paradise, PG-13
  • Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, PG

The Myrna Loy

15 N. Ewing, 406-443-0287, myrnaloycenter.com

  • The menu, R
  • Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio, PG

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Andover in brief |  Local news

DESE to conduct triennial review of TPT

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will conduct an assessment of Andover Public Schools known as a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review during the week of December 5th. Reviews are conducted every three years by the Office of Public School Monitoring and look at compliance with special education and civil rights regulations, according to the town’s website.

As part of the review, parents of children with disabilities will receive an online survey.

Parents or other individuals may request and conduct interviews by calling Joan Brinckerhoff, Public School Monitor Chair at 781-338-3715. The department will make arrangements for any accommodation, such as translation.

The on-site review may include interviews with staff and reviews of student records, in addition to on-site observations. The review will also include an interview with members of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Board.

Within approximately 60 business days of the review, Andover Public Schools will be provided with the report. Members of the public will be able to view the report on DESE’s website.

Local dance students performing across the region

Six dance students from The Andover School of Ballet will perform in local productions of “The Nutcracker” and another holiday production, “Not so Nutcracker.”

The Dance Prism production of “The Nutcracker,” will take place on Sunday, December 18, Collins Center for the Arts, Andover High School. For more information on tour shows that will take place from November 27th to December 18th and to purchase tickets: www.DancePrism.com

  • Olivia Knight, 12, toured as a Party Kid, a Reindeer, an Angel, a Bonbon, and is a Student Soldier.
  • Elaina Scott (10), local cast as a Caroler
  • Julianne Yates (10), local cast as a Caroler
  • Scarlett Price, 8, local cast as a Caroler

Melrose Youth Ballet production of “The Nutcracker,” takes place at Memorial Hall, Melrose, December 2, 3 and 4. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Melrose Youth Ballet website.

  • Natalie DeFrancesco, 10, as a soldier

Center for the Performing Arts, North Andover’s production of “Not so Nutcracker,” will take place on December 11 at the Seifert Performing Arts Center, in Salem, NH.

  • Penelope Kaminsky (8) in the ensemble

Andover Center for History and Culture upcoming event

Upstairs Downstairs Tour, 5.00pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday 16 November and Thursday 8 December.

To sign up, visit ACHC’s website and look under public programs.

Village seal returns

The Town Seal Review Committee is seeking input on what a new town seal should hold.

Any new seal will be voted on at Town Meeting.

In September the town held a forum on the history of the current seal; to view the forum visit Andover TV’s website.

Visit the town website to provide feedback.

Phillips Academy music concert calendar

The following concerts are all open to the public:

  • Dec. 4, Cochran Chapel, 3 p.m., Academy Orchestra
  • December 11, Cochran Chapel, 4:30 p.m., Ceremony of Lessons and Carols

Public art community workshop

Andover is hosting a series of three community workshops focused on public art and placemaking in Andover. The workshops are as follows: November 19, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Robb Center; 30 November 18:30 to 20:00 at the Youth Centre.

Visit the town’s website for more information.

Capital Improvement Funds input sought

The town of Andover is seeking input on how to spend up to $80,000 in capital improvement funds.

Project proposals cannot exceed $10,000 and must be used for a one-time expense.

Other requirements are that the funds must be used for municipal purposes and projects must be on town-owned land.

The deadline for submitting a project idea is 1 December.

The form can be found on the town’s website.

This year’s projects included benches on the Senior Center garden path and a community message board at the Ballardvale playground.

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At-risk kids show creativity in local photo exhibit | Arts & Entertainment

When guests make their way through Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, they are often immersed in the world of the wild west.

However, one current exhibit offered a more contemporary version of the once wild west.

The “Kids in Focus: A New Lens on Life” exhibit features photographs of locally grown plants, Western sculptures and children frolicking in the street.

While these photos evoke a new look at Southwestern culture for guests, they were even more eye-opening for the at-risk kids who took them. Most of the young artists come from abusive and neglectful homes.

Kids in Focus is a Phoenix nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering at-risk youth to reach their potential by using photography to spark their imaginations and build their sense of self-confidence.

It’s given kids a new lens through which to view the world for just over a decade, and while photography is a key component of what it does, founder Karen Shell, who grew up in South Scottsdale, says the organization does a lot more than teaching children about the art of photography.

“We all know the benefit of art therapy, but I think photography is like art therapy on steroids because you’re not just learning to express yourself, but it’s so much more,” Shell said. “

For children who have been through trauma, their world is very myopic, so with photography they learn to express themselves, be creative and get out of that headspace and into the world.”

That was exactly the case for Shell decades ago when the Saguaro High School alumna found solace in photography away from her abusive and challenging home life.

Decades later, she found her life had come full circle, as she noticed photography was breaking the children out of dark ways of thinking and letting them see the color and beauty in the world.

“I’m very personally familiar with the challenges they face,” Shell said. Children in Focus grew out of 20 years of work I had already done and what I saw when I started doing it was that children were different. They went from dark and withdrawn to open, lively, calm and happy.”

Although Shell has shown the work of the children she has helped display in places like the Civic Center Library, the Arizona Science Center and the Children’s Museum of Phoenix over the past decade-plus, the fact that her child’s work now on display at a prized museum has her ecstatic.

“It’s an incredible confidence boost because these kids don’t have music lessons, they don’t have sports teams and they never have opportunities to have a sense of accomplishment and sense of pride,” Shell said.

“For them to know something they created is moving around the city and all these people see is that it’s an immeasurable boost to their confidence.”

The sentiment was echoed by the museum.

“That’s really what the museum is all about,” said Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West chief curator Dr. Tricia Loscher said. “The museum is all about community relations, storytelling, enriching lives and empowerment.”

The exhibit not only drives forward the purpose of the museum, but Loscher says it also adds a contemporary element to the space.

“Our museum looks at the past, present and future and it is a wonderful look at the present and the future.

She even said that she hopes that this exhibition will pave the way for these inventive minds.

“I could see, maybe, one day some of these kids will come back and have solo or group shows here, they’ll be painting or some other art form that creatively expresses themselves in ways that continue their lives,” Loscher said.

That’s why both Loscher and Shell hope that guests who peer at these photos take away a sense of humility and recognition.

“I hope for when visitors see remarkable programs like Kids in Focus in our community and realize that these things are happening and that museums are an important place where this kind of dialogue happens,” Loscher said. “You never know, it could drive more volunteers to Kids in Focus, more donations and mentoring support.”

The photos will be on display until December 30.

If you go:

Children in focus: a new lens on life

When: Until December 30

Where: Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way

Cost: Admission is $20 for non-members

Info: scottsdalemuseumwest.org

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Discover these local Latin artists

Illustrated by Genesis Hahn

By Jackie Ammons 9/13/22 11:31 p.m

This Thursday marks the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which recognizes the achievements and influence of Latino communities and individuals across the US. To celebrate, here are five Houston-based Latin artists to support this month and beyond. More great local artists can be found through the Houston Latino Artist Registry from the Inter-University Program for Latino Research.

Adriana Corral

Born in El Paso, TX, artist Adriana Corral draws on her experiences as a native Texan to create works that touch on issues of immigration, human rights abuses, and often erased historical narratives. Her research-based artistic practice leads her to seek out primary documents and collaborate with historians, anthropologists, human rights lawyers and victims’ families to create her work. Corral’s art challenges history and injustice through visually minimal but thought-provoking conceptual pieces. She invites the viewer to question the collective memory of history and what has been forgotten or deliberately erased.

Gabriel Martinez

Gabriel Martinez is an artist, writer and artist working in Houston. After graduating from Columbia University with a Master of Fine Arts, he attended the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program In New York. Martinez uses a variety of mediums, including fabric collages, photography, musical performances and more. Key themes he explores in his work include the social dynamics of public space, often repurposing found objects to create public art outside of gallery spaces.

Martinez also founded Alabama Songa space for experimental work that can be shared across cultural disciplines.

Vincent Valdez

For those who prefer more representative work, Vincent Valdez is known for using stiff brushwork and mastery of lighting as a vehicle to bring forgotten histories to light. Much of Valdez’s work deals with challenging subjects to address the state of contemporary society. Through his monumental oil paintings, Valdez creates distinctive contemporary works that comment on the pervasiveness of racism, forcing the viewer to consider how white supremacy thrives in modern society.

One of Valdez’s paintings from the series “The Strangest Fruit” is currently on view at the Museum of Fine Art Houston’s Nancy and Rich Kinder Building as part of the third floor Border/Mapping/Witness gallery.

Debra Barrera

Deborah Barrera is a multidisciplinary artist and curator who creates works that deal with the concept of home. Her experience growing up in a modest home in Corpus Christi shaped a desire to ask what defines the concept of home, exploring the question in many of her series and exhibitions.

If you want to see some of her work in person, look no further than the Rice campus. One of Barrera’s public pieces was commissioned for Brockman Hall in 2015. “Asymmetrical Finders” features screen-printed images representing the various fields of study within physics and astronomy.

Ana Marietta

This list would be incomplete without at least one mural, and Ana Marietta has over ten years of experience with the art form. Marietta graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a degree in Animal Sciences. Since then, she has turned her love of animals into an artistic practice focused on creating imaginary animals and whimsical characters, such as flying fish and swimming birds. Marietta use these physical impossibilities as reminders that anyone can make the unthinkable come true through their art.

Marietta’s murals are all over the city – check out UP Art Studios Houston Mural Map to help locate them in person and discover other local artists’ work at the same time.

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Area photographer captures all of Pennsylvania’s covered bridges | Local News

On August 23, 2022, Heidi Mertz took her last photo of a Pennsylvania covered bridge.


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First Saturdays highlights work of local artists and their venues

At Evanston Made’s First Saturdays Art Events this weekend, attendees got the chance to enjoy artwork at local businesses, venues, galleries, bars and restaurants.

Russell Muit’s art adorns the walls of Evanston Pour. Credit: Olivia Landon

Evanston Made is an organization that seeks to help Evanston artists in a variety of ways, from helping them grow in their profession to connecting them with potential patrons.

With the first Saturday events, Evanston Made executive director Lisa Degliantoni realized that getting people out of the house and away from Netflix was her first challenge. Then it was getting them to stick.

“People don’t like to hang out too long,” Degliantoni said. “They like to go in, get some bad wine, have a piece of cheese, look at art, bounce and go to various, right?”

Her solution to the problem was to invent First Saturdays, where Evanstonians can jump from an afternoon drawing class at Sketchbook Brewery to evening gallery openings at The Village Farm Stand. The events are inspired by Chicago’s First Fridays.

“We said to anyone in the art world, whether you’re a gallery, whether you’re a coffee shop with art: Be open,” she said. “Hold an event if you want or a booze sale or an artist talk, and we’ll put you on a little card.”

While First Saturdays started small, by September 3rd the events were spread across 12 Evanston locations, thanks to their members and partners like Dempster Mile.

“Dempster Mile has been a great partner” and “an economic driver for Evanston,” proving “you can have a great art collection with all Evanston artists,” said Liz Cramer, co-director of Evanston Made.

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5 reasons why you’ll love this new art exhibit in Cedar City

Estimated reading time: 4-5 minutes

Now through September 24, don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in Southern Utah Museum of Art’s exhibit, “The Space Between: Visions of the Southwest,” organized in partnership with Modern West Fine Art.

Aside from a scenic trip to Cedar City, many other benefits await as you head to SUMA for this thought-provoking and visually exciting exhibit. Here are five good reasons to add it to your family’s itinerary this fall.

Witness the work of four incredibly talented artists

“The Space Between” brings together works by four artists who explore the past, present,

and future of abstract art forged in the creative melting pot of the desert: two mid-century modernists, Louis Ribak (American, b.Lithuania, 1902-1979) and Beatrice Mandelman (American, 1912-1998); as well as two contemporary artists, Arlo Namingha (American, Tewa/Hopi, b.1974) and Shalee Cooper (American, b. 1978).

Mandelman and Ribak were members of the Taos Moderns group, which included influential artists from New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco who moved to Taos, New Mexico. The group introduced abstract, modern styles in the art of the Southwest.

Ribak and Mandelman first came to New Mexico in the mid-1940s and helped transform conventional Western art into a new form of American modernism centered on abstractions of nature. Although they were married and lived in the same artistic community, their styles are distinct. Ribak uses organic shapes and lyrical brushwork while Mandelman’s work includes more geometric abstraction that plays with color and collage.

Contemporary artists Cooper and Namingha are both residents of the American Southwest and each use their own unique modernist styles.

A trained photographer, Cooper began painting out of an interest in light and geometric abstraction. Her association with 20th-century abstractionists such as Mandelman and Ribak is evident through their shared interest in the use of negative space and a preference for expressionism over representationalism.

Namingha comes from a family of artists and is the son of one of the most celebrated Hopi-Tewa artists in the world, Dan Namingha. His sculptures, made of polished wood and stone, are reductionist interpretations of pueblo buildings, landscapes and animals as well as abstractions of cultural symbols.

5 Reasons You'll Love This New Art Exhibit in Cedar City
Photo: SUMA

See works that have never been shown publicly

Imagine the bragging rights of being able to claim that you were among the first to view a famous artist’s work. Well, many of the paintings and pieces in “The Space Between” have never been shown in public, so here’s your chance! And while much of this will be on display at SUMA, you can also catch some of Mandelman and Ribak’s work at Modern West’s exhibit in Salt Lake City, which is being held concurrently. This exhibition lasts until September 10.

Deepen your appreciation for the American Southwest

The unique beauty of the Southwest desert is reflected in “The Space Between” exhibit. For example, Ribak and Mandelman typically used the same color palette of primary colors in their works. But after moving to New Mexico, they expanded the palette to include desert colors such as sandstone vermilion, clear sky blue, vibrant solar yellow, bold turquoise and iron oxide red. The Southwestern landscape also inspires Namingha’s artwork, along with narratives and symbols of the Tewa and Hopi.

Expand your mind and get in touch with your emotions

The best way to enjoy abstract art is to focus on how it makes you feel rather than its literal interpretation. As you take your time to absorb each work, pay attention to your emotions. The goal of many abstract artists, including the four on display, is to use the universal languages ​​of color, form and composition to express meaning and evoke an emotional response. Notice where your eyes focus and what catches your attention first. Perhaps it can evoke feelings and memories, both positive and negative. Even the colors an artist uses can evoke certain emotions. Several studies — including one published in the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Journal — have found that abstract art can activate alternative pathways in the brain and increase creativity.

5 Reasons You'll Love This New Art Exhibit in Cedar City
Photo: SUMA

Entry is free

Another thing you’ll love about this exhibit is that it won’t take any money out of your pocket. Thanks to Cedar City RAP Tax, Zions Bank, Utah Arts and Museums funded by the Utah Legislature and the Sam and Diane Stewart Family Foundation, SUMA is free and open to the public. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and you can find more information about this and other exhibitions on SUMA’s website. Be sure to check out “The Space Between: Visions of the Southwest” from now until Sept. 24.

Southern Utah Museum of Art

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The Halide Project opens a community darkroom in Kensington for local photographers

A nonprofit organization in Philadelphia is helping to meet the needs of aspiring photographers by creating a place where artists can gather and produce their own work.

The Halide Project opened the city’s only community darkroom in Kensington to provide film photographers with time, space and resources. The organization hopes this will make photography more accessible to those interested in it traditional processes.

The Halide Project, based in Kensington, is an arts nonprofit that serves the community through exhibitions, educational programming, and collaborations with other groups.

Funding for the project was provided by a grant from the Penn Treaty Special Services Districtwhich matches donations from individuals and collectives.

Opening a community darkroom was always a goal of The Halide Project, and volunteer board members spent years designing and building the darkroom to meet the needs of the local photography community.

“The greater Philadelphia area has a vibrant and robust arts scene, but resource availability and accessibility don’t always feel on par with the needs of the community,” said Dale Rio, co-founder of The Halide Project. “Our hope is to provide affordable space and educational opportunities to those interested in learning about or practicing darkroom-based photography arts, as well as to build and support the local darkroom photography community.”

Despite the existence of digital photography (and cell phones), there is a great interest in film and historical process photography. The new darkroom will provide tools for photo-based artists, including local university photography students who want to continue darkroom practice during school breaks or after graduation.

Photographers can use various facilities, such as a black and white group darkroom, a processing area for roll or sheet film, a UV exposure unit and coating area, and a private darkroom for color film and print processing.

Those interested in using the darkroom must first complete a new member orientation, which covers darkroom policies. Once completed, photographers can access the space on an hourly sliding scale and fixed monthly charges aimed at making the facilities as financially accessible as possible. The hourly rate is $5 minimum or $12 suggested. The monthly rate is $15.

Lab monitors will be on hand if photographers need a little help with the equipment, but new members who want to learn more can also take introductory, intermediate and advanced workshops.

“Photography has an enormous amount of barriers to entry, and we hope to lower as many as possible through access to equipment, education and a community of lifelong learners,” Adam Schachner, a board member for The Halide Project, who is instrumental. in running the darkroom, said. “I would love to see The Halide Project inspire more photographers and artists to play and try something new. So far people have been ecstatic to finally have a place to come and develop their film, print their negatives and with other people to talk about what they’re working through.”

The darkroom is located in the nonprofit’s space at 1627 N. Second Street. The Halide Project is currently working to further expand its facilities and is planning a grand opening event after the 20/20 Photo Festival at the end of September.


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From house to home: local designers bring Habitat model home to life

Interior designers Lisa Guild of LMG Design Consulting and Grace Wise of Pizzazz Interiors discuss placing wall art. WITH GOOD PHOTOS

Longtime Habitat for Humanity of Collier County partner, International Design Source and luxury interior design firm, LMG Design, recently lent their talents to design a new Habitat Home in the community of Whitaker Woods. The team staged the home with selections from Habitat Collier’s two Naples ReStore locations, giving prospective homeowners a glimpse of what a home might look like.

“Some of us love a blank canvas and for others, empty rooms and bare walls make it a little difficult to imagine yourself in a space,” says Habitat Collier CEO, Rev. Lisa Lefkow. “The team at IDS has always been an incredibly generous partner, so when we decided to set up a model home, there was no doubt who we would ask.”

In addition to furnishing the home with a variety of furniture and home decor from the nonprofit’s ReStore locations, the designers were creative and collaborative. They brought in Blake Becker of Becker Home Maintenance, who provided both paint and labor free of charge and used their own skills to make painted wall art, decorative leaves, peel-and-stick tiles and removable wall coverings. The LMG Design Consulting Inc. team says this collaboration presented a unique and exciting opportunity.

David Walker of Habitat Collier ReStores and Angela Damian of LMG Design Consulting move items selected from Habitat Collier ReStores into the model home.

David Walker of Habitat Collier ReStores and Angela Damian of LMG Design Consulting move items selected from Habitat Collier ReStores into the model home.

“Partnering with International Design Source and Habitat Collier on this model home was exciting and we enjoyed shopping the Collier County ReStores for pieces to repurpose and ways to add color and interest,” said LMG Design Consulting Owner, Lisa Guild . “International Design Source is a great resource for the trade here in Naples and their donations to the project have been substantial. We are honored to be a part of our community’s continued support of Habitat.”

Habitat homeowners undergo an intensive approval process before purchasing their homes with an interest-free mortgage. Each household must meet the organization’s income requirements, undergo credit and criminal background checks, invest sweat equity hours to build on the job site, and take readiness classes to strengthen skills like home maintenance, budgeting and more. When completed, Whitaker Woods will be home to 125 families.

Lisa Guild of LMG Design Consulting sets table decor while ReStore staff deliver items assembled from Habitat Collier ReStores.

Lisa Guild of LMG Design Consulting sets table decor while ReStore staff deliver items assembled from Habitat Collier ReStores.

Habitat for Humanity of Collier County empowers struggling families to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Habitat Collier is one of the oldest and most successful Habitat affiliates in the country. Since 1978, Habitat Collier has built nearly 2,500 homes in Naples and Immokalee. For more information, visit www.HabitatCollier.org. ¦

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