February 26th at 11am
Come on over to Azule for a fun Sunday brunch potluck and get a chance to meet Duarte Morais and his students from NCSU who are working to bring just and equitable tourism to Madison County and other rural areas of the state. The project is called People First Tourism (www.peoplefirsttourism.com), and it aims to direct tourists (and their money) to local farmers and artists with the aim of giving tourists an authentic taste of local culture while giving locals a chance to benefit from the tourist economy. Bring a dish to share and some friends!
MLK Weekend Skillshare at Azule
Azule hosted another excellent skillshare over the MLK weekend. Folks from across the Carolinas and beyond came together to share their art, knowledge, and skills. Activities ranged from workshops on painting and photography to a talk on prison abolition.
By all accounts it was a fun and empowering gathering.
Check out our new
Thanks to the awesome design skills of Betty Dunajski, Azule has a beautiful new website! Go to www.azule.org and let us know what you think.
Meet the residents
“My work reveals a confluence of emotions surrounding loss, memory, and identity. I expose painful memories, while at the same time attempt to hide human vulnerabilities. I follow my need to engage in repetitive gestures the intention of suppressing unprocessed loss.
“This artistic endeavor is a means to connect the present with the longing of an unknown history, to reveal a lost identity. The physical act of making objects unearths intuitive connections that transform a deeply submerged sensation of someone or something gone missing.
“My process manifests as the accumulation of symbolic objects and scraps of memory as I wrestle with my own anxiety, perceptions, and experiences, which reflect an intense need to connect the missing gaps that occurred through the secrecy of adoption.”
You can view Cindi’s artwork at
Meredith joined us for a week this January to write some new original songs rooted in the old-time Appalachian music that she has been studying for the last eight years. She lives in Nashville where she plays with the band Locust Honey, and is in the process of starting a non-profit whose focus is to pass on the musical traditions of early country music to the youth of "Music City," and to create a safe place for people of all ages to gather, dance, and learn about old-time music and culture.
Check out her band at
All these years you have been part of the ongoing
AZULE Portrait Project
Hundreds of these portraits are now on canvas and ready for you to sign.
The AZULE PORTRAIT PROJECT
is for us a way to parallel the continuity that Camille has shown in her building Azule - the place. Representing you, participants to the Fall event, and asking you to sign and add a memory or thought to your picture is deepening your and our relationship to Azule in Bluff, Hot Springs, Madison County, North Carolina...
TO ALL DONORS:
Thank you so much for helping AZULE board members and volunteers to move AZULE on its necessary journey. Come, visit and participate. Invite your friends!
John Malpede, Olivier Rollin, Carolyn Steward, Karen Hansen, Frederike Gravenstein, Lisa Mount, Kathatine G Hastie, T Bright Williamson, Gerri Barraco and Gary Davis
THANK YOU also to all Board Members who give countless hours of 'in-kind" work.
And THANK YOU to all who organize, promote or come to our programs.