BY Omari Fox, guest editor
AZULE had a Skill-SHARE? WHAT WHEN?
Yes, September 25 to 27, the man in charcoal gray once again turned lead to gold now everyone sees better because of karats!!!
I was prepping for a workshop in Greenville a cool 12 days out and I had to get over the desire for collaboration a bit and own what we started with the skill share series and just lead it, just do it. I went to the Carolina Human Rights Organizers Conference and partnered with some wonderful freedom fighters for a circle discussion on the strategic use of arts & culture. Then it dawned on me to crank up the full weekend for Azule and kaboom, WE went out on the faith of the unction and went to work. What’s work, “hey I’m doing a convergence on the strategic use of arts and culture, want to attend? Want to lead a workshop?”
A chance meeting here, a lucky phone call there and next thing you know we have a skill share. So sorry if the news could not reach you on time.
Anyways, here goes the meat and potatoes. Needs cilantro. We watched an excerpt of a throwback documentary The Real Eve to set the tone for probably the most normal and revolutionary conversation I’ve ever had about race…There is none, the effects of the construct are without a doubt real, but at my behest during the meeting agreement and throughout the weekend I asked for a race construct free environment and the mostly new Azule attendees delivered. Next up was Abolition with two time Azulian workshop leader Max Parthas accompanied by Tribal Raine, another on Militarism with our new comrade Coleman with the night finishing off with an open mic 100%. What’s an open mic 100%? well it’s when the entire cypher makes an offering. We passed the poem if you will and everyone spoke be it an affirmation, reflection or poetic verse.
We began and concluded the weekend with…THE PLAN. After deep dialogue and brainstorming with our new friends form #BLM- Asheville a spectacular vision and commitment was forged between several collectives along I -26 stretching from Asheville to Charleston. I can show you the plan better than I can say. STAY TUNED.
SEE YOU NOVEMBER 1, 2pm, followed by a potluck
bring yourself and WEAR BLUE!!
SETBACKS ARE SET UPS for FALLBACKS.
Join Azule for our annual:
FALL BACK IN TIME
NOVEMBER 1, 2pm
followed by a POTLUCK.
Bring yourself, your stories, your food, your art and culture and perform/present at the all-day OPEN MIC.
starting at 2pm
Enter the Rabbit’s Den with:
Good Morning America
Throwback interviews from the 1980’s
Children of the 60’s, Where are They Now?
See Nancy, John and our dearly departed friends Dave and Don from a moment in time When our Azule friends and founders lit up the creek
Visual and Performing Artists presentations
from the Madison County faithful and beyond,
A reading by Board Member Lorrie Jayne about her creative project and PHD dissertation,
Bad Comedy from the crown prince of BLUE, Omari Fox
[INSERT your name HERE!!!]
All these years you have been part of the ongoing
"AZULE portraits project"
Hundreds of these portraits are now on canvas and ready for you to sign.
And there will be a new edition on November 1st, 2015!
#BLUESUNDAY IS ABOUT WHAT YOU BRING TO THE CIRCLE
BE STORY, ART, FOOD OR JUST YOURSELF
GET ON THE BLUEFOOT?
Yes, CUT A RUG with shoes or scissors during the Azule NeoSoul Train Dance Party. Literally Dance Bluegrass!!!
Story Circles * GROUP POEMS
BY THE RABBIT’S DEN REBELS!!!!
-NOVEMBER 1, 2pm-
------ONLY AT AZULE------
Next Azule Board Meeting is
SATURDAY OCTOBER 31.
Want to support, get involved, share an idea
or BE the CHANGE we want to see? Email email@example.com
and find out how you can partner with us!
DUECES!!!! THE “G” Perspective Pt. II By Gwylene:
PASS IT ON
by Gwylene Gallimard
Ex Officio Board Chairperson
Chair from 2011 to February 2015
Part one was published in the September AzuleNews. If you have not seen it, send a message to Azuleart@gmail.com
".... Our (Camille and Gwylene) second strong time together was in the mid-70's.
By that time Camille had married Dave Shafer and moved to Madison County, in North Carolina. Bernard Crespin, Olivier Rollin and myself were sharing a studio and living together in Paris at the time. Camille invited us to spend one year in what she called their farm, to live together as an artists' community. This was an amazing opportunity for city people. Tad Stamm, a photographer now living in Asheville, joined us from Toledo, OH. Each of us had an art project. Unfortunately and very sadly Bernard, Olivier and I had to leave after nine months, because the extension of our visas was denied. This was at the going away party that Bernard Crespin started the original Portrait Project. See http://azule.org/american-portraits. Camille, Dave and myself started an extensive exchange of letters and sound tapes in French and English until we reunited for a month the following year. The experience of this bilingual correspondence made my artwork move from drawings, collages, artists' books, silkscreens to notebooks of questions, sound-works, performances. A couple of years later, I was awarded a two year fellowship in bi-lingual Montreal (Canada) to transform this correspondence into sort of a novel consisting of questions, mixing French and English. Was it really a novel? no. Bernard Noel, a French writer recognized for his work on the meaning of questions, described it as "a treatment of words as wood sticks." "PARIS-BLUFF" tells a lot of the life in Bluff - the Azule community in the mid-70's, albeit in complex French/English multiform questions. It was never published and is not yet in a digital form. Maybe some day I will find the perfect collaborator and the energy to make it public."
(To be continued on November 2015 issue
of AZULE News)
MEET OUR AZULE STAFF:
We will interview different Azule Staff members every month till we turn BLUE?
is the new LOCAL COORDINATOR
Matt Wallace grew up on the Gulf Coast of Alabama but has called the mountains of WNC his home for the past 15 years. He spends a lot of time tending to his homestead just up the road from Azule, where he cares for a large vegetable garden, a small flock of chickens and the occasional pig. Matt also spends his time hiking, canoeing, volunteering for environmental and social justice groups, and playing music. He is excited to help Azule grow through community outreach and networking in the mountains of Madison County and beyond.
INDOOR MAINTENANCE ENGINEER
I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and now live in Hot Springs, N.C.
I work at the Artisun Gallery in Hot Springs. I am also employed at Azule as part of inside cleaning and maintenance. I have enjoyed working there, knowing Camille, and getting to know many of the residents.
WELCOME LISA ARMBRUSTER AND MATT WALLACE TO AZULE!!!!
AND WELCOME CHLOE!!!!
She is the new baby in the block, daughter of NATALIE, Azule Administrator and ANDREW, Builder and Stone worker, both extraordinaire!!!
RESIDENCY AND RETREAT PROGRAM
NEXT APPLICATION DEADLINE:
NOVEMBER 1st, 2015
See INFORMATION and APPLICATION on our website www.AZULE.ORG
In October come and visit Resident Charlene Potter, Environmental Artist
10/1 - 10/31
Rosewood Environmental Sculpture/ Hand-built Porcelain
Charlene is a caring environmental artist. She creates art including natural designs, uplifting messages, and beautiful colors. Her passion in art is porcelain clay and nature is her inspiration. Through the beauty of her art she demonstrates the importance of our natural environment.
Learn more about CHARLENE at her website
AZULE's Mission is "To provide an environment where artists and community meet, learn and work together through the arts in their many forms."
MAKE A DONATION TO AZULE
AZULE is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Your donations are tax-deductible from your income.
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!
THANK YOU :
Kathie de Nobriga, Betsy Reiser, Gary and Lavonne Roy, Sherry Wilson, Lynda Scott, Michelle Suttle, Jean-Marie Mauclet, Bunny Halton-Subkis, Gwylene Gallimard, Omari Fox and Randy Bell, Henriette Brouwers & John Malpede, Takia Dickens, Joe Ebel, Todd Fowler, Louise Graff, Mark & Joyce Hulbert, Donna Hurt, Lorrie Jayne, Rena Lash, Kim Marin Rollin, Tom Morris & Eye Productions, Lisa Mount, Olivier Rollin, Sue Schroeder, Carolyn Stewart, Arlette Vaccarino, Rebecca Gahagan, Dan Beckwith and Barbara Bates Smith, Jeff Sebens, Betsy and Guy Grund.
THANK YOU also to all Board Members who gave countless hours of in-kind work.
And THANK YOU to all who organize, promote or come to our programs.
Photos in this newsletter are by: Lynda Wheelock, Omari Fox, Matt Wallace and Natalie Marsh.