"What a joy it has been to discover AZULE, tucked into these mountains like a treasure. Since early July I have been a neighbor of AZULE, living in walking distance from the beautiful wood and blue community arts space. I had no doubt that I would like to participate in some events here; the REST & RESOURCE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE SKILLSHARE WEEKEND that happened in September was my first opportunity. For two days participants took part in workshops that ranged from web design and press kit building to dance and movement. I was eager to contribute and decided to focus on leading a Writers Workshop, as many writers were attending. I had a small taste of the sweet potential of possibilities of amazing events and learning exchanges that are to come to AZULE!
My next opportunity to collaborate with the AZULE community was the annual fall event that occurs on daylight savings, November 3rd. I have experience in event promotions and producing, so I offered up what I could and created a poster and agreed to host the open stage that has become a staple in the fall event. What a treat!
The"FALL BACK IN TIME" event brought many friends from the community to join in a potluck and performance night. We heard great stories, poems, prose, tarot readings, an art presentation and a magnificent violin performance by a young amazing fellow. The annualPORTRAIT PROJECT had time to shine as many of the events attendees stood in line to be photographed in the dark at an unexpected moment in time—all a part of the experience of AZULE !"Leah Rotschild
"I can’t fully express in words the beauty of AZULE. I’ve attended about half a dozenSKILLSHARESand I love the energy each time. The skill share brings together artist of many different disciplines to create a unique experience each time. Its truly a safe space to explore your creativity. I have bought along my 4 year old son several times and he loves it. It is truly an artist haven. It’s always a pleasure to see Camille and share in this wonderful place she has created. I look forward to coming back again and again for years to come."Claudette Channer
Now, we need you, residents of AZULE - e-mail AZULEart@gmail.com - you, visitors of AZULE - call Camille 828-622-3533 - you, volunteers for AZULE - call Gwylene 843-607-5811 - and you who give so much in-kind work.
We also need you, who are able to be a donor and MAKE A DEDUCTIBLE CASH DONATION. Thank you so much!
Coming to warm up AZULEfor Thanksgiving and the month of December are family/residency events.Listen to Lynda: "I am in the midst of planning my first family reunion over Thanksgiving, and it will be held at the Azule house! Family from Florida and Tennesee will be coming to stay at the house for a few days. I am very excited as some have never been to the house and I know they will love the spaciousness and peaceful surroundings. The very large versatile new tables built by Jean Marie Mauclet will be put to good use then! And maybe even the great bunkbeds! I hope you all will be having a wonderful Thanksgiving as well! "
The above photographs are byManoj Sepiastory, Omari Fox, Betsy Reiser and the participants to the Portrait Project.
Welcome to New Board Member RENA LASCH
Rena LASCH grew up at the beach in Southern California. She earned an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly, Pomona. She has spent the last 25 years in South Louisiana and South Carolina. Clearly she has a Southern theme. While living in New Orleans, LA she studied classical figurative sculpture, renovated historic buildings and designed Mardi Gras costumes. When she first moved to Charleston, SC she headed up a community based art project "WALK Gallery". The mission of the collaborative project was to fill empty storefronts with local art during a downturn in the economy. She has always been interested in and involved in art, architecture, education, social justice and environmental protection. No matter what the medium the goal is always to improve the quality of life. A recent project has been Happy Camper Snoballs. This is a mobile shaved ice business that is housed in a vintage 1965 camper. No matter where the Happy Camper is parked it ALWAYS puts a smile on peoples faces. It instigates conversation and interaction between people. It makes any day a better day.
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about COLLABORATION from former resident Andrea ECKERT
"For collaborating, this seemed very natural actually. We - Andrea Eckert and Liz Lewis - responded fairly intuitively to one another's ideas. I think having flexibility for ideas and input was something we were both willing and able to do.
We had interesting conversations regarding our different processes in making work. Liz comes from a more utilitarian background and I find that interesting. Also, speaking with her about my concept and ideas really helped me flush out what information was [not] imperative and what was more supplemental. Thanks again for the opportunity!"
Down a winding two lane road in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina is an artists' retreat that is considered a work of art in itself. Azule Imagine... follows the development of this new concept in artist's residencies that serves not only the artist but the surrounding community. Produced by BBarash productions and ManojSepiastory.com, with music by Roger 'Hurricane' Wilson and Elise Witt. ============================== ==============================
Thank you Alternate ROOTS!
MANOJ from SEPIASTORY wrote: "I have received an Artistic Assistance - Visual Arts Grant from ALTERNATE ROOTS, a program made possible by funding from the JOAN MITCHELL FOUNDATION, to start the following project: the founder of AZULE, Camille H Shafer, has been salvaging, reclaiming and reusing truckloads of wood, glass, windows, tiles, rocks and above all her imagination and research in the creation of AZULE. It has been a four decade long story that continues to evolve organically. Its one-of-a-kind, innovative, experiment in sustainable architectural design is functional and futuristic. Being a film maker and an architectural photographer I was instinctively drawn to the architecture and design of AZULE. I am now in the process of telling its story in a documentary film and a book, more like a manual for its academic value."
BAILEY BARASH was selected for the Alternate ROOTS' Fall 2013 Tour & Residency program, which is made possible by funding from Alternate ROOTS and the FORD FOUNDATION through the ROOTS Tour & Residency Program. Her project includes a residency at AZULE and a public workshop to teach about shooting great videos and developing a script. Bailey Barash has years of experience as a camera woman for CNN and a self-employed video artist, specialized in documentaries.
And thank you so much toAZULE 2013 donors: Mike Anestor, Robyn Allen, Randy Bell, Bunny Halton Bubkis, Carole Dotterer, Todd Fowler, Rebecca Gahagan, Gwylene Gallimard & Jean-Marie Mauclet, Sarita Griggs, Betsy Reiser, Lavon & Gary Roy, Linda Scott, Camille Shafer, Terry Thirion, Shannon Turner, Caroline Warren Newman, Steve Wenzell and Sherry Wilson.
Thank you also toAZULE's volunteers and visionary Board members: Raji Balaram, Bailey Barash, Kim Cooke, Donna Cooper Hurt, Joe Ebel, Jennifer Fadel, Harold Finley, Omari Fox, Gwylene Gallimard, Peggy Gardner, Bunny Halton-Subkis, Christopher Jayne, Val Lyle, Cecilia Rawlins, Betsy Reiser, Olivier Rollin, Leah Rothschild, Manoj & Hrishi from Sepiastory, Camille Shafer, Linda & Doug Wheelock, Sherry Wilson, for your work to make AZULE a rich center for the arts and the communities around, a hub for connectiveness.
And there is a new TOWER in the mountains!
Your cell phone can sing or bark!
You are all invited!
Azule may bring you the opportunity to meet great artists, attend a skillshare or workshop, experience a rejuvenating space for artists' residencies, retreats, staff or wellness meetings. Come and visit, look at our website, give us a call.
To apply or for any information, send us an e-mail <AZULEart@gmail.com>