Local stonemason Andrew Hesed will be joining us at Azule to instruct on the core elements of working with stone. The class will focus on the traditional dry-stacked technique, used historically for creating barn and house foundations and retaining walls for gardens and pathways. You will learn details from preparation and foundation work to proper drainage and backfilling, with hands-on experience using local stone as we work on a stone terrace here at Azule. Other topics of discussion could include laying pathways and patios, different types of local stone, dry-stacked vs mortared work, stone stairs, fireplaces and chimneys, as well as carving and shaping techniques.
CLASS IS OPEN TO PEOPLE OF ALL AGES
AND SKILL LEVELS CLASS FEE is $15 - $40 (choose a price that makes you feel good) and HALF PRICE for Madison County residents. OVERNIGHT STAY is $20 a NIGHT Payments arrangements are possible. EVERYONE DESERVES ART! E-MAIL to AZULEart@gmail.com, ATTN APPALACHIAN or CALL Camille at 828-622-3533
From the rocky isles of Ireland, Scotland and England to the thick forests of the Appalachian Mountains, settlers brought with them all of the skills necessary for survival. With the introduction of electricity, tractors and the industrial food revolution, many of these old skills were abandoned and all but forgotten. While no longer necessary for survival, many of these historical crafts are still pertinent in modern day Appalachia, and offer the satisfaction of a more intimate connection with our work and surroundings. In our Appalachian Homestead Skills Series, we hope to share skills and ideas to help people use local materials and traditional techniques to live more enjoyable, sustainable lives.
"Set in Stone"
Next APPALACHIAN HOMESTEAD SKILLS offerings include:
- "Traditional Food Preservation Techniques" with Natalie Marsh
- "Hog Processing on the Farm" with Andrew Hesed.
EVERYONE DESERVES ART, A LEARNING EXPERIENCE OR A REST!
In this issue, photographs are by Sonia Baez Hernandez, Dave Shafer, Manoj Sepiastory, Doug Wheelock and participants to the Portrait Project.
In NC, on May 30, the Visual Artists Innovation Ensemble of Alternate ROOTS"dropped in one of Omari Fox's Skills Exchange retreats up in Hot Springs at Azule for about six hours. Camille H Shafer has created a gathering place there that is incredibly conducive to living the aesthetic life in fellowship with other artists and her Hot Springs neighbors. How sweet it feels to be welcomed there by a bunch of artists who seem utterly at home in Camille's architecture." Jeff Mather
============================= Participants in the Portrait Project
AZULE, situated in the Appalachian Mountains of Western Carolina, has been running a residency program for artists, educators and activists, or anyone in need of a retreat or a special gathering since 2010.
"While the Skillshare weekend offered a vigorous cataract of myriad artistic voices and socially-conscious community, much of my time at AZULE was spent alone, in contemplation, subtly responding to the rustic majesty of the cabin complex and the gorgeous Appalachian setting. I felt warmed by Camille's hospitality, inspired by her still-evolving architectural vision, and shielded from the distractions and stings of ordinary life. AZULE remains a very special oasis for thirsty creators."
Coming in JULY are musician/singer MEGAN HENRY, fashion/graphic designer GIDGETTE ULLOA-TORRES, playwright/poet/handmade children book artist JANIS CRAFT and the From NoWHERE To NowHERE collective
"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.
DAVIDSON COLLEGE BACKCOUNTRY ODYSSEY program comes every year to AZULE, for service work and to learn from AZULE founder/builder Camille Shafer and Board member, landscape architect Christopher Jayne,. See what the students have to say at:
And thank you toALL 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!
AZULE is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible from your income.
AZULE's Mission is "To provide an environment where artists and community meet, learn and work together through the arts in their many forms."
For a visit call Camille 828-622-3533 For information on AZULE's programs, to make any proposal, to apply for a residency or retreat, to book AZULE or to register for any of our offerings, visit AZULE website www.AZULE.org or e-mail us at AZULEart@gmail.com
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, give us a call.