July 2016

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                                                                                                      July 2016 

Upcoming events

at Azule:

Sunday July 24th 6pm

Next Community Potluck
We've been having a great time at our monthly potlucks. Why don't you join us? It's a great opportunity to meet our resident artists, explore the Azule grounds, and catch up with old friends (and make some new ones too!)

Saturday July 30th

Visual Digshop:
A Journey into the Creative Unconscious
Elizabeth Boo Trundle
3:00-4:30pm – Free, everyone welcome. No RSVP required.


With prompting and guidance, anyone can gain expanded access to intelligence, emotion, and imagination. Finding this creative source can help us as writers by strengthening, and even electrifying, the way we use story to connect to an audience. We start with an image, selected individually from a library of evocative photos and illustrations.

For 30 seconds, we focus intensely on the image, trying to memorize as many details as possible. Then we sit for a 7-minute meditation, with instruction and emergency psychiatric intervention as needed (just kidding). After the meditation, without looking at the image, we complete a writing exercise informed by what we saw. Then we go back to the image and make observations about what we got right, what we remembered incorrectly, what we made up, and what we forgot about completely.

With this exercise as inspiration, we step forward into storytelling, and discover how uncovering personal material from our own unconscious, with anchors in concrete visual experience, can generate narrative elements that strike a powerful chord.

Friday August 26th-
Saturday August 28th

Interviewing for Digital Media:
Storytelling from
the Frontlines of Life

Bailey Barash

We all learn from other people's stories. If there is something in their words that touches us, reminds us of events in our own life or of thoughts we've also had, we connect.
Connection can lead to empathy, understanding, and change. But how do we draw those stories out? How do we encourage the interviewee to witness, testify or relate their experience in a personal, spontaneous way? How do we mold that raw interview material into a conversation that the audience will find engaging?

Join documentary filmmaker Bailey Barash in exploring the answers to these questions.
The participants will learn how to research their subjects and their interviewees, how to conduct a pre-interview, and how to formulate questions that will encourage the interviewee to tell their story in front of the camera.

$50-$120 sliding scale, overnight stay at Azule available at additional cost.

Save the date! more information and registration details will be posted 

Contact Natalie at if you have questions.

Azule is located at
190 Rabbit Den Rd., Hot Springs, NC 28743 



Arrived by Storm
by Hunter Savoy-Jaffe
- part 2 - 

I’d like to say I spent every single day working on a painting, or drawing specific rocks within the yard - but my time at Azule was much more conceptual and simultaneously manic in my projects. I dug through the library; committed myself to ready Anais Nin’s Diaries, A Scrapbook of Jeff Davis King of the Hoboes, conducted research about the seemingly elusive Black Mountain School, and picked up an incredibly elitist Home-Brewing book from the 70s with an immaculate cover illustration. One evening I decided I must turn my black denim jeans into arm-length gloves - and so I did. I’d write poetry and half heartedly film myself reciting recent texts in elaborate Edwardian make-up, adorned in my new inverted denim gloves. I took time to plan a new photography project for when I drive across the country from Miami to California.

I processed, scanned and edited an entire Spring 2016 LookBook for a curated garment, textile, metal, and potion shop in New York City. I hiked parts of the Appalachian Trail, made friends with incredible persons local to Bluff, snuck into a River Festival, and took a lot of time to just be quiet and think. This time of seclusion and process, accompanied with the extensive and trusting conversations Camille and I became accustomed to between one another, made Azule a month of brilliant White Magic. 

I walked away from the mountain dazed, re-birthed, and strong as Person and as Artist.

Hunter Savoy-Jaffe
you can view Hunter's photography at


our Residents:

Shane Wilson

Shane is an author living in Fayetteville, NC where he recently published his first novel ‘A Year Since the Rain’, in addition to having his poetry published in Tethered by Letters and the Stonepile Writers' Anthology, Volume III. Shane came to Azule to work on his yet to be named second novel. “It was nice to get away from the familiar things. It was nice to meet new people who were serious about their work. Betsey and Jeremy and Camille worked all day in their respective spaces in the house. I could hear the piano from my spot upstairs on the back porch, and I could wander through the house and find Camille working on mosaic or Betsey painting. It was rewarding, and I wrote a ton. I definitely wouldn’t be finished with this draft right now without Azule.”

Visit to see some of Shane’s work.

Brian O'Malley

My painting is a conversation with memory and dreams, trusting my intuitive self to find its way to an image. My animations start as a conversation with the work that is going on in my studio and eventually settles into a narrative.” While at Azule Brian worked on his newest animation, Samsa, based on Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis'. 

Jeremy Smith

Jeremy is a percussionist and composer from Florence, AL. His work, in addition to the countless percussion arrangements and compositions, has included a brass quintet, wind octet, flute quartet, duo for marimba and violin, voice, computer, and symphonic winds. Jeremy used is time at Azule to write his first chamber symphony.

Hannah Shutzengle

In my recent work, I’m interested in paradoxes of architecture and design: aspects of those supposedly functional aesthetics that are in truth non-functional, mere symbols pointing only towards a concept of architecture as Modern, a tool and a sign of progress.



AZULE Portrait Project

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.

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..





AZULE is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Your donations are tax-deductible from your income.

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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!


Randy Bell, Erin Brooker, Henriette Browers, Nancy Darrell, Kathy DeNobriga, Rebecca DesMarais, Mark and Joyce Ertel Hulbert, Nancy Fink, Harold Finley, Tom Fowler, Omari Fox, Rebecca Gahagan, Gwylene Gallimard, Mary Louise Graff, Katherine Hastie, Lorrie Jayne, Carolyn Lewellen, Val Lyle, John Malpede, Jean Marie Mauclet, Polly Medlicott, Andy Miller, Lisa Mount, Kim Rollin, Olivier Rollin, Camille Shafer, Sue Schroeder, Deborah Scott, Carolyn Stewart, Michelle Suttle, Arlette Vacccarino, Lynda Wheelock, Sherrie Wilson,  Gary and Lavonne Roy, Chuck and Margo Secord, Joel Welsh, Bluff Mountain Nursery, Natalie Marsh.

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.

For a visit of AZULE:
call  Camille  828-622-3533 

For information on AZULE's programs, to make a proposal, to apply for a residency or retreat, to book AZULE or to register for any of our offerings, visit AZULE website and e-mail us at 

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