Sunshine and warmth filled the Hearth Building at Caldera on Saturday, March 25th for the last Open Studios of 2012. Nearly 80 people came to Caldera to enjoy a day of creativity, beauty, and the Caldera community.
Artist in Residency presentations started in the Grand Room with musician Sean Frenette of Portland, Oregon who explained how he developed and played his three-string guitar. He then demonstrated the effects of Caldera’s sounds system by using the delay and reverb effects, which allowed him to layer several melodies with different instruments and then play his guitar over the top. He explained to the crowd, “Not only has Caldera offered me space and time this month in this beautiful setting, but I had the opportunity to musically explore and experiment with this terrific sound system.”
After Sean’s performance, the audience moved to the Library for readings by writer, Kristin Steele of Portland, Oregon and writer and poet, Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran of East Lansing, Michigan. After the readings, presentations followed by Portland, Oregon filmmaker, photographer, installation artist and one of Caldera’s Ford Family Foundation AiR Prize recipient, Vanessa Renwick and Tualatin, Oregon fiber artist, Jeri Flom.
Steele described arriving for her residency at Caldera with the need to organize her novel in progress. “The Grand Room offered the perfect opportunity to spread out all 200+ pages of my book across the floor,” she explained. “I was able to color code the pages to better visualize the narrative tenses and voices of my novel.” Bodhran read poems from his soon to be published books: Yerbabuena/Mala yerba, All My Roots Need Rain: mixed-blood poetry & prose and Heart of the Nation: Indigenous Womanisms, Queer People of Color, and Native Sovereignties. Renwick spoke about filming jellyfish and showed an excerpt from her installation piece, “Medusa Smack,” which is featured in Portland Biennial (http://disjecta.org/2012/) at the White Stag building from April 1st to May 19th. Before her studio tour, Flom spoke about the themes driving her current work: letters from her grandmother and the landscape of eastern Montana. She spoke to the vastness of landscape, familial connections, and the “miles and miles of thread” used in her works.