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October 2011 Newsletter

Indigo Street Pottery Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly newsletter! It is part of our website indigostreetpottery.com , which you can browse from this page if you click on the subjects in the header. We write here about our studio, arts events, projects, studios of our friends, garden musings, and whatever else strikes our fancy. Hope you enjoy it!



August 13, 2011: 2011 Annual Art Auction, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass, Colorado www.andersonranch.org


May of 2012: Jeff Reich and Farraday Newsome, 2-person exhibition, Plinth Gallery, Denver, Colorado http://plinthgallery.com/

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January 2014 Newsletter

Indigo Street Pottery Newsletter

In this Issue

1. Indigo Street Pottery Calendar


2. 35th Annual Contemporary Crafts at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa  AZ


3. Contemporary Forum of the Phoenix Art Museum 2014 Dinner Art Auction


4. The Green House Farm, Phoenix, Arizona


5. Desert Running


6. Indigo Street Pottery Kitchen Garden

Welcome to our monthly newsletter! It is part of our website indigostreetpottery.com , which you can browse from this page if you click on the subjects in the header. We write here about our studio, arts events, projects, studios of our friends, garden musings, and whatever else strikes our fancy. Hope you enjoy it!

Indigo Street Pottery Calendar

April 15 - December 31, 2013: Phoenix: A Creative Oasis, group exhibition curated by Ted Decker for phICA (Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art), offices of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton http://phica.org/oasis.php

November 2, 2013 – May 4, 2014: Birds, Blooms and Bugs, Sky Harbor Airport Museum, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Terminals 2, 3, and 4, Phoenix, Arizona  http://skyharbor.com/museum/ExhibitionsTerminal2.html


November 29, 2013 - January 4, 2014: Tea for Two, Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

http://www.gingrassgallery.com/index.php


February 8, 2014: Contemporary Forum’s 2014 Annual Dinner Art Auction, Phoenix Art Museum     http://contemporaryforum.org/events/2014/02/art-auction-dinner-28/


February 22-23, 2014, 10 a.m.– 5p.m.: ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center’s 13th Annual Self-guided Ceramic Studio Tour. Indigo Street Pottery is a host site with Jeff, Farraday, and guest artists Jesse Armstrong, Tiffany Bailey, and Joan Waters   http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/studiotour/


May 2014: Jeff Reich, Nancy Dryfoos Gallery, Kean University Galleries, Kean University, Union, New Jersey http://www.kean.edu/~gallery/


Fall 2014: 50 From 6: Contemporary Ceramic Art From Six Rocky Mountain States, Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah  https://www.suu.edu/pva/artgallery/


May 16 - July 5, 2015: Farraday Newsome, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York

http://www.clayartcenter.org/default.asp

      35th Annual Contemporary Crafts at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

 

Happy New Year from Skye, Jeff and Farraday!

In this photo we are in the Tonto National Forest, Arizona, on the north side of Pass Mountain with a view to the western edge of the Goldfield Mountains. Just to the left of Jeff’s head is a far view of rough-topped Four Peaks, a dormant volcano that is the highest point in the area.  

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Jeff ran the Sertoma Club of Mesa’s 35th Annual Mesa Turkey Trot 10K this winter (6.2 miles), while Farraday was sidelined with a foot injury but able to play photographer. This is Arizona’s oldest Turkey Trot event and attracts thousands of runners each year. The Sertoma Club of Mesa serves many community needs through volunteer service.  http://mesasertoma.com


Jeff had a fine run with a time of 46: 16 (46 minutes, sixteen seconds). He was happy to “Beat the Turkey”, a point of pride in this race where one of the good runners dresses up as a turkey each year and keeps a good pace despite the costume!


This photo was shot at approximately Mile Five, where the racers are only half a block from our house.

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum is the visual art exhibition space at Mesa Arts Center, located in Mesa, Arizona. In five stunning galleries, MCA showcases curated and juried exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and internationally recognized artists. MCA also offers lectures by significant artists and arts professionals, art workshops, and a volunteer docent program.


Highlighting the finest in contemporary crafts from across the country, Mesa Contemporary Arts’ Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition has become a benchmark for innovation and quality.


Jeff Reich and Faraday Newsome will have work in the upcoming 35th Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona. This year’s show was juried by Independent Curator Julie Muniz and showcases 46 artworks by 35 artists, representing 14 states.


The exhibition runs February 14 - April 13, 2014.


http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/museum/upcoming-art-exhibits/35thCraft

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Contemporary Forum of the Phoenix Art Museum 2014 Dinner Art Auction

We recently visited the Green House Farm urban permaculture home in downtown Phoenix. Bryan White and his wife Miro opened their home in an event sponsored by the Valley Permaculture Alliance (http://www.phoenixpermaculture.org).  This couple has put into action permaculture practices such as passive rainwater harvesting, green ground cover for soil development and water retention, tiered food plantings from low story herbs and vegetables to upper story fruit trees, “chop and drop” mulch pruning practice,  and composting.

Young winter annual vegetables in compost-enriched soil that is teeming with earthworms and other beneficials. They have a soaker hose irrigation system in place.

Bryan, in the red pants, is discussing basics of soil building and soil health.  He is emphasizing that you feed and water the soil, not the plants per se. Behind him is one of their vegetable gardens, surrounded by food-producing trees such as mulberry and citrus.

The perennial food producers such in this apple and stone fruit orchard have a ground cover of living grasses and herbaceous plants. This living mulch helps retain soil moisture, enriches the soil with natural cold composting of dead leaves and the action of soil fauna, and attracts pollinators with flowers. It all looked very healthy and beautiful!

We were inspired by this seed starting table Bryan and Miro use, so Jeff got one of our own going recently.

Along with the slower, cold composting naturally occurring at the soil level in their fruit orchard, Bryan and Miro also compost table scraps and fallen leaves in these various “hot” composters. Since they tend chickens, they also have a source of excellent chicken manure to compost!

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Farraday Newsome will have two wall-hanging Cloud Tiles in the show.

Left: Genetic Drift Cloud Tile, glazed terra cotta, 16 x 14 x 4”, 2012.

Rght: Tender Moonlight Cloud Tile, glazed terra cotta, 10.5 x 12.5 x 3”, 2012.

Jeff Reich, Allthorn, glazed stoneware sculpture, 23 x 18 x 18”, 2012

Jeff Reich, Somewhere in the Desert, glazed stoneware hanging plate array, 36 x 9 x 2”, 2007

Farraday Newsome has Full Tidal Drift (the glazed terra cotta vessel in foreground) in the current group exhibition Birds, Blooms and Bugs at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. The show runs through May 4, 2014. This exhibition is displayed in Terminals 2, 3 and 4.


The Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport has a large arts program administered by the Phoenix Airport Museum. Directed by Lennee Eller for over twenty years, the Phoenix Airport Museum has a full exhibition schedule with displays in all terminals.The Phoenix Airport Museum also houses a permanent art collection. Many of these pieces are permanent installations sited throughout the airport.  Other pieces are seasonally rotated throughout the airport.

http://skyharbor.com/Museum/ExhibitionsTerminal3.html

Farraday Newsome, Night Garden Box, glazed terra cotta lidded box,  16 x 9 x 7”, constructed 2010, glazed 2013

Photos above: Jeff’s seed-starting has been a great boon to the kitchen garden this winter! Last month’s newsletter showed his new seedlings on a table outside. Now he has also put a tabletop greenhouse into action. Our good friends, the plant masters and authors extraordinaire Mary and Gary Irish, gave us this seed starting greenhouse when they moved to Texas.  They tell us it is a Dutch “fruhbeet”.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyI1IjtGEkY

    We have it set up on the back porch so it is under a roof in case of frost. Also, it faces south, getting sun all morning and afternoon.  We love it!!

We’ve had a relatively mild winter here in the low Sonoran Desert, with only two nights of frost so far. After several recent winters of unusually cold weather, we appreciate the milder (and more normal) weather. Still, the season is young: We could get freezes anytime from now until late March.

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Left: the Santa Fe Peppers, still producing, made it through the freeze covered and under an apple tree that hadn’t lost all its leaves yet.

Center: front to back - Icicle Radishes, Red Oak Lettuce, Collard Greens, bunching onions, Winterbor Kale, Lacinato Kale (AKA Dragon Kale), and Punta Banda Tomatoes still going strong (double covered through the frost) .

Right: Snow Peas vining up masonry wire grid trellises that were secured to the ground with tree stakes and baling wire.

Jeff Reich and Farraday Newsome will once again be participating in the Annual Gala Dinner Art Auction at the Phoenix Art Museum to be held Saturday, February  8, 2014. This event is sponsored by the Contemporary Forum, an auxiliary group of the Phoenix Art Museum dedicated to raising money for museum acquisitions, contemporary exhibitions, support for artists, U.S. and foreign travel, gallery and salon events, architectural tours, and  arts lectures and films. This is a major fundraiser for this worthy group. 

For more information and to view all of the works to be auctioned:  http://contemporaryforum.org/events/2014/02/art-auction-dinner-28/


Below: Photos of the work Farraday and Jeff will have in the Phoenix Art Museum 2014 Dinner Art Auction