The final culminating event of a month long community project with writer Nicole Mary Kelby and sculptor Alan Milligan, this sunset performance by the river will feature prose and poetry created in community writing workshops, translucent skinned currach model boats illuminated from within, and a sonic sound sculpture performed by community musicians under the leadership of composer Ken Field. Not to be missed.
FREE AND OPEN TO ALL!
Stay after the performance to meet the artists!
Due to potential rain this event has been relocated to the West Room of the Hudson Opera House at 327 Warren Street, Hudson NY
About the project:
The Poetics of Forgiveness is a global public art project combining words of forgiveness with images of cultural significance to create works of public art that provide a lasting reminder of the need for peace. Co-sponsored in Hudson by Drop Forge & Tool and the Hudson Opera House.
Artists-in- residence at Drop Forge & Tool for the month of September, writer Nicole Mary Kelby and sculptor Alan Milligan, will be researching and exploring the concept of forgiveness in the context of the Hudson community. Kelby will run writing workshops to create an open dialogue about the nature of forgiveness. Incorporating phrases collected from these writing workshops into the design, Milligan will be building boat models, based on the shape of the ancient Irish currach boat, and run, in collaboration with Hudson Sloop Club, a community boat making workshop to explore the form. (See details below on the free workshops.)
On October 1st, the workshops will culminate in a community event featuring prose and poetry created in the community writing workshops, the translucent skinned currach model boats illuminated from within, and music performed by community musicians under the leadership of composer Ken Field.
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS WITH NICOLE MARY KELBY HUDSON SENIOR CENTER | SEPTEMBER 14 AND SEPTEMBER 16 | 1:30 – 3:30PM | What do we need forgiven? What can we forgive? Join author Nicole Mary Kelby in an exploration of the nature of forgiveness in our own lives, and through writing prompts and open dialogue, the creation of a collaborative poem on the theme. To inquire about participating, please contact Katharine Daugherty (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Drop Forge & Tool
BOAT BUILDING WITH SCULPTOR ALAN MILLIGAN AND HUDSON SLOOP CLUB | SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 AND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 | 10AM – 3PM | HENRY HUDSON RIVERFRONT PARK | AGES 10 AND UP, PARENTS WELCOME. SPACE LIMITED. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. BRING A BAGGED LUNCH, SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED. Join sculptor Alan Milligan and the Hudson Sloop Club for a weekend boat-building workshop for the family. Learn to build a traditional Irish Currach (wooden boat) using harvested reeds and saplings, to be skinned and ready for the river. To register, call (518) 822-1438 or email email@example.com.
SONIC SCULPTURE WORKSHOP WITH COMPOSER KEN FIELD FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 | 7 – 9PM | HUDSON OPERA HOUSE (PERFORMANCE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 | 7PM | HUDSON RIVERFRONT PARK) Calling accomplished wind instrument players and percussionists! Join Boston composer and saxophonist Ken Field in creating an innovative, evocative sonic sculpture to be performed as part of the Poetics of Forgiveness. Places are limited, so please submit your name, instrument, contact email and phone, and a short statement of interest to Katharine Daugherty (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Drop Forge & Tool.
CULMINATING PERFORMANCE & COMMUNITY EVENT | OCTOBER 1 | 7PM | HENRY HUDSON RIVERFRONT PARK | Join us in the park to celebrate the month's work with poetry, prose, illuminated model boats, and music.
About the artists:
Dr. Nicole Mary Kelby is the critically acclaimed author of several novels including White Truffles in Winter and In the Company of Angels. Her extensive research for The Pink Suit resulted in a PhD awarded to her from Bath Spa University in Bath, England. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious grants and awards including a Bush Artist Fellowship in Literature, Florida Book Award, both a Florida and Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship. She is toured and translated worldwide. Her forthcoming novel, A Small History of the Known World, is based on the lives of Mark Twain and his epileptic daughter Jean.
Alan Milligan is a sculptor, working predominantly in bronze using lost wax technique, sand casting and repoussé. His work includes The Samuel Beckett Chess set commissioned by the Happy Days Beckett Festival in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, which was recently shown at Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, and a bronze for the Belfast Writers’ Square inspired by the work of playwright Stewart Parker. The maquette of the Parker piece, “The Common Wheel,” is now a part of the Lyric Theater collection. Milligan is a member of Umha Aois Symposium group, which run annual residencies around Ireland and Northern Europe, casting and making artifacts and art works using bronze age methods. The group is a tribe of artists and archaeologists deepening their understanding of lost ancient techniques.
Ken Field is a composer, saxophonist, flautist, and percussionist. He has received international public and critical acclaim for his solo work, his work with the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble (which he leads), Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Willie Loco Alexander's Persistence of Memory Orchestra, and the Armenian/American jazz project Musaner, as well as his commissioned compositions and performances with Bridgman/Packer Dance. Field has composed a number of pieces for the children's television program Sesame Street.