Monday was the big day at the Pentwater Farmers Market, shopping for our dinner party event, A Pleasant Evening. Alex bought cherries from the local Heeg Orchard, and Amanda collected vegetables from the two organic vendors, Vartian Farms and Liberty Farm. We have a great relationship with the couple that run Vartian Farms- they pick up our compost from the studio each week to feed to their chickens, and we love to buy their eggs and bread. This was a great chance to get to know the beautiful family that runs Liberty Family Farm and Bakery, and start another new relationship between locals and our visiting artists. We found out that they host farm-to-table meals and farm tours by donation, and made sure to spread the word to our friends and our dinner party guests.
In the evening, the group split up, some to see the screening of Fire Walk With Me in Grand Rapids, and the others to check out the Comedy Night in Pentwater. The field trip to Grand Rapids was mostly in honor of Natalie's healthy obsession with the David Lynch TV series, Twin Peaks, and her beautiful screen prints she has made to honor the genius of the show. Fire Walk With Me is the prequel film that Lynch made after the TV series ended, and the dressed-up full-house crowd at the screening showed how many other people share Natalie's fascination.
Wednesday was the big day, and Amanda and Alex spent most of it in the kitchen, preparing a vegetable stew, gluten-free cornbread, and three cherry pies for A Pleasant Evening. Each resident artist contributed to the event. John made a playlist for dinner, providing just the right ambient sounds from the soundtracks of Twin Peaks to The Sound of Music, and some other songs we smiled at upon recognizing. Natalie worked away at illustrating the lyrics of Elijah's new song, 'This Love', and made four drawings to give to dinner party guests. At each place setting, the guest had one lyric, so that they could connect with the people around them to build the song. Natalie and Elijah will continue to work on this project by mail, and come up with a zine together in the future.
Thursday was the last day in the studio for our session one residents: Amanda, Elijah, John, and Natalie. The studio was busy with cleaning up, finishing and documenting projects, in anticipation of an epic afternoon field trip with Mary. Amanda deconstructed her outdoor pottery studio, Natalie continued her steady practice of drawing, John burned CDs for his box set of Shared Space Studio working mixes, and Elijah finished and installed his patchwork flag in the meadow.
The flag is visible from our parking lot, even from the chairs Elijah often sits in at the front of our building. It announces something to those who are entering the meadow path. Mirroring the contrast of bold colors in the plants surrounding it, the flag hangs like a regal banner, in appreciation of our two crumbling birch trees and the shelf mushrooms holding them up. I am excited to see this flag hanging in the stark wintertime meadow.