Saturday morning the whole crew was up and on the road to our neighboring town of Hart, where we had breakfast at Morat's Bakery and hit up the thrift store, Ruthie's Music Café, and the Mexican market. Residents stocked up on groceries at Hansen Foods, our favorite grocery store that has become our new sponsor- donating food for the resident kitchen and our first slide talk. Now that we have fiscal sponsorship from Fractured Atlas, we have been courting locally run businesses for in-kind donations.
At our slide talk on Sunday, Melissa showed her development from kinetic jewelry to large-scale installation works. She discussed the process of applications and proposals that are the behind-the-scenes reality of so many artists lives.
Part of Kenny's time here has been spent driving back and forth to Ann Arbor and Detroit to do Q&A appearances at the screenings of his film in the Cinetopia International Film Festival. He is working on writing a new script while he is at Shared Space, and the more time we spend telling stories and taking field trips, we know that the quirks and charm of Pentwater will seep into his future film narratives.
The slide talk was attended by locals, out-of-towners, and Pentwater eighth-grader Hannah Gebhart, the first participant in our Young Artist Professional Mentorship Program. Hannah met the resident artists and will spend time working alongside them at the studio and getting feedback on her work, and she will give her own slide talk at the end of the season.