New Hybrid Studios Breed Innovation
Words and images get equal opportunity in the new Church studios at Vermont Studio Center.
I was the first to experience the newly resurrected studios, risen from the ashes of this historic church building on Main Street in Johnson, Vermont. For years I have had a studio practice that combines writing and art in various ways, and as a “hybrid” resident in March I was able to participate fully in both the writers group and be a painter/printmaker, too. I brought my little press along and experimented with making letters out of the orange plastic netting left from the building site. This evolved into an installation/performance piece that invited the 50 other residents to add their “words” to my two alphabets: “climate of unrest” and “climate of hope.”
The Church studios are being dedicated in early May; studio 6 will be in honor of my cousin, Frank Cheney Platt, a founder of Poets House in New York, the largest poetry library in the US, accessible to all.