Mimi White at the Schoodic Institute

Mimi White recently sent word about her participation at the artist retreat / Schoodic Institute in the coming fall. Details follow.

In her award-winning book, The Last Island, Mimi has a beautiful poem from her time as a resident artist, one of my favorite:

 

 

Schoodic Peninsula

 

When the moon hung its nail

at the end of the world

we turned off the lights

and let the stars

replace what we had been saying.

Then a deer (which was once

darkness) stepped

across the road

and became forest

again. If I practice

walking I am footsteps

on the lively fungus.

When I gaze at the white

lichen I am the moon.

When blackberries

print seeds on my lips

I am the sweet season

that houses summer,

fragrant, waiting to close.

 

 

ARTIST RETREAT AT THE SCHOODIC INSTITUTE AT ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

OCTOBER 6 THROUGH 12, 2014

 

Join other artists for a creative adventure at the rocky shores and rich maritime forests of Schoodic Point at Acadia National Park. Six well-known former Acadia Artists-in Residence and several ranger/naturalists will be your program leaders for a week of inspiration focusing on the maritime ecology and autumn colors in this quiet yet spectacular area of the coast near Winter Harbor, Maine.   We invite you to enjoy this unique opportunity to learn more about the ecology of the natural subjects you paint, and also to gain inspiration from associating with other environmentally oriented artists. A variety of comfortable housing and a meal package is available so that you can concentrate on your art.

Guest Artist Program Leaders:

  • Michael Boardmanhttp://www.mboardman.com/Outdoorsman and nature illustrator Michael Boardman’s session will be sketching and painting wildlife in watercolor with a focus on birds, a salute to the many who pass over Acadia in October.
  • Jana Matuszhttp://janamatusz.com/leads a workshop on plein air painting, with tips about strategy, equipment, and composition for all drawing and painting media.
  • Colleen Miniuk- Sperryhttp://www.cms-photo.com/focuses on how incorporating individual knowledge, passions, and perceptions can help you transcend the cliché with your photography and art. Gain detailed insights into the creative process and learn specific techniques for consistently developing new ideas and recording fresh images.
  • Mimi Whitehttp://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/mimi-white Conversations and close readings of poems that celebrate where we live—the earth.  Participants will look at a few select poems for enjoyment and enlightenment.   Just bring a willingness to pay attention and to be open to words.
  • Gary Hoylehttp://garyhoyle.weebly.com/ teaches how to make studio models of plants and flowers. Collect leaves of a plant that you want to reproduce.  Color photocopies, wire, waxes, crepe paper and possibly thread and string will be used to fabricate model plants.  Previously prepared silicone molds may also be used.
  • Ard Berge http://www.ardberge.com/.       will explore drawing, composition, and careful looking as a means to learn from as well as interpret nature.  Following an artist’s presentation, workshop participants will compose drawings that explore their own perceptual experiences and understanding of the park’s landscape.

 

SCHEDULE: Arrive on the afternoon of 10/6/2014 with the option to participate 4, 5, or 6 nights and 7 days

REGISTRATION:   $250

MEAL PLAN: $50/per day (Breakfast, AM snack, lunch, PM snack, dinner)

LODGING: $40-$200/per person per night, costs relating to your preference for shared or private bedrooms. There is also an opportunity to share a 2 bedroom (sleeps 3 for $100 total housing per day) or 4 bedroom (sleeps 8 for $150 total housing per day) apartment with friends.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:   Kate Petrie, Artist-in-Residence Coordinator, Acadia National Park 207-288-1312

 

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The Last Island in San Francisco, May 28th

Next week Mimi White will read from her book The Last Island, Deerbrook Editions 2008, in San Francisco, CA,  May 28th, at Cover to Cover, a friendly community oriented bookstore; address: 1307 Castro Street.

The Last Island received the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry from the New Hampshire Writers Project in 2009. Below are two favorite poems from the book.

Mimi White also received the Philbrick Poetry Award in 2000, and this is what Robert Creeley said about her winning chapbook, ” These are poems of a deceptive quiet and simplicity, just that they make, together, a landscape of painful, almost surreal insistence.”

Mimi will also be reading at the Ogunquit Art Museum, Ogunquit, Maine, July 27 at 7 PM.

In the Mineral Dark

In the cold petals of sleep,
without fear or trepidation,
angels fly.  Fastened to whiteness,
fugitive stars guide them
to my empty meadows.

They brush my eyes
with their heated bodies
and forests rise from stone,
the radiant flux of history
written in flecks and swirls.

They trace the mineral dark
with their soft wings
and leaf by leaf trees root
in the freshet of the night.
Blackbird by blackbird,

branches feather
the unfurnished dream.
A small stream rises,
ample, impossibly clear.

Schoodic Peninsula

When the moon hung its nail
at the end of the world
we turned off the lights
and let the stars
replace what we had been saying.
Then a deer (which was once
darkness) stepped
across the road
and became forest
again.  If I practice
walking I am footsteps
on the lively fungus.
When I gaze at the white
lichen I am the moon.
When blackberries
print seeds on my lips
I am the sweet season
that houses summer,
fragrant, waiting to close.