Monthly Archives: January 2010

Receiving applications

I have been receiving applications all week, and I’m writing to everyone whose application I have received. If you haven’t received an email from me, that means I haven’t received your application yet.

The committee will meet at the beginning of February and I will email everyone informing of the decision in the first half of February. I will also post the accepted artists on here. There are many really interesting proposals, so the decision will not be an easy one.

I also hope to hear about a grant I applied for sometime in February. Hopefully that means that I will be informing the accepted artists that the residence cost is lower than they had expected.

Keep your fingers crossed.

Soon I will post about Leon Tarasewicz, a painter from Podlasie, and Sarakina, a band from Bialystok.

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Leon Tarasewicz with one of his paintings.

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A photographer from Bialystok

I would like this blog to not only provide information about the Art Factory Bialystok residence, but also about Polish culture, music, food, and artists. I’ve already mentioned the Warsaw Village Band.

Today I am featuring a photographer from Bialystok, Jedrzej Wojnar. Jedrzej really has a wonderful eye. I met him in a bit circuitous way when I was looking for a wedding photographer. Jedrzej photographed my wedding, and my husband and I to this day love looking at the photographs. The reason I hired Jedrzej was not because of his wealth of experience as a wedding photographer, but because I really loved his artistic photos and I thought he had an eye for light, which is a rare gift, indeed.

Jedrzej received his MA in Sociology from the University of Bialystok. He does photography full time photographing weddings commercially, working for the local daily Gazeta Wyborcza, as well as on his own artistic projects like BRAMA. BRAMA (which means gate) is a project documenting an old neighborhood of Bialystok – the old 19th c. wooden houses, the cobblestone streets, etc. – which may not exist in the near future. Unfortunately, the link to that project online is no longer functioning, but here are links to his site and photo blog.

What do you think of his work? Are there any Polish artists you are interested in learning about?

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Only 3 days left

Just a reminder that there only 3 more days left to apply for the Art Factory Bialystok residence this summer. The deadline is a postmark deadline, which means you must mail the application by Jan. 16. If for some reason you cannot make it by that deadline, but you really, really want to apply, please email me. I will probably give you a few more days.

Two more things:

1. I am in the process for applying for a grant that I hope will help lower the costs for artists this year. Please keep your fingers crossed.

2. I’ve decided to nix the trip to Biebrza National Park, and instead we will go to Warsaw for three days. We will visit museums and hopefully meet some interesting people in the Polish art world. I think this will be much more useful and educational.

Soon I will feature some contemporary Polish artists.

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Warsaw Village Band

I’ve decided that once in a while I will do a post about Polish culture.

Today I want to write about the Warsaw Village Band (Kapela ze wsi Warszawa). They have nothing to do with Bialystok or Art Factory. This is a band that’s been around for a while, and they’re pretty popular in Poland – but not only. They play tradition Polish folk music with a twist – for example, on their new album, Infinity, they added elements of jazz, hip hop, etc. You can check out some of their videos here.

Not surprisingly, they are touring around the world – you don’t have to understand Polish to enjoy their beautiful music. For those of you in the UK and Scandinavia, you’re in luck as they will be in several major cities of these countries. They will also visit Slovenia, Italy, France, and Germany.

I got a chance to see them in concert in Suprasl, which is a town just outside Bialystok, about two years ago. It was a really amazing experience – lots of people dancing and singing along. Their main singer, Maja Kleszcz, has the most amazingly haunting voice. Take a listen for yourself.

What do you think?

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Happy New Year 2010!

Wow! I can’t believe that it’s already 2010. I can still remember when we were waiting for 2000 unsure how computers around the world will react. Here we are 10 years later and not much has changed – except that we’re older, of course 😉

I just wanted to mention that I am still accepting applications for the summer residencies.

Deadlines are:

  • Jan. 16 (application must be mailed by this date) for the summer artist residence, which will take place in July and August. See the Summer 2010 page for more information.
  • Feb. 1 for the June writer’s residence. This is an email application. See the Writer’s Residence page for more information.

If there is any information that is not covered on these pages, please feel free to email me your questions. Please be patient though, I’m pretty busy and I get behind on emails. I will try to update here fairly often and try to answer common questions on here, so check back or subscribe.

For those interested, the above mentioned residencies are most likely the only ones that will occur this year. I hope more and more residencies will take place each year.

Hope this new year is productive and brings lots of creativity.

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