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David Baker

in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor

A Sense of Place - New Paintings from a New Locale

PRESENTED ON FEB 11, 2016
IN ST JOSEPH @ VOL 4

David Baker walks us through a collection of of artwork, in watercolor, that captures the changing seasons, light and environment thoughout an entire year in southwest Michigan.  

David is a lifelong artist/teacher who has recently relocated to the St. Joseph area. He serves as Art Professor Emeritus at Southwestern Michigan College, where he has taught for three and one half decades. Additionally, he is a faculty member of Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck and The Krasl Art Center.

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Falling in Love with New Westminster

BY TEJ KAINTH
@ VOL 1 ON JAN 24, 2013

Tej Kainth shares all of the reasons she has fallen in love with New Westminster, from the people in the community, to the arts and culture of the city, to the architecture of the city itself. She points out several recent projects which have taken place in the city, and urges others to undertake new ones as well.

 
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Memory of Place

BY VICTORIA BUCK
@ VOL 14 ON FEB 12, 2015

My current work investigates the naive trust we place upon our shelter system’s ability to protect us. My interest lies within the conflicting ideas of protection, vulnerability and hope, during and after abrupt natural destruction. As pioneers and immigrants in new places and spaces, we believe and invest in the security of the systems we create. This belief in the security of stability is called into question during great disasters. Such was mine in the aftermath of the biggest natural disaster, my country has seen in decades, where a 6.3 magnitude earthquake awoke the land, in my home town of Otautahi / Christchurch, New Zealand in February, 2011.
I am intrigued by the irrevocable shift in one’s sense of self in relation to place that occurs after the illusion of stability ceases to exist. In these moments, the architectural landscape can become both threatened and threatening. I am mentally cataloging the beauty of our pioneering and afraid of the consequences in entrusting so much with our current systems of belief.

"Presentation of the Day" on April 22, 2015.

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Making It Work in My New Orleans “New York Apartment”

BY JACOB MARTIN
@ VOL 16 ON APR 08, 2015

Artist and owner of Aquarium Gallery in New Orleans, Jacob "Reptile" Martin, shares with us the fun of his work which utilize all the skills, materials, and then some that he has acquired along the way.

 

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A New Picture House

BY JOHN HARRISON
@ VOL 11 ON SEP 23, 2014

John Harrison from Studio Dekka talks about the creation of Dewsbury's New Picture House and reflects on cinema as time, space and electricity.

"Presentation of the Day" on May 25, 2015.

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Lake Michigan in a Dugout Canoe

BY MARY CATTERLIN
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 14, 2015

"That not how most people build boats these days but I figured I was new to woodworking, logs float no matter what, and I was committed."

In Lake Michigan in a Dugout Canoe from PechaKucha Night St. Joseph Vol. 1Mary Catterlin and and Amy Lukas share their story of how, in the summer of 2012, they circumnavigated Lake Michigan in their handmade dugout sailing canoe. After 93 days and 1200 miles, they returned home to the beach of Beverly Shores, Indiana. This adventure has led to the creation of a self-produced documentary and a published illustrated journal.

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StartingBlock Madison - A New Place for Startups and Thinkers to Collide and Cooperate

BY CHANDRA MILLER FIENEN
@ VOL 16 ON FEB 18, 2016

Speaker Chandra Miller Fienen gives an overview of the StartingBlock Madison project. Opening in 2017, StartingBlock will provide a new place for area entrepreneurs and community to learn, build, hack, and grow successful businesses and next-generation thinkers.

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A Sense of Place

BY BISTRA HRISTOVA
@ VOL 11 ON MAY 20, 2016

"Through hiking and singing, I discovered how deeply in love I was with my culture... With Bulgaria."

In “A Sense of Place" from PechaKucha Night Asheville Vol. 11Bistra Hristova creates an audiovisual journey through several Bulgarian Mountains and their unique folklore traditions.

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Michigan Community Resources

BY SAMIRA GUYOT
@ VOL 30 ON DEC 08, 2016

Samira Guyot is the Manager of Legal Education at Michigan Community Resources. She is also a Detroit Revitalization Fellow.

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Art Follows Life

BY TESSA HECK
@ VOL 4 ON APR 05, 2018

Art can lead all over the place. It has led painter Tessa Heck from the rural to the urban (and back again), from the noncommercial to the monetary, from introspection to examination. Sometimes art is a journey and, as Tessa's story shows, sometimes that journey leads home. And sometimes it's a journey walked in red cowboy boots.