SOLDIER ON + NATHAN HANFORD
Soldier On’s Veterans Community Arts Initiative engages homeless veterans in the arts and cultural activities to promote healing and expand veterans’ social and personal networks of support. Soldier On’s mission is to end homelessness among veterans by providing permanent, sustainable, safe and affordable housing that veterans own and operate with support services. Soldier On fosters an environment of integrity, dignity and hope to assist veterans in regaining physical and mental stability, housing and employment. The ultimate goal is to help veterans to become fully enfranchised and contributing members of their community.
Nathan Hanford is currently the Artist in Residence and a Case Manager at Soldier On, a non-profit organization committed to ending veteran homelessness, where he not only facilitates creative based education but is in the process of working hand in hand with Soldier On to create a flexible arts and culture curriculum to be used to enrich the lives of the veterans that they serve.
A native of Becket, Massachusetts, Nathan Hanford has spent the past six years dividing his time between the crisp mountain air of the Berkshire hills in New England and the urban wilds of Shoreditch, London. His work is evocative of a fusion between these environments, influenced by the rituals, sentiments and textures of the past but thoroughly modern in its messaging. He draws inspiration from “things I see; people I meet; stories from my family and past.”
Nathan is a trained dancer and spent most of his summers working and studying at the world-renowned Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, but after a dog attack curtailed his dance career, his passion for design and the visual arts surfaced. His technique has evolved over the years to involve hand-embroidering on vintage linen; each piece can take anywhere from a couple hours to three or four months– and always involves sore fingers. He first learned embroidery from his paternal and maternal grandmothers Helen Hanford and Alice Melle, and his mother Theresa Hanford.
SEE THE WORK OF SOLDIER ON’S VETERAN ARTISTS
LIVE AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT VFW HALL, FIRST FLOOR
18 MEADOW ST. (corner of Main, Meadow, and Park) FRIDAY, MAY 6 5:00-8:00PM
CyclePottery will host a stellar schedule of free demos, coffee, tea, Black Vineyard Wine & cheese. Pottery for sale, student gallery, and so much more! Join CyclePotter and meet many local potters throughout the evening that will be available to speak with and provide you with some basic instructions.
FREE POTTERY DEMONSTRATIONS 3:00-6:00pm Try your Hands at Wheel Throwing
w/ Kathryn Kothe, Owner of CyclePottery
“What Hath God Wrought” was the first message transmitted by Samuel Morse on his newly invented telegraph line in 1844. Curiously ambiguous, the message could be read either as the words of the inventor in awe with the possibilities of his new tool, or as a cautionary message weary of the changes this new invention might bring to society. The doubt raised by this phrase is explored in Jenny Vogel’s installation, What Hath God Wrought, and represented in the fragility of a chandelier transmitting the message again in Morse Code through blinking lights.
Jenny Vogel works in video, photography and computer arts. Vogel’s art explores the world as viewed through new media technology. She received her MFA from Hunter College (NYC) in 2003. She is a 2005 NYFA fellow in Computer Arts and is currently Assistant Professor of New Media Art at the University of Massachusetts. Her work has been screened and exhibited in group and solo- shows in numerous locations and galleries: Storefront Gallery, NYC; The Dallas Museum of Art, TX; McKinney Contemporary, TX; San Francisco Camerawork, CA; Arnolfini, UK; The Siberia Biennial, Russia; The Swiss Institute, NYC; EFA Gallery, NYC; Kunstwerke, Berlin; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, NYC.
ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT This will be the first time that “What Hath God Wrought” is installed outside of a gallery or museum space and I am really looking forward to seeing it in that way. The chandelier’s blinking lights are carrying the main message of the piece and they should be allowed to come into focus slowly, reflecting off of its surrounding. The piece is festive in nature. It is attempting to communicate, to connect through unconventional and perhaps unpractical means. I am hoping that the Florence Night Out visitor will be drawn to the lights, perhaps partially out of curiosity, perhaps partially to decode the blinking. Either way, I hope that the chandelier will add to the magic of an evening spent with your friends or family at this lovely Spring festival.
SEE JENNY VOGEL’S WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT
LIVE AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT MOBILE ART BOX #6 40 Main Street (parking area by Tranquility Day Spa) FRIDAY, MAY 6 5:00-8:00PM
It’s almost spring, and most of the snow has melted, the flowers early spring blooms are coming out, and there is an air around town that spring may have finally put the last nail in the coffin of Winter 2015-2016.
Now that things are starting to warm up, it is time to get out for Florence Night Out! There has been a huge (yuuge?) outpouring of support this year from local businesses and the art community. We also got a grant from Arts Boston and listed on their calendar. From now until the event, we will be posting updates here and on our Facebook page.
Lexi Weege has been performing in and around western Massachusetts and beyond for a few years now. Her music is a blend of jazz and blues with soulful voice with hints of indie rock. She is a fierce young lady with bright songs that ring of summer and sunshine. She has released one full length album so far (Virgin, 2014) with plans to release another soon.
Lexi is also a part of the Woman Songwriter Collective, a group of solo artists who perform together and collaborate on each other’s songs. The group has performed at the Iron Horse and released a five song EP. Other members of WSC will be performing as well. Be sure to come out for Florence Night Out on June 20. Lexi will be performing at 4:00pm at Cafe Evolution.