The Year in Review - 2001
Summer is in full bloom as this spring newsletter goes to press. It has been a year worth reflection and review. It might well be remembered for our developing relationship with The National Center for Genome Resources. It all began when Bill Maxon was asked to give a talk at the opening of the student sculpture show on his work in relation to chaos. It was at this event that NCGR offered to host some of our meetings beginning with our last forum meeting of the season in June. We presented slides of our members’ creative work and one of their scientists, Jeff Blanchard gave a talk on the human genome and their work at the center. It was a stimulating, interactive exchange, which set the tone for the coming year. Our thanks to Ann Rafferty for facilitating our joint events throughout the year.

Our first fall meeting in October was held at NCGR. Jean Constant presented a fascinating glimpse of his research in "Pattern Recognition” with beautiful, digitally executed, paired designs for our visual delight and analytical comparison. It was a very professional presentation and a creative synthesis of science and art. November found a crowd of us at Sky David’s animation, science/ art studio where we were given the grand tour of his gallery and science laboratory, followed by a presentation of the scope and focus of his past and current work. There are no labels that would do Sky justice but microbiology, animation, invention, entrepreneur, artist might give you a few clues.

In December we were back in Susan's studio for an evening of sharing past and present works in progress. Various members displayed their art and craft work on the big table and told us about their processes and investigations. This kind of shared exchange is both inspiring and supportive and best of all we get to know each other a little better.

January's topic for discussion was "The Creative Process". Susan kicked things off with her theory of creativity and brain organization, which gave everyone something to challenge. It was lively and stimulating and we didn't get the issue settled at all. To be continued!

We returned to NCGR in February for Richard Kramer's wonderful presentation on "Symmetry and The Geometry of Escher". His official title included a reference to wallpaper as well but the exact sequence eludes me at this time. Sorry Richard. It was extremely well received and I am sure inspired others to rethink their concepts of symmetry.

Those of you who were not able to be with us in March missed Annalie Ketteler's presentation of her amazing "earth" works, created from sands of great deserts around the world. She devised a way to seal the top layer in a skin of sand that faithfully documents the winds vibration patterns. (Interference patterns). For a time these stunning works graced the walls of the studio. She has returned to Germany for the time being. Those who fell into her vibrant energy field await her return.

Sooner or later we knew that Science would come to the art studio. And so it happened in April when Jeff Blanchard, biologist from the National Center for Genome Resources presented a talk on genetics to a large gathering in Susan's studio. Jeff's enthusiasm and depth of knowledge reached everyone at their different levels of understanding. He stated that in his view the scientist needed the artist to help in creating the imagery needed to communicate the abstract concepts that they work with. There is much to explore at the interface of science and art. Have we really begun? What is the next step toward greater integration?

For our May meeting the call went out for members to share works in process through slides or actual works on art. Michael, Rafaela, Bruce, Terry and Jon all stepped forward to help create an inspiring exchange of images and ideas. The sharing and dialogue continued at our June meeting when we had a chance to reflect on the past year and make plans for the one coming up. Richard Kramer plans to have his research into "knots and mathematics "ready to present in the fall. Bruce Papier will give us in depths look at his research with "Sound Images". Jean mentioned that he has been playing with ideas inspired by Richard's symmetry talk. There are suggestions for hands on creative activities as well. I will be another great year! The last event was a party in the studio where we feasted on delectable, good music and projected images of light. A good time was had by all as they say or used to say! A happy creative summer to each and every one of you!

Susan Latham
Santa Fe, 6-2001


December 2001

We will be celebrating our 5Th anniversary at our next meeting, which will be Dec. 12TH, 7 PM at Sky David's studio.

It will be a night of "WORKS IN PROCESS". If you have the seed of an exciting idea or you are well into the project, remember that we are resources for each other; for information, support and collaboration. At our last meeting of Nov.12 at NCGR, Richard Kramer's' talk on knots was beautifully presented. The math was balanced with many good visuals and hands on fun-time creating knots. We did appreciate the time and thought behind it.

November 2001

Our next meeting will be Monday Nov. 12th at NCGR. Richard Kramer will share the results of his investigation on Knots: theory and inspiration for 3D art. I am sure it will be an excellent presentation. It will be at 7pm as usual Please make every effort to be there and start the year well with NCGR.

Also a reminder that Hillary Rigs' opening of her new show “The Art of Hilary Riggs" is Friday Nov. 2nd, 5-7pm. at the “Quimera Gallery” on Marcy St across from the Cathedral Garden. The exhibit will go on until Nov. 30


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