in just three short weeks I will spend 10 days deeply immersed in my artistic expression. Photography. Oh my gosh. My artist residency is hosted by Milkweed Mercantile the only strawbale solar and wind powered B&B in the U.S. The Inn is part of Dancing Rabbit's EcoVillage ( Rutledge, MO ), a 280 acre off grid, sustainable, intentional community founded in 1997.
I fell in love with Alline and Kurt, long time residents of Dancing Rabbit and owner/founders of The Milkweed Mercantile, when Alline spoke at an event. Alline had just been awarded the Eileen Fisher's Business Grant for Woman Entrepreneurs. Wow. I was very inspired by Alline and super curious about Dancing Rabbit.
Artists were selected for their:
My artist submission included an application and small fee, my resume, 10 select images w/detailed descriptions, plus a very specific project idea. The project I proposed is from the perspective of a wide eyed curious and affectionate admirer of all things Dancing Rabbit. My specific curiosity is about the key people who make Dancing Rabbit what it is today - to me, that could be capturing part of the day of the master builder, gardener, and innkeeper, to highlighting an artisan, a child...maybe even the local dog!
Resident artists in addition to having full access to Dancing Rabbit are to gift 8 hours of instruction to their community. I can't wait to teach collage while there. I am to donate a final piece to the Inspired By Dancing Rabbit: Artist In Residence Collection. A public presentation is also expected.
© collage by karen hanrahan
When Alline officially emailed that I had been awarded a residency I was in the middle of making a huge batch of french onion soup. While i had tears streaming down my face from all those onions. I also had great tears of joy from the news. Pinch me, I was awarded an artist residency!!
I look forward to sharing more about my Dancing Rabbit experiences and photography!!
Photography = a never ending opportunity to capture visual celebrations.