Wednesday, July 15, 2015


 this place is legendary
and for good reason
it's a place of art making
right out of the70's
(the good 70's)
i love it here, 
love the studio space
 love, LOVE the funny painting in the guest teacher apartment
 the head shots in the hall
 this one is for hannah
 and the blue nosed friends, too.
 we haven't been blue yet, but india ink and black walnut
and osage orange and red ochre and indigo inks are here.
we're working on madder.
making marks on paper, big, small
fine and not so fine.
this is kozo dyed with lotus leaves that kate brought
from her stash.
 weaving lokta shifu on new stumps
 i have three lefties in my class and one 14 year old!
 a happy susan mills
 the whole class here
my mess front and center.
it goes wonderfully quiet
as they begin
focus, fold, cut, 
working on their first bit of shifu
 the neighborhood is historic
 and interesting.
 our apartment
 the wall
 art farm
 art farm
my housemate, nancy diessner
has some of the same
interests as do i.
she rocks!


Trace Willans said...

now that looks like a lot of fun. Maybe it is hinting at the Gramps? x te

aimee said...

THREE lefties, what a gift!!! i loooove seeing WSW through your eyes. everyone is so hard at work and happy, including you. joyful heart.

Velma Bolyard said...

trace, that *could* be right! hope so!
aimee, it's all you said, and more. and my class is just terrific.

Ms. said...

Such a fine place, it fills me with longing.

Velma Bolyard said...

michelle, it does have a piece of nostalgia, these wonderful, beautiful women working together.

Cait Throop said...

Velma! I have been missing my blogs lately...where are you??? and where ever it is I wish I was there creating! I am in a quiet, non-creative place this summer...

Velma Bolyard said...

cait, wsw is in rosendale, ny. i'm the closest i've been to nyc since i was a kid! you would love it here.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Glad all is well. 4th to last pix: I thought, on first reading, the caption stated: ant farm!

india flint said...

What a delightful place to be working at

Anonymous said...

looks like a little piece of heaven, enjoy.

Velma Bolyard said...

claudia, we have seen a few ants, and aunts, too. see you soon.
india, it's pretty cool
jean, it's good, and thank you my dear

Mo Crow said...

what a great space!

Velma Bolyard said...

mo, it is, indeed!

over the rainbow said...

OH MY! As soon as I saw your picture of this building I declared out loud (to myself!)…..I've been there!!!! I took a printmaking workshop at WSW many years ago……and have very fond memories of this place, touring the Kingston home of R & F Encaustics, and the surrounding countryside. What a great place….and so happy you are holding down the fort!

Velma Bolyard said...

ah, marianne, (i betcha i'm spelling that wrong) it is a cool place still, and the other teaching artist was a printmaker--they were doing nifty work in photopolymer... it's still a fab place!

Barry said...

V - Beautiful place and beautiful people - what more can you ask for. B

Velma Bolyard said...

barry, you are so right

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