On Monday, October 27th, at 7 pm, Terresa Cooper Haskew and Mark Sibley-Jones will read from their work at Gringos Cantina in downtown Greenville. Join us early for a delicious food and drink. Bring a friend! Read more
On October 30th, poet and teacher, Tony Hoagland will read from his work at the Hollings Special Collections Library, Program Room (enter through Thomas Cooper Library). The event is free and open to the public. Bios and details here
A Review by Jim Campbell
This seventy-two minute documentary by Kristy Higby pries open so many important questions that it is difficult to know where to start. On the surface, the film simply examines the artistic and family lives of two young brothers growing up in WWII era America who eventually become totally estranged after the older brother, Jesse Flowers comes back from the war.
Helping us approach a deeper understanding of this story about a family of American artists are incredible volumes of sketchbooks and other artworks by both brothers, the first-hand interviews with Tom and his sisters, family photographs, video of Jesse and thousands of letters written by Jesse to his sister. All of this is made more remarkable yet by the fact that the filmmaker, Kristy Higby, also visual artist, is married to Mark Flowers, the painter son of of Tom Flowers. Kristy brings an artist’s sensibility to the visual style of the documentary. As the film unfolded, I found myself with renewed interests in a great range of things, including: the nature versus nurture discussion, the effects of war on young men, the difficulties of communicating fully with people we love, the primal role of art-making and the importance of telling our stories. Needless to say, when a mere seventy-two minutes of my time yields that much thought, I do recommend that others try to find the time, too.
To get a copy of the documentary or to contact Kristy Higby or Mark Flowers
The Didn’t See It Coming Book Release Event on October 7th was an overwhelming success thanks to the hard work of Emrys president, Anna Katherine Freeland, and past president, Carol Young Gallagher. Thanks as well to a wonderful audience for its warm support…more than 150 books were sold. The event featured readings of work from The Writers Block, an advanced creative writing workshop at Perry Correctional Institution. The book was edited by Anna Katherine and Carol. To find out where to purchase Didn’t See It Coming, contact The Writer’s Block Project.
On November 1st from 2 – 3:30pm, area teens are invited to participate in a poetry writing workshop and open-mic sharing, led by Adam Gottlieb. On November 2nd at 4 pm, students from area middle and high schools will take the stage in the Gunter Theatre to share their original work with the community. 2014 National Student Poet, Cameron Messinides, will share some of his original work as a special feature. Cameron is a senior at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and one of five nationally recognized student poets. Contact Staci Koonce for additional information.
A great introduction to Emrys’ new Administrative Assistant, Polly Gaillard, is through her new exhibition at The Pickens County Museum of Art & History beginning September 6, 2014. Please plan to attend the opening reception from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 11 to meet the photographer who, through her exhibition, “Polly Gaillard: Framing Family”, asks…
When asked about this current work, Gaillard said, “In this exhibition, Framing Family, I’ve chosen to explore family through images in different ways. I investigate my relationship with my daughter post-divorce, my aging parents, old family snapshots that I’ve reimagined through Photoshop and lastly, self-portraits (myself as part of family or as separate than family). The different styles of investigation through the camera – black and white, color, aluminum prints and lomography images are my method of relaying feelings and questions about the moment and connection and disconnection to family. It may be murky like memory, clear and colorful as a humorous moment or in black and white abstracted where the mood is difficult to define. I believe photographing people around me gives me a better understanding of relationships and humanity; in this case my family is the exploration. I want to study the struggles, the awkward moments and my connection and relationship to these specific individuals. It also may be an attempt to hold onto the moments and never let go of them via the photograph.”