Artist Residency: the Art Terrace Meetup in August-2014.

Every month RE:ARTISTE invites artists, designers, crafters and business professionals to meet up on its Art Terrace in Midtown, New York.

…and yeah, he is back – with the new art, emotions, impressions, a fractured toe and a injured arm! Alvaro Montagna, mixed media artist and a top ten finalist of “Art Takes Times Square”-2013, talks about his experience at the Yucca Valley Artist Residency.

 

The desert house for Alvaro

Alvaro Montagna and his temporary home

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Alvaro’s art location in July

Among the cacti, in the desert, surrounded by just several human beings, one can get that portion of isolation that drives your new level of creativity. Being put in an uncommon situation, you start experimenting with your techniques and old tools to get completely new artworks. Having fun with other creative beings liberates you and brings you new friends and fellows.

Artists at the residency

Artists at the residency

 

What Alvaro advises to do when you choose your artist residency:

  • Read the program: some residencies give you “free time”, some are focused on a collective project where the artist is supposed to become a part of the group working on the same project.
  • If you pick an uncommon location for your residency, opt for a longer stay – you will need first several days just to get acquainted with your new land.
  • The desert beautifully pictured by Alvaro Montagna

    The desert beautifully pictured by Alvaro Montagna

  • Any exotic location, different from what you get used to, will give you additional inspiration.
  • Contribute to the local community – let your artwork become a part of a local museum, garden or a community center.
  • Using new tools and elements for new artworks: cacti, spikes, mouse spinal cord (a fossil!)

    Using new tools and elements for new artworks: cacti, spikes, mouse spinal cord (a fossil!)

  • Stay safe (on the last day of his residency Alvaro fell from a cliff and got into the hospital) – always remember that the nature is beautiful but tricky.
  • Desert flowers. By Alvaro Montagna

    Desert flowers. By Alvaro Montagna

  • Enjoy the wildlife.
  • New friends

    New friends

  • Have fun!
  • Alvaro presenting his video and pictures at the Art Terrace, a monthly meetup group hosted by RE:ARTISTE

    Alvaro presenting his video and pictures at the Art Terrace, a monthly meetup group hosted by RE:ARTISTE

 

At our monthly meetup, Art Terrace: photographer Debby Szersin, Professor and Artist T.Lawrence Wheatman

At our monthly meetup, Art Terrace: photographer Debby Szersin, Professor and Artist T.Lawrence Wheatman

New artwork by Alvaro Montagna - illustrations in ink, presented at the Art Terrace meetup in August

New artwork by Alvaro Montagna – illustrations in ink, presented at the Art Terrace meetup in August

*All pictures used for this post are by Alvaro Montagna and Re Artiste Inc.

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One response to “Artist Residency: the Art Terrace Meetup in August-2014.

  1. Thank you re:artiste for providing a platform for me to share my experiences. Art Terrace is a wonderful venue for those curious in art to be able chat and share…face to face! (no video, social media, or texting, just cool interaction with creative humans:)) Also thank you for turning me on to the idea of artist residencies. Every artist should experience being away from their studio for an extended period of time as to fill their creative well with inspiration. -Alvaro Montagna

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