Author Archives: 360xq

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Alice B. Fogel Wins NH Literary Award

Category : XQ Resident Updates

Former XQ Resident, Alice B. Fogel´s  latest book, Interval, has just won the NH Literary Award in Poetry!

You can find Alice´s latest book HERE

 


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MICHAEL PRIBICH-2015 XQ Resident Artist Upcoming Exhibitions

Category : XQ Resident Updates

Hello Everybody,
I want to share some news about current and future work projects.  I’ve been in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan the last month collecting video and audio from different labor sites.  Initially I went to record the wheat harvest in the Badakshan region of the Pamirs.  I discovered additional people to work with including the rice workers in Ozgun, Kyrgyzstan and the blacksmiths in Osh.  Both the Pamir and Ozgun regions have been farming in the current locations for over 2000 years.  Hand processes are still utilized.  I plan to use this imagery to create new video works that reflect the ongoing labor practices.  I recognize a link in these very old work processes, and present day labor necessity in the economically developed world.  Additionally the environmental impact is a source of knowledge.  Knowing about these farmers and laborers is the opposite of globalization – the world seems a bigger place instead of smaller.
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I am included in two current exhibitions:
Converging Visions, curated by Maria Dominguez at Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY;   Sept 15 – Oct. 28, 2016
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Bringing Brooklyn To Norfolk, curated by Patrick Todd, Gallery 21, Norfolk, Virginia; Sept 23 – Nov. 5, 2016
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Upcoming exhibits:
60 Americans, curated by Terrence Sanders, Makeshift Museum, 1855 Industrial St, Arts District, LA, CA,  Oct. 22 – Nov. 25, 2016
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– Artist Couples, Group Exhibition, Taller Boricua, New York, NY, November.  Details coming.
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Andrew Morgan-Voyage to Scorpion Island, The Video

Amazing video from Andrew Morgan.  Beautiful footage of migrating birds, holiday lights, fireworks, and sunrises/sunsets captured during his Winter 2015 residency here in Chapala, set to the beautiful piece composed by Andrew inspired by his visit to Scorpion Island.


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Voyage to Scorpion Island- Andrew Morgan

Andrew Morgan, 360 Xochi Quetzal Resident (Winter 2015) recently announced completion of the main piece of music he was working on during his residency.  Inspired by his day trip to Scorpion Island on Lake Chapala, it is appropriately named Voyage to Scorpion Island.

Andrew is in the process of making this recording available for download and all proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society.

We are happy to report that The Retro Cocktail Hour (http://www.retrococktail.org/) is going to play Voyage to Scorpion Island!

(click on Read More to listen to Voyage to Scorpion Island)


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Shirley and Iris: a short play by Sandra A. Daley-Sharif

Category : News

Hello Friends,

Join me for a reading of my short play “Shirley and Iris”.  Shirley is a retired 75 year old woman who recently lost her husband. Just as Shirley is ready to start a new chapter in her life, she is now charged to care for her 96 year old mother, Iris. As Iris struggles to hold on to her fading independence, she forgets to eat, take her medication, and battles with a daughter who makes her feel like a child, ultimately forcing these women to forge a connection, lost over the years. “Shirley and Iris” explores aging, care taking, and what it is to love.

It will be read by two brilliant actors: Marie Thomas and Carmen Delavalade (I’m so excited!), and directed by the great Elain Graham

July 16th at 3PM.

GOING TO THE RIVER: founded by the late Curt Dempster and Elizabeth Van Dyke in 1999 at Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC, for the purpose of developing, producing & providing a NYC ‘home base’ for a community of female playwrights of color. Join us for the 2016 season reading series of exciting plays!

  • 7pm on July 13, 14, 15th – 3p on July 16th
  • Admission: $10 suggested donation
See You there!
Sandra D.

 


Testimonials

We have one word to describe the our experience here at 360 Xochi Quetzal, and that is MAGIC! The casita is very spacious, allowing for lots of room to create. It is very comfortable and clean, and has everything you could possibly need for your personal residency. We especially enjoy spending time on the relaxing balcony. Cobra and Chris are available and very helpful. The Residency Handbook in the casita addresses all of our questions in detail and offers suggestions for things to try around the area. You will often hear live music in the early evening from the Malecon. It feels very safe here, and even more secure having the Red Cross right across the street. It has been a wonderful experience, and Kristen and I  would like to return each year.

Orion Kugel,Photographer

We have one word to describe the our experience here at 360 Xochi Quetzal, and that is MAGIC! The casita is very spacious, allowing for lots of room to create. It is very comfortable and clean, and has everything you could possibly need for your personal residency. We especially enjoy spending time on the relaxing balcony. Cobra and Chris are available and very helpful. The Residency Handbook in the casita addresses all of our questions in detail and offers suggestions for things to try around the area. You will often hear live music in the early evening from the Malecon. It feels very safe here, and even more secure having the Red Cross right across the street. It has been a wonderful experience, and Orion and I would like to return each year.

Kristen Pobatschnig, Painter
“Applying for the free Winter residency of Xochi Quetzal was the start of many positive transformations. The silence I found for myself during the residency, allowed me not only to write the best last chapter I can write at this stage of my evolution, it also granted me a most sought-after introspection moment during which I read my dreams and studied ancient Eastern writings. The serenity of the lake and presence of other artists inspired me to get mentally ready and organized for my future as a novelist. I am particularly fond of spending the holidays abroad with ‘strangers’. It always infuses me with these wild insights and whims. Our group was just lovely, the artists one by one very interesting. Cobra and Christian are warm and graceful hosts who made life easy. All in all, Xochi Quetzal was a weighty meditation, a poetic experience that carried me through the rest of Mexico in newness and will resonate long after.”
Heidi Souffriau, Writer
“I was partly inspired to apply for the Xochi Quetzal residency by The Retro Cocktail Hour — a popular Saturday night radio show on Kansas Public Radio 91.5 that features exotica music (a form of tropical jazz).  My hope was for the palm trees,  lakeside sunrises, and culture of Chapala & Mexico at large to inform my creative process.  These elements did precisely that, and the generous hospitality of Cobra & her partner Christian provided me with a cozy composing environment.”
Note from Staff: Listen to the music created during Andrew’s residency -Winter 2016
Andrew Morgan, Composer, Musician

Chapala is a safe, spiritually charged, beautiful place. Wild horses run through town.  It’s a place where you greet strangers on the street.

I walked along the lake in meditation a great deal. I hiked the looming cerro overlooking town. I biked all over the countryside. I wrote, documented, created composed soundscapes utilizing field recordings, and built small maquette light sculptures based on my experiences. I attended traditional temazcals, and sat alone in cathedrals.

It was pivotal for me in a spiritual sense more than a career advancing experience. I’m very grateful for it, and Deborah Kruger is a wonderful advocate to keep in contact with. I truly recommend the residency.

Justin R. Lytle, Sound Artist & Sculptor

My residency at 360 Xochi Quetzal in summer 2015 was both restorative and productive.  I was inspired by the beautiful studio and the surrounding Chapala  / Jalisco region.  The setting worked well for me in terms of inspiring and completing new work, and learning the history and customs of the area.  The flexible residency requirements allowed an easy engagement with other residents, and encouraged me to participate in Chapala and Guadalajara communities.  There are many contemporary art venues in Guadalajara, which are an easy bus ride from Chapala.

Michael Pribich, Sculptor

“Not only was this residency situated in one of the most beautifully mystical, culturally resonant, and stimulating settings imaginable, it also managed to be both peaceful and galvanizing: the perfect combination for immersing oneself in a creative project without hesitation or distraction. Deborah and Christian’s home was an oasis. One of my fellow residents remarked to me that “this place has amazing energy for getting work done,” and I wholeheartedly agree: the atmosphere seemed to hum with a low-key, generative productivity, one that helped me get closer than I’d been in many months to actually fully realizing and finishing a long story. I wish I was still there among the bougainvillea, the jade vines, the dogs and the pelicans.”

Suzanne K. Rivecca, Author

Chapala has become my home away from home. The Xochi Quetztal residency is run efficiently. Cobra and her team are friendly, accessible, and professional. My stay in Chapala is enhanced by the personal relationships I have developed with several of the team members. The casita I stay in is very well maintained and fully equipped. The studio area is large and ready for me to engage in art as soon as I arrive.  The weather is always fantastic. The lake, the town(s), the life, the restaurants, the view, the very friendly local people all call me back again and again. I love it!

Zahava Sherez, Sculptor

“This was the most work I’ve ever done in a single month in my life. I will never forget what an incredible experience this was and I thank you for honoring me with a residency at 360 Xochi Quetzal. The reference material I gathered throughout the trip to Chapala, Mexico is going to fuel my work for years to come. Thank you for everything! You run an incredible residency program!!!”

Santiago Galeas, Painter