July 1 - August 27 Riverfront Park Suites #135, 120 and 170 Press Release
Here at Home: 6 Artists Lighthouse Writers Workshop and PlatteForum have came together to offer a collaborative
residency for three visual and two literary artists for one month this summer of 2010, to
work together and produce new work around the themes presented by the Denver
Biennial of the Americas: Innovation,
Sustainability, The Arts, and Community.
POETS RESPOND Dee Casalaina,On the Riverfront J Diego Frey,Eat and/Or be Eaten; Triolet for Tei Ginny Hoyle,Here at Home Roger Thomas Wehling,Welcome to Little Raven's Place HERE AT HOME One day, a keen-eyed wanderer stumbles on a leafy suite of rooms beside a
skimpy river where men once hunted gold. It is a vacant space brim full of
ideas. A work space strewn with ink and paint, voices and tape, with monitors,
hammers and wires, with clay and glaze, and the soulful ruins of an old
mountain cabin. Here is a workshop laced with light and the slow thunder of
passing trains. Here is a space where art is lived and breathed and shared with
keen-eyed wanderers' and with a new generation of seekers hungry to learn. This
is a safe place to unleash the storms of memory. A good place to turn loose the
wild dogs of imagination. A sane place to question what you know. This is
Judy's place. Home for the fearless. An airstrip on the South Platte where
flights of fancy take off daily. A forum where lives are voiced, stories
converge and truth unfolds. ~ Ginny Hoyle, 2010
Welcome to Little Raven’s Place
I came first in misty rain fine and straight, to a new place across the river, across the tracks where trains slow down for the big bend where the
Platte zigs, where the Arapahoe
They’re building bridges here with long strands of
metaphorical wire, steel words, small acres of paint to daub the lives of some
of us in solemn shrines, shattered china reassembled as Buddhas’ begging bowls, canvas snarled and scratched to submission the doorway to somewhere always
open, and just outside, a shelter so incomplete it covers worlds.
Here on the fringe of this other Denver what village arises amid
steel and glass where the trains pass slowly, close enough to touch smell taste
hear feel in the bones? The screech of metal on metal pierces the fragrant air: something’s
Here an earnest band of artists dwell in newly sacred space sanctified
by Indian campfires, hobo memories, government grants and honest labor. Bridges
to futures incomplete.
Find here plates painted with invitations to dine on words, pictures
with stories to tell.
Find wooden and metal dreamscapes hidden in vibrant closets to
recall more metabolic entities embodied in their own worlds of words.
Find the door between you and me between worlds where we are what
we want what might be.
Find the tree of life a seedling emerged from struggles to
survive, to live in the layers within color and light.
Find the house of forever taking shape, always becoming.
No future, no past, the bridge circles from now to here and
back home again. ~ Roger Thomas Wehling, 2010
The 2010 Biennial of the Americas is an international event that
celebrates the culture, ideas and people of the Western Hemisphere,
hosted by the City of Denver.
Tsehai Johnson Detail: Chris & Rachel Hecker Cara Lopez Lee with Audrey Haynes David Ocelotl Garcia Tei Kobayashi with poet Ginny Hoyle This project is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and SCFD Tier III. Platte Forum/Lighthouse Writers
Workshop is proud to partner with the Biennial of the Americas, a
celebration of the arts, an international event that celebrates the
culture, ideas and people of the Western Hemisphere. During the month
of July, the Biennial will offer provocative talks by world leaders, hot
music, stunning art and great food. For more information about the
largest international event of the year in the U.S., please visit www.biennialoftheamericas.org
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