Free Columbia Shadow Theater Workshop for Children
Sep
11
to Oct 30

Free Columbia Shadow Theater Workshop for Children

Continuing the tradition of shadow theater in Philmont, NY, Free Columbia, the Philmont Community Center, and the Philmont Public Library are collaborating to offer a workshop for children and students of shadow theater. Working on two separate stories, groups will be divided by age and ability. Everyone will work together to write the script, make the shadow puppets, work on scenery, music and sound effects, and practice and perform the play. The older group will also incorporate a crankie, or “moving panorama,” into their work. On October 30, in the duskiness of an autumn evening, we will have a public performance at the Philmont Public Library. All skill levels are invited to participate. Rehearsals begin Wednesday, September 11, and continue weekly on Wednesdays until October 23. 3:30-5:00 pm for 7-12 year olds (traditional shadow theater) 6:00-7:30 pm for 13 year olds and up (we’ll be making a crankie) All rehearsals will be at: The Philmont Community Center 14 Lake Drive Philmont, NY 12565 The performances will be at: The Philmont Public Library 101 Main Street Philmont, NY 12565 You must pre-register for this workshop. Please contact Susannah White, 716-464-0931, carapacefarm@gmail.com for more information or to receive a registration form.

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Art Dispersal in Atlanta, GA
Oct
11
to Oct 13

Art Dispersal in Atlanta, GA

Free Columbia will provide an Art Dispersal as an experience of the Free Cultural Realm at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Anthroposophical Society from Oct 11-13, 2019, in Atlanta, GA.

In the past 8 years Free Columbia has run 16 Art Dispersals where over 640 paintings and other works of art have been dispersed to people who were interested in becoming a steward of art. We have had dispersals in Hudson, Philmont, and Manhattan, NY; Eugene and Portland, OR; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; and Jarna, Sweden.

Last year at the AGM in New Orleans we had a very successful Art Dispersal, dispersing 29 paintings and raising $1000 for the Anthroposophical Society as well as some support for the artists and for Free Columbia.

You are warmly invited to the dispersal in Atlanta where there will be at least 30 paintings ready to go out into the world. You will have the opportunity to become a steward of a painting. This means that you can take it home, keep it for as long as you like, pass it on to someone who likes it, or return it to the artist who created it. You can also make a donation to support the Anthroposophical Society and free culture. All paintings will be small and easy to fit in a suitcase.

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Working with Meaning
Oct
10
6:00 PM18:00

Working with Meaning

A painting workshop with Laura Summer 

November 16-19

 In this 4 day workshop we will work with painting in relation to words. How does a painting arise from a poem? Can a poem arise from a painting? How can we create out of meaning so that our viewer experiences their own meaning. How can we bring something and yet leave our viewer free? How do we influence each other?

Working with many media including watercolor, pastel, ink, collage and poetry we will explore these questions. 

No experience is necessary – the techniques are both exciting and forgiving

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Free Columbia Hammer Days
Aug
14
to Aug 21

Free Columbia Hammer Days

A week of practical future building!

The Village of Philmont and Free Columbia have started a public/private partnership for the next 21 years! We will be turning a warehouse owned by the village into a cultural center to house Free Columbia’s initiatives and performances, as well as other events and activities! In addition to this warehouse, a circle of community members have pooled money to purchase an old building on main street to turn into housing and programming space.

We are excited to be hosting what will be the first of many future building volunteer retreats to take the first steps in this transformation!

We have floor space, camping space, food, good fellowship and meaningful work for everyone who can make it out. If you can only come for certain times or days you are still heartily welcomed!

What we will be doing:

  • cleaning

  • sealing surfaces

  • painting

  • erecting safety fencing

  • landscaping

  • clearing

  • demolition

  • building window shutters

  • repairing doors

  • creating insulation frames for old windows

Register here.


“I gotta get out of bed and get a hammer and a nail
Learn how to use my hands, not just my head
I’ll think myself into jail
Now I know a refuge never grows
From a chin in a hand in a thoughtful pose
Gotta tend the earth if you want a rose.”

-Emily Ann Saliers

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Color – Gesture – Suggested Figure
Jul
8
to Jul 12

Color – Gesture – Suggested Figure

  • Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

with Laura Summer

In this course we will explore the mood and gesture of color using the human figure as our suggestion point. What sort of gesture would blue inspire? What about red? We will work with movement exercises as well as some basic figure drawing. The majority of our time will be spent working with color, collage, poetry, and other mixed media. No experience is necessary, all of the exercises will be taught and they are both playful and forgiving.

Suggested donation
$0-$750

Contact Laura Summer for more information and to register.

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Meeting our Makers: Seed funding session
Jun
30
5:00 PM17:00

Meeting our Makers: Seed funding session

Join the Social Theory and Action Program for a seed funding session where we will hear from some new local business initiatives and together give away a microgrant (somewhere between $500-$2000) to the one that we think will make the strongest impact in our local area. This is the final session of Meeting our Makers.

Space is limited so preregister by contacting Seth Jordan.

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Painting as Devotion: Working Artistically with Text, Prayer and Meditation
Jun
7
to Jun 9

Painting as Devotion: Working Artistically with Text, Prayer and Meditation

A Painting Workshop with Laura Summer

Friday June 7, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Saturday June 8 10am-4pm

What is devotion? What happens when we devote ourselves to something through painting and drawing?

As we enter the 21st century, can we find ways to work devotionally in painting? Using a variety of media—watercolor, pencil, collage, ink, crayon, and text—we will explore these questions. No previous experience is necessary. The techniques we will use are very forgiving and exercises can be worked with at many levels. Both beginners and advanced painters are welcome!

Suggested donation: $0-110.

All of the work at Free Columbia is based on an understanding of the importance of creating a free cultural space, therefore there are no set tuitions. Rather we offer suggested donation amounts based on what it costs to run courses. If you prefer it is possible to make a monthly pledge to support Free Columbia rather than making a one time donation.

For registration and information contact Angela Foster.

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Drawing with the Gospel of St. John - A workshop with Laura Summer
Apr
5
to Apr 6

Drawing with the Gospel of St. John - A workshop with Laura Summer

  • Lake Champlain Waldorf High School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn to know something through working artistically.

How can we experience this sacred text? There are many ways, but in this workshop we will experience through the creative process of contemplation and drawing. No experience is necessary, the exercises are simple and process-oriented.

Friday night’s session is from 6-9pm, and Saturday is from 9–4pm

Cost: sliding scale $0-70

Register with Heather Skilling (hskilling2003@yahoo.com or 802-848-2016)

*If you need to reach someone on the day of course please contact Eileen at 802-522-2773.

Sponsored by the Green Mountain Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America

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Approaches to Inner Practice and Self-Development with Nathaniel Williams
Mar
24
6:00 PM18:00

Approaches to Inner Practice and Self-Development with Nathaniel Williams

During this evening, Nathaniel Williams will offer a short presentation on inner development. The presentation will be focused on six basic exercises first introduced by Rudolf Steiner, and the pragmatic inner practices of Benjamin Franklin. The presentation will be followed by an open conversation on inner discipline and spirituality.

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Approaching the Inner Nature of Gesture and Speech with Nathaniel Williams
Mar
23
6:00 PM18:00

Approaching the Inner Nature of Gesture and Speech with Nathaniel Williams

Here Nathaniel Williams will offer an introduction to contemplative approaches to gesture and speech through a short presentation and a series of exercises. Through observation and working with movement and gesture, participants will experience a unique source of inspiration pertinent to puppetry, acting, clowning, and dance. This is a participatory event but no previous experience is required

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Approaching the Inner Nature of Color with Nathaniel Williams
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Approaching the Inner Nature of Color with Nathaniel Williams

  • Los Angelos Branch - Anthroposophical Society (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

During this evening Nathaniel Williams will offer an introduction to contemplative approaches to color and painting through a short presentation and a series of exercises. Through observation, concentration and painting participants will experience lively and full dimensions of color that can enrich everyday life and the practice of visual art. This is a participatory event but no previous experience is required.

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Thursday Morning Painting at Free Columbia
Mar
21
9:30 AM09:30

Thursday Morning Painting at Free Columbia

For those of you who would like to paint on a weekly basis we are offering a 9:30-12 studio time with instruction by Laura Summer if you want it. Most materials provided.

A $0-35 contribution is suggested, this means you can choose an amount in that range that fits your budget.

Please contact Laura Summer if you want to come. laurasummer@taconic.net

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Human Gesture Through Time
Mar
14
to Mar 15

Human Gesture Through Time

Human Gesture Through Time
March 14 and 15 8:15am-3pm
Eurythmy Spring Valley
260 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977

In this short course with Laura Summer we will look at gesture and figure in art. Starting from pre history times we will move through the history of art focusing on the gesture of the human figure. Using a variety of approaches of translation including the observation of painting and sculpture, gesture drawing, movement and sound we will wrestle with the question, “What is Art?”

This translation process will help us observe something that is non-substance in origin, non-material, but we can perceive it. The manifestation is the sculpture, painting, dance or music but that which is manifest is non-material.

No experience is necessary - the exercises are both playful and supportive.

Suggested contribution $0-150

A collaboration between Eurythmy Spring Valley and Free Columbia

For registration contact Laura Summer laurasummer@taconic.net

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Thursday Morning Painting at Free Columbia
Mar
7
9:30 AM09:30

Thursday Morning Painting at Free Columbia

For those of you who would like to paint on a weekly basis we are offering a 9:30-12 studio time with instruction by Laura Summer if you want it. Most materials provided.

A $0-35 contribution is suggested, this means you can choose an amount in that range that fits your budget.

Please contact Laura Summer if you want to come. laurasummer@taconic.net

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