Last Friday April 4, myself and a group of other local artists and performers hosted the Rusted Palace: Grand Art and Music Show at The Taylor's Mill. It was the first show of its kind within the old bleachery building complex with an estimated 250 guests! This event event involved an art show and installation showing during the First Fridays studio tour with a music and dance performance that followed at 9 p.m.
For the show, sculptor Carey Morton and I built a large installation. The bulk of the installation was fabricated from tree branches found on the mill property. Called, The Grandfather Tree, the sculpture featured the face of the mill's landlord, Kenneth Walker, who has been instrumental in allowing artists to flourish at the mill. The piece takes up over 15' of the wall in the performance space and towers over 10' high. Our artist sensibilities made a powerful combination in the finished incarnation of this piece; It was so exciting to see it come together.
Local bands Wasted Wine and Morgan of the Pines provided the music entertainment accompanied by dance by Discordia Arts. I must say the combination of the music and dance with our sculpture in the background was a quite impressive, and made a unique synthesized arts experience. The show was incredibly rewarding to work on; I can't wait to get started on our next project. The mill itself is inspirational and I know artists like us will continue to do amazing things there.
All Photo Credit: John-Paul Newton