October: A landmark exhibit and publication 'Girls In Trees' opens

We have so much new and so much good to announce this month at Instar Lodge!  We are thrilled to be starting the month with Girls In Trees, a wild-hearted, tender and almost painfully exquisite landmark exhibit, and limited edition publication, on the theme of girls and wilderness. Curated by acclaimed novelist Rebecca Godfrey, Girls In Trees features new work by thirty-three emerging and established artists, including the Pulitzer Prize winning poet Sharon Olds, portrait photographer Brigitte Lacombe, and Guggenheim Award winning novelist Jenny Offill.

"I was Inspired by the photographs I took of my daughter tree-climbing, and I was interested to see how other artists, including photographers, novelists, painters and poets, experience this fleeting moment of beauty, a moment when girls are precarious, agile, careless, carefree.  For me, Girls In Trees investigates and celebrates the moment of girls in trees as an often secret place of wildness, a time before they are girls in cars, in uniforms, in schools, in contained and restrictive spaces. The exhibit also aims to present and explore scenes of girls in trees found in literature, bringing to gallery walls images that match moments found in beloved books.  In Wuthering Heights, for example, Emily Bronte describes Catherine in the trees, “swinging twenty feet above the ground (with) no necessity for descending... half thinking, half dreaming, happier than words can express.” --Rebecca Godfrey

Opening Exhibit Reception October 15, 6-8 p.m. 
Book Launch Party and Reading: October 22, 6-8 p.m.

Instar Lodge Super Stars--otherwise known as the Advising Council met for the inaugural session to begin the conversation of advancing the mission of Instar, review upcoming project proposals, artist residency applicants, and to determine the first awardee of the Virginia Scholarship. We are extremely proud to announce the first Virginia Scholarship has been awarded to local author and poet Karen Schoemer--who couldn't be cooler and a more interesting writer.  In reference to the Virginia Scholarship the great poet Bernadette Mayer says,"Karen is a keen observer and an excellent writer...I want to see what she writes." We do too!!!

The advanced children's art class Wildlings began meeting Saturday mornings, and is actively exploring the children's innate wild and free artistic nature in a variety of provocative, exciting and fortifying ways.

Tailspinning begins this week--an eight week experimental creative writing group co-led by artists Dawn Breeze and Annie Bielski.  The group formed by an invitation that spun in such a way that no one knows who's who who's coming and the mystery only just begins this Wednesday.

Below are upcoming October wonders not to be missed!  Yoga every Monday, our second screening in the Free Range Film series curated by Jackie Goss and an incredible collaborative exhibit between four extraordinary women artists: Alison FoxMeg LipkeLauren Luloff and Ruby Palmer (We will be sharing more about 'the exhibit Tabitha' soon!  Below is a drawing of a site specific installation made in white clay that artist Ruby Palmer is working on...)

Don't forget to follow us on social media for the latest up-to date postings and please consider becoming a member of Instar Lodge for whatever amount you want to give.  Instar Lodge is for the community with the community by the community.  Our motto is #creativitycourageandcommunity