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2018 Highlights

A GROWING YEAR

NEW in 2018

Community Conversations: Out-and-about the region exploring what ‘PLACE’ means with co-host Good Work Institute, the public and community partners

LEX*I*CON: Local artist studio visits and reflections on what it means to be an Artist, posted in our monthly online journal

What We’re Reading: A monthly reading list examining critical ideas together, created from our Instar Library

Womens Workplace: A club/shared workspace/network of support for creative women

Local Artist-in-Residence: 3-month studio residencies offered to local artists

Arts Pro Series: A free series of arts-professionalization workshops

Continued programming:

Mending Monday’s: Free monthly community mending gathering

Tailspinning: Creative writing group

LEX*I*CON Reading: Writers from Instar Lodge share new written works

Herstory: Local creative entrepreneur story share

Annual Calendar: Featuring community artwork

Creative Workshops: Memoir writing, Herbal medicine, Cement sculpture, Creative parenting, + More

Partnered Community Events: Autumn Feast, Winter Stroll, Hudson River Summer Market + More

Partnerships in 2018:

Olana State Historic Site, Art Omi, John Burroughs Historic Site, Magpie Books, O+ Festival, Good Work Institute, Hudson River Exchange, Kites Nest, Otto’s Market, and Bard College

Best Part of 2018:

We laughed, cried, and learned together. We grew together. We grew more in love with our place, our creativity, and our community!

Join us in 2019 for more!!!!

Sup September--We See Y😍u!

From the August Community Conversation in Hudson, NY

From the August Community Conversation in Hudson, NY

Here we are beginning our third year at Instar Lodge. I have been reflecting on what that now means and looks like. I suppose what it looks like is it’s name: Instar (the period between moltings). We are in another stage of development and transformation, and one that I am over the moon about. During this last year we took a turn inward, we slowed down, and began to cultivate creative community around the actual lodge space, as being a nest if you will. We welcomed more women into the space to make, to think, and talk, while simultaneously going out and activating various public spaces with new ideas and new people. This motion was not an added expense or burden--it felt cozy and bright actually. You know when you don’t know what to do, doing what feels good is probably right.

I think what feels good is what is most exciting about our Instar #3, which is that our team tripled! This is HUGE as an entirely volunteer run organization currently supported by Instar community donations (like the $5-$25 a month kind). It was always my goal with Instar to create something living that could become self-supporting and it appears to be taking form, even if that form is not definite and only one new creative Instar. Please visit our new team page and celebrate our wonderful talented editions: Nina Pelaez, Rachel Ephraim, and Frances Vigna (three glorious writers!) we also have a new artist-in-residence: Kate Minford! Welcome Kate!

Here we are: Autumn. It is bursting with community, creativity, and critical engagement at Instar Lodge, with the opening of Womens Workplace our self-serve club for creative women who want space to make, write, or gather. The club offers Space Memberships for workspace only, and Social Memberships for WWP programs only. The first WWP Wine + Unwind” will be held at Instar Lodge on on September 24th at 7pm. (NOTE: Any WWP members who join before then are welcome to bring two complimentary guests to drink, snack, and chat with creative ladies.) The first “Work (Workshop)” will gather on October 8th at 7pm--imagine roundtable discussion meets thinktank with a throwback to art school group critiques.

Instar Lodge is pleased to announce our FREE Autumn Place Community Conversations series, with our amazing co-host Good Work Institute (We love GWI!) kicking off on September 23rd, 3-5pm at Magpie Bookshop in Catskill, NY. Though no prior reading or expertise is required, Autumn Place Community Conversations are inspired by our What We’re Reading book list. This season’s titles continue to explore questions of place--our relationship to place and the myths and narratives about place that might need reexamining. Community Conversations invites the public to make new friends and engage in experiential learning through dialogue where all voices are valued. **We also want to say if your local, Magpie Bookshop has incredible used books. The owner is a wealth of intelligence and kindness--so visiting her place is a visit to any place your mind and heart might want to wander through the path of literature.

We have already begun adding programming to the October calendar and will continue to be adding in the next few weeks so please check the site out--especially excited about upcoming children’s creative opportunities and there is talk of hip-hop yoga, great adult painting and writing workshops too (hint: Tailspinning is already listed and filling up) October will be busting at the seems! We are joining the O+ festival for our Oct. 7th Community Convo, w/ Mural Tours in the city of Kingston!!! RSVP appreciated at info@instarlodge.com

 

Beginning October 1st, Instar Lodge will resume FREE Mending Mondays every first Monday of the month at 7pm. Whether you’re an expert or beginner, come weave love back into something tattered.

 

And we’re off and running into the hay fields and autumn light!

July, aka We're HOT and so are you

This month's LEX*I*CON artist: Dawn Breeze at her the Studio

This month's LEX*I*CON artist: Dawn Breeze at her the Studio

It’s HOT. We’re HOT. What are you all doing to stay cool? 
 
We have been going to as many waterfalls and pools as we can. You’re more likely to find us hiding under the shade of the forests than behind our screens these days. The heat admittedly has us slower, languishing and lollygagging about, and we feel just fine about that. Next time we see you and you ask us what we’re up to, the answer is “being hot and slow." Busyness is so last season.
 
This month we’ve picked up a new hot practice with Yoga instructor (fabulous photographer + gem of a woman!) Valerie Schaff.  Val will be leading a drop-in yoga class Monday mornings at 9am called the Magic Hour!  We hope you will start your week off hot with us! Learn more online.
 
In addition to our Summer Place Community Conversation at Woodchuck Lodge on the 29th where we will walk and talk about wonderment in the footsteps of naturalist John Burroughs, we have added another conversation called ‘Drinks + Thinks’Thursday evening the 19th. At Drinks + Thinks we will discuss the pop-cultural phenomenon of the utopian and dystopian TV shows that have kidnapped our collective imaginations: Wild Wild Country and The Handmaiden's Tale. This FREE event is by RSVP only. Read more about it on our website. We hope you will join us for both conversations.
 
In this month’s LEX*I*CON journal, we feature my studio. Yup, that’s right—and it has brought up my discomfort of visibility.  How many of you artists and creatives are truly comfortable being your own agents?  Or being in front of the camera?  How many of you feel able to sing your elevator speech and let the world see your light?  How many of you feel comfortable showing the world a whole picture, the self that isn’t always smooth?  The art that is in process? For those of you that can answer yes, I applaud you!  For those of you that answer “not me”—I’m with you.  Because of this, I am imagining ways for us to collectively gain courage through practice. I will be folding this into programming and the Women’s Workplace this coming year.
 
We do not need to be found or given permission by an outside authority—we need to see and permit ourselves to show the world our creative light. We are in a new time. We are new women!