Friday, April 13, 2012

Student Art Reception: James Castle Project

Garden Valley Syringa Club is hosting a reception for their James Castle Project on Sunday, April 15, between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., at Crouch Community Hall.

Castle has become celebrated in many parts of the world as "one of the most interesting discoveries in North America in the 20th century".  He created fascinating and conceptual works out of found materials such as cardboard, string and soot. The artist was born deaf and never learned to read or write. He spent most of his life with his family, in Garden Valley. (See GV Daily News post Artist James Castle...1/16/2012)

Kindergarten, second, fourth and eighth grade Garden Valley School students participated in art workshops for three days this week, taught by Idaho Artist-in-Residence, Troy Passey. Mark that in the photos, all students have ear plugs, to experience what it was like for Castle to work. Art teacher Marla Edgerton, Passey and Syringa members marvelled at how quiet the room became once the plugs were in place and the concentration was a thing to behold!

The reception will include a student show inspired by Castle; film of the workshops; video on James Castle; and original works of art by Castle, owned by the City of Crouch, will be on view.
Refreshments will be served.

This project is supported in part by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Idaho State Legislature.There is no fee for this reception but donations will be gratefully accepted.

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