Artist Member Directory

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    Akua Lezli Hope

    Poet, writer, papermaker, designer, organizer, dreamer.  Creator who uses sound, words, fiber, glass, metal, and wire to create poems, stories, music, ornaments, wearables, jewelry, adornments and peace whenever.

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    Carol Bloomgarden

    Through my Poetic Art Micrography (literally, "tiny writing") I use the written word to evoke textures and forms found in nature. Look closely and you will see these pieces are given substance and life not by lines or brush-strokes but by words. Poems, political writings, musings — all form various elements of each piece. I use techniques that include watercolor, India ink painting, etching, and pen-and-ink micrography.

    Along with micrography on paper I etch poems directly into glass and mirrors -- using a dental drill -- to throw shadows onto a background image. The shadows change and shift focus as the light changes and moves.The layers create reflections and shadows that give a piece depth and texture, and encourage the viewer to explore the sensation of words floating in air.

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    Joy Williams

    I write and publish, and also write and perform music, as Kidd Williams: "Kidd Williams is a trans woman poet and musician in Bath, NY. Her poetry has most recently been published in 'From the Finger Lakes: A Poetry Anthology,' from Cayuga Lake Books, and 'The Sexuality Poems,' from Foothills Publishing. It has also been displayed in two of the ARTS Council's juried exhibits, including 'The Suffrage Show' in 2019, and 2015's 'Fire in the Gallery.' She has twice had other poems selected by the Poetry Posts project for summer displays in parks in Elmira, New York, and has been a featured poet reading at bookstores and in Corning PRIDE. Kidd lives with a wife, many iterations of dogs, and two foster-lizards. (Kidd is a pen-name for her real first name, now Joy.)" I also am involved with the Keuka Lake Players, an all-ages community theatre group performing in the Southern Tier and the Finger Lakes regions of upstate New York. As a group musician, I've held the longest memberships in the local bands "Regular Genius" and "The Cherrylimes." ****Selected Publishings (as Kidd Williams)**** -(August 2019) "The Experience Art Experience." Art Outreach exhibit, of poems and visual art on demand, for members of the public, with Filomena Jack. Corning, NY. 1 day. Sponsored by a QuickArts grant from the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and the Community Foundation if Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes. -(May 2019) Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and CareFirst: Corning GlassFest 2019 Art Outreach exhibit, of poems (and visual art) on demand for GlassFest participants. -(Feb.-April 2019) Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. Poems: "Sunday Afternoon" and "Pilgrimage" (awarded places in the The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes’ 2019 exhibit, “The Suffrage Show”) -(Feb. 2017) Alicia Kenaley and Tamar Daniel-Siegel, eds. "The Sexuality Poems." FootHills Publishing, Kanona, NY. 2017. ISBN: 978-0-921053-94-1. Poem: "Hymn to Aphrodite (Retranslation)," p. 59. -(Dec. 2016) Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Annual Report Compendium, Dec. 2016. Poem: "The Problems With Upstate Seasons." -(Dec. 2016) Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, 2017 promotional calendar, Dec. 2016. Poems: "Heavier Than Air"; "Sign at Bern's Furniture." -(Nov. 2016) Peter Fortunato and Jack Hopper, eds. "From the Finger Lakes: A Poetry Anthology." Cayuga Lake Books, Ithaca NY. 2016. ISBN: 978-1-68111-143-8. Poem: "Glides Smoothly for Effortless Writing," p. 188. -(Apr. 2016) 2016 River Friends Calendar. Poem: "To Perform Poems" (portions). -(2015) Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. Poem: "Fire Babies" (awarded a place in the The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes’ 2015 exhibit “Fire in the Gallery”.) -(June 2015) ARTiculation. Elmira "Poetry Posts" project. Poem: "Your Nomad Home" (displayed in Cypress Street Park from July-September, 2015). -(2014) Catherine Connelly Award, Friends of the Chemung County Library Annual Adult Poetry Festival. Poem: "The Difference Between Luck and Blessing." -(2014) Winner, South East Steuben Library Adult Poetry Contest. Poem: "A Petition." -(June 2014) ARTiculation. "Elmira Sesquicentennial Project" poetry posts. Poem: "Grandpa's Gift" (displayed in Cypress Street Park, September, 2014). As K.D. Williams: -(1998) Hornell Area Arts Council. 1998 Art & Poetry Calendar. Poem: "Grandpa's Gift." -(1991) Buffalo Spree Magazine. Short Story: "A Lesson Spring Review" -(1987) The Adelphian, Amherst College. Poem: "Frankenstein Cheese"; short story: "The Train." ****Selected Performances & Gigs**** -(February 2020) -- Dormann Library – “Café Chords” – 1 show, 2 hrs., Bath, NY. Music performance (acoustic guitar instrumentals) -(January 2020) -- Dormann Library – “Café Chords” – 1 show, 2 hrs., Bath, NY. Music performance (acoustic guitar instrumentals) -(December 2019) -- Keuka Lake Players - "The Nutcracker in Toyland" - 1 show, Hammondsport, NY. Music performance (guitar) and sound. -(December 2019) -- Bath Peace & Justice Group - 3 songs: "They Drop'd Like Flakes"; "Finlandia"; "Joy To the World/Please Please Me" mashup, Bath NY. Music performance (acoustic guitar & vocals) -(December 2019) -- Dormann Library – “Café Chords” – 1 show, 2 hrs., Bath, NY. Music performance (acoustic guitar instrumentals) -(November 2019) -- Dormann Library – “Café Chords” – 1 show, 2 hrs., Bath, NY. Music performance (acoustic guitar instrumentals) -(September 2019) -- Card Carrying Books & Gifts: 2nd Anniversary Celebration -- 3-hr. event, Bath, NY. Music instrumentals (electric and acoustic guitars) -(September 2019) -- Keuka Lake Players – “24-Hour Theatre: 'Scoops'” – 1 show, Bath, NY. Music performances (acoustic guitar instrumentals) -(August 2019) -- Hornell Community Theatre – “Macbeth” – 3 shows, Hornell, NY. Cast: Thane of Ross. -(August 2019) -- "The Experience Art Experience." Art Outreach exhibit, of poems and visual art on demand, for members of the public, with Filomena Jack. Corning, NY. Sponsored by a QuickArts grant from the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and the Community Foundation if Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes. -(July 2019) -- Dormann Library, Summer Learning Program Kickoff Picnic, Dormann Library, Bath NY. Music background (guitar) for 1 1/2 hrs. for event. (hot dogs, cookies, a sundae) -(July 2019) -- Vivid Art Exhibit by Filomena Jack. Hector Wine Company, Hector NY. Musical accompaniment (guitar) to 2-hr. on-site painting and exhibition. -(June 2019) -- Corning PRIDE 2019: poetry reading, with J McKnight, Connie Sullivan-Blum, Louise Blum. Centennial Park, Corning, NY. Poems read: untitled original poem written for the event; "Hymn to Aphrodite (revitalized)"; "Googling the Ex-Girlfriend"; "'Glides Smoothly For Effortless Writing '"; "Griefwater, Part Five". ($30 artist's stipend) -(May 2019) Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and CareFirst: Corning GlassFest 2019, Corning, NY. Art Outreach exhibit, of poems (and visual art) on demand for GlassFest participants. -(March 2019) -- Centre Street Community Theatre - "Reality Kills" - 2 shows, Corning NY. Stage Manager. -(December 2018) -- Keuka Lake Players - "The K.L.P. Polar Express" - 1 show, Hammondsport, NY. Music performance (guitar) and sound; Cast: Blitzen -(April 2018) -- Keuka Lake Players - "Hamlet" - 4 shows, Bath, NY. Cast (First Player; mourner); Music and Sound -(October 2017) -- Radio Repertory Players - "The Radio Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet: 'Haunted House'" - 3 shows, Elmira, NY. Cast: little Ricky Nelson -(September 2017) -- Keuka Lake Players – “24-Hour Theatre” – 1 show, Hammondsport, NY. Music performances (merlin) -(Sept. 2017) Grand opening of the Card Carrying Shop, Market St., Corning NY. Featured poet. Poems read: "Grief," "Grocery List Left for Me," "Helper Monkey," "Someone Said Poetry Doesn't Matter Anymore," "Chronic," "Monarch," "Fire Babies," "When She Was Happy," "Used Poem," "'Glides Smoothly for Effortless Writing,'" "The Difference Between Luck and Blessing," "On Mother's Day, in Heaven." - (April, 2017) Designed and led "Poetry is Play," a 90-minute workshop for National Poetry Month, held at the Dormann Library, Bath, NY. - (March, 2017) Reading from "The Sexuality Poems", at 171 Cedar Arts Center, Corning, NY. Reading: "Hymn to Aphrodite [Retranslated])" -(June 2016) -- Bath Street Festival - 1 half-set, Bath, NY. For the Keuka Lake Players' performance portion (guitar, vocals) -(May 2016) -- Keuka Lake Players – “Howwwwdyyyy Howard” – 1 show, Howard, NY. Music performances (guitar, vocals) -(April 2016) -- Keuka Lake Players – “Macbeth” – 5 shows, Bath, Hammondsport, Avoca, NY. Cast: Thane of Ross, Porter -(December 2015) -- Keuka Lake Players – “Here Comes Snoopy Claus” – 1 show, Hammondsport, NY. Music performance (guitar) and sound, Cast: Narrator -(October 2015) -- Steuben Rural Health Network: INSPIRE Annual Conference – Post-event happy hour - 1 show, Corning, NY. Music performances (guitar) -(July 2015) -- Keuka Lake Players – “24-Hour Theatre” – 1 show, Hammondsport, NY. Music performances (guitar) -(May 2015) -- Keuka Lake Players – “Zombie Prom” – 2 shows, Bath, NY. Music Director -(April 2015) -- Lake Country Players – “24-Hour Theatre” – 1 show, Montoyr Falls, NY. Music performances (guitar) -(January 2015) -- American Association of University Women, Steuben Chapter – Happy hour – 1 show, Bath, NY. Music performances (guitar) -(December 2014) -- Keuka Lake Players – “Green Eggs and Hammondsport” – 1 show, Hammondsport, NY. Music performances (guitar) and sound -(November 2014) -- Keuka Lake Players – “24-Hour Theatre” – 1 show. Music performances (guitar) -(September 2014) -- Keuka Lake Players – “24-Hour Theatre” – 1 show. Music performances (guitar) -(August 2014) -- Faist Wedding Reception Dinner – 1 show. Music performance (guitar) with Philomena Jack (‘cello) -(April 2014) -- Keuka Lake Players – “The Tempest” – 5 shows, Bath, Hammondsport, Avoca, NY. Music composition (3 songs) and performance (guitar)

    Disciplines

    Mixed Media, Music, Poetry

    Media

    Spoken Word Artist, Storyteller, Thespian, Musician, Literary Artist, Poet

    Services

    Commissioned Artwork, Folk Art Consultation / Education, Musical Performance, Other

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    Martha Horton

    Writer, editor, poet and creator of special events.

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    Steve Seaberg

    Artist. Poet. Photographer. Philosopher. I work with color, line, word, and sound to transfer energy to a variety of surfaces, including canvas, board, paper, human eyes and ears, and the inquisitive soul. Most pieces evolve as improvisational conversations. Pencil, brush, pen, camera, or keypad, disrupt the surface and open a play-space for meaning. When a work works, the energy that generated it re-generates in one who witnesses it. A successful work keeps the conversation in play. I seek to cultivate a "jazz sensibility" by transforming trouble into beauty and fostering the conditions to help one another experience the delights of being alive together. For me, art teaches life.