Join us on Saturday, February 26, at 2 pm for "Words & Sounds of Wood," led by co-curator and Sullivan County Poet Laureate Eric Baylin. This program will include local poets reading works about trees, working in a woodshop, re-finishing floors, chopping wood, and more.
While musicians will sing tree-inspired songs and play handmade wood-based instruments. Special features of the event will be a choral poem/song “How Much Wood….Chuck Chuck” with a mix of voices accompanied by a chorus of wooden instruments. Concluding the event will be a musical improvisation inviting audience members to use wood blocks of different sizes and timbres.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Eric Baylin, poet, sculptor, and musician, currently resides in Sullivan County where he serves as Sullivan County Poet Laureate for 2021-22. A teacher of visual art for over 50 years, he recently retired after spending the last 37 years at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn. Over the past year he has given poetry workshops for adults and young people and has read his poems at numerous county events including the Bagel Festival in Monticello, the Jeffersonville Jamboree, and the members’ event at Bethel Woods. He has exhibited his sculpture in recent years at both DVAA and Catskill Art Society in Livingston Manor.
As part of his work at Packer he created a course for Upper School students entitled Life’s Big Questions, a philosophical exploration of matters important to adolescents. He is currently re-formatting that idea into a podcast for adults. A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he was also a Klingenstein Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia in 1990-91. He recently started playing the ukulele and is especially interested in using poetry and song as vehicles to bring communities together.
HOW TO ATTEND
Capacity is limited and advanced registration is required. Click here to register. Audiences are asked to socially distance. DVAA requires proof of vaccination or current negative test results. Masks are required for all.
This event will also be streamed live via DVAA’s Facebook page.
ABOUT THE SALON SERIES
The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance is delighted to announce the return of its annual Salon Series presented in-person and live streamed. This year’s series will feature performances and events that focus on the concept of “building up” – the process of creative construction
The activities of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance are made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.