The Jentel Artist Residency Program is pleased to present this month’s residents in an event open to the public. “Jentel Presents” will take place Tuesday, May 1, 5:30-7:00 pm at Sagebrush Community Art Center, at 5th and Broadway. This month’s presenters include a mixed media artist, a fiction writer, a poet, an installation artist, a graphite/acrylic drawer, and an oil painter. “Jentel Presents” is a community outreach program that features visual presentations and readings by the visual artists and writers at the residency.
Presenters include: Julie Alexander, Seattle, WA; A mixed media artist, Julie has an image in her head that ranges from the personal to the political: her tendency to solitude, her need to connect to a landscape, a distrust of suburbia, a desire to bridge the constructed gap between humans and nature, excrement and Ajax. José Faus, Overland Park, KS; A fiction writer, Jose is curious by nature, a traveler by inclination, he paints, writes, discusses with and engages strangers, family and friends in order to understand more and conceal less. Alec Hershman, St. Louis, MO; A poet, Alec was raised in Michigan and currently lives and teaches in St. Louis. He spent two years writing a grammar of an under documented Ghanaian language called Dagbani before turning his attentions to poetry. Gail Howard, Seattle, WA; An installation artist, Gail grew up on a ranch in California’s gold rush country. She has traveled to 25 countries and especially loves Asian food and culture. Yvonne Puffer, Brooklyn, NY; Using graphite and acrylic, Yvonne draws. Born to a loving mother and a stern father, siblings tumbling after, she grew up on her grandparents’ farm, well-read, headstrong. Years later, she draws on it all to understand. Laura Way Wathen, Hamilton, MT; An oil painter, Laura spent her childhood making art, knowing the shocking impermanence of known landscape & fragility of humanity, her interests include: Buddhism, travel (Europe, India), reading. Her passions are children and family. She is married with one son.