A series of short-form documentaries spotlight three local women artists as they create new works.
Narrowsburg, N.Y.-based filmmaker Oriel Danielson directs the series, which is part documentary, part artist talk and demonstration. The documentaries are part of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s 2021 Salon Series and may be viewed for free online on DVAA website beginning Saturday, March 6.
Danielson visited each artist on location in their Upper Delaware Valley studio spaces, where they demonstrated their art-making process from start to finish.
“I am interested in the tactile relationship between artists and their work,” said Danielson. “My goal is to capture the process of creating an art piece in an authentic and intimate way.”
Woodworker Alexandra Climent of Narrowsburg first discovered the powerful beauty of rare tropical hardwoods exploring the jungles of Central and South America in 2009. Since then, she has dedicated her life to sustainably sourcing these woods and bringing them back to New York.
Textile artist Christi Johnson of Narrowsburg was raised in tropical Florida and studied Fashion Design at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. After an artist residency at Textile Arts Center in New York City, Johnson moved to the Catskills and founded Mixed Color, a textile studio that produces original garments and creates embroidered pieces on vintage garments.
Laurie A. Guzda
Laurie A. Guzda of Hawley, Pa., is a mixed media artist, photographer, and writer. She is a storyteller that uses a variety of mediums and has particular passion for using found objects.
Danielson’s filmmaking journey started in Israel and continued in Stockholm and New York City. He’s directed and edited dozens of short documentaries about art, culture and nature. Today, Danielson lives in Narrowsburg, makes films, reads theater, and writes poetry.
Salon Series goes virtual
Matt Carpenter, DVAA’s performing arts director, said although there will be no gathering for performances in Krause Recital Hall as is traditionally done each year for the Salon Series, “we invite you to join us as the Salon Series goes ‘on location’ with a brilliant film maker to witness these three unique artists’ practice within their creative spaces. Each are distinct in their medium, but all are connected by a shared reverence for the natural world.”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 of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For more information call 845-252-7576 or visit delawarevalleyartsalliance.org.
“I am interested in the tactile relationship between artists and their work. My goal is to capture the process of creating an art piece in an authentic and intimate way.” Oriel Danielson