[Archive] Poetry Reading: Sade Lanay

This was recorded on August 7, 2021, during a reception to celebrate Sade LaNay’s Response Space exhibition, ‘bomb/balm‘. LaNay presented a reading followed by an artist discussion with Iris Cushing and a Q&A. Copies of their Bushel Edition broadsides (created in conjunction with this exhibition) and their recent Lambda award-winning book from Argos Books, I Love You and I’m Not Dead, will be available. A transcript of the Q&A can be found here.

Open Calls

Once or twice a year, we welcome submissions for themed shows. All open calls will be listed below.

WATER (summer 2023; please submit work before Feb 15)
Works of 3-D or 2-D visual art, artist books, sound / broadcast, video, or social practice that engage with the theme of water, broadly construed. Submissions for performance welcome.
Participating artists will also be invited to select and annotate one book to add to our tiny bookstore.

Submit to ‘Water’

Past Open Calls

TOOLS (please submit work before September 15, 2022)
Works in any medium that illustrate or question how we engage with the category “tools.”

VOLUME (summer 2022; please submit work before April 15)
Works of 3-D or 2-D visual art, artist books, sound / broadcast, video, or social practice that engage with the theme of volume, broadly construed. Submissions for performance welcome.
Participating artists will also be invited to select and annotate one book to add to our tiny bookstore.

Volumes exhibition page

[Exhibition] Farm Hands

FARM HANDS

Anthony Beck / East Brook Community Farm, Walton, Steve Burnett / Burnett Farm, Bovina, Cicada / East Brook Community Farm, Walton, Sarah Connelly / Weathered Hill Farm, South Kortright, Seth Friedman / Greentopia Farm, East Meredith, Anne Hall / Crespell, Lexington, Andie Hope / East Brook Community Farm, Walton, Ryn Hartka / East Brook Community Farm, Walton, Marshall LaCount / Star Route Farm, Charlotteville, Lynn Loflin / Newton Farm Collective, Westkill, Jess Ludwicki / Echo Orchard, Hamden, Kate and Dan Marsiglio / Stony Creek Farmstead, Sea Matais / Iridescent Earth Collective, Danny Newberg / Double Dee Farm, Delancey. Curated by Tianna Kennedy / Star Route Farm

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“Enslaved: People as property in Delaware County 1790-1830” (zoom talk)

The Mountain Top Historical Society presents their first program of 2022: “Enslaved: People as Property in Delaware County, 1790 – 1830.”

This Zoom talk by Diane Galusha, historian, author and President of the Town of Middletown Historical Society, will examine what the institution of slavery looked like in Delaware County as farms, towns, and industry developed following the Revolutionary War. The talk will identify specific slaveholders – wealthy, landed settlers who brought their servants with them from the Hudson Valley and New England – and will, to the extent possible, describe the individuals they owned and the work they did. Citing personal documents, official records, memoirs, newspaper accounts and other period sources, Galusha will bring this little-known aspect of local history out of the shadows. Email mthsdirector@mths.org for the Zoom link

[ Action ] Share warmth, spread care: Write letters to incarcerated survivors with Sade LaNay

Our good friend and frequent collaborator Sade LaNay set up a station at Bushel for writing to incarcerated survivors during the holiday season — or any season. Come write a letter here during open hours and we’ll send it for you, or take away a copy of the instruction sheet and list of recipients (provided by Support Ho(s)e Collective and Survived & Punished, respectively). Or join us from home by following this guide from Survived & Punished. Keep an eye on our Instagram and mailing list to find out when Sade will be present for a co-writing session.

For more about Sade LaNay, visit their website.

DELAWARE COUNTY “Clean Sweep” Oct 8/9

October 1 is the deadline to register for Clean Sweep:

“Every year, regional partners for clean water and a healthy environment host a community hazardous waste collection day, known as Clean Sweep. Now in its 25th year, Clean Sweep provides a safe disposal venue by collecting chemicals and other materials which pose a threat to public health, water and environment.

Download the  CLEAN SWEEP 2021 Flyer and this Tip Sheet for more details. More info and registration here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clean-sweep-2021-oct-8-farms-businesses-oct-9-homes-registration-162554172907

CADE is hiring!

Our team is growing!

CADE is recruiting for three full time positions and one part time consultant. You can find all of the job descriptions here.

  • Vision 2050 Project Coordination Consultant – closes July 30
  • Marketing Program Associate – closes August 15
  • Senior Program Manager – closes Sept 1
  • Communications Manager – closes Sept 1

We are dedicated to supporting our region’s agricultural economy, which is why we’re bringing these job announcements directly to you – our CADE clients and supporters. Your lived experience as business owners and local food supporters is exactly what we’re looking for on our team.

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NO OD NY – Activists walk 350+ miles to raise funds for overdose prevention

From NO OD NY: Overdose Prevention Centers (OPCs) are sites where people may use illegal drugs under the supervision of trained staff in order to reduce the risk of death, disease, and incarceration. Governor Cuomo promised an activist coalition that he would greenlight OPCs in Ithaca and New York City in 2018. The pilot program remains unauthorized.

This July, Ryan Carson and a team of activists will walk more than 350 miles across New York state in order to pressure Governor Andrew Cuomo to authorize Safe Injection Facilities in New York state. Along the way, they will host town halls and other public events in order to foster dialogue about the opioid epidemic and raise awareness about the life-saving potential of Safe Injection Facilities. They will stop in cities across the state that have been hard hit by the opioid epidemic, connecting with New Yorkers whose lives have been forever changed by this crisis.

Learn more here, follow the walk here, and support the project by contributing to their GoFundMe here.

Community workshops at FOR-DO / The Turning Point in Delhi

FOR-DO’s The Turning Point is located just down the street from Bushel (next door to Bushel’s old space!), Standing for “Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego [Counties]”, FOR-DO affirms the power and possibility of recovery and accomplishes its mission by: 

  • Providing education and awareness activities in an effort to reduce stigma and discrimination related to Substance Use Disorder.
  • Advocating for legislation and services that support recovery from a Substance Use Disorder
  • Operating community recovery centers for those in recovery from Substance Use Disorders and their families, thereby improving quality of life, reducing the risk of relapse, and assisting the development of a sustained recovery through the provision of peer-based support, life skills education and other programs, social activities, informational resources and a place for mutual support meetings

Many of the workshops and programs — including writing workshops, open mic, book club, and meditation — are open to all members of the public whether or not they are participating in the center’s recovery-specific services.

They also offer NARCAN training for opioid overdose prevention, in-person or on Zoom.

See the full schedule of programming here: https://www.friendsofrecoverydo.org/calendar, where you can also see information about donating or volunteering with the center.

Live Music on Saturdays in Delhi

John’s Flea and Music Series
Our next-door neighbor — John’s Flea market at This and That, 110 Main St. — begins a summer music series Saturday, June 5 with local band, Clovis. The flea market is every Saturday starting at 9. Guest chefs serve at 11. Bands go on at 5. Music is sponsored by Birdsong Community Garden. Follow @johnsflea on Instagram and visit johnsflea.com for updates on chefs and bands scheduled all season in addition to vendors selling vintage clothing, home goods, jewelry, bags, and more.

Book Announcement: The Petunias are Doing Amazing


The Petunias Are Doing Amazing: A Prison Journal and Plant Care Guide
Bushel hosts virtual monthly meetings of the Inside-Outside Study Group, co-founded by Bushel’s Thursday morning meditation facilitator Molly Yakusan Stevens. Inside-Outside fosters emotional and spiritual connections through prison walls. You can read about their doings here.  And definitely check out this book that has come out of the group: The Petunias Are Doing Amazing: A Prison Journal and Plant Care Guide, by Shane Pema Tenzin Marcantel. All proceeds go to the author’s reentry fund. 

Resources to support Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander lives [via The Poetry Project, NYC]

The following is a working list of organizations that work to advocate for, uplift, and protect Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander lives. Most of these resources were compiled from lists shared by: Jess X. Snow, RISE Indigenous, and Lisa Lowe. Recirculate freely and donate where possible.

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[Essay] Molly Yakusan Stevens, on leading Bushel’s Thursday morning meditation group

Since soon after the COVID-19 pandemic started, Bushel friend and exhibiting artist Molly Yakusan Stevens has been leading a weekly meditation group online. The group is ongoing and open to new members (details and calendar here). In this article, Yakusan reflects on the origins and practice of leading this group, which is an affiliate of The New York Zen Center. You can read Yakusan’s reflection on the Zen Center’s website.

Support Texas residents

Here are some places to donate to mutual aid groups supporting Texas residents affected by storms, outages, and government neglect. These links are from this live doc, which is continually being updated.

Feb 28: Free online herbalism workshop with AnnMarie Tedeschi

FIRE CIDER
Sunday, February 28, 2021
4 PM – 5:30 PM via Zoom

Come explore this age-old, versatile cold and flu remedy with herbalist AnnMarie Tedeschi. In this workshop, we will discuss how to make fire cider, a vinegar-based infusion of spicy roots, herbs and vegetables. We will talk about its many medicinal and culinary uses, its fascinating history and why the name Fire Cider can’t be trademarked.. We will also cover different seasonal herbs that can be included for added benefit and variety.

Register for this free workshop here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSey7fZ_Yv7j_BuxRCn–TguntwkI5_QES_VDpahRMqIMHcJuQ/viewform

Support for Alternative Weekly Paper

If you would like to help fund The Delaware County Alternative Paper project, we welcome donations in any amount! All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. You can donate to this project via PayPal (please select “Newspaper” from the dropdown menu):

You can also donate by check, made out to Bushel and mailed to Bushel Collective, 106 Main Street, Delhi NY 13753. (Write “newspaper” in the notes section.) 

Thank you so much for your support!!

Delaware County Alternative Newsweekly

Thank you for your interest in the workshop!

After you have completed your registration, you’ll receive an introductory email from the instructor. If you have any questions, feel free to email altweekly@bushelcollective.org.

Thank you!

Sliding scale: pay what you can
Your name
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[Response Space Exhibition] The Wind Is At Our Back


The Wind Is At Our Back
Sam Liebert, Mary Tremonte, Willa Goettling, Kevin Caplicki, Molly Gore, Koren Martin, Brad Trent, Fletcher Street Stables in Philadelphia, Anthony Van Dunk and NYC Federation of Black Cowboys, the Center for Artistic Activism, Unstoppable Voters, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, Desiree Aspiras of Printmakers Against Racism, Lilah Friedland at Invisible Hand Press, Draft Animal Power Network, NYFC Greater Catskills Chapter and Bushel Collective

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Fri Jan 15: “Police reform, addiction, and mental health” open meeting

From Catskills Addiction Coalition via Delaware County Solidarity:

Friday January 15, 2021 9:00-10:00 a.m., there will be a public/zoom meeting on “The role of law enforcement in recovery friendly communities: Police reform, addiction, and mental health.” Sheriff Dumond is one of the panelists, and it’s being facilitated by Joyce St. George. (Joyce is cc’ed here; you can respond or contact her directly with questions.)  
**This could be a great opportunity to ask Sheriff Dumond your questions/share concerns about policing in Delaware County and/or the ongoing police reform committee being overseen by the county. In spite of state guidance requiring them to do so, Delaware County Board of Supervisors, and chair Tina Mole, have not scheduled any public input meetings on police reform.**

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Mon Jan 18 @11am: Delaware County Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Committee meeting

If you are concerned about the state of policing in Delaware County, this is an opportunity to voice concerns and input. If you are interested in talking about ways to influence this process through more concerted community action, the Delaware County Solidarity Listserv is organizing on the topic.

Event by Delaware County NY Government
Online Event
Monday, January 18, 2021 at 11 AM EST
Price: Free
Public  · Anyone on or off Facebook

The next Delaware County Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 18th, at 11am via Zoom. This meeting will be livestreamed on the Delaware County NY YouTube channel. The YouTube link for the meeting will be shared once generated approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

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Herbal Community Care Toolkit

This is a full (digital) course in holistic herbal community care offered as Mutual Aid (on a sliding scale donation basis) by CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism. Get it at: Herbal Community Care Toolkit

Curriculum includes:

  • Introduction (00:00)
  • Basic Medicine-Making Skills (57:00)
  • High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol (58:46)
  • Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes (52:49)
  • Edema (61:01)
  • Weight Management (52:19)
  • Pain Management (52:26)
  • Better Sleep (69:19)
  • Wound Care (62:55)
  • Digestive Health (59:18)
  • Emotional Support (73:34)
  • Respiratory Health (70:25)
  • Covid-19 Resources (137:21)
  • Grow Your Own! (151:39)
  • Anti-Racism and Community Health (175:28)

People’s Wellness Initiative

The People’s Wellness Initiative is a network of Catskill, Hudson-Valley and New York City based herbalists offering direct wellness support to individuals and families in Black and Brown communities. Learn more and participate in their GoFundMe campaign here!

From the organizers:

Did you know that :
1 in 920 Black Americans has died of Covid-19 (108.4 deaths per 100,000)
1 in 1,110 Indigenous Americans has died of CV-19 (or 90.0 deaths per 100,000)
1 in 1,360 Latino Americans has died of CV-19 (or 73.5 deaths per 100,000)
1 in 1,450 Pacific Islander Americans has died (or 68.9 deaths per 100,000)
1 in 1,840 White Americans has died of CV-19 (or 54.4 deaths per 100,000)
1 in 2,200 Asian Americans has died (or 45.4 deaths per 100,000)

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Stress Reduction Courses in Andes

Announcing upcoming courses in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction:

My Name is Thimo Wittich. I am a Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation and MBSR Teacher (qualified through MBSR Teacher Education at the Mindfulness Center at Brown School of Public Health).
Originally from Germany I recently moved with my wife and daughter from New York City to Andes where I am starting to teach MBSR Courses frequently beginning this Fall online and at Streamside Yoga.

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Thursday, July 30: March for Black Lives in Delhi

A March to Respect Black Life & the Right to Assemble

Delhi Courthouse, Thursday July 30 at 6 pm

The New York State Sheriff’s Association recently introduced a dangerous legislative agenda, which was supported by six Southern Tier county sheriffs including Delaware County Sheriff Craig Dumond at a July 15th press conference. The sheriffs’ agenda is a callous, dismissive, and outrageous response to local and national demands to respect and value Black life and to respect the rights of free speech and assembly. It calls for a vast expansion of police power, limiting oversight of police, and punishing people who rightfully call attention to police misconduct.

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Abolition Reading Group @ Wendy’s Subway

Wendy’s Subway has organized an ongoing abolition reading group — free on Zoom — which starts this Saturday, July 18. Register here. Readings for the first session are here.

“In this first Abolition Reading Group session, we envision an end to political policing and police violence with Alex S. Vitale and Philip V. McHarris. Join us for an introductory presentation and discussion by Vitale, followed by a moderated reading group conversation with McHarris.”

Covid Childcare Co-op Calendar – a tool for families organizing collective childcare

“The Covid Childcare Co-op Calendar (CCCC) is a tech tool as social prompt. Using the CCCC, a group of caregivers can fairly schedule collective childcare according to their availabilities. Though it seems counter-intuitive considering what we’re up against, our social bonds are still our greatest collective asset, and they can guide a smart, functional, feminist response to our covid crisis of care. Whether it’s a small circle of friends supporting a healthcare worker by watching their kid, or a few retail employees trading off with a tiny class of 8 year olds, the CCCC makes the annoying step of making and sharing a fair joint schedule a cinch. Our hope is that this simple tool—no accounts, no registration, no stored data—prompts people to think about the next handful of months and how they can share the collective childcare burden, whether they’re someone who’s stuck with more than they can handle, or less.”

Programs from Poor People’s Campaign (July 9: Racism in Rural NY)

Racism in Rural NY
Thursday, July 9. 7-9pm
Streaming on Facebook
Join us for a panel discussion about the expressions and impact of racism in rural communities in New York.

This will bring together leaders from four regions of the New York State Poor People’s Campaign (North Country, Central New York, Western Southern Tier, and Eastern Southern Tier) as well as Scipioville Presbyterian Church, Be You and MR Hess Home Works.

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July 10 @5pm: BLM protest in Stamford

Black Lives Matter protest in Stamford NY. Friday, July 10 at 5pm. Meet across from TP’s Cafe.

“Two days ago, menacing racist graffiti was found on an abandoned building in Stamford. It’s been painted over, and a few of us brought flowers and a BLM sign there to counter the ugliness and hate and with beauty and determination. On Friday, the community will gather in a protest for Black lives and racial justice.”

From the Daily Star:https://www.thedailystar.com/news/local_news/racist-graffiti-in-stamford-spurs-probe/article_ccad0bba-8c31-5d23-aab7-4a556e04dfaf.html

Black Hills Legal Defense Fund

From the Black Hills Legal Defense Fund Website:

“On July 3rd, 2020 Indigenous People and our allies were arrested in the process of defending our sacred lands in the Black Hills. Acts of courage and civil disobedience resulted in arrests and criminal charges … As a group of Indigenous people and our allies we made a stand against Donald Trump the President of the United States who made a decision to come to Oceti Sakowin Territory without the free prior and informed consent of the Tribal Nations of the region…At a time of social and racial reckoning in this country Trump has perpetuated a White Supremacist narrative that has further divided the country. As a group of Indigenous People and our allies we are committed to the dismantling of White Supremacy and systemic racism in this country.”

Donate at https://bhlegalfund.org/

Support local Food Justice programs from The 607 CSA

Our partners at the607csa* have just launched three food-justice programs — one to subsidize CSA shares, one to support local food pantries, and one to donate to NYC programs that support healthy food for the city’s BIPOC communities. To read more and donate: https://www.the607csa.com/programs *Bushel is a pick-up location for the CSA, but upstate residents who are not CSA members may order food from the a la carte menu at any time to pick up at Bushel the following Wednesday. Visit the website for more details:  https://www.the607csa.com/

June 25: NY State Senator Jen Metzger has posted updated reopening guidelines

From Metzger’s email newsletter, dated 6/25/2020:
“Dear Neighbor, 
Our Hudson Valley and Catskills communities are progressing positively through the state’s phased reopening plan. Delaware County is expected to begin Phase Four reopening on Friday, June 26, and Sullivan, Orange, and Ulster Counties, advanced to Phase Three this past Tuesday. To ensure a safe reopening across all industries, detailed guidance is being provided to businesses for each phase. Links to the guidance for Phase Three and Four are provided below, and businesses can also consult the New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Wizard to see if their business is eligible to reopen.”

Read the whole post here: http://pubfiles.nysenate.gov/crm/metzger/view/6f68f048ae46c41f

6/19 @6pm: Juneteenth Delaware County JUSTICE RIDE FOR BLACK LIVES

This action is organized by Fair For All (FB link here.)

Delaware County
JUSTICE RIDE FOR BLACK LIVES
Juneteenth (Friday, June 19), 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Are you on the freedom side? Join us for a cross-county caravan in support of Black lives and racial justice on Juneteenth, which commemorates the day in 1865 when previously enslaved people in Texas learned of their emancipation.

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June 14 March for Justice (Roxbury)

Sunday, June 14 at 3pm: March for Justice in Roxbury, NY

From the organizers:

“Bring a sign (no profanity, please). We will gather at the south end of Main Street, near Roxbury Wine and Spirits. Marshalls will guide us as we march north, peacefully and with respect for social distancing, along the east side of Main Street to the cemetery.


Marshalls will help us cross there, and we will walk south on the opposite side to Kirkside Park, where we will gather for reflection and speakers.

Everything will proceed with careful adherence to social distancing measures. Wear a mask.”

[Archive] Mail Art Roulette

In May 2020, as one of several fundraisers to support local efforts to help Delaware County residents cope with the emergence of the COVID-19 epidemic, we invited nearly 90 artists to donate mail art to contributors participating in Mail Art Roulette. Together, we raised over $6,200, which was distributed to food banks in Walton, Delhi, Margaretville, Stamford, and Andes/Bovina, as well as to Star Route Farm and The 607 CSA to support produce and farm goods going to local food bank. You can see some of the wonderful mail art that was sent to donors in the slideshow above.

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VOIX NOIRE: COVID-19 Relief for Black and Indigenous communities

Direct your support to Capitol Region-organized Voix Noire. From the website:

“If you are a Black or Indigenous person experiencing hardship during this pandemic, send an email to RonaRationsVoix@gmail.com and include a social media profile link, zip code, delivery address for food/groceries and Cash App or Venmo links. Asks are fulfilled on a first-come first-serve basis and dependent on the resources available through community donations made.

If you are able to donate to the pool for COVID-19 relief you may give to our COVID FundFood Security Pool, or direct cash to Creighton’s Cash App or Venmo. Since March 29, 2020 we have distributed over $26,000 in relief to those affected by COVID-19. Your financial donations are needed to continue the work.”

Read more here: https://voixnoire.com/

Delhi protest Saturday June 6

Organized by GetWoke:

“Join us on Saturday, June 6 at 1pm as we peacefully gather to mourn the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and many others at the hands of a racist law enforcement and justice system. This is not only a rally, but also a living, breathing, feeling monument to Black lives and against white supremacy. 


**PLEASE WEAR A MASK & PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING. 


We will meet at the Courthouse Square at 1pm for brief remarks. Following, we’ll disperse to marked points along Main St., which will provide the recommended 6ft social distancing to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Also, this social distancing measure will spread our messages down the length of Main St.
NOTE: As part of this event, a temporary memorial will be in place in the Square from 12-3pm featuring images of 30+ Black victims of police violence. We encourage folks to bring a flower or some other perishable offering to place at the memorial.

Read more on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/196002824896511/


#blacklivesmatter #justiceforgeorgefloyd #getwokecatskills”

Critical Resistance’s Abolitionist Toolkit

From Critical Resistance, founded by Angela Y. Davis and others to combat and abolish the Prison Industrial Complex. Download the toolkit here.

HIS TOOLKIT EMERGED OUT OF DISCUSSIONS THAT BEGAN IN BOSTON IN MARCH 2002. MEMBERS OF CRITICAL RESISTANCE (CR) AND PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS GATHERED FOR A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON ABOLITIONIST ORGANIZING STRATEGIES. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE AGREED WE NEEDED TO STRENGTHEN OUR WORK WAS A SET OF IDEAS, EXERCISES, AND RESOURCES TO SHARE WITH THE PEOPLE WE ORGANIZE WITH THAT WOULD EXPLAIN THE IDEA OF ABOLISHING THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX (PIC) AND WOULD HELP US TAKE CONCRETE STEPS TOWARD THAT GOAL.

[Archive] First Friday Benefit for O’Connor Hospital

Bushel dedicated the April 2020 edition of first_friday to raise funds for our local hospital first responders as they take on the COVID-19 pandemic. The benefit was hosted by Bushel’s own D. Marcus Johnson and featured streaming live musical performances by: Jane Cramer The Bones of J.R. Jones Zach Layton (Jonathan Kane’s February) Peg Simone (Jonathan Kane’s February) Catherine McRae Kelli Cain & Brian Crabtree.

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Free e-book: ‘Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect” edited by Joe Macare

This e-book is being offered free by Haymarket Books. Download your copy here.

About the book:

“What is the reality of policing in the United States? Do the police keep anyone safe and secure other than the very wealthy? How do recent police killings of young black people in the United States fit into the historical and global context of anti-blackness?

This collection of reports and essays (the first collaboration between Truthout and Haymarket Books) explores police violence against black, brown, indigenous and other marginalized communities, miscarriages of justice, and failures of token accountability and reform measures. It also makes a compelling and provocative argument against calling the police.”

“Contagion, Capitalism and Resistance” online panel: May 5, 5:00 EST

Today (May 5) at 5pmEST, a discussion hosted by Between the Lines, Verso, A Radical Guide, Melville House, and PM Press, with panelists including Bushel friend and “Signs of the Times” participant L.A. Kaufman. as well as Gary Kinsmen, Dr. OmiSoore H. Dryden, Peter Linebaugh and Timothy Faust.

“While many have pointed to the similarities between the 1918 flu and the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many examples of past health crises that radicals might reflect on when trying to make sense of the current crisis. Most recently, the activist response to the HIV-AIDS crisis offers lessons for how activists might respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mail Art Roulette Food Bank Fund – Thank You!

Thank you so much for your contribution to the Mail Art Roulette Food Bank Fund.

Your donation in any amount is deeply appreciated and will go directly to support Delaware County’s food banks.

If you donated $50 or more and left us your mailing address, you will be automatically entered in Mail Art Roulette and can expect to receive a piece of mail art from one of the participating artists by the end of May, 2020.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at info@bushelcollective.org. Thanks so much for your contribution, and we hope to see you on May 11 for the closing event!

Free “Writing as Healing” workshops in May

Three wonderful writers who each have connections to Bushel are leading “Writing as Healing” workshops as part of Northeastern University’s Writing Workshop. The first of the weeklong workshops is led by Cat Tyc, and starts April 27, followed by workshops by Ed Steck (starting May 4) and Emmalea Russo (starting May 18). Workshops are free and open to the public, and writers of all levels are encouraged to register.

Mutual Aid Networks

Mutual Aid networks are starting in our region and some are listed in this report from The River. If you know of a group in Delaware County, we would love to know about it! In the meantime, we hope this “Exchange” portion of this bulletin board might serve some of the purposes a more robust, dedicated network would be able to handle. Here is a useful, low-tech GUIDE to starting a Mutual Aid network, from a group in Medford and Somerville, MA.

Community Listings: Welcome

To go straight to the Community Listings page, click here.

Welcome to the beta version of Bushel’s Community-Sourced Bulletin Board. You can browse the board using the tags below the postingss. You can submit to the board on the submissions page, but please read this page and take a look at the board first.

We are highlighting the amazing efforts of trusted local news and resource organizations under the tab CORE LOCAL NEWS / RESOURCES. We urge you to use these professional resources for the most up-to-date, reliable information. We also have a Mutual Aid Networks category to help boost the signal of nearby networks that are being organized. It includes links to guidelines for setting up a network in your neighborhood.

Otherwise, this is an experimental, lightly moderated page for sharing resources, distant-socializing events, volunteer and aid opportunities, and the like. We will fact-check when we can, and we will make sure no spam gets through (which means your post may be delayed for up to a day or two), and we reserve the right not to post listings. We cannot verify the truth or safety of user-submitted information; when following leads from this board, please use your best judgment, and cross-reference.

When offering a submission, please select the category or categories that best fit. Be brief, and focus on linking to resources when possible.

Thank you all for participating — this is a work in progress which will respond to need and use. We welcome your ideas at info@bushelcollective.org.

[Exhibition] Opening Balance

Opening Balance
Christopher Bailey, Alina Bliumis, Jeff Bliumis, Elizabeth Bonaventura, Rebecca Chamberlain, Community Protest Signs, Pia Dehne, Angela Dufresne, Jessie Henson, Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, Elana Herzog, Haley Hughes, Izumi Inoue, Justseeds with Culturestrike, Richard Kraft, Saira McLaren, Jenny Miles, Michael Milton, Saretta Morgan & Ariel Goldberg, Heather Phelps-Lipton, Emmalea Russo, Lisa Sanditz, Ben Sisto, Molly Stevens, SUNY Delhi students in Architecture, Laura Taylor, Mercedes Teixido, Melissa Thorne, Trevor Wilson.

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THANK YOU!

Thanks to everyone who came out for our first open house and poetry reading in our new space! We hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming events. Next up are the May 30 Heatsmart information session about green heating and cooling, the June 8 reception for out first art exhibition, Opening Balance, and a ‘Radical Conjuring‘ workshop with writers and activists Sasha Banks & Adriana Green on the weekend of June 15 and 16 (followed by a reading on the evening of the 16th). And stop by whenever the door is open, as always, for art and coffee and conversation.

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Scheduling
1. Reserve a spot on the Google Cal, with a “?” after it.
2. Send an email to the group with some info about the event, asking if anyone objects. If no-one does within 24 hours, you can schedule the event.
3. Remove the “?” on the Google Cal and make sure the times are accurate there.
4. To get on the website calendar and homepage, fill out THIS PAGE (note: If the event is happening at Bushel, click “No location” so you don’t have to fill in the address, etc.). Your event will go live within 24 hours of filling in the page. *If you do not submit a 1000-pixel-wide image, you will not have an image on your post*

Promotion
Once your event is on the website, it will be added to e-blasts and to the physical poster as timing allows (i.e., if the posting is last minute it probably won’t get much promotion, but if it is two weeks in advance, it will). You can always use Instagram to promote it last-minute!
More details on additional promotion: PR Protocol
Currently, we send the e-blast announcements to our entire list of 500+ people, but we have only been sending special press releases occasionally (mostly for the gallery exhibits) to our press list, which contains 50+ names. If you know of a press person to add to our press mailing list, you can Add a Press Contact to the PR Mailing List but be aware that they will receive a notice that they have been subscribed, so ask first for permission.

Useful links for gathering info from participants
[Gallery]: Artist Intake Form (for solo shows or curators of groups shows)
[Gallery]: Group Show Artist Intake Form (for artists in group shows)

Thank you!

A giant thank-you to everyone who attended, volunteered at, donated goods or raffle prizes for, and otherwise supported our fundraising party last weekend. Your generous donations and purchases will go toward an exciting new year of programming in our soon-to-be home at 106 Main Street.

An extra-special thank-you to Carver Farrell for hosting us at The Sweep; to the Goldenrod staff and friends for creating such a special meal from locally sourced ingredients; and to Wines by Fifi.

[Exhibition] Lisa Sanditz + A.L. Steiner

Opening on Saturday, August 4, from 5-7pm, BUSHEL is pleased to present a two-person show with Lisa Sanditz and A.L. Steiner. Sanditz will present ‘Man Caves and Volcano Vases’ (paintings, drawings, ceramics), and Steiner will present ‘Appendage’ (photo-based collage).

Lisa Sanditz‘s recent shows include ‘The Color Show’ at The Thomas Cole House (Catskill, NY), curated by Kate Menconeri and Kiki Smith, and ‘Oscillation,’ a project of Prospect New Orleans curated by Dan Cameron, at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, NOLA. Sanditz has shown widely both domestically and internationally. Reviews of solo shows have been published in The New York TimesThe New YorkerArtforumNew York MagazineModern PaintersFrieze, and The Los Angeles Times, and a recent interview appeared last fall in BOMB. (more…)

[Exhibition] Elana Herzog & Molly Stevens: O Naturale!

Opening on Saturday, June 30 from 5-7pm: BUSHEL is pleased to present O Naturale!, an exhibition of new works by Elana Herzog and Molly Stevens. O Naturale! brings together two artists who make formally varied works that use found, made, grown, altered, and manufactured materials to trouble the lines between utility and pleasure, intent and accident, power and submission, appropriation and appreciation.

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[Archive] Delaware County Solidarity meetings

The Delaware County Solidarity group met monthly at Bushel from fall 2016 through fall 2018, and now continues via the Delaware County Solidarity listserv. “Delaware County Solidarity is a group working to promote the awareness of local issues, advance human rights and social justice, and protect the environment through research, advocacy, information sharing, and community-wide events. Delco Solidarity is based in Delaware County, New York.” To apply, contact: cooperativemichael1@gmx.com

[Exhibition] Saira McLaren + Colie Collen: A Deep Library

Opening Friday, May 11, 5-7pm: Bushel is pleased to present ‘Deep Library,’ an exhibition of new works by painter and ceramicist Saira McLaren and gardener, writer, and floral designer Colie Collen.  The exhibition will remain on view until Sunday, June 24.

In this two-person show timed for the cusp of the growing season, flowers are both subject matter and matter itself. Their surface beauty is neither denied nor fetishised, allowing their full drama—’suspicious, indecent, yet nastily noble,’ in Baudelaire adapter Shuzo Oshimi’s words—to unfold.

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[Exhibition] Michael Milton: Guide Lines

Bushel is pleased to present new work by Michael Milton. The focus of Milton’s recent paintings is expression through abstraction, or a kind of de-personalized expression the artist aims to foster by placing stark limitations on his compositional and material choices. The majority of these works are made on shaped panels—many cut from corrugated cardboard, as an extension of the drawing process—and are built from straight lines set at wildly articulate, often intersecting angles.

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Get Woke! Monthly film & discussion series

Bushel is a co-sponsor of the GetWoke monthly film/discussion series, an effort intended to get people talking about race with filmmakers, educators, and guests—and each other. The series is organized by a group of local activists and sponsored by United Ministry of Delhi, friends of Fair for All, SUNY Delhi’s History Club & Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Bushel. Screenings take place monthly on Sundays from 5:00-7:30 on the SUNY Delhi Campus in Sanford Hall, room 250. The full screening schedule, directions, and logistical information is posted on the GetWoke website.

Past and upcoming films include:

Little White Lie (Lacey Schwartz) – Oct 29, 2017
Brothers of the Black List (Sean Gallagher) – Nov 19, 2017
Dear White People (Justin Simien) – Dec 10, 2017
Klansville USA (Callie T. Wiser) – Jan 28, 2018
13th (Ava Duvernay) – Feb 18,2018
Get Out (Jordan Peele) – March 25, 2018
I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck) – April 22, 2018

 

 

 

[Exhibition] Laura Taylor: Festejar 18 Risonhas Primaveras (To Celebrate 18 Laughing Springs)

Bushel is pleased to present an installation of paintings, collage, audio recordings, video, and handmade books by Laura Taylor. Working across forms and formats but with a singular attention to her subject matter, Taylor creates a layered viewing and listening experience that recalls and deploys the affective powers of childhood memories that become, rightly or wrongly, totemic cues of identity.  Beginning with analog artifacts from her early childhood in Brazil—including slides that have discolored with time, faded super-8 footage, and hardback copies of a book written in the 1960s by her demographer father—Taylor scans, prints, un-binds and screenshots, then cuts, paints, glues, projects, and draws, all in multiple iterations, before editing and combining the results into installations she conceives of as three-dimensional, walk-in books. Displayed throughout the exhibition are a selection of Taylor’s artist books: one-of-a-kind text-and-image creations that visitors are welcome to handle and read.

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[Exhibition] Haley Hughes: In search of the wheel turning monarch or the war of all against all

Bushel is pleased to present new work by Haley Hughes. Treating image both as charted landscape and unfolding narrative, the paintings in ‘In Search of the Wheel Turning Monarch or the War of All Against All’ bear eery witness to the current situation, subjecting globalism and drone attacks, climate change and mass shootings, capital and politics to the demands of their Technicolor dreamscape. Drawing from the colors, patterns and symbolism of Islamic and Indian art; the narrative trajectories of 17th-century Chinese scrolls; and Western landscape painting, these works question the assumptions of empire and dominant historiographies in vivid, gory detail.

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SAT-SUN, 12/9-12/10: FREE STORE

The Free Store is back!  We’ll be set up on December 9-10 and may continue after that depending on interest. The Free store will be open on December 9 from 1-5pm and on December 10 from 12-4pm.

Donation instructions: Good Cheap Food (53 Main Street, Delhi NY) has kindly agreed to accept donations for the Free Store in their lobby during their regular hours (10-6). We welcome donations of up to one cubic feet of desirable goods (think of things that would make good gifts) or one shopping bag of clean clothing in good condition. Please drop these off during Open Hours. For larger items or if you need to schedule a drop-off, send an email to info@bushelcollective.org. Some types of things to consider donating are: working small electronics, tools, excellent books, art, children’s toys, stationery / art supplies, high-quality clothing and accessories.

TUE 11/28 @7:30PM [MUSIC] CJ BOYD

Bassist turned vagabond C.J. Boyd uses bass loops and voices in order to try and stop time. On perpetual tour since March 2008, movement and stasis are both at the center of his music. Weaving together improvisation with a sparse, minimalist aesthetic, Boyd creates waves of sound, worlds of provocative unlived memories through a singular approach to the upright bass and electric bass guitar that makes everything near and far.

Bushel’s own Tianna Kennedy (cello) and D. Marcus Johnson (banjo) will play an opening set, with a special guest Ryan Jahn.

 

 

SAT 11/25, 12-4PM [WORKSHOP]: HANDMADE BOOKS AND ZINES WITH LAURA TAYLOR

Painter and book artist Laura Taylor (whose one-person show will open at Bushel in late December) leads this one-day workshop on making collage-based one-of-a-kind and easily duplicated artist books and ‘zines. Bring images and text you want to work with, or just bring yourself: all materials will be provided, and Bushel’s chapbook library will be available for browsing and ideas. Suggested donation is $15. All participants will leave with a handmade book-object.

 

SAT 11/18 @7PM [READING]: DOUBLECROSS PRESS READING WITH JENNIFER FIRESTONE, ADA SMAILBEGOVIC, CITRON KELLY, ANNA GURTON-WACHTER, IAN DREIBLATT, and MC HYLAND

Bushel is delighted to welcome a DoubleCross Press poetry event, guest hosted by Iris Cushing and featuring these incredible writers:

 

Jennifer Firestone
Jennifer Firestone is an Assistant Professor of Literary Studies at the New School’s Eugene Lang College. Her books include TEN, (BlazeVOX, forthcoming), Gates & Fields (Belladonna* Collaborative), Swimming Pool (DoubleCross Press), Flashes (Shearsman Books), Holiday (Shearsman Books), Waves (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), from Flashes and snapshot (Sona Books) and Fanimaly (Dusie Kollektiv).  Firestone co-edited (with Dana Teen Lomax) Letters To Poets: Conversations about Poetics, Politics and Community (Saturnalia Books).  Firestone has work anthologized in Kindergarde: Avant-Garde Poems, Plays, Songs, & Stories for Children andBuilding is a Process / Light is an Element: essays and excursions for Myung Mi Kim.  Firestone won the 2014 Marsh Hawk Press’ Robert Creeley Memorial Prize.

Ada Smailbegović
Ada Smailbegović is an Assistant Professor of English at Brown University. She has a degree in biology from the University of British Columbia and a PhD in Poetry and Poetics from NYU. Her writing explores relations between poetics, non-human forms of materiality, and histories of description. She is a co-founder of The Organism for Poetic Research. Critical and poetic work includes Avowal of What Is Here (JackPine Press 2009), Of the Dense and Rare (Triple Canopy 2013), “Some Disordered Interior Geometries” (Reanimation Library; The Volta 2015), “Cloud Writing” (Art in the Anthropocene 2015), and an article on animal architecture and the affective ethology of Monk Parakeets (Angelaki 2015). She is currently at work on a critical-theoretical book Poetics of Liveliness: Natural Histories of Soft Materials in 20th and 21st Century Poetry and a poetry chapbook The Forest / or (On Waiting) is out from Doublecross Press

Citron Kelly
Christine “Citron” Kelly is a poet and artist living between Ashfield, MA and NYC.

Anna Gurton-Wachter
Anna Gurton-Wachter is a writer, editor and archivist. Her chapbooks include Mother of All (Above/Ground Press, forthcoming), The Abundance Chamber Works Alone (Essay Press, 2017), Blank Blank Blues (Horse Less Press, 2016) and CYRUS (Portable Press @ Yo Yo Labs, 2014). Other writing has appeared in No, Dear, 6×6, The Brooklyn Rail, Elderly, and The Organism for Poetic Research. She edits and makes books for DoubleCross Press.

Ian Dreiblatt
Ian Dreiblatt is a poet, translator, and musician. His writing has appeared in Bomb!Web Conjunctions, The Agriculture ReaderPallaksch. Pallaksch.Music & LiteratureEntropyElderly, and elsewhere, including chapbooks from Metambesen and DoubleCross Press. His many translations include Comradely Greetings, a collection of the prison correspondence of Pussy Riot’s Nadyezhda Tolokonnikova with philosopher Slavoj Žižek (Verso, 2014), and Gogol’s The Nose (Melville House, 2014), as well contributions to n+1Jacobin, and Music & Literature. He is an enthusiastic student of canine-hominid relations, reed music, and soup-making.

MC Hyland
MC Hyland is a PhD candidate in English Literature at New York University, and holds MFAs in Poetry and Book Arts from the University of Alabama. From her research, she produces scholarly and poetic texts, artists’ books, and public art projects. She is the founding editor of DoubleCross Press, a poetry micropress, as well as the author of the poetry collection Neveragainland and several poetry chapbooks, most recently THE END PART ONE (Magic Helicopter Press 2017).

SUN 11/19 @5PM [OFF-SITE FILM]: ‘BROTHERS OF THE BLACK LIST’ (SEAN GALLAGHER, 2014), PRESENTED BY GET WOKE!

The second screening and discussion in the Get Woke! film series will take place on Sunday, Nov 19 at SUNY Delhi.

Sean Gallagher’s docmentary Brothers of the Black List tells the story behind the longest litigated civil rights case in American history. It all began in September 1992, when an elderly woman in Oneonta, New York reported that she had been attacked in an attempted rape by a young black male who cut his hand during the altercation. This led to a college administrator at nearby SUNY Oneonta giving the police a list of the names and residences of the 125 black men who attended the school. Police used this list to track down every black male in town, questioning them and demanding to see their hands.

The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Gallagher along with Sheryl Champen, former Admissions Counselor at SUNY Oneonta. This event takes place on the SUNY Delhi campus. Please see the Get Woke! website for details, directions and parking. More info / flyer here. 

Get Woke! is a monthly film/discussion series intended to get us talking about race with filmmakers and experts – and each other. Sponsored by United Ministry of Delhi, friends of Fair for All, SUNY Delhi’s History Club & Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Bushel Collective. The full screening schedule is posted here.

SAT 11/4, 10AM-5PM: CLOTHING SWAP

The Bushel clothing swap is back! Trade in your gently used clothing and accessories and refresh your wardrobe. Come swap men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing; bags; and shoes & boots. Please bring only washed and lightly worn items — or bring nothing but yourself, meet your neighbors, and take something home. Refreshments will be served.

Suggested donation: $5-$10

If you can’t make it to the swap, you can also drop off clothing for the swap at Bushel any time during Open Hours, or contact us to arrange a drop-off time.

SAT 10/28 @7PM [READING]: KIM ROSENFIELD & ANNA VITALE

Bushel is thrilled to welcome these two brilliant NYC-based poets and thinkers to read from their work.

Kim Rosenfield is a poet and psychotherapist. She is the author of several books of poetry, including Good Morning— Midnight— (Roof Books 2001), Tràma (Krupskaya 2004), re:evolution (Les Figues Press 2009) Lividity (Les Figues Press, 2012) and USO: I’ll Be Seeing You (Ugly Duckling Presse 2013). Her work has been included in the anthologies Against Expression (Northwestern University Press), The Gurlesque (Saturnalia), I’ll Drown My Book (Les Figues Press), and The Unexpected Guest: Art, writing and thinking on hospitality (Liverpool Biennial, ART/BOOKS). She is a recipient of a Fund For Poetry grant and is a founding member of the international artist collective, Collective Task. Her clinical writing can be found in Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies in Gender and Sexuality. Rosenfield lives and practices in NYC.

Anna Vitale is a poet, scholar, and performer. She earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she completed a dissertation entitled, Suicidal Fantasy in Three American Authors. Vitale also earned an MFA in Writing from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and is the author of Detroit Detroit (Roof Books, 2017), Different Worlds (Troll Thread, 2017), Unknown Pleasures (Perfect Lovers, 2013), and Anna Vitale’s Pop Poems (OMG!, 2010). Her writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Entropy, Harriet, Jacket2, Pedagogy, and P-Queue. Her video, “Street View Lyric,” was published by Gauss PDF. She lives in Brooklyn.

SUN 10/29 @5PM [OFF-SITE FILM]: ‘LITTLE WHITE LIE’ (LACEY SCHWARTZ), PRESENTED BY GET WOKE!

Get Woke! is hosting its first screening on Sunday at SUNY Delhi. Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz will be present for Q&A after showing her award-winning personal documentary, Little White Lie, about her struggle to discover the truth about her racial identity as an adolescent growing up in Woodstock.

This event takes place on the SUNY Delhi campus. Please see the Get Woke! website for details, directions and parking.

 

[Exhibition] Ben Sisto: Pressure Burns

Pressure Burns is a curated collection of oxidized book pages that have been removed from publications on art masters—Renaissance, Baroque and Impressionist-era—purchased by artist Ben Sisto from outlets such as The Strand in New York City and Cellar Stories in Providence, RI over a period of three years.

Before transformations in technology made full-color printing commonplace, art and design books would be printed in black-and-white, with the color illustrations ‘tipped in’ (glued) to individual pages. For this exhibition, Sisto has selected pages from his collection of vintage art books (Renaissance, Baroque and Impressionist) and removed the color plates.

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SAT 10/14 @2PM [TALK]: ‘SPIEDIES, GRAPE PIE AND GARBAGE PLATES: A SERIOUS LOOK AT UPSTATE NEW YORK’S SILLY-SOUNDING FOODS’

Folklorist Hannah Davis will present a talk on upstate New York traditional foods, the first in a series of lectures called the Catskills Folk Lyceum offered by Catskills Folk Connection. Her talk complements CFC’s new project on Catskills foodways, begun this year.

Hannah Davis serves as the New York Folklore Society’s. Upstate New York Regional Representative for Folk Arts. A native of Noblesville, Indiana, Hannah holds a BA in Folklore and Ethnomusicology from Indiana University and an MA in Folk Studies from Western Kentucky. As the Upstate Regional Representative, Hannah is carrying out field research on traditional music, dance, material culture, occupational traditions, narrative, occupational folklife, and other customary practices to identify traditions and folk artists. Her service area includes the southwestern counties of New York State and, and a large portion of central New York.

SUN 9/24 @7PM [SCREENING]: ‘THE GOLD DIGGERS’ (SALLY POTTER, 1983) WITH VIDEOS BY ANGELA DUFRESNE

Join us for a screening of Sally Potter’s first feature film, The Gold Diggers, a ground-breaking work of early-1980s feminist cinema. Starring Julie Christie as the Icon, the film is an ode to the power of movies and the power of gold and icons, as bank clerk Celeste (Colette Laffont) tries to reveal the relationship between gold and power—and male power. The Gold Diggers borrows from musicals, period dramas, and silent thrillers. Replete with singing, dancing, and semiotics, it was shot in black and white by Babette Magolte. Watch the trailer here. Angela Dufresne’s surreal short films reveal direct ties to her paintings, exploring pop culture and the power of images. This screening is programmed by ‘Beaver Fever’ guest curator Jennifer Kabat.

[Exhibition] Angela Dufresne, Pia Dehne, Elizabeth Bonaventura: Beaver Fever’

The term ‘beaver fever’ doesn’t lack for associations in excess of its primary meaning (as a common name for giardia), especially when questions of gender and feminism are at play. The phrase’s convulsive suggestibility fits these three painters—Angela Dufresne, Pia Dehne, and Elizabeth Bonaventura—who are showing together for the first time. Their work shares a punning play on the natural world in which realism quickly turns unreal. Dufresne borrows from history painting, the Hudson River School, and mythology to present a world replete with the pleasures of the flesh (and fish: Dufresne is a keen fly fisher).

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SAT 9/30 @7:30PM [MUSIC] DUB GROUND

Dub Ground is a loose collective of artist-musicians. The core members of the group are Tim Cramer (trap drums and more), Paul Geluso (bass, horn and engineering) and Michael Milton (akete drums and voice). They aim to create an ambient rhythmic sound that transforms as a sequence develops from a song into instrumentals and scatting. $5-$10 suggested donation.

SUN 10/1, 12:30-2:00 [RECEPTION AND READING]: ‘BEAVER FEVER’ CLOSING EVENT WITH WRITERS JENNIFER KRASINSKI AND IRIS CUSHING

Please join us on Sunday, October 1st from 12:30-2:00pm for the closing reception of BEAVER FEVER, with readings by Jennifer Krasinski and Iris Cushing. Refreshments will be served.

BEAVER FEVER, guest curated by Jennifer Kabat, features works by Angela Dufresne, Pia Dehne, and Elizabeth Bonaventura. Read more about the exhibition.

Jennifer Krasinski writes on art and performance for The Village Voice and Artforum online. She is a contributing editor for Yale University’s Theater Magazine, and is a faculty member in the MFA Art Writing department at The School of Visual Arts. In addition, she is the author of “Prop Tragedies,” a short collection of short short stories recently reprinted by Remedial Press.

Iris Marble Cushing is a poet, editor, teacher, and reader of texts both popular and philosophical. She is a founding editor for Argos Books and is the author of the book Wyoming. Her poems have appeared in FENCE, The Boston Review, and the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series; she also writes often about contemporary poetry by women for HyperallergicIris is a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center and is currently working on a dissertation about the radical mystic poets Mary Norbert Korte and Diane di Prima. Her work can be found at iriscushing.net.

FRI 8/11 @5:30PM: ARTS GRANT-WRITING SESSION

On Friday, August 11 from 5:30-7:30PM, Annie Schwed from the Roxbury Arts Group will host an information session for those interested in applying for arts funding through the Decentralization Grant Program (DEC) of  the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).  DEC funds are used to support projects in three areas: Community Arts, Arts Education, and Individual Artist.

Anyone interested in applying for a DEC Grant must attend an information session. In each information session, Schwed will review grant guidelines, review the grant process, highlight successful DEC Grant-Funded Projects, and provide tips for successful grant writing. All DEC Grant Information Sessions are free and open to the public.

If you can’t make it to this session at Bushel see the complete list of info sessions at the Roxbury Arts Group website.

WED 8/30 @7:00 [MUSIC / VIDEO]: LUBRICATED SUBSTRATES

Artist Elia Vargas brings expanded video, crude oil performance, and music to Bushel, with ‘[Meta]rials’ and ‘Signal Works.’

From the artist: ‘The world was changed in 1859, when a commercial crude oil well began successful extraction, creating a bifurcation of earth energy into fossil fuels and mystic medicinal imaginings. Oil infrastructure and oil materiality have transformed the surface of this globe. Oil is media.’

SAT 8/12 @7PM [READING]: Jared Daniel Fagen, Rachael Guynn Wilson, Alexandra Egan, and Sparrow

Bushel is thrilled to host these four poets from near and nearly-near.

Jared Daniel Fagen lives in Brooklyn and Arkville. His prose poetry has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The Collagist, Numéro Cinq, Entropy, PLINTH, Sleepingfish, and elsewhere. He is the editor of Black Sun Lit and studies at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).

Rachael Guynn Wilson is a writer who lives in Brooklyn. She holds a Ph.D. in English from New York University. Her poetry, fiction, and critical writing has appeared in Brooklyn Rail, Free Spirit News, Jacket2, Pelt, Textual Practice, The Volta, and the Reanimation Library’s Word Processor series. She is a co-founder of the Organism for Poetic Research and Studio Manager at Belladonna* Collaborative.

Alexandra Egan is a poet living and working in Brooklyn. As of August 2017 she has successfully resisted writing a bio.

Sparrow was born in 1953 in Lenox Hill Hospital, in Manhattan. He grew up in a housing project in Inwood, graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, flunked out of Cornell University, became a hippie, studied at the Naropa Institute in 1976 with Allen Ginsberg, Philip Whalen & William Burroughs, published his first book of poems in 1978 (Sparrow’s Poetry Coloring Book, entirely hand-drawn, xeroxed surreptitiously at a copy shop) returned to New York City (still in 1978), finished college, began graduate school at CCNY (studying with Ted Berrigan). Soft Skull Press published three of his books: Republican Like Me (about running for President of the United States in 1996), Yes, You ARE a Revolutionary! America: A Prophecy – The Sparrow Reader. Sparrow is the longest-running contributor to The Sun magazine, beginning in 1981. He has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times (five poems & three op-ed pieces), The American Poetry Review, Lungfull! (plus other magazines) – and was quoted in Vogue. Sparrow plays flutophone in the “New Crimean” pop band Foamola. He now lives in a doublewide trailer in Phoenicia, New York with his wife Violet Snow.

[Exhibition] Melissa Thorne: Shadde

Bushel is pleased to present Shadde, a new site-specific painting installation by Troy-based artist Melissa Thorne. ‘Shadde’ is the Old English word associated with the modern English ‘shed.’ Also referring to ‘shade,’ shadde conjurs notions of the common rural shed as well as the shady escape—connected to, but removed from the domestic sphere. The ubiquity of the agricultural shed and its infinite architectural variety render it a fascinating structure for exploring ideas of interiority, utility, and gender.

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MON 8/7, 5:30-7:30: SIGN-MAKING PARTY

Help make signs for a press conference to be held outside the Delaware County Fair on Sunday, August 13, when neighbors will be delivering letter to the Fair Board — already signed by hundreds of fairgoers — asking them to stop allowing sales of the Confederate flag at the fair. Hosted by ‘Hate Spoils the Fun.’ More info here.

FRI 7/28 @8PM [MUSIC] GREEK JUDAS (at Wayside Tap Room)

Wayside and Bushel are psyched to present Greek Judas—Rebetika AF or as you’ve never heard it before.
** This show takes place at the Wayside Tap Room in Andes: 55 Redden Lane, Andes, NY
From the horses’ mouths:
‘Greek Judas plays rock versions of songs from the Greek Rebetika tradition. Rebetika is the Greek equivalent of early American blues. They are songs of the Greek underworld and of the refugees fleeing Turkey who filled the Athens slums in the 1920s. It’s the music of knife fights, hash dens, prison life & heartbreak. Why I Smoke CocaineI’m A Junkie, Two Mangas In Jail, The Smugglers…  We play them loud, on guitars, bass & drums.’

Greek Judas is Quince Marcum, vocals, Wade Ripka, guitar and lap steel guitar, Adam Good, guitar, Nick Cudahy, bass, Chris Stromquist, drums (except they might have a different drummer for this event and also a back up Bollywood string section)

Rebetika meets metal in Greek Judas, “New York’s Best New Psychedelic Band.” It’s true: we’ve seen them. So should you.

 

[Exhibition] Richard Kraft: Tondos: Hudson River

‘Tondos: Hudson River’ is the first exhibition of Richard Kraft’s newest body of work, a survey—or surveillance—of a great river’s moods. These images imply a determined eye, the passage of time, and solitary walks as they seem to be made from a bridge, looking down. Ordered and minimalistic at first glance, this collection of gridded glimpses points to questions that are much messier, like the actual surface of the river itself. What does it mean to take pleasure in a walk, a habit, or a view? How can we experience, in the present, the history of natural artifacts that have been plied to human use? How might we respond to being dazzled by beauty? The first tondos predated the advent of the camera, but their shape recalls that of a lens, adding another question to the mix: the question of photography itself.

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SAT 6/24 @6PM [BOOK PARTY]: ‘NO FANTASTIC ONE-NIGHT EXPERIENCE: THE PEOPLE’S KITCHEN COOKBOOK’

In the late winter of 2014, artist and chef Augustin Grenèche created a little dinner series called “People’s Kitchen” in a 1960’s diner turned private social club in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It went on for a few nights a week for several weeks, with each day’s menu limited to 18 people. The sweet and comically vulgar cookbook Augustin wrote and illustrated to document the People’s Kitchen has been floating in digital purgatory for the last three years. Now Patrick Kiley and Publication Studio bring it to the people in physical form at last, at just the moment when Augustin returns to America to chef another pop-up restaurant, this time deep in the Catskills.

Patrick Kiley runs Publication Studio Hudson, an on-demand publisher and bookmaker located in Troy.

SAT 6/10, 4-6PM: NY HEALTH ACT WORKSHOP

Healthcare for everyone now!

Our current healthcare system wastes billions of dollars in administrative costs, fraudulent billing, and profit, while leaving many without access to quality care. Premiums continue to rise, and many now pay tax penalties while still going without care.

The New York Health Act allows NY State to bypass all the uncertainty and turmoil in Washington over replacing the ACA, by enacting our own new health plan to cover every resident of the state. This single-payer system would have no premiums, copays, deductibles, coinsurance, or out-of-network charges. 98% of New Yorkers would pay less than their current insurance premiums for better care. We are one State Senator away from passing the NY Health Act this year!

Bring a friend to this presentation to learn about NY Health, get your questions answered, and hear about ways that you can spread the word and help get the bill passed. Featuring Henry Moss, Ph.D., board member of Physicians for a National Health Plan-Metro NY, and James Krellenstein, a health policy activist who has worked on policy issues at the national, state and local levels.

Before you come, check out info on the bill at nyhcampaign.org

***POSTPONED*** FRI 6/30 @9PM [SCREENING]: ‘AUGUST LUCEY’ (LATIMER & KARTCH, 2012)

*** POSTPONED (watch this space) ***

August Lucey is a satire about a young man trying to find his political identity. A frustrated poet working in pharmaceutical advertising becomes a whistleblower to expose unethical drug testing, then leaves his job to live in the woods with a group of radicals who have gone off the grid to live an experimental life. Much of the film was shot around Hamden, NY in 2012. 60 minutes. $5 Suggested donation.

Dylan Latimer and Jesse Karch are writers and directors of plays and movies. Based in NYC, they work with the Dome Theater company and have made two films together, August Lucey and Tuesday’s Bluff.

IT’S A RAFFLE! >$2,000 IN STUFF… ONLY $5 A TICKET

Post-raffle update: Thanks to everyone who participated! If your name was picked and you weren’t there to get your spoils, we’ll be contacting you by the end of the day on Sunday, May 28, by phone or email—or if we can’t find either, by posting your name here, so come on back.

Local businesses and friends near and far have generously donated their valuable goods and services to help support Bushel’s summer programming. Stop by in-person Saturday, May 27 between noon and 7:00 to get tickets in person, or buy them online. The drawing will happen at 7:30 on Saturday night at Bushel. You can buy as many tickets as you want per category: $5 for one ticket, $20 for five. Prizes range from $20-$900. People are still donating items, so watch here for updates!


Raffle Prizes/Donors:

Set #1: BOOKS + MUSIC
– Guns & Butter by Montana Ray ($15) [Argos Books]
– Chapbooks by Mara Pastor, Amber Atiya and Emily Carlson ($30) [Argos]
– Astrobolism by Caroline Crumpacker and Gates & Fields by Jennifer Firestone ($30) [Belladonna Books]
– Tantra Song by Franck André Jamme ($39.95) [Siglio Press]
It Is Almost That: A Collection of Image+Text Works by Women Artists & Writers ($45) [Siglio]
– Not Nothing: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson ($45) [Siglio]
– Ugly Duckling Presse 2017 Chapbook Subscription ($60) [UDP]
– Trébuchet by Danniel Schoonebeek ($20, signed) [National Poetry Series]
– Jonathan Kane music: ‘February’ LP and ‘Jet Ear Party’ CD ($39)
– Compilation CD: ‘Field Guide to the Table of the Elements’ ($20)

Set #2: RESTAURANTS
Brushland Eating House / Bovina (two $25 gift certificates)
B-Side Ballroom / Oneonta (four $25 gift certificates)
Blue Bee Cafe / Delhi ($20 gift certificate)
Table on Ten / Bloomville (two $25 gift certificates)
Bull & Garland / Hobart (two $25 gift certificates)
Wayside Cider House / Andes (a cidery tour, with cider and a cheese plate, $38)

Set #3: LOCAL FARMS AND PURVEYORS
Gift Certificates from:
Star Route Farm ($25)
Berry Brook ($25)
Stone and Thistle ($25)
RambleBramble Farm (10 nightshade or herb seedlings)
Big Ash Farmstead ($40)
Heller’s Farm ($25)
Foster Built Coffee (Two bags of coffee)

Set #4 GOODS
– Table lamp ($200) [Stone and Sawyer]
– Artisanal knives (two, $30 each) [The Stonehouse]
– Beeswax pyramid candles (box with varied sizes, $60) [l’ouvriere]
– Leather accessories [Liza Belle Leather]

Set #5 LOCAL BUSINESSES
Gift certificates from:
Delhi Paint and Paper ($35)
Good Cheap Food ($25)
Rachel’s Framing and Fine Art ($25)
Tay Tea ($35)
Heather Phelps-Lipton Photography portrait sitting ($900)

Set #6 SKIN CARE
Bobbi Brown Makeup Trunk (Trunk full of makeup and skincare, $500)
Mave New York (Body Oil, Body Scrub, $55)
Shankara Skincare (Anti-age Serum, Treatment oil, $135)
– Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle (Soap Set and Hand Cream, $165)

RANDOM
We’ll distribute your ticket/s randomly between the sets.

 

 

SUN 6/11 @8PM [SCREENING]: THE BEST OF THE RURAL ROUTE FILM FESTIVAL

The Rural Route Film Festival brings you cutting edge films, highlighting rare people and cultures from the rare, overlooked corners of the world. This year’s show contains…Réka Bucsi’s latest animation, Love, featuring red panthers, black horses, and a giant water guy (and has been nabbing masses of awards all around the world)…Black Canaries, Jesse Kreitzer’s stunning, beautifully-shot 1907 period piece about an Iowa mining family’s continuous descent for coal…Jan van IJken’s The Art of Flying, artistically documenting one of the most spectacular sights on Earth involving starlings in Holland…and Ogasawara, Georgian director Tato Kotetishvili’s whimsical tale of a Dukhabor wedding on the Armerian border… Check out the full program, and watch the new trailer!

$5-$10 Suggested Donation at door.

The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with festival director Alan Webber. Alan grew up in rural northeast Iowa. He obtained his master’s degree at New School University, while apprenticing under indie director, Hal Hartley. Alan is a screenwriter, whose scripts include ON THE FARM (about a Wall Street analyst who leaves the finance world behind to start a farm in upstate NY with an eccentric Eastern European woman, but falls into corrupt and healthy ways to keep the farm afloat), BETTER BACK THEN (about an aging, over-nostalgic baseball memorabilia collector who meets his estranged son in Cooperstown) and GRAVEL GRUNGE (about teen angst in ‘90s rural Iowa). He has directed numerous short films, and music videos for bands such as Akron/Family and the Silver Jews.

[Exhibition] Rebecca Chamberlain: Homatorium II

Opening on Saturday, May 20 (5-7pm) and continuing through mid-June, ‘Homatorium II’ collects work made during and after an artist’s residency held by Chamberlain and her husband on the grounds of a psychiatric institution in the Netherlands, where they and their children spent the summer of 2013. The exhibition juxtaposes paintings of sites within the institution that resident patients said gave them a sense of hope or calm with other works — based on visits to Richard Neutra’s VDL Research House (Los Angeles) and the Williamsburg Houses (Brooklyn), along with vintage images from the Neutra Architectural firm (housed at Cal-Poly University’s ENV Archives-Special Collections) — that continue the artist’s investigation into architecture’s promise to meet psychological needs for safety, possibility and belonging. Printed pillows piled in window seats promise sanctuary while in the windows themselves, hanging from aluminum hospital track, are custom-lace translucent curtains patterned after “safety paper”—the obscuring designs printed on the insides of security envelopes.

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SAT 5/27, 5-8PM: DELHI SUMMER NIGHTS

Wild nights! Wild nights! On Saturday, May 27th, Bushel will be open late, along with a crew of several local Delhi businesses, AND we’ll be raffling off $1,000 worth of amazing goods, donations, and wares to help fundraise for Bushel Collective! Swing by and purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win amazing goods from Berry Brook Farm, Brushlands, B Side Ballroom and Supper Club, Bull & Garland, Delhi Paint & Paper, DISH, Foster Built Coffee, L’Ouvrière, Rachel’s Frame Shop, Siglio Press, Belladonna Collective, Star Route Farm, Stone & Sawyer, Table on Ten, Stone & Thistle, Tay Tea, Stonehouse, Ugly Ducking Presse, Wayside, and more to come! Sweet mercy!

WED 5/3 @8PM [MUSIC]: ROBERT SARAZIN BLAKE

Blake has carved out a nitch and an audience all his own full of punks, hippies, college students, country music fans, tree sitters, high schools and their parents. His new double album ‘Recitative’ was recorded in the Hudson Valley(NY) and features Amy Helm, Cindy Cashdollar, & Doug Weiss along with west coast soul singer Grace Love, saxophone/trumpeter Thomas Deakin, and Noah Walker on guitar. The album was finished and mixed by Marc L’Esperance at heavyosonic in Vancouver, BC.

Twenty years into recording and writing, Blake celebrates his unusual songs forms, which land between spoken word, folk song & theatrical installation, with the title: ‘Recitative’.

Over 16 tracks Blake investigates Couples, US drone attacks, Work, Single Women, The Corner of Saturday Night, The Other End of Fck It, and The Rock & Roll Dream. $5 at door.

FRI 5/19 @6:30PM [TALK] ‘THE KITCHEN MYCOLOGIST’ WITH EUGENIA BONE

Join us on May 19 at 7:00 (doors at 6:30) for a 60-minute talk by Eugenia Bone: ‘The Kitchen Mycologist: How a little knowledge of mycology can make you a better mushroom cook.’

Eugenia Bone is a nationally known food and nature journalist and author. Her work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post, Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Martha Stewart Living, Wine Enthusiast, Sunset, Metropolis, and The National Lampoon.

She is the author of five books. At Mesa’s Edge was nominated for a Colorado Book Award. She wrote Italian Family Dining with her father, celebrated chef Edward Giobbi. Well-Preserved was nominated for a James Beard award, and was on many best cookbooks of 2009 lists. Mycophilia: Revelations From the Weird World of Mushrooms, was on Amazon’s best science books of 2011 list and nominated for a Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries award. Her fifth book, The Kitchen Ecosystem (October, 2014) was nominated for a Books for a Better Life award, and on many best cookbooks of 2014 lists. Her current project is Microbia: A Journey Into the Unseen World Around You, a study of life from the microbial point of view.

Her writing and recipes have been anthologized in a number of publications, including Best Food Writing, Saveur Cooks, and The Food & Wine Cookbook, among others. Eugenia has lectured widely, in venues like the Denver Botanical Garden, Georgia Center for the Book, the Rubin Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History, and many mycological and gardening societies, and has been the featured speakers at a number of mushroom festivals. She has judged food, wine, and writing competitions, and appeared on television, radio, and pod casts many times. She is the founder of Slow Food Western Slope in Colorado and is the former president of the New York Mycological Society. She is the cofounder of the feminist group, Downtown Women for Change. Eugenia lives in New York City and Western Colorado. More info at eugeniabone.com.

WED 5/3 @6PM: REGISTER FOR THE 607 CSA

The 607 CSA is a collaboration between real family farms willing to aggregate product in order to offer our members the abundance and variety of the region. Importantly, we’re not middlemen, we’re farmers, so the money you spend on your CSA share will go directly to helping us run our farms. Working together and with your help, we small farms can scale up in order to provide enough food to meet the demand and standards of our communities. Plus, it’s delicious.

SUNDAY 4/30 @7PM [SCREENING]: ‘PRIVATE VIOLENCE’ (HILL, 2016)

Directed by Cynthia Hill, Private Violence is a 2016 feature-length documentary film that explores a simple, but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home.

A post-screening discussion will be moderated by Phoebe Schreiner, national director of Breakthrough, which is co-hosting this event.

The screening starts at 7:00pm at BUSHEL: 84 Main Street, Delhi NY. Suggested donation $5.

THURS 5/11 @8PM [SCREENING]: ‘MORE REAL THAN REALITY ITSELF’ (A.L. STEINER)

‘A.L. Steiner’s film More Real Than Reality Itself expands the structures of documentary film while challenging its conventional reliance on linear narratives. This critique takes shape through Steiner’s reconsideration of the history of political activism and its representations—configuring a story that emphasizes the embodied, romantic aspects of activism rather than a singular, dominant history. Moving outward from Steiner’s family histories, the project traces the biographies of other individuals involved in social justice and the environmental and labor movements to offer a complex document of the long, continuing trajectory of activism.’ (from the 2014 Whitney Biennial description)

Featuring Rita ‘Bo’ Brown, Carla Cloer, Ericka Huggins, Miya Masaoka and Laurie Weeks

SUN 4/23 @6:00PM [TALK]: ‘MICRORADIO: HOW TO BUILD A STATION’ WITH TOM ROE

Join us on Sunday, April 23 from 6:00-8:00PM for a talk and demonstration of the equipment and knowledge needed to build local FM radio stations.

Tom Roe co-founded free103point9, in 1997 as a microradio artist collective in Brooklyn, New York. Today, he serves as the Artistic Director of Wave Farm (formerly known as free103point9). Roe lead Wave Farm’s efforts to establish WGXC 90.7-FM, an FCC-licensed full-power non-commercial FM radio station, serving New York’s Upper Hudson Valley since 2011, and currently manages the over 60 hours a week of Transmission Arts and Experimental Sounds programming on the station. He has frequently lectured about how to perform with transmitters and the history of radio performance and microcasting at venues such as Columbia University, Brown University, Brooklyn College, Flux Factory, The Kitchen, NYU’s ITP Program, Kids Discover Radio in East Harlem, Grassroots Media Conference at The New School, RPI University in Troy, among others. A sound transmission artist, Roe has exhibited widely both in the United States and internationally, performing with transmitters and receivers using multiple bands (FM, CB, walkie-talkie), as well as prepared CDs, vinyl records, and various electronics. He has also written about music for The Wire, Signal to Noise, and The New York Post.

 

SAT 4/29, 1:30-3:30PM: TRANSITION CATSKILLS MEETING

Transition is a worldwide network of grassroots community initiatives that seek to address the world’s greatest problems through homegrown, citizen-led action. Transition groups work with deliberation and good cheer to create a fulfilling and inspiring local way of life that can withstand the shocks of rapidly shifting global systems. They are reclaiming the economy, sparking entrepreneurship, reimagining work, re-skilling themselves and weaving webs of connection and support. Courageous conversations are being had; extraordinary change is unfolding. On Saturday, April 29th, join us from 1:30 – 3:30 pm, directly after the Climate Change gathering in the square. Find out what Transition Catskills has been up to, what projects lie ahead, and how you might join in. Hosted by Transition Catskills.

SAT 4/8 @6:30PM [READING]: SARETTA MORGAN, ADJUA GARGI NZINGA GREAVES, SARAH GERARD

In conjunction with the opening reception for the exhibition Not Even: Poets Make Collage, please join us for readings by three of the show’s contributors.

Saretta Morgan uses text and found objects to think through questions of intimacy and designed space. Her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as The GuardianApogee JournalThe VoltaTagvverk, Mutating Cities and at podiums / on stages / alongside other beauties at The New School for Social Research, The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Poetry Project, among others. She has received support from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and Tamaas Cross Cultural Organization. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University New Brunswick and lives in Brooklyn where she is a member of the feminist publishing collective, Belladonna*, a contributing interviewer at The Common and a 2016-2017 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Resident.

Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves (New York City, 1980) is an artist chiefly concerned with postcolonial ethnobotany working in the mediums of scholarship, diorama, corporeal wisdom, archival gesture and language. Greaves has been published in About Place JournalThe Recluse, and The Poetry Project Newsletter. She lives and works in New York City where she is young mother of The Florxal Review — a global journal of postcolonial ethnobotany foregrounding black femme plant life — and where she is completing work on The Bulletin of Wilderness and Academy: an introductory conclusion to unschoolMFA forthcoming from Organic Electric Industries. Galleries of her documentary photography and Afrofuturist dioramas are viewable on Instagram via @TerraBot and @SuperModelStudioPractice respectively.

Sarah Gerard is the author of the essay collection Sunshine State, the novel Binary Star, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times first fiction prize, and two chapbooks. Her short stories, essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in The New York TimesGranta, ViceBOMB Magazine, and other journals, as well as anthologies. She’s been supported by fellowships and residencies from Yaddo, Tin House, and PlatteForum. She writes a monthly column on food for Hazlitt and teaches writing in New York City. Learn more about her at Sarah-Gerard.com.

[Exhibition] ‘Not Even’: Poets Make Collage

Bushel is pleased to present Not Even: Poets Make Collage, a group exhibition on view from April 8 through May 15, 2017.

Exhibiting artists include Eric Amling, Holly Anderson, John Ashbery, Daisy Atterbury, Rijard Bergeson, Dara Cerv, Youmna Chlala, Todd Colby, Steve Dalachinsky, Claire Donato, Brandon Downing, Nathaniel Farrell, Sarah Gerard, Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, Jacq Greyja, Jen Hofer, Saretta Morgan and Ariel Goldberg, Christine Shan Shan Hou,  Mark Leidner, Yuko Otomo, Buzz Spector, Lewis Warsh

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THURS 3/30 @6PM [PRESENTATION]: ‘LOCAL BEEF IN LOCAL SCHOOLS’

Join Farm Catskills for a one-hour presentation, ‘Local Beef In Local Schools.’ This is the inaugural event in Farm Catskills’ 2017 Farm-to-School Talk Series. Ken Jaffe and Julia Van Loon of Slope Farm to School will discuss how and why they have partnered since 2012 to bring local beef—sustainably raised and free of antibiotics and hormones—to New York state school cafeterias. Farm Catskills’ own ‘Cow to Cafeteria’ project for Delaware County schools will also be introduced. Event includes a tasting. RSVP to this event (optional). This event has a Facebook page.

Ken Jaffe has owned and operated Slope Farms in Meredith, NY for 10 years, mostly producing grass fed beef for NYC restaurants and butcher shops. For the past three years, Ken has partnered with Julia Van Loon, developing and promoting sustainable beef for New York State’s school and Institutions. He previously practiced medicine for 25 years and studied public health at Columbia.

Julia Van Loon has been a champion for School Food Reform since 2006. Julia is president of Slate Foods and partners with Ken Jaffe to bring Slope Farm to School Beef to private and institutional markets in NY State. Julia has 35 years of hospitality and food service business experience.

Image from Slope Farms

SAT 4/1, 10AM-12PM [WORKSHOP]: CADE: HOW TO LEASE LAND TO FARMERS

How To Lease Land to Farmers is a FREE two-hour workshop for landowners interested in leasing to farm enterprises and will cover topics such as: Types of farm operations – pros and cons; Listings and opportunities; Valuing farmland and determining lease rates; Elements of a sustainable farm lease; Tax exemptions and easement opportunities and more.

The workshop will be held twice: once April 1st in Delaware County at Bushel Collective in Delhi and again April 8th at the Fly Creek Area Historical Society.Both workshops are on Saturdays from 10am until noon. CADE will continue to offer consultation post-workshop and will facilitate connection to farmers looking to begin or relocate farm businesses. The workshop is designed to help landowners take advantage of agricultural tax exemptions while preserving regional farmland and improving the quality and diversity of available food in the region.

To register, please call 607.433.2545 or email tianna@cadefarms.org

CADE connects farm and food producers to resources by providing professional, individualized and confidential business and marketing consulting to agricultural entrepreneurs. For the past 25 years, CADE has been a key partner in building a vibrant local food system, in which locally owned agricultural businesses thrive and consumers are nourished by healthy sustainably produced food.

Otsego Land Trust conserves our natural heritage of woodlands, farmlands, and waters that sustain rural communities, promote public health, support wildlife diversity and inspire the human spirit.

Land for Good’s mission is to ensure the future of farming in New England by putting more farmers more securely on more land.

SUN 4/2 @7PM [SCREENING]: ‘BLACK CAT, WHITE CAT’ (Emir Kusturica, 1998)

When gypsy grifter Matko is abruptly swindled by his own partner, he is unable to pay the large debt he suddenly owes. As an alternative form of payment, Matko forces his adolescent son Zare into an arranged marriage with his partner’s midget sister, Afrodita. However, both Zare and Afrodita find the marriage objectionable, and their attempts to escape the situation lead to a series of unpredictable comic escapades. Black Cat, White Cat is a 1998 Serbian romantic comedy film directed by Emir Kusturica. It won the Silver Lion for Best Direction at the Venice Film Festival.

Free, with $5 suggested donation.

 

SUN 3/26 @6:30PM [READING]: NAT BALDWIN & DOUGLAS W. MILLIKEN

Join us for a literary reading by Nat Baldwin (The Red Barn) and Douglas W. Milliken (One Thousand Owls Behind Your Chest). Doors at 6:30, Reading begins at 7:00. Free, with a suggested donation of $5-$10.

Nat Baldwin is a writer and musician living in Portland, Maine. His fiction has appeared in Diagram, Fanzine, PANK, Sleepingfish, Alice Blue, and elsewhere. He has released several solo albums and plays bass in Dirty Projectors. His first collection of stories, The Red Barn, will be released in spring 2017 by Calamari Archive. Joanna Ruocco says of the collection: “In The Red Barn, Nat Baldwin decomposes narrative’s safe spaces. The symbols in the nightmare landscape are nothing other than themselves. Nails. Boards. Tubs. Chains. Buckets. Teeth. A story of boys is stripped sentence by sentence. What’s left is the brutal music of language laid bare.”

Douglas W. Milliken is the author of the novel To Sleep as Animals and several previous chapbooks, most recently the pocket-sized collection Cream River. His stories have been honored by the Maine Literary Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and Glimmer Train Stories, and have been published in Slice, McSweeney’s, The Collagist, The Believer, and elsewhere. From a normalized dystopian future to the ever-impossible now, Milliken’s three-story cycle One Thousand Owls Behind Your Chest searches the borderland where the terror of human confusion confronts the babbling chaos of the Nature Without, where alienation fingers the braille surface of connection, where violence digs its nails into compassion. For more: www.douglaswmilliken.com

[rescheduling due to snow]: ‘UNITED IN ANGER: A HISTORY OF ACT UP’ (JIM HUBBARD & SARAH SCHULMAN, 2012) WITH DISCUSSION

This 90-minute documentary combines archival footage and interviews from the ACT UP Oral History Project to explore ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) from a grassroots perspective. The film takes the viewer through the planning and execution of a half-dozen major actions including Seize Control of the FDA, Stop the Church, and Day of Desperation, with a timeline of many of the other zaps and actions that together forced the U.S. government and mainstream media to deal with the AIDS crisis.

Followed by an informal, practical conversation about protest tactics with ACT UP activists Alexis Danzig and Matt Ebert.

Doors at 6:30, screening at 7:00. $5-$10 donation suggested; light refreshments will be served.

Join us on Sunday, 3/18 from 11:00-1:00 for a more in-depth training with Alexis Danzig. Details here.

[rescheduling due to snow]: MARSHALL TRAINING FOR RESISTANCE

Longtime activist, organizer and educator Alexis Danzig will lead this two-hour workshop for both seasoned activists and those just getting involved.

Coffee and bagels will be served. Free and open to all (suggested donation $5-$10; no one turned away for lack of funds).

To be assured a space for this workshop, please reserve online. 

From Alexis:

“Q. Hey! What’s marshaling? A. Marshaling is a form of resistance. Marshals help build community by supporting organized actions. As marshals, we know the scenario for an action because we’ve been involved in the action’s planning, and we work together to support protesters do what they need to do while keeping the action as safe as possible. We don’t ask for permission to demonstrate, we don’t ask for the NYPD to “help” us demonstrate. We protect our First Amendment rights to free speech and freedom of assembly by using these rights. We set up our own pickets, we decide whether or not we want to go into a “pen”, we ourselves stop traffic for our marches. We communicate with demonstrators, and we provide a buffer between our group and the NYPD or hecklers. We de-escalate conflicts between protestors, counter-protestors, and the NYPD. If you’re an experienced demonstrator or new to protesting, we encourage you to come and get trained. Marshaling is a great skill to have and a most excellent way to participate in actions.”

 

 

SAT 3/11 @6PM [SCREENING]: ‘COLLAPSE OF THE OCEANS’ (MARTHA JEFFRIES, 2016) WITH DIRECTOR Q&A

Documentary director/producer Martha Jeffries joins us for a screening of her recent one-hour feature, part of the Emmy Award-winning ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ series on climate change. Doors open at 6:00, screening begins at 6:30. Followed by a Q&A with Jeffries.

As global emissions soar, the oceans are becoming warmer and more acidic, creating unbearable living conditions for all marine life and threatening precious ecosystems. Actor Joshua Jackson travels to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to look at the devastating impacts of ocean warming on the world’s largest reef system and the predicted impact of ocean acidification. Featuring scientists, scholars, fishermen, and ocean activists including Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Jim Barry, Laura David, Rene Juntereal, Zenon Suan, Loren Legarda, and Sylvia Early. Executive Produced by James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Photo: David Dare Parker for National Geographic Channel

 

SAT 3/11, 12-3PM: COMMUNITY SEED SWAP

On March 11 from 12:00-3:00, bring your extra seeds (open-pollinated, non-GMO) and pick up something new to grow in your garden this season. Packets, label forms, and supplies will be provided. If you want to prepare in advance, download and print this PDF, cut in quarters, fill in the informational labels and place with your seeds inside clear plastic ziplock sandwich bags.

SAT 3/4 – SUN 3/5: A WEEKEND OF TRAININGS FOR COMMUNITY READINESS

On March 4 and 5, Bushel and the Working Group on Safety and Sanctuary are co-hosting a weekend of trainings for community readiness and strategic dissent. Trainings are open to the public and free of charge, though we suggest a $5-$10 donation to cover costs.

You may reserve your space online for each workshop individually on this page.

Safety Training Workshop
Saturday, March 4, 12-2PM 
The safety training workshop will include an introduction to self-defense, guidance on how to respond to attacks whether you’re a victim or a bystander, role-playing, and practice with assertiveness and de-escalation. Led by Sarah Creider from the Center for Anti-Violence Education. [Register online]

Bagel Brunch
Sunday, March 5, 1-2PM
Come meet other workshop participants over bagels and coffee.

Legal Observation Workshop
Sunday, March 5, 2-3PM
The legal observation workshop is designed for those who want to know their legal rights when protesting. It will cover what law enforcement activities to look for when monitoring a protest, and how to safely document and photograph observations. Led by Samantha Howell, President of the Albany Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and a board member with the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Capital Region Chapter. [Register online]

Roundtable on community organizing
Sunday, March 5, 3:30-4PM
The facilitators from the two scheduled workshops will lead a brief roundtable discussion on key points of community organizing around social justice issues, directed toward our region’s resources and needs.

Immigrant Rights Workshop
Sunday, March 5, 4-5PM
This workshop informs New York State residents of Federal and state laws protecting immigrants, documented or not. Led by Kelly Anderson, a board member with the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Capital Region Chapter. [Register online]

SUN 2/26 @6PM [SCREENING]: ’13th’ (AVA DUVERNAY, 2016)

Ratified in 1865, the 13th amendment states that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” DuVernay’s acclaimed documentary traces how the exclusion of those committed of crimes from the protection of the amendment has led to the mass criminalization and incarceration of African Americans. With appearances by Angela Davis, Charles Rangel, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and others. Doors at 6:00, screening at 6:30. Free and open to the public.

SUN 2/19, 2-4PM: SING IT!

On Sunday, February 19th from 2-4, join poet and song-maker Iris Cushing for an afternoon of making fun, silly, and beautiful songs about peace and justice. Musical instruments will be available, and musical accompaniment will be provided for budding songwriters by Bushel members. We will work together on a single song to perform and record at the end of the afternoon, and have time to make individual songs to sing and share with family and friends.

Part of the Signs of the Times exhibition project.

[Exhibition] Signs of the Times

Bushel is pleased to present SIGNS OF THE TIMES, a changing exhibition of handmade signs and banners that voice opinion on the issues of the day. The exhibition will run from February 11 through March 27, 2017.

“Many of us are concerned at the alarming rise of hate, bigotry, sexism, and xenophobia in our country,” say coordinators Mina Takahashi and Marco Breuer.

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SAT 2/11, 12-5PM: SAY IT LOUD: Open Sign-Making Workshop

On Saturday, February 11 from 12-5, join us to make signs. A lot on your mind about the state of this country? Put it on a board and give voice to your concerns, your hopes. Supplies provided.to share your opinions with our elected representatives.

Presented in conjunction with Signs of the Times, our new exhibit coordinated by Mina Takahashi and Marco Breuer. Refreshments and supplies will be provided.

SAT 1/14 @4PM: TRANSITION CATSKILLS INFO SESSION

Transition is a worldwide network of grassroots community initiatives that seek to address the world’s greatest problems through homegrown, citizen-led action. Transition groups work with deliberation and good cheer to create a fulfilling and inspiring local way of life that can withstand the shocks of rapidly shifting global systems. They are reclaiming the economy, sparking entrepreneurship, reimagining work, re-skilling themselves and weaving webs of connection and support. Courageous conversations are being had; extraordinary change is unfolding. On Saturday, January 14 from 4:00-6:00pm, come to Bushel to find out what Transition Catskills has been up to, what projects lie ahead, and how you might join in. Hosted by Transition Catskills.

BUSHEL TURNS ONE! (PLEASE HELP US TURN TWO…)

Bushel is one year old! We couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for your many contributions—of enthusiasm, ideas, creativity, knowledge (and cash!)—throughout the year.

We are a volunteer-run, registered nonprofit with no financial goal but to break even (some months we do, others we don’t). While we know there are many organizations deserving of your end-of-year contributions, we ask that you consider donating to support our continued existence on Main Street in Delhi.

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Over the last year our eclectic bunch of conspirators and collaborators has brought such diverse programming to Delhi as: a library and bookstore featuring DIY and contemporary poetry; exhibitions from local and far-flung artists; literary readings and storytelling events; film screenings and multi-media performances; music and dance; farmer meet-ups; art and self-defense classes; yoga, reiki, massage, and more.

Together, we have learned how electric trucks work, discussed revolutionary feminist texts, and gathered and sent supplies to the water protectors at Standing Rock. We opened a Free Store that we’ll keep operating as long as people continue to use it. And we’ve served as an evolving, accessible space for co-working, community meetings of many kinds, from shape-note singing to political resistance. We have more in store for the new year, including increased open hours, shows by artists hailing from Troy, NY to Amman, Jordan and many places between; open and curated poetry readings; experimental music performances; collaborations with SUNY Delhi, the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, and more.

We’re planning a belated birthday party for early in the new year. We hope to see you then or sooner! Love, Bushel

STANDING WITH STANDING ROCK

This month, whenever our Free Store is open (beginning on Friday, November 25, from 1-5pm), we will also be collecting supplies and facilitating donations and letter-writing campaigns to support the Standing Rock water protectors who are peacefully protesting the Dakota Access pipeline. A list of needed supplies is available on the Oceti Sakowin Camp website, where you can also donate online if you wish to support the protectors’ efforts. A recent overview of the situation at Standing Rock can be read here.

Photo by Rob Wilson photography

11/17-12/11: SELF-DEFENSE CLASSES

With hate crimes, bullying, and harassment increasing around the country, many in our community are concerned about safety. Bushel invites community members to gather family and friends for three afternoons of learning basic self defense, led by Phoebe Schreiner.

Classes will take place on Nov 27, Dec 4, and Dec 11, from 3:30-5:30pm.

Phoebe trained in the martial arts of Okinawan Goju karate and Chinese Wushu (commonly known as kung fu) for a decade in New York City and has taught self-defense to diverse populations. The afternoon sessions will build your confidence and introduce basic self-defense strategies. In a safe and fun environment, we will explore real scenarios and put your new skills to practice to build “muscle memory.”

All participants should come with comfortable clothes for standing and floor exercises. People over the age of 12, of all genders and physical abilities, are welcome.

To cover expenses, we ask those who can afford it to pay $5-$10 per class, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. Space is limited; please reserve online if you want to be assured of a spot.

OPENING 11/25: FREE STORE

Bushel will host a Free Store during open hours (follow our Instagram and join our mailing list for the most updated open hours) beginning on ‘Black Friday’ (AKA Buy Nothing Day) and through the end of the year. The Free Store opening will be on Friday, Nov 25 from 1:00-5:00pm.

Donation instructions: We welcome donations of up to one cubic feet of desirable goods (think of things that would make good gifts) or one shopping bag of clean clothing in good condition. Please drop these off on Friday 11/25 between 12-5, Saturday 11/26 between 12-5 or Sunday 11/27 between 12-3. For larger items or if you need to schedule a drop-off, send an email to info@bushelcollective.org. Some types of things to consider donating are: working small electronics, tools, excellent books, art, children’s toys, stationery / art supplies, high-quality clothing and accessories.

We will also be collecting blankets, sleeping bags, warm winter clothing and other supplies for Standing Rock. Please read this post and follow the link to the updated list of needs.

[Exhibition] Jessie Henson: Works on Paper

Bushel is pleased to present a solo show of recent works on paper by New York-based artist Jessie Henson.

Jessie Henson‘s sculptures and drawings explores the tension between the concrete reality of ordinary life and the search for escape through fantasy and whimsy, making visible an interior world of play and personal narrative while negotiating aspects of fragility and mystery in the world. Henson has exhibited internationally, including in New York, Los Angeles and Mexico City. In 2013, Henson was the Windgate Fellow at Urban Glass in Brooklyn. She was an artist-in- residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska in 2010 and 2013, a Create Change Fellow at the Laundromat Project in New York, and has participated in the AIM program at the Bronx Museum of Art. She has also been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, supported with a full fellowship by the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Henson received her MFA from Rutgers University, the School of Mason Gross, and her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

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[Exhibition] Nik Clifford and Jenny Miles: I Drank in the Vapours & Swallowed the Dust

Bushel is pleased to present the first gallery exhibition of Nik Clifford and Jenny Miles, who work together as graphic designers under the name Hardhat Design. ‘I Drank in the Vapours & Swallowed the Dust’ is an installation-based show that uses an accumulation of found and collected photographs, objects and words to consider why and how we fill objects with meaning and to reflect on the rituals and mementos we use to create and hold on to our personal (often hidden) stories, myths, and memories.Nik Clifford & Jenny Miles are Brooklyn and Hobart-based graphic designers (who also draw, paint, write & build cabins). Born and raised in New Zealand and England respectively, they have been working and living together for over 15 years. They increasingly bring the personal into their creative projects, whether hand-drawn or -painted illustration and sign-writing, local community-based projects, or collaborative social events. Their first gallery show also focuses on the personal.

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CONTACT IMPROV with Rod Sauquillo

Beginning on October 9, Rod Sauquillo will teach one-hour all-level classes in Contact Improv, a dance technique founded in 1972 by Steve Paxton. Integrating his background as a modern dancer and his studies in Aikido, Paxton developed Contact Improv through investigations with his students and colleagues. The practice revolves around falling, rolling, counterbalance, lifting using minimal effort, and allowing points of physical contact to provide a starting point for exploration through movement. The dancing may be slow or fast and often involves rolling and weight-sharing; it is practiced barefoot with loose fitting clothing.

Classes are from noon to 1:00. See the CALENDAR for updated schedule. Suggested donation: $10

Rod Sauquillo practiced Contact Improv for several years in Washington, DC. He attended a powerful workshop given by Martin Keogh in 2014 and was inspired to provide a space for this form to take root and flourish in our area. He studied dance while in college and teaches yoga.

[Exhibition] Trevor Wilson: Graphite Drawings

Bushel is pleased to present recent works on paper from South Kortright-based artist and designer Trevor Wilson. Combining interests in grid-based structures, geometric minimalism and meditative iteration, Wilson’s large-scale graphite drawings build complex psychic architectures from limited means: three or four shades of pencil, meticulously rendered squares and occasional sweeping arcs.  The artist’s background in architectural glass design is also apparent in this series, completed over the last two years.

Trevor Wilson is a graduate of Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and has been designing and fabricating architectural glass in upstate New York since 1998, formerly with WRW Studio and, since 2015, at Trevor Wilson Studio.

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9/24 @7PM [PERFORMANCE]: JENNIFER KABAT EXPLORES ‘THE GOOD BAD THINGS’

Does anyone ever really understand what their parents do? In The Good Bad Things, Jennifer Kabat tries to unravel the truth about her late father, who may or may not have been in the CIA. Was he up to something more radical than the exportation of democracy? In a hybrid essay woven with slides her father took on his trips for the State Department, she delves into the era of the Cold War, when communism was fought with co-operatives, rural America was drafted into the fray, and rural electric co-ops were mobilized for the fight. The essay is a reckoning with an era and its values, and asks how they might haunt our own moment.

A recent finalist for Notting Hill Editions’ Essay Prize, Jennifer Kabat is working on a book of linked essays, GROWING UP MODERN, exploring ideology and the landscape from the modernist suburb where she grew up to where she lives now in the Catskill Mountains. Harper’s, The White Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review and LARB have run selections from the book. Her ongoing collaboration with Kate Newby was recently subject of an exhibition at the Poor Farm in rural Wisconsin, and her essays have been included in exhibitions at Arnolfini in Bristol UK and in “Autobiography” at Index in Stockholm. Awarded a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her criticism, she teaches at NYU.

CONVERSATION: Claudia Rankine and Mercedes Teixido on Teixido’s drawing machine

On the occasion of Mercedes Teixido’s exhibition at BUSHEL, poet and National Book Award recipient Claudia Rankine asked her friend about how working and performing with her custom-built drawing machine has influenced her thinking and practice. This conversation will be included in BUSHEL’s forthcoming monograph on Teixido and her drawing machine project.

Claudia Rankine: I have been living with the line drawings you made years ago with an earlier iteration of a drawing machine. Can you speak about that early project and how you have changed the way you think about your process using drawing machines?

Mercedes Teixido: The large-scale pieces you have were made with drawing machines improvised from rubber bands and tape and cardboard. They were meant to take my hand away from the activity of drawing; they were asking where the beauty is in the work. I performed them with eyes closed, using only movement and time, so curiosity replaced the more common mode of striving to make a good mark. Drawing is so often understood as a skill, but I think of it more as an activity, a trace of a moment; a drawing is most interesting to me when it feels like ephemera. The machines allow for an emphasis on the moment of making, which means that performance is part of the work. To use a machine or some mechanism invites the body to be considered, even as it also becomes a bit removed. The newer writing machine that draws in duplicate emphasizes this aspect of performance and makes the presence of the body visible in the work.

CR: I think for someone like you, who professionally interrogates the mark on the page, the challenge then becomes how to reassert your drawing process—since the mark, what gets represented, is what remains. As I am thinking about your desire to keep the viewer involved in the performance of drawing, I am reminded of the work of Ann Hamilton. The bodies in Hamilton’s installations are inescapable, as they are tied to their activity. What artists have allowed you to understand your process over the years?

MT: There are artists whose work effortlessly affects me. I recognize something that feels familiar but has become a form in their work. Philip Guston described it as “coming home.” The work of Richard Tuttle affects me this way. He has a radical freedom and a sense of gesture that is startling. Emma Kunz, a Swiss artist and healer, is another important artist for me; her work was meant to influence the well being of others. Tantra paintings have that same purpose and seem to exist in their own space. Yoko Ono is important, too, as a fluxus artist who really questions the way that art manifests in the world. It is political. In performance and in many of her pieces there is an invitation; the viewer is implicated as part of the work.

All this work has that quality of feeling of a personal experience.

I am increasingly aware of my work as relational. The impulse of the drawing machine was to manifest my voice, and that was what was most interesting to me. It was as if I was speaking to a person, an audience of one. Then I started to invite others to become part of the impulse of the work.

CR: The new drawing machine has a public performance component. Does this add an element of randomness to the work? How do you think of control relative to the duplicating lines in your newest process?

MT: Claudia, thanks for this question. Ideas around randomness and control are such a part of this work and my thinking about it.

When I was first asked to perform and to make improvisational drawings on the spot, I was doubtful that this would be a meaningful way to work; I thought I would be an artist on display. But what I learned that first night and in all subsequent performances is that by giving up a sense of what was going to happen, there was more possibility. What is changed is that you initiate the project but also know it will become something you never intended or imagined. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable when my assumptions are revealed to me. By inviting others in as part of the work, something completely novel surfaces. There is both excitement and respect for anyone that is willing to step in, even for those who just want to watch. I find that my work has become simultaneously more my own and more about a shared experience. Realizing how energizing it is to let go of ideas about the work and allow for the influence of others has changed both my work and my teaching. Ideas about success and failure are upended.

I am not always sure what I am doing or what I think of it. This is the most interesting territory for me. There is more acceptance and curiosity in the work; this can come in as the result of letting go of control. My studio is still a place of solitude that I need to stay grounded. The work I make there provides a contrast to the performance work, which invites me to activate a different self.

CR: Plato says the line is a point in motion, and for you the motion is relational. One form of motion communicates with another. How does this latest drawing machine work exactly? How am I invited in?

MT: Basically, the way it works is that I sit at the drawing machine and any person who cares to can read to me. The reading activates me to draw. The first performance was at the home of the poet Anna Moschovakis; she has a library in the spacious hallway, next to a beautiful old staircase. I wrote out simple instructions (on the drawing machine in duplicate, of course) inviting anyone to read to me from one of the books. When that happened, I would “draw” in duplicate, and when I was done, the reader would be given one of the duplicate drawings. One of the aspects of invitation that interested me in that piece was the permission and encouragement to browse a private library. I always want time to look through someone’s books, yet fear it would seem intrusive and rude. Here is an art event at a private residence where pulling books and looking at their content is an act that anyone present can—and is asked to—perform. The element of reading aloud adds another layer. I was interested in what books people would select, wondering: What are they interested in? How long will they read? How will they use their voice? Reading aloud has its pleasures, and hearing all kinds of people read their selection is thrilling. Some of the readers sat on the stairs, other stood. I remained silent and felt completely engrossed in my drawing. It was some of the most intense studio time I have ever experienced.

I learned from that first performance that you have to make a space for someone else to enter. Each person is unique, and I respond differenty to each. I will never forget a woman who read to me in DC at the Emerge arts fair. That library had to be created, so I asked a student of mine to create a collection of books about the “other Washington, DC.” The books he collected were amazing: underground zines, manuals for floor cleaning in government buildings circa 1950, headmasters’ letters, a memoir of a male stripper at a gay night club, and a history of domestic employees in the area. That memorable reader was 90 years old and she selected to read from the most provocative section of a zine from the 80’s. I mailed that publication to her when the fair was over.

This practice has become about improvisation, and there is no better way to improvise then to allow the presence of someone else to be a catalyst. You have to trust the process and surrender control in the conventional sense. Ah, control again: to be in the moment, I have to be open to the moment—whatever it brings.

CR: If the length of time you work on a piece in the performance is determined by how long the reader reads, do you find yourself working on pieces onside of that time?

MT: My credo in the performances is “you do what you want, and I will do what I want.” I want the reader to feel free and for my response to be the same. I am propelled by the reading, but I’m doing my thing too, and it starts to have its own logic. Sometimes I am done quickly, and other times I keep going. There‘s an interesting and pleasant nervousness about the gaps when I keep drawing or the reader keeps reading.

CR: I am curious how the more public practice with readers’ voices in your head changes how you feel present. Do you listen as you work, or do you find yourself engaged with the reader as much as the text? Has this performance practice changed your expectations for your private studio time? Does the time now feel more solitary, or are the terms so different that it’s an unfair comparison?

MT: The reader gives me the moment. There is nothing more complex than a person standing near you reading with intention, so my response is varied. Sometimes I immediately jump in while listening; other times I wait and just listen for a while. As I mentioned earlier, the first time I did improvisational work with public readers was a revelation. I didn’t know how interesting it would be for me, or how natural, to work with that kind of response and immediacy. Improvisation is something I had not consciously engaged until then. Now it’s a fundamental practice in my studio as well.

I should say that even before the performances, I was writing with the drawing machine, trying to make myself do short essays without thinking them out ahead of time. I am interested in the rejection of editing as a separate process, and in fusing the impusles of drawing and writing. The performances launched a new level of trust in process itself, so that even my image-based work is really improvisational now. I’m not interested in an overt kind of perfection; I try to plan nothing and even not to think that one decision about form or line or color or image is better than another—the “right” decision is the one I make in the moment. I try to work ahead of my rational thought process. I tend to work in large numbers of smaller pieces so that there’s no fear of making something less successful.

I took a Zen calligraphy class a few years ago, and the idea of making strokes and marks quickly and then doing another drawing, and another, made sense to me. You just keep with the moment and the experience. This is all of course very influenced by my interest in Zen Buddhism.

CR: My final question has to do with satisfaction. When you step back from a piece, what gives you satisfaction? Is the feeling or the knowing beyond language?

MT: Satisfaction comes in various forms. While it can be difficult to articulate, it’s important to try to understand, so try I will. First, just being in the studio is a kind of satisfaction. The awareness of the solitary joy of the studio is always there. In terms of looking at the work itself, certainly I am looking for a certain presence from the form, and I am less convinced by the work at some times than at others. The work is forming its own visual impulse and language as it borrows from existing languages. Ultimately, I’m trying to be honest, to drop pretenses. Form is full of ideas: my own and those of cultural precedents. How can I engage those things, but hold them in my way of understanding them? It may be satisfying because it’s just beginning to become something that feels like a relevant ground for my work.

In a sense I try not to be satisfied or disappointed or frustrated, although those things are somewhat inevitable. Sometimes I make something that leaves me mystified; it takes me a while to know what to think of it. I am learning.

[Exhibition] Mercedes Teixido: Scroll Left Scroll Right

Bushel is pleased to present recent works on paper from Los Angeles- and Hamden-based artist Mercedes Teixido. The exhibition presents Teixido’s sketchbook-scrolls—unedited repositories for the elements of her daily drawing practice, including list-making, writing, and the exploration of imagery—alongside selections from her current series of collage-based drawings. On Friday, August 12 from 5-6 and on Saturday, August 13 from 12-3, Teixido will perform on her ‘drawing machine’: the public will be invited to dictate letters that the artist and her machine will transform into drawings in duplicate.

Read a conversation between Teixido and poet Claudia Rankine about the drawing machine.

Take a drawing workshop with Mercedes on January 3.

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9/1 @7PM: NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION (NVC) WORKSHOP with Paul Merrill

Boston NVC trainer Paul Merrill will lead a free two-hour introductory talk / workshop in the nonviolent communication method founded by Marshall Rosenberg.

”’Nonviolent communication”’ (abbreviated ”’NVC”’, also called ”’compassionate communication”’ or ”’collaborative communication”) is a communication process developed by Marshall Rosenberg beginning in the 1960s. It focuses on three aspects of communication: ”self-empathy” (defined as a deep and compassionate awareness of one’s own inner experience), ”empathy” (understanding and sharing an emotion expressed by another), and ”honest self-expression” (defined as expressing oneself authentically in a way that is likely to inspire compassion in others).

Habits of thinking and speaking that lead to the use of violence (psychological and physical) are learned through culture. NVC theory supposes that all human beings have the capacity for compassion and only resort to behavior that harms others when they don’t recognize more effective strategies for meeting their needs. When people can identify their needs, the needs of others, and the feelings that surround these needs, harmony can be achieved.

While NVC is taught as a process of communication designed to improve compassionate connection to others, it has also been interpreted as a spiritual practice, a set of values, a parenting technique, an educational method and a worldview.

Paul Merrill is a co-trainer at NVC Boston with Shivani Carroll. His NVC studies began in 2002 and he is a 2005 graduate of Bay NVC’s Leadership Program. Prior to moving back to Boston, Paul was a founding board member and co-trainer at Brooklyn NVC. In 2012, he co-facilitated Mediate Your Life’s East Coast immersion program at Essex MA. He has been repeatedly invited to assist at the annual New York NVC Intensive, as well at NVC trainings at the United Nations, in Belgium and Poland.

 

8/19 @7PM [POETRY READING]: ALI POWER, CLAIRE DONATO & JEFF T. JOHNSON

On Friday, August 19 at 7PM, Bushel welcomes three New York City-based poets to read from their work.

Ali Power is the author of the book-length poem A Poem for Record Keepers (Argos Books, 2016) and the co-editor of the volume New York School Painters & Poets: Neon in Daylight (Rizzoli, 2014). Power’s poems have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, LIT, No, Dear, The Pen Poetry Series, and elsewhere. From 2008 to 2015, she was an editor at Rizzoli Publications in New York. Currently, she is pursuing her master’s degree in social work at New York University and co-curates the KGB Monday Night Poetry Reading Series.

Claire Donato is a writer, educator, digital art curator and accidental performer. Her books include Burial (Tarpaulin Sky Press), The Second Body (Poor Claudia), & Someone Else’s Body (Cannibal Books). She teaches at Pratt Institute and is a Writing Associate at The Cooper Union and has taught previously at Parsons The New School for Design, School of Visual Arts, Fordham University, Brown University, 826 NYC and UnderAcademy College, a ‘pataphysical online college as collage that was ultimately realized—at least provisionally—as a free school. She is also an independent digital arts curator at Babycastles Gallery in Manhattan.

Jeff T. Johnson is a writer, critic, and editor living in Brooklyn, NY. He grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles and lived in Oakland, CA for 16 years before relocating to the East Coast. His writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Fanzine, PEN America, Jacket2, Encyclopedia Vol. 3, Tarpaulin Sky, and elsewhere. His open-field concrete digital poem THE ARCHIVERSE is documented at archiverse.net, and is anthologized in Electronic Literature Collection Volume 3. A chapbook, trunc & frag, is at Our Teeth. He is currently a Visiting Instructor at Pratt Institute. For more information, visit jefftjohnson.com.

 

 

 

8/13 @3:30PM: CHILDREN’S STORYTELLING AND PLAY WORKSHOP

On Saturday, August 13 from 3:30-4:30, actor-educator Lisa Schreiner Goss will host a storytelling and play-making workshop for kids (age 2 and older). A Schoharie County native and current Los Angeles resident, Goss was a dedicated staff member at Dallas Children‘s Theater in the areas of education, performance, and administration.  She has a BA in Theatre from Hamilton College and an MA in Educational Theatre from New York University.

Lisa will read a children’s story, then guide workshop participants to make a play of their own based on the tale. Basic costumes and props will be provided.

8/11 @5:30PM: ARTS GRANT INFO SESSION

On Thursday, August 11 from 5:30-7:30PM, Annie Schwed from the Roxbury Arts Group will host an information session for those interested in applying for arts funding through the Decentralization Grant Program (DEC) of  the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).  DEC funds are used to support projects in three areas: Community Arts, Arts Education, and Individual Artist.

Anyone interested in applying for a DEC Grant must attend an information session. In each information session, Schwed will review grant guidelines, review the grant process, highlight successful DEC Grant-Funded Projects, and provide tips for successful grant writing. All DEC Grant Information Sessions are free and open to the public.

If you can’t make it to this session at Bushel see the complete list of info sessions at the Roxbury Arts Group website.

8/10 @5:30PM: PRANA VINYASA YOGA with Nancy

Bushel welcomes guest yoga instructor Nancy Forstbauer for one session of Prana Vinyasa yoga on August 10. Unlike some Hatha Yoga styles, Vinyasa Yoga is characterized by a focus on a dynamic connecting posture that creates a flow between the more static traditional yoga postures. Vinyasa translates as “linking” and “the system” and also implies the linking of the movement to the breath. A limited quantity of mats are available, please bring your own if you have one. All levels and ages welcome.

Prana Vinyasa Yoga with Nancy Forstbauer
Wednesday August 10, 5:30–6:30 PM

$15 suggested donation

Nancy Forstbauer has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years and studied under Shiva Rea, leading teacher of Prana Flow Yoga and Yoga Trance Dance and founder of Samudra Global School for Living Yoga.  In 2007 she was certified in Yoga Trance Dance.  She has also studied with Rodney Yee and his wife Colleen at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and with Jill Miller, originator of the Yoga Tune Up DVDs and author of the Roll Model book.

She is certified in teaching yoga to children with special needs, and has taught at after school programs.  Nancy studied Kundalini Yoga as well as Ana Forrest Yoga.  Over the last 6 years she has taught yoga in a drug and alcohol center.  Nancy and her partner Peter Peltz have held local Yoga Trance Dances for area charities. Nancy runs the Stargayzer Yoga studio in Stamford, NY where she holds classes throughout the week.  She currently resides in the Catskill Mountains and works as a Speech Language Pathologist in the area schools.

COMMUNITY CLOTHING SWAP

On Saturday, July 23 from 12-5, trade in your gently used clothing and accessories and refresh your wardrobe at our first community clothing swap. Please bring washed and ironed items only, limit 25 items per person. $5 suggested donation

COMMUNITY MEDITATION

Beginning on July 6, join Kristie Burnett of Bovina for weekly hourlong meditation sessions every Wednesday evening at 7pm. Please bring your own cushion; no prior meditation experience necessary.

From Kristie: ‘Meditation is a physical practice that helps us shift habits, cultivate relationships and build a deeper compassion toward the world. Perhaps you’ve never meditated before and aren’t sure where to start, or you have a meditation practice and would like to practice with a group. Come sit and together we can share a moment and some space.’

 

[Exhibition] Alina and Jeff Bliumis: Recent Works

Bushel is pleased to present new work from NYC- and Andes-based artists Alina and Jeff Bliumis. The pair have worked collaboratively since 2000, but this show is built around a single recent series from each artist: POST NEWS from Alina Bliumis and VIEW FROM BELOW from Jeff Bliumis. POST-NEWS is a series of single-print etchings inspired by the unintentional visual narratives newspaper pages convey and their aftereffects on readers; VIEW FROM BELOW consists of oil paintings of Delaware County residents and workers inspired by the views—both real and imagined—of a patient confined to a hospital bed for an extended period.

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7/15 @6PM: WRITTEN WHILE YOUNG

Inspired by Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids and Mortified, Written While Young is your chance to listen to and (and read your own) examples of the weird and wonderful things we all wrote when we were young. Dig out your diaries, school assignments, poems, letters, and stories and select a few minutes of the hilarious, embarrassing and moving bits of your past to read out loud. Or just come to listen. Doors open at 6:00, first reading will begin at 7:00. $5 suggested donation

7/14 @8PM: A NIGHT OF DIFFICULT EASY LISTENING AND PSYCH ROCK

At 8:00PM on Thursday, July 14: live musical sounds.
Pigeons, from Austerlitz, will perform exploratory psychedelic pop songs. Their latest album The Bower was released last year by MIE Music. Grass Path will also ascend from western Mass., and Jantar will attempt to gently push some background music into the foreground. Their most recent release is an experimental easy listening version of Bernard Herrmann’s score for the film Taxi Driver. $10 suggested donation

6/24 @8PM: SHORT FILMS FROM THE ‘RURAL ROUTE’ FILM FESTIVAL

The Very Best of the Rural Route Film Festival, Vol. 2

Bushel is pleased to welcome a special screening from the Rural Route Film Festival.

Friday, June 24th @8pm
Introduced by Alan Webber of Rural Route
$5 suggested donation

This compilation of ten short films from the film festival’s past five years tells the epic tale of a Belgian rooster, the complicated ordeal of a Kentucky trailer park alligator, the delicately sand-animated disappearance of a young boy amongst a pack of wolves, and a visual onslaught of thousands of full-screen flowers, along with documentaries on the old world turf-cutting culture of Irish bogs, injustice in a Cambodian farming community amongst a traditional wedding, the sad secrets of a Lebanese beekeeper, a poetic look at the Ethiopian salt trade by the late Robert Gardner, a cruise ship’s Antarctic voyage, and an old Andean man’s continued journeys to harvest ice from the tallest volcano in Ecuador. View the full line-up HERE, and check out the trailer HERE.

[Exhibition] Heather Phelps-Lipton: transverse orientation

The photographs and objects on view in transverse orientation mine the intersections of the found, collected, arranged, and made. Borrowing the forms of salvaged hand-crocheted doilies, Phelps-Lipton’s composite images of individual portraits of moth carcasses (re)orient us toward the organizational work of hands and nature. Other works in the show consider related aspects of collectivity, proximity, non-identity, and transformation, from the ubiquity and ephemerality of roadside wildlife to the tension between individuation and uniformity in American tweens.

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MODERN DANCE CLASSES with Vicky Lundell

Dancer and choreographer Vicky Lundell (formerly with Mark Morris Group) teaches an all-levels modern dance class on Wednesday mornings from 10:00-11:15. The class builds on techniques based on the teachings of Martha  Graham, Paul Taylor,  José Limon and others. Suggested donation: $10/class

[Exhibition] SUNY Delhi Architecture Students

SUNY Delhi Studies Architecture Abroad:
an exhibition of student work from the 2016 study abroad trip. 

Bushel welcomes an exhibition of student work curated by SUNY Delhi Architecture faculty Janet Ho, Brook Denison, and Sunnie Joh.

In Architecture, the act of drawing is—among many things—the act of seeing. This idea served as the basis of our studies in January 2016, when students and instructors from SUNY Delhi’s Architecture program traveled to Italy for a three-week course focusing on the architecture of Renaissance and Baroque Italy. Rather than snapping photos of buildings, students were asked to set aside modern digital media, instead placing themselves in the tradition of architects that came before them, and study each building for a prolonged period of time while recording its proportions, lines, color and the play of light using a minimum of tools: pencil and watercolor. The resulting exhibit forms a modern visual record of a historic past that is still relevant to Architecture today.

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5/27 @7PM : EMILY BRANDT, CHERYL CLARKE, IRIS CUSHING & ELIZABETH ZUBA READ POETRY

Please join us on Friday, May 27th at 7:00pm for a poetry reading featuring writers from Delaware County and New York City. Followed by a reception.

Emily Brandt is the author of three chapbooks: Sleeptalk or Not At All (Horse Less Press),ManWorld (dancing girl press) and Behind Teeth (Recreation League). Her poems have appeared in The Offing, Apogee, Sink Review, The Atlas Review, and other journals. She earned her MFA from New York University where she facilitated the Veterans Writing Workshop. She’s been in residence at Saltonstall Arts Colony (NY) and Elsewhere (NC), and is an Emerging Writers Fellow at Poets House. Emily is a co-founding editor of No, Dear, Web Acquisitions Editor for VIDA, and a contributing writer for Weird Sister. She lives and teaches in Brooklyn.

Cheryl Clarke is the author of four books of poetry, Narratives: poems in the tradition of black women  (1982; digitized, 2014); Living as a Lesbian (1986; reprinted by Sinister Wisdom Press, 2014), Humid Pitch (1989), Experimental Love (1993), the critical study, After Mecca: Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement (2005), and her collected works The Days of Good Looks: Prose and Poetry 1980-2005 (2006).  Her writing has appeared in numerous publications since 1979, most recently in The Bone Bouquet Journal, Summer 2015 and 2016 Argos CalendarHer fifth book of poetry, By My Precise Haircut, will be published this spring by The Word Works Books of Washington D.C. Her manuscript was one of two chosen for the 2015 Hilary Tham Capitol Collection Competition.

Iris Cushing is a poet and editor living in Queens. She is the author of Wyoming (Furniture Press Books, 2013). She is a founding editor for Argos Books, and has recently edited Bobbie Louise Hawkins: The Sounding Word and Judy Grahn: Selections from Blood, Bread and Roses for Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative Series VI. Iris studies in the Ph.D. program in English at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at Queens College.

Elizabeth Zuba is the author of two books of poetry, Decoherent The Wing’ed (SplitLevel Texts, 2016) and May Double as a Whistle (Song Cave Press, 2015). She is the editor of Not Nothing: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson 1954-1994 (Siglio Press, 2014); translator and co-editor of Marcel Broodthaers: My Ogre Book Shadow Theater Midnight (Siglio Press, 2015) and La Familia Americana, an anthology of contemporary American poetry (Cosmopoética: Madrid, 2010). Elizabeth has recently translated Marcel Broodthaers’s Pense-Bête (Granary Books, 2016) and 10,000 Francs Reward (Printed Matter, 2016), as well as numeroustexts for the current retrospective of his work at the Museum of Modern Art (February-May 2016) including his 1975 book En lisant la Lorelei. Some of Elizabeth’s critical work has appeared in Bomb MagazineBlack Mountain Studies Journal, The Reanimation Library’s Word Processor, and Ray Johnson’s Art World (Feigen Gallery, 2014).

5/14 @6pm: BOLLINGER MOTORS ELECTRIC TRUCK PRESENTATION (with Q&A)

We are delighted to welcome Robert Bollinger and his team for an engineering and design presentation of Bollinger Motors’ versatile, all-electric off-road & utility truck.

The CAD (computer-aided design) layout of the entire vehicle will be on view, including high-voltage architecture, powertrain, chassis, suspension, gearboxes, exterior, features and more.

Followed by a Question & Answer period and reception.

Saturday, May 14 @6PM

5/7 @7PM: SWEDISH AND U.S. POETS READ

Bushel is thrilled to host Swedish poets Johannes Heldén and Mara Lee, visiting from Sweden to read from their new and forthcoming publications with Argos Books (whose books are also for sale at Bushel). Joining them will be poet and Argos Books editor Elizabeth Clark Wessel, author of Isn’t That You Waving at You (Big Lucks, 2015).

Reading starts at 7:00 pm. There will be drinks!

Mara Lee is a Swedish poet, novelist and scholar. She is the official Swedish translator of Anne Carson. Lee grew up in the south of Sweden, and now lives in Stockholm. Her literary debut, Kom, was published in 2000, and was nominated for the Borås best debut award. It can be described as an investigation of feminine sexuality from the vantage point of a masochistic logic, while at the same time flipping the script of power relations. Since then she has published several poetry collections and novels. Her work has been translated into German, French, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish and Spanish, and she is the recipient of several literary awards, including Svenska Dagbladets Literary award, The P.O Enquist Award, and Albert Bonniers literary Award. Lee’s work, including her most recent novel Future perfect and the scholarly essay The Writing of Others, revolves around issues of power, otherness, femininity and transgressive desire. She was recently elected a member of the Board of Directors of the Swedish Royal Institute of Art.

Johannes Heldén is a visual artist, poet, and musician. Born 1978, he lives and works in Stockholm. He receive Sweden’s biggest art prize, the Åke Andrén fellowship, in 2015, and the Evolution project won the inaugural N. Katherine Hayles award in 2013. Heldén has published three full-length music albums, most recently System (Irrlicht). He’s been a fellow of the MacDowell Colony and Headlands Center of the Arts and has shown work at ISEA 2015 in Vancouver, HUMlab at Umeå University, Broken Dimanche in Berlin, Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Inspace in Edinburgh, NIMK in Amsterdam, The Gothenburg Museum of Art among others. Heldén is the creator of five extensive digital online works of poetry and visual art. His most recent book is Astroecology, which is forthcoming from Argos Books in 2016.

Elizabeth Clark Wessel is a founding editor of Argos Books & co-editor of Circumference: Poetry in Translation. She is the author of three chapbooks Whither Weather (GreenTower Press, 2012), Isn’t that You Waving at You (Big Lucks Books, 2015) and Amsterdam (Dancing Girl Press, 2015). She lives in rural Connecticut and translates Swedish novels for a living.

 

 

[Exhibition] Emmalea Russo: Edge Edit Mode: Activation 1

Emmalea Russo is a multidisciplinary writer and artist living in Brooklyn. Using language, sculpture, and photography, she explores edge spaces in physical environments and human consciousness. She is the author of several chapbooks, most recently Eternal Apprentice, a collaboration with Michael Newton (DoubleCross Press, 2016) and an artist book entitled they (Gauss PDF, 2014). Her iterative slide presentation, Units of Plexiglass, an edit, has been shown at Poets House, Ugly Duckling Presse, and Flying Object. She writes for Artcritical and is a member of the Ugly Duckling Presse editorial collective.

Edge Edit Mode:
In the edge edit mode, the portion of the window that normally displays the scene hierarchy is used to display the edges of the shape being edited as a list. Items in the list can be selected with the mouse as for objects in the hierarchy window. (coppeliarobotics.com)

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4/16/16: ‘CREAM RIVER’ READING + MUSIC

Join us at 7:00pm on Saturday, April 16, for a literary + musical event to celebrate a new publication from fellow travelers Publication Studio (Troy chapter): Cream River by Douglas W. Milliken. There will be readings by the author and music from Scott Sell and Tianna Kennedy.

What is Cream River?

Eight stories about getting everydamnthing wrong. Proudly wearing your self-infliction for anyone to see. Defaulting to the lazy way out of even the easiest situation. Staring your last chance straight in the eyes and blowing it nevertheless. This pocket-sized edition of pratfalls and delusions—ranging in landscapes from rural Italy to downtown Boston—includes a digital download of Cream River‘s musical twin, the four-song EP by Blind Pelican, Whiskey Dick. Like the two halves of a black and white cookie, the book and record are a unified work, a single vision interpreted through two distinct media by two confused personae.

Douglas W. Milliken is the author of four books, including the novel To Sleep as Animals and the pocket-sized collection Cream River (both through Publication Studio). His stories have earned prizes from Glimmer TrainMcSweeney’s, and the Stoneslide Corrective, and have been published in Slice, the Collagist, and the Believer, among others. His teeth and gums are locked in a desperate war. www.douglaswmilliken.com

3/25/16: POETRY READING WITH JACKQUELINE FROST AND SARA WINTZ

Sara Wintz was born in Los Angeles and studied literature and writing at Mills College, Oxford University, and Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard. Her first book, Walking Across A Field We Are Focused On At This Time Now (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012) is an epic poem about the 20th century that explores the foundations of facts, time, and social identity. Wintz is the editor of two anthologies of poetry and a contributing editor to Ugly Duckling Presse’s annual performance art sourcebook, Emergency Index. The recipient of a grant from The Fund for Poetry (2013), Wintz is at work on a second book of poems and a book of interviews with contemporary women poets called Conversations with Women.

Jackqueline Frost is the author of The Antidote (Compline Editions) as well as a number of chapbooks: The Soft Appeal (Nous-Zot Press), You Have the Eyes of a Martyr (O’Clock Press), and most recently, Young Americans (Solar Luxuriance in the US, and Defector in the UK). Her writing has appeared in venues such as Rethinking Marxism, BOMB Magazine, Lana Turner, FanZine, Pez Espiral, and LIES: a journal of materialist feminism. Jack is a PhD student in French Studies at Cornell University where she works on anti-colonial poetics and the philosophy of history.
The reading will take place on Friday, March 25 at 7pm

3/5: SEED SWAP

Come to Bushel between 12-5 on Saturday, March 5, for our first annual Seed Swap! Bring your seeds to share and join in a tradition as old as agriculture itself. Peruse the seed offerings and start planning your Spring garden, or just join us to have a cup of coffee and dish about dirt. Please make sure your seeds are labeled with seed type and expiration date, if applicable (any kind of container / envelope is fine).

$5 suggested donation at the door to benefit Bushel; refreshments will be served.

(Image borrowed from the mobile seed exchange, SEED BROADCAST.)

[Exhibition] Izumi Inoue: Prints for the Chinese New Year

Artist and designer Izumi Inoue marked the beginning of this year, the Year of the Monkey, the way he has marked the arrival of the last 26 years: by creating a lino cut, printing it in a limited edition, and mailing the prints to his family and friends. Inspired by an elementary-school assignment in his native Japan, he embarked on this annual project in 1990, conceiving of each design as a reflection both of the year’s symbolic animal and of his state of mind at the time. Prints of all twenty-six images — including this year’s Monkey, with its folk-art influenced lines — are collected here for the first time.

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[Exhibition] Justseeds + CultureStrike: We Are the Storm

BUSHEL is proud to present an exhibition of WE ARE THE STORM, a collaboration between Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and CultureStrike.

CultureStrike and Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative have collaborated with artists and environmental justice organizations to create an art print portfolio designed to highlight how climate change disproportionately affects frontline communities. These images inspire us toward a widespread cultural shift — they serve as a vision about how underrepresented communities can lift up their voices to be heard.

This Climate Portfolio is a collection of fine art prints depicting the powerful work of grassroots organizations and groups that are working to defend the most impacted communities against largescale industrial fossil-fuel projects and helping to build resilience in communities affected by global warming.

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COMMUNITY MASSAGE

Massage therapist and yoga instructor Lydia Bisaillon offers 20-minute “tension tamer” sessions of neck, shoulder, and head massage while the client is lying face up and fully clothed on a massage table. Suggested donation $10.

Massages should be reserved ahead of time online. For upcoming dates, visit our Calendar page and search “massage.”

 

BOOK LAUNCH: Yemana Sanders

Join us on Friday, January 22, for the launch of Yamana Sanders’s new book of poems and drawings, along with readings by Yamana and friends. The book, Rainbow Walking, will be on hand at Bushel the evening of the launch. Doors at 6:30, reading at 7:00. Refreshments will be served.

DANCE CLASSES: WEST COAST SWING

In February, join Delhi-based dance instructor Jeremy Pickens for four beginner-level, weekly one-hour West Coast Swing dance classes. Lessons will be held every Sunday in February (7, 14, 21, 28) from 5-6pm, with an optional open practice following each class. Each class builds on the previous, so please plan on joining us for the entire series. Note that a dancing partner is not necessary when signing up, as we will be rotating regularly throughout each class to give everyone a chance to learn from each other and grow in skill together. However, as West Coast Swing is a social dance, we ask you to sign up either as leader or a follower so that class composition remains balanced.

A special Introductory class will also be offered on January 23rd at 7pm.

> Register online for the Introductory class on January 23rd (free).
> Register online for the four-session course in February ($40 suggested donation).

What to bring:
Only one item is required for participation: Proper footwear. The ideal dancing shoe is one with a suede leather sole and is flexible yet supportive. Certain types of smooth rubber soles (such as those on a Bloch sneaker) work as well. Whatever footwear you choose, please make sure that the sole is both non-marking and clean, i.e. don’t wear it in off of the street.

ABOUT WEST COAST SWING*

West Coast Swing (aka WCS, Westie) is a partner dance with roots in Lindy Hop. It is characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique of partner connection, and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together, putting West Coast Swing in a short list of dances that put a premium on improvisation.

Philosophically, modern West Coast Swing is in large part defined by an emphasis on musicality and connection. West Coast Swing is an evolving social dance that has gone through many changes throughout its short history, over time incorporating techniques from numerous dance styles. In writing about West Coast Swing, Skippy Blair advises that, “The only problem that exists in swing is when someone decides there is only one way to dance it. There is never only one way to do anything. Try on different styles that you admire in other people…until you find the comfortable one that fits.”

Videos: #1#2

*adapted from Wikipedia

[Exhibition] Christopher Bailey: |flāk||(h)wīt| Vs.|ˌinfrəˈred|

Drawing from photographic images captured over a span of thirty years, |flāk||(h)wīt| Vs.|ˌinfrəˈred| serves as a retrospective of sorts, reflecting Bailey’s longstanding interests in landscape, politics, gesture, juxtaposition, and iteration, as well as his experimental attitude toward format and ground. From small-format silver gelatin prints collected in handmade boxes to large inkjet prints on canvas, rice paper, and treated aluminum foil, these hard-to-classify works (a painter’s photographs or a photographer’s paintings?) ask to be looked at and then looked at again—for the story beneath the narrative and for their multiple dramas of relation.

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INSTAGRAM RESIDENCY: Heather Phelps-Lipton

Beginning on December 27, photographer and Delhi resident Heather Phelps-Lipton will be tending to our Instagram feed, posting photographic responses to BUSHEL and its goings-on.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Heather Phelps-Lipton was born in Ithaca, N.Y. and raised by wolves. Her photography is a dialogue between curiosity and alienation and explores the drama of the everyday. Heather studied art at San Diego State, technique at ICP and collodion under Jill Eisenberg and Joni Sternbach. Her photographs have been shown in San Diego, LA and New York. She has also shown photo-based pieces that employ pencil, crayon, embroidery and projection. Heather lives/works in Delhi, New York.

REIKI

Mary Skinner offers thirty-minute Reiki sessions. Suggested donation $10, but no fee is required. All proceeds go to support Bushel programming.

Read more about Reiki here.

Upcoming / available sessions are listed on the Calendar page: search for “reiki”.

(Photo: Heather Phelps-Lipton).

 

 

Thanks to everyone who came out to our first event at Bushel! It was a packed house and we couldn’t have asked for a more energetic and amazing night. Huge thanks to Ommegang Brewery, the Daily Star, and the Walton Reporter for sponsoring and covering the event, and double-huge thanks to our readers and artists, Tyler Weston, C.A. Kaufman, Jennifer Kabat, Emily Skillings, Catherine Tayler, and Kate Newby. Above you’ll see Catherine reading an essay on flamenco (complete with slideshow).Thank you, Catskills!

SACRED HARP (SHAPE NOTE) SINGING

[Sacred Harp at Bushel is on hiatus as of June 2016.]

Sacred Harp Catskills hosts community singing sessions on the third Wednesday of every month. Bring a dish to pass at 6 p.m. for a potluck. Singing starts at 6:30 p.m.

For more about Sacred Harp Catskills, visit their website.

Sacred Harp is traditional, a cappella, community harmony singing. All singings are free and open to newcomers, all ages, all voices, and all levels of musical experience. Loaner books and tutorials are available at the singings.

We’ll have you singing in four-part harmony by the end of the night. (Here’s what it sounds like when hundreds of people do it.)