May 8- 21, 2023
Community Engagement- Reading and discussion on May 20, 2023 at the Jemez Spring Public Library
Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer is a composer, playwright, writer and documentarian. Cheslik-DeMeyer has created amazing work from Y’all, an old-time vaudeville story telling act that has four CDs, two books, and appeared on MTV and Comedy Central to LIZZIE a rock show with various productions all over the world.
Currently, Cheslik-DeMeyer is working on a new musical “Jack” and his first non-fiction book. He is a Jonathan Larson Grant finalist, a MacDowell Fellow, and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in American Studies. He and his husband live in New York City.
During his residence at Mission Street Arts Cheslik-DeMeyer will focus on his first nonfiction book that he describes as “memoir, family lore, queer history, and true crime”.
Cheslik-DeMeyer will conduct a workshop on Saturday, May 20 from 11:30-1pm at the Jemez Springs Public Library. This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by Friends of the Jemez Springs Public Library.
June 9 – 23, 2023
Community Engagement- Interactive Talk Saturday, June 17 from 11:30-1pm at the Jemez Springs Public Library and Open Studio Sunday, June 18 from 11:30-1pm at Mission Street Arts
Soulaf Abas was born in Damascus, Syria. After receiving her undergraduate degree in painting she returned to Syria where she began to document the destruction she witnessed in her work. Abas received her Master of Fine Arts in painting from Indiana State University in 2013 and currently lives and works in Terre Haute, Indiana where she teaches art at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.
Abas, while in residence at Mission Street Arts, will create paintings, pastels, and watercolors that explore the subject of “Loss”. Abas explains, “traumatic experiences can change us in undetectable ways, and grief can alter our outlook on life. Art is a powerful tool to navigate these experiences and to process them.”
Abas will conduct an artist talk on Saturday, June 17 from 11:30-1pm at the Jemez Springs Public Library and have an open studio to view the new work created while in residence on Sunday, June 18 from 11:30-1pm at Mission Street Arts. This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by Friends of the Jemez Springs Public Library.
July 10 – 31, 2023
Community Engagement- Painting and collage workshop Saturday, July 29 from 11:30-1pm at the Jemez Springs Public Library
Jenna Annunziato is a visual artist, who received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from State University of New York at New Paltz, NY. In 2020 Annuziato had exhibitions at the Hudson Valley New Folk at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art and the Kingston Annual showcase at the Kingston Art Society. She is currently a member of Redline Contemporary Art Center’s satellite studio program and works out of the Evans School in the Golden Triangle in Denver, Colorado where she lives.
While in residence at Mission Street Arts Annunziato will explore the surrounding landscape and use found objects and images to make paintings and a mixed media collage. Annunziato will lead a collaborative painting and collage workshop focusing on memories and the role colors, patterns and shapes take in them. This will be held on Saturday, July 29 from 11:30-1pm at the Jemez Springs Public Library.
August 7 – 21, 2023
Community Engagement- Picture and poem workshop Saturday, August 19 from 11:30-1pm at the Jemez Springs Public Library
Katie Cooper is a mix media artist who uses painting and collage to create wall installations. Cooper received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY and currently lives in Tucson, Arizona.
While at Mission Street Arts Cooper plans to create small panel compositions that will then be hung together to generate what she describes as a “elements of a visual galaxy, of points and connections greater than themselves”.
Cooper will lead a picture-poem workshop based on her method of collage on Saturday, August 19 at the Jemez Springs Public Library.
September 4-11, 2023
Community Engagement- Reading and discussion from Molnar’s book “Chorus”, on Saturday, September 9 from 11:30-1pm at the Jemez Springs Public Library.
Daniela Molnar is a creator, painter, paint forager and writer who has an MFA from Warren Wilson College. During Molnar’s first residency at Mission Street Arts in 2019 she worked on her book “Chorus” which has since won the 2021 Omnidawn 1st/2nd book prize.
In Molnar’s own words her “art is about transmuting grief to wonder in order to help shape and nurture generative new questions, feelings, and ethics about what it means to be human at a time of socioecological crisis”. Molnar will be returning to Mission Street Arts to focus on short poem films, gathering material for pigments and creating cyanotype prints.
Molnar will lead a reading and discussion on Saturday, September 9 from 11:30-1pm at the Jemez Springs Public Library.
Sarah Rose Lejeune
October 2 – 23, 2023
Community Engagement- Paper making workshop Saturday, October 21 from 11:30-1pm at the Jemez Springs Public Library
SR Lejeune in an artist who is creating sculpture rethinking identity using paper casting and papercrete. Lejeune completed their/her BFA in Studio Art from Oberlin College in 2015 and currently is working on their/her MFA in Sculpture at the Yale School of Art.
During Lejeune’s residency at Mission Street Arts they/she will create paper castings and experiment with paper-concrete mixtures. These studies will help broaden Lejeune‘s sculptural capabilities. As adobe contruction being intrinsic to New Mexioc’s architecture the time and space here in the Jemez Valley will inform their/her work in newways.
Lejeune will lead a paper making workshop on Saturday, October 21 from 11:30- 1pm at the Jemez Springs Public Library.