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HFA at Greene Art Gallery, Guilford, Connecticut

HFA is doing a longish run studio residency at the Greene Art Gallery in Guilford, Connecticut. We'll be there from June 21 to September 7th, 2014. Here's some of what's in store, with thanks to Greene Art Gallery:

"The Greene Art Gallery welcomes Simon Draper's Habitat for Artists (HFA) for a four month installation in our sculpture garden of an artist studio/garden shed where many activities are planned for your enjoyment and engagement....

painting • sculpture • growing • poetry

storytelling • tea garden • herbs

photography • cooking • brewing

music • ecology"

Here are some pics from our installation. They involve HFA collaborative captain Simon Draper, along with Phil Steinberg of Green Up Group. Come join the fun!


Phil Steinberg of Green Up Group (installed vertical gardens
and roof garden on studio/shed) and Simon Draper of HFA unload the truck and begin to build.


The vertical and roof gardens, filled with herbs, are put in place.


Simon installs the window, door and wall panels.


Ready for artists, creatives and you!

For more on this announcement and work, check out this link. And pass it onto friends!

Pictures and captions: courtesy of Greene Art Gallery.


HFA Micro-res with Obercreek Farm, Comin’ Right Up

Oh, and one more thing, my friends: We're beginning a new turn in our HFA-way. A short term residency program is on the cards with our collaborators at Obercreek farm:

Here's a postcard we're setting up to use for that. A glance, verily a peek: HFA postcard 5-14

Here's picture. Click on it--you'll see, embiggened, it's worth at least a 1000 words:



HFA at FOODshed at Smack Mellon this June to July!

Andpostacrd another thing:

HFA is proud to be a part of the FOODshed exhibition, at Smack Mellon, a show curated by Amy Lipton:

The exhibition is on view from June 7th to July 27th 2014.

The opening reception is on June 7th from 5-8pm, in Brooklyn at Smack Mellon's space.

A tidbit about the show:

"FOODshed: Agriculture and Art in Action focuses on sustainable agriculture, entrepreneurship, and artists' use of food as subject matter or medium. The exhibition and programming include 14 exhibiting artists in the gallery at Smack Mellon, 3 public projects in the nearby DUMBO community, as well as public workshops in collaboration with the artists in the exhibition. The gallery exhibition features artworks and inventive projects around agriculture and food that address farming as both activism and art form. Many of the artists in this exhibition are known for bringing community-specific issues into their work and are exploring the real-world implications of small-scale farming and raising community awareness about our food systems. Their varied practices include growing food, cooking food, raising animals for food, and engaging communities around local food production as well as instigating new artist-based economies.

The artists working in New York State today in the realm of food and farming coincide with a larger cultural awakening regarding the ills of our present system, such as the distances food travels to supermarket shelves and the effects of shipping and transport on climate change. Brooklyn has become the epicenter for food activism and culinary explorations. Artists have joined food activists in focusing on environmental problems such as lack of biodiversity in mono-cultural farms, the loss of top soil and nutrient-poor soil, the abuse and poor conditions of feedlot and factory raised animals, the conversion of farmland into housing, and the waste of un-harvested crops. Artists are now farming not only to raise their own food in order to become self-reliant and to eat more healthily, but also to offer alternative and sustainable approaches within their local communities.

For the artists in FOODshed, the acts of cultivation, growing, and by implication educating have evolved to a deeper level of activism where the boundaries of real world and art completely disappear. Their projects present new paradigms regarding the growing, production, distribution and consumption of food. The artists in this exhibition advocate for an organic, regional and local approach, which they are manifesting in their own lives."

ps: Click on the "postcard" to embiggen it!


This Weekend May 30-June 1: HFA at Arts Brookfield Round 2

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Quoth the good folks at Arts Brookfield, on our upcoming second turn (we had a blast last year inhabiting our Art Pac-Kit!) at Residency and Habitatry there:

"Kids and their parents can expect big DIY fun with Habitat for Artists! Starting at 12 noon, the Artists-In-Residence will create special works of art in HFA’s unique temporary/reusable artist’s studios built from reclaimed materials: fiber works by Donna Sharrett; paintings and drawings by Marion Wilson; design projects that effect environmental change by Natalie Jeremijenko; rafts, play houses and forts by Michael Asbill; a “mending wall” by Jessica Poser; and reclaimed wood art objects by Simon Draper and Marnie Hillsley. Workshops for Kids start at 3:30pm with artists guiding everyone in drawing, painting, papermaking, knitting, assemblage, and collage activities designed for young artists. Bash the Trash joins in the fun with their instrument making workshops, musical performances, and parade finale!

Curatorial support for this event provided by Amy Lipton of ecoartspace."

Come join! For more info to inhabit a Habitat, see:



TRANSported, a new HFA project







An Arts Brookfield Commission
presented as part of the IDEAS CITY Festival 2013
Curated by Amy Lipton, ecoartspace

TRANSported features two site-specific, interactive installations housed within and utilizing the unique features of the 20-foot shipping container. Presented as part of the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY Festival 2013, both projects relate to the Festival’s theme of “Untapped Capital.”



At BAU: Marnie Hillsley and Simon Draper

Artists present new show at BAU gallery in Beacon, NY.
Opening March 9th


Ira Tattelman: Day 4

A rainy day outside the Corcoran but there are plenty of people on the streets.  Even with umbrellas, they stop to take a look, to chat, to pick up cards.  I sit under the overhead tarp and continue making my work.  Today I add some cans and bottles, captured by the net .

I get two kids from Pennsylvania to come into the Habitat to draw.  A young man and I wonder what we will do with the trash that comes out of the ocean – Lorenzo and Edwina’s installation offers som epossibilities.   We all agree that there needs to be some rethinking about our needs and our resources.


Ira Tattelman: Day 3

I’m back at the Corcoran today.  Today is definitely a social day.

Lorenzo’s performing.  Edwina has her mom handing out cards.  And I’m working on more fishing net.  The fact that the Habitat is on a
concrete platform surround by smooth river stones really makes me feel like I’m on the water.  I’m from New England and I’ve been on some rocky beaches.

Gabrielle from Paris really made my day.  She was about 4 or 5.  When I asked her name, she said, “Picasso.”  I sat her down on a table with some paper and crayons.  She gave me one of her drawings when she left.  I’m still smiling.

People come by from many different countries.  They admired the art they were seeing, close to the White House.  We talked about sustainability and waste.  One young woman asked for suggestions for decreasing the build-up of garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean.
Some art can offer solutions while some can focus on awareness.  We had a student looking for a school that encourages graffiti art (he drew on paper rather than walls.)  We had photographers wondering how they could get involved.  And we had people, who seeing us at work, were willing to break whatever barriers exist and participate in aconversation.  Who could ask for more?