Golden Apple Artist Residency
An artist residency takes an artist out of their familar surroundings - giving them both privacy to do their work as well as opportunity to connect with other art professionals. It is this unique context that an artist often makes new discoveries and break-throughs in their work.
When I first recieved the letter informing me that I had been selected for the Golden Apple Artist Residency - I began to add up what the actual cost would be -- it just seemed totally beyond my means.
$1,900.00 cost of the residency
$400.00 air fare
$500.00 art materials
$2,800.00 total cost
As I continued to think about it, I realized I really wanted to go, and I needed to find a way to make it work. This is when I turned to gofundme. I am inviting you to partner with me by making a donation, so that this dream of going to my first artist residency may become a reality.
I also have a very nice studio to work in which is private but in the same building as the other three studios so there is ample opportunity for us to be with each other especially at meal times. Speaking of meals (the food is all very delicious, healthy and local.) in the evening we all join our hosts Greg and Shelly and share a fancy meal together which always includes plenty of wine and dessert. These dinners last a couple hours as they are full of great conversations.
This is the first artist residency I have ever done. I took time to watch the video Pearl and I made this winter twice. In it I said that artist residences "are a rarefied opportunity of being allowed to focus on your work than the company of highly motivated artists which make it more likely that you will make break throughs, stumble into things you may have never done before." I don't want to get ahead of my self since it's only been a few days but I already have seven paintings in progress of medium size which is a kind of productivity that in thirty years of art makin I have never experienced before. Also the ideas being shared between myself and the other artists as we are getting have my wheels really turning.
I am so very thankful for each one of you that contributed your hard earned money so that I could be right now. The knowledge that I am here not on my own dime is both humbling and very, sry motivating.
The video I share with you in this update was made by my daughter Pearl who is also the subject of not only a new series of paintings but a new approach to painting. I am looking forward to continuing to follow this new approach through the Spring and Summer including my time at the Golden Apple Residency.
I thank you for your generous gifts and thank you also to those who shared the campaign on social media because that opened doors that I could not open on my own.
Yours, Rick Beerhorst
Love it Rick! Thanks for asking for my participation to such beautiful work. Be well, Gloria
So happy for you Rick.
I've always been fascinated by your work. I can stare at it and be mesmerized for hours. If I could afford it, it would hang all over my home. Best wishes. Gratefully, Lucy