Friday, March 21, 2008

Former Artist Update -- Sarah Frechette

Dear Studios Midwest Reader,

Today I visited your blog -- and would like to speak about my experience as a past participant and show off a few of my newest marionettes.
1) Lady Maiikawa -- wood carved
2) Wally -- foad carved

A big THANK YOU to Heather for updating the blog information!


I attended Studios Midwest back in the summer of 2002. I had fun living with photographer extraordinaire & now life long friend Mark Dungan! Mark and I were adopted by Ralph and Sally -- we called them "Mom & Dad". I must say I miss the pepperoni and green olive pizza!
That summer was a bumpy ride for me -- filled with beautiful landscapes and a big pot hole.

A month ago I moved from NYC to Portland, OR. West coast baby! Since the summer of 2002 I toured with Phillip Huber (Being John Malcovick) as part of a marionette rock opera, for which I made the puppets costumes. And I have studied many times in Germany with 84 year old Puppet Master Albrecht Roser discussing his theories on Zen and puppetry. I have performed with my own marionette creations in USA, Germany and China.

If I think about the list of crazy skills I now have -- I owe quite a few to Galesburg. I learned how to stilt walk in Bill and Lisa's front yard -- wicked awesome! Carolina helped me sew a wonderful stilt walking costume so I could walk at Art in the Park. I paid Tom Lytle 10 cents to help me weld metal peacock feathers in his backyard studio under a heat waves of 110 degrees. These moments I cherish and my stilts & feathers I treasure.

To see more of my puppet creations go to

Sunshine & Memories, Sarah

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Artist Update -- Mahara T. Sinclaire

Mahara's work is on display at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, LA . This includes work Mahara created while at the Studios Midwest Residency. The exhibition entitled "We Are All One: Stories and Foibles by Mahara T. Sinclaire" will be on display through April 26.