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  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
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special events
June 18 -22

Summer Youth Poetry Camp!

performances
June 21

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

special events
June 25 -29

Summer Youth Poetry Camp!

readings & workshops
June 28

Poetry Reading: Elisa Karbin & Jessica L. Walsh

readings & workshops
July 10

Offsite Reading: Poetry in the Park at Juneau Park

readings & workshops
July 12

Poetry Reading: Ed Werstein & Sylvia Cavanaugh

readings & workshops
July 14

Genre: Urban Arts Reading

readings & workshops
July 18

Book Launch: Still Waters Collective, Runs Deep anthology

performances
July 19

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

July 30 - Aug 10

Woodland Pattern Annual Inventory - STORE CLOSED

readings & workshops
August 14

Offsite Reading: Poetry in the Park - Juneau Park

performances
August 16

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Archived exhibitions
Apr 22 Sunday, April 22
3:00pm, Open to the public!

Please join us for the opening reception of Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

3pm-5pm Opening Reception, 7pm ACL Performance! 

On view through Sunday, June 3rd.

Renee Baker Artist Statement:

My works are dark recitatives that speak directly to the frazzled sort of lives we lead today. Always looking for meaning, but also searching for ways to peek, to be different , to be noticed. As a disruptive recontextualist, I present work that I hope will challenge the way you think about the way you see the world, how you process information and to ponder what your statement to the world is to be. To challenge the viewer beyond existing but hopefully to actively engage in that dark, futuristic voyage of your own. As an artist, I work in experimental film, improvised music, dance, jazz theatre, butoh, visual art (canvas, paper), book arts, sculptural reconfigure of scores, and sound art installations.

Whether creating traditional imagery or abstract, they are typically a distillation of emotions and psychological states, the influence of intuitive reasoning, extreme analysis of inner states. Certainly in visual scores I am providing for the performer a panorama of scripts, sometimes mysterious, sometimes obvious, eerily abstract but suggestive of my love of life. Nomadic symbology depicting the feelings of closeness, oneness and individuality at the same time. I believe in longing, passion, drama represented by intent without my needing the listener/viewer to agree with my representation. I take the risk of being misunderstood, even misrepresented, but ultimately I hope to provide a thought provoking piece and a comfort that there is still the possibility of beauty in experiences. Whether film, writings, sculpture, paperworks, canvasses, graphic scores, traditional notative devices, gestural conducting languages, they are designed to make personal statements that share everything and nothing, depending on the mind and intent of personal access.