ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
A Residency in Dorset Focuses on Dialogue
by Daphne Cybele Van Schaick
The Marble House is layered with the history of former owners and guests. Known locally as the Manley-Lefevre House, the oldest part of the house was built between 1812 and 1820 of marble quarried on the property. This gorgeous estate in Dorset is now an artist residency with a unique three-pronged focus: the creation of art, the production of sustainable agriculture for residents, and engagement of the surrounding community through weekly presentations by the resident artists.
When asked what it’s like to work at the Marble House Project and in close proximity to the other artists, Leslie Fry replied, “It’s a wonderful way to connect with other artists and enlarge your sphere through ideas and dialog with other residents.”
On Tuesday evenings from May to October, the Project opens its doors to the public and hosts an event called ART-Seed where one or more of the artists make presentations on their process and results. For visual artists, the ART-Seeds are brief 10-minute talks followed by open studios, the writers have readings, the choreographers and composers discuss and perform.
The Marble House Project is located at 1151 Dorset West Road in Dorset 05251. Visit www.marblehouseproject.org for information about Tuesday events, programming, residencies, and Marble House Yoga.
by Leslie Fry
gouache, ink, gesso, transfer on wood
Courtesy of the artist