I-Park, residency

April 2011, residency at I-Park under the invitation program.

Invited artists: Eve Bailey, Barbara Bartos, Claudia Dinep, Elise Morris and Run Shayo.

I-Park is a 450-acre woodland retreat in rural East Haddam, Connecticut. The property consists of ponds, hills, streams, stone outcroppings and sheer cliffs. It has wild fields and new growth forest, as well as miles of stonewalls and walking trails. It is bisected by the Eight Mile River and adjoins the Devil’s Hopyard State Park and other preserved tracts. The land has a wild, gnarly character that suits I-Park’s role as a refuge from and recourse to the safe routines and subtle compromises of the workaday world.

I-Park aspires to take these natural gifts and create a special space where the important work being done by solitary individuals in their artistic and intellectual pursuits is encouraged and celebrated – a living, three-dimensional environment/community uniquely conducive to the creative process.

I-Park is itself a long-term creative project in its early concept and development stages. It is evolving slowly and patiently, with an eye to long-term relevance and viability.

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