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Camp Colton's artist-in-residence program offers its first 'Community Day' to a host of visitors

By Cindy Fama

Camp Colton is hosting artists-in-residence programs.

The eight artists selected from hundreds of applicants receive 40 hours of training in either papermaking or printmaking and technical guidance in their chosen medium by Stelo co-leaders Jenn Woodward and Rory Sparks.

Stelo, located in Portland, is a nonprofit 'artist communities alliance' and is partnering with Camp Colton for the residencies.

Stelo's website says, "Residencies on the Colton campus are ideal for projects which rely on limited administrative support."

COURTESY PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Kristia Chan demonstrates papermaking skills during the recent 'community day' at Camp Colton.

In tandem with the four residencies, Camp Colton is hosting a series of community days where the public is invited to meet the artists-in-residence. The event begins with informative talks by the artists, followed by a camp tour and demos in each studio. A food truck is onsite for purchases of lunch or snack.

At the Nov. 5 event V. Maldonado engaged those in attendance by sharing his love for running and his love of poetry, which has led him to the fusion of the running mile Haikus and printmaking.

During the recent pandemic, Maldonado began running for exercise and discovered he really enjoyed long distance running. His goal was 100 miles and he has written a Haiku for each of the 100 miles. He spent his time at Camp Colton creating collectible prints of each mile of Haiku.

COURTESY PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Running and poetry are two things that V. Maldonado is passionate about and shared that love with visitors to Camp Colton recently.

Kristi Chan, who was the artist in residence in papermaking, explained how she came to the knowledge and love of the craft. During the presentation she showed how she has used her paper in creations of aesthetic art.

Following the talks, Camp Colton owners Shri and Laurence Grisanti led a walking tour of the grounds, pointing out native plants and trees, the creeks and waterfall. On the way back, visitors stopped by the papermaking studio, where Chan demonstrated the steps of papermaking using the pulp of plants and the process of the separation of fibers that will be used to make the paper. The tour group had a chance to view some of her finished art.

The last stop was at the print shop studio where Maldonado explained printers' ens and ems and the beauty and patience of printmaking.

The camp is a peaceful setting and many in attendance had a hard time leaving the pristine setting and heading back to what one attendee called "the land of noise and havoc."

The day was a "sensory treat" was how another person explained it.

This was the second of the four community days. Two more are on the books for next year, on March 25 and April 29 from 1 to 4 p.m.

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