Invest in Creativity
Made at Saltonstall. Resident artist Courtney "scrap" Wrenn (r) discusses her work with two guests during our June 9, 2013 Open House. (Bless Yourself, 52"x62," acrylic medium and original photos on canvas.)
For 19 years the Saltonstall Foundation and Saltonstall Arts Colony have been providing the two things most valuable to artists and writers – time and space.
Our founder Connie Saltonstall acted on her conviction that artists and writers need and deserve support. We continue to express this belief through our fully-supported summer residency program, and through subsidized retreat space between October and April. We support the creation of art and literature at its source. We make a difference in the lives of those who strive to make a living as creative individuals.
These are exciting times at Saltonstall. We created a new online application process this year, making it easier for many people to apply for a residency. Next year we are offering a shorter two-week residency option for the first time in an effort to serve artists and writers for whom a month away from home or work is impossible.
We have supported 32 artists and writers with subsidized retreat space this year-to-date during our off-season. Half of those individuals were from the greater Ithaca area. We also created a special residency for Ithaca City School District teachers during their Winter Recess in February.
Our two colony buildings received a much-needed fresh coat of paint in April, and next spring we will begin repairing and improving our driveway, making it much easier to get to the colony. Local writer Bob Proehl (’13) will be joining the board in January. Bob will be the first alum to serve in a number of years.
But we need your help. We can no longer depend on Connie’s founding gift as our sole source of income. Our facilities, now nearly 20 years old, are in need of renovation and ongoing upkeep. We have increased the number of artists we serve, and we know we can do even more to serve artists and writers, both throughout the State and here in our local community with increased and innovative programming.
Won’t you join us? Please help to ensure that we will remain an active, vital organization for future generations of artists and writers. Your gift – in any amount – is deeply appreciated.
Barry Perlus Lesley Williamson
Board President Director
(Residency alumni, donate at least $50 and be entered to win a free two-night stay at the colony in 2014! Fine print: excludes our residency period, May - Sept, and the month of October.)
Levels of Giving:
Friend of Saltonstall: up to $35
Artist's Circle: up to $100
Writer's Circle: up to $500
Patron's Circle: up to $2,500
Benefactor's Circle: up to $10,000
Connie's Circle: $10,000+
In their own words:
“I enjoyed a perfect storm at Saltonstall this past September. It’s the convergence of so many ideal circumstances: hours of solitude in a spacious studio; exceptional food; a gracious and remarkable group of fellow artists; and a real sense of caring that makes Saltonstall feel like home—without the distractions. I’ve gotten good work done elsewhere, but Saltonstall is unique.” – Jonathan Blunk, poet/biographer (Crompond)
“Attached is a picture I took one night while I was at the colony. The big "star" by the cabin is Venus. You should know I had an incredibly productive 3 days and accomplished so much.” – Keith Millman, photographer (Ithaca)
“The gift of time and space here at Saltonstall has recharged me as an image-maker.” – Christine Shank, photographer (Rochester)
“I was able to create a discipline for myself that I am hard pressed to do at home. Without family and work distractions, I created a large body of work both plein air and studio time, in watercolors and oil.” – Melanie Kozol, painter (Brooklyn)
“I still don't know how I came to receive such a gift as this. Like other residencies, Saltonstall offers open time to set into your own creative pace... But unique to Saltonstall is an especial quiet and spaciousness. The small and devoted staff made it possible for us to work, eat, sleep, and relax as if there was absolutely nothing else the world could ask of us.” – Annie Jacobs, poet (Gardiner)
“I just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity to have spent 3 nights and 3 days at Saltonstall! I broke the ice with my art, and hopefully now can get back into a disciplined routine---now that I know I can have fun again doing it!” – Paula Davis, visual artist (Ithaca)