2018 Light into Night

Saturday, Sep 15, 2018
6:30 – 10 PM

The Studio Barns

THANK YOU for your support!

What a night to remember! On Saturday, September 15, Light Into Night brought together a host of supporters, friends, and alumni artists to celebrate and enjoy everything that Art Omi represents. The evening was a terrific success, raising $131,110 towards the continuation of our mission to provide a sanctuary where artists and creative communities can flourish. In particular, we raised $25,350 in support for Art Omi: Education's programs, including the Education Scholarship Fund, which provides opportunities for local children to attend Camp Omi free of charge. We are so grateful to you for your support, and look forward to hosting you again next year!

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Light into Night brings together visual artists, writers, musicians, dancers, architects and our community of donors and supporters for an unforgettable event.

Enjoy cocktails, sumptuous, locally sourced food, as well as an exciting auction featuring art, elegant vacations and other treasures. Experience a rare evening of dancing, art installations and surprise performances against the rustic backdrop of the Art Omi Studio Barns.

Performances + On View

Ayodele Casel
The 2017 recipient of the “Hoofer Award”, Ayodele Casel premiered her one-woman show While I Have The Floor at the Spoleto Arts Festival to rave reviews. She also served as choreographer for Carole King and Maurice Sendak’s musical Really Rosie for New York City Center’s Encores! Off-Center under the direction of Leigh Silverman. Most recently, she has been performing as part of Latin Jazz great Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

Furen Dai Lantern Story & #Silverwords
Art Omi: Artists, 2017
Furen Dai’s practice has focused largely on the economy of culture industry, and how languages lose function, usage, and history. Dai’s hybrid art practice utilizes video, sound, sculpture, painting and collaboration. Tonight, she presents a large-scale installation using mylar balloons and handmade lanterns to address the immigrant experience in United States and modern-day censorship in China.

Farzin Dehghan: Traditional Iranian Music
Art Omi: Music, 2017
Farzin Dehghan is an emerging Kamancheh virtuoso hailing from Isfahan, Iran. He grew up studying Iranian Folk, Traditional, and Classical music. His global vision on the role of music, however, has allowed him performances with world-renowned artists from around the world at prestigious venues such as the Beacon Theatre and Berklee Performance Center.

Eteam Dry Drone Delivery
Dry Drone Delivery, the aerial video delivery platform will be showing reprocessed excerpts of Lotte Reininger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed and Samuel Beckett’s Not I on the grounds and trees of Art Omi.

Sandra Koponen Mind-Dressing Salon: A Sonic Sculpture and Performance
Sandra Koponen is a representational oil painter, ceramicist, and musician/composer who has worked in a variety of artistic disciplines. Mind-Dressing Salon is a sonic sculpture and performance inspired by years of administering sonic massages to audiences with Kenny Wollesen (drummer, band leader, instrument inventor). The Mind Dresser explores low-tech amplification and distortion delivery systems in conjunction with surprising sounds. Come into the salon for a mind cleanse or skull scrub!

Stephanie Miracle + Christopher K. Morgan: Double Duet / Silo Improv Score
Art Omi: Dance. 2012; Guest Mentor, 2016 (Miracle)
Director, Art Omi: Dance (Morgan)

Each year during Art Omi: Dance the Dance Director and Guest Mentor explore in duet form during the less busy time of the second week of the residency. In 2016, this resulted in a scored improvisation that was filmed twice—once in performance for the residents on their last day, and a second time after the residents had departed. The resulting video layers these two recordings to make a quartet. The piece is an homage to the silo, the relationship between the two performers, and the 2016 residents.

Edie Meidav + Nina Maclaughlin + amii Legendre: Your Pleasure on Command
ART OMI: WRITERS, 2018 (Edie Meidav + Nina MacLaughlin)
Edie Meidav is the author of three award-winning novels and a recent collection of short fiction with a nonfiction coda. She teaches in the permanent faculty of the UMass Amherst MFA. Nina MacLaughlin works as a writer and carpenter in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her book Hammer Head was translated into four languages and was a finalist for the New England Book Award. Amii LeGendre is an independent choreographer, teacher and performer, with histories in contemporary dance choreography, contact improvisation, and music/dance improvisation.

Caitlin Trainor: Ode to a Firefly
Art Omi: Dance, 2013
Caitlin Trainor is a dancer, choreographer, entrepreneur and the artistic director of Trainor Dance. Driven by music and imagination, Caitlin Trainor creates and performs highly physical, intensely human dances. She has made dance for site, game-based audience interactive work, and extravagant group dances for the concert stage. She is the founder of Dancio, providing online dance class with the best teachers in the world.

Light Into Night 2018 Sponsors: ProPrinters, Mario's, September Gallery, Wave Farm's WGXC 90.7-FM, Richmor Aviation, Long Energy, Old Chatham Tennis Club, Metzwood Insurance, Cantele Tent Rentals, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Columbia Memorial Health, Chronogram, Pace Gallery, Simon's Catering, Chatham Flowers & Gifts, Columbia Paper, Herringtons, McCagg Mowing Co., Dells' Plumbing, Heating and AC, and
Mac-Haydn Theatre.

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