In the summer of 2017, Natalie receives a call from dear friend Angie Mosier telling her that the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences is trying to get in touch with her about a residency. Natalie is awarded a month-long residency thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and settles into the North Georgia mountains for a month of creative exploration during June 2018.
Angie Mosier and Lisa Donovan, acclaimed pastry chef, author, and recent recipient of the James Beard Award for Journalism, are also in residency during the same month. They teach a workshop called Elemental Pie that connects flour and butter with the trajectory of making, women, and humanity. Lisa speaks to the emotional elements that take over when she is baking and how that makes its way into her writing. Angie talks about how she uses her photography to capture the techniques but also the beauty of working hands, ingredients and the joy of cooking. Rinne Allen and other Hambidge fellows attend.
As part of her residency, Natalie curates a show, Process is Works, in collaboration with ceramist and sculptor Rachel K. Garceau. The gallery show offers imaginative and interactive experiences inside and out through textiles, ceramics, making stations, an inspiration library, and more.
From the Hambidge Center:
“Process in Works is a growing, evolving show of work by Natalie Chanin and Rachel K. Garceau about the purposeful setting of intentions, approaching the world with curiosity, exploring the meaning of value, and creating cumulative beauty with small, everyday acts and objects. This exhibit is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.”
Slide 2: Entry of Hambidge Center grounds with sign “Residents only beyond this Point”, 2016, photograph by Natalie Chanin
Slide 6: Letter to Mary Hambidge from Georgia O’Keeffe, 1956, photograph by Rinne Allen; Rachel K. Garceau installation at the Hambidge Center during the Process in Works exhibition, 2016, photograph by Rinne Allen