I’m literally astounded daily by the intersections of relationships making this project a reality. ~ Erin Roy, Producer, “Destiny Manifests.”
More and more, Wyoming arts are exchanging air with arts originating in other parts of the country and around the world. Perhaps the newest and most innovative collaboration between our West and America’s cultural hub, New York City, has arrived in the form of producer Erin Roy’s extensive performance piece “Destiny Manifests.” Currently in production at 320 West 23rd Street, a Chelsea location featuring both theater and gallery space, Destiny features an impressive list of Wyoming-based artists bringing their voices and craft to Manhattan. This fellowship is in residence for 10 weeks, October 4th – December 2, 2019, alternately “rehearsing, performing, creating, exhibiting and connecting.”
Destiny Manifests features artists and artisans who create work in tandem with the western landscape, says Roy. Since September a group of actors have migrated from Wyoming to New York in order to transform an empty NYC space into a stage, dance studio, art gallery, and room for visual arts and artist talks. Performers and creatives reveal connections to the land that are sometimes obvious and other times subtle. No matter the pitch, the West is present. East or West, our human condition is shared.
Visual artists taking part include Katy Fox, Wendell Field, Mike Piggott, Todd Kosharek, Lyndsay McCandless, Ben Roth and Henry Austin. Authors and writers include Matt Daly, Andrew Munz and Stephen Lottridge. Roy stars in the project’s signature event, a production of Sam Shepard’s iconic play “Fool For Love.”
How did Roy conceive such an ambitious project? Before her first birthday she began spending time in the Tetons. For almost 40 years her parents played with the Grand Teton Music Festival. Roy worked there four years and at Dancers’ Workshop for three; she remains a seasonal member of their staff.
(In) America there have always been artists whose work has become synonymous with where they dwelled. It contains some of the essence of the character of the place. – Stephen C. Datz, artist
“The concept of art being created in and influenced by both the western landscape and the artists who were bringing their talent from other places is part of my own cultural blueprint,” Roy explains. “I’ve thought lately that the years I spent living full time in JH were the most influential in terms of the community of collaborators; I either met them there or had the opportunity to meet here because of connections made through Jackson friends, artists and donors. Between the Festival and Dancers’ Workshop, I literally have a web of artistic friends throughout the country–and in some cases the world. I’m a somewhat peripatetic person, so the idea of having an artistic home where collaborators come and visit and create is a dream come true.”
The event space, Chashama’s Space for Artists, provides programming that allows Destiny Manifests a two and a half month run. In fact, Roy was made aware of Chashama through a Jackson Hole resident. Knowing that it takes a special personality and spirit to risk exposure in markets larger than Jackson’s, Roy reached out to Wyomingites she felt would trust the moment.
They also had to trust her.
“I’m fortunate to have the trust of people like Katy, Matt, Luke Dakota Zender, Lyndsay, Bob Berky and others. I’ve always seen how arts tend to exist independent of one another, but for me it’s all about different crafts influencing each other. My parents were classical musicians, I was a dancer, now I’m an actor, says Roy. “Words, notes, brush strokes – it’s all the same to me, and I feel the desire to know and be surrounded by them all. That is Destiny Manifests—a combination of the geography I feel the most drawn to and the people I care tremendously for in the city I call home. I’m literally astounded daily by the intersections of relationships making this project a reality.”
In another madcap race around the country, the Jackson-based interior designer super team of Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer are heading east again this week to promote their delicious publication “Natural Elegance,” a beautifully bound boxed book of rich photographs and stories celebrating the duo’s phenomenally successful design aesthetic.
Baer and Jenkins will be stopping first at the Greenwich Design District in Connecticut on October 15, for the Taste and Tour, Toasting the Town event. Jenkins and Baer will sign and sell copies of “Natural Elegance” from 5-7 p.m. at the popular Shade Store at 48 West Putnam Ave., which has partnered with the Greenwich Tree Conservancy to plant a tree for every sale.
After Greenwich it’s on to New York City for a discussion on designing dream vacation homes called ‘Home Away From Home,’ October 16 from 4-5 p.m. at the Decoration & Design Building at 979 Third Ave., Suite 915, during Fall Market.
I wonder if they need someone to carry their luggage? #available! Find out more about their firm, WRJ Design, at www.wrjdesign.com