Stoppel hitting the street
Artist Natasha Stoppel is giving up her studio at Artwork Up Entrance Avenue in Exeter within the close to future, and heading out on the street.
For a yr now, she and husband Cory have been up-cycling a bus right into a tiny home – their future residence.
“We purchased the bus final yr, however we have been occupied with doing it for the final 10 years,” Stoppel says. “It is a work-in-progress in direction of residing in a tiny residence. We will be on the street full-time.”
The labor of affection is posted on her “Artist Explores the World” web site, which options her artwork and chronicles her world travels as nicely at https://www.artistexplorestheworld.com.
To make it work, the pair ready a finances for the bus, and minimized belongings “to get able to go tiny.”
The lead-up included working additional jobs to get debt-free earlier than heading out. To maintain bills low, they’ve accomplished many of the renovations with the assistance of Stoppel’s dad, “which is why it is taking so lengthy,” she provides.
The hope is to move out in 2021, however there is no set deadline. “We’re rolling with it,” she stated.
“COVID is making it harder as a result of my dad lives in Pennsylvania,” she says. “We work on it after we can.”
The venture consists of constructing the furnishings and customized cupboards, and a particular workspace for Stoppel’s artwork.
“I am within the course of of putting in it. There’s devoted cupboards and a piece desk. I movie the whole lot so I’ve customized lighting and a rig. …. As a result of it is such a small house I’ve to be meticulous.”
The Savannah Faculty of Artwork and Design grad’s early work was largely black and white, and watercolor. Right this moment she’s higher recognized for picket reduction and carving, “burned, or burned with gun powder.”
“Difficult? Sure it’s,” she says. “It’s totally totally different, a singular type … I am fairly pleased with it. It is one thing I developed previously few years.”
After they depart (hopefully in spring), they’re going to drive via Canada and on to Alaska. Then it is off to go to household in California – and onward.
Stoppel will preserve an area at Lane Home Artwork Heart in Hampton.
“I’ll preserve work there,” she says. “I am going to nonetheless be coming again to NH. I’ve household right here.”
Sredzienski plans thirteenth swim
“Creekman,” accordionist and composer Gary Sredzienski, nixed plans for any 2020 cold-water swim fundraiser, a 12-year custom, given COVID-19 restrictions. The venture requires a crew and naturally there is a celebratory end social gathering that includes his band The Serfs. Clearly, that could not occur.
If there’s one factor 2020 has taught us, it is to anticipate the surprising. Right here we’re on the tail finish of it and No.13 is within the works.
There’s an fascinating backstory, Sredzienski says.
When internet hosting his WUNH “Polka Get together” radio present, he’d get common e-mail requests from Terry, on behalf of Paul, “an enormous fan,” he says. “This went on for a very long time!”
Lately Terry despatched Sredzienski a video of Paul to remain in contact. He famous Paul was a resident of a gaggle residence for individuals with developmental disabilities, he says.
“He lives at Lafayette Home (Portsmouth). I by no means even knew about it. By no means knew it existed! … I wrote again and requested if I might meet him and play for him,” Sredzienski says. “Then I emailed once more and stated ‘Why do not I do a swim for you guys.'”
Sredzienski stated he’d deal with the swim logistics, all they wanted to do was create a “Go Fund Me” web page. The hope is to lift funds for the home, but additionally achieve it wider recognition.
“I reside on Spruce Creek in Kittery (Maine). So I believed why not do a mini-swim, a reside one on Fb,” he says. “So, I am engaged on a three-mile swim and … and if we are able to have a reception we’ll do it.”
The reception is probably going a live performance “from my lounge,” he says laughing. “It is one thing to maintain busy with, and be productive doing one thing good for others. I want one thing to look ahead to, and if I will help somebody and have enjoyable? Let’s do it.”
He is taking pictures for a January 2021 swim, from Route 1 to Route 103.
“I’ve a (security) escort. I gave my neighbor a wetsuit and he has a two-person kayak.”
Nowadays there’s not quite a bit else to look ahead to. “Polka Get together” went down in March, and is on maintain for the foreseeable future. Gigs are at a minimal. Nowadays, he has simply 4 a month, acting from the hallways for residents of senior housing.
“Everybody makes enjoyable of me. I’m not ashamed of what I do,” he says. “Come on! There’s this one previous Italian man that cries with pleasure, and screams ‘We’d like this.’ They’re so lonely. … They want this!”
To maintain his sanity, Sredzienski has produced a collection of movies, “silly movies simply to make folks smile.”
“It isn’t about being a musician. It is about making folks smile,” he says. “I believe that is what we want greater than something.”
He posted them weekly to his Fb web page, with tunes not often related to the accordion – “Batman” and “Goldfinger” themes, works by Elvis, and so on. He additionally made costumes and backgrounds for every.
“Loooots of labor,” he says. “I am taking a break proper now, however I’ll do extra.”
Pat Spalding strikes to Harrisville
Author, performer, host, puppeteer and Leftist Marching Band (LMB) majorette Pat Spalding has left the group. Final month, Spalding hightailed it from her Rye residence of 33 years to Harrisville, N.H., after months of letting go of years of paintings.
Spalding owned and operated Ha’penny Theatre, which featured puppets, and earlier nonetheless “Silver Penny Puppets” with Nancy Sander. Her final puppet present was in 2006, after 33 years within the enterprise.
One of many more durable issues in regards to the transfer was letting go of all of the puppets she’d held on to, she says.
“I’m nonetheless scuffling with it. … These puppets had been imagined characters delivered to life by me and (companions). For many years, they fairly completely inhabited my life,” she says. “… The pushing off is troublesome for me. Some have discovered new properties. Some are on show as artwork objects.”
As well as, Spalding is a storyteller, and penned and carried out one-woman exhibits. Extra just lately, she hosted True Tales Stay, which she stays concerned with.
True Tales is a present and storytelling workshops. “So the storytelling journey continues,” she says.
“TTL went on-line. So it’s totally different, however ongoing. The benefit is … we do get viewers members from totally different international locations in addition to tellers and listeners from all around the U.S.”
She’ll additionally keep linked to the Leftist Marching Band.
“I nonetheless hope to return to the Seacoast for LMB follow classes and gigs when issues open up once more,” Spalding says. “For the final couple of years, I’ve performed the bass drum at LMB follow classes figuring that when and if my twirling and dancing days are accomplished I should still have the ability to whack out a drum beat.”
As for the long run, she’s nonetheless working that out. Artwork will certainly be part of it, as will the Seacoast.
“I’m not leaving the Seacoast cold-turkey,” Spalding says. “I’m conserving my mates, contacts, connections, and choices open there.”
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