Contemporary North – artists supporting artists

A Coat of Heavenly Brightness

Date : October 16, 2020

Please join me for a conversation with Curator Sarah Margolis-Pineo on Thursday October 22, 5:30pm.

To watch our conversation, please click this link.

Honeycutt Studio in the Hired Men’s Shop at Hancock Shaker Village


The Shakers lived in a colorful world. Their architecture, interiors, furniture, and clothing reverberated with surprising brilliancy. At Hancock Shaker Village, artist-in-residence Brece Honeycutt has been exploring the Shaker palette of yellows, blues, reds, and greens, experimenting with natural dyes and pigments she creates from Hancock’s gardens and forests. Moderated by curator Sarah Margolis-Pineo, this conversation will provide an overview of Honeycutt’s ongoing research, mining the collection of Hancock Shaker Village to showcase the colors of the Shakers.

The artist residency is supported by Artists at Work, a new program designed to give artists resources to continue to produce work during the immediate health and economic crisis brought by COVID, and to build new structures and partnerships that will help to sustain the creative sector in a post-pandemic America.

Nature Lab – The Common Thread: A Virtual Series

Date : September 9, 2020

Very honored to participate in The Common Thread series, “A collaboration between the Nature Lab and Southeastern New England Fibershed, The Common Thread virtual series will explore the commonalities within the systems of land, waste, material, and color and how they can intersect with various modes of thought to drive positive change.”

The Common Thread with Brece Honeycutt and Laurie Brewer is available to watch via this link

On October 7 at 12 PM Eastern time for the fourth and final live session of The Common Thread virtual series with Natural Dyer + Textile Artist + Hancock Shaker Museum Artist-in-Residence, Brece Honeycutt, and RISD Museum Costume & Textiles Associate Curator + RISD Apparel Faculty Member, Laurie Brewer.

This conversation will focus on COLOR and ECOLOGY from history to present day. How does color’s relationship to regional ecology and history impact the curation of how colors are represented in fashion and textiles?

“Honeycutt follows Shaker creed as resident artist”

Date : August 12, 2020

“Brece Honeycutt creates art that looks as if it was made decades or perhaps centuries ago—artifacts that appear to have been excavated from the soil, aged by water and earth and embedded with the imprints of weeds and wildflowers. Her work is inspired by nature, age-old techniques and the passage of time, which makes it a seamless fit with the history and culture of Hancock Shaker Village, where she is the artist-in-residence for the next six months.”

Honeycutt follows Shaker creed as resident artist,” Tresca Weinstein, Albany Times Union, August 10, 2020

Boston Globe & Artnet News

Date : July 25, 2020

Thanks to the Boston Globe and Artnet News for their recent articles on the AAW program.

“Camphill and Hancock are both such amazingly beautiful places,” said Honeycutt, a Sheffield native who works in fiber, natural dyeing, printmaking, sculpture, and bookbinding. “Both places emphasize working with your hands to make a connection with the land and foster this sense of community I love.” Article by Diti Kohli and images by Craig F. Walker.


““The WPA not only recognized artists as workers with the dignity that entails, but also utilized the crucial purpose of art in our society to make meaning of the world, to illuminate our own stories for us, and to create empathy for others,” Chanoff said. “We are at a precipice now where we are called to use every tool we have as a community to work together to heal the commonwealth.” Article by Sarah Cascacone & above image by Monika Sosnowski.

The Fabric Show

Date : July 25, 2020

The Fabric Show

Woven | Painted | Embroidered | Knit | Collage | Wrapped

featuring the work of George Spencer, Ruth Adams, Brece Honeycutt, Eleen Jouvet-Epstein, Richard Saja, Kathy Greenwood, John Franklin & Will McLeod

July 25 – August 29

Joyce Goldstein Gallery, 19 Central Square, Chatham, NY 12037

Thursday – Saturday 1pm – 5pm and Sunday 1pm-3pm (please wear a mask)

closing reception Saturday August 29, 4-6pm

winterfield #5: notch, silk/cotton thread on linen, 15″ x 15 1/2″

2020 AAW Artist, Western Massachusetts

Date : July 1, 2020

Today marks the launch of ARTISTS AT WORK (AAW) — a program that pairs artists with cultural hubs and community partners.  I am thrilled to be an Artist-in-Residence at Hancock Shaker Village (Pittsfield, MA)  partnering with Camphill Village (Copake, NY). AAW is organized by THE OFFICE Performing Arts + Film and FreshGrass Foundation. 

Inspired by the Depression-era Works Progress Administration, ARTISTS AT WORK (AAW) is a new program designed to give artists resources to continue to produce work during the immediate health and economic crisis brought by COVID, and to build new structures and partnerships that will help to sustain the creative sector in a post-pandemic America. Conceived in collaboration with the FreshGrass Foundation as a public/private partnership that combines government, corporate, and foundation support, AAW is a WPA for the arts reimagined into a modern context that is sensitive to the 21st century landscape (now drastically changed) of every artistic discipline’s place in the culture.

Artists At Work’s goals are to give a significant number of artists a living wage to continue to make work, to activate cultural institutions in support of that work, to put that work into the public sphere for free to audiences (and in doing so to boost local economies), and to connect artists and cultural organizations to local initiatives in areas like youth mental health, suicide prevention, food justice, prison reform, youth at risk, and campaigns for COVID awareness in communities of color, and other  civic engagements with the aim of fostering healthy communities. AAW provides a dynamic and flexible structure for funding to flow into the cultural sector with substantive, immediate, and tangible impacts for individual artists, institutions, and the general public—outcomes that will help art and artists to survive, and also embed the arts more deeply into communities to the benefit of society as a whole.

Within Western, MA there are a total of six hubs– Hancock Shaker Village, Images Cinema with artist Joe Aidonidis partnering with GAAMHA, Institute for the Musical Arts with Naia Kete partnering with The Alianza Project, Jacob’s Pillow  with Dante Brown partnering with Roots Rising,  MASS MoCA  with artist Sarah DeFusco and partnering with nbCC/Uno Community Center and The Mount with artist Lia Russell-Self partnering with The Rusty Anvil.


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American Antiquarian Society celebrates 25 years of Artist Fellowships

Date : July 8, 2020

25 years ago, artist fellows began working/researching at the American Antiquarian Society.  “Creative and Performing Artist and Writers Fellows have included fiction writers, poets, playwrights, visual artists, sculptors, performance artists, and musicians, as well as non-fiction writers, documentary filmmakers, and journalists–anyone seeking to create original works based upon American history and present them to non-academic audiences and readers.”

Watch the video on the AAS youtube channel, or find the video on the AAS Blog, Past is Present.

Have you thought of applying to the AAS as an artist fellow?  The deadline is October 15, 2020!

The World Writes Back: Postcards to Emily Dickinson

Date : May 18, 2020

Thrilled to be included in the Emily Dickinson Museum’s online exhibition, The World Writes Back: Postcards to Emily Dickinson.  View the exhibition on their website.

“Inspired by the poem “This is my letter to the World / That never wrote to Me –,” this exhibition showcases the powerful, global impact of  Emily Dickinson’s poetry. In late 2019, the Emily Dickinson Museum invited the public to contribute to a crowd-sourced project with a simple prompt: to purchase or create an original postcard with greetings to Emily Dickinson from their corner of the world. The response was overwhelming, as hundreds of postcards poured in from as near as Amherst and as far as Russia. Postcards arrived from thirty-one states and twenty-one countries, and were written in English, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Hungarian, French, Irish, and Portuguese. Particularly inspiring was the outpouring of submissions from students around the country, including entire classes at twenty schools.”

Video from Live FEEDBACK FRIDAY with Botanical Colors

Date : May 2, 2020


Thanks Botanical Colors and everyone that joined in for Feedback Friday.

From Botanical Colors website:

This week, we’ve got video from our live FEEDBACK FRIDAY featuring book making with natural dye and textile artist Brece Honeycutt.

Here’s the link for the Zoom recording.

Brece taught us how to do “Improv Book Making” with supplies found in our kitchen and desk drawers. She also took us on a virtual trek to think about journals as a way to document our natural color journeys, writings and drawings during these times.

From Emerson to Thoreau, Emily Dickinson to Mary Oliver and Patti Smith, the common thread for their creativity? A notebook.

If you are not familiar with FEEDBACK FRIDAY, every week, we are emailed with questions from our natural dye community. Weekly, all of  your questions are answered by Kathy Hattori, Founder of Botanical Colors. Both Kathy and Amy DuFault, Botanical Colors’ Sustainability and Social Media Director will be on hand to moderate and answer questions.



Feedback Friday with Botanical Colors on May 1st

Date : April 25, 2020


Join us May 1st, 9am Pacific/12 noon Eastern for a live Zoom FEEDBACK FRIDAY for a session on “Improv Book Making” with supplies found in your kitchen and desk drawers.  A virtual trek to think about journals as a way to document our natural color journeys,writings and drawings during these times. From Emerson to Thoreau, Emily Dickinson to Mary Oliver and Patti Smith, the common thread for their creativity? A notebook.

Please register via Botanical Colors website for the Zoom Link.

Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society

Date : January 1, 2020

Thrilled to be awarded a William Randolph Hearst Foundation Fellowship for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers at the American Antiquarian Society. Whilst in residence, I will research their extensive collection of nature related works–commonplace books, herbariums, diaries, journals, books and periodicals. From this collection of facts and images, I propose to make a series of artist books that will demonstrate at their core a respect for the natural world in ages past, with a view to translating a contemporary understanding of the sacredness of our natural resources.

Dome in the Reading Room at the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA

Honored to amongst a group of artists in Contemporary North’s online store curated by Jason Andrew—“Land” and the ideas drawn from it, is the inspiration behind this.”




Artists including Nikki Blair, Amanda Braizer, Martha Clippinger, Hermine Ford, Pricilla Fusco, Paula Pino, Claire Sherwood & Jessica Sanders.  

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