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Saturday June 15th: “Work-in-Progress” Salon

Please join us at 3pm at Thorn Street Brewery for our June 15th Salon which will focus on “works in progress.”

Bring in something brand new, something old you’re not yet satisfied with, something you’ve been obsessing over or struggling with to try out in front of an intimate, supportive audience of fellow artists.  We’ll let you know what we love, what about the piece interests us the most, or offer friendly ideas for new directions it might take.

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Launch Party Thank You!

We at The Verge Series wish to thank everyone who converged with us last month for our inaugural Arts Festival.  It was a truly inspirational evening.

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We would especially like to thank Thorn Street Brewery, which proved to be the perfect showcase for artists of every walk to display their work.

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Photographs from the Jeans for Justice “Live It” campaign lined the walls with the faces of young people taking a stand against sexual violence.  Joe Baker’s stunning desert landscapes gleamed otherworldly from behind the stage.  Thorn Street’s delicious artisanal ales emboldened artists to sign up for the open mic.  The performances were moving and spirited, ranging from poetry, to monologues, to improv, to the enchanting tones of the Celtic Harp.  For everyone who took a stand (or an over-exulted howl) at the mic, we’d like to say bravo–in the spirit of poetry, art, and beer.

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For a more complete review of the evening check out an article about us in  San Diego Uptown News!

We hope all of you will join us on August 29th for our 2nd Quarterly Arts Festival and Chapbook Release Party. In the meantime, we’ll be hosting our monthly salon series.

May 9th — Arts Festival & Launch Party

thornst_backroom_t500x333 Join us at Thorn Street Brewery on Thursday, May 9th at 7pm for our first arts festival and series launch party. We will offer generative prompts to spark your creative impulses as well as feature creations by local artists, including photography by artist Joe Baker.

Our theme for this event is “The Body,” and we invite you to interpret it creatively. This theme is intended to inspire, not confine. Use your imagination to stretch the meaning of what a body can be. Sink into the raw physicality of body or soar on the wild ethereal imagination that exists within body. Perform, paint, write, or play with anything beyond or in between.

As with each event, we invite you to submit the work you generate or share with us to be considered for our quarterly chapbook.

Chapbook Submission Guidelines:

• Bring a hardcopy representation of your creation (a typed copy of your poem, short story, or play, the musical score of your song, a photocopy of your photograph or painting—be creative).

• We are also open to digital sound recordings for our website, so bring your cd’s too.

• Please keep your  submission to the equivalent of one page. Don’t forget to put your name and contact info on your submission.

• The Verge’s first chapbook, comprised of work submitted by you our attendees and fellow artists, will be presented at our second Quarterly Arts Festival, August 29th, 2013. Mark your calendars and come see what collaborative arts can conjure.

We can’t wait to be inspired and surprised by what you bring to share.

Check out these links to body related art to see how they can inspire your own interpretation of our theme:

“homage to my hips” by Lucille Clifton

“The Kiss” by Auguste Rodin

“Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa” by Otis Redding

“I Sing the Body Electric” by Walt Whitman

“A Hand” by Jane Hirshfield

“Two Countries” by Naomi Shihab Nye

“Your Body is a Wonderland” by John Mayer

“Body Worlds” by Gunther von Hagens

“Girl Before a Mirror” by Pablo Picasso

Converging Arts — Coming Right Up

cropped-p9060058.jpgThe Verge is a monthly performance and salon series with a quarterly poetry and arts festival.

Our aim is to offer converging space for San Diego artists and  supporters and enthusiasts of the arts through readings, performances, celebrations, and generative creative activities that bring us all into conversation (and imaginative, inventive possibilities) with one another and one another’s genres, media, passions, and curiosities.

Our first event and launch party arts festival is coming up this May! Stay tuned.