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Interview With Local Artist Orren Fen

Interview With Local Artist Orren Fen

by Mary Ellen Kaluza Last month the alley debuted a new feature highlighting young artists in Phillips. Within moments of having the idea of a regular featured artist, I knew I had to talk with Orren Fen. I first met Orren a few years ago, in pre-COVID times. I was visiting their home and they showed me a project they were working on: a puppet stage made out of cardboard, maybe 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide. I was blown away by the clever design, the creativity, the engineering — both structural and mechanical. Orren explained all the parts, moving and stationary, in great detail. Like I said, I was blown away! Lucky for us, Orren graciously agreed to be interviewed for the alley. How old are you? What grade are you in? Fourteen, and I'm a freshman in high school. Describe your main art form. I focus mostly on puppetry and performance art. What inspired you to take up your art? I grew up two blocks from In the Heart of the Beast Theatre, and participated in the May Day parades since I was two years old. It's always been part of my life. I've also participated in BareBones Halloween Extravaganza since a young age. Where do you get your ideas? I have a lot of random creative ideas that pop up. Sometimes I delve into them, and sometimes I keep them tucked in the corners of my mind. Do you have a mentor or teacher? I grew up with Mark Safford, a puppeteer who has been a mentor to me through BareBones. And Harry Waters, Jr., a person I met through the May Day ceremony, and more recently I have worked with Harry on multiple theater projects. Are there other art forms you want to try? I really enjoy puppetry because it is a very fluid and adaptive art form that involves so many other art forms – painting, sculpting, acting, sewing. What other interests do you have? I'm very interested in costume and set design. I'm also very interested in the behind-the-scenes aspects of theater, but puppetry is a very good way to be involved [...]

Heart of the Beast Updates, Talleres de Defensores Artisticos

Heart of the Beast Updates, Talleres de Defensores Artisticos

RE-START The Re-start is committed to co-creation with new Executive Co-Directors (currently hiring!), as well as our incredible board, staff and MayDay Council. WE've re-enlisted the support of the MayDay Council for year two and our next move will be to welcome additional community members to conspire on holding the theatre as a community asset. Visit www.hobt.org for the full Community Report, hiring calls, and other announcements. Check out instagram to share HOBT news and the lates fundraising campaign! Artful Advocates Workshop Series: In the Heart of the Beast is excited to announce Artful Advocates Workshops: a 3 month series of free online workshops for elementary-aged children! HOBT teaching artists will guide your children through an art-making workshop on Saturday mornings. Each one-hour workshop will include the following activities: a hands-on art-making activity that can be completed at homea follow-up outdoor activitya call to action to translate your art into environmental action! Participants who register in advance will receive FREE art kits with materials for each workshop. Art kits will be delivered the first week of each month. For more information visit: https://hobt.org/artful-advocates-workshop-series/ En el Corazón de la Bestia Teatro de Máscaras y Marionetas (In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre) está ofreciendo un programa EN LÍNEA con duración de 3 meses llamado Talleres de Defensores Artisticos (Artful Advocates Workshop Series) para niños de educación primaria. Los talleres con duración de una hora incluye actividades como: ”¢ Actividades de manualidad para la creación de arte que pueden ser completadas en casa ”¢ Actividades de seguimiento al aire libre ”¢ ¡Un llamado a la acción para traducir tu arte en acción ambiental!  Los participantes que se registren con anticipación recibirán kits de arte GRATUITOS con materiales [...]

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