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Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket. We are now SOLD OUT!

A Showcase to benefit the Saltonstall Foundation


Friday, September 30, 2016

Join us at the beautiful Saltonstall Arts Colony for a Showcase featuring residency alumni and special guests:


(Complete bios can be found below.)


Enjoy poetry and prose readings. Then tour the studios to see works by our guest artists.


Heavy, mostly-vegetarian hors d’oeuvres, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, desserts, and coffee will be served under a gorgeous heated tent with sides.


Help Us Eliminate Our Application Fee


For the first time in our history, we are eliminating the fee we charge to artists and writers applying for a summer residency.


We are committed to making Saltonstall residencies accessible to artists and writers from a broad spectrum of economic backgrounds, and we know that application fees are a financial barrier for potential applicants.


Our year-end goal is to raise $10,000


All proceeds from the Showcase will cover the costs of the residency application process and enable us to become more financially accessible to all New York State artists and writers.


Just 50 tickets available!


Due to our small size, this will be an intimate gathering with just 50 seats available.


Tickets: $75.00 per person or 2 for $100


These are virtual tickets and place your name on the guest list for the evening. (We are not printing actual paper tickets.)

Purchase your Showcase tickets here!

Friendraiser 2015 by Elena Soterakis

Showcase Details


Date: Friday, September 30, 2016


Time: 5:30 – 8:30 pm


Location: The Saltonstall Arts Colony: 435 Ellis Hollow Creek Road, Ithaca, NY


Dress: Casually elegant. Half of the evening will take place under a gorgeous, heated tent with sides (as seen above.) However, please dress for cool weather and wear shoes suited to some uneven terrain and short walks up and down a gravel driveway.


Food: Chefs Denise DeCesare and Eileen Hughes will prepare hearty vegetarian hors d’oeuvres, but some dishes may contain dairy and/or nuts.


Parking: Free on-site parking


Saltonstall is located 8 miles east of downtown Ithaca in the Ellis Hollow neighborhood. You cannot see the colony from the road, but we do have a prominent sign at the base of our driveway. (See map below)

Featured alumni & special guests:

writer Rachel Dickinson


Rachel Dickinson writes about science, nature, environmental issues, birds and birding, and travel. She serves on Saltonstall’s board of directors and lives in nearby Dryden with her family.


Rachel recently earned her MFA and her new nonfiction book grew out of her thesis. “The Notorious Reno Gang: The Wild Story of the West’s First Brotherhood of Thieves, Assassins, and Train Robbers,” will be published next March (2017) by Lyons Press. The book is partly the product of several off-season stays at Saltonstall where Rachel utilized self-directed retreats for uninterrupted writing time.


Past and present writing clients include The Atlantic, Smithsonian, Audubon, National Geographic Traveler, The Christian Science Monitor, History Channel Magazine, and Living Bird, among many others.


Her first narrative nonfiction work for adults — Falconer on the Edge: A man, his birds, and the vanishing landscape of the American West was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2009.


In her spare time, Rachel also writes an almost-daily diary in haiku form, called The Haiku Diaries.

installation artist Lorrie Fredette (’14)


Lorrie Fredette was part of the first group of Fellows who took advantage of Saltonstall’s two-week residencies, a program that began in 2014.


Lorrie creates site-specific investigations that examine beauty, harmony and comfort to comprehend the incomprehensible aspects of infection, pandemic and plague.


Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues that include Art Miami (Miami, FL), University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN), Schema Projects (Brooklyn, NY), Cynthia-Reeves Project (Brattleboro, VT), Islip Art Museum (NY), Bank of America Headquarters (Charlotte, NC), Mass MoCA (North Adams, MA) and Jyväskylä Art Museum (Jyväskylä, Finland) among many others.


She is the recipient of two awards (including a Strategic Opportunities Grant) from the New York Foundation for the Arts, she is also a residency alumna of the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. Lorrie holds a BFA in sculpture from the Herron School of Art/Indiana University.

photographer Dan Larkin (’08)


A 2008 Saltonstall Fellow, Dan Larkin is also a regular guest during our off-season and has become a good friend of the Foundation in the process.


Dan is an artist with a distinctive sensitivity for dealing with nuances of light and color. He uses photography in an attempt to coax insight from the seemingly ordinary.


Dan earned his MFA at the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College. He current serves as an Associate Professor of Fine Art Photography in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology.

poet Monica Sok (’16)


Monica Sok is the author of Year Zero, selected by Marilyn Chin for the 2015 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship.


Her poems appear in Narrative, The New Republic, The Offing, and TriQuarterly Review, among others.


Her honors include fellowships and grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Elizabeth George Foundation, Hedgebrook, Kundiman, MacDowell Colony, and others. She earned her MFA in creative Writing from New York University.


This Fall, Monica moved to Lewisburg, PA where she is the 2016-2018 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University.

visual artist Deborah Zlotsky (’15)


Deborah Zlotsky’s recent and upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at Robischon Gallery in Denver, the SACI Gallery at Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy, and Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in NYC.


In 2012 she received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in painting, and in 2014 her work was selected for New American Paintings (Northeast edition). Her work is in the collections of Nordstrom, Progressive Insurance, Capital One, and the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, among others.


Recent residency fellowships include MacDowell, Yaddo, Bemis Foundation, and VCCA. Deborah holds a BA in the History of Art from Yale University and a MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Connecticut.


(Photo: Deborah in her studio during her Saltonstall residency)