November 17, 2015 | Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos | Newport News, VA
Such a handsome facility is the Ferguson Center for the Arts on the campus of Christopher Newport University. Traveling up and down the East Coast has been a real pleasure. Every one of the states I’ve been to so far is one of the original 13 colonies, and I feel immersed in American history. The Music and Theater Hall is a lovely space with plush red seats and a great vibe. And they’ve got a Blu-Ray player!
Tonight is a small audience but the film is well-received. And I can certainly understand the sparse numbers—I’m up against a night with Frank Sinatra, Jr. The high-rolling Newport crowd is having dinner on the other side of the Center getting ready for Ol’ Blue Eyes II.
The crowd for the film is mostly made up of art students, and there is a nice moderated discussion with Kristin Skees and Lindsay Schiller, who give me some real insight into the artistic process and how to look at Miriam’s work through a better historical context.
In Kristin’s class earlier in the day, she said that some of her students got a bit misty thinking about their impending careers as artists.
I’ll be spending the night in Charlottesville, Virginia, about halfway between Newport and Lewisberg, West Virginia (part of Virginia during the Colonial era) for the next screening at Carnegie Hall. I love saying that I’m playing there!
Post by OSIP touring filmmaker, Jonathan Gruber.