Refuge photographer Justus Poehls has been working to creatively document the momentary passings and prolonged residencies of the talented artists that find respite within the walls of the Refuge. Justus has been experimenting with various digital and analog processes to chronicle this unique endeavor.
His current photographic undertaking involves tintypes – a photograph on a sheet of metal made with photographic emulsion in a dark room, one of which being in the basement of the Refuge.
“I’m inspired by the raw, unencumbered exposition of self: the face we harbor in the dark – in waiting. I could leave the lights on for people as they sit, fashioning themselves for a portrait, but I’ve found that there’s something that happens, something that people reveal there, waiting in the dark for a picture, that’s irreparably beautiful and uncompromisingly truthful. I hardly set out or expected to be a portrait photographer, but that’s what pushes me on, what invigorates my every effort,” Poehls says.
Below is a tintype of friends Kirk Jackson & Buddy Jackson, and Dan Knobler & Carrie Crowell.
This past weekend, we had J.S. Ondara filming a video for his new single “Mother Christmas” in our chapel. J.S. was first here for our Homeland Experience event in September, and was here over the weekend for a pop-up concert at Green Bay’s Three Three Five. Born in Nairobi, he is a singer-songwriter now based in Minneapolis.
Jay describes his experience at the Refuge helping to develop him as an artist, “by creating opportunities for me to record the songs I’m working on, to shoot a live video, to do photo shoots, and to collaborate with other artists.”
Warm up your vocal cords for a night of sing-along with co-founders Cory Chisel and Adriel Denae – tomorrow night! newVoices Sings: Fox Cities is a free, family-friendly event sponsored by Community First Credit Union that will take place at 7:00pm in downtown Appleton’s City Center Plaza. It will co-occur with Downtown Appleton’s “Light up the Night.” newVoices singers will be within the audience, teaching and leading them in simple harmonies to popular songs which they will sing with Chisel and Denae.
“Music has an incredible power to connect people where no connections exist. I hope by singing together we find out what we have in common rather than what divides us and this becomes a platform for greater community connection.” – Cory Chisel
Our Holiday Mischief show takes place on December 14th with Cory Chisel, Adriel Denae, the Appleton Boychoir, and other special guests welcoming the holiday season. We are offering a Sustainability Package that will include priority seating & early admission, a Holiday Toast with Cory & Adriel, a limited edition signed poster, and more! All proceeds benefit the Refuge Foundation for the Arts.
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