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FeMail at the IS183 ArtLab 2014 at Hall’s Garage in Stockbridge, MA

Posted: May 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Mailroom, Uncategorized, Up and Coming | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on FeMail at the IS183 ArtLab 2014 at Hall’s Garage in Stockbridge, MA

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You’re Invited to Stockbridge Art Lab 2014!

STOCKBRIDGE, MA—(May 1, 2014)—IS183 Art School and the Red Lion Inn are proud to announce that Art Lab 2014 is coming on Saturday, May 17! This event, a curated afternoon and evening featuring local artists, begins at 1:00 p.m. at the former Hall’s Garage at 35 Main Street in Stockbridge, and continues at sites throughout Stockbridge until 10:00 p.m.

Visitors can enjoy a film screening, live multimedia performance, pop-up artists’ studios and, be sure to join us for presentation of the 2ndAnnual Berkshire K-12 Arts Educator Award at 3pm – it will be a great chance to celebrate the arts.

The fun begins at 35 Main Street beginning at 1:00 p.m.:
· 1:00 p.m. –Meet the artists! Art Lab 2014 begins with a chance to engage with participating local artists. Ceramicists, collage artists, writers and multimedia artists will be on hand from 1 to 5pm, showing their work and providing demonstrations.
· 1:30 p.m. – join us for a screening of the documentary To Spring From the Hand, on the life and work of the dancer and ceramicist Paulus Berensohn. This inspiring film is hosted by FeMail, a collaboration between the artists Karen Arp-Sandel and Suzi Banks Baum.
· 3:00 p.m. – Presentation of the 2nd Annual Berkshire K-12 Arts Educator Award to an individual who has gone above and beyond to inspire creativity in their students. Join us to celebrate and applaud the efforts of art educators across our community!
· 3:30 p.m. – The duo Black Lake, comprised of the artists Susan Jennings and Slink Moss, will perform; their striking multimedia performances include music and video.
· 5:00 p.m. – Visit one of the many pop-up events happening around town and grab a bite to eat before returning to the Garage for…
· 8:00 p.m. – A Rockin’ Dance Party at the former Hall’s Garage with DJ RothFitz; dancing continues until 10:00 p.m.
Art Lab 2014 is a chance to celebrate local art and spend the day engaging with the artists who help enrich community life. To find out more about this event, contact IS183 at 413-298-5252 ext. 100 or visit

IS183 Art School of the Berkshires is a not-for-profit community art school whose mission is to encourage people of all ages, means and skill levels to enrich their lives through hands-on experience in the visual arts. IS183 offers year-round programs in ceramics, painting, drawing, fiber arts, sculpture, animation, mixed media, photography, collage, jewelry and more for children, teens and adults—at locations throughout Berkshire County through collaborative partnerships with schools and other cultural organizations. Programs are offered daytime, evenings and weekends, for all levels–from the absolute beginner to the professional artist. Visit to get involved or support IS183’s work.

Images available upon request.

Contact Information:

Hope Sullivan, Executive Director
IS183, Art School of the Berkshires
Box 1400 / 13 Willard Hill Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262
413.298.5252 x101


Summer Time Mail: Wish You Were Here

Posted: August 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: events, Mailroom, Uncategorized, Workshops | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Summer Time Mail: Wish You Were Here

A great mail day at my house!

Karen and I are avid summer travelers.

Even our art travels.

You can see our Sketchbook Project submissions in a traveling exhibit here. If you are in Santa Fe or Saint Louis, Brooklyn or Wichita, you can find this exhibit and ask for our work by our names. They send us a little note when people see our books on this tour.


Suzi to Karen Spruce Lake July 2013

Our postal art arrives from our travel destinations and this summer was particularly busy for each of us. I think I have spent about half the summer in other places. Along with our travels, we did some very fun things together too.


Suzi FeMail to Karen June 2013

In June, we were in Pooja Roo’s Rites of Passage in Pittsfield.

Rites of Passage bathroom SBB

Then, Karen and I made paste papers with Joy Seidler in Holliston, MA in July.

Karen at Holliston
Paste Paper Pathway
We have not laid eyes on each other in August though our mail art keeps us connected.

Here is a card I got from Karen this summer. She made it from a napkin used at my son’s graduation party.


Karen's Card to me June 2013

How about you? Get any good mail this summer?

We have stories aplenty this fall. Stories of our travels, outdoor art making, a discovery I made of many of the postcards I sent my Mom from a period of over 40 years. (That’s right, I started sending my Mom mail when I was a baby…)
In September we will present Art and Story as Deep Connection: a workshop at Alchemy Initiative coming up on Saturday the 28th at the
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, MA. Register here. We’d love to make art and connection with you this fall!


xo Suzi

PRESS and FeMail in September. A Postal Art extravaganza!

Posted: September 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Mailroom, Uncategorized, Workshops | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on PRESS and FeMail in September. A Postal Art extravaganza!

Karen and I led a morning mail art workshop up at PRESS in North Adams, MA on September 15. Our pal, Melanie Mowinski, MCLA professor and PRESS founder and fearless leader of fun with letterpress on her Vandercook, opened the workshop with a tour of Postal Pinacotheca. This exhibit of mail art sent between six female artists across the globe captivated and inspired us. Melanie had prepared PRESS collage kits for our participants that were stuffed with cuts from the many diverse letterpress projects created on the Vandercook. We used them with glee! Thank you Melanie for all your support and fun with FeMail. We love heading up to North Adams whenever we can.

If you or your organization would like to host FeMail for a workshop, art exhibit, artist’s talk about FeMail and mail art or our Daily-ness of Art day-long workshop please contact us here. FeMail is hosting an Open Studio Sale in Canaan, New York on November 17 from 1pm-4pm. You will be able to buy one-of-a-kind Holiday FeMail postcards to send yourself, our Holiday series art note cards from the FeMail archive and postal art kits. More details will be posted soon.

As always- Keep those cards and letters coming!

Here is a link to Melanie’s slideshow.

Celebrating the Museum of Motherhood’s First Birthday

Posted: September 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Mailroom, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Celebrating the Museum of Motherhood’s First Birthday

FeMail loves to travel. Our mail art travels and often, we travel to make FeMail with others. Just last year we were in Manhattan at the Museum of Motherhood.

Back in October 2011, FeMail trekked in to New York City to lead our Daily-Ness of Art workshop as part a day-long conference called Motherhood and Creativity: Creative Leaps of Faith at the Museum of Motherhood. We made some new FeMail friends in Amy Eagan and Rachel Klein, who’s mail art we have posted here. Joy Rose, the eloquent, brilliant and brave M.O.M. director and official firestarter for all things motherhood in Manhattan has spent this long year filling up the M.O.M. calendar with great events, conferences, classes and art events for the parenting community in New York. The Museum is making a bold footprint for motherhood, textured with scholarly works and art events. Not only can you stop there for a clean place to play with your child, you will be challenged to consider how American culture has represented and endorsed (or not) mothers in the last 100 years. FeMail hopes that the Museum will continue to grow and expand. Pay the Museum a visit when you are in Manhattan and consider making a donation there to keep the doors open for continued discussion and scholarly debate that expands our understanding and representation of motherhood.

Here are two cards Karen and I made in honor of Joy Rose- she is so much fun to make art about!

FeMail from April’s past

Posted: April 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Mailroom, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on FeMail from April’s past

Karen's April 8, 2008

April 2009 by Suzi