About Michelle Aldredge

I’ve spent almost 20 years helping thousands of successful artists of all disciplines and working to make the arts more accessible. (One friend likes to call me “the arts enabler.”) From 1999-2012 I worked at The MacDowell Colony, the nation’s oldest artist colony, but I've also done time at an arts magazine, a library, an art museum, and a raptor rehabilitation center. In May of 2012 I left MacDowell to pursue writing, speaking, curating, and creative projects full-time. In 2015 I was named a “Top 100 Artist, Innovator, Creative” by Origin magazine. I've appeared as an arts and culture commentator on New Hampshire Public Radio, and in 2017 I was the recipient of the Wampler Art Professorship at James Madison University. I am the founder of the Gwarlingo Salon series, which connects artists like DJ Spooky with rural audiences in the Monadnock region. In 2017 my collaborator Corwin Levi and I will publish our first book, Mirror Mirrored, which combines Grimms’ fairy tales with vintage illustration remixes and the work of contemporary artists like Kiki Smith, Carrie Mae Weems, and Amy Cutler. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, but have called New Hampshire home since 1999. My studio is located in the historic, mill village of Harrisville. I miss fried okra, the early southern spring, and restaurants that stay open past 9:00 p.m., but rural life agrees with me. In New Hampshire I can see the stars, go kayaking or snowshoeing, watch bald eagles fish in the lake, and focus on my creative work in silence. I no longer have to worry about traffic jams; deer, wild turkeys, and frost heaves are the primary road hazards here. Although I live in the country, I’m fortunate enough to be part of a vibrant arts community that extends beyond this small New England village. The quiet days are punctuated by regular travel and frequent visits to museums, theaters, readings, arts events, lectures, and open studios around the country. (You can read my full CV here.) Thanks for visiting Gwarlingo. I hope you'll be in touch.

New York City Lights

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By | 2016-11-11T21:56:05+00:00 06.29.11|Found, Images|2 Comments

MacArthur Fellow Anna Schuleit & the Whole Sweep of Trying

Anna Schuleit creating Room for Five, a collaborative project for the Eastman School of Music (Photo courtesy the artist) Welcome to the first installment of "Creative Spaces," a regular Gwarlingo series that will focus on the creative habits and work spaces of visual artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and other [...]

Gwarlingo’s Pick of the Week: Bon Iver

For all of you Bon Iver fans who have been patiently waiting for new music, your wait is about to come to an end. Bon Iver's new self-titled album will be released on June 21st. In the March issue of Rolling Stone, Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon offers a [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:56:10+00:00 05.17.11|Sounds|Comments Off on Gwarlingo’s Pick of the Week: Bon Iver

Gwarlingo’s Guide to Residency Programs

Leonard Bernstein working in a studio at The MacDowell Colony (Photo courtesy The MacDowell Colony)   What do Quentin Tarantino's Resevoir Dogs, Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and the musical Grey Gardens have in common? All of these works were created during a residency at [...]

Movie Barcodes

The use of color in cinema has been on my mind in recent days because of a site called Movie Barcode, which offers a new way of experiencing a film. Movie Barcode compresses every frame of a movie into a single image. While these images may be interesting in [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:56:12+00:00 03.28.11|Design, Greatest Hits, Images|Comments Off on Movie Barcodes

News: Sinatra, The Strokes, Salman & More

A NEW SINATRA BIO: James Kaplan has just published a new biography on Frank Sinatra called Frank: The Voice. Geoffrey O'Brien has written a long review, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," in The New York Review of Books. Kaplan focuses on Sinatra's early days and tries to understand how this talented, [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:56:14+00:00 03.22.11|News|Comments Off on News: Sinatra, The Strokes, Salman & More

Welcome to Gwarlingo

  My name is Michelle Aldredge. I am a writer, photographer, and the creator of Gwarlingo. Gwarlingo is an online community where artists and curious individuals can follow great visual art, music, film, performance, writing, and design, as well as discuss the rewards and challenges of the creative life. Its aim is [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:56:17+00:00 02.06.11|Welcome to Gwarlingo|1 Comment
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