Today I visited the Summer Open Studio of the Taipei Artist Village (TAV; 台北國際藝術村). TAV is an artist village that promotes international exchanges with other artist villages around the world. Artists from about 32 countries have come to Taiwan as artists-in-residence at TAV. The Open Studio is held four times a year. However, the TAV holds other events and exhibitions throughout the year.
The event began at two o'clock with a drumming performance by Taipei Chi Drum (台北極鼓擊）. It was quite impressive. The group had lots of energy and looked like they really enjoyed performing.
The Open Studio gives visitors the chance to go into each artist's studio, talk to the artists and see some of their work. There is a wide range of artists at the village and they work with various media. Several artists showed projected videos or photos of their work.
I visited a number of artists' studios. However, the most memorable was that of Clinton Turner Davis, an artist from New York. Clinton works in the dramatic arts and he is currently writing a play based on the famous Vietnamese poem, The Tale of Kieu.
Clinton has a wonderfully engaging and friendly personality. He used puppets to break down the language and communication barriers. The photo above shows Clinton with a seven year old boy Steven, who came into the studio with his mother. Clinton first began talking to him with the puppet. He was very shy. Clinton then asked him to do a painting for him. The boy seemed a little hesitant at first, but once he had the brush in his hand he displayed a wonderful sense of confidence. He painted the picture above which was of two butterflies.
The Open Studio is also on tomorrow (Sunday 24 June) from 2:00 to 6:30 pm. The Taipei Artist Village is at No. 7 Beiping East Road (台北市北平東路7號). It is a short walk from the Shandao Temple MRT Station.