katierosepipkinTaking up residence in the Arts Retreat house during the first part of the summer of 2014 is visual artist Katie Rose Pipkin. During the early part of her residency, she has been focused on her drawings and has been quite productive amidst small town life in New York Mills.

Katie Rose Pipkin was born in Austin, Texas in the fall of 1990. She grew up in the woods, spent her adolescence in the suburbs, and has since migrated back to the woods. She holds a BFA from the University of Texas, was a founding member of Wardenclyffe Gallery, and is a member of collective Cloud to Ground. She has received generous support from The Texas Cultural Trust, Caldera Arts Center, The Texas Biennial, Joshua Tree Highland Houses, Austin Visual Arts Awards, and other institutions. She makes drawings with her hands, the internet, and sometimes her words. She is interested in working along the fault lines.

KatieRosePipkinmagicwanddrawingPipkin will be here until July 8th and will continue to draw both on paper and in the electronic world of video games and the internet. On Tuesday, July 1st at 7:30pm, she will teach a free class on technical art and drawing at the Cultural Center, the class will be centered around an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories called Twine, It has been used to produce games, interactive fiction, poems, comics, and other forms of nonlinear media. No coding is necessary with Twine, but stories can be expanded with variables, images, CSS, and JavaScript. In an hour-long workshop we will view some examples of things that have been made in Twine, and cover the basics of making your own piece of interactive storytelling. Katie will also  share some of the drawings she has worked on during her residency. This event is free and open to all.

See more of Katie’s artwork at her website, http://katierosepipkin.com/.