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CREATIVE THOUGHT Transatlantic art F


orging an ocean-crossing exhibition from the US and Spain last year, two artists


have added an aesthetic flourish to Thomas Friedman's widely discussed paradigm of an economically flattening globe. This Flat Earth / Esta Tierra Planawas organized by Jeff Badger ’98, a Portland, Maine-based artist, curator, and educator, and Jeff McCreight ’00, an illustrator and muralist who was working in Madrid. The show was on exhibit in both cities.


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duo first met at Skidmore as art majors and re- connected sever- al years later in Portland, where Badger is assis- tant professor of fine arts at Southern Maine Community College. After McCreight moved to Spain, they


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reconnected online and hatched the idea for a bilateral show. Artists were asked to create works on paper


in response to the modern world’s “flattening”— that is, the lowering of barriers to global inter- connection. “Some took the theme as a narrative prompt for a literary take,” says Badger, while others “used the economic and social implica- tions of the theme to make a political statement” and still others “used flatness as a formal approach.” Both curators noted differences in the art from opposite sides of the Atlantic. “The work of the Maine artists is much more conser- vative in color, composition, and subject matter,” according to Badger. And McCreight also saw “differences that cut across cultural lines and also rural/urban lines,” but he found that “as artists of the same generation, there was cer- tainly more that unified us than divided us.” McCreight says getting the show together


was a ton of work, a ton of fun, “a great learning experience, and certainly artistically inspiring.” Badger rates the public's response as terrific. “I think people can recognize that a project like this is more than just an art show,” he says. “It’s a chance to build real connections between com- munities.”—KG


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band Dan welcomed their first child, Owen Micah, on June 5, 2013. Liz returned to her job running family programs at the Museum of Modern Art in October. Tim Russell took multiple trips to South Africa last year. His company, NewsBank, has been helping educate Afrikaners on how state-controlled media helped pro- mote an apartheid agenda, and how to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Tim is also proud to announce that his debut album, End of Beginnings, has been re - leased on CD and iTunes. Listen for the silky vocals of Sasha Leland on Landslide. Tori Dukehart Eversmann lives in Bal - timore, Md., with husband Matt and their 10-year-old daughter, Molly. The family has three dogs and two cats. Tori’s first novel, about a woman raising a daughter while her soldier husband is fighting in Iraq, is to be published this year. Tori and family enjoyed a wonderful holiday in Nantucket, Mass., this past August with Erika Sweetland Morris and her family. Tori encourages any Skiddies traveling through Baltimore to look her up. Armon Bar-Tur and his growing family moved from Aix-en-Provence, France, to Nyon, a city just north of Geneva, Switz - erland, to start their new experience of mountain living. Armon and wife Rebecca welcomed daughter Etta Dove, born in March 2013. Their “beautiful petit souris” joins sister Talia and brother Ozzie. Ar - mon’s rapidly expanding European real estate business recently launched a new subsidiary of its student housing develop- ment company in Germany. Kurt Speers is still living in Virginia, where he’s cultivating a nice crop of gray hair!


Jennifer Desiderio had a two-week, first- anniversary tour of Costa Rica with her wife, whom she married in NYC in 2012. They saw sea turtles nesting at midnight, held sloths, and went zip-lining through clouds. Jen earned tenure and a promo- tion to associate professor of special edu- cation at Eastern Michigan Uni versity. I left San Diego, Calif., after 10 won- derful years and made the big move to Indianapolis, Ind. While I certainly miss the ocean, the gorgeous weather, and my close proximity to Stephanie Friedman, who lives in Redondo Beach, I find myself liking Indy more and more each day. I have been spending quite a bit of time in Geneva, Switzerland, for work, and am hoping to catch up with Armon Bar-Tur on my next trip! If anyone happens to be passing through Indianapolis, please let me know. I would love to see you!


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Herzog on May 12, 2013, outside Ashe- ville, N.C. Todd Murphy, Chris Granger, and Raffaele Mur docca ’93 were in atten- dance. The couple lives in Carbondale, Colo. Brion owns a sporting goods store that he started in 2006, and Betsy works for environmental think tank Rocky Mountain Institute. Kate O’Brien Bracciante reports that


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Kara DeLaurentis married Erik Golden on July 2, 2013, at the Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colo. The couple resides in Fairfield, Conn. John “Bones” Rodriguez self-published


a new short e-book called The Kindness Virus. As outlined on scribd.com, the book asks readers to consider what would happen if a virus was purposely released that spread kindness. Bones also queries, “Could we create a zombie apocalypse of kindness? What would happen if you were patient zero?” Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Michael David Pechinski, who passed away last May after a brave struggle with Huntington’s disease. In a Bangor Daily News obituary, his family invited mourners to “please remember Michael in your own way, sharing a smile, making another hap- pier, and enjoying the beauty of life.” Remember to mark your calendars for Reunion 2014, May 29 to June 1—it’s time to say cheers to 20 years! VICKI TISCH 330 W. 56TH ST., #2B NEW YORK, NY 10019-4241 VICKITISCH@YAHOO.COM


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