Inspired by visiting artist Alison Pebworth's research into the 19th century nervous condition, Americanitis, a group of farmers in Cleveland offered their own homegrown elixirs.
We started the day at 8 a.m. with Erie's Edge Farm's Sunrise Elixir, a roasted root coffee substitute made from beet and dandelion roots, and spelt, with some squash and fennel seeds. We accompanied it with some morning stretches, a gentle way to start the day!
Gather 'Round Farm offered an elixir for the "Inner Elder", a tonic starting with elderberry flowers. Passers-by drew pictures of their inner elders, using plants as drawing tools.
The Possibilitarian Puppet Troupe gave market-goers a Full Sensory Elixir Experience, starting with a taste of rose petals, nasturtiums and a very tasty kombucha-based elixir, which you took into a tunnel full of the smells of soil and herbs, where you could take a look at a series of illustrated doors and windows while a music box slowly played you the Beatles' love song "Michelle".
Then an energetic group of kids from City Rising Farm's summer camp came and served up their incredibly tasty sun teas. One was thyme tea, the other was mint, but I thought they were at their best when mixed together and topped with mulberries from the farm.
We capped off the day with a whole array of elixirs from Let It Bee Gardens, laid out in a gorgeous landscape of art from Let It Bee's Julie Patton. The elixirs were a feast for the eyes and the belly: made from currants, service berries and a whole variety of herbs from the garden.
The whole day was framed by Alison Pebworth's Beautiful Possibility banners hanging at the West Side Market, which generated a lot of fascinating conversation about the figures from American myths and history she depicts.
In all, a day to remember!
The Beautiful Possibility Elixir Social, June 23, 2012 at the West Side Market
For the past few months I have been thinking about Cleveland, which probably has to do with the fact that we have turned SPACES into the unofficial visitor center for the city. You can read more about that project here: http://bit.ly/KicO9l. Here's a blurb from our website: "This project seeks to engage the idea of tourism through the lens of a city that is not a traditional tourist destination. Participating artists engage Cleveland as a subject and medium in both critical and laudatory ways."
So if you stop by SPACES you will see we have the participating artists' works, tour books, postcards, maps (including a memory map), and information all about Cleveland. We even sponsored an anthem contest, so you can hear tons of different kinds of songs about the city.
In this entry (and maybe a few more) I want to focus on people singing about Cleveland. OK OK, so some people might say this is a song about Lebron and not Cleveland, but I think it's funny. How many times will you see Mike Tyson sing the words "Cleveland, Ohio?" ooowha, oowha ooow.
From 12:00-2:00 tomorrow, everyone gets a second chance to go on local historian Christopher Busta-Peck's walking tour along Euclid Avenue. Check out this story on Fresh Water Cleveland http://tinyurl.com/8a2v3bd for more info. The tour is free and open to the public.
Perhaps you are among those confounded by Cleveland SGS's current installation at SPACES, a full-frontal sensory attack meant to help visitors calculate their odds for success using the mystical implications of games and luck.
Though we can't promise that SGS's appearance tomorrow night will provide any clear explanation of what this elusive band of Cleveland artists is up to, we can guarantee that those who show up will be invited to dig more deeply into the mystery of it all.
An Evening with Reverend True @ SPACES
Thursday, June 7, 6:30 pm
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