CMTS Partners with Community Arts of Elmira, Providing Studio Sessions for Local Artists

Mark Twain on the Quarry Farm Porch, 1903

Community Arts of Elmira is proud to present Clemens & The Pen, programming designed to catalyze the creation of artwork inspired by the writings of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, his life, and the life of the Clemens and Langdon families. 

Clemens & The Pen centers on creative expression.  The monthly gatherings at Community Arts of Elmira are open to the public and will consist of two parts: first. a brief discussion of selected work and themes related to Clemens’ writings and life; and second. self-guided Studio Sessions, time to read related material, write, sew, sketch, paint–create,” explained Clemens & The Pen originator Lynne Rusinko.  Participants will engage in self-directed, creative processes during the Studio Session, bringing their own materials, such a journals, laptops and art supplies.  Rusinko continued, “One focus will be social criticism, challenging participants to connect issues from the author’s writings to social justice movements of today, with the long-term goal of presenting their ideas to the community through their artwork.” 
Clemens & The Pen also fills a need in Elmira, Chemung County, and the region for individuals to engage with the iconic author in a new way that also expands community outreach and impact.  In partnership with Community Arts of Elmira, The Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies is increasing its connection to the local community.  

Dr. Joseph Lemak, Executive Director of the Center for Mark Twain Studies, will collaborate with Community Arts of Elmira in selecting twenty participants from Clemens & The Pen who will have the opportunity to spend an afternoon on the Porch at Quarry Farm in a two-hour, self-guided Studio Session Saturday, June 29, 2019, 1:00-3:00pm.  In addition, on Saturday, November 30, 2019, 5-7pm, Community Arts of Elmira will host the opening reception of the Clemens & The Pen exhibition and reading, also in partnership with the Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies.  

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