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Open Studio for Teens
Grab your friends and get creative. Join the Guild Hall Teen Arts Council for a free drop-in art making program! Occurring on the second Tuesday of every month, each open studio will feature a different visiting artist who will share their practice, lead us through projects, and help us create something entirely new.
All supplies are provided and no previous experience is necessary – all are welcome.
SCHEDULE & VISITING ARTIST
Tuesday, March 16: Creative Writing & Spoken Word with Andrina Wekontash Smith (virtual)
Tuesday, April 13: Freak Candle Making with A Charde (in-person)
Tuesday, May 11: Upcycled Fashion with Jade Ford-Jathan (in-person)
Tuesday, June 15: Songwriting & Live Looping with Gian Carlo Feleppa (in-person)
The Guild Hall Teen Arts Council is a group of motivated and creative young people working to inspire their peers to develop a passion for and voice within the contemporary visual, literary, and performing arts, and to advance their own creativity through devising, producing, and participating in creative interactions, public programs, and special events.
Andrina Wekontash Smith
Andrina Wekontash Smith is a Shinnecock writer, actor and performer who has spent her career exploring the various components of the human condition. She is a current house team writer/performer at the PIT in NYC. Andrina’s solo work has been featured in festivals throughout NYC, and the Tri-State area. She has performed locally at both BayStreet and Guild Hall, headed a successful summer theatre program at The Ross School in East Hampton as well as an alum of The Watermill Center Artist-in-Residence program. Her work has been seen in the Diverse AF Festival, Solocom, and The Downtown Urban Theatre Festival.
A Charde is a maker, a builder, an overall spatial thinker, and creator of the beeswax candle line Taper Freak. With names like “fetch limb freak” and “the warty hobnail,” A hand molds candles with humorous sculptural and figurative elements; faces, limbs, warts, lips, etc. They have been featured in Vogue as part of a “New Generation of Beeswax Candle-Makers,” and shopping lists in New York Magazine.
I'm Jade, a self-taught seamstress and creative designer. Fashion design dates back for me watching my grandmother perfectly piece her "look of the day" together which was always full of color. Her bold love for prints and patterns would later be my foundation and love, influencing my career and outlook in life. My love for vintage clothing and reworking items is what lead me down my creative path in fashion. Working with many big and small designers and brands as a stylist and visual merchandiser began my fixation on how garments come together but it was truly living in Brooklyn, NY, 13 years, that fine-tuned my eye and openly gave me permission to create and cultivate my own design space and rules in this massive industry.
I have been in the fashion industry 15 years & working independently for 4 years. I operate a creative design company Citizens & Heirs, where I design custom camouflage & denim jackets, up-cycle items, & service local boutiques by fulfilling their unique sewing needs. My love for vintage clothing allows me to work with vintage boutiques and shoppers doing alterations and repairs on their much-cherished items. I truly understand the need of personalization and really thread that into all my projects.
Currently, I am residing with my husband Elvis and creating in East Hampton, NY. Being here has offered me the opportunity to expand Citizen's & Heirs, birth my baby Sew You Right, while working with the flourishing boutiques in the area in need of alterations, tailoring services, and more.
Gian Carlo Feleppa
Gian Carlo Feleppa grew up in Amagansett obsessed with music, records, and The Beatles since the very beginning. Writing songs, playing guitar, and multi-track recording became a way of life, leading to years of listening and learning.
After receiving a degree in Songwriting and Composition at Berklee College of Music, Feleppa moved to New York City; starting multiple bands, releasing records, touring, working in record stores, instrument shops, and record pressing plants. In 2003, Feleppa purchased his first sitar and his life was forever changed. He accompanies yoga classes on sitar, performs and teaches multiple instruments and recording techniques to children of all ages at local schools and camps.
Currently, Feleppa is focused on his new band, Student Body, his 10 year old daughter, Ea, and sharing the joy of hearing sound with children in the Hamptons communities.