Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Photo Credit: ChazWags
Taking Back the ArtS: Examining Why ArtistS Struggle & What to Do About It
FREE, ALL AGES workshop for creative people of all kind who do not accept that the life of an artist (of any kind) should be one of struggle and who want to change the "feast or famine" systems in the artS. We will explore the power structures in the artS and how they perpetuate the legacy of the starving artist.
Sat., Feb 19th - 3:45pm to 6pm
The Tank
345 W45th St, Upstairs
NYC (b/w 8th and 9th avs)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Collective Poem - Written at BP Event on 10/11/10

Here is the collective poem written by participants and guests of the Tryst Collective event, "BP's Black Plague: A Response in Art & Music" on 10/11/10 at the R Bar in NYC.

Feel Free to Add Your Own Lines in the Comments Section!

(the title was given by a participant-writer)

Us vs. Them

The BP oil spill opened my eyes to...

the blindness of society

endless greed becomes our responsibility




further PREDESTINED inadequacy ... Party 'til the end (it's soon) WITH my partying friend, who blindly works for BP!

I want less...

The love you take is equal to the love you make


Thursday, September 23, 2010

One Night Only! BP's Black Plague: A Response in Art & Music

(c) Nadia Gallagher, 2010

BP's Black Plague:
A Response in Art and Music

MONDAY, OCTOBER 11th, 2010 (Columbus Day)
7:00 PM

R Bar
218 Bowery (b/w Prince and Spring)
New York, NY

21+ ONLY

$10 at the door

Gulf Coast Artwork Silent Auction

Artwork and CDs for sale

Please RSVP to

Featured Musicians:
The Whispering Tree
Laura Schleifer

Featured Artists:

Ariel Basso  
Carl Dimitri (Rhode Island)
Deno Angelopoulos

Dylan O'Brien
Eleanor Kleiner
Elena Kariyannis
Harriet Kleiner
Jacq Lovelace
Jacob Reptile (Gulf Coast Artist)
Jessica Rowshandel
Lauren Polley
Leah DeRivan-Keppel (jewelry & fine art)

Leslie Bender
Leyman Le Duke
Lisa Bauer
Michelle Elizabeth Posner
Nadia Gallagher

Pamela Conway Caruso (Gulf Coast Artist)
Rebecca Volinsky
Shayna C. Latiolas (Gulf Coast Artist)

Featured Poets:
Stella Padnos-Shea
and Jessica Rowshandel

Thursday, September 9, 2010

UPDATE - IT'S A DATE! The Oil Spill Show Finds a New Home

Thanks to the efforts of our Associate Director, Michele, and her brilliant event planning and networking skills, we have a NEW venue and a DATE (finally!). :: drum roll::


BP's Black Plague:
A Response in Art and Music

MONDAY, OCTOBER 11th, 2010 (Columbus Day)
7:00 PM

R Bar

218 Bowery (b/w Prince and Spring)
New York, NY

The R Bar is a gorgeous space. The folks at the R Bar are being super generous by practically donating the space to us because under normal conditions this would be a very pricey venue to secure. Consider us lucky! The arts goddesses and gods have definitely shown us that when one door (almost literally) closes, a better one opens up.

Please spread the word and tell your friends. We hope to see you there!

Thank you to all of the artists and musicians who have been exceedingly patient, quietly awaiting a date announcement.


Photo credit: lisaclarke

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Call for Entries and Musicians! BP's Black Plague: a Response in Arts & Music

I have been quite disturbed by the BP oil spill, what about you? Devastation is long-lasting on many levels - environmentally and socioeconomically, for example. Creative people surely have feelings about the BP spill and/or our nation's oil dependence. The Tryst wants to hear from you!

Next month we are hosting a one-night show. (We are still awaiting a date confirmation). It will be a multidisciplinary show. We seek painters and musicians, but also photographers, illustrators, comic book artists, fabric artists and so on.

What You Need to Know:

1. You will not be paid. You will be, however, strongly encouraged to sell your work. The Tryst does not take commission. 

2. We ask that you invite as many people as possible. After all, the name of the game is networking and building a following. We need to cross pollinate to do so.

3. The event will be ticketed so that we can pay for the space. 

4. You must be comfortable with a grassroots group and nontraditional art spaces. No snobs, please.

5. For the artists: Unless we get an insane response from the community, we welcome you to show more than one piece. Since the show is themed, one piece must be your response to the BP oil spill and/or our nation's oil dependence.

6. For musicians: Your music does not have to be about the oil spill, but needless to say, we certainly welcome it.


Email us at to let us know and please include a sample of your work. We can't wait to hear from you.

For inspiration, read Jessica's blog response to the spill: The BP Oil Spill Never Happened

Photo Credit: Blackmetta

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Who We Are & What We Do - The SHORT Version

Today I was asked to give an explanation of the Tryst, but the short version.  After Michele and I slaved away and yammered on with drawn out explanations of who we are and what we do, I realized that we do indeed need a short version. So here's the response I gave:

Mission Statement-
The Tryst fosters a process of social change for artists of all kinds that eradicates the current "feast or famine" system and gives way to a creative middle class through which artists can completely earn a livelihood. 

I'm an MSW, of the social justice kind, so naturally the Tryst is based on community organizing principles. We were founded in 2009 and our members have shown continued interest since our inaugural event last summer. We have events for two reasons 1) networking/exposure and 2) building membership. Once we have a more solid membership then we can sit down and say, "Ok, the creative community is facing this and this and this social justice issue. For instance, we have trouble obtaining healthcare, income and affordable housing. There is little middle class in the arts. How are we going to address this all? How are we going to change the system?" And then we will create campaigns to address these issues.

The events we have planned are shows revolving around topics like the BP oil spill and dependence on oil, defining Womynhood, addressing food injustice and agribusiness, sharing the community's experiences with mental health and substance abuse, and using found objects and rubbage to make statements (and art) about the state of the environment. 

Most likely the shows will include musicians and visual artists, but we are open to other disciplines as well. It just seems that the setting is most conducive to these disciplines. But we will figure out, as we go along, how to be as inclusive as possible.

Photo credit: Tiago Ribeiro