All posts by Emily Gowdey-Backus

Freelon Asante ’01 Now an Artist in Residence

Starting today Maya Freelon Asante ’01Maya-Freelon will be the artist in residence at The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland College Park. According to a press release by the gallery, VOLUME, the title of Ms. Asante’s exhibit, “will transform the gallery space into a colorful explosion of kinetic tissue paper art.”

Ms. Asante is the first artist to participate in the University’s new artist in residence program, AIR @ Stamp Gallery.

VOLUME is open to the public February 6th though March 7th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will be a closing reception and performance on Thursday, March 6th, also from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

New Releases from Country Singer Gearing ’09

Photo by Chattman Photography

Country music singer Ashley Gearing ’09 has a new single, “Boomerang,” and you can listen to it here. She said the single will be available on iTunes in March and a new album will follow later this year.

March 14 Update: The single is now out on iTunes and you can find it here:
The single also is on Amazon and Google Play and has a lyric video:


Hession ’99 Wins at Sundance Film Festival

Rich Hill,” a documentary about the inhabitants of a small Missouri town, has won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Jim Hession ’99 is listed as one of the film’s editors. This is the 30th anniversary of the annual film festival.

This is the second Sundance award for a Williston alumnus this year. The short film “Gregory Go Boom” also recently won a jury award at the festival with Mickey Meyer ’03 listed as an executive producer.

The Worst Day was the Best Day Recounts France ’83

Kim France ’83 was the editor of a very popular shopping magazine for 10 years, then one day she wasn’t.

“They say that sometimes we don’t truly realize what we are oppressed by until we are no longer oppressed by it,” said Ms. France in an article she wrote about how what could have been the worst day of her life, the day she was fired from said magazine, was actually the best thing that could have happened to her.

Since that day Ms. France has started a blog, Girls of a Certain Age. In her posts she sprinkles fashion advice with first date tips for women in their forties. “But mostly, of course, it is about shopping: online, in boutiques, in massive chains and tiny fleas and anywhere else that money can be exchanged for goods,” she said on the blog’s A Few Words page.

Top Northampton Restaurant List Features Alumna named Joe’s Cafe, owned by Meaghan Sullivan ’01, a Northampton restaurant that has stood the test of time.” This is what reporter George Lenker had to say about the friendly, bustling, 70-year-old pizza joint:

Joe’s Cafe: If you’re looking for a definitive “townie” establishment, you will do no better than Joe’s. After all, it’s been around for more than 70 years. But unlike some more parochial venues, Joe’s is about as welcoming a place as you’ll find. If you sit at the bar (which is often crowded even during week nights), be prepared to get involved in a conversation. The cast of characters that populate this pizza parlor is both colorful and gregarious. And the decor alone is worth a visit.