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FALL 2005 • 30th ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
THE FORBES REPORT by VICTOR FORBES
I’m no mathematical genius, but it seems like it was thirty years ago this month that we began production of our first issue of SunStorm in earnest for a press date of Oct. 31, 1975. Through thick and thin we have managed to keep our publication alive, whether it was a newsprint newspaper, newsprint wrapped with gloss, or what it is now, a glossy internationally known art magazine. Actually, we started with an eclectic mix of poetry, literature, dance, music, astrology, martial arts — whatever interested us and our circle at the time. Some years we published six times, ten times, four times, twice. We have had our own printing plant, worked those hours, learned to love the sound of the slap of paper going through rollers, the smell of volatile organic compounds, the beauty of mixing inks on press to match the deepest colors of the artists we were reproducing. Here we are 30 years later and while our arms aren’t hurting from patting ourselves on the back, it’s good to be here knowing that we bring to those who read this publication a mix of interesting material ranging from the obscure to the universally known and accepted.
Good friends we’ve had along the way — and I would say we’ve seen and written about more art than most, for whatever that is worth. We have found that chronicling the true artistic spirit, exemplified by the heart-felt outpouring of the artist’s desire to express his or herself through whatever vehicle that particular talent comes through, has been a worthwhile life’s work. That continues with this issue. Pat Kirmer, my art teacher 44 years ago in Keene Valley, at the Baldwin School Camp, still sketches Johns Brook, then goes home and creates masterful interpretations of a splash of water and speck of light, all the while knowing, “You work your tail off and don’t make a big thing about it.” He’s 76 and barely misses a day. Evgeni Gordiets is another — so appreciative that he has a life of art; that he can convey his message through work without a hint of compromise. Then, also in this issue, we have the Catholic Museum, of which Publisher Jamie Ellin Forbes has been a supporter for many years. They would like your attention and to get it, have a painting by the one and only Salvador Dali entitled The Holy Spirit. You don’t see this piece in many other magazines. We also have an article on the great photographer Nathan Farb by the brilliant writer Russell Banks. He is well known for The Sweet Hereafter, among many screenplays and books, and also had the cover article in a recent New York Times Book Review on the powerful artist Red Grooms. Our greatest literary coup since Kurt Vonnegut wrote about his friend Sid Solomon in our 1984 Summer Edition.
As an extra treat, we include a few pages from our very early days and Jamie’s “Artist’s For Peace and the Environment” — an exhibition that began in Saugerties, NY in 1994 and continued in Rome, NY (the ’94 & ’99 Woodstock Festivals). The panels and paintings have now taken on a new life as a “Wall of Peace” and her musings on exhibiting them on Hitler’s former stomping grounds is way more than ironic.
Thirty years — each issue is a gift, a publishing miracle of sorts. We thank you for reading and being a part of this creative life.
PUBLISHER —JAMIE ELLIN FORBES
EDITOR —VICTOR BENNETT FORBES
Editorial Consultant– Serge Leczner
Creative Consultant/Photographer – Martha Corscaden
Special Thanks: Russell Banks, Nathan Farb, Pat Kirmer, GEORGE JAQUES, Vietta Sciafe, Martha Allen, Renee Dahl, MITCH MEISNER, JOYCE LEE, ZIGGY ATTIAS, BONNEC BROTHERS,
Tracy L. Penwell, Judi BEHRENS
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Miotte, 17 Turovsky, p. 14 Pat Kirmer, P. 54
Catholic Museum, NYC, p. 30
Tae Mook Jang, p. 26
Bonnec Brothers, p. 23
Ziggy Attias, p. 49
Nathan Farb installation, Lake Placid Arts Center, p. 20