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Founded in 1987, The Endicott Studio is an organization dedicated to literary, visual, performance, and environmental arts rooted in myth, folklore, fairy tales, and the traditional stories of people the world over.
For more than 20 years, Endicott has supported a wide variety of mythic projects, events, and publications in the U.S. and U.K. -- while at the same time raising money for charities assisting homeless, abused, and at-risk children. The slide show above features work by some of the contributing artists and writers in the Endicott Circle. (A longer list can be found here.)
Endicott's award-winning web journal, The Journal of Mythic Arts, appeared online from 1997 to 2008, promoting contemporary mythic arts and providing resources and information for mythic artists, students, and scholars. Although publication of JoMA has ended with the Summer 2008 issue in order to allow us to move on to new endeavors, we will continue to maintain 10+ years of JoMA material online, keeping this mythic information freely available to readers both new and old.
The Endicott Studio itself is not ending, however -- we're merely on hiatus while the Endicott directors (Terri and Midori) take some time out to focus on their individual careers. As soon as time and funds allow we'll be back again, with some intriguing new projects that we've got in the works...so please stayed tuned.
"Do people choose the art that inspires them — do they think it over, decide they might prefer the fabulous to the real? For me, it was those early readings of fairy tales that made me who I was as a reader and, later on, as a storyteller." - Alice Hoffman
"Current cant equates fantasy with escapism, and current fashion would have it that fantasy is both easy to read and to write. It isn't. When it is done honestly, by a skillful writer, fantasy takes us far enough beyond our daily perceptions to open us to the essential realities beneath it. This is the true goal of all art." - Ellen Kushner
"Our lives are stories, and the stories we have to give to each other are the most important. No one has a story too small and all are of equal stature. We each tell them in different ways, through different mediums—and if we care about each other, we'll take the time to listen." - Charles de Lint
"As our storytellers continue to draw upon past knowledge, including looking to the animal world and to tribal storytellers for guidance, we grow in strength. We reshape our ancestors' stories for our children, so that these tales will, like our people, our spirits, endure." - Carolyn Dunn
"When we change the shape of the Land, we alter the contents and contexts of our collective, familial, and personal memories. Yet, stories can preserve both mythic and familiar elements of geography even when the physical features are forgotten, buried, or obliterated. And more than this: the stories can bring these elements back. If the Land can be preserved long enough for its stories to be told, and retold, perhaps we all—as custodians of both place and memory—stand a chance at real preservation." - Ari Berk
"Vision is one of the five senses, a gift that's easy to take for granted. It comes to us so easily. We simply open our eyes and 'see.' And yet there are levels of seeing. As fairy tales tell us, when we constrict or confuse our vision we are primed for betrayal and destruction; we are in the hold of the witch. To free ourselves we must both try to see clearly and allow ourselves to be seen. These are acts of courage and of power. If we can go beyond that and see compassionately, we may even partake in acts of grace." - Ellen Steiber
"I grew up in a milieu of Carribean writers and writing. I bring that sensibility to my own work, but I write within a particularly northern tradition of speculative and fantastical fiction. There, plot and content are equally important, and the speculative or fantastical elements of the story must be 'real': Duppies and jumbies [elements of folklore] must exist outside the imaginations of the characters; any scientific extrapolation should seem convincingly based in the possible. It's an approach designed to ease or force the suspension of disbelief, to block flight back into the familiar world, to shake up the reader into thinking in new tracks." - Nalo Hopkinson
"Folklore is the perfect second skin. From under its hide, we can see all the shimmering, shadowy uncertainties of the world." - Jane Yolen
"At its best, fantasy rewards the reader with a sense of wonder about what lies within the heart of the commonplace world. The greatest tales are told over and over, in many ways, through centuries. Fantasy changes with the changing times, and yet it is still the oldest kind of tale in the world, for it began once upon a time, and we haven't heard the end of it yet." - Patricia A. McKillip
"Stories. I've been telling stories for years, with paint, with words, with film and video cameras and pixels on computer screens. Yet what do I know? Nothing, really. I can't explain storytelling the way teachers explain math or history. When I draw, or write, or envision a film, I try to switch off and not think too much. To explain what I'm doing when I create would be like waking up while still dreaming. Dreams. We are all storytellers night after night, for even the most inartistic of us can still dream like masters." - Iain McCaig
"As artists, Brian and I are merely part of a long mythic tradition—giving old faery tales new life and passing them on to the generations to come." - Wendy Froud
"Painting, to me, is soul work, healing work." - Marja Lee Kruÿt
"I believe that art is sacred and inseparable from life." - Mark Wagner