Please welcome to the lovely and very talented Kerry Adrienne who is here today to talk about where she came up with the idea of the core of her books! This is awesome stuff peeps!
My series with Ellora’s Cave centers around an artists’ guild in New York City and I thought it would be interesting to talk about where that idea came from. In medieval times, guilds were organizations of like-skilled men (mostly) that banded together both to help each other and to police their profession. Sort of like a union, and sort of like a club, you had to be recognized as a master of your profession to be accepted into the guild of that profession.
I wanted to take it a step further and have the modern guild be a place where all arts are recognized in one place. Yes, the artists who belong to the Guild are masters, but they have many young aspiring artists trying to work toward entry, just like medieval times would have had. I loved the idea of a more formal “artists’ commune” where members could have apartments—even if they don’t live in the city full-time, they have rooms or apartments in the adjoining brownstones.
The Guild itself is made up of four interconnected brownstones on the Upper West Side of the city. These brownstones are beautiful historic buildings that have been turned into part studio/part living space/part entertainment space (you should see the dance/bar in the basement).
The other thing that sets the Guild apart is that it is open to gay men only. The men aren’t against straight men, or women, they just want a safe haven where they can be themselves and take care of each other like brothers without reproach and without worry.
You’ll find sculptors, painters, musicians, metalworkers, glass-blowers—any kind of artist you can imagine in the Guild. The man behind the vision of the Guild is Kenon Alavi, one of the most famous portrait painters of modern day. He’s quite the character and has his own way of keeping the Guild running smoothly.
I’d love to belong to a guild of some sort. Author, seamstress, artist, heck—even crazy cat lady guild (as long as we had litter box attendants). I think it would be a great way to share a skill and commune with like-minded people. Sure, I think we do have some of that with writing groups and sewing circles and such—but not to the extent they had in the Middle Ages, or what the men have in the NYC Guild.
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