Tuesday, July 17, 2012

See What's Whispered - Coming in September!

Hello everyone!. The last leg of the journey of my production of the tribute to David Baker is finally here. The movie is being polished for August production, the publicity materials and sponsor posters will be posted and distributed at the end of July-early August, and the fun starts in September! Please review the newest and last trailer for the new movie, which best reflects what you will see in September, and let me know what you think. You can also visit us on facebook:  www.david.c.baker.50@facebook.com

All the best,

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

June Newsletter

Judy Faust
Facebook: David Curtis Baker

   Hello devoted David Baker fans. I’m in the last stretch! I spent a few days in Portland, Maine  last week in May, getting expert advice on fine tuning the movie, with Reggie Osborn www.reggieosborn.com  and acquiring some period music to cover the 5 decades in the movie from the generosity of SPC-TV (South Portland Community TV).

It is very challenging to get copyright-free, legal, good music that fits with a movie without spending thousands of dollars. 

Thank you Tony Vigue and Maurice Amaral. 

   I also spent many an hour that week waiting for help in my car. I had to spend close to a thousand dollars on car repairs! Car runs fine, but funds are dangerously low. 

    Dick Tilton sent me his best version of his original music, “Searcher,” which includes a piece he wrote called "Vitreous Flux." He was a close friend of David’s who used to live in NH. Now he lives in Hawaii and is a fine art photographer, composer and performing musician. Thank you, Dickie for your amazing gift of music to this documentary. Visit Facebook and his website: www.picturesofmaui.com

Good news! I received $1,000 from the Pequawket Foundation of the New Hampshire Charitable  Foundation in June towards the expenses of editing the final cut and towards producing the DVDs that will come out in September. 

I still need a lot of donations to help me pay for the above costs, and to pay for the printing of posters, postcards, programs and so on. Any amount is welcome!

Although I am fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas.org, I needed a local sponsor -  AANNH (Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire) www.aannh.org came to my aid. Thank you Frumie Selchen,  

SPONSORS: room for more!
We have some great sponsors so far: Northway Bank, Eastern Slope Inn, Thompson House Eatery, Dutch Bloemen,  Snowflake Inn, Fractured Atlas, Minuteman Press, The Wentworth, Rick Goldberg  Communications,Perry Conley of Waterlifearts Kimberly Beals' White Mountain Art and ReggieO-Designs. The poster is full but there are plenty of opportunities on the programs and post cards. 
   So far over $10,000 was raised from private supporters. Some people are going to help out more than once, and others have promised to send donations this month. Spending cash for travel and printing will be the biggies as I cover three states for our publicity. (Maine, Mass, and NH). I definitely need your help!

   If Otis and Terry Port hadn’t made a huge contribution, none of this work could have happened. Jerry Baker and Eric have been my NH support group, lodging and homemade meals.

     Thanks to all of you who are keeping this all going with your suggestions, support, special talents, and small donations. Right now I need $5,000 to make it to the home stretch!

Big thank yous to some newest contributors: Jim McLoughlin of Harpswell, Maine, who used to help David promote his career in the 1950’s and whose interview helped shape the story, Nancy Baker Lind, who handed me more family photos, Jeff Moore who shared his mother’s work, and Danny Bianchino who did a totally fantastic job reading David’s poetry. I can hardly wait for you all to see the movie.

Danny will be a featured reader at the Poetry night at the Conway Library, Sept 18. (see above) He has the perfect voice for David’s poems and is a very talented poet and musician.  Have you ever checked out his website? www.thefourthpath.com 


    After 15 years, David’s Art Gallery will reopen sometime this September! Jerry Baker and Eric Morton have already set up a framing shop in the gallery. At least two hundred of David Baker’s last art works will be for sale. How exciting is that?

          You can call either Jerry or Eric Morton at 603-383-4308 or (603) 662-5998 to make an appointment.

“See What’s Whispered:The Legacy Of Artist David C. Baker” will also be available for purchase there, as well other sites after October 

And thanks, Mom, (Trudy Faust) for being patient with me while I work non-stop! 


There are only 60 seats for those people who donated to help this cause and for those who interviewed for the movie and the future TV shows. Invitations will be mailed out soon.


Call Fran 603-356-2787 at MWVAA to get the application so you can be in the art show, Sept 7. Deadline for applying is July! Sell your own art, sell David’s art, pass around the joy and talent and keep 75% of the sale while supporting your local art organization. David helped start MWVAA by inviting area artists to his house for meetings, by the way. Contact me anytime!  Long live art and David’s joy!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Roughcut nearing completion

Judy reports that the documentary is in its final stages of roughcut. She says, "It IS good though. Just tweaking sound and a few things. Next week I am taping the curator at White Mountain Museum at Plymouth State, and taping a mural David did in the Plymouth branch of Northway Bank. Then my consultant is helping me with finishing touches in Portland." 

Watch for updates on this blog! 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Call for Vitreous Flux artists and David Baker original paintings

Call for Vitreous Flux artists for juried Baker and Friends show!

Owners of works by David C. Baker may also show their collections

Do you have your own original art that relates in some way to David C. Baker?
If so you may exhibit it at the BAKER AND FRIENDS ART SHOW AND SALE, September 7 -28, 2012 at The Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association's downstairs gallery at Norcross Place, in North Conway. (adjacent to the Railway station)

Works must be juried first - deadline for submission is July 12, 2012. Artists get 75% commission. A one time Jury fee of $10 for the application is asked of non-members.

Call Fran at MWVAA: 603-356-2787.
You may also contact Judy: 978-212-2345 or Judy@bakerlegacy.com

Original works by David C. Baker do not have to be juried, and may be exhibited and/or sold at the art show. Please contact Fran for arrangements. Space is limited. The hanging date is September 5. Volunteers welcome to help with all aspects! 

Application for members and non-members is online at www.mwvarts.org

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Judy Faust to be interviewed on Outside TV

Looking for a house and a host!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Baker Legacy March Newsletter

Thank you so much for making donations to the Baker Legacy! $10,500 was raised on these three sites"
  • indiegogo.com
  • Fracturedatlas.org/what’s your story
  • bakerlegacy.com

What’s been done so far? Lots!
In addition to events listed to the right, there will be a special showing for fourth, fifth and sixth-graders at the Jackson Grammar School on September 27, and a private screening for 50 patrons at the Wentworth Inn scheduled for early September. It’s going to be hard to limit the guest list to 50 because so many of you have given so much. Invitations will go out in July.

The documentary is reaching completion of the rough-cut stage, with just a few more reshoots and interviews left to do in May. Reggie Osborn, a filmmaker and TV access teacher of Portland, Maine, will be helping me polish the movie. Right now I have an intern, Joseph Migeed of Belmont, Massachusetts, a student at the New England Institute of Art, who is working toward a degree in film-making. He is a joy to work with and very knowledgeable in audio production – just what I needed to perfect the older clips I am using from 1999 and 1989 interviews with David. Final and frantic editing will happen this June and the first two weeks in July. DVD production is scheduled for early August.

David Baker’s story is told through stories from about 30 people, with hundreds of photographs and images of David’s work covering his incredible career, from cartoons to all the different stages of his watercolors, oils, and Vitreous Flux paintings.

You’ll see his gallery in all its different stages and hear first-hand of the people involved in all the different stages of David’s life and career. You will learn about the two tragedies in the Baker family and how David’s art mirrored the losses, about how he struggled as an artist, and how he overcame obstacles with ingenuity, determination and his love of art.

Art collectors, friends, models and artists describe different eras of David’s life, including the “Drawing Group,” and the culture of music and art the Bakers hosted. The viewer will realize the important role David’s wife, Jerry, played in keeping the whole scene going, with her caring and loving manner, and her ready smile.  The movie is filled with little stories that paint a portrait of the generous and humorous artist so many people called their best friend.

The documentary is completed with views of David at the end of his life, the poetry, the cancer, the memories of his closest friends, and finally, what people think David’s legacy will be.

And the music?
Composed and performed by David’s long-time friend, composer, musician and photographer, Dickie Tilton, of course!

I am striving to make this movie personal, yet appealing to those who never met David. It is a story about something rare nowadays: How one individual CAN make a positive impact; how one artist created a culturally rich and loving community. 
I hope it will inspire others to find a way to enrich their own environment, wherever they may live. And by the way, I have gotten letters from people in Hawaii, in New Brunswick, Colorado, North Carolina, and even from Portugal!

What’s Next?
More funding to cover the work yet to be completed, for printing, traveling, food for events, and equipment such as back-up drives. In addition to asking individuals, I’ll be approaching businesses for sponsorships.  Space for recognition on the poster is limited, so if you know someone who would be interested, please contact me by May 31.

Volunteers will be needed in late July and early August to distribute posters to Mt. Washington Valley businesses willing to display them in windows, on billboards, and other prominent places throughout the area.

In addition, volunteers will be needed to accept admission fees at the events, and attend to details at each of the event venues. I live three hours away and may not be on hand to take care of all the essential duties required.  Marketing suggestions for distribution of the DVD when finished are also welcome.
Wish you had a Baker work of art but can’t afford one? 

Art is available to those volunteers who really pitch in. I am most grateful for any donations, small or large, and for any helpers! This is going to be an awesome September. So much is happening in the Valley. I hope you will be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime community tribute.

www.bakerlegacy.com has been updated! Check out the events, new notes, volunteers needed, sponsorship info for your business, and how to donate.
New email: Judy@bakerlegacy.com

Call 978-212-2345 for more information and to offer suggestions or assistance.
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Friday, March 16, 2012

A note to Judy from a Baker fan in New Brunswick

Hi Judy,

A couple of nights ago I decided to Google David C. Baker, as I met the man back in 1989. Sadly I read that he had passed away in 1999 of cancer, but read that you were doing a documentary. The man left an impression on me, and had some words of wisdom that I never forgot.

I was 33 years old back in 1989 and co-owner of a lumber business with my brother in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. A forester by education, I used to love to travel to the White Mountains once a year to escape the stresses of the business world. It was at this time in my life that I discovered Jackson, New Hampshire, together with my wife and our five-year-old son at that time. 

We absolutely loved the place and subsequently spent several vacations in the area in later years. One afternoon while walking through Jackson, my wife, Michelle, saw a painting in the window of a local ski shop, possibly named Jack Frost Ski shop. Michelle is a very artistic person and she saw something  special in that painting. 

We went into the store to inquire about the painting which I believe was $400 at the time.  The lady suggested that we visit David’s studio and that we did. What an interesting guy, who indeed treated us as friends from Canada, showing us more of his artwork and explaining his technique. 

Michelle told him how much she loved his painting at the ski shop. I really liked the painting as well but told David that I didn’t have $400 with me to buy the painting. David replied that because Michelle liked the painting so much, he wanted us to take it and we could send the money to him later. 

I replied that he was very trusting and that he was taking a chance that maybe I would never send the money. He answered that if that happened, I would have a larger problem than he would. I never forgot those simple words. 

I didn't take the painting, but when I arrived home in New Brunswick I called David and told him that I wanted to buy the painting as an early Christmas present for my wife. I sent him the money and had a truck driver who was picking up a load of pine for me in Lovell, Maine, drive over to Jackson and get the painting. 

The painting hangs in our home today and many people comment on it. I always tell the story of my conversation with David. I am retired now after a successful career. I spend my time sailing off the coast of NB and Maine during the summer and so it has been quite a few years since I have been back to Jackson. We have collected some very nice artwork over the years but our painting by David is one of our favourites. 

Just wanted to send this note to you because my personal encounter with David has stayed with me over these years.
Peter Mackay
Kingston Creek NB

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Update on the documentary film

The documentary is going well; I am doing intensive editing now of the 40 interviews, 1000 images, and several videos available to work from. The intern I have is working out better than I could have imagined. Funds are already looking low, but I am applying for grants and will launch a second campaign in a week or so. 

The last bunch of interviews really helped shape the story. I interviewed Fran Woodward Richardson, whose father framed work for David in the 50's and early 60's and who took art lessons from David's short lived, The Covered Bridge School; and Susan May, who lived with the Baker family as a child; Otis and Terry Port, who are funding this work and who published David in American Artist; Kim Beals and Joan Sherman, who both helped David market his work. Also, Nancy, David's daughter, recently handed me a package of a couple hundred more photos to scan in. 

It's looking good folks! 
Judy Faust

Monday, February 6, 2012

A note from Judy

Greetings Baker Fans and Friends,

The documentary is well underway. So far $10,000 has been raised, and we are applying for grants. I found a super intern from New England Art Institute, and the September 2012 events are being finalized.  

NEXT: we need another $5,000 for full time work on sponsorships, organizing and editing. Can YOU chip in a small donation? You'll find directions for donations on the website:

I know David would be pleased; Jerry is.

I'm working now on Drawing Group days. Do you have any photos? Send them to whatsyourstory2@verizon.net

Thank you for your help!  

Judy Faust

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Art of Allowing - Kimana Evans shares her experience working with David Baker

 I met David when I was a senior in High School, 1969. He did a little volunteer work with our art department designing sets with us for a play or something. He was all wild hair and pipe and had the most inquisitive nature of anyone I had ever met. Like a cat silently watching and playing at everything. So began Adventures with David! I had asked him if he would  teach me to paint and he said that he didn't teach but that I could come and paint with him whenever I liked.  Over the next few years, when I wasn't at art school I would hang out and paint with him, every opportunity I could get.  Also,on our breaks from school, a bunch of friends would join the drawing group which was a highlight for us to be with the pros! Often we would bring the model with us!  

Our time together was spent in a process of "see what happens." He would set up two of everything. two easels, two palettes with paint, brushes and spray bottles and we would paint together. Sometimes he would paint me and sometimes I would paint him. We would apply some colors to a fresh board, add some spray and sit back and see what happened as the color played and moved within itself, as the creation came to life!

In the art of allowing, images would reveal themselves, grow and change, and he would allow the creative elements to come to life! David never made an image conform to his will. He was as if in partnership with his subject and media and always allowed the paintings to grow naturally. He truly lived from his heart.

David and I would take field trips often, into Nature.We would spend an afternoon sitting on rocks in the river, listening as the water tumbled over the rocks, and watching as the light danced on the water. It was living music! We spoke little and just opened to what Nature was showing us. Thoughts just disappeared. We absorbed it all and when we were back in the studio, the magic would pour forth.

From my perspective, everything about David's life was self-discovery. Whether he was painting or making music or writing poetry, it was a deep and joyous expression of his Artist Spirit. 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Paintings of Betty and Barney Hill's Alien Abduction

David Baker was always interested in the paranormal. He sat in on an interview with Betty and Barney Hill while they were under hypnosis, and created these paintings from their descriptions of the events of their abduction in the 1960s. 

The Fiery Orb

The Capture

The Leader

The Examiner

From Amazon.com, about the book, Captured:

The 1961 abduction of the Hills stirred worldwide interest, primarily because of the book The Interrupted Journey, the subsequent media coverage, and a 1975 TV movie, The UFO Incident. The case is mentioned in almost all UFO abduction books. It also became a target for debunkers, who still attack it today.
Kathleen Marden

But the complete story of what really happened that day, its effect on the participants, and the findings of investigators has never been told...until now.

In Captured! you'll get an insider's look at the alien abduction, previously unpublished information about the lives of the Hills before and after Barney's death in 1969, their status as celebrities, Betty's experiences as a UFO investigator, and other activities before her death in 2004.

Kathleen Marden, Betty Hill's niece, shares details from her discussions with Betty and from the evidence of the UFO abduction. She also looks at the Hills' riveting hypnosis sessions about their time onboard the spacecraft. The transcripts of these sessions provide insight into the character of the aliens, including their curiosity, their democratic discussions, and their desire to avoid inflicting pain.

In addition, co-author, physicist, and ufologist Stanton T. Friedman, the original civilian investigator of the Roswell Incident, reviews and refutes the arguments of those who have attacked the Hill case, including the star map Betty Hill saw inside the craft and later recreated.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Grant Applications

Judy reported today that the first grant applications have been submitted!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Some links to vitreous flux watercolor artists and their works

I went hunting for links to 'vitreous flux watercolor technique' and found these: 


Trudy and David in his studio

Trudy Faust in David's studio in the 1980's.
photo, Judy Faust

Indian Painting in vitreous flux by my mother

My mother, Trudy Faust, and I visited David in his gallery and studio sometime in the 1980's. Soon after that she produced this gorgeous painting. Not only is it not muddy, but has clean, gemlike colors, but the subject matter is deep and evocative. All of humanity's suffering and nobleness are in that face. Don't you agree?

Judy Faust