From Paper Pods to Pea Pods
Saturday, March 4, 5 PM
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester
Ticket price: $15
Lara Lepionka will give an entertaining artist presentation that tracks her 20+ year trajectory from making ephemeral paper sculptures to her current “social sculpture” project, otherwise known as the non-profit organization Backyard Growers. Presentation highlights will include the breakdown of the division between art and everyday life; the potential role that artists can play in creating social change; and the transition from working alone, to collaborating with others, to becoming a non-profit organization. Lara approaches all of her projects with an artist’s intent, but often the outcomes look like familiar aspects of every day life—gardens, block parties, school enrichment programs, or solutions to problems. At what point does it matter how we define what we do? Buy your tickets today for an evening of light-infused paper pod sculptures, strange organic installations on public buses, outrageous street performances, city life improvement projects, urban micro-farm obsessions, and of course, beautiful children with vegetables. This artist’s presentation is part of Backyard Growers and Rocky Neck Art Colony’s FRESH collaboration. All ticket sales from this event will support both organizations.
Lara Lepionka is an inter-disciplinary, community-based artist, and the founder and executive director of Backyard Growers, a non-profit organization providing backyard, community, and school gardens in Gloucester. Lara and her family own the Beacon Street Farm, a micro urban farm in downtown Gloucester that serves as a model for urban farming, a site for creative production, and a launching pad for community events. She’s the co-creator of the Stone Soup Arts & Literacy Program, an interactive theater and visual arts enrichment program in the Gloucester Schools. She has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group shows in Chicago, New York, and New England, and was an artist-in-residence at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Cultural Exchange Station in the Czech Republic. She is the recipient of an Artists Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts Council and a public art commission from the Northampton Arts Council. She is featured in the anthology The Object of Labor: Critical Perspectives on Art, Cloth, and Cultural Production published by MIT Press. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA from Bard College.
FRESH is a six-week exhibition, with accompanying workshops and presentations, hosted by the Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) and Backyard Growers
This is an exciting collaboration by two inspiring non-profits—Backyard Growers, which encourages an active relationship with food and the earth, and Rocky Neck Art Colony, which encourages and promotes excellence in the arts.
In this exhibition, artists from all over New England will present works that reflect on the theme FRESH, exploring the ways in which food connects us to the earth, nourishes us, and ties us to warmth, family, friends, and memories. Join us in celebrating the new life that emerges as we leave the dark of winter for the optimism of spring! Contemporary, experimental and traditional art in all media will be on view.
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