The Newport/Bethel Project, Co-Authored by Tegan Recker

This is a very special post because it was co-authored by Tegan Recker, a sophomore at West Clermont High School and a participant in The Newport/Bethel Project in June and July of 2018. The Newport/Bethel Project was a collaboration between Francesca Fiore and Hillary Wagner of SOIL SERIES: A Social Drawing and Steven Finke of…

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Community Studio 2018 Online Exhibition

In the summer of 2018, we held our second Community Studio session at the Empower Youth Ranch. Community Studio was a free public art program for all ages offered in partnership with Empower Youth. The program, which had its first session in the summer of 2017, offered local residents a dedicated time and site for creativity. Guided…

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SOIL SERIES Community Studio Exhibition

On October 27th, 2017, we held the inaugural SOIL SERIES art exhibition at the Empower Youth Ranch. The exhibition was the culminating endeavor of the first session of our Community Studio program. The exhibition celebrated the efforts and perspectives of the Community Studio artists while unearthing latent histories, honoring local traditions, and offering new insights and…

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Quilts: Highlights from Community Studio Saturdays

In September, we dedicated three weeks of our Community Studio program to unpacking the significance of quilting in Appalachian culture. Framing quilting within the history of folk art, we discussed how folk art traditions are deeply rooted in community and culture, which makes them expressions of cultural identity.   WEEK 1: Quilting Histories / September…

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