Our local Whole Foods is displaying a few of my art works in their cafe area as part of their EcoBration extravaganza (EcoVaganza?).
Ok, so the event was actually called "EcoExpressions," but "EcoBration" is a way cooler name, so that is how I have been referring to it all month.
When a Whole-Foods-employee friend of mine asked me to submit work for the EcoBration, I was worried. Husby and I are in the (apparently very long and uncertain) process of buying a house and moving, and in a fit of impatience and fear of unpreparedness I went into a "PACK ALL THE THINGS!" frenzy and boxed up pretty much everything we own. Most of my art is tucked away and not easily accesible. What would I take to Whole Foods?
Luckily the show at the CentreGallery wrapped up the night before work had to be dropped off at the cafe. I went to the gallery, put my art in the car, drove right to Whole Foods, and dropped off a few pieces for display.
The show highlights local artists who use repurposed materials in their work, or who create work with a message of sustainability and protecting the environment. It is the exact same theme as the show at the CentreGallery--repurposed art is so en vogue!
The black frames in the top-ish left of the photo are my favorite pieces from another artist in the show. The brown shapes in the frames are bits of wood mulch, which the artist collected and split to create silhouettes reminiscent of butterflies--what a beautiful use of natural material. The idea of a tree being cut down, chopped up into mulch, spread in a garden around flowering plants that attract butterflies, and scooped up to be displayed like a butterfly in a Whole Foods makes me chuckle.
I am quite possibly the most awkward human when I'm taking pictures in public. Free-spirited college girls come in to Felicitous Coffee & Tea all the time and just start intagramming away the second their foot crosses the store threshold--I always feel the need to wait until no one is looking at me and I can just sort of snap a phone pic really fast before anyone realizes what I'm doing. The unfortunate result is that none of my pictures turn out very good. Sorry.
Overall, it was fun to be able to sit and eat lunch while looking at my art in a location that was not my own house or place of work. If that is some sort of milestone for an artist, woohoo! Achieved.