Artist in Residence Roberta Restaino

Nov 4 – Jan 29

The Firehouse is pleased to announce the sixth resident artist to transform the South Gallery into a working artist studio. The program offers visitors a chance to wander into a working studio, explore, and talk to the artist. Visitors get a first-hand look at an artist at work and with repeated visits can see the work develop and change.

Working in traditional printmaking and creative construction, Roberta Restaino will use her time in the Residency to work on her own invention: an imaginative take on historical catalogues of natural history she has named the Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene.“Anthropocene”—from anthropo, for “man,” and cene, for “new”—because human activities have caused mass extinctions of plant and animal species.

The residency will culminate in an immersive exhibition of these creatures rendered into a three-dimensional environment, accompanied by shadow-box “specimens” and an interactive drawing.

Visit Roberta in the South Gallery from November through January on Thursdays and Saturdays to play “Gira e Rigira” – an Italian drawing game. Add your own creativity to the construction. Supplies provided through the sponsorship of ACE Hardware Longmont.