WINTER ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
NOVEMBER 13- FEBRUARY 1
MEET AND GREET: NOVEMBER 11, 2022
We are excited to introduce our Winter Artist In Residence, Nancy Eastman.
The Firehouse Art Center’s Winter Residency supports a working artist in the South Gallery for three months before a culminating solo exhibition in the Main Gallery, and the opportunity to guest curate the accompanying South Gallery show. The program will run from November 13- Feb 1 (exhibit in February).
The Artist Occupied program at the Firehouse Art Center is intended as a professional development opportunity for emerging and experienced visual artists, exposing visitors to working artist environments and processes.
Previous resident artists include Heather Kegel, Sean Faling, Jessica Forrestal, Chris Blume, Kaitlyn Tucek, Roberta Restaino, and Chelsea Gilmore.
“As a second-generation native Coloradoan, residing here for more than half a century, I have witnessed Colorado’s evolving suburban landscape, and changing agricultural, ranching, and rural identities. I am sensitive to the variations of my surroundings, interpreting the forces that affect a particular place. Confronting that loss of traditional and community values moves me toward a deeper relationship with my environment. My art reflects my awareness as an observer and participant. I interpret local environments and materials, both natural and manmade for site-specific art.
I create two and three-dimensional works from observations and memory of the landscape. The land’s subtleties, in both near and distant views, reflect our past human presence. As an artist I want to involve the viewer in the aesthetics of our common heritage and create a link between the community’s people, their landscape, agriculture, and history.” – Nancy Eastman
Through her use of found and natural objects, Eastman’s work confronts the loss of cultural and indigenous knowledge as well as our lack of connection to the land. She integrates metal, wood, papermaking, printmaking, photography, and book art. Eastman will be offering two community workshops where community members will assist her in the meditative practice of yarn wrapping, as well as creating a paper collage landscape quilt.