Sep 07

Riverwork Project

It is hard to find anything in this entire universe that Sun Smith-Foret, MFA, MSW, LCSW does not do well. http://www.sunsmithforet.com The many initials after her name attest to her multi-faceted skills. All of these skills were surely utilized and evident in the current Riverwork Project. This project, huge in magnitude encompasses the artist vision of 60 artists of all mediums.  From the Riverwork Project Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Riverwork-Project/1448609398768068 “A collaborative arts project exploring the relationship between our rivers, their environmental character and the arts. With Watershed Cairns.” More: “August 29th Premier of Riverworks Project and Watershed Cairns at Alton, Il. Riverfront Park and Farmers Market…. sponsored by Main Street Alton, Sara McGibney co-ordinator and artist participant…. five months to the day from conception to presentation of first stage. This is the very first stage of a work in progress, a flexible work made up of many segments both cloth and glass referencing with markers on the land, watershed, the necessity of tending to our WATER resources. Photos: Alton site specific installation, participating artists, and studio lunch following. Installation available to travel.”

I haven’t had the opportunity to view this, first hand, yet…but, the Facebook page and Sun have persuaded me that, travel I will to Alton or any of the ends of the earth to applaud Sun and all the other artists involved in this strong visual statement of our environment and the importance of protecting it.

Sun, in her Alton studio, hand sewing joins of long segments. (in St. Louis, Sun’s Silver Screen Textiles from films can be found at Duane Reed Gallery.)

below: Freida Wheaton and Jane Sauer, advisors to the Project

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