Hosted by artist Paul Rutkovsky. Paul has been working with community activists on a new experiment, The Plant, an all-inclusive space to organize, research, and encourage the free expression of others. The Plant is a not for profit venue and is operated by volunteers. Events held at The Plant are free and for all ages.
Paul has worked with community volunteers, city officials, and students to transform blighted urban alleys in Tallahassee, called the Art Alleys, into humane cultural resources, where art events have been organized and presented for seven years. He also has been working with the Doodle Cart: Do A Doodle And Get A Free Organic Fruit Or Vegetable, has been touring since 2015. The Doodle Cart is a portable doodling and produce cart that invites all to be creative, to eat healthy whole foods, and to avoid pesticides and genetically modified factory food products. Rutkovsky has exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo exhibits at DeMedia, Belgium; Galeria EL, Poland; the Kitchen Center and Franklin Furnace, N.Y.C.; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE); Nexus Gallery, Atlanta; University of Rhode Island; Real Art Ways (RAW), Hartford, CT; Connecticut College; Ohio University; ON Gallery in Poznan, Poland and Profil Gallery in Poznan; and the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, Lithuania. The TV TOWERS, an interactive public installation, has been exhibited at Yale University; Elizabeth Park, Hartford; Atlanta Arts Festival; and Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA. He has also received individual fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ford Foundation, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Florida Cultural Affairs Department, Harvard Univ., and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Workshop dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 16th thru February 28th
Workshop times: 4:30pm-6:30pm
Workshop description: This collaborative project is meant to be a visual conversation between two community spaces, The Kearney Center and The Plant. Clients from the Kearney Center will draw/and doodle on the paper on designated days on mural paper. The mural will then be installed at The Plant, an open community space for anyone to respond to. The mural will be taken back and forth between spaces over a six week time span to create layers of dialogues between various community members.
Exhibition in May
The artwork created in the Waging Peace at The Plant Workshop Series will be exhibited during the month of May in conjunction with the FSU Museum of Fine Art’s Waging Peace! Exhibition. Teaching materials available.
The Waging Peace at The Plant exhibition opening reception will be on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 7pm to 9pm. Open gallery hours to be announced.