Elisabeth Smolarz is an artist with a mission: to capture in photographs the community of Guttenberg and its residents. The first local-based artist-in-residence at Guttenberg Arts, she has embarked on a project entitled “The Encyclopedia of Things,” intended to portray neighbors and area residents by photographing the objects they hold most dear, creating a still-life portrait representing that individual.
Smolarz is visiting the homes of 200 Guttenberg residents to photograph collections of their most beloved and meaningful items. The project will continue through 2018 and once completed there will be a printed catalog, with the photographs becoming part of a traveling exhibition. Anyone interested in participating can submit their name online at www.guttenbergarts.org/ourtown.
The project is funded in part by a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA’s national “Our Town” program is intended to “transform communities into lively, beautiful and resilient places,” according to their website. “This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create or preserve a distinct sense of place.”
For more information on this and other art initiatives from Guttenberg Arts, visit www.guttenbergarts.org.