The Georges River Land Trust and the K2 Family Foundation will introduce their 2013 Artists in Residence to the public at the Highlands Coffee House, Main Street, Thomaston, on Tuesday, May 28, doors open at 6:30 pm with a presentation at 7 pm. Elizabeth Billings and Michael Sacca of Tunbridge, Vermont, are the first participants in this program, which offers professional visual artists, performing artists, and writers the opportunity to pursue their artistic disciplines while being inspired by the Georges River watershed’s extraordinary landscapes.
During their residency, Billings and Sacca will make themselves available to the public in a variety of ways, and the event on May 28 will provide the opportunity to introduce their past artistic work and meet watershed residents. During the year, they will organize further events to chart their progress and encourage public awareness of the richness and unique qualities of the Georges River landscape. In each of their four seasonal residencies, they will invite Land Trust members and the public to presentations or local food potluck picnics on the river.
Billings and Sacca were chosen from more than 25 applicants to be the first artists in residence. They share a similar visual aesthetic, and approach their work from diverse vantage points: photography, cinematography and the use of digital media on one hand; drawing, gathering, weaving and installation art on the other. Using the diversity of these techniques and the common ground of the Georges River, their goal is to visually portray the essence of the watershed and their connection to it through all four seasons.
In addition, the public will be able to share in the development of the final artwork through their blog, billingsandsacca.com, which will visually document their travels, reflections and thoughts. At the end of a year of visual exploration, their combined artwork and blog entries will be edited together into a chapbook and an exhibition, celebrating the watershed and the residency.
Georges River Land Trust is committed to encouraging citizens to discover the river and care for the land throughout the 14 communities in the St. George River watershed. For further information on the Georges River Land Trust, its programs and upcoming events visit www.georgesriver.org or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 594-5166.