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August Artist in Residence Erika Kapin

Erika Kapin believes that music and art have the power to cause joy, inspiration, healing and insight. She uses both music and visual art as ways to bring more of these elements into the world. Raised in Washington state,Erika began her formal training in photography at Bellevue Community College in 1999. Moving to NYC in 2005, by 2008 she began an association with the Chair and the Maiden gallery where her photographs have been featured the group shows “Preview” and “ArtLive”(2008/2009) as well as in her solo exhibitions “One and the Same” and “Stolen Moments.”Additionally, Erika’s photography has appeared on several album releases including Jane Ira Bloom’s WingWalker, Tony Malaby’s Tamarindo Live, and Aaron Shragge/Akim Funk Buddah’s Shaku-Box. An interview with Kapin and selected images from her “One and the Same” collection were featured in the Fall 2009 issue of Fine Arts Magazine. Work from the “Stolen Moments” collection is featured in the May 2010 issue of the Camera Obscura blog. Erika is the photographer for The New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music. Plastic Portraits is a project that seeks to explore our relationship with plastics. People in this world interact with plastics on a daily basis. From single-use, disposable items, to medical and technological equipment that many of us find essential to our lives, plastic is so integrated that we often use and interact with it without being aware of it. By photographing different people with the plastics they use daily, this project opens the door to thoughtfulness and discussion around the plastics of our lives. It raises awareness of the ubiquitous presence plastic has in our...

July Artist in Residence Lauren Underwood

Lauren Underwood grew up in Portland and Boring, OR at the same time. She witnessed the transition from city to country and country to city each week as she traveled between these two homes. She went to college in Bellingham, WA. At Fairhaven College she designed a degree titled: Facilitating Creative Learning through Community. One summer she spent two months traveling by bicycle from the NW corner of the United States to the SW. These landscapes became imprinted on her as she moved through them. She has always soaked up the world visually. Her recent work accesses shapes, colors, patterns, rhythms and structures gathered from her current and past surroundings. She is interested in allowing both the repetitive qualities of her environments, and her fixation with them to exist in her artwork. Lauren now lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is a barista at Lark Café, takes painting classes at the Art Students League and looks for new experiences. Laurundewood@gmail.com...