Join Community Supported Art Valparaiso artists, organizers, and supporters for the opening of the second Season Preview exhibit at the Porter County Museum on December 5 from 1-4p. At 2p, hear from the artists themselves during a panel discussion about the artists’ processes, inspirations, and ideas about the importance of arts in our communities.
Over the last twenty years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same “buy local” spirit in mind, the Community Supported Art (CSA) Valpo project supports local art, artists, and collectors. For more information about the CSA Valpo project, visit www.CSArtValpo.com.
Aurelia Ploutis was born in Chicago, IL where she also studied art at Columbia College and received her B.A. with a focus in Illustration. She moved to Valparaiso, IN in 1997 where she spends many weekly hours working predominantly in fine art collage that stands out as having a hauntingly odd quality that can leave the viewer curious of the peculiar themes behind the photographs, images, text, and small 3-dimentional objects methodically incorporated and layered into each piece. She continually seeks influence from time-worn architecture, urban back alleys, books, patinaed hardware, music, and people’s own stories. It is through these sightings and encounters that bear volumes of soul that uniquely surface in her art. As an experimental artist, Aurelia also assembles jewelry that holds vintage characteristics along with the integration of subtle pattern and color to add accent as a simple and unpretentious accessory. Her work has been on exhibit at the Footlight Theater, Michigan City, IN, the Michigan City Public Library, Michigan City, IN, The Art Barn, Valparaiso, IN, Framing Concepts Gallery, Valparaiso, IN and Francine Turk Gallery, Chicago, IL. Her jewelry has also been on display at the Lubeznik Center For The Arts Gallery Shop, Michigan City, IN.
For this season’s shareholders, Aurelia plans to create original collages:
For CSA Valpo, I plan to create 50 individual distinct pieces of multimedia collage wall hangings with the approximate dimensions of 4” x 4”. A continual theme of peculiarity with hints of darkness and curiosity will surface in these works. Elements such as torn paper, photographs, text, patinaed vintage hardware, ink, acrylic, and tile will used to create these singular “delicacies” that carry a story of their own through layered collage.