Jun 4th 2022

Catherine Schwalbe: Mending Workshop

@ Riverside Arts Center

32 E Quincy Street, Riverside, IL 60546

Opening Saturday, June 4th, from 1PM - 5PM

On view through Saturday, June 25th

Catherine Schwalbe

Before and After: Mending a life after a pandemic or some other catastrophic event in your life

Saturday, June 4, 2022, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Please join Catherine Schwalbe for a free mending event in the sculpture garden on Saturday, June 4th. Drop in anytime between 1:00 – 5:00 PM and bring clothing or any fabric item in need of repair. It will be a casual gathering of people to share conversation and stories. There will be sewing supplies for those who can offer the skills to mend and refreshments for everyone. Don’t know how to sew? No problem, Catherine and others will be there to assist or do it for you. This event is free, donations are appreciated. Join us as we bring the community together to help each other through repair and mending.

Catherine Schwalbe writes:
As the life as we have known fades away, how will we humans around the globe mend our lives as individuals and as a community? What will we keep? Of what will we rid ourselves? What shall we strengthen? For some, the pandemic has been a portal to something new. For others, it has been nothing short of traumatic in every way. What have we discovered about each other? How do we go forward? This work honors the fact for so many; mending is necessary. To mend and repair, the very root word of reparations, is clearly part of this work. Lastly, counting on each other and declaring our interdependence, is more important than ever.

This event coincides with Catherine Schwalbe’s exhibition in the FlexSpace. Her installation, Flock, is on view through June 25th. Gallery hours are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 1-5pm.

Catherine Schwalbe is a Chicago-based artist, whose social practice art centers around issues and aesthetics related to food systems, water, agriculture, reuse, connection, and being human. She received a BFA in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with additional education through Artist Bookworks, Columbia College for the Book and Paper Arts, Lillstreet Art Center, and Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center. Her previous role as a part-time Recreation Therapist/Consultant, contributes to her social practice art, combining art, caring, and engaging others.

Among numerous exhibitions throughout the country, Schwalbe’s mixed media sculptures, installations, and site specific works, have been exhibited locally at Oliva Gallery, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Accolades include a CAAP grant and coverage by Lumpen radio and Chicago Art Magazine. She creates at her home-based Haptic Studios and in a clay-centric studio at Lillstreet Art Center.



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