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“Tierra Dentro" Artist Talk and Workshop Series

March 23 - March 25, 2023

2 images side-by-side. The left image is a blurred photo of a waterfall by Catherine Opie. The 2nd is a closeup of a woman with long dark blonde hair smiling and looking directly at the camera with greenery in the background.

The Current is delighted to present a new series of workshops to complement "Tierra Dentro," Esperanza Cortés’ breathtaking show on view in our gallery. Through these workshops, participants will engage with the exhibition as active participants and students. Beginning with a workshop led by Esperanza herself, each class will feature a different skill set used to create the artwork in "Tierra Dentro". Join us for these phenomenal workshops and public events, March 23 through March 25.

March 23, 2023, 5:30pm: Artist Talk by Esperanza Cortés

(Click here to view the recording).

Gather with us in our gallery space to hear exhibiting artist, Esperanza Cortés, speak about Tierra Dentro on Thursday, March 23, at 5:30pm. This multifaceted exhibit is rich with layered meanings and visual symbolism, pulling together personal narratives, cultural touchstones, and a compelling and thought-provoking examination of the enduring impacts of colonialism in Colombia. Esperanza is an internationally recognized artist and recipient of awards such as the John Simon Guggenheim Grant and the Robert Rauschenberg Fellowship. We are honored to host this event and hope you will join us to enjoy the unparalleled insights Esperanza offers into her work. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided.

March 24, 2023, 10am-12pm: Symbols of LOVE Workshop

Following her artist talk on Thursday, March 23, Esperanza Cortés will lead a ceramic workshop at The Current, demonstrating the techniques used to create the intricate flowers and designs that grace her work. Steeped in personal and cultural significance, the hand-building techniques that Esperanza will demonstrate in this workshop were passed down to her directly from her Colombian mother. Guided by Esperanza, participants will create their own sculptural art pieces, which will be kiln-fired and available for pick-up within one week of the workshop. Online registration. 

March 25, 2023, 10am-12pm: Beaded Embellishments Workshop

Multi-media artist Shannon O’Connell guides participants in creating beaded patches and pins in this family-friendly workshop. Explore the intricate beadwork of Tierra Dentro before designing and creating your own beaded embroidery pieces. In this workshop, O’Connell will demonstrate various beaded embroidery techniques as well as tips and tricks for backing and securely attaching your embellished artwork.

Open to participants aged 7 and up. Come by yourself, with friends, or family. Any children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Online registration.

March 25, 2023, 2pm-4pm: Remembrance Bracelets Workshop

Explore themes of identity and memory in Tierra Dentro by creating your own wearable artwork. Guided by Teaching Artist, Shannon O’Connell, participants will design and create multi-strand necklaces or bracelets. Through the combination of colors, textures, and weaving techniques, each participant will create a unique piece of art that speaks to their personal narrative.

Open to participants aged 7 and up. Any children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Online registration.

March 21-23, 2023: Stowe Elementary School Residency

Prior to her artist talk, Cortés will spend March 21 - March 23 at Stowe Elementary School as artist-in-residence. By sharing her artistic practice and professional dance experience, students will learn about the history of clave dance, percussion & rhythm, and the traditional music of Merengue, Cumbia, and Salsa. Students will have an opportunity to perform with each other using percussive eggs and scarves provided by Cortés.

Tierra Dentro is curated by Rachel Moore. For more information on the exhibition and related events or travel inquiries, contact | +1 802 253 8358

Supporters of Tierra Dentro exhibition and public programs include:

National Endowment for the Arts

Stowe Elementary School Parent Teacher Association

Union Bank

Vermont Arts Council

Walter Cerf Community Fund of The Vermont Community Foundation

In-Kind support includes:

Green Mountain Inn

Stackpole & French Law Offices

The Stowe Reporter

Sun & Ski Inn

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