Meet the Library's Artist-in-Residence, Stephanie LH Harvey
The library is excited to introduce our Artist-in-Residence, Stephanie LH Harvey! Through a generous grant from the Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival, Stephanie will bring art and education together at the Little Chute Public Library this Spring. During her time as artist-in-residence, Stephanie will teach three Street Art Workshops, create an original mural in the Little Chute Library, and lead a community mural project during Cheese Fest 2017. Keep reading to learn more about Stephanie, her work, and all the great programs she's bringing to the library!
I am often asked why I make art. The answer always involves something the French sculptor Marisol said: “I was born an artist. Afterwards, I had to explain to everyone just what that meant.” Although I am always trying to figure out exactly how and why art is such an enormous part of my life, I do know the importance of an artist’s ability to send a message to the community. For me, the traditional gendered roles need to be reevaluated. In my art, I strive to do this in any way that I can.
Much of my recent work comes from my feelings of being pulled two very different ways because I am a woman. I am torn between these two vividly different and wildly ensued people, or a place to call home in between the two. There is a maiden-named, tattooed, wild painter with ink under her fingernails. She glamorously drinks wine at gallery openings and self-expresses at any and all costs. In opposition, sits the stay at home wife and mother of two. An apron-clad woman who can wipe runny noses, organize a bake sale, and change a diaper in one motion.
For me, personally, rejecting the traditional feminine rolls has its consequences. Although I do not completely confine myself to the stereotypical housewife and mother, I feel pressure to demonstrate my womanhood. I find myself baking cupcakes more than necessary, insisting to wear mascara most every day, and proving my proficiency in other “lady-like” activities, in an attempt to somehow overcompensate for being a feminist. I wonder why I do not just think of myself as an artist, but as a female artist. Much of my inspiration for my art comes from these gender-geared labels and the connotations that float around them.
Stephanie Harvey is a photographer and print maker with a passion for community art projects. She attended the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh to obtain her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art, which is where she fell in love with printmaking. Much of Stephanie's work is based on the reevaluation of traditional gender stereotypes. She strives to make a stand for a more comprehensive understanding and acceptance while still trying to maintain a bit of lightheartedness about the subject. Stephanie enjoys the enthusiasm that comes from teaching children and exploring art.
(visit the Calendar of Events for more details and links to register for Street Art Workshops)
Artist Preview - Now through March 2
See Stephanie's work and the work of other stencil artists, on display now at the Little Chute Public Library.
Meet the Artist- Monday, March 6th, 4:30-6:30PM at the Little Chute Public Library
Stephanie will begin work on her original mural in the Little Chute library. Visit with Stephanie, see what she's creating, and learn more about her art and upcoming classes.
Middle School Street Art Stenciling Workshop - Monday, March 27th, 1:00-3:00 at the Little Chute Public Library. Open to grades 6-8. Registration begins March 1st. Call the library to sign up, 788-7825.
Adult Street Art Stenciling Workshop - Monday, April 10th, 6:00-8:00PM at the Little Chute Public Library. Open to ages 18 and up. Registration begins March 1st. Call the library to sign up, 788-7825.
High School Street Art Stenciling Workshop - Monday, June 26th, 1:00-3:00PM at the Little Chute Public Library. Open to teens entering grades 9-12. Registration begins June 5th. Call the library to sign up, 788-7825.
Learning history of street art is just the start of getting immersed in the world of easily accessible art. There really are endless possibilities for sharing and showing your art once you learn how to create and use stencils. In addition to the actual process of creating reusable stencil art, we will also be focused on the principles of design and bettering yourself as an artist. Class will end with brightening up a local area in our community.
Cheese Fest Mural in Doyle Park - Stephanie will be creating an original mural in Doyle Park on Sunday, June 4th during Cheese Fest. Join her for this interactive art project to be a part of this community-created art