Artist Elizabeth Smolarz joined with Matt Barteluce from Guttenberg Arts to conduct a presentation on “A Portrait of Guttenberg,” the community art project that is collecting photographs depicting our neighbors in a decidedly unique manner.
At the presentation on Monday, March 12 at 7005 Boulevard East, residents viewed examples of the intriguing portraits, created as montages of cherished objects belonging to each resident. The person never appears in the photo, but their personality is depicted by the collection of items representing them.
Councilman John Habermann proudly displayed his portrait, containing family photos and heirlooms with deeply personal and sentimental value.
Practically all the attendees at the event signed up to participate in the year-long project and have their portrait become part of the collection. Ultimately there will be a public exhibition of the collected works, representing the entire diverse community of Guttenberg, and a hardcover book will be printed containing all the photos. Each participant also receives a free poster-sized print of their portrait.
“A Portrait of Guttenberg” is funded by a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. There’s no charge to participate and become part of Guttenberg’s history. To sign up, visit www.guttenbergarts.org.