Photographer Stacy Niedzwiecki and journalist Jeannie Gregory are collaborating on a creative project for ArtPrize 2014. Their entry, “Treasured,” will be on display at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson, SE Grand Rapids, from Sept. 24 – Oct. 12 during the world’s largest art contest.
Niedzwiecki and Gregory desire to portray not only the form, beauty and intricacies of hands, but how important they are to humanity. It is the story of what hands cradle through life that intrigues both artists. It is not only the form of the human hand – with all its flaws, lines, scrapes and scars – but its ability to cradle objects essential to the person holding it. Every person has a “Treasured” possession representing a variety of emotions, including love, pain, happiness or even survival.
For their ArtPrize entry, the collaborators have melded photography and the written word to create a tapestry. This tapestry honors the beauty of the human hand and captures the essence of emotion and symbolism the treasured items elicit for their owners.
Since both are self-employed artists, they have set up a Kick Starter program for help with funding their project. They are humbly asking for the support of the community. You can donate as little as a dollar. All donations will be acknowledged publicly, and special art rewards/gifts of appreciation are offered for any donation of $25 or more. Go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stacyn/treasured-a-2014-artprize-entry to learn more.
If you cannot support monetarily, the duo would love your moral support and hope to see you at ArtPrize. Both are deeply grateful to those in the community whom have already donated to their project.
A participant of the 2009, 2010 and 2012 ArtPrize events, Niedzwiecki’s work has been featured in books, websites, offices and a variety of publications such as Michigan BLUE, Michigan History and Tasters Guild “Journal” magazines.
This will be Gregory’s inaugural year for the event. Her work has appeared in Rockford Living Magazine, Lakeshore Visitor’s Guide, Michigan BLUE, the Rogue Review, Rockford Squire Newspaper, among other newspapers.