#FreeportReflections is a vacant storefront art activation program designed to: Enhance the streetscape with vibrant art installation showcasing regional artists, transform people’s perception of these spaces from old and empty to dynamic and full of opportunity, and ultimately to lease these ground floor spaces.

#FreeportReflections is a vacant storefront art activation program designed to: Enhance the streetscape with vibrant art installations showcasing regional artists, transform people’s perception of these spaces from old and empty to dynamic and full of opportunity, and ultimately, lease these ground floor spaces.

Location: 15 S. Chicago Ave.
Artist: Melinda Cook
Installation Title:  When You Fall in Love With Trash

Summary of Installation:  I spend a lot of time walking and riding my bike around town and am always stopping to marvel at the various objects people discard. I also have a hard time throwing away all the various plastic ephemera we are bombarded with constantly as a result of regular daily life.  At the beginning of 2020 I  set a goal to start making sculptures with all this trash i’ve collected, or felt guilty throwing away.  I began building large scale structures out of all kinds of “trash” and secondary use objects, and using recycled paper for paper mache to wrap these forms and strengthen them.  So far I have created four of these “trash sculptures”  using about 90% secondary use materials. The colors and forms are very similar to my abstract painting and ceramic sculpture work.

Instagram: @make_dont_break

Location: 18 S Chicago Ave.
Artist: Melinda Cook
Installation Title: Lindyland

 

Summary of Installation: After having done a few large-scale, short-term balloon installations, I have been dreaming of creating a whole balloon landscape for about a year.  My vision was to create a magical, other-worldly space with balloons that would be allowed to slowly deflate over time. It is an exercise in color and form and how the passing of time will change the form in unpredictable ways.   The colors and abstract forms I create with balloons are reminiscent of  my work in painting and other sculptural mediums.

Instagram: make_dont_break

Location: 25 W Stephenson
Artist: Linda Vietmeyer
Installation Title: It’s All in the Details

Summary of Installation: Welcome and I hope you enjoy my most recent collection of art pieces.These pieces, for the most part, have a common thread of intricate detail, whimsical designs, patterns, lines, and shapes, woven together with portraits of children and animals.  I used fine line micron pens for the details and acrylic paint for larger areas needing color. Each piece tells a story and may even remind you of a child or pet that you know.  The exhibition/ window display was planned with  a connective color palette in mind.