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#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.

Location: S. Chicago Ave.
Artist: Marisa Boyd
Installation Title: Beings Beyond The Sill

Summary of Installation:  While being a passerby, I become particularly interested in windows that are often blocked out entirely by brick, stone, or plywood and then painted over. Why were the windows bricked/boarded up? What beings lived/ live behind them? What shapes would they form? Where does that energy go? These are questions I ask myself while fantasizing about unknown otherworldly spaces.
The painted shapes are taken from a part of my practice I refer to as “closed eye drawing.” These drawings are interpretations of my surroundings through visual static, shapes, and colors behind my eyelids, as well as sound documented through lines on paper. I then erase the lines by cutting away and creating a new form. I think of these shapes as beings in space. Their history and attachment to Freeport can be fantasized about in the viewer’s mind.
Since I am not a local artist from Freeport, I explored the downtown area by engaging in Google Maps. I was able to research windows and use them for reference. It is important to me that this art installation was created to be site specific and to  open up an opportunity for the viewers to further connect with their surroundings.
Website: www.marisaboyd.com
Instagram & Facebook: @marisa.boyd.art

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.

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