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July News Flash

Happy summer to you! With only a few more months until 122 Conversations opens in Duluth I wanted to thank some of the key people who have helped me along the way. The two women above, scroll-roller extraordinaire Jennifer Phelps and gorilla-whisperer Megan Johnston, have traveled this 6 year journey with me offering feedback, curatorial guidance, text editing and overall unwavering support. Prior to photographing each city’s scrolls, Phelps has been in the studio shaping the scope of the exhibition and literally rolling up the pieces and packing them into the suitcase with me. Heartfelt thank you to these two extraordinary women, both accomplished art professionals and wonderful friends whose assistance and camaraderie I cherish.

Another large group I would like to acknowledge is Duluth Sister Cities, Inc (DSCI). Without this organization, their mission and the countless volunteers dedicated to bridging cross cultural barriers, this project could not have reached the number of humans it has. To guide its direction,122 Conversations has embodied the international mission statement of the organization: Promoting peace through people, one community one individual at a time.  Board members, Duluth city delegates and their international counterparts, office support and students all played a part in every city thus far. The list of names is too long to place here but individual acknowledgment will be part of the catalog that is to be released during the Tweed exhibition this fall. The image above includes several DSCI delegates posing in Japan at the opening of the Ohara Isumi-City exhibition.

In non-122 Conversation news, I recently gave an artist talk at Abiitan Mill City, a 55+ community in the cultural heart of downtown Minneapolis. Home to a lively, not necessarily retired group of individuals, the beautiful building houses many pieces of art from local artists. Two of my color wash series paintings are hanging on their walls.

122 Conversations Jewelry!Look for a new piece of jewelry at the opening event created in collaboration with one of my sponsors, Security Jewelers! It is in production right now! At left I am carving the wax mold with the text ‘122 Conversations, Person to Person, Community, Love Labovitz’. The reverse side will have the latitude and longitude numbers of all 6 sister cites surrounding 122 in Roman numerals.

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