With the addition of New
Hampshire and Maine, forty states are participating in a conceptual art
project, titled The Nomadic Project. Two artists are living out of
their orange Honda Element as they connect the entire country through
art, but they couldn't succeed without the participation of galleries
such as the Art 3 Gallery
in Manchester, NH and Ember Grove Gallery
in Portland, ME.
Over eleven months after leaving their home state of Florida, artist,
Kristin Abraham and musician, Alfonso Llamas, visit New England.
They've traveled the South, West, Midwest, and even Alaska, before
bringing The Nomadic Project to the Northeast, and aim to unite the
divided land through art. As the two spend a week in each state,
Abraham paints a canvas as Llamas composes original music. Abraham's
painting is then displayed in a bordering state, while Llamas' music is
shared online at www.TheNomadicProject.com.
With a visit to Vermont, Abraham was inspired by Lake Champlain's mysterious "Champ." A painting titled "Photographic Memory
" was created, and is now on display in the neighboring state of New Hampshire. Owners of Art 3 Gallery
, located in Manchester, were excited to share the project with their community, and will be displaying "Photographic Memory
" until the end of the year.
In Portland Maine, Ember Grove Gallery
agreed to exhibit the next painting to be completed, titled "Personification
." This piece was inspired by New Hampshire's loss of the granite formation called the "Old Man of the Mountain." The Ember Grove Gallery
will also be displaying this single painting by Abraham until the end
of December, when she and Llamas finish their tour of America.
From December 21st-31st, 2006, all fifty states will be connected with
this unique project. It may seem like a small connection to some, but
the two artists realize the significance by looking back at the
amount of cooperation it takes from each state. "Despite our
differences in politics, religion and background, we have not met a
single person that doesn't find beauty in this land." Abraham explains.
"That doesn't mean that we haven't had the door slammed in our face,
but perseverance is a necessity in completing any dream!" she continues.
To further share their adventure with others, Abraham and Llamas are
arranging for the entire body of work to come together in a traveling exhibit
. This will be the first time that all fifty paintings are
displayed together, and will begin in November of 2007. The paintings will be joined by journal entries
, and Llamas' original music
. The artists encourage participation by individuals in every state, as they
finish their journey of the U.S. Each email that they receive
will become part of this final exhibit.
To learn more about The Nomadic Project
, log on to www.TheNomadicProject.com
and view images from each state. For information regarding Art 3 Gallery
. For Ember Grove Gallery
, view www.embergrove.com