An Exhibition by Julia Franklin
On view from June 27 - July 31, 2016

Please join us for an exhibition reception on
Friday, July 15th from 6 - 8 PM at the cafe!

Artist’s Statement:

I am a collector of old, worn, broken things. My studio and office are full of boxes and bags of objects that have been cast aside. When I am out for a walk or a bicycle ride, I am always on the search for something that catches my eye and gives me pause as I scavenge parking lots, thrift shops, abandoned homes and hiking trails. There is a thrill in the discovery, and it is how I explore the world and question what we leave behind.

I collect and display these precious things to remember and re-live the past, to feel connected to others, to organize, explore and analyze, to give value to overlooked things, to preserve and honor, and to appreciate all the tiny, beautiful things this world provides.

And in some ways, my need/obsession/compulsion to collect touches on my deepest desire - my personal longing to be chosen, appreciated and valued. I do for these objects what I want someone to do for me.

About the Artist:

Julia Franklin is a Professor of Art at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, where she received the “Excellence in Teaching Award” in 2011.  Julia’s artwork has been featured in over 60 exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad.   

Julia’s residency at the Vermont Studio Center, walks with her daughter, and bicycle rides on Iowa trails inspire her installations and exhibitions.   Every piece has a story to tell – one that may evoke appreciation for nature, memories, and acknowledgement of the things we touch and leave behind.

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