Work To Ride (a work in progress) at UCAL: Opening Reception Friday, August 13th

Opening Reception:
Friday, August 13th 5:30-7:30

University City Arts League Gallery:
4226 Spruce Street, Philadelphia 19104

Show Dates:
August 13th – September 3rd, 2010
This exhibition was made possible by an Art & Social Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation

Work To Ride (a work in progress) Artist Statement

After weeks of anticipation and years of hard work, my UCAL exhibition is about to become a reality! The exhibition will run from August 13th-September 3rd. This project has been a long time in the making, and I couldn’t have done it without the love and support of the community. The Opening Reception on Friday, August 13th will be a great way to celebrate the project as well as the program. There will be drinks and food at this shindig, including several cases of beer and some delicious treats by the fabulously awesome Open Source Cupcakes. You and all of your friends are invited, I hope to see you there!

From the UCAL Press Release:

Kara LaFleur’s exhibition, Work To Ride (a work in progress) runs August 13 – September 3. An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, August 13th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, at the University City Arts League, 4226 Spruce Street, Philadelphia PA. All events associated with this exhibition are free and open to the public.

LaFleur’s Work to Ride (a work in progress) documentary project is named for the program founded by Lezlie Hiner for disadvantaged youth at Chamounix Equestrian Center in West Philly. The urban youths ranging from 7-19 are responsible for barn chores in exchange for the opportunity to participate in equestrian sports and activities throughout the country and abroad. LaFleur began photographing students informally in 2006 while volunteering for the program; her unique approach to documentation developed into a multi-year project partially funded by a 2008 Leeway Foundation Art and Social Change Grant.

The exhibit will feature 12 x 12 inch color holga photographs depicting scenes around the barn as well as at events such as horse shows, polo games and pony races. As Kara puts it, “The images contained within Work To Ride (a work in progress) seek to explore the very heart and soul of this program over a period of several years.” She accomplishes this with a series of photos that reveal the day-to-day activities of the program in a beautiful narrative format. A portion of all sales will be donated to the Work To Ride program.

LaFleur received her BFA in Photography from the University of the Arts in 2005 with a concentrated thesis on the 8×10 camera and non-silver processes. After graduation, her involvement with the Center for Emerging Visual Artists allowed her to gain experience in the non-profit arts and culture sector. In 2006, she began volunteering with the Work to Ride program where she held a position as the director of summer programming in 2007. Kara has continued to pursue a career in Social Marketing through leadership roles in open source style tech events and ongoing participation in the Arts and Culture community. Locally, LaFleur has exhibited at Project Basho, Reverie, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Freeman’s Auction House, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists and University of the Arts.

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