“A Sense Of Place : Interpretations by Kari Morton and Lauren Rutten” is our current exhibit in the gallery. The show, which features nineteen photographs and five quilt wall hangings depicting life in Madison County, will run from October 5 to November 7, 2018.
Lauren spoke about her discovery of her sense of place when she and her husband, Andy, toured the United States in 2015 searching for a home. “From the moment I arrived in Marshall while on this journey, I had a sense of having dreamt of this place since childhood - I knew this was where I wanted to be.” She says, “In this land I dig my hands in the earth and muddy my feet on the ground, while at the same time experiencing the transcendence of being and connecting to so much beyond my body. I hope those who view these photos might experience this too.”
Kari and her husband Mike, moved to Madison County in 2012 after having lived a fairly nomadic life in the Midwest. “This collection is inspired by my immediate world, the things I live with and the things I see, the garden in my front yard and the chickens in the back yard.” Kari states, “The buildings in downtown Marshall, where I spend many hours working at Flow and serving as guardian ad litem in the county courthouse, are part of what I see. Each of my pieces tell a story of connection, to my community, to my world. I love sharing this part of myself with others.”