The People’s Republic of Valerie, Living Room Edition is a collaboration between writer/performer Kristen Kosmas and visual artist Leon Finley. The project began in March of 2018 as a performance duet given for free or by donation in living rooms across the country to raise money for Path With Art in Seattle — or other organizations that provide direct aid to unhoused residents in cities beyond Seattle. The People’s Republic of Valerie, Living Room Edition is an abstract political commentary on the seemingly relentless upsurge in violence to people and the planet in recent years.
to love the crab asks questions about resistance, the feminine, ambition, healing, capitalism's need for relentless growth (and the toll that takes), and transformation. Taking inspiration from the writings of Yrsa Daley-Ward, Marion Woodman, Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English, this project asks what it looks like to embrace conscious femininity in work, resistance and success? As a white womyn artist, I ask: what does white feminine resistance look like? There is physical rigor and tenderness. There is rock music, house music and a symphony of silence. There is breaking, mending, and listening.
Join us for an intimate dinner celebrating Chocolate Factory supporters Sarah Obraitis and Hugue Dufour of M. Wells Steakhouse and Elliot Park of Shine Electronics as they jointly receive the Fourth Annual Artist in Industry Award. The Artist in Industry Award was created in 2016 to recognize business professionals with strong connections to The Chocolate Factory who have demonstrated creativity and artistry in their careers, thus impacting their fields as a whole.