Leading up to the October opening of the Grotto Gallery, we'll be highlighting the artists whose work will be exhibited at the gallery.
Last week, in our first installment, we introduced all the artists. We offer our second installment this week with sculptor Edgar Hernandez and photographer Erica Montgomery.
A self-employed photographer and graphic designer, Erica recently underwent what she calls a "new food awakening," which has led to a complete lifestyle change for her. With an eye to minimizing waste and advocating for the earth, she now seeks to reuse goods when possible and opts to buy healthy, locally grown foods such as those sold in farmers’ markets.
Erica is able to work anywhere as she travels around the country, though she must seize the opportunity to photograph seasonal vegetables while they are at the peak of their ripe, wholesome beauty. Often she will take her photographs as the food is making the journey from soil to table, capturing her colorful images at the many farmers markets she attends.
Erica's decision to display the Farmers Market Fresh photographs at the Grotto Gallery exhibit reflects her wish to initiate meaningful conversation about being mindful regarding food choices. She indicates that this body of work is a tribute to her late mother - also an artist - who has been her inspiration and whose legacy continues to inspire Erica in her own work.
Check back with us next week as we highlight the work of Michelle Startzman and Steph Peters.
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Written by: Beth Wineland, Senior Writer & Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org