Speaker: Jane Richlovsky
Saturday, September 16th 3:00pm
Portrayals of artists as moody, solitary, eccentric, flighty, and impoverished abound in popular culture—a familiar stereotype that traces its roots to the 1500’s. In the 19th century, the image of bohemian artists serially evicted from drafty Parisian garrets became even more popular and inspired the opera La Boheme, which begat countless other adaptations.
Today, neighborhoods, cities, and towns experiencing rapid economic growth find themselves facing the displacement of the artists and cultural institutions that helped spur the community’s growth in the first place. But along with this struggle has come the age-old tortured artist character and drafty-garret narrative. Artist Jane Richlovsky was once slated to become a victim of the proverbial wrecking ball. In this talk, she tells her own story of upending the myth, using it as a catalyst for a discussion about how artists and their communities might write a new story together.
This presentation is part of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau program.
Co-sponsored by the La Conner Library Foundation and Skagit River Poetry Foundation