West Shore Community College’s Humankind series is delighted to present Winterage: Sweetland, by artists Lucy Cash, Mark Jeffery and a list of other collaborating and contributing artists. This visual and performing arts exhibition is presented in four different locations:  WSCC’s Manierre Dawson Gallery, two billboards on Highway 10 between Scottville and Ludington, the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA), and a downtown Scottville location.

The exhibition will be installed and presented in three stages. Beginning in March, audiences may view selected work in WSCC’s Manierre Dawson Gallery and two billboards on Highway 10 between Scottville and Ludington. In mid-March, LACA and a Scottville downtown location artwork will be revealed. The exhibition will conclude with a celebratory community event specially created for the former village of Sweetland, now Scottville, in late April. An announcement and details are forthcoming. All locations and events are free and open to the public.

Winterage originated as a film project in rural Derbyshire, England, UK, set on the farm where Mark Jeffery grew up and where his dad, Joe Jeffery, died tragically of a fall from the roof of the milking parlour. The film expanded into a larger, diverse project including the work of other artists and other forms of media, including costume design, painting, augmented reality, performance, and more.

The project starts with a very personal story, centers it on a place with deep memories, and filters it through language and archaic agricultural practices, such as hedge-laying. Through this exhibition, the leading artists and their collaborators explore topics such as labor and rural life through a queer lens. By presenting this work in rural Michigan, the artists draw parallel between rural communities in the US and UK, and their unique and authentic perspectives offer us different ways to view joys and struggles of rural living.

“This project, led by a queer artist (Jeffrey) who grew up in rural England, gives us an opportunity to see rural life through a different lens, highlighting some of the social, economic and cultural challenges facing our communities. Yet this project also validates the richness of rural life, shares with us the inspiration one may find, and reiterates the contributions rural communities make to the broader discussions on culture,” said WSCC Curator and Visual Arts Professor Eden Ünlüata-Foley. “Our theme this year is Inclusion: Conversations Around A Crowded Table, and this exhibition reminds us all, urban and rural, that without rural voices at the table, the conversation lacks depth.”

Besides Cash and Jeffery, the exhibition includes contributions by Iris Bernblum, Judd Morrissey, Kelly Kaczynski, Grace Duval, Mark Etchells, Corey Smith, and Hesam Salehbeig. More information on Cash may be found at https://lucycash.com/, Jeffery at http://www.markjefferyartist.org/, Bernblum at https://www.irisbernblum.com/, Morrissey at https://judisdaid.org/, Kaczynski https://kellyfkaczynski.com/Home, Duval https://www.graceduval.com/, and Smith https://www.coreyds.com/

This exhibition is presented as a part of the college’s Humankind series. This year’s theme of the series is Inclusion: Conversations Around A Crowded Table. More information on the series can be found at westshore.edu.