Eco-Fest events at CSPS: Kick-off reception/fashion show, film fest, concert…

This year’s CSPS-based Eco-Fest events include a kick-off reception/fashion show, a film fest, a concert and eco-centric exhibits.

Kick-off reception/fashion show, April 19, 7 pm
Eco-Fest 2013 begins  with a stylish bang Friday, April 19 at 7 pm as Legion Arts convenes a reception in the CSPS Carlo bar with goodies and a cash bar. Then at 8 pm, New York artist/fashion designer Melissa Lockwood, with a little help from local models, shows off the recycled fashions that have been causing such a stir in New York fashion and art circles. Melissa, a Cedar Rapids native, transforms fabric discarded by the garment industry into dresses, T-shirts, etc, often enlivening them with her own hand-drawn art. A self-taught fashion designer, Melissa holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from the University of Iowa. Her CSPS exhibit in the Club Room Gallery runs through April 28. Melissa will be working with local students in the CSPS galleries all day Saturday as well.

Eco Film Festival, April 20, 10 am – 6pm
A festival of short eco-films will run Saturday, April 20, from 10 am to 6 pm in C Space. Ranging from a one-minute meditation on a childhood memory of bees to a 30-minute film about ecological accounting, the program will run twice. The series originated at EarthDance, “the short attention-span environmental film festival” in San Francisco. At 5 pm, the documentary The Greenest Building will be screened. This acclaimed film examines the ecological benefits of restoring existing and historic buildings.

Concert by David Berkley, April 20, 8 pm
Called “the best of the young American songwriters” by The Boston Phoenix, David Berkeley will play CSPS on Saturday, April 20 at 8 pm as part of Eco-Fest. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. A committed environmentalist, David will weave in a few of his favorite eco-flavored tunes and spin some of the stories for which he is so well-known. David has appeared on “This American Life,” “Mountain Stage,” “Daytrotter” and “World Café.” Advance tickets can be purchased at or by calling 319-364-1580.

Eco artists
Abstract painting on thrift store shirts….a video about a consumer culture junkyard …. paintings culled directly from the earth….it’s all part of the ecologically focused exhibits showing as part of Eco-Fest in the CSPS galleries. Des Moines’ TJ Moberg uses recycled paint and objects in his bright painting collages, while Fort Dodge’s Madai Taylor creates his works from the dirt of local fields and the red earth of the Mississippi Delta where he grew up. Royal Jarmon, Cedar Rapids, paints on thrift store shirts and Kansas City video artist Barry Anderson’s work in the digital gallery is a slow-rolling tour of pop culture idols.

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