The Summer Solstice marks a time of celebration, of honoring the light, our connection to the Sun and the Earth. Colony Square will welcome the sunrise on the longest day of the year of June 21st from 6- 7AM. This will be a celebration of our mural, Aurora, goddess of the dawn. The mural depicts her in the moment she is waking up, inviting the light of the new day. We will observe the ripening and fruiting all around us, connect through a Medicine Wheel and be grateful for the generosity of Aurora: the symbol of hope, transcendence, and the coming of a new day.
The practice will be led by Shelley Lowther of Dancing Dogs Yoga and we will invite many other self-healing partners to participate as we welcome this new day and season.
Guests are encouraged to bring a yoga mat + personal item to place at Aurora’s feet during the time of practice and each guest will receive a complimentary healing stone.
The Artists Behind Aurora:
Molly Rose Freeman
Molly Rose Freeman is a multi-media artist best known for her large-scale murals and installations that feature organic p
Patterns, gestural geometry, and vibrant colors. Her exploration of pattern as a universal and unifying visual language has led her to create site-responsive public works around the world. Her primary media are murals, installation, painting, drawing, and digital design for 3D fabrication. Since 2010, Freeman has been partnering with governments, organizations, and corporations to create what she calls “love songs to each place, grounded in the intimacy of specificity.” Her work with Atlanta-based public art project Living Walls was featured in the New York Times and Creative Loafing, and in 2015 she was named one of Atlanta's “30 Under 30” by ArtsATL. One of her best known pieces is a 130-foot-long mural at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport titled “Salvation in the Land of Flowers and Honey,” which serves as a joyful respite for weary travelers. Her clients including Microsoft, NCR, World of Coke, W Hotels, Mailchimp, the Atlanta Hawks, and the City of Charleston. She was a resident with the Creatives Project from 2013-2015, and in 2016, she was awarded a Distinguished Fellow Grant for the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences.
Laura Vela is a Chicana multimedia and interdisciplinary artist in the Atlanta area. Vela recently graduated from Kennesaw State University with a BFA concentrating in Painting and Drawing and a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. Her work explores identity, gender, race, and mental illness through oil paintings, watercolor and ink, photo, zine, and collage making. Vela is a Hambidge fellow and has shown work at Kibbee Gallery, Beep Beep Gallery, Emory University, Agnes Scott College, and The Low Museum among others.
Lela Brunet (b. 1985) is a visual artist living in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA in Art Education from Kennesaw State University in 2014. With her main subject being the female form, Lela explores the contrast created when the grace of the figure and the tension of energetic patterns and colors collide together. Lela’s work explores this visual battlefield of pattern, color, and form. She works in a variety of media including murals, painting, drawing, and design. She has exhibited her work and murals in multiple galleries and events throughout the United States and internationally. Her clients include Microsoft, MailChimp, NCR Corporation, Orpheus Brewing, Mellow Mushroom, Shops Around Lenox, Starbucks, and Soul Cycle. You can view her work on her website www.lelabrunet.com or on Instagram @lelabrunetart.
Lauren Pallotta Stumberg
Lauren Pallotta Stumberg (b.1981) is a local muralist, painter and arts advocate with a background in graphic design, education, non-profit management and international development. Her work honors the human experience through abstracted portraiture and symbolism. Her paintings are imbued with patterns that translate into the hieroglyphics of one’s journey; they are feminine, painterly and expressive of the energy that unites us. Since moving to Atlanta in 2012, Stumberg has used her creative offerings as a means to engage with community. She started Think Greatly as a platform to facilitate neighborhood projects as part of her social practice and to curate female-driven collaborations. Stumberg’s work has been awarded grants from Living Walls, Fulton County, the City of Atlanta, and Georgia Council for the Arts, and public commissions from Norcross, Peoplestown and Hapeville; her projects in the public realm can also be found in Cabbagetown, Decatur, Old Fourth Ward, Midtown and Southwest Atlanta. Stumberg is one of two local artists to receive a 2017 Emerging Artist Award from the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. She is a Hambidge Fellow, and represented by dk Gallery in Marietta, which was recently voted Best Gallery of 2018 by Jezebel magazine.