Home is a Garden.

Gallery / Exhibit Opening: October 20th 6pm – 8pm

Open Hours through Nov. 9th:

  • Tuesdays Noon – 4pm
  • Wednesdays 10am – 5pm
  • Also available whenever staff are present on site or by appointment. Contact tavarez.ricky@gmail.com for an appointment.

Artist Statement:

I have the privilege of working for New City Neighbors, a youth development non-profit that has an urban farming program. Early this year New City Neighbors had an excess of leftover vegetable plant starts from it’s Spring Garden Sale. I mentioned this to a friend and resident of Dwelling Place, Daniel Paul Drent, who immediately encouraged me to bring the plants to the community garden behind the old Herkimer Hotel. I couldn’t have imagined the beauty of the garden space, nor the joy of the residents when I arrived with the plants. I was truly touched by what I experienced.

As summer approached, I decided to apply for the short-term Artist-In-Residence position with Dwelling Place. My initial interest was exploring the idea of “home” with residents and creating artwork to reflect that concept. Looking for a place to connect with residents, I was drawn to a place where I often find life and connection with fellow humans – a garden. Again, I couldn’t have envisioned the glory that emerged as I sought to capture images from the various Dwelling Place gardens: Reflections, Ferguson, Verne Barry, and Herkimer. Discovering why residents use gardening to create a sense of home, was equally impactful.

Please enjoy the images, stories, and notes I captured on display in this exhibit, including the interview I had with one resident called The Search for Home. My hope is that as you explore these captures that you’ll imagine what home means to some of the residents at Dwelling Place, and further, that you will consider what home means for you.

– R.R. Tavárez