Ballot Box Upcoming Events

As summer turns to fall, the Ballot Box Projects are also transitioning. Several artists had incredible journeys of discovery, while other artists are about to begin. Lucky for you, there is still time to get involved.

On August 17th and 18th, the photography of Collinwood Camera Club was on display at Maria Neil Art Project. The five teenagers who were involved in the club got to experience their first professional gallery opening, and even sold some of their artwork. During the two day exhibit, over 100 people came in to check out their work. The project, led by Bridget Caswell taught area teens about the many disciplines of professional photography. Each week a guest photographer would meet with the group and teach them about their niche, followed by a studio session where they put their lesson into practice.

Artist Lori Kella, who was one of those guest photographers, is also a recipient of the Ballot Box Project funding. She is creating a cookbook that will encourage eating locally. Anyone can get involved by submitting their favorite recipes, showcasing their garden, or writing their foodie experiences on the blog. The cookbook will be available in early November, but you can get some of the recipes at

If you were lucky, you were one of over 100 people who sampled new food creations from local chefs during Kevin "Spicehound" Schuering's Eat Local Food show on August 26th. Lori offered samples and recipe cards, while Kevin's team taught new ways to prep and serve vegetables. Participants learnt knife skills, the wonders of spring rolls, and how to "quick pickle" vegetables to create new flavors on the plate all while enjoying live music and art. Attendees enjoyed a flavorful plate of roasted eggplant and zucchini, sliced apples, and pickled zucchini with pepper sauce. Two additional food shows are on the calendar for Sunday, September 11 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Wildwood Park Pavilion and Saturday, September 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Coit Road Farmers Market.

Last but not least, Stephen Bivens is shutter happy! He's looking to capture the images of everyday people in places throughout the neighborhood. North Collinwood residents who haven't yet gotten their family portrait taken can come out September 10th from 10am to 12pm at 353 E. 156th St. for their very own photo shoot.

Julia DiBaggio

Resident of neighborhood since 1956. Worked on East 185th street since 1970.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 5:03 PM, 09.09.2016