A collaborative space for artwork creation from found objects, by James Rickard, with Jean Rickard. “An interactive space for visitors and residents alike to sit and relax, talk with others, or participate in creating one of the artworks that have been emerging around Luna City. Make yourself at home and use the found components to manipulate the work and add your own personal touches.” Luna City is generally diligent about recycling items, but the materials here either represent an overload or “just seem to hold promise to be upcycled as art, in hopes of making our city a more beautiful place.”
James Rickard is an artist, playwright, background talent, and teacher. He grew up in Indiana, PA, then moved to the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains to Culpeper, VA for a year of teaching elementary art, before finally settling in Montgomery County, Maryland. He kept busy by teaching high school art and French and traveling during the summer months, plus writing curriculum and teaching evening classes at The Academy of Fine Arts. James enjoys cooking and writing, with his second play, “Something Mutant”, being published in 2009, and performed in 2014 in Kansas. During his time in Maryland, he also modeled for private photographers and walked for the Wilhelmina modeling agency. In 2015, he moved back to his hometown of Indiana, PA, to be close to family. He now spends his time volunteering and traveling. When he’s not painting, he can occasionally be seen as an extra in a movie, TV show, or commercial shot in the greater Pittsburgh area. His art has been shown in Washington DC, Arizona, and his hometown of Indiana.