On April 28, 2013, the husband and wife team will leave everything they know in Los Angeles and begin a year-long expedition, by RV, across the USA. They will visit low-impact organic farms and eco-villages to learn best practices in sustainable farming, construction, energy, water and waste management. The creation of a completely sustainable, low-impact, eco-retreat and training center of their own is the couple's ultimate goal. Not only does this expedition provide them with hands-on training and the chance to develop an online community, the duo plan to share their experiences with others by producing a day-by-day blog of their journey, a photo essay book and a memoir.
“People are sort of shocked by what we are doing," admits Anastasia. “They are convinced that this kind of change is outside their reach. That’s why we are documenting the whole process - to show people how we struggle and learn and grow and, hopefully, people will begin to feel like the change they desire is possible.
The couple are avid gardeners and currently tend a 400sf organic vegetable garden and a few fruit trees at their home, but farming wasn't always in their future. They claim the reason for the expedition is necessity. "We could work another 20 or 30 years like we do now and then what?” explains JC, “The fact is, we'll never be able to retire. Our lifestyle is unsustainable - and not just economically, but environmentally and socially as well. That's why we are doing this."
Supporters can follow the Jaress’ expedition on their blog and on Facebook (links below). Additionally, to help raise funds to outfit their RV for solar power, the couple is offering scores of unique perks on their IndieGoGo page - from home-grown organic vegetable seeds to original photographs and oil paintings by Jaress.
Los Angeles Center For Digital Art
102 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
@ the corner of 5th & Main, Downtown LA
5-7pm Art Preview
7pm Community Q&A
7:30 Jody Jaress performs
8:30pm Erin Powers set
9pm Silent Auction Closes
9pm Raffle Winners announced
9:30-11 DJ MOOP
ABOUT JC JARESS
JC Jaress is an artist. He paints, photographs and writes about things left unspoken or unnoticed, which, to him, are often more interesting than the things we talk about. He currently does this in Altadena, California, usually in the middle of the night in the company of his dog, Mattie, who does not speak much at all. Jaress once wrote an article in 45 minutes about the speed of life which was published a few days later in the Los Angeles Journal. His paintings and photographs have shown in over 70 exhibitions internationally and have made appearances on wine labels, book and CD covers, magazine illustrations. An active member of the arts community, Jaress served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Art Association and as President and Chairman of the organization. Jaress readily admits to loving chocolate cake.
ABOUT ANASTASIA KING JARESS
Anastasia King Jaress is an award-winning media producer and entrepreneur with hundreds of credits spanning the gamut of media platforms – from film and television, to interactive and live/ experiential. Her credits include work for Google, Ford, Chevrolet, Heineken, Amon Tobin, Drake, Alicia Keys, American Idol and the Marquee Nightclub in Las Vegas. In 2006, her first documentary, American Blackout – www.americanblackout.com, won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize among other film festival honors. The film is a controversial investigation into systematic voter disenfranchisement and the silencing of political dissent in America and has been used by dozens of political activists and civil right organizations to promote civic engagement. She is looking forward to the exciting terrors of the Unknown stretching out before her.
ABOUT LOS ANGELES CENTER for DIGITAL ART
Digital art defines the contemporary. The Los Angeles Center For Digital Art is dedicated to the propagation of all forms of digital art, new media, digital video art, net art, digital sculpture, interactive multimedia, and the vast panorama of hybrid forms of art and technology that constitute our moment in culture. We are committed to supporting local, international, emerging and established artists through exposure in our gallery. We have an ongoing schedule of exhibits and competitions, produce editions of wide format archival prints, and collaborate in the production of digital artworks in our studio. As well, we are involved with curating digital exhibits at institutions and festivals outside of the LACDA gallery schedule.
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