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Artist in Residence

Neely Goniodsky

The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission welcomed artist Neely Goniodsky to serve as the 2021 Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence.

The Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence program began in the summer of 2018. The City of Auburn program offers the opportunity for an artist to pursue their work in, and to be inspired by, the unique and beautiful setting of the Mary Olson Farm in Auburn, Washington. The residency lasts two months, providing the artist with a large indoor barn studio, a stipend, and access to the 67 acre farm.

A variety of public programming opportunities are planned in conjunction with the Artist Residency that are free and open to the public.

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Currently in the fourth year of the program, the City of Auburn has welcomed some very talented artists for the unique artist opportunity, and out of 42 applications this year from talented Northwest artists, Neely Goniodsky was enthusiastically selected by a panel of jurors and staff. The artist was born in Russia and lived in Israel, Canada and UK. Her past work includes video installations, paintings, drawings and collage, with a concentration on animated films. In addition to being awarded with many grants to support her work, her films have been screened at many local and international film festivals.

During the residency at the Mary Olson Farm, the artist planned to make a short animated film about the history of the farm and the Olson Family “using traditional animation techniques such as frame by frame drawing on paper with a quill ink pen, and stop motion animation of objects.” When possible, she would “use objects found on site to create a deeper connection to the farm,” noting how “this should create an immersive and dynamic narrative about the history of the farm and its inhabitants embracing both the sense of the antique and the contemporary.” The artist hoped that by allowing the film to “highlight how the Olson family had to adapt to various changes in order to make a living, first selling hops, making rags, raising cows” she could “draw a parallel to the current situation of global change and uncertainty and the potential for adaptation, flexibility and inspiration.” The Mary Olson Farm’s seven historic buildings and 67 beautiful acres were an ideal setting for the artist to create this exciting animated film!

The residency lasted two months during June and July, the artist utilized the large barn as an indoor studio space, and received a stipend for her time. As the Artist in Residence, Goniodsky led a variety of free public programs. Visitors to Mary Olson Farm had the opportunity to meet Neely Goniodsky and experience a entirely new artistic perspective on one of Auburn’s most beautiful places!

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2021 Artist in Residence Public Programming:

  • Stop-Motion Animation Virtual Workshop 
    July 2021. 
    In this fun and FREE virtual workshop, Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence Neely Goniodsky led participants in animating found objects under the camera using the stop-motion animation technique. The session started with a brief overview of the artist’s work during the residency and the animation techniques she used to create her film. The artist  introduced students to a free animation app “Stop Motion Studio” and demonstrated the basics of animation. Participants experimented with movement and composition, as they created their own unique animations! 
  • Open Studio Days:
    June & July 2021
    The Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence Neely Goniodsky hosted two open studio days during her time on the Mary Olsen Farm as part of her residency. The artist was available to greet visitors, talk about her artwork in progress and animation techniques, and show examples of drawings and materials she created during the residency.
  • Final Exhibition, Live Animation Screening & Reception
    July 2021
    For the final exhibition, the artist showed drawings, animation-process-related materials, and held a first-ever live screening of her completed Mary Olson Farm animation. Visitors thoroughly enjoyed the evening. 

For more information on the artist Neely Goniodsky, please visit her website.

To apply for future Artist in Residence and other art opportunities with the City of Auburn, visit our Call to Artists page.

For more information about the Mary Olson Farm, please visit the White River Valley Museum website

This art program is coordinated in partnership between the City of Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department and the White River Valley Museum, with the support of the Auburn Arts Commission.