PVDFest Artist Highlight: Rebecca Volynsky

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As a part of PVDFest, local artist Rebecca Volynsky has created a mural that spans neighborhoods.

Cultivate, Then Bloom explores self acceptance — the evolution of which creates opportunity to grow. Largely inspired by Russian folk art and botanical illustration, Cultivate is a mixed media mural that is designed to fade over the next couple of weeks–much the way our memories and experiences leave a lasting impression but ultimately grow dimmer with the passage of time. Volysnky states, “Art making is often times a meditative and therapeutic process for me because I think about memories and past experiences as I create . . .  It’s a process of letting go.”

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“I hope that their intentions leave a positive, joyous impact on those who view them.” Says Volynsky of her mural project, Cultivate, Then Bloom.

In addition to her creative practice, Rebecca has committed her spare time to community efforts around the city. Most recently, she volunteered with the Hope Street Merchant’s Association to manage their social media and do an interactive installation for the Hope Street Block Party. She was also on the planning committee for the New Urban Arts Annual Event. “I see myself supporting and volunteering with local organizations and small businesses in this capacity to help showcase their work,” she explains. To an outsider, it appears as if her engagement with community arts efforts has encouraged her to focus on a concept that sprawls across the city.

“While the PVDFest ‘map’ is central to Downcity, I did not want my project to be central to one area of Providence. I grew up on the East Side of Providence and my family lives in the Summit neighborhood off of Hope Street, so I wanted it to be accessible to everyone there. I also set up a piece in the window of New Urban Arts, which I guess you can say at times has felt like a second home to me in my youth.”

Oh yeah– Rebecca was born and raised in Providence. Her involvement in New Urban Arts began when she was a student at Classical High School, and she remains a dedicated volunteer and supporter.

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Rebecca’s work is influenced by life experiences and relationships, mental health, lively color, and organic forms found in nature. Her process focuses on setting positive intentions through art making and cultivating what you have in the present to create a better future. In that way, the floral motif is fitting–what is cultivation if it isn’t the careful guidance and nourishment required in gardening?

“Our great city has a vast cultural and arts community, and PVDFest truly brings the art world closer and more accessible to our neighborhoods. . . Providence is such a welcoming community, so it is really special to share these personal works in this capacity. This is how I see the connection between my process and exhibiting artwork publicly. Public art is so critical to our communities because it’s accessible to everyone and often addresses everyday life. “

To see Rebecca Volynsky’s work this weekend, you can head over to . . .

This project is made possible by the Providence Art, Culture, and Tourism Department. In it’s third year, PVDFest is expected to attract nearly 75,000 people and 504 artists to the Downcity area of Providence from June 1 – 4 as a multi-arts takeover of public space.

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