Saugatuck, MI – Celebrating the interconnectedness of the human experience as well as the individual value of our lives, Molly Costello brings their debut exhibition Fertile Futures, opening October 21, to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts (SCA) this winter.
Fertile Futures dreams of a world grounded in collective wellness, accountability, reciprocity, interconnectedness, and abundance. Molly calls viewers to dig deep while reflecting upon their work which utilizes the symbology of stars, growth, bold colors, and imagination.
Molly’s mixed-media collage pieces tie together the art of collage, illustration, and design to create multi-dimensional compositions sharing captivating stories that can be enjoyed by all.
“Fertile Futures is a response to an ever expanding message that each of our lives are disposable and our futures are looking bleak,” says Molly. “It is time we dream-in and grow our capacities for abundance and transformation! It’s time for us to sow collective care back into the bedrock of our cultures and practice the world we want.”
Molly Costello (they/them), a Chicago-based illustrator, food grower, honey bee tender, and seeker of mysticism explores the themes of cosmology, reciprocity, and biomimicry in these moving works. Their work has been displayed around Chicago and is stocked at specialty shops and bookstores locally and across the country. Their clients include YES! Magazine, Haymarket Books, Hudson Valley Seeds, Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary, as well as several other social change publications and organizations.
Fertile Futures includes work that Molly created throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, along with some of their favorite images that have come to life over the last seven years. Fertile Futures is their first large-scale solo exhibition.
“I deeply believe art can help us better understand all the ways we are connected and plays a pivotal role in seeing and imagining what our world and futures look like. Through the sharing of my work, I hope to remind my audience of our interconnectedness and to fight for and build a world that reflects this,” explains Molly.
Art lovers and curious minds alike can have the opportunity to meet and learn from Molly directly at hands-on programming this fall. Take an exclusive look behind-the-scenes at Mingle with Molly on October 19 ($35/person), celebrate bold colors, bright lights, and creativity at A Bright Night on October 28 (FREE), engage with others in a dynamic conversation that reflects on the themes of Molly’s art at Talking Circles on November 5 (FREE), or enjoy an intimate dinner curated by professional chef + level 3 Sommelier Mindy Trafman, inspired by and featuring Molly Costello at Gather in the Gallery on January 26, 2023.
In addition to public programming, Molly can be found at the Fennville Library for the first offering of SCA on the GO for grades 5th – 8th every Tuesday from October 18 – November 8, 3:30 – 5:00 pm. This program is FREE and each session explores a new topic with different hands-on activities and projects, including a visit and demo from Molly on November 1.
Molly’s exhibition is sponsored by Flagstar Bank Foundation, Perrigo, Consumers Energy, All Saints Episcopal Church, Arts Midwest GIG Fund, and Michigan Arts & Culture Council.