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Rose Raft presents its annual exhibition featuring their Artists-in-residence Whitney Walter, Sarah Bohn, Tiffany Sutton, and Joseph Jesse Ovalle, November 17th at Flood Plain Gallery. The exhibit features work by two photographers and two sculptors all connected by their experience with Rose Raft and a quote by writer bell hooks.


Rose Raft was founded as an arts organization in 2015 and is dedicated to advancing two central missions. First, we are committed to promoting participation in the arts as both necessary and natural human endeavors that enrich our understanding of self and the world in which we live and exponentially expands our capacity for learning in all areas. Secondly, we are committed to providing quality studio opportunities in writing, music and the visual arts that are both affordable and available to anyone pursuing their unique artistic expression and growth.

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Rose Raft is an artist and musician residency located 40 miles North of Saint Louis off highway 55 in New Douglas, Illinois. We provide a space for creatives to make, grow, think, and connect. We are proud partners with Flood Plain Gallery. Artists are provided the opportunity to participate in a group show at Flood Plain the November following their residency.  


Whitney Walter is an American photographer, she works with analog processes in medium format photography, using darkroom processes as well as integrating a digital workflow into the practice as well. She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she is attending school for a degree in photography.


A native of Saint Louis, Sarah Bohn received her Bachelor of Fine Art Degree with a concentration in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Sarah’s artwork considers themes of trauma, recovery, violence, vulnerability and domestic abuse. She primarily works in cast bronze, and she also creates works on paper and large-scale public sculpture. Winner of the 2nd place Dennis DeToye award for the SIUE Sculpture on Campus program, Sarah has participated in numerous exhibitions at venues such as the Kranzberg Art Center, Art Saint Louis, and Cedarhurst Center for the Arts.


Tiffany Sutton has been photographing strangers, family, and friends for over 15 years. Originally, she dreamed of being a cinematographer for films. She began to photograph when she couldn't afford a movie camera. In high school and college, she studied 35mm, 120mm film photography; working in both Black and White and Color. With her current series, she will visualize what it is to be a “being”. 


Joseph Jesse Ovalle is a multi-media sculptor who is currently attending Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville to receive his BFA with a focus in Sculpture. He participates in large, rotating sculpture competitions across the Midwest. Joseph’s current series reflects the relationship between abstract work and figurative objects and his materials range from glitter to bronze.