Waterworks Visual Arts Center

Providing diverse opportunities in the arts for all people through exhibitions, education, & outreach programs.

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Lorraine Turi
Last Seen


Last Seen is a collection of photographs that have been taken at the last place a species was seen in the wild before going extinct. Through extensive research lists of extinct species have been translated into visual context in order to create a photographic reference. Some of the research has led to re-tracing the footsteps of explorers who witnessed and documented the decline and destruction of a particular species. The images in Last Seen serve as a memorial. The photographs themselves are data made visible, a visceral connection between the lost species and humanity. 

The time period covered in Last Seen is the current period of geologic time, the Holocene, Late Quaternary Period, or Sub Atlantic period, which dates from about 1500ce. The Holocene Epoch spans the time that humans have occupied the planet and considers the effect that humans have had on the earth and its inhabitants since the rise of civilization.


The Gilda House

The Creation of Visionary Artist, Adam Wensil

The Gilda House (GH) is an art piece not a dollhouse.”


The GH has a dynamic, amazing story to be followed, but it is too long for today’s introduction. Basically, it is the story of 5 unique individuals and their loving pets who choose to share life together in the OFF KILTER world of GH:

Elizabeth – A young woman with physical challenges from a bone condition.

Peg – An android.  Companion and confidante to Elizabeth.

David – A bionic man whose brilliant technological mind turned the vision of The Gilda  House into reality.

Mr. Green – A hybrid created by David that serves as his companion & confidante.

Adam – A furniture maker

Molly, Gunther, Daisy, Little John – The dogs that live there.

Gilda Ghost – Whose life inspired GH and who roams the rooms of the house as evidenced by ghostly paw prints.  


“The careful action of opening the pair of front doors and windows for the first time was, to me, that of opening a beautiful, long anticipated package.”


GH is Pop Art, with Architecture and furnishings inspired by Corbusier, and is Raphaelite in its rich colors. It is constructed from items given to me by strangers and friends.


Official music for GH is “Imagine,” by John Lennon.


After 28 months of work, The Gilda House is still a work in progress. My goal in art is always “Completion not perfection.”


The Gilda House IS ADAM. 


Alix Hitchcock

Natural Interactions - new works on paper


Alix Hitchcock’s current colorful works on paper are one-of-a-kind gelatin monotype prints with themes of humans and animals and their relationship to each other and their natural environment. The pieces’ abstracted environments use a silhouette format so that the images  create layers of transparency, ambiguous spatial relationships, and recognizable, but still mysterious forms—leading to colorful, movement-filled compositions, which may have an undertone of danger or anticipation. 

The works are created by printing on a gelatin plate using hand-drawn stencils with water-based printmaking inks and sometimes the addition of colored pencil. Hitchcock wants to communicate with the viewer a sense of awe in the presence of Nature, and bring the viewer into each artworks’ world of movement and mystery.