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Her Legacy: Women of Fort Collins (DBA Living Her Legacy) will be a public art/education exhibit containing 48 individual woodcut portraits of women who have created living legacies. The exhibit is organized by the Zonta Club of Fort Collins. The prints will be digitally rendered onto graffiti-protected weather proofed metal panels and installed on the north end of CooperSmith's Pub in Old Town, Fort Collins. We are recognizing amazing women with ties to Fort Collins. These women have contributed to the fabric of our community by inspiring us to follow our passions, by overcoming obstacles with courage and grace, by leading by example as role models, by devoting themselves toward service within the community, and by opening new frontiers for women and society at large as visionaries of change.
The timeless art of woodcut prints embodies the medium and process of each portrait. This woodcut process is a 3-8 color reduction relief, where each color is the result of a portion of the woodblock being cut away to reveal the next shape and section of color. It is a time-intensive, hands-on process that creates unique fine art prints that are sensitively constructed, vibrant, and exclusive artist proofs. We think that art can have a profound effect on the quality of our culture; it can inspire and ignite legacies and dreams.
This exhibit will also become a “mobile gallery” as it is incorporated into an educational piece that will travel to museums and classrooms around Colorado. Our Poudre School District has agreed to create curriculum highlighting these women’s lives including their written and oral stories. The teachers will write curriculum for 2nd grade Fort Collins History, 4th grade Colorado History, middle/high school Social Studies and art classes. The fine art prints will serve as a powerful visual component to an education potential that includes Fort Collins history, promotion of arts through entrepreneurship and social engagement, and inspiring women and girls in their own innate potential and possibility as they learn from each women’s life journey.
You can learn more about our entire Planning Team under the About Tab (Legacy Team Members) as well as in our updated Annual Reports also under the About Tab.
Uju Melvis Okeke
Patti is a member of the Zonta Club of Fort Collins. It has been her dream for 4.5 years to create a Women's Legacy art exhibit in Fort Collins inspired by the Colorado Panorama: A People's History in Denver. Patti, a R.N., has been a sole business owner for 20 years as a Health Education Consultant and has managed projects of all sizes with school districts all over Colorado. Her passion in addition to suppporting women are her grandchildren.
My creative journey began as a child growing up in the Midwest. As far back as I can remember I was drawn to art and creative expression. My earliest influences came from my very talented aunt who was a working Artist and my grandmother who owns an Art Gallery and Custom Framing Store in Southern California. I was fortunate enough to be exposed to art in many different mediums and styles and I was encouraged to explore my own creativity and design aesthetic.
Co-Chair & Art Director
Rachael is an artist, educator, and entrepenuer. She earned a MFA from Colorado State University and her education in the arts has included Australia and Italy. Her work has been recognized regionally and nationally. She is passionate about integrating visual art within our community as a vehicle of dialog that embraces purpose, history, vision, and service.
Kirsten has lived in Northern Colorado for 20 years with most of her career work in the financial services field and currently employed as a mortgage loan originator. In her spare time, Kirsten enjoys many outdoor sports, traveling and being creative in the kitchen. She attends various events with her two sons – mainly soccer, lacrosse and baseball, and loves the life she has been experiencing in Colorado.
Uju moved to Fort Collins in 2017, after graduating from Nnamdi Azikwe University in Nigeria with her Bachelor of Science in Geography and Meteorology. Uju will graduate 2019 with Masters in Public Communication and Technology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Uju joined the Zonta CSU Golden Z club in 2017 as a way to contribute to her community. Uju brings her love of service, Public Communication/IT skills, and her passion for celebrating women from all backgrounds and ways of life.