Freedom Fighter

by Mary Lamphere

“The summer I was nine years old, I stopped wearing dresses, tucked my long ponytail up into my baseball cap and asked people to call me Mark. I said things like, “This sucks!” and “Crud!” and “Shut up!” And I spit. That’s right, I spit. I wasn’t very good at it, nothing by air loogies, but I tried, and trying was enough o get me in trouble. That was the summer I saw the movie, The Bad News Bears. It was also the summer my mother died. The year was 1976 and the entire nation was rejoicing in their independence. Except me.”

Mary is one of eight In Print members to have her work featured at the Allegory Project, an art space and exhibition co-sponsored by the Art Matters Artist Coop and the Rockford Area Arts Council. The Allegory Project plans to have a theme that is explored in various art forms: painting and sculpture, photography, repurposed objects, and the spoken and written word. The current theme answers the question, “What makes a story worth telling?”

Mary’s piece and the others have been framed at the gallery and are available for viewing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday through the end of May. The show space is on the northwest corner of Madison and Prairie Streets in Rockford

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