The Seeds of Dreams is a tribute to the vibrant Latine communities of Summit County, Colorado, shining a spotlight on the unwavering dedication and resilience of Latine workers quietly working behind the scenes to establish roots and harvest dreams. Through a series of portraits, this exhibition pays homage to individuals who contribute to the fabric of society, toiling in the food industry, maintenance, and nonprofit sectors, tirelessly advocating for workers’ rights, and striving for a just, equitable, and inclusive world.
Within these artworks, Stephanie Mercado explores acts of care and the relentless pursuit of aspirations within a land that brims with choices, opportunities, and the promise of abundance. As a Fall 2022 artist-in-residence with Breck Create, Mercado immersed herself in the local environment. In The Seeds of Dreams, Mercado draws inspiration from the majestic natural landscapes, heartfelt interactions with community members, and the glossy real-estate magazines that line Main Street. Her exhibition takes viewers on a captivating exploration of the ecosystem of Summit County and celebrates the working-class communities that sustain its thriving economy.
Above: Kitchenscape, 2023 (detail)
Right: Hacienda Restaurant, 2023