An special artist’s reception has been scheduled for a local young photographer.

The July 2011 Belfast Co-Op exhibition features “A Child’s Day in Cohousing,” the visual depiction of 24 hours in the life of a child reared in an intentional community.

What makes this show so exciting, according to organizers, is the accompanying series of vibrant photographic portraits of families in the Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage by one of its youngest members, 7-year-old Pia McKim-Gibson.

While precocious in their command of composition and color, on close examination these portraits clearly reflect a child’s perspective. The unselfconscious expressions of the subjects suggest that this young photographer’s disarming manner put people at ease in a way that difficult to achieve even by professional photographers.

Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage will be recognizing this exciting photographic work — and the age of the photographer — with a special, family-friendly artist’s reception.

Rather than a wine tasting or other “adult-only” activities, Belfast Cohousing invites you to a family-friendly “Milk & Cookies” reception on Friday, July 15, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Belfast Co-op. This reception is free and open to the public.

More about Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage:

Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage aims to be a model sustainable community. While its passive houses, designed by G-O Logic of Belfast, have been acclaimed for their exceptional energy efficiency, the design of the overall site is also notable for its deliberate emphasis on multigenerational interaction among neighbors.

Family dwellings will be clustered in a car-less, edible landscape. A common house will serve as a focal point for shared activities and equipment people want to share, from bicycles to snowblowers.

As illustrated by the narrative that unfolds in this exhibition, this community-oriented design will shape how children relate to their neighbors. For example, maps of the future siteplan for Belfast Cohousing suggest a possible itinerary that a child might walk in a given day — from harvesting squash to getting help with homework to building a treehouse.


You can find out more information about Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage, which will be breaking ground soon, by visiting, coming by the group’s office at 9 Beaver St. in Belfast, or by stopping by one of the open houses held by the community the second Sunday of every month. The next open house will be held Aug. 14 and will feature homemade ice cream and live music.