HOPE: We just have to fight for it.

“I believe in this country. I believe in the American people. I believe that people are more good than bad. I believe tragic things happen. I think there’s evil in the world, but I think at the end of the day, if we work hard and if we’re true to those things in us that feel true and feel right, that the world gets a little better each time….I think we’re going to be OK. We just have to fight for it, we have to work for it and not take it for granted…” – President Barack Obama

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This Weekend: Inauguration Nation

See Random Acts of Writing: Common Ground, a poetry installation by Jen Payne on view at Kehler Liddell Gallery now. At this unprecedented time in our nation’s history, Kehler Liddell Gallery in Westville, CT has created an open forum for local artists to respond to the political and social climate. In Inauguration Nation, on view… Continue reading This Weekend: Inauguration Nation

Inauguration Nation: Artists Respond

PROUD TO BE PARTICIPATING IN THIS THOUGHT-PROVOKING EXHIBIT OF 36 LOCAL ARTISTS. JOIN ME AT THE OPENING RECEPTION, SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 3-6PM!

At this unprecedented time in our nation’s history, Kehler Liddell Gallery in Westville, CT has created an open forum for local artists to respond to the political and social climate. In Inauguration Nation, on view at the gallery through February 12, three dozen artists boldly address current issues in a variety of viewpoints and mediums including visual, literary and performance art.

Inauguration Nation was organized by artists Tom Edwards and Tracey Scheer. “The goal was to allow artists to fill a room with expressions of their political and emotional views at a critical time in our history,” said Edwards. “Some folks protest, others write and post on social media. This show is an outlet for artists to express themselves in their most natural way.”

“It’s also a place for members of the community to gather on Inauguration Day and after, to explore issues, engage in conversations, and find fellowship among a community of artists,” added Scheer. “We hope that folks who are not otherwise engaged on Friday will come by Kehler Liddell Gallery rather than watching the ceremony. This is one of many ways people can come together during critical times to feel a sense of community.”

The following special events are planned for inauguration weekend. All of them are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, January 20, 11AM-4PM
INAUGURATION DAY OPEN HOUSE
Join friends and community artists to explore issues, discover new art, and enjoy the fellowship of others on Inauguration Day.

Saturday, January 21, 3-6PM
OPENING RECEPTION
The Opening Reception for Inauguration Nation includes two excerpts from the live performance piece “Society Fuct” by Gordon Skinner, Attallah Sheppard, and Teens Davis at 5PM (Parental Discretion Advised).

Saturday, January 21, 6:30-8PM
OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY
Continue the conversation at the official after party at Gordon Skinner’s Art Cafe, Erector Square 315 Peck St., Building #4. $5 suggested donation.

Participating artists include: Corina Alvarezdelugo (encaustic), Liz Antle-O’Donnell (mixed media), Marsha Borden (mixed media), Jay Bright (watercolors/dry pigment print), Amira Brown (acrylic/media), Amy Browning (painting), Frank Bruckmann (painting), Rod Cook (photography), Penrhyn Cook (photography), Teens Davis (performance), Tom Edwards (print collage), Daniel Eugene (ink on paper), Silas Finch (sculpture), Julie Fraenkel (sculpture), Kathryn Frund (multimedia), Toni-Ann Gammon (video installation), Katrina Goldburn (painting), Mohammed Hafez (3D installation), Draper Harris (acrylic on paperboard), Joan Jacboson-Zamore (painting), Katie Jurkewicz (painting), Gaetano LaRoche (oils on canvas), Sven Martson (photography), Roy Money (photography), Adam Nicklewicz (acrylic on canvas), Ivan Nussberg (photography), Hilary Opperman (encaustic/mixed), Hank Paper (photography), Jen Payne (visual poetry), Gritti Ragins, Tracey Scheer (mixed media), Attallah Sheppard (performance), Gordon Skinner (sculpture/collage), Mark St. Mary (mixed media), Gar Waterman (photo collage), and Jonathan Weinberg (acrylic/panel).

Kehler Liddell Gallery is located at 873 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Gallery hours are Thursday through Friday from 11:00am – 4:00pm: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am – 4:00pm. It is free and open to the public. For more information, visit website, www.kehlerliddell.com, call 203.389.9555, or follow the Facebook page.

IMAGE: Photo courtesy of Kehler Liddell Gallery. Piñata (November 8th, 2016), sculpture by Julie Fraenkel, juliefraenkel.com.

Kintsugi

come, look closely
I am gold here
in between the pieces
broken

no longer broken

repaired

each crack
part of my history
this shimmering self

now

here

this is no disguise

no pretending
you don’t see the scar

it is the thick hot line
that shows you
how I traveled here

come, touch it
trace your finger
along its golden trail

there is poetry there,
can you feel it?

Poem ©2016, Jen Payne, 11 years removed. Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.