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Put it to the Fire: A Visual Response to Mental Illness

August 9, 2021 - October 9, 2021
Artist Talk: Saturday, September 18, 2-4 pm 

Juror: Sobia Ahmad

Participating artists: Cathy Abbott, Christina Osheim, Diane Lorio, George Lorio, Heather Harvey, Jessica Valoris, Judith Pratt, Katina Bitsicas, Lianna Zaragoza, Maria Karametou, Megan Koeppel, Sarah Renzi Sanders, Sussanne Kamalieh, Tacie Jones

This group exhibition will take viewers on a visual journey through mental health, exploring collective pain from an artists’ point of view. The title, PUT IT TO THE FIRE references centuries' old healing rituals practiced across the globe, where fire is used as a metaphorical cleanser, releasing unwanted energies, mindsets, and attachments in order to create space for new intentions to grow and thrive. The exhibit intends to address multiple aspects of the mental health journey; from pain to healing, and suffering to hope. 

blue and green abstract painting of circle patterns

Layers: Cause and Effect

October 25, 2021 - December 25, 2021
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 30, 5-8 pm
Artist and Curator Talk: Saturday, November 6, 2-4 pm  

Curator: Maria Gabriela Mizes Hickey

Participating artists: Alexandra Arata, Cheryl Edwards, Michelle Sakhai, and Maritza Sosaya

The use of layers in images threads a connection between many traditions, from painting to map-making, to infographic timelines. Overlapping shapes and lines can also communicate different levels of data, contributing to a whole while maintaining individual identity. This group exhibit features artists who employ various forms of layering in their work, developing unique and distinctive outcomes and influencing a myriad of visual, emotional, and aesthetic responses.