Archived show: art while apART | Black Lives Matter

Jaime Welcome Home

Jaime Glasser, Welcome Home
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The year 2020 came:

we expected clear sight.

By mid-March we were faced with a changed world in which we made “art while apart.” In the next weeks and months many of us found ourselves at home with time to slow down and to rediscover what is most important in our lives. Our relationships. Nature. Our values. Technology helped us communicate.

And then, heartbreakingly, we responded to the sorrow and unrest sparked by the torture and murder of George Floyd.

Early on, as the world locked down, artists heard a call to leave fear behind and to take on a role only they could fill–the creation of art that could inspire and comfort others. And so they set to work.

Moved by this, the Millet House invited any artist who had created work during quarantine to submit to a show, and as events took place we decided to use this show as a platform, to draw your focus to the Black Lives Matter movement. This show documents the artists’ work as a gift to you, the viewer.

We begin our virtual gallery tour with Vanessa Ortiz, whose pandemic work reflects her conviction that positivity is the way forward. “During the quarantine,” she writes, “I wanted to focus on the beauty that surrounds us;
and at the time everything was blooming and coming to life.” 

Vanessa Orange Desire

Artist: Vanessa Ortiz
Title: Orange Desire
Alcohol Ink on Yupo paper
5″ x 7″ matted and Frame 10″ x 12″ White
$100.00
 
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Anshu Priya, intuitive,

considered the fragility of a single butterfly

and began a painting just before lockdown

that later took on great significance for her.

The letter is for her aunt, in India.

Anshu Priya Frail Updated

Artist: Anshu Priya
Title: Frail
Acrylic on on 1.75 Inch Thick Da Vinci Pro Wood Panel
14″ x 18″
$145
 
Be sure to click through to read Anshu’s artist statement and to view Anshu’s other timely work, including her own “Prayer for Peace” in response to police violence.
 
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Many were drawn to nature , but beaches were shut down
and hiking trails overcrowded. 
 
Below, Teri Merrill speaks to a future when we can all wander freely again.
 
 
Future Desert Bouquet
 
Artist: Teri Merrill
Title: Future Desert Bouquet
 8″ x10″ matted; 11″ x 14″ framed
Gouache
$155.00
 
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At times there was terrible sadness, initially for the covid-19 deaths:
 
 
Angels to Guide You

Artist: Dori Jung
Title: Angels to Guide You
Acrylic on Wrapped Canvas
10″ x 10″ x 5/8″
$70 plus shipping

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Dori writes,

“During a moment of intense sadness, I painted this to bring comfort to the families of those dying alone during the Covid19 pandemic.”

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There was also rediscovered joy.

At the Millet House we noted that in the early days

some hoped that the lockdown would be short in duration.

Others were too stunned at first to work or had concerning nightmares.

Yet joy could emerge,

in slowing down, in discovering what was really important,

in fashioning one’s own responses to the times,

in finding the joy that underlies sorrow:

Jaime Joy

Title: Joy
Artist: Jaime Glasser
Original Mixed Media Collage
5″ x 6″
NFS
 
 
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Tiesha Harrison’s pieces allow universal love to shine through,

the highest value of them all. Eye to I, below,

is a powerful expression of love

as an unstoppable healing force.

Tiesha Eye to I
 
Artist: Tiesha Harrison
Title: Eye to I
Mixed Media, Hand-cut Collage and Oil
36″ x 36” Gallery Wrapped Canvas
$922
 
Please click through to view further works on the theme of love by Tiesha Harrison. 
 
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So many artists created works that illustrate the values we most deeply need. Beauty. Joy.  Love. Temperance, depicted here by Anna Ryan, brings nature and city together and blesses each with streams of water. 
 
Anna Ryan Temperance
Artist: Anna Ryan
Title: Temperance
Size: 7.75in x 10.5in
Price: $325.00
 
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Two artists among us took time on an almost daily basis to bring joy to others through their art.

Killian Nauman, known to the local art world as Peach, is a woman of great imagination.

Peach delights in speaking to others’ imaginations and bringing other people into hers. Laughter and light hearts follow. In her paintings and also in posts to her followers, she invents scenarios that others cannot help but enter and enjoy.

Flying Piano of my Dreams

Artist: Killian “Peach” Nauman
Title: Flying Piano of my Dreams
Acrylic on Canvas Panel
9″ x 12″
$40

“What are your nuggets of joy in life?” Peach asks her followers.

Please click through to view more work created by Peach during the lockdown.
 
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Zoe Wade Gould, after a long career bringing joy to people as Violet Victoria,

Kimberly Zoe Wade Gould

painted Violet’s face on stones during lockdown

and hid them around her neighborhood when no one was looking.

Zoe writes:
 
“Heavenhigh.. these Rockettes are from a series The Bald… after spending time in Cancerland we found losing our hair and eyebrows was besides the fact we were sick …horrific… it’s about six months of your life before one has hair again after chemo ..you look in the mirror and wondering who that is…I honor those humans that sported the Bald and wore it with Dignity …in a world without an end
…zoe and Violet Victoria”
 
The Balds - Ashley

Title: Ashley
Artist: Zoe Wade Gould
Stone, glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint, glitter, marker, beads, glue
5″ x 7″
$35 + shipping (or pick up in Tucson)

 

Please click through to view more Rockettes painted by Zoe Wade Gould. No two are alike, each is one-of-a-kind, and all glow in the dark!

 

 

We suffered from loneliness,  and yet: we all share the same moon.

 
 
COVID2 We all share the same moon
 
Artist: Lori Bauman
Title: Covid 2/ We Share the Same Moon
Mixed Media
26″ x 20″
$950
 
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Masks! Along with a focus on slowing down, we learned practices that might help us stay well. Hand washing, for twenty seconds. Masks – to mask up, or not?
 
By June we all knew that cloth and paper masks protect those near the wearer and that if we would all wear a mask – to protect one another – the virus would come under control much more rapidly. 
 
 
In her complex pieces, artist Judith Rhue takes on these practices, referring  to hand washing (and germs) and drawing a parallel between masks and ultrasound technology.
 
 
Pandemic 16x20
 
Artist: Judith Rhue
Title: Pandemic
Oil on Canvas
16″ x 20″
$500
 
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Jason Covid-19 Medic
 
Artist: Jason Youngdale
Title: Covid-19 Medic Mech
Pen and Pencil
5″ x 6.75″
$12
 
Please click through to view more work created by Jason Youngdale during the lockdown.
 
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Zoom became an important part of many people’s lives, and artists were no exception. Gazing at a Zoom gallery, we see ourselves in the company of others
and learn what we look like to others.
This fantastical animal surely expresses artist Leslie Kay’s inner life,
but anyone who knows her will recognize the expression in her eyes.
 

Leslie Orange copy
Artist: Leslie Kay
Title: Orange
Pen, Colored Pencil, Acrylic
8″ x 10″
SOLD

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Click through to view more of Leslie’s art (and be reminded of the joy many of us have had thanks to our pet companions.)

 
 
 

Artists have always interpreted “ourselves to ourselves” in times of societal upheaval. And then came the photo and video that caused
so many of us to rise up in sorrow and say, “No more!”

 
Kerry Mitchell - To Serve And To Protect
 
Artist: Kerry Mitchell
Title: To Serve And To Protect
Digital Image on Aluminum Panel
12″ x 18″
$200
 
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Cries of “No justice, no peace” and “Say his name: George Floyd!” are heard on this mashup of voices from a completely peaceful protest in Mesa, Arizona, gathered by sound artist Gretchen Bickert:
 
 
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Salim Sounds of Silence
Artist: Salim Adair

Title: Sounds of Silence
Digital Painting
11″ x 14″ Print
$75.00

Salim writes: “I made this in response to all of the voices all over the world that have been silenced for too long and the emotion is too strong to be contained.” 

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Sorrow is also an appropriate response and value. Sorrow at all the deaths. Sorrow for those who died of the novel coronavirus. Sorrow for all those who died of societal violence, in particular of police violence. Sorrow for all those in our history who died unnecessary deaths. The Indigenous deaths. The lynchings.
 
 
Well worth viewing:
 
 
Rev. Dr. Barber’s message is that we must stop being comfortable with other people’s deaths.  “Accepting death is not an option anymore.”
 

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Let us work towards change now.
 
Andrea Rogers offers this vision of love in all colors:
 
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Artist: Andrea Rogers
Title: Love in All Colors
Oil on Canvas
16″ x 20″
$175
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Artists, however important they are to society (and they are very important indeed) can live a precarious existence. Their work is not rewarded with healthcare, days off or pensions. Artists rely on shows and commissions, and when shows are cancelled or postponed across the board, artists can be in trouble quickly.

And yet many of our artists unselfishly wanted only to provide support for others,

free of charge. Jacob Bush, in  March, presented two free Zoom sessions on  art making as a healing practice. 

Even in this show, months later, some of the artists are creating work meant only to inspire and comfort.

The following work, by Angela Schuller, like some of those above, is not for sale. Angela places it in the show solely to offer hope for healing.

Peace By Piece by Angela Schuller 2020 copy
Artist: Angela Schuller
Title: Peace by Piece
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Angela writes, “I created this artwork working from a photo while pondering heavily in my heart — Is it possible to take these broken pieces, created by the current climate and all too long justified, to call for change and somehow bring about peace? Can we do it? I decided to name this artwork ‘Peace by Piece.’
 
“I then curiously googled the words ‘peace by piece’ to see how original (or unoriginal) my idea of this wordplay was. Not at all surprisingly, Kelly Clarkson’s Piece by Piece popped up first, but then something extraordinary…Below that was this obscure song from 1986 titled ‘Peace by Peace’!!! I clicked and played it. Please follow the link and really listen. Decide for yourself, but I believe I was stirred to create this artwork and then fated to find this song and then bring the two together.
 
“I hope anyone who comes across this post will feel uplifted.”
 
“I created it today (5/30/2020) in response to the upset and turmoil begun on Memorial Day during the covid epidemic in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I have family. I want it to help heal hearts and move people toward hope.”
 
“Peace by Piece,” song by Darryl Chute and Susanne Freeman © 1985 and performed in 1986 at the Sydney Opera House by Australian children,
#GeorgeFloyd #NotJustGeorgeFloyd #BeTheHope
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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