BRATTLEBORO: An opening reception for the exhibit, “Raised Voices: Local Artists Resist” will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 4 at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden at 157 Main St.
“Raised Voices” will be on exhibit at the River Garden until May 26, featuring the work of area artists who responded to an open call to stand up and express your hopes, your outrage, your vision in the face of the current political climate in our country today.
The exhibit features unique pieces from some of the finest artists and artisans in the area, and others whose work you may be discovering for the first time. All the work on display is for sale with either 50 percent or 100 percent of proceeds going to three organizations: the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Vermont, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England – Brattleboro, and the Vermont Workers’ Center.
Artists showing work, in some cases made specifically for this show: Jackie Abrams, Sue Aldridge, Monserrat Archbald, Barbara Baribeau, Karen Becker, Ellen Bronstein, Stuart Copans, Kay Curtis, Sloan Dawson, John Dimick , Arlene Distler, Wayne Estey, Suzanne Flynt, Kathleen Harwood, Laura Kaye, Dolores Klaich, Isabel Lenssen , Lodiza LePore, Steve Lloyd, Naomi Lindenfeld, Mel Martin, Kris McDermet, Barbara Milot, Petria Mitchell, Greg Moschetti, Sharon Myers, Gene Parulis, Leonard Ragouzeos, Deidra Razzaque, Susan Rosano, Nina Rossi, Deidre Scherer, Helen Schmidt, Lori Schreiner, Kathleen Sims, Walter Slowinski, Jorika Stockwell, and Toby Welch.
Says Jackie Abrams, artist and one of five organizers of the exhibit: “This show was conceived of as a gathering, a safe place for people to express and share their outrage with each other and the community.”
Another artist-organizer, Petria Mitchell, says, “Responding creatively offers a myriad of avenues for healing and solace during this time of rapid change and deep questioning.” In addition to Abrams and Mitchell, Kris McDermet, Kay Curtis, and Arlene Distler helped to organize the exhibit and also have pieces in the show.
Taking place during Brattleboro’s monthly Gallery Walk, the reception will feature luscious refreshments, interactive sculptures, performances by Silky Caterwaul and Cyrus Shaoul, and the possibility of a visit by Vermont Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman and area legislators. For questions and more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org