I'll be at an artist reception for the following show. Come join me and see my newest crown. -M.Lu
VISUALIZING CHANGE: ARTISTS SPEAK OUT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE IN ASBURY PARK
Asbury Park, NJ - A group of 8 artists will present Visualizing Change: Artists Speak Out at Heaven Gallery from Saturday, April 28th through Mother's Day May 13th. Heaven Gallery is located at 721 Cookman Ave in Asbury Park, NJ. Opening reception with free refreshments is on April 28th from 7 pm - 10 pm.
A passion for social justice was the instigation of the show. Each artist has chosen an issue of social justice that has a personal meaning to them. Some works are in-your-face obvious and others are more nuanced, that will reward you on reflection. Mostly paintings, the show also includes unusual 3D work (a crown for Trayvon Martin) and even a small video art installation.
The show reflects a return to the times when an artist's work was valued not for what price the work was sold, but for what the work had to say. Currently, there's a mood in the country, some might even say outrage, that in 2018 it's time to break the silence and to speak out on social issues.
It promises to be a fresh and passionate experience, reflecting the current times.
Issues portrayed include women's #metoo movement, gun violence, housing rights, black lives matter plus more.
The group is thrilled to present in Asbury Park, which is becoming well known as an art destination on the Jersey Shore and especially at Heaven Gallery where owner Malcom Navias is known for his support of local artists. The artists in the show hail from Asbury Park and other NJ towns, Brooklyn, NY, and Austin, Texas.
Artists in the show are Michelle Dillon, Nick DAlessio, Michael Donato, Rebecca Sanchez, Jordan Wason, Laura Marie Marciniak, Mary Lu Wason and Diona West.
Last week, during Brooch a Day, I decided to play with layers and dimension. I like the way some vintage pins are constructed by setting stones in each layer and then cold connecting them all together. (Cold connection means that no heat is used to join the metals, which is a good thing if you want to set stones before connecting. Most stones, except diamonds, can't handle too much heat.)
I used the scrap metal that was on my bench and cold connected the layers.
I annealed the metal to soften it and then formed it a bit, to experiment with depth.
I realized one reason that flowers are a popular motif for brooches. The layered petals in nature can be reproduced with layers of metal. I rarely show flowers in my work, but I decided to cut the metal like flowers, just this once.
Since a cold connection can be any material, I went with simple suede cord instead of metal, to flaunt that option.
I'm enjoying the every day challenge as I take steps each day to play with a process, technique or design.
On this final day of 2012, I would just like to say, "Good Riddance!"
Life here on the Jersey Shore has not been the same since Hurricane Sandy.
For me, personally, one effect difficult to deal with is that many of our favorite beaches are still unaccessible. The place of my daily walks, Sandy Hook (Gateway National Park), may be closed until May 2013.
The neighboring beach at Sea Bright, NJ is beautiful and open. Driving through town, though, is sobering. Barely any business or homes are inhabited. The recovery does go on though. In the daylight hours there is a constant buzz of construction workers rebuilding.
So, it is time for all of us to rebuild! May 2013 be lucky, joyful and profitable to all! May we enjoy the beauty of the beach and sea once again!
Mary Lu Wason
is a studio jeweler. Here she shares the inspirations, discoveries and process of creating her art jewelry collections.
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