Happy Almost August!
We hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer.
Featured Member: Liz Krick
WCA Philadelphia President Liz Krick recently finished a painting that was the result of a collaboration with artist, art model and writer, Ashley Nichole. Ashley has been exploring the concept of trauma through various art forms as a healing strategy for quite a while.
“Trauma is any event that overwhelms your ability to cope. Surviving is an amazing feat in itself, but the long-term effects of any trauma can be physical, mental and emotional. While each survivor is unique, many feel alone, ashamed and afraid that their story may not be believed. Other reactions include insomnia, an increase in drug or alcohol use, and the development of eating disorders. Survivors often develop a mindset of fear, denial, distrust and conflicting loyalties resulting from abuses of power. Sharing stories in alternate formats (like art!) can reduce secondary and ongoing trauma. We begin by believing survivors. The language and space we use to combat the misnomer ‘that doesn’t happen in my community’ gives voice and support to survivors,” shares Ashley.
One of the best ways you can support a survivor is through validation. Ashley reached out to artist Liz Krick to talk about the idea that validation could be offered through art. “It was a very raw conversation,” Ashley recalls, “I wasn’t entirely sure anyone could grab onto what I was trying to formulate.” Liz offered to read some of Ashley’s personal writing and create a visual context in the hopes that through storytelling and humanizing an inhumane life experience, the art could cultivate empathy and openness around the topic of trauma, and specifically sexual assault.
The experience is what both artists describe as simply “indescribable.” And the two have now formed a lifelong bond. Liz shares that, through the process of empathizing and conceptualizing Ashley’s lived trauma, and taking from Ashley’s poem, Demimonde, she was able to create a visual work that depicts the sensation of losing yourself in the fog of abuse and the desperate attempt to find your way back out, while being pulled back constantly by the feelings of guilt, shame and the fear of loss that one has when escaping an abusive relationship.
The figure in the painting crawls through a crumbling building with the moon shining through the window. She is wearing what Liz refers to as the “mask of toxicity” that has been placed upon her by her abuser. This mask is a symbol of the projections that abusers cast upon their victims to create a sense of guilt and shame that undermines the victims' ability to escape. However, despite this mask and the hands pulling her back, the figure crawls towards the outside, to escape where she will emerge, transformed into a survivor.
Currently, the project is seeking a space that would like to collaborate with us and host this show. We welcome any suggestions or offers to host this show and collaborate. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
Visit Liz's website to see more of her work and learn more about her.
Featured Exhibit: Composition in Concert
by Sarah Bloom
Presented by DVAA (davinciartalliance.org) at
the Lightbox Film Center East Alcove Gallery,
part of the International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19104
On view until September 19
“Composition in Concert” is a lovely small show displaying work from 14 local artists' work that marry the idea of visual and aural art. Juried by Bill Timmins, the call for art asked that submissions be “visual artwork informed by or in conversation with music” and these works do just that.
One of the first pieces that drew my eye was Selene Nunez-Cruz' “Finnegans Excessive Waves,” that literally drips with vibrant color. It reminded me of an electrocardiogram, measuring out a compositions' rhythm. Laura Storck's photograph “Night Moovz #2” shows dancing feet lit neon red, an image that for me evokes dancing in the street at a festival. “Music in the Garden” is a beautiful collage from Arlene Solomon, reminding one of the sounds of the seasons. Another mixed media collage by Rosalind Bloom, “Pavanne,” is lavishly layered in images both abstract and representative, with warm, rich colors fit for the courtly dance to which the title refers. Countering that is Barbara Dimbach's “Music in the Air,” an abstract acrylic that dances off the canvas. “The Cellist,” a photograph by Michael D. Jicha, appears to be digitally manipulated and illustrates music's vibrations quite effectively.
The show also includes wonderful works by artists Alan Lankin, Dana Scott, Gloria Klaiman, Jacqueline Unanue, Maryann Buschini, Ted Warchal, Roy Vollmer and Susan M. Gordon. Check out the wonderful programing from https://lightboxfilmcenter.org/programs, pick a movie, then check out the art before you go in!
Featured Event: Pauline Houston McCall at Hudson Yards
The commissioned art of Pauline Houston McCall for 30 Hudson Yards in NYC will be unveiled at a celebration on
Tuesday August 6th, 2019!
6pm - 9pm
Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the US and located in NYC's Chelsea district at:
500 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001
“One of the most powerful things that could happen to an artist, a woman artist, a woman artist of color, is to be commissioned by the largest bank in the world to create multiple works of art to enhance their new architectural structure,” said Houston McCall. “Working directly with interior architects and designers is a supreme honor and the works I have created beautifully reflect the inspiration that I gained from that process.”
First Friday Preview
Friday, August 2, 2019 at 5pm – 9pm
High 5 Gallery
554 North Lawrence Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123
Join High 5 Gallery for the opening reception of EMERGING, featuring local artists: Zeinab Diomande "Z the Rat", Devon Harrison, Sommer Phillips, Blaze Schmidt, Rushawn Stanley and Oleg Simon.
The third season at High 5 Gallery starts by presenting some of Philadelphia’s newest artists and recent graduates of high school or college. Refreshments will be served.
Artful Wishes: THE Artist Call for Entry for 2019 in Philadelphia!!!
Deadline: September 6
Fiber artist Carla Fisher, whose studio is located at the wonderful new art Mecca in Philadelphia, the Cherry Street Pier reaches out as a fellow artist, supporter, educator, and/or purveyor of the arts in our area, seeking other local artists' help for the upcoming art auctions happening this fall at Cherry Street Pier to benefit the kids of Make-A-Wish!
Call to Help Puerto Rican Artists - Nor Wind But Water for Puerto Rico
The magnitude of Hurricane Maria was so large that nearly two years after a deadly hurricane season, hundreds of residents are still living under leaky tarps, their poverty on display in glaring bright blue.
Puerto Rican residents have been through so much, and art is indeed a crucial component of recovery. In an effort to help them to regain their confidence and economy, DaVinci Art Alliance invited several Puerto Rican artists to display and sell their artwork in the DVAA gallery.
Please join us to help PR artists with any donation you can provide. A dollar will make a difference! Give the artists the opportunity to sell their artworks with your contribution, as we are raising money to pay the artwork mailing fees from the island, art piece installation in the DaVinci Art Alliance gallery, and the ability to have one Puerto Rican artist present during the opening reception.
Want to be Featured on WCAPhiladelphia.org?
Would you like to be featured among the many talented WCA Philadelphia members in the gallery of our website? Would you like to be considered for the Featured Member section of our newsletter? Our goal is to have all our WCA Philly members' work represented in our web gallery. If you are not currently listed on this page, please send a photo of one of your pieces, and your website address and social media handles to email@example.com. We want to spotlight your amazing talent!