Sunday, July 1, 2018

"AMERICA NOW: A DIALOGUE" Portland Public Library, through July 21, 2018

 “It’s an incredibly important show in these times and a chance to reflect on what America means to us and what it means to be an American,” Bellows said. “I hope this show helps people reflect – and perhaps to act.” (Shenna Bellows, executive director of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine) ~ Bob Keyes, "Feeling Desperate Artists Respond to the Times in America Now", July 8, 2018

"The art of "America Now" tells us that unless we can live in harmony with one another and with nature we are doomed." ~ Edgar Allen Beem, "America Now and Then: Art in Times of Crisis"

"The (America Now) exhibition is full of images that capture and comment on America’s anxiety sown by divisions across race, class, gender and politics. “America Now” reflects that anger and angst, while providing moments of empathy and humanity that connect people and offer hope for bridging the divides. In a world filled with contention, where respectful dialogue is elusive, “America Now” offers an opportunity for conversation." ~ Bob Keyes, "The Artists Are Restless" Portland Press Herald, October 29, 2017

Archival Pigment Print
© Mary Becker Weiss

Artist’s Statement:
“A piece of artwork can stop traffic.
Can make you think.
Rise above the noise.
Make you act.
Make it impossible to forget.
Make it impossible to walk away.”
~ Mary Becker Weiss 2017.10.20

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