Friday, December 12, 2014

A Song Sung: Seasoned en Vieux exhibition in Progress

This pop up gallery is there for a temporary exhibition to showcase multiple senior citizen working artists & their allies through the kindness of HRI Properties until the permanent retail business set up shop.
This is a wonderful gesture from them that enhancing the lives & sensibilities of their tenants as well as this part of Canal Street undergoing a Renaissance.We've gotten a lot of positive responses from surrounding businesses as well as the tenants themselves.
Kudos to the artist who have contributed their lovely works to make Seasoned en Vieux happen. About 75% of the artists are over 60.  There is a cross section of others includedbased on their genre, new/emerging or established artists.  About 10% are disabled 50% female, etc
Seasoned en Vieux (A Seasoned View) has several layers, in part showing the world that 60 plus anybody is not dead.  And also that artists never retire, they simply become more seasoned.
We want to dispel the over-used, out-dated, stereotypical ideas ones including some seniors themselves, have about the process of growing older.
There is not one single solitary thing we the ones revisiting the 60s again, have to apologize for.  We do/shall/ must make it clear that it is up to us how we define ourselves.  As Sandra Berry, retire gallery owner of The Neighborhood Gallery and currently an art consultant turning 70 a couple of months ago say: "If we do not sing our own song, leaving it to someone else, they will never get it right"

Double Vision~ Jesse Freeman, illustrator & poet

"After the Club"~ Marrietta Johnson, Fiber Artist
 "Going Mello"~ Marrietta Johnson, Fiber Artist
 "Wise Thru Experience"~ Karen Demaris Douglas, Fiber Artist.
Her interpretation of the African Proverb: "We start as Fools & become wise thru experience"


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