MARCH 15 - APR 12 2019: OUT OF THE NIGHT // LIFE DURING WARTIME // MHARTHANÓIR

Exhibit Dates: March 15 -  April 12

Artist's Reception & Gallery Stroll

Friday, March 15, 6 - 9 PM

  

ART ACCESS GALLERY

OUT OF THE NIGHT

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Out of the Night is a group show of mixed media artwork by survivors of domestic violence. This show is curated by Lauralee Solimeno.

Lauralee Solimeno is an advocate, artist, and writer whose exhibit is the capstone project for her Bachelors of Integrated Studies Degree.  She is studying Health Promotion, Psychology, and Communication. Her model for the exhibit was resilience based and allowed artists to share their stories to inspire others and to encourage a positive self-efficacy. She and her children painted what domestic violence feels like.  Featured artists were selected from an open call, and she spent 120 hours working in local shelters working with families there. The exhibit is a culmination of all of this art. Lauralee is married to the love of her life, Chad Solimeno. Between them, they have five children, two dogs, and two horrible cats.   She recently returned from Yabucoa, Puerto Rico where she taught resilience skills to children affected by the 2017 hurricane.  Her passion is helping others find the skills needed to overcome trauma.

Featured Artists: Tami Havey, Caitlin Stuckey, Lisa Espinoza, Emily Nicole Chapman, Brigitte Pelusi, Alyssa Black.

Participants: Dozens of anonymous artists staying in shelters across the state of Utah, several anonymous submitters, Logan Stephenson & Jonah Stephenson

 

 

 

 

ACCESS II GALLERY

 

LIFE DURING WARTIME

by Grant Fuhst

Family Crest

The 15 pieces in this series are a semi-chronological narrative of my childhood in a family scarred by alcoholism and domestic violence. My goal was to relay the emotional and psychological impact of the events through the eyes of the child I was at the time.

To reflect the child’s viewpoint, the images are primitive -- simple grotesques. The initial drawings were done with pencils on wood panel coated with an acrylic glaze, however, I was unsatisfied with the results. To get the images to look more raw, I scanned and loaded them into Photoshop, removing the colors and manipulating the images with higher contrast and textures approaching the appearance of etchings.

These pieces are so intensely personal to me that I have been reluctant to show them for fear they lack the universal quality I feel art needs to invite viewers in. My hope is to start a constructive dialogue about the need to address the damage inflicted on children forced to live in families that are dysfunctional and dangerous.

- Grant Fuhst

MHARTHANÓIR

by Sarah Lewis

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My art is a way to stay in the present. It is a way to play, be messy, and connect with my inner child.

My inner child is a scared, anxious, sad little girl. She has not felt the joy of play. Her creativity could never bloom. As I nurture her, I am creating space for healing as an adult. I lost many years to abusive relationships, decades of misery and pain.

The memories were consuming me. I decided to search out something new and different. So I bought a small kit of paints and brushes and brough used canvas. I also found a therapist who specialized in trauma therapy.

I have fallen in love with painting and I finally love myself. My creations give me pride, joy, and self esteem.

 

Survivor

by Sarah Lewis

 

You always think you can change or fix those you love.

They abuse your heart, body, and mind, and still you love them.

 

As the years go by, you are left alone with nothing but the pain and memories of all the years of suffering.

You are now a broken, week, angry soul, who never got the love you desperately needed, and deserved.

 

Then one day you realize your strength, beauty, empathy, and general worth. And you begin to fight against the misery of the past.

One canvas and one paint brush become a bridge to the present. You bring color to a dark place and rewrite the ending.

 

You have survived and now you are allowed to thrive.