First Friday Reception: November 2: Arts and Poetry from the SC Main Jail; Russell Brutsche – Paintings

Date(s) - Nov 2, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Resource Center for Nonviolence


First Friday Reception: November 2, 6:00 – 9:00PM at the Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz

RCNV EXHIBITS: November 2 – December 28, 2018

Arts and Poetry from the Santa Cruz Main Jail

Russell Brutsche – Paintings


**Scott Kennedy Hall:

Arts and Poetry from the Santa Cruz Main Jail – 

An exhibit created by inmates at The Santa Cruz County Main Jail. 

Sponsored by the William James Association Prison Arts Project. The Jail Arts Project is supported by Arts Council Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and private donations to the William James Association.  “Arts programming teaches inmates to engage their brains, encouraging new ways of viewing the world, and of relating to each other, officers and the community at large.”   —Jail’s Inmate Programs Manager Cynthia Chase.

Dennis Morton has been leading weekly poetry workshops at the Main Jail for over six years. Each week he brings to the class poems by noted poets and a writing exercise to stimulate his students’ work. Visual Artist Tripura Anand has been teaching for almost two years. Security restrictions limit her choice of materials, so she has developed a collage art program using torn paper that her students transform into beautiful, powerful and humorous images from their lives and imaginations. Tripura Anand says of her work, “I have witnessed individuals who arrive tense and high-strung become relaxed and calm while making art. And I have been impressed by extraordinary positive interactions between correctional officers and inmates as a result of the trusting atmosphere accompanying the art workshops.” 

The First Friday reception will be an opportunity to meet the artist teachers and learn more about the way in which the fine arts are creating sanctuaries for creative self-expression and personal growth in our correctional facilities.



**Community Room:

Russell Brutsche: Paintings

This exhibit by Russell Brutsché will feature current additions to his continuing reflections on the political landscape of Santa Cruz.  His acrylic paintings evoke a “what-if-ness” that addresses issues both social and environmental.
Russell is an artist, musician, and composer. On Friday, November 9, 7:30pm at RCNV, one week after the First Friday reception, he will present: “Tunes for Troubled Times,”  a “little sit-down concert” of his original songs. More information: 
Farmer’s Market in a Post-Carbon Era, acrylic on canvas, 22×28”
Bargain Coastal Properties, acrylic on canvas, 36×48”
Santa Cruz View from Dimeo Lane, acrylic on canvas, 36×48”
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