RCNV Exhibits: the Art of Nonviolence

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Santa Cruz artist Sara Friedlander initiated the saffron ribbon ARRT (Artists Respond and Resist Together) project in honor of Black Lives Matter. It expresses collective grief and mourning for Black Americans who have been killed by police as well as all those who have died in the Covid-19 pandemic. The project has been accepted for the MAH In These Uncertain Times winter/spring exhibit in 2021.

Ribbons made by Sandra Cherk, Lucien Kubo, Karen Gallant and Ellen Primack were on display in front of RCNV from September – October 2020. #BlackLivesMatter #Blacktothefuture #HowToBeAnAntiracist #themovementforblacklives #GeorgeFloyd #BrionnaTaylor #thepurposeofpower #rcnv #nonviolence  #TrayvonMartin #SandraBland, #dismantlesystemicracism #RestoreVotingRightsForAll #Educateyourself

CONNECTIONS: a Printmaking Exhibit

The “Connections” exhibit links us to each other and the human condition. In this time of the corona virus and sheltering at home, we yearn for connection. We long to return to our interrelated lives, to hug our friends and loved ones. We remain at home, unable to celebrate together. Alone, we mourn the loss of those who have died. We are overwhelmed by the over 400,000+ lives lost worldwide due to the pandemic. 

“Connections” ties us to the healing power of nature, our history and our memories. The art provides a window of hope for the current moment. It helps us to remember the past and to face the future. 

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Connections” printmaking invitational features eleven artists: Jody Bare, Molly Brown, Marcus Cota, Esmeralda DeGiovanni, Emma Formato, Jane Gregorius, Anita Heckman, Bridget Henry, Glenn Joy, Stephanie Martin and Melissa West.

SCROLL DOWN to the bottom to view a 2nd SLIDESHOW featuring Melissa West’s prayer flags and twelve prints from the Ayotzinapa 43 folio. The prayer flags celebrate hope and action. The portraits acknowledge the 43 students from Mexico who were disappeared in 2014. presente.

Most work from “Connections” is for sale. See gallery below with titles and prices. For purchases: inquire directly with the artist (links above) or contact anita [at} rcnv [dot} org

The printmaking styles and subject matter are wide ranging but all relate to the theme of Connection. Methods represented include linoleum cut, photo-polymer, monotype with chine collé, reduction woodcut, etching, and lithography. 

We hope to present the “real-life” exhibit in person at RCNV at some point in the future. The exhibit was originally scheduled for April – June, 2020 at RCNV. The exhibit has moved online due to Covid-19, since RCNV is temporarily closed to the public. RCNV has offered numerous Art of Nonviolence exhibits since the 612 Ocean St. facility was remodeled in 2017.

We Honor and Remember: Melissa West’s Prayer Flags and images from the Ayotzinapa 43 print folio:

Melissa West’s prayer flags celebrate hope and action and represent her prayers for the world. The Ayotzinapa 43 folio portraits acknowledge and remember the 43 students from Mexico who were disappeared in 2014. Their mothers and fathers still cry… Truth and Justice! “No forgiveness, no forgetting .” presente

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It’s 5+ years since 43 students from Ayotzinapa Rural Normal School disappeared overnight in the state of Guerrero in Mexico. After an episode that has yet to be clarified of crossfire between police and alleged narcos, the buses where students traveled were intercepted. Five people were killed and the rest was only known. Since then, the families of these young people have continued to ask for justice and truth from a State that many consider to be accomplice.

Artist Carlos Barberena drew ‘Mother of the Missing’ to denounce this tragedy that, says, ′′ exposed the level of impunity and corruption of the Mexican state .” He regrets that there has not yet been a credible and transparent investigation that gives answers and justice to the relatives to the missing. He says goodbye with the slogan repeated tirelessly by those who demand dignity: “They were taken alive, we love them alive .”

More information: Printmakers for the Ayotzinapa 43. Padres Y Madres De Ayotzinapa New York Times Article: Ayotzinapa 43 Five Years Ago, 43 Students Vanished. The Mystery, and the Pain, Remain.