DEADLOCKED AND LOADED: Disarming America
Curated by Karen M. Gutfreund
February 11 to April 18, 2021
Make your reservation TODAY for in-person gallery viewing HERE!
The COVID pandemic was top-of-mind for most of 2020 but 2020 was also a devastating year for gun violence. And once again, communities of color bore a disproportionate burden of the violence. At the same time, gun sales surged in 2020. An estimated 20 million guns were sold, 6.1 million more than in 2019.
The need to address gun violence is more urgent than ever and in response, artists from across the United States have used their artistic voices to address issues related to our culture of gun violence particularly how it affects women, children and marginalized peoples.
Deadlocked and Loaded: Disarming America, curated by Karen M. Gutfreund, is a “locked and loaded” conversation through art, showcasing art in all media that addresses the culture of violence, systemic racism, police brutality and gun issues in the United States—particularly in how it affects women and children with lasting impacts.
From a feminist perspective, the works speak to issues that include gender, race, mental health, political affiliations, philosophical stances, remembrance and memorials, and access to and use of firearms in regard to the 2nd Amendment.
Twenty-four artists participating in the ArtRage exhibition: Salma Arastu, Lorraine Bonner, Beth Costello, Cat Del Buono, Justyne Fischer, Pamela Flynn, Lisa Freeman, Marlowe Jones, Kate Kretz, Beth Lakamp, Ann J. Lewis, Sarah Maple, Penny Mateer, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Amy Pleasant, Michele Pred, Lucky Rapp, Jenny Reinhardt,
Karen J. Revis, Beverly Rippel, Kadie Salfi, Gigi Salij, Patricia Turner, and Margi Weir.
This exhibition is presented in collaboration with Community Folk Art Center and Point of Contact Gallery in Syracuse.
A catalog representing all 36 artists exhibiting in the three galleries can be viewed HERE.
Our next meeting is February 13, 2021 in Parish Hall at St. Hilary’s Episcopal Church.
1:00 General Meeting
2:20 Show and Tell
We are excited to announce that our very own Holly Watson will be demonstrating Free Motion Quilting. Be sure to check out her information on our website (www.artquiltersunlimited.com) and on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Artquiltersunlimited).
For those able to attend in person, we look forward to seeing you there. For those who cannot, we will be streaming via Facebook Live. (https://www.facebook.com/events/841936599919026)
As a reminder, we will be adhering to the following CDC Covid 19 guidelines. Please review prior to the meeting.
The first two challenges are broad and relatively undefined. Very much left to the imagination of the Artist. We can’t wait to see your creations!! This is just for our group, at this point. We don’t have a plan to put them in an exhibit or show. That may change, but right now there is no plan.
Holly Watson will be developing our third challenge. More information will be available soon.
We all change throughout our lives; That is how we grow and evolve. For this challenge, create a piece showing how your subject has changed over the years. The subject can be a person, a technique, a place or anything else that brings you joy.
Did you know that many of our postal stamps are actually a reproduction of a work of art.? Every year the USPS selects 15 commemorative designs to be released into circulation. This link is to an interesting article about art and the postal stamp. https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-stamps-usps-1902451
For this challenge, create a piece to commemorate the year 2020. 2020 was a very difficult year for many of us. However, there were some positives as well. We learned how to communicate differently. We learned that there were material things that we didn’t really need. It was a time to reset and really focus on what was (and is) most important to us. This challenge is about that…what did 2020 mean to you?
Yesterday morning, Wednesday, Sally Dutko, Ann Reardon and Jan Piscitelli put up the AQU exhibit at the Coco Gallery. Attached are a few photos which show some of the fabulous work submitted for the exhibit. Please stop by and visit. The exhibit runs through Tuesday, 12/22!
See image below of a piece in the show by Sally Dutko
bIG aRTS EXHIBIT CALLED "CREATIVE tHREADS"
I am pleased to invite you to my new exhibit located in the large and newly renovated art center, BIG Arts, on Sanibel Island. The show is called "Creative Threads" and features 3 fiber artists, including 2 AQU members: Bonnie Langenfeld and Sally Dutko
The dates are November 5— December 13, 2020.
This is a link to the announcement by BIG Arts:
900 Dunlop Road
Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Gallery Hours at BIG Arts
Tuesday–Friday: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Hope you can visit BIG Arts and enjoy the artwork, as well as the island.
Also, be sure to stop by the Tower Gallery on Tarpon Bay Rd. (very close by) to see some more great artwork (always changing) by me and other Tower Gallery artists!
Please plan to join the meeting before 10:00 AM. The presentation by Bobbi Baugh will begin promptly at 10:00.
AQU December Holiday Gathering!
When: Sat. December 12, 2020 at 11:30.
Where: Lakes Regional Park, B-1 Pavilion.
Note: this is an in-person gathering, not a Zoom meeting!
Safety: Using the precautions we are all used to by now, we will be masked and have enough room to spread out with social distancing. There are many tables in the pavilion.
Food: Jason’s Deli will be delivering box lunches to us in the park. Cost is $10. Includes lunch, tax, and delivery tip.(See below to place your order.)
Gifts: We will do a White Elephant exchange. This is a lot of fun in a group. Bring a wrapped item from home that you want to get rid of, or regift, or something you have made. We will draw numbers and then vie for the most sought-after items.
Show and Tell: Of course! Bring all of the stuff you have not been able to show people all summer. There will be tables for display.
What to bring: Your beverage, placemat (optional), a portable chair if you don’t like sitting at picnic tables, a mask, your White Elephant gift, and your Artwork for Show and Tell.
Location: Lakes Park is at 7330 Gladiolus Dr. After you go in the main entrance, bear left. The large B-1 pavilion with the huge stone chimney faces the lake and will be directly on your right. Park in the lot in front of B-1. (It is to the right of the kids’ water splash area.)
Parking? Use Pay Station 3 located in the lot. $1 per hour. Carpooling suggested.
Lunch: Jason’s Box lunch choices (comes with pickle, chips, and chocolate chip cookie):
Choose Sandwich: smoked turkey, regular roasted turkey, roast beef, ham, tuna salad with egg, chicken salad with almonds and pineapple.
Choose Bread: Multigrain wheat, white, rye, gluten-free.
Dec 4 Deadline (we must receive order by Dec 4): Choose your sandwich type and bread from above list. Mail this info with a $10. check payable to AQU to:
Sally Dutko, 10423 Migliera Way, Fort Myers, FL 33913
Questions: email Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sally at 607 342-1663.
Looking forward to seeing you in this outdoor meeting space for a fun AQU event!!!
An upholstery place in North Port has 5 bags of upholstery leftovers. Some with large pieces in them as well as fabric 25 rolls. If you are interested reach out to Holly Watson for more information
Holly's quilt "Colorful Thoughts" has been photographed in Paducah for the 2022 yearly AQS Calendar. It won 1st place in the 2019 Peace River Quilt Show, and Best Modern Style Quilt in the 2019 Mancuso Show in Tampa.
Interview with Sally Dutko about her work at Tower Gallery