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… I charge straight ahead and then something happens and I am reminded to look back, and that’s when I see beauty like this, when the sun is shining through leaves.

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This Thursday through Saturday, 12:00 Р5:00 PM, is the last opportunity to view the interactive exhibit Peace: Cutting through Turmoil, curated by Lois Fiore. Doug Holder, arts editor for The Somerville News, spoke with Lois about the origin of the show. You can read his review here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2017/06/somerville-artist-lois-fiore-speaks-of.html

The exhibit can be seen in the Brickbottom Artists Gallery located at 1 Fitchburg Street in Somerville, just outside Union Square. Hope you have a chance to visit! It was a pleasure to be one of the participating artists and I look forward to future installations.

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I think it was the video of Philando Castile’s four-year old daughter comforting her mother, saying I’ll keep you safe, after having just seen her father shot to death in front of her. I think it was that little girl’s voice full of resolve and determination, before she too began to cry, that made me weep hot tears in the night. What child should have to go through that? Those were the kinds of questions I used to ask God when I was little, especially after watching the evening news with my parents, about why did people harm other people. I used to ask a lot of why questions of the people around me. Not so much anymore. Now I try to find the answers for myself. And sometimes I learn there is no single answer or any answer at all. The world is a very bewildering place at the moment but there is still much beauty there though sometimes it is hidden.

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I took these photos in the Southwest Corridor Park near Back Bay Station. I don’t think the tourists know what they are missing as they walk past what looks a bit like a concrete jungle. A hidden treasure.

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Today I wear a sweater and have a shawl and knit cap in my bag for later. But only a few days ago it was near 100 degrees and high humidity. Of course, I picked that day to journey into Harvard Square on my way to the Charles River. I never quite made it to the river. Too hot and common sense won out. With a cold bottle of water, I sat beneath the shade of a tree and in the end decided to see what I could capture from that stationery vantage point.

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And then I lay back and pointed the camera up.

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I feel I honored the memories of the children like Willis Cofer. ūüôā

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I have received many encouraging words about the installation. For me it was a truly collaborative process where people around me helped bring to life the picture in my head. I am thankful. We’ll see what the future holds in terms of future installations. Meanwhile, I do hope if you’re in the area you have a chance to walk beneath these branches.

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The opening reception for Peace: Cutting Through Turmoil at Brickbottom Artist Gallery was a powerful night. What a treat to have my work featured next to such wonderful artists. Each shares work — from paintings to sculpture to video — that is quite different and yet the whole comes together quite cohesively. ¬†Each artist telling a different story. Kudos to curator Lois Fiore for her vision. ¬†The exhibit will be on view Thursday – Saturday noon – 5pm until July 1st.

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Lois Fiore, Curator: http://loisfiore.com/pages/artist.html

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Cedric Harper: https://edward-film.squarespace.com/about/

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Riki Moss: http://www.rikimoss.com/

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Jose Santos: http://joselsantos.com/about_jose.htm

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Brynmore Williams: http://brynmore.com/

 

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Tomorrow night, June 8th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, is the opening reception for Peace: Cutting Through Turmoil at the Brickbottom Artist Gallery in Somerville. Good food, good drink and great art with a story to tell. I’m one of seven proud participants, debuting my first installation, Mussel ‘Em. Hope to see you there, and FYI, the show will run through July 1, 2017.

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Learn more at  https://www.brickbottomartists.com/gallery_future

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