Together We Will at RISE!

Karla Albright of the Los Gatos chapter of  TWW/Indivisible Los Gatos caught the Gutfreund Cornet Art show, RISE: Empower, Change and Action!, the day it opened and approached Whitney Modern for a special tour so the rest of her group could take it in! Though it is a national exhibition, a number of Bay Area artists were happy to get together again and share some of the inspiring motivations behind their social justice work in the gallery.

Please note that if you click on any of the names of artists and organizations, etc, in bold in this post, you will open a link to their website!

Suzanne Whitney Smedt, welcoming us all to her beautiful contemporary art gallery, Whitney Modern, located on the second floor of 24 N Santa Cruz Ave in downtown Los Gatos. The gallery typically represents twelve fine artists but has teamed up with Gutfreund Cornett Art for this specific summer show curated by Karen Gutfreund, Sherri Cornett, Marianne McGrath and Suzanne Whitney Smedt.

Karen Gutfreund reading Maya Angelou’s poem, Still I Rise from the exhibition catalogue, on which Ceciley Blanchard (Jackson Tennessee) had based her photographic series. I love hearing that read (or sung by Ben Harper)!

Irene Carvajal (Belmont, California) with her (what) do YOU think? desk with the positive  messages we’d wish we’d grown up with carved into the wood. You can even take rubbings with the graphite pencils and paper provided, if there is a resonating message you’d like to bring home with you.

Priscilla Otani (San Francisco) with her original braille art book, Political Action Group on democratic women in congress and democratic women running for congress – copies available at the gallery have all sold out but you can still order them through Amazon!

Rozanne Hermelyn Di Silvestro (Sunnyvale, California) with her monotype, oil, paper and string on panel piece, Bound and her mixed media installation, In a Constant State of Rising and Falling.

Winnie van der Rijn (San Carlos, California) with her photographic image transfer and embroidery on muslin pieces, One Size Fits All.

When it came time for me to speak about my painting, In the Pink, I shared how I believed that the Pussy Hat (originally co-created by Krista Suh) became such an immediate, global, viral icon of the Woman’s March because it employed such a feminine voice. It took knitting, a traditionally feminine craft, one that we do with our hands, and our hearts, in our homes or together in groups, using soft, warm, pretty and fuzzy fibers and often give as gifts to one another to wear with pride (a bit of kitty humor) saying in our sea of pink that, “We see you Pussy Grabber in Chief and we do not approve, we will not forget, and we will stand together and march for our rights.” Even the metaphor of knitting one stitch, connected to another, and another, collectively making something bigger than ourselves, is so perfect!

Rinat Goren (Woodside, California) with her beeswax, pigment and paper paintings, Finding Points of Agreement 1 and Finding Points of Agreement 2.

Irene Carvahla (Santa Cruz, California) with her acrylic, mixed media and image transfer, Ambient Thoughts.

Irene Carvajal (Belmont, California) with her screen print on paper, fan and plexiglass tank kinetic sculpture, Future Gains: the dollar is rising. She is selling individual bills to help fund her trip to the border to offer her language services to those families who are seeking asylum at the border and are too often being separated and denied their legal rights.

Chandrika Marla (Mountain View, California) with her acrylic on canvas painting, For Our Lives.

Karen Gutfreund standing with Jenny Reinhardt‘s mixed media on canvas painting, Split the Sack, shared the dismall figures, of the percentage that women artists earn in comparison to their male counterparts, as well as how poorly they are represented in museum shows and what an incredible value their work actually is! Sales continue a pace at Whitney Modern and RISE has been extended to September 9th, 2018 to be included with ForFreedoms a 50 state activist art initiative!

Shannon Edwards from TWW/Indivisible Los Gatos thanking the Whitney Modern and the artists for the evening. Together We Will as a grassroots civil engagement movement that helps to lobby for progressive initiatives, supports candidates and sponsors local events was the perfect audience for RISE! It’s so great to join together like this!

Artist, Winnie van der Rijn and author and speaker, Nilofer Merchant.

Social Justice Reception

The powerfully engaging internationally juried exhibition, Social Justice: It Happens to One It Happens to All, organized by Gutfreund Cornett Art opened Sunday at Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art with an inspiring Artist Talk in which 19 of the 46 exhibiting artists participated, some who traveled from as far away as San Diego and Los Angeles, Utah, Mexico and New Zealand!  It was very moving to learn what had compelled each artist to create their work and to listen to the types of reactions their work has received. Typically working with controversial, challenging and even disturbing subject matter, I found all these artists to be particularly brave, passionate, thoughtful, smart and deeply human. I can’t tell you how honored I am to have my work included with this company. This exhibition runs until December 11, 2016 in Moraga, California. Print and online catalogues are available at Gutfreund Cornet Art.

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Dream team curators, Sherri Cornett and Karen Gutfreund in front of Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art.

Detail from Joseph Tipay‘s – Prison Letters – Woodcut and Monotype handprinted on kozo paper.

Me, with my oil painting, La Niña.

Miholyn Soon and Ellie Jones – The Sculpted – Video.

Sara Friedlander – Stonewalled in Jerusalem – MDF panels, digital collages, original and archival photos, paint.

Beth Krensky – The Bridge III  - Bronze

Veronica Cordoso – The Girl Who Fell From The Sky – Digitally modified digital photo on aluminum

Gerardo Castro – Haiti and Dominican Republic: One Island – Two Worlds – Fire-burning on Arches oil paper

Sibylle Peretti – Making Birds – Carved, engraved, silvered and painted plexiglass, feathers, paper

Rhonda Brown  - JustUs is not 4all –  Lenticular print, mixed media

Dan Tague – Justice Will Prevail – Ultrachrome print on photo luster paper

Jane Venis - Shiner – Vblack wet-look vinyl, 400 spikes, chrome chain

Jaime Shafer – 1 in 3 – Stonehenge paper, Epson paper, ink, photographs

Vicki Gunter – It’s Not One Thing…It’s Everything – Clay photographs, slips, stains, lusters, wood mount decoupaged with altered copies of $1 bills

Maru Hoeber – Flight – Porcelain and wood veneer

Priscilla Otani – Pleasure Quarter – Wax paper, photo, paper covered cages, ink drawings

Andrew Seaton – The Wall series (Reagan)  - Digital art

Justyne Fischer - The Sunshine State – Ink, voile, stretcher bars,  floater frame

Remedios Rapoport  - Power to the People II – Oil alkyd painted sculpture in wood with gilding, mirror and collage behind antique slumped glass

Xian Mei Qiu – The Birdcage – Photograph on plexiglass

Finally, I’m always grateful for my supportive friends – you’re just the best!

For more information on the exhibit, please click on this link to Gutfreund Cornett Art: http://www.gutfreundcornettart.com/info-social-justice.html