(KUHN GALLERY) “Snowflake Effect” is an exhibition about the winter season, but also the effect that art plays in response to life-changing events in our world as we know it. Art allows us to remember, reflect and process our feelings and emotions creatively. Many events of our time have been marked with formal and informal art as a means of remembrance.
As we approach the one-year anniversary of what we now refer to as Sandy Hook, we reflect on the lives affected. After the events of December 14, 2012, a call was put out, “Snowflakes for Sandy Hook.” The Connecticut Parent Teachers Association requested hand-made snowflakes to decorate the new school the students would move into. Avalanche! Boxes and boxes by the truck load, event semi-loads eventually arrived. They had originally thought they would get a few boxes of snowflakes…mostly created locally. The snowflakes arrived from around the world, more than 50 countries and millions of snowflakes. In addition to snowflakes, sympathy cards, piggy bank money and notes from children around the world also arrived. Watch more at http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57563609/global-show-of-support-leaves-newtown-snowed-in/.
Art often plays a role in our response to life-changing events. When the AIDS epidemic shook our world in the 1980s, AIDS activist Cleve Jones conceived the idea of a Memorial Quilt to remember those lives lost to the disease. Today, the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt is the largest piece of community folk art in the world weighing more than 54 tons. Quilt panels are assembled in 12’ by 12’ blocks containing eight individual panels. The Quilt is now 1.3 million square feet (50 miles) making it no longer possible to display in a single location all at once. Learn more at http://www.aidsquilt.org/.
Public art has played an important role in the remembrance lives lost in peacetime and at war. The September 11, 2001, events changed our (US) world. The 9/11 Memorial is a tribute to men, women and children killed in the terrorist attacks of 2001 and 1993. We honor our heroes and victims with creative memorials around the world as a means of using public art to bring solace, peace and awareness to those affected by tragedies and health issues.
Perhaps you have created a quilt panel for a loved one, sent a snowflake to Sandy Hook or wear one of the various colored ribbons in honor of or in memory of a loved one. We all show our support in creative ways. Visit “Snowflake Effect” to view a juried show of two-dimensional wintery works by local artists, a panel of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and snowflakes created by visitors to the museum…we welcome you to make your very own snowflake to add to the exhibition in honor of someone, in memory of someone or just in celebration of this holiday season.