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Vessels: A Human Journey

Photographer James Glass is on a mission to give the public a glimpse into the humanity of patients walking through the doors of Planned Parenthood on a daily basis. In the eyes of his models, one can almost imagine them: the woman who has never had children, the mother of three, or the woman visiting later in life for preventative care. Each individual has their own story, and James hopes to show that narrative through photography. Ultimately, the audience will have an idea of what it means for that person to be both a patient at Planned Parenthood, and a human on planet earth.

Before we explore the project, let’s revisit the facts. One in five women has turned to Planned Parenthood at some point in her life for professional, nonjudgmental, and confidential care. In addition to the safe and legal procedure used to end a pregnancy at health centers, they also provide lifesaving cancer screening, birth control, information on the prevention and treatment of STDs, breast health services, sex health education, and health counseling. A woman can be walking into a health center for any number of reasons, and it is far past the time that people stopped assuming they know every detail of her life and what is best for her.

Glass’ project is called Vessels: A Human Journey, and it represents the raw, unfiltered moments in the life of men, women, and children who serve to remind us all of a simple fact: We are not in the shoes of the child we pass crying on the sidewalk, the old man sitting in the coffee shop, and certainly not any of the women visiting Planned Parenthood health care centers. So why is it so hard to let go of the outdated notion that women should be controlled by laws affecting their bodies, and governments should dictate personal health care decisions for entire populations?

Of course, in the end, there are those who will shut themselves off from even considering the information that the show has to offer. However, there are so many on the middle ground of this issue who do not want to be defined by a label. They are interested in learning more about the services Planned Parenthood offers the community and are seeking answers to the dangerous myths that have circulated over the past few years. This show is a good place to start or continue seeking that information.

“The people that we do reach may not be reached solely from the show. It’s part of ten things that happen that make them open their eyes,” Glass explains. “Hopefully those people in the middle can see these pictures, and it can be part of an evolution for their intellectual and emotional intelligence to look at fellow humans with reason and kindness.”

Vessels: A Human Journey will open Friday, September 1 at the Alexander/Heath Contemporary Art Gallery in downtown Roanoke. There will be a ticketed Preview Night on Thursday, August 31 from 6-10pm. For more information, visit www.alexander-heath.com.

Open Studios: Gina Louthian-Stanley

Gina Louthian-Stanley has been a creative person since she was born. In the first grade, she won her first art award for her visual narrative of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff.” She continued taking as many art classes as possible throughout school. While she learned techniques in college, most of what she does today is a combination of those techniques used in a totally new and different way.
“Formal training has brought its rewards,” Gina says, “but self-exploration has produced the greatest results. By taking all of the insights  that my teachers have taught me, I’ve been able to merge them to create my own artistic style or styles. Experimental art has always fascinated me.”
Which may be why Gina uses a variety of mediums including cold wax, encaustic, watercolor, oil, monotype and intaglio printmaking, pastel and ink drawing, pottery, and jewelry making. She even mixes the medium at times to “push the limit” of what the medium can do to convey the ethereal atmospheric landscape that she loves.

Which is your favorite medium, and why?
I have two passions at the moment, working in wax and printmaking. I have been a printmaker since the 70s, and working in hot and cold wax at least ten years. With the encaustic mediums, I can utilize photography, printmaking, and painting. I have also been introducing encaustic mediums into jewelry pieces. I am attracted to the natural elements of the damar resin and beeswax. 

What/who are your inspirations?
All of my inspirations come primarily from the earth and nature. I am influenced by artists and writers who are intrigued by nature and natural elements. I am also inspired by music and always have it playing in my studio. 

Would you say that any of your work is a reflection of living in Roanoke? 
Most certainly. I have lived in Roanoke all of my life and have always been inspired by the landscape here. I have a particular piece, Bent Mountain Marsh, that was created from a memory of a place. I was there on a clear blue day and the reflected blues of the sky in the glass-clear water against the textured brown grasses on the bank etched in my mind. I had to paint it. 
For me, driving to work and seeing a heavy mist rising just above the earth in the early morning sunlight–that moment, you take a deep breath and all is right in the world.

Gina’s work will be available alongside participating artists through Open Studios Roanoke, beginning on April 29-30. Visit www.openstudiostourroanoke.com for more information on Gina and participating artists!

 

Strong is the New Pretty

Kate T. Parker began taking photos of her girls in everyday life–biking, playing soccer, discovering tide pools–and quickly came to realize the most resonant images captured her daughters’ true, authentic selves. Her recent book, Strong is the New Pretty, is a celebration of the tenacious spirit inherent within all girls. Featuring Parker’s stunning photography alongside advice and wisdom from her subjects, the book demonstrates that all girls are unstoppable.

“As the project grew, I met and photographed hundreds of girls from all over the country, and I learned that strength doesn’t ways come in one package, and it doesn’t always manifest itself the way it does in my girls,” Parker explains.

This book features girls reading or studying, girls jumping in mud and leaves, girls comforting their best friend, girls on the playing field, and girls creating art, among many other awesome activities reflecting their mental and physical strength. It reminds us that beauty is not about being a certain size, having your hair done a certain way, or wearing a certain dress. It is about being yourself.

Head over to www.katetparker.com to learn more about the author. We will be giving away a copy of Strong is the New Pretty on our Facebook page tomorrow! For those that do not win, you can purchase it here.

Art Underground

Join us as we support The Aurora Artisans (Susan Egbert, Meridith Entingh, Miki Overcast-Kallan, Susanne Sellars and Nancy Stellhorn) and their 1st Annual Art Show, “Underground Art” at Aurora Studio Center this weekend. The show will take place on Saturday, March 19, from 10am to 4pm and Sunday, March 20, from noon-4pm.
This two-day show and expo will feature over 20 artists across disciplines including painting, print-making, sculpture, pottery, mixed-media, photography, mosaics, fabric, and glass. Works will be on display AND available for purchase. This is a great opportunity to meet the artists and directly support our local economy.
IMG_3959The Aurora Studio Center is located on the lower level of the newly renovated AURORA building at 110 Campbell Avenue SW in downtown Roanoke. It features 10 commercial studios, a visual arts classroom, a movement studio, and galleries. When visiting, please enter at the Campbell Avenue entrance and head down the stairs to the Lower Level Studios and Event Space.
Best of all– Art Underground is FREE, family friendly and welcome to everyone! Check out their Facebook page for event updates and additional information. We look forward to seeing you there!

Earth Connections at The Market Gallery

Three Roanoke artists, Dan Henderson, Martha Rhodes, and Steve Mitchell, will be displaying some of their most recent work in a new exhibition called “Earth Connections” at The Market Gallery in downtown Roanoke from April 28th to May 23rd.

Please join them for a free opening reception during Roanoke’s Art by Night series on Friday, May 1st from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the gallery. The artists will speak about their work from 6:15 pm to 6:45 pm. The gallery is open from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday).

“Earth Connections” features beautiful works from Dan, Martha, and Steve that explore nature and how humans interact with the earth around us. The show will feature photography, multi-media collage and paintings, and stoneware.

apertures dan hendersonDan Henderson, an old-school darkroom photographer, will be showing some of his work that he shot while in Cuba at the time when President Obama announced that relations between Cuba and the US would begin to be normalized. The photographs are part of a larger body of work called “Entropy,” a series of sepia-toned lith photography about what happens when man-kind no longer puts effort into maintaining the things that they create.

Earth Fragments IX - Agate Martha RhodesMartha Rhodes creates multi-media paintings and collages that include pieces of Carnelian, Jasper, Agate, and other stones. She uses muted earth tones to compliment the stones. The work that she will be showing is part of a larger body of work entitled “Earth Fragments.”

vessel 3 Stevel MitchelSteve Mitchell is an expert potter using both porcelain and wood-fired stoneware to create beautiful and functional vessels. The work that he will be showing will include many of his newest pieces of wood-fired stoneware.

For more information on “Earth Connections” and The Market Gallery, call (540) 342-1177 or visit www.marketgalleryroanoke.com.

 

 

 

Written by Krista Knauer