Madison Community Discourse presents its Second Annual Art Exhibition: Courage. This exhibition presents a selection of art from over 30 artists, including sculpture, mixed media, drawing, photography, painting, illustration, sound explorations, and printmaking as it explores what “Courage is” in our lives. The opening reception, on Friday June 5, will feature fine art, a live string quartet, interactive art, and delicious treats from a local bakery. The show will run June 5-June 13 and will offer a variety of events and programming ranging for children and adults every day. All events will be hosted at Art In, 1444 E Washington Ave
Each year we focus on a theme to connect community through collective experience and art. Last year we focused on love in a project called “A Discourse on Love”. In this first year, artist Mallory Shotwell interviewed one hundred people on love, asked questions, collected artifacts and stories.
This year artists and community members explore Courage, as the project phases into a community arts nonprofit called Madison Community Discourse. This week features a sampling of what the nonprofit will offer.
Friday, June 5: 5pm-9pm: Reception for Art Exhibition. Curated collection of over 30 artists visually representing what “Courage is” to them. Fine art in a gallery setting, with over ten interactive pieces to engage with, food from Looking House Bakery, and a live music from the Suzuki Strings of Madison.
Presenting Art from:
Holly Meyers, Eric Baillies, Matthew Bindert, Jenni Leaver, Jody Chandler, Nina Golemi, William Grant Turnbull, Lance Berka, John Hitchcock, Christine Onga Kubisiak Dehlinger, Emma Dehlinger, Rebecca Lemke, Gillian Drier, Valerie Draves, Michael Ward, Lesley Anne Numbers, Victor Castro, Andrew Illene, Char Charlotte Jane DeVos, Ruth Collier Manning, robin e lee, Beth Skogen, Denali Jensen, Nicholas Smebak, Sara Lin Hesse, Claire Warhus, Elizabeth Oner, David Williams.
Saturday, June 6: 11am-12pm: Story Time: Join us for an interactive story time with Reid Miller.
Saturday, June 6: 12pm-2pm: Studio Kids: Join us for an interactive story time and art studio hour. Mallory Shotwell, artist and teacher, leads a children’s class where children can design, draw, build, and create new art to take home. Recommended for children ages 4-12, with their adult companions. This will be a preview of the ongoing program that will be held in Worthington Park on Wednesdays during the summer. See http://madisoncommunitydiscourse.com/2015/04/studio-kids/ for more
Monday, June 8 6-8pm: Art Journal 101: Learn the basics of Art Journaling! An Art Journal is a safe place to play, relax, express, and experiment with art supplies. Plan for some creative, messy play. Free your ideas about making art with creative instigators Cathy Lawson and Jennifer Falkowski as they guide you through Art Journal Basics in this relaxed and fun workshop. Participants will create a page with a background, collage, and doodling, all of which are the basics of an art journal. See here for more: http://madisoncommunitydiscourse.com/2015/05/art-journal-101-art-workshops-madison-community-discourse/
Tuesday, June 9: 6pm-8pm: Poetry Workshop led by poet and teacher Rita Mae Reese. She writes, "So much of what we see and hear every day seems designed to make us anxious and afraid. Everyday courage gets so little attention that it seems to be disappearing but it’s not—what might be disappearing is our ability to recognize it. In this class we’ll read and write poems that tackle fear head-on, at courageous poems that take risks, and poems that celebrate the courage that sometimes goes unseen and uncelebrated in our world." See http://madisoncommunitydiscourse.com/2015/04/we-were-so-scared-werent-we-madison-writing-workshop/ for details.
Thursday, June 11, from 6-8pm: Abstract Expressions: Artist Nina Golemi leads a community workshop dedicated to the expression of intangible constructs through abstract art. Participants will learn new techniques and methods of communicating and processing emotions, memories, events, and philosophical ideals. See http://madisoncommunitydiscourse.com/2015/04/abstract-expressions-madison-art-workshop/ for more.
Friday, June 12: 7pm-10pm: Storytelling: A slam poetry evening where we share what “Courage is” together. The theme is ‘Turning a New Leaf.’ Come and tell a story about starting a new job, moving to Japan all by yourself…
...or that time when that perm seemed like a ‘great’ idea.
Saturday, June 13: Artist Share and Take Home 12am-2pm: Artists are welcome to come and share the stories behind their work and connect to other artists in the exhibition. What does it mean to have courage? What was your process of your work?