516 ARTS presented an exhibition of fifty local and national artists on the theme of giving shelter in conjunction with The Cradle Project (www.thecradleproject.org), a fund raising art installation for orphaned children in sub-Saharan Africa. The vision of The Cradle Project is to utilize empty cradles to represent the lost potential of these orphaned children. As a sister exhibition to The Cradle Project, Giving Shelter explored the theme of safe shelter, refuge and sacred space. Exhibition Curator Deborah Gavel said, “We are interested in creatively coming together as an artistic community to bring awareness to a global concern through art.” The exhibition includes work in all visual media. The Cradle Project is organized by Naomi Natale. There was a Gallery talk and there were special events in conjunction with the Women and Creativity series presented by the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Featured artists: Nick Abdalla, Jane Abrams, Steve Barry, Ligia Bouton, Jennifer Burkley-Vasher, Clint Clemens, Liz Collins, Sally Condon, Mary Daniel Hobson, Gina Dominique, EX.Studio, Dorothy Fitz-Gerald, Gerald Fitz-Gerald, Margaret Fitzgerald, Carol Flueckiger, Elizabeth Fritzsche, Cindi Gaudette, Bill Gilbert, Élan Chardin Gombart, Scott & Anne Greene, Betty Hahn, Ana María Hernando, Carol Hoy, Michael Hudock, Robert Kelly, Lisa Kessler, Jenna Kuiper, Mary Lance, Lydia Madrid, Jane Mahon, J Mehaffey, Kris Mills, Naomi Natale, Pipo Nguyen-duy, Darby Photos, Sandy Rivlin, Meridel Rubenstein, Jim Scott, Yoshiko Shimano, Jane Smaldone, Jonathan Stark, Peter Voshefski, Gregory Waits, Robin Ward, Marie Watt, Juanita R. Williams, Sang-Mi Yoo and Andrea Zittel.