March 1–29, 2008
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. Download Giving Shelter exhibition essay
Opening reception: Saturday, March 8, 6–8pm
Guitar & String Ensembles
The public was invited to celebrate the Giving Shelter exhibition and International Women’s Day, featuring live music with Guitar & String Ensembles. Kay Stillion and iCreate, Inc. play original music borrowing from an eclectic assortment of jazz, folk and blues. iCreate, Inc. is a nonprofit organization nurturing creativity and music in underserved communities. Their Music to Shelters program helps homeless people obtain free music lessons and instruments and organizes concerts for them. Also featuring special guest Jean Patrice Vala & Friends, guitarist and vocalist from the Central African Republic.
THE CRADLE PROJECT
Giving Shelter is an exhibition to help raise awareness, participation and operational funds for The Cradle Project, a fundraising art installation opening in Albuquerque in June 2008. The Cradle Project features one thousand cradles and cribs made by artists from around the world, to be displayed in an abandoned warehouse in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Cradle Project is designed to represent and aid the plight of the estimated 48 million children who have been orphaned by disease and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. The symbolism of empty cradles represents the lost potential of orphaned children. The mission of The Cradle Project is to promote awareness and raise financial support to help feed, shelter and educate these children. Special thanks to McCune Charitable Foundation.
Saturday, March 8, 6–8pm
The public is invited to celebrate the Giving Shelter exhibition and International Women’s Day, featuring live music with Guitar & String Ensembles. Kay Stillion and iCreate, Inc. play original music borrowing from an eclectic assortment of jazz, folk and blues. iCreate, Inc. is a nonprofit organization nurturing creativity and music in under-served communities. Their Music to Shelters program helps homeless people obtain free music lessons and instruments and organizes concerts for them. Also featuring special guest Jean Patrice Vala & Friends, guitarist and vocalist from the Central African Republic.
Friday, March 14, 7:30pm
- Mary Lance — Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo
- Documentary filmmaker Mary Lance will screen excerpts from the work-in-progress of her new film Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo, exploring the art and process of making indigo dye with artists from around the world. She will discuss her recent trip to Bangladesh and India, where she filmed women in Bangladesh making the indigo dyestuff, which helps support their community economically.
- Carol Hoy — Taking Refuge
- Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher and artist Carol Hoy will give a talk, Taking Refuge, inspired by her life and art practice. Hoy’s life journey has led her to many sacred spaces in Nepal and Tibet. She will speak on compassion and the path of awakening through art making.
Saturday, March 15, 8pm
Firestorm Women’s Poetry Slam & Open Mic
Join us in celebrating Albuquerque’s diverse women’s voices with an evening of poetry. The winner from this event will qualify to compete to be the woman who will represent Albuquerque at the 2009 Women of the World National Poetry Slam. Sign-up is at 7:30pm, reading begins at 8pm.
Saturday, March 22, 2pm
Gallery Talk: Curator Deborah Gavel & guest artists
Join us for an exhibition walk-through and discussion with guest curator Deborah Gavel and selected artists.
Saturday, March 29, 7:30pm
Artist Talk/Screening: Lisa Kessler
Lisa Kessler, Boston based photographer, will present a talk about her work which deals with “the church as a failed refuge for children,” and she will show her short film Heart in the Wound.
Saturday, March 29, 10am–1pm
Public Art Workshop: Creating Shelter
Please join us for an educational art making workshop in conjunction with Giving Shelter. Participants will create a temporary shelter to be used in the Wyoming Public Library for staging puppetry and readings. The basic structure will be designed and built by a local architect and adorned by participants, who are encouraged to bring some of their own materials (such as cardboard, fabrics, paint, paper, wood, recycled materials, etc.). The workshop will take place at the Wyoming Public Library, 8205 Apache NE, Albuquerque, phone 291-6264.
image above: Sisters by Naomi Natale