Category Archives: Current Exhibitions

Socio-Emotional Learning

Yvonne Kunz

July 2 – August 1

In large measure becoming an artist consists of learning to accept yourself, which makes your work personal, and in following your own voice, which makes your work distinctive. – David Bayles, Art & Fear,1993

Accepting oneself is often easier to read in self-help books than to live. Having read Art & Fear, Yvonne Kunz’s role as an artist and an educator has her grappling with questions of what it means to accept oneself and others: to be American, a woman, and a person in this modern age. Ever surrounded by children as a mother and a teacher, she finds herself wondering, “When adults are struggling themselves how to communicate and self regulate, how do we teach children to do so?” The drawings of this exhibit arrive out of Yvonne’s weekly practice of figure drawing, part of her path towards self acceptance as an artist. This body of work pairs the figure with phrases from the socio-emotional curriculum taught in elementary schools: Use self-talk, Play together, and Bystander Power, to name a few. The phrases hint at interpersonal challenges we face as members of a community and offers solutions with how to deal with the challenges. The juxtaposition of the two offers a glimpse of personality to the anonymity of the figure while offering word play between image and phrase.The result is a physical exhibit of vulnerability and acceptance.

Cauldron Delights

Rajaa Gharbi

July 2 – August 1

International artist and poet Rajaa Gharbi’s acrylic, olive-pits and semi-precious stones paintings on canvas and paper, at times like short stories, songs or riddles, recall the proverbial “what’s cooking?”. Playing with personal background-specific symbols and universal ones, Gharbi explores the possibility of a futuristic vision of a much needed respite for human and other natural phenomena.

Rajaa Gharbi, “On a Ride to Where…” (detail), 2019, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 35 inches