March 28, 2010.....ChimMaya is debuting an extraordinary exhibition.
Traditionally, we would focus the March exhibition on Easter. Instead, we have taken the foundation for the meaning of Easter and asked the artists to create artwork, that is a celebration of the human spirit.
My challenge was (Call to Artists) Steven Acevedo, Creative Director, ChimMaya Gallery
The show's premise...is not confined to healing in the traditional sense. It is more about healing from the inside out. Sometimes that healing comes from a release of our earthly bodies, a release of old attitudes and anger, a release from addictions and prejudices. Those releases can come from listening to music, walks along the beach, dancing, laughing, the smile from your loved ones, extending a hand to those in need...etc.
According to Cathy Malchiodi, in her book 'The Art Therapy Sourcebook', "art therapy is...based on the idea that the creative process of art making is healing and life enhancing, and that it is a potent form of communication. It utilizes the creative process... to promote growth, self-expression, emotional reparation, conflict resolution and transformation."
We are requiring that each piece of art is accompanied by a quote. The quote will be displayed with the artwork during the exhibition. The quote must come from outside the mind of the artist. The challenge is to have the artist select a quote that inspires the artwork. To have the artist write verbiage that validates their artwork...would be counterproductive to the process. The goal is to gain real inspiration from the words of another. The quotes can be from celebrities, clergy, world leaders, Bible, Koran, Torah...etc.
The ying and yang of this show is....sometimes people are comfortable in their conflicts, anger, insecurities, isolation. They may take solace and comfort in the chaos of their lives. If you find a quote that supports that way of thinking...the artwork can reflect that quote too.
I actually think sadness and darkness can be very beautiful and healing. -- Duncan Sheik
Resident Artists: George Yepes, Yolanda Gonzalez, Emilia Garcia, Ixchel Amor, Victor Amor, Ricardo Ortega, Gennaro Garcia, Maria Kane
Exhibiting Artists: Margaret Garcia, CiCi Segura Gonzalez, Linda Vallejo, Joe Bravo, Jose Lozano, Robert Palacios, Lalo Garcia, Ofelia Esparza, Laura Vasquez Rodriguez, Abel Alejandre, Rosanna Esparza Ahrens, Mario Chacon, Alex Rodriguez, Ernie Anguiano, Gene Ortega, Rudy Cardona, Rudy Andrade, Lauren Gonzalez