Our Thoughts and Prayers Are with You
October 4 @ 5:00 pm - November 16 @ 4:00 pm
This exhibit is sponsored, in part by: Monterey Bay Zen Center, Arts Council for Monterey County, Monterey Peninsula Society of Friends (Quakers), and an anonymous donor.
Our Thoughts and Prayers Are with You, a multimedia group exhibit organized by the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, opens Friday, October 4th with a reception for the artists from 5 to 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Guitars Not Guns, a non-profit that offers guitars and lessons to foster children and at-risk youth as an alternative to violence. The event is free and open to the public.
A panel discussion by the artists will be held at the center on Saturday, October 5th at 2 p.m. Additionally, a reading probing issues around gun violence will be held Friday, October 18th at 7:30 p.m. Celebrated novelist Jane Smiley will be joined by poets Jennifer Lagier, George Lober, Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts and Jodie Hollander.
“Our Thoughts and Prayers Are with You” explores a range of perspectives on the image and impact of guns in contemporary culture, though none endorse them as a means to an end. Works by artists throughout California address an array of issues surrounding access to, and use of, firearms across demographic groups. The exhibit examines the roles that guns continue to play in our national myths, suicide rates, individual and mass murder, domestic violence, and the militarization of civilian life.
Gun ownership and control is a divisive topic in this country. The artists in “Our Thoughts and Prayers Are with You” imagine the power of the gun as icon and tool, the damage it can do and how weapons might be rejected, broken or silenced. Some show the power that guns wield in our daily realities and personal fantasies. Others mourn and resist that influence, believing there are better ways to resolve conflicts, ensure safety and keep the peace.
Artists in the exhibit include Bren Ahearn, Adrian Burrell, Enrique Chagoya, Marc D’Estout, Al Farrow, Mildred Howard, Diana Krevsky, John Moore, Jennie Ottinger, Maria Porges, Juan Carlos Quintana, Cate White and Jan Wurm, among others.
The exhibition can be viewed Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., through November 16, 2019. Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Fourth and Guadalupe, Carmel. (831) 624-7491.
Pictured top: “Stick Up” – Cate White