Artists have long used their work to comment on the state of the world. One thinks of Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, Kara Walker, Nancy Spero, Kathe Kollwitz, George Grosz, Diego Rivera—just to name a few.
Often it is difficult for artists to find a venue for art that speaks out. Galleries, art organizations and museums often don’t want to show or represent work that might offend their customers, members or visitors.
As an antidote, the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative presents “Art Speaks Out” curated by Rhode Island photographer Robert Easton. Using a variety of media that includes painting, photography, fiber art, collage and assemblage, participating artists from Rhode Island and the surrounding area are using their creativity to address social and political issues from various perspectives.
The exhibition lasts for one weekend, February 1st and 2nd. Hours are: Saturday, 1:00-9:00pm; Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm. The opening reception will take place on February 1st from 6:00pm-9:00pm.
Artists participating in the show are:
Dan Borden, Kelly Brown, Quinn Bryan, Caitlin Christy, Lin Collette, Sonja Czekalski, Robert Dec, Don Desper, Cynthia DiDonato, Carl Dimitri, Carol Easton, Robert Easton, Penina Gal, Matt Gruneberg, Teale Haley, Marguerite DeLucia Hall, Carol Hansen, Patricia Jubinska, Bruce Kaplan, Tim McCarthy, Matt McKee, Melanie Medeiros, Tom Monahan, Brian O’Malley, Carolyn Panofsky, Joanna Read, Lucille Riccitelli, Mimo Gordon Riley, Sarah Samways, Carol Scavotto, Ann Thacher, Laura Wilhelm, VF Wolf and Laura Tempest Zakroff