Lives Touched by Suicide
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: September 10 at 2 PM
John Bauer, the producer of the exhibition, will lead a gallery talk and representative from the “Open Arms Yellow Ribbon of Owatonna” will also speak.
The purpose of this multi-media exhibition is to create a provocative community dialogue about suicide and mental illness, with a goal of reducing the stigma surrounding them. Over 45 of Minnesota’s fine artists participated in this exhibit in painting, poetry, sculpture, graffiti, glass, weaving, photography and more. Audience members will have the chance to listen to an interactive audio installation of stories and responses to the exhibition. k Suicide and mental illness are major health problems that affect everyone. The topic is often viewed as taboo, and family members left behind can feel stigmatized and unable to talk openly about their experience and grief. “What’s Left” will provide a space for participating artists and the broader community to reflect on the impact of suicide and mental illness and explore the use of artistic expression in the process of grieving, healing, and expressing hope.
Opening Reception: October 8 from 1-5 PM
Kristoffer West-Johnson is an Owatonna native and a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato. Kristoffer said, “I am driven to express a visible presentation and an abstraction of such mindful yet invisible subjects as consciousness, living emotions and the idea of soul as a hidden hand in fate, and daily living.”
In the East Gallery
October 8 – 29
The Paper Folk Art cutouts by Joy Jacobson will be on display in the East Gallery. Joy, who is 85 and living in Aikin, Minnesota, began cutting paper over 40 years ago. Paper cutouts date back to 100 A.D. in China. The German word for this art form is “Scherenschnitte” which means scissor cuts. She uses a small scalpel to cut out the intricate silhouette designs which are then placed on a contrasting background.