Tonight! Small Art/Big Heart at Anastasia and Friends 08.02.12

For the month of August at Anastasia & Friends Gallery on Main Street (as part of the First Thursday festivities), Anastasia Chernoff and Paul Kaufmann have put together an exhibition that benefits and promotes awareness to a non profit organization that is tender to our hearts and important for our children and community - Friends of the ARC (Assessment and Resource Center). For over 20 years, the ARC has been coming to the aid of children who are suspected of being physically and sexually abused. The ARC’s multi-disciplinary team includes child psychologists, forensic interviewers, a medical doctor, child life specialists and victim advocates. As one of the country’s model child advocacy centers, the ARC is a resource in our community about which all South Carolinians should be proud. 

Like other service aspects of our community, the ARC has been hit with huge budget cuts in the past several years. Friends of the ARC was started to help the ARC continue its vital and comprehensive work with those who need it most – our community’s sexually and physically abused children.

Small Art/Big Heart will include paintings, sculpture and mixed media with an emphasis on work that's 12" x 12" x 12" in dimension or smaller. The opening reception will take place as a part of tonight's First Thursday art crawl on Main Street from 6 to 9 and run through August 31st.

Check out the event's Facebook Event Page for more information!

For this show, I really wanted to do something super special and a little bit different for this wonderful cause. Instead of painting another dress, I decided to incorporate the children's book "The Hundred Dresses" into a mixed media, dress painting 3D art collage. It's another merger of favorites for me- art meets books.

At the heart of the story Eleanor Estes’s The Hundred Dresses is Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Wanda claims she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows she doesn’t and bullies her mercilessly. (It turns out that the dresses were all dresses she had drawn!) The class feels terrible when Wanda is pulled out of the school, but by that time it’s too late for apologies. Maddie, one of Wanda’s classmates, ultimately decides that she is “never going to stand by and say nothing again.” 

I scanned different pages of the book, adjusted the font sizes, printed the pages out on different types and weights of paper. Then I ripped and shredded, glued, painted with acrylics and watercolors, added some 140 and 300lb cold pressed paper, did a bit of sewing, and then ripped and painted some more. I loved the layering process and hopefully the phrases of the story that stick out will be noticed as tying into ARC's mission.

I hope to see you tonight! Check out the event page for some sneak previews on some of the fabulous art on display.