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The Commons
The Arts

Multidimensional exhibit explores art, politics

Originally published in The Commons issue #404 (Wednesday, April 19, 2017).

BELLOWS FALLS—On Saturday April 22, Earth Day, from 6 to 8 p.m., work celebrating the creative in community will be shared in the Project Space 9 Gallery, the Exner Block art gallery on Canal Street.

The Resistance is an exhibit of two- and three-dimensional art, poetry, and song exploring the spectrum of art-making in social commentary and political action.

From sublime contemplation to profane propaganda, the visceral reaction of artists to political change is historically intrinsic to the progressive march of culture and politics.

Artists working in a variety of media and experience within a 100-mile radius of Bellows Falls have created work in paint, collage, assemblage, poetry, and song as an exploration of and reaction to the policies of the current Trump administration.

Troubadours and poets will perform a few of their originals and some beloved favorite protest songs. The community is invited to participate in a Call to Action; writing postcards to political leaders with cards supplied by artists and featuring their work.

In the spirit of art and resistance, other events are scheduled leading up to the Vermont Open Studio Weekend in May and Roots on the River in June, including flying the banner, “Hate Doesn’t Grow Well in the Rocky Soil of Vermont,” in Bellows Falls, and a panel discussion entitled, “Art and Politics: The Next Steps.”

The Resistance is organized and curated by artist Jeanette Staley of North Westminster in conjunction with the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project, which organizes shows and activities in Project Space 9 — which is wheelchair-accessible — year-round. Call 802-463-3252 or email in advance to make arrangements.

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