FFOYA House hosted its second annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Art + Music + Literature show to benefit the Barren River Area Safe Space on Oct. 13, 2017. Wet-Eyed Liars (Bowling Green, KY) and Chew (Atlanta, GA) performed, several writers and poets read their work, and the gallery was open for the BG Gallery Hop.
The gallery exhibit featured artwork by area artists Lee Alcott, W. Paul Carter and Amanda Vickous and artisan, Amy Jessup of Neo Peasant Revolution, who makes ecologically sound flannel menstrual pads. The show also featured work produced during the FFOYA House art and writing workshops held in the summer and fall of 2017 in partnership with BRASS and Hope Harbor, Inc. Visual artists Chloe Lee and Courtney Davis worked with writer Amanda J. Crawford to lead the workshops for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and volunteers from all three organizations. The workshops and show were supported by an Art Meets Activism grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.
The artwork as well as writing from the workshops was also featured in an issue of the FFOYA House zine. Be sure to check out the zine here!
Amanda Vickous, “Broken.” The mannequin represents the physical marks left on us. The black handprints are the visible wounds; the bruises, cuts, burns, etc. The gray handprints represent the people in our lives who know about the abuse and say or do nothing. Finally, the blue handprints represent those people who reach out to heal us: social workers, domestic violence shelters, family, friends, counselors, clergy, etc. The photo next to the mannequin is a self portrait taken after a PTSD induced panic attack due to a traumatic event. The artist wants people to see and understand that not all the marks of abuse and domestic violence are visible.
FFOYA House is seeking young visual artists, writers and musicians interested in sharing their work as part of our "Art is Our Voice!" Young Artist BG Gallery Hop Show Dec. 1, sponsored by Artworks Inc. Participants should be between the ages of 12 and 19 years old and attend a middle or high school in the region.
Visual art: The art show is open to work in any medium, and artists may submit as many pieces as they want. Artists interested in showing their work, should send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Young Artists" in the subject line and the following information: name, age, school, materials used, and a few sentences about how you use art as your voice. Send email with photos no later than Sunday, Nov. 26. All artwork must be finished and delivered to FFOYA House by Wednesday, Nov. 29.
Poets/writers: There will be a poetry and prose reading during the Dec. 1 event, hosted by professional writers. Students may read any original work of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction or other hybrid genre. Writers interested in sharing their work can email email@example.com with "Young Poets" in the subject line to sign up. There will be an open mic reading during the event to sign up the night of the reading as well, if time is available.
Musicians: Singer-songwriters interested in performing at the event should email firstname.lastname@example.org with "Young Musicians" in the subject line. Include a link to a recording or video of your music in the email.
This event is part of the official BG Gallery Hop. It is family friendly, open to people of all ages and free to attend. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the art show reception and close at 9 p.m. The poetry/prose readings and other performances will start at 6 p.m. Facebook invite here: https://www.facebook.com/events/158349668232054
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCT. 7!!!!
FFOYA House is seeking visual artists and writers interested in sharing their work as part of the Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The work will be showcased during the DVAM 2017 art+literature+music show on Oct. 13 for the BG Gallery Hop to raise food and personal care donations for the Barren River Area Safe Space (BRASS), the regional domestic violence shelter.
Artists' work should relate to the theme of domestic violence awareness month -- “mourning those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence” – and related ideas such as empowerment, healing, recovery, self-reliance, independence and healthy families. To be considered for the show, please email email@example.com with "DVAM Art" in the subject line no later than Oct. 7. Send jpg images of completed work or work in progress along with the following information: name, medium/materials, size, price or NFS, whether prints are available, special hanging/display instructions and a description of how the work relates to the theme. FFOYA House seeks to help working class artists make a living from their work, so we welcome artists to make and sell prints or other items to sell along with the original work. Art must be ready to be displayed by Oct. 10 and available to remain on display for the rest of the month.
Writers interested in sharing their poetry or prose during the literary reading on Oct. 13 should send a note of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org with DVAM Lit in the subject line. While we encourage writers to share work related to the theme during the reading, all original work is welcome as part of the reading.
The gallery show will also include visual art produced by survivors in FFOYA House workshops with BRASS and Hope Harbor Inc. Two bands, Chew of Atlanta and Wet Eyed Liars, will play on the porch at 8 p.m. as part of the show.
Thirteen artists and artisans displayed work at FFOYA House during the month of August in celebration of Bowling Green's position on the path of totality for the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.
The work in the gallery ranged from paintings, collages and digital prints to found wood art, resin jewelry and solar-themed cloth menstrual pads.
Artist Beth Reitmeyer presented her glowing planet installation, "Wonderland," in the front yard for the BG Gallery Hop on Aug. 4.
Artists featured in the gallery show were Ariana Michaela, Emily Lobb Hendricksen, Tatum Bratcher, Kalee Aeschliman, Jacob Hill, Meranda Caswell, Alayna Milby, Jordan Bodenhamer, Annie Smith, Chloe Lee and Suzanne Menck. Amy Jessup of Neo Peasant Revolution displayed and sold her solar-themed eco-pads. Most artists displayed multiple pieces. Samples from the collection are below.
Bowling Green will experience a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. In celebration, the FFOYA House Art Gallery will display an art show for the month of August on the theme of the solar eclipse and all things astronomical, astrological, galactic, solar and lunar.
We are seeking visual artists to participate in the art show, which will open with a reception and a literary reading during the BG Gallery Hop on Aug. 4, 2017, from 5 to 9 p.m. The show will continue throughout the month of August and will be on display during all FFOYA House events.
The theme is open for interpretation. All mediums and styles are welcome. We encourage experimental and multimedia work and installations. To be considered for the show, please email email@example.com with Solar Eclipse Art in the subject line no later than July 20. Send jpg images of completed work or work in progress along with the following information: name, medium/materials, size, price or NFS, whether prints are available, special hanging/display instructions and a description of how the work relates to the theme. FFOYA House seeks to help working class artists make a living from their work, so we welcome artists to make and sell prints or other items to sell along with the original work. Art must be ready to be displayed by July 26.
FFOYA House will be holding a literary reading along with the art opening during the BG Gallery Hop event on Aug. 4. Poets and writers interested in participating should email a note of interest with "August literary reading" in the subject line. While encouraged to explore the theme, writers are welcome to share any original work during the reading.
We are also seeking businesses and local organizations to partner with us as sponsors of the show and future BG Gallery Hop events at FFOYA House. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alice Gatewood Waddell
This body of work is the beginning of a series of paintings that will attempt to illustrate a timeline of injustice treatment of BLACK people over and over again as we move along in history to date. Paintings in progress and future works will demonstrate the transition of racial terrorism in a new form…mass incarceration……..shootings by police officers and play cops (George Zimmerman) that are not held accountable or fully investigated, leading to no convictions. Hopefully, this body of work will cause one to look further into the systemic issues that have plagued Black people over a course of time and connect the lines from generation to generation.
Bowling Green Black Lives Matter is taking over the FFOYA House gallery for the June 2 BG Gallery Hop. We are seeking visual artists working in any medium on the theme of “Black Lives Matter.” We are looking for work that reflects the experience of people of color and that celebrates their bodies, minds and souls.
To be considered for the show, please email email@example.com with BLM Art in the subject line no later than May 10. Send jpg images of completed work or work in progress along with the following information: name, medium/materials, size, price or NFS, whether prints are available, special hanging/display instructions and a description of how the work relates to the theme. Preference will be given to artists of color, so please specify, and note if you would be willing to donate a portion of the sales price or the sale of prints to BLM. FFOYA House seeks to support working class artists and help them make a living from their work, so we encourage artists to make and sell prints along with the display of original work.
We will be holding a literary reading along with the BG Gallery Hop on June 2. Poets and writers interested in participating should email a note of interest with "BLM literary reading" in the subject line.
FFOYA House and Hope Harbor Sexual Trauma Recovery Center are seeking visual artists and writers to participate in a show for Sexual Assault Prevention Month.
The art show will open for the March 17 BG Gallery Hop at FFOYA House along with a poetry/prose reading. Visual art will remain on display through the month of April, which is Sexual Assault Prevention Month, and be showcased at the Take Back the Night benefit concert for Hope Harbor on April 20.
Artists’ work should relate to themes of the event: sexual violence and prevention, body image, healing, recovery, empowerment and speaking out/using your voice.
To be considered for the show, submit an email with a jpg image of completed work or work-in-progress along with a description of how the work relates to the theme no later than March 3. There is no limit to the number of pieces that can be submitted for consideration. Also include the following information on each piece: material/medium, size, display requirements, artist name and contact info (email, website, Instagram, Facebook, etc.). Send to firstname.lastname@example.org with "SAPM Art" in the subject line.
FFOYA House considers submissions in any medium and welcomes experimental work. All artists are welcome regardless of pedigree or professional status. Preference will be given to artists from the region served by Hope Harbor (Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson and Warren counties in Kentucky).
Poetry and prose writers interested in participating in the March 17 literary reading should send a note of interest with “March 17 Poetry/Prose” in the subject line to email@example.com. All original work is welcome and is not restricted to this theme. However, preference in scheduling will be given to participants who have work related to the theme of the event, so please note. Participants are welcome to sign up the night of the reading, too, time permitting.
This is the second annual partnership between FFOYA House and Hope Harbor for the Sexual Assault Prevention Month art show and Take Back the Night event. See work from the 2016 show here and read more about the event here.