In early November, we the people faced an epochal choice. Perhaps I'm naive about this, but I take it on faith that everyone voted his/her conscience.
With that in mind, I've selected purple as the accent color for certain text elements in this edition of the web site. Not blue; not red; but the color they combine to form, where they meet halfway.
Many of us adults recall decades ago mis-hearing certain phrases or lyrics. Examples abound. To me, as a baseball-crazed nine-year-old, "...gave proof through the night..." became "...Babe Ruth out in right..." In the pledge of allegiance, "...one nation under God, indivisible..." became "one nation, under God in the visible..."
So, alongside the choice of purple stands the decision to name this exhibit Indivisible. For a lifetime, hearing the word in any context has immediately conjured the memory of standing in a classroom, hand over heart, proudly reciting the Pledge in singsong concert with schoolmates.
In the context of the Pledge, on its surface the word indivisible shimmers with patriotic optimism. Considered from slightly shifted angles, and from later in life, it can also suggest both defiance and wishful thinking.
Last, by loose extension the word connects to E Pluribus Unum, America's motto and the bedrock idea that has long informed the nation's greatness.
"Out of many, one" also provides the idea behind this group exhibit: bringing together 24 artists whose diversity of style, technique, subject, and vision yields a rich, eclectic, and synergistic stimulus for the eyes, the imagination, the gut, and the weary spirit seeking relief, oxygen, buoyancy, reassurance.
At a time when we, the people, feel more sharply divided than any of us can remember, I believe we'd do well to extend "E Pluribus Unum" from our collective motto to our personal mantra, yours, mine, ours. It's a sacred principle well worth repeating, if only soundlessly, inwardly, as we pay attention to our breathing.
Last, whether one is exulting or grieving over the results of the presidential election, we can all agree on this: It mercifully ended an ugly campaign. I hope we can also agree with Bono's enduring statement, "Art chases away ugliness." So, if you happen to see, or encounter, ugliness out there, come visit.
Indivisible will run through January 31, 2017.
Gallery Hours, beginning May 18, 2017
Wed. 10 - 5
Thu. 10 - 5
Fri. 10 - 5
Sat. 10 - 5
Sun. 10 - 4
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