“Transforming Violence” is a multimedia, multi-voiced, interactive art exhibition and lecture series responding to the problem of domestic violence in our communities. All events will take place during the month of October 2005 at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The purpose of this exhibition and related events is to raise public awareness about the impact of domestic violence in our communities. It will voice a collective rejection of the use of domestic violence to control and manipulate others, and concern about our society’s overall acceptance of violence.
The exhibition is being presented by the Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA) in partnership with the Family Violence Project of Kennebec & Somerset Counties.
The KVAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in central Maine. The KVAA owns and operates the Harlow Gallery in the heart of downtown Hallowell. Part of our mission is use our space and resources to present a broad range of art, including art that is socially relevant and challenging. The arts and humanities can be a powerful voice for social change. In presenting this exhibition, we see an opportunity to provide a valuable service to the community by providing a space and time for education, discussion and healing through the arts.
The Family Violence Project is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping domestic abuse of women, children and men. They provide a 24 hour toll-free helpline, individual advocacy, support groups, children’s programs, emergency shelter and referrals, community and school-based education and abuser education. The KVAA will donate a portion of proceeds of sales from this exhibition to the Family Violence Project in support of these lifesaving programs. For more information visit http://www.familyviolenceproject.org/mission.php.
Transforming Violence will begin with a series of workshops to create “Silent Witnesses” . The public is welcome to come by during these times to participate or simply to observe. The Maine Silent Witness Project honors those who have been killed in acts of domestic abuse by working with community members to create the Silent Witness exhibit and to promote awareness about ending domestic abuse. The project maintains an exhibit of life-sized wooden silhouettes of women each painted red and featuring a golden shield upon her chest with her name and story. Silhouettes representing victims of domestic abuse have been a focal point of domestic abuse education around the state of Maine since 1994.
The Maine Silent Witness Project is currently working to update the exhibit by creating 40 new silhouettes in locations around the state during October, Domestic Violence Awareness month. This project allows us all a way of being involved in raising awareness about domestic abuse. We invite you to join us in this powerful and important work at the Harlow Gallery.
Events & Speakers
(all events free and open to the public. Each talk will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.):
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, October 7th, 5:00 to 8:00pm,: Attorney General G. Steven Rowe to speak at 6:00 pm.
Monday, October 10th, 7:00pm – Ellen Bowman: “Nobody Knows the Trouble I See: Children’s Images of Healing” Ellen Bowman, child psychotherapist to discuss examples of children’s artwork. Question & answer session to follow.
Tuesday, October 11th at 7:00pm – Nan Bell, Cara Armstrong and Lynne Dailey of the Family Violence Project in Augusta give a presentation on the curriculum they use to educate school children on issues of abuse in relationships. This talk is entitled “Visually Preventing Abuse”. Question & answer session to follow.
Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00pm – Donna Galluzzo, Executive Director of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland will speak at the regular meeting of the Capital Area Camera Club about her work and about the mission of the Salt Institute. This lecture will be open to the general public. For more information visit www.salt.edu.
Thursday, October 20th at 7:00pm – Nancy A. Henry, poet and legal advocate, will read poetry inspired by her experiences working with child victims of domestic violence, neglect and abuse.
Sunday, October 23rd 4:00pm to 6:00pm –Cookie Cutter Girl, will perform and speak about GIRL POWER and against violence.
Tuesday, October 25th at 7:00pm – Amy Stacey Curtis, author and Maine Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellow for 2005, will discuss her book Women, Trauma & Visual Expression, (Published Feb 2005). Copies of the book will be available for purchase. For more information: www.amystaceycurtis.com/book.html
Karen Adrienne (Gardiner)
Jan Allen (New Portland)
Cara Armstrong (Skowhegan)
J. Donna Asmussen (Smithfield)
Corliss Chastain (Hallowell)
Tala Deerfield (Augusta)
New Hope for Women presenting the Empty Place at the Table Project(operating out of Rockland, Damariscotta, Belfast)
Donna Galluzzo (Portland)
Justine Nauman Greif (Kennebunk)
Judy Herman (Gardiner)
Kate Faragher Houghton (Belgrade)
Karen Kelly (Union)
Judith Krischik: (Mt.Vernon)
Maine Silent Witness Project(Falmouth)
Peter McFarland (Jefferson)
Messalonskee Student Group
Robin Miller (Augusta)
Jodi Stebbins (Augusta)
Terry Stubenrod (Benton)
Corinne Wheelock (Windsor)