I stopped in at the Petaluma Arts Center over the weekend to view the center's latest, much talked about show theNeuwPolitic: Artists Explore (through May 20th) featuring profound and powerful, thought provoking work from 50 artists representing seven counties in Northern and Central California.
This is a show to stop us in our stride as we explore the current political climate as each individual artist envisions it. Artworks include topics the artists consider relevant to their interpretation of theNeuwPolitic, abstract or representational, functional or non-functional. Over 300 artists submitted work.
Artists were asked to consider this question: “Now is the time for a much-needed dialogue surrounding politics; can art help start these conversations and facilitate the connections that are so needed?”
Now is the time for a much-needed dialogue surrounding politics, and artistic expression provides us with a unique platform to share that dialogue. Art gives us a voice, it unites, and tells unique stories. In times of great change and turmoil, art provides a solace, a human connection across the time spectrum.
I've interspersed a selection of literary quotes I found on politics with some snap shots I took of a selection of works from the show. Don't just take my word for it. Make a point to stop in to see this phenomenal show yourself. The Arts Center is located at 230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, CA, 94952 in the Historic Railroad Station.
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Petaluma Arts Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-5pm.
Closed Sunday, Monday & holidays.
“Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
“If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.”
“If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.”
Yann Martel, Life of Pi
“The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!”