In our challenged time it can be difficult to understand how to proceed. I know in my art I have sensed a growing tension between celebration of the Cape as a refuge and place of beauty and the reality of our society’s problems staring me in the face.
My own journey to sobriety, begun last April, has brought me into rooms where kids are clinging to their higher power because their friends have died of an overdose and mothers cannot see their children because a substance has taken them over.
The challenges of addiction link to many other problems we don’t like to think about... domestic violence, homelessness, child abuse, mental health and health.
There is no excuse for art that does not confront reality, so that is what I am going to do. I may change the focus of my work and I may not. But I can do something now and that is..... give.
On Saturday June 30 I will open my studio for a sale. All proceeds from this sale will go to organizations addressing these problems in the context of my community, the Cape.
Purchase a photograph of your favorite refuge .... Newcomb Hollow , Nobska Light, Herring Cove, Stage Harbor ........ and know that you are contributing to those efforts that seek to secure safety for us all.
(more details about benefiting organizations to follow)