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Voice to Vision at Vine Arts Center

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Voice to Vision: 
The Boat People of Vietnam & Latin American Activists
April 8 – April 29, 2017

Opening Reception : Saturday, April 15, 6-9 pm
Vietnamese Concert from 7:30-9 pm

Member Gallery : Kimchi Hoang “Journey to Nowhere”

Video Screening April 22, 4:00-5 pm: Documentary on Esther Winthrop
Greek Holocaust Survivor

“Boarded by pirates, caught in whirlpools, rescued by whales…”

These are a few of the painful, often poignant and profound memories and stories of Resilience and Resistance visually expressed by nine Vietnamese Boat People, in their collaboration with Voice to Vision artists. For this 9th exhibition by Voice to Vision, artists also joined with Latin American activists and recently deceased Greek Holocaust survivor Esther Winthrop, to create works of art addressing personal experiences of human rights issues and violations.

In conjunction with the exhibit, artist, musician, and composer Kimchi Hoang introduces her comprehensive work Journey to Nowhere;  a series of 12 paintings about Kimchi’s life before, during, and after the Vietnamese War. Ms. Hoang composes and performs original music to accompany her artwork, and will be performing at the opening reception on April 15.

Directed by David Feinberg and in cooperation with the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota, Voice to Vision partners survivors with artists to create works that express their memories and stories. Latin American activists who are addressing human rights issues and violations using a variety of creative, performance, and academic platforms have joined with Voice to Vision to include a preview of an exhibit headed for Bogota, Columbia that reflects their experiences. Voice to Vision will also premiere a documentary film of Esther Winthrop creating works of art based on her life experiences.

Kimchi Hoang will play music written for her artworks with ­­other musicians as accompaniment at the opening reception.

Regular Gallery Hours:

  • Thursday 5:30 – 6:45
  • Saturday 11:00 – 5:00

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Vine Arts Center
2637 27th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406

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Seward Artist Project: Meow! A Coloring Book to Celebrate Community

Meow! is a coloring book made from Seward artist Jesse Lawson’s art, turning paintings and collages into line drawings. It was done in order to raise money for organizations working in crucial areas: Planned Parenthood, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. .

The financial contribution is only a part of the project, which uses art to celebrate community while supporting social and environmental justice.

Meow! can be ordered from etsy for $12 plus $2 for postage and handling:
www.etsy.com/shop/FlyingCatArthouse
Or you can buy it directly from the artist.
Jessie Lawson
2420 25th Avenue South. Minneapolis MN 55406
via PayPal to jessielawson66@gmail.com

Four dollars of each sale go to these organizations:

Planned Parenthood www.plannedparenthood.org
Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.

Southern Poverty Law Center www.splcenter.org
The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.

Natural Resources Defense Council www.nrdc.org
NRDC combines the power of members and online activists with the expertise of scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.

Jessie Lawson, Flying Cat Arthouse
jessielawson66@gmail.com  612-207-5623

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New play “Minneapolis/St. Paul” by Lee Blessing April 3 & 4 at Playwrights’ Center

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Lee Blessing

The 2016-17 Ruth Easton New Play Series at the Playwrights’ Center concludes April 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. with public readings of “Minneapolis/St. Paul” by Core Writer Lee Blessing. The readings will take place at the Playwrights’ Center, 2301 E. Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. The events are free but reservations are recommended and can be made at pwcenter.org.

Playwright Lee Blessing grew up in the Twin Cities and now lives in Los Angeles. He has been involved with the Playwrights’ Center since the 1970s and is a permanent Core Writer with the Center. Plays by Blessing recently premiered in the Twin Cities include “For the Loyal” at the Illusion Theater and “Courting Harry” at History Theatre. Blessing has been nominated for Tony and Olivier awards as well as the Pulitzer Prize.

In “Minneapolis/St. Paul,” a celebrated crime novelist leads two different lives, one as Randall, the middle-aged husband and father, and the other as Mandy, the newly-wedded wife and stepmother. In a play that is both poignant and bitingly funny, Mandy/Randall struggles with the complexities and repercussions of an identity too vast to fit within binaries.

As Blessing explains, his hometown felt like a particularly apt setting for this new play: “I wanted to write a play about a bigamist situation in which a person was a husband in one case and a wife in the other. It struck me that the Twin Cities would be very handy for that because they are their own different spheres of experience. You can live in one of them and never be that much in the other, even though they’re cheek by jowl.”

Playwrights’ Center Producing Artistic Director Jeremy B. Cohen** will direct, Trevor Bowen (2016 Emerging Artist Ivey Award winner) will serve as costume design consultant, and the lead role will be played by Jeffrey Carlson*, a well-known Broadway actor also celebrated for his portrayal of transgender character Zarf/Zoe on “All My Children” (*Member of Actors’ Equity Association; **Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society). In 2001, Carlson made his Off-Broadway debut in the Signature Theatre Company production of Lee Blessing’s “Thief River.”

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