L'Arche Cape Breton presents Hear Me Roar!
Over the last five months women from L’Arche Cape Breton and from the greater community have been working hard on an art project called Hear Me Roar!
Adrienne Gasior and Maggie Rose Sutherland
It came time to celebrate that creative effort with an exhibition last week held at the Whycocomagh Waterfront Centre.
Some one hundred or so people came out for the opening of the show, and many more attended later in the week.
The exhibit featured work by Kim MacDougall, Maggie Rose Sutherland, Joan Campbell MacDonald, Mary Oommen, Amanda MacDonald, Adrienne Gasior, Judy McEwan, Barbie Deal, Lindsay Quimby and Coralee MacDougall.
“The project empowers women with intellectual disabilities to name and identify important moments of their lives and to express these moments through visual art, creative writing, drama, storytelling, dance, video, photography, computer art, new media or anything else we can dream up,” says project coordinator Adrienne Gasior.
Here are a few of the artists’ comments from the show.
“I like paint by numbers and other crafty things. I would like to start making jewelry out of wire and beads and make it into a business. I would love to start a business or take a course about something to do with the environment,” writes Lindsay Quimby.
“I like to pick pictures out of magazine for my collages. I like to pick pictures of dogs and babies because they are sweet and they are fun to play with. When I play with dogs and babies I feel good. The picture reminds me of the real thing,” writes Coralee MacDougall.
“I have learned how to use computers and especially the iPad. That was my favourite thing to do. I like the drawing programs on the iPad and looking up videos. I learned about making different kinds of art. I made and designed a stamp,” writes Kim MacDougall.
“My stories involve personal accounts of my past memories. Characters in my stories include Charley Pride and his family, people I work with, assistants and core members. My stories are deep with emotion. They are often dark, sad or violent,” writes Judy McEwan.
“I like to draw my friends: my friends from L’Arche. I like to draw faces or portraits. I love to listen to music while I make art, nice music. I like to listen to country music while I draw,” writes Joan Campbell MacDonald.
Hear Me Roar! was made possible because of the IWK community grants program.
For more information contact program coordinator Adrienne Gasior at 302-7212, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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