Art Exhibition and Reading
Autobody Fine Art
Saturday, May 5, 6-9 p.m. (Reading at 7 p.m.)
For many, the word "motherhood" conjures up images of selfless, joyous caretakers who raise exemplary children--but in reality motherhood can be challenging, complex, and chaotic. For some it conjures up loss--the inability to be a mother, or the loss of one's own mother, or the painful wounds passed down through generations. For those with children it can feel like an all-encompaning, sometimes even unwelcome, idenity.
Artists--even artists without children--often feel that they have birthed their work much as they would babies. In celebration of motherhood in all its variations, painter Christine Ferrouge and several local authors will explore the joy, the pain, and the mother creator inside each of us.
Readers include Roxane Beth Johnson (winner of the coveted Philip Livine Prize in Poetry), Nina LaCour (whose book WE ARE OKAY just won the prestigious Printz award), Christine H. Lee (whose book TELL ME EVERYTHING YOU DON'T REMEMBER was one of Self Magazine's Must-Read Memoirs), and Laura Joyce Davis (who won the Poets & Writers Exchange Award).
Ferrouge is a mother of three children--but also of a large body of work that explores motherhood as she has observed it in her children and their playmates. These paintings are insightful windows into the child’s world of serious play, where the outside world--and the viewer--is secondary to their own contemplation and imagination. They also remind us of the ways that mothers can often become invisible even in the families they orchestrate.
Laura's short story, "Pink Cathedrals" (published in the Arroyo Literary Review in 2017) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Laura received honorable mention for the 2017 Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers.