Loud + Proud
November 30th- January 18th, 2019)
Artist Reception: November 30th, 5-7pm
Gilded Pear Gallery
Address: 808 THIRD AVE. SE CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA 52403
Loud and Proud
I'm someone who moved 8 times before my eighth birthday and another 8 before age 41. I've lived in Iowa, Alexandria; Virginia, Minnesota, Iowa again, Georgia, Iowa again, Sweden, Iowa again, Sweden, Iowa again, Wisconsin, Oregon, Washington State, and Iowa again. In 1971, I lived in a Cuban neighborhood where Spanish was the first language. In 1982, I studied Swedish with immigrants from Eritrea, Kurdistan, Greece, Britain, the US, Turkey, and Iran. I was baptized Catholic, confirmed Congregational...Went to a southern public school where I was the only white kid in my class. I've worked in a hospital kitchen, made machines to put feathers into pillow cases, guarded art, been an office assistant more than once, sold fabric to interior designers, taught college, elementary, and adult students, worked as a department store display person, and am an artist...
Through all of this, I came in contact with people who were very different from me. What I learned is there are a lot of wondrous ways to be human. Each and every one of us is a unique mix of experiences...someone special and rare. If we’re hiding who we are to make others happy, or judging others because we don't understand them, then we’re missing the point.
We need to honor ourselves, let our freak flags fly, go for the gusto, not be stopped by what we are or aren't, and encourage the same in others.