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Art & Protest

Art night was very entertaining. Most of the usual suspects were in attendance. I started at Space and made stops at Core, Spark, Access, Niza Knoll, Next, Pirate and Zip37. The exhibit at Space has stunningly beautiful art by Madeleine Dodge, Paul Brokering, John Matlack and Pat Isaacs. Space always has stellar offerings and this show is another great one to see.

Madeleine Dodge, various mediums on steel, 15″x15″, $900 each
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John Matlack, Gillette 1, oil, marker on canvas, 64″x60″, $6,500
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Pat Isaacs, encaustic monotypes on alumnum, 31″x18″, $895 each
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The art in the member run galleries included a lot of political statements.

Next Gallery, Betsy Rudolph, Touch My Pussy, acrylic on wood, $400
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Pirate, Brian Cavanaugh installation, not priced
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Next Gallery, Barabar Gal, photos from Womens’ March, $25
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Next Gallery, Free posters with instructions on how to paste billboard style
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A Man Sold His Soul

Does anyone remember the Columbine High School massacre in the Denver suburbs on April 20, 1999? Thirteen were murdered and twenty-one injured. Does anyone remember the massacre inside the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado on July 20, 2012? Twelve people were killed and seventy injured. These two tragic events were orchestrated by individuals with severe mental issues. These are just two of the many examples of the uncontrolled gun violence in this country.

Do you know what happened today? The Republican controlled Congress approved a bill allowing mentally ill people to purchase guns. The bill will most certainly be signed by the President.

And yes, Cory Gardner, the Republican Senator from Colorado, voted for this bill. He voted along party lines. A man, who was born and raised in Colorado, apparently didn’t learn anything from two of most heinous crimes in this state. Mr. Gardner has sold his soul to the gun lobby.

The people will remember this in 2020.

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Liar

Until this week, I don’t ever recall a time in my life where the president was called a liar on a national news broadcast by a reputable news organization. It has happened twice this week. I fully expect it to happen again.

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Remember These?

Some of you may be too young to remember these. Six Gay activists started the movement in New York in 1987. About eighteen months later ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) was formed. Silence = Death may need to be revived and repurposed given the current political climate in the United States.

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Art Therapy

This painting represents the angst I feel given the current political turmoil in the United States.
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Vrba, Devil Dare, oil on wood, $300. Image was rotated forty-five degrees.

I have never seem so much political unrest in the United States. And I’ve been around for a while. I protested with Act-Up in the 1980s. I attended the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. I marched in Gay pride parades. I attended rallies for same-sex marriage. I’ve been pretty calm until recently. Hilly lost the election. I was shocked and saddened like most people I know. The country was turned over to another white man. Look what has happened to United Stated in the last eleven days. The people who do not support the current administration are taking to the streets.

The President fired Sally Yates last night. The White House statement said she betrayed the Department of Justice and was weak on borders and illegal immigration. Really? Were harsh words really needed given she spent almost three decades in the Justice Department? The most respected government office has resorted to name calling, one of the most damaging forms of bullying. The statement is fueling the fires of the opposition.

I’ve had enough. I joined an Indivisible group this morning. I also emailed both Colorado senators asking them to oppose the nominations of Jeff Sessions, Rick Perry and Betsy DeVos. I’m not sure my message will make a difference but I expressed my opinion. I will resist. And I will also look to art for comfort.

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That Man

That man, who is now living in the White House, has done more to embarrass the United States in about a week than anyone else in the history of the country. I’m appalled by what is happening. Everyone I know is upset. It seems to come up in every conversation. It was talked about in the art galleries on Friday night. It was discussed at the Wrangler last night. It was talked about the gym. I can’t escape it, but, that’s a good thing! The anger needs to be kept in the forefront. The protests need to continue. The deplorable action of that man need to be kept in the conversation. The majority of the people are pissed as hell. The people are resisting. The revolution has begun.

The latest offering at Pirate by Shannon W. Kelly can be interpreted in many different ways. Most people I talked with thought it was a commentary on the current political turmoil. I’ll let you decide.
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100,000 +

The Denver Women’s March was attended by over 100,000 people. Organizers only expected 30,000.

Organize!

Check out the Indivisible Guide for resisting the Trump Agenda.

Resistance is not futile.

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