The Artists in Action, a Colorado Front Range socially driven art project, is a love letter to the people of Colorado. On exhibit at the Manitou Arts Center’s Hagnauer Gallery May 18th through July 15th, The Artists in Action showcases artwork for social change. The artists and individuals involved engage, create, reflect, challenge and inspire the communities that they love, work and live in to stay vigilant and aspire to continue building a strong society.
The Jurors for the exhibit were among the foremost art personalities in the region, painter and performing artist Margaret Kasahara, and Joy Armstrong, Contemporary Curator of Colorado College’s Fine Arts Center. They selected 13 Exhibiting Artists inspiring dialogue, exploration, discovery, resistance and hope. The featured art addresses issues of immigration, human trafficking, political leadership, gun violence, gender/racial/religious diversity/equality and much more. The artists are: Julia Wright, Ed McKay, Cathleen Meadows, Abbey Hepner, Laura BenAmots, Pamela Raye Fickes-Miller, Deena Bennett, Nethery Wylie, Ceil Horowitz, Andrew Amelung, Angela Crews, Gypsy Ames, Cate Noyes Boddington for Mothers & Others Against Hate.
Showcased here is Laura BenAmots’ Floating Bed of Lost Dreams 1/7 selected for inclusion in the exhibit and publication. What follows is her Artist Statement: Floating Bed of Lost Dreams 1/7: Dedicated to the chilling phenomenon child trafficking, this installation represents lost childhood dreams of adulthood for those trapped in the world of child trafficking. This is one of seven beds and the installation is intended to inspire awareness and action. As I have worked on this piece it has also emerged as an homage to “a little girl’s future as sold on TV” and I have found myself realizing my own personal connections to this Floating Bed of lost Dreams -Laura BenAmots
The Artists in Action exhibit with live music opens Friday, May 18 5-8 pm.