The opening art reception for my solo fiber art show was so wonderful. The show featured work six months to a year in the making. My show, Her Manifest, Her Frequency, HerVibe, was was perfectly scheduled for Women’s History Month.
To further celebrate, I hosted a unique mindfulness art workshop two days after the grand reception which attracted one of the largest audiences at the venue.
And then it happened.
The pandemic arrived and my art show which took months to create and hours to install was suddenly cancelled. Within a week’s time, I had to remove all of my art due to the coronavirus pandemic. The venue closed and so did my show.
I was truly saddened but I know of countless other artists experiencing the same. I thought of all those Broadway shows cancelled, the strip darkened. All those art festivals cancelled. The entire world came to a close in one globally collective moment.
A big sigh, indeed.
Take a look at some “before” and “after” scenes of my HerVibe exhibition in this Uniondale, New York art gallery.
The New York Times explores various artists impacted by this sudden pandemic. Take a look here:
We are certainly all one these days with the health pandemic filling our thoughts. But it appears my recent “Color Me Shapes” art workshop was just the perfect treat for easing everyone’s focus.
The engaging workshop is a mindful gathering involving a topical conversation, discussion about abstract art and ways art we works to heal. The session is experiential allowing participants to be intricately involved in the collective experience.
Jazz music served as the backdrop for a truly powerful session where all participants created an abstract work of art to take home.
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Notebooks will also be available during my upcoming February solo exhibition, “Grandma Knew” which explores the wisdom of our ancestors. The show inspires a return to the alignment of all that our ancestors knew enabling us to be here today…to thrive forward. Opening February in the Roosevelt gallery in Roosevelt, New York.
I have long had a passion for trees. As a public relations professional and educator, I have spearheaded campaigns for trees, conducted event planning for a songwriting contest for trees and have contributed to New York’s One Million Trees program.
I continuously return to trees in some form or fashion. I delve even deeper now with my artwork focused on tree imagery. And now it pleases me to launch When Trees Talk, Let the Yarn Speak. This is an international tree advocacy program with a twist of art. It is the mission of the program to use visual imagery to prompt authentic talk, awareness and support of trees currently in crisis around the world.
When Trees Talk(c) serves as a forum where people can gather for an exciting flow of facilitated dialogue which allows for authentic, down-to-earth conversation.
I am so pleased to be launching the program during a session with the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island on Sunday, August 25, 2019. We will go on a journey exploring the world of trees, hear of their secret life and what trees do at night. We will hear insights of the challenging state of trees today and all participate in an interesting exercise which takes place in the year 2093 involving a critical decision to be made regarding trees.
It is so wonderful to be back. Have been off sharing my art in solo exhibitions, in group shows and more. In addition, I’ve just returned to New York after garnering a fabulous art scholarship in the highly acclaimed SAVVY ARTS CHALLENGE at the University of South Carolina. This wonderful program brought 100 artists in from around the country to assist businesses address challenges using art. What a fabulous adventure. My group was assigned a farm. I’ll share more about that experience in my next post.
In the meantime, I have been delving deeper into my work focused on trees. I am extremely focused on bring the visual narrative of cherishing trees into everyday life. The shift in our environment, climate change, the lost of trees due to fires or plain old destruction for economics demand our attention. I simply wish to revisit my focus on trees and ask you to take a moment to address your intention, attention, compassion and empathy towards a major segment vital to the existence of humanity.
All images copyright (c) 2013 – 2019 Alicia Evans
When I crochet, it is as if my needle and thread begin to talk, thus my tagline: “Let the yarn speak!”
Art carries a power… one which empowers you, inspires you and your home. Whenever I complete a piece I always intend it to be adopted into a space which sparks conversation, peace and creates an air of authenticity.
I love the power of my latest work to enable a deep probing into self and honor of our elders. Ahh, there is, indeed, power of art to make a home, truly a sweet home of warmth, embrace and love.
What a grand delight to have my work honored throughout the year. This week I received a citation merit from New York State Assemblyman Anthony U’roso. It was such a grand affair hosted by the Manhasset Library Art Gallery in Long Island, New York. Here are photo highlights:
The “Movement” exhibit reflects art highlighting themes of moving.