April 9 reception set for exhibit of QC artist’s photos of Ukraine

“Our Go: Black & White Photographs of Ukraine (1988)” an art images show by photographer Jay Strickland, will be showcased in the West Davenport Arts Gallery Wall at Metropolitan Local community Church of the Quad Towns, 2930 W. Locust St., Davenport.

An opening reception will be midday-4 p.m. Saturday, April 9, when peace-crane slicing will get started at 12:15 p.m. and the artist will answer thoughts at 2 p.m., a news release says.

In 1988 Strickland went to Ukraine on a Peace Stroll for Nuclear Disarmament. At that time, Ukraine was nonetheless component of the USSR, because this was prior to the Iron Curtain arrived down. The Intercontinental Peace Walk was an effort and hard work by people today in the United States and in the USSR to get the job done collectively for peace, the launch says.

According to Strickland ,”Never being what a person would call a author, my journal of the function took the form of black and white photos. It was awesome to be there for a cause that I believe in, fairly than being there as a ‘tourist’.”

As the team walked through Ukraine, there have been rallies in the towns along the way. Fairly than photograph the speakers and dignitaries, Strickland concentrated on the Ukrainian people in the cities. As a classic “street” photographer, Strickland does not get posed pics of men and women. In its place, he captures authentic times and gives the audience a viewpoint into actual everyday living in the spots which he images the launch states.

According to Quad City artist and St. Ambrose University Art Professor Emeritus Leslie Bell: “Photography for social change has lengthy been Jay Strickland’s inventive plan of preference. His pictures grows out of the humanist aesthetic of America’s WPA, France’s Magnum, and road images in normal.”

“The complexity of lifetime in motion poses tricky troubles for the concerned photographer and Jay is a learn of this genre,” Bell said. “His illustrations or photos of a Ukraine of the fading earlier remind us of how valuable unique lives are as so numerous of them are threatened. Jay’s pictures would make obvious how worthy the people today of Ukraine are of flexibility.”

It was in Ukraine that Strickland discovered of Sadako Sasaki and the folding of paper cranes, which in Japan is a image of extensive everyday living and happiness, the launch says.

Following Sasaki’s dying, the folding of 1,000 paper cranes grew to become a symbol for nuclear disarmament and for peace in standard. Strickland has led several crane-folding situations over the decades in the Quad Metropolitan areas and guesses he has folded much more than 3,000 cranes for peace.

At the reception, Strickland will fold yellow-and-blue paper into 1,000 cranes, and will teach individuals how to fold the cranes, as a assertion for peace in Ukraine. All are welcome to be a part of in, the launch claims.

A framed print of a sunflower painting by Cathy Bolkcom will be raffled off at the party to elevate donations for a humanitarian firm aiding Ukrainian refugees.

For far more info about the artist or this show, contact artist Bolkcom at [email protected]

The West Davenport Arts Council Gallery Wall and MCCQC’s long-lasting artwork displays are open to the public on Sundays from 10 a.m. until finally 1 p.m. and by appointment either by means of the artist in home or the pastor.

For much more facts about the West Davenport Arts Council, speak to the Rev. Abundant Hendricks at 563-940-9630 or by e-mail at [email protected]  

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