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2015 Happenings

June 5, 2015, 11:35 am

Press Release: Labor, Mining and Immigration

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Irene Grilley, 738-2858

The Museum of Friends new exhibition opening, December 19th, “Labor, Mining and Immigration, Contemporary Artists Interpret the On-Going Struggle.”

Please join us for the opening of a new exhibition on Friday December 19th, from noon until 7 pm at 600 Main Street in the 1st level gallery space. This exhibition highlights the works of artists from many parts of the United States. The “Labor, Mining and Immigration” exhibition began as homage to those who lost their lives at Ludlow, and its surrounding areas one hundred years ago. As submissions from artists from many parts of the country were received, this exhibition has evolved into a statement about many timely national issues. Some artists in this exhibition explore the contemporary concerns of labor: minimum wage, illegal immigration, corporate, and safety and health related abuses in the work place. These are New York artists: Constance Del Vecchio Maltese, Larry Racioppo, Peter Gourfain and Connie Hwang who resides in Berkeley California. Reggio is a Trinidad artist, Joe Adamich from Pueblo, John Dyes, Texas and Billy King from Arkansas all responding to the courage exhibited by miners and the legacy of their labor through photographs, sculptures, mixed media and paintings.

The subject of immigration is relevant to another Berkeley artist – Guillermo Pulido, and Walsenburgs’ Brendt Berger and Maria Cocchiarelli. These artists are referential in their treatment of the subject matter and honor those who have made sacrifices.

The exhibition continues through March 30th and contains a lively public program schedule of films related to these topics. All will be shown on Thursday afternoons from 3 to 4 pm, followed by a group discussion. MOF welcomes high school students who are interested in these timely subjects. The first film viewing will be January 15: “Animas Perdidas” (Lost Souls) is the story of a young Latina filmmaker documenting the emotional journey of her uncle, a U.S. military vet deported to Mexico. With today’s U.S. – Mexico border issue, Animas Perdidas helps explore national identity, and what happens after deportees are sent to a homeland they don’t consider home. The other dates are: January 29th, (Triangle Shirt Waist Factory Fire), February 19th, (Labor and the State of the Union) and March 12th (Colorado Experience, The Smaldones). Please visit www.museumoffriends.org for more details.

During this exhibition the “School-tour” program will be available for students from RE1 and RE 2 grades 1st through 12 with age appropriate tours and curriculum materials. The Friday Art Lab will resume in the spring with the first session scheduled for May 1st. There are scholarships available and financial assistance for the “School-Tour” program. Please call 738-2858 for further information.

December 11, 2014, 4:47 pm

Claude Appel, Exhibition of Photographs

Claude Appel Backstory, copyright 2011

Claude Appel Backstory, copyright 2011

Please visit 109 East 6th Street Gallery to view the most recent photographs of well-known local photographer Claude Appel.

September 21, 2012, 8:59 am

Chieftain article on Zoe Childerley and “Where’s Walsenburg?” Artist in Residence Program

This from the Pueblo Chieftain:

‘Where’s Walsenburg?’ Project tries to

create portrait of struggling town

By AMY MATTHEW | amym@chieftain.com

WALSENBURG — A good photograph can do a great deal to bridge a cultural gap.

English photographer Zoe Childerley has proven as much during her two-month stay as an artist-in-residence at the Walsenburg’s Museum of Friends. She is the first to participate in “Where’s Walsenburg?,” a project started by museum directors Brendt Berger and Maria Cocchiarelli-Berger.

The goal of the program, which will continue with a new artist-in-residence each year, is to illuminate “all of the social aspects” of the town and its surrounding areas, said Cocchiarelli-Berger. The idea is based on the work of photographer James VanDerZee, who used his pictures to document life in Harlem in the first half of the 20th century…


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August 2, 2012, 3:54 pm



Please see article: http://www.chieftain.com/life/local/where-s-walsenburg-project-tries-to-create-portrait-of-struggling/article_d1e82790-d6c9-11e1-a6ce-0019bb2963f4.html

August 1, 2012, 12:23 pm

Photos from the Zoe Childerley reception

Reception for Artist in Residence Zoe Childerley

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June 13, 2012, 10:31 am

Artist in Residence program events

Our first-ever artist in residence, British photographer Zoe Childerley, has arrived and will be taking portraits of community members in her studio in the 600 Main Street Gallery on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays noon – 4 pm. Come be a part of her project, “Where’s Walsenburg?”

June 22, Friday, 5:30 to 7pm -“Artists Talk on Art” Series.
Zoe Childerley, will show images of her work with discussion following.

July 5, Thursday, 5:30 to 7pm – Photography Workshop
“How to take a good photo” with Zoe and contribute your images to the Where’s Walsenburg community Program.

July 20, Friday, 5:30 to 7pm – “Artists Talk on Art” Series.
An overview of the images created during Zoe’s artist-in-residence program “Where’s Walsenburg” and participants’ images from the workshop.

August 24, Friday, 6pm to 8pm – EXHIBITION OPENING, Where’s Walsenburg? The images of Zoe Childerley with an exhibition of “Portraits from the Heart” by Eudora Welty

This program is made possible with funding by Colorado Creative Industries.

June 1, 2012, 12:28 pm