"History of Woman Exhibit" to show May 30 - June 23, 2012 at The Quick Center for the Arts
TAG (Traveling Art Gallery) is proud to present a collaboration with The Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University, (1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824-5195) for our exhibit, “History of Woman” from May 30 - June 23, 2012.
With the economic issues that have plagued the world and the hardest consequences being placed on women, TAG wants a different view/perspective of woman. TAG’s mission shares with its “mother’s”, Montage Initiative, Inc., that once the woman - matriarch of families and communities - is picked up out of poverty through a source for a sustainable living, financial, health, and spiritual wealth flourishes - combating the effects that poverty so lavishly placed. So, what we are seeking is not women in history but the “History of Woman.” How through so much tumultuous adversity through the centuries, woman has developed and perhaps where she will be in the future.
Hosted by Montage Initiative, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Bridgeport and London, and its Traveling Art Gallery (TAG) program, the organization is dedicated to the development of women throughout the globe. The Quick Center’s stewardship of this relationship with Montage Initiative is an important, multi-faceted collaboration that aims prompt discussion about globalization and to raise awareness about extreme poverty and sustainable development. The exhibit is the capstone event of the Quick Center’s involvement in the University’s Global Citizenship initiative.
Traveling Art Gallery
Traveling Art Gallery offers the use of space and provides a means for impoverished artists around the globe to create and exhibit art while being an avenue of expression and becoming a source of income to build a sustainable life.
September 17, 2010: Traveling Art Gallery made its first stop in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The introduction of T.A.G. to the public was in conjunction with the grand opening of Montage Initiative, Inc. offices at 955 Connecticut Ave., Suite 1208. Local artists had submitted artwork to be sold at Silent Auction to raise funds for the program. Local artists/artisans - Jan McLean, artist; Sheila Pite, sculptor; Diane Platt, metal sculptor; Natalie Greenwood, photographer; Allegra, jewelry artisan; Lara Sendich, jewelry artisan; Shelly Saber, jewelry artisan; Kate Davoli, painter/jewelry artisan; Sam Rawls, jewelry artisan; Keelin Brett, embroidered jewelry artisan; Marilyn Cocking, quilter; Vinita Manjunath, painter; Joanne Watkins, photographer; and Patricia Burling, weaver, all exhibited exemplary works.
T.A.G. Stays in Bridgeport for the Winter - December 11, 2010
On December 11th, 2010, T.A.G. joined Montage Initiative to celebrate the Holiday Season - The Season of Giving, raising funds to help the community. A montage of activities had taken place - Chinese Auction, Silent Auction, and shopping from The Shoppe and Art Exhibit. Guest speaker Barbara Siminovich-Blok, ND, MS - Resident Naturopathic Physician, discussed holistic healing; award winning chef Scott Wiseman showed how to make a delicious Holiday eggnog. Local artists Arlene Capozzi, Matt Roe, Marcia Wiltsie, Sam Rawls, Sheila Pite, and Joanne Watkins submitted works to exhibit and sell through T.A.G.
Traveling Art Gallery Plans to Travel in 2011 - January 20, 2011
The plan for Traveling Art Gallery in 2011 is to travel to CT, and then New York City, to expand our exposure and to give the same opportunities to the local artists in the Tri-State area. The goal is to spread the word about T.A.G. and Montage Initiative, our mission and in doing so will continue to help artists create, exhibit and sell their work to gain a sustainable living and to raise funds, continuing the cycle of "Building Peace, One Woman At A Time."
"Threshold" Photography by Joanne Watkins
“We think we re-gain the confidence and respect and our self-esteem builds only to realize we had all of these attributes the entire time, we never lost them for they are what brought us out of the darkness.” – Turner Woods
Being heard is an instinct every living creature needs in order to live… and what better way to be heard than to be seen in an Art Gallery.
Traveling Art Gallery will:
- Be a source of income for each woman who will partake in its offerings.
- Be an avenue of expression – being heard.
- Promote each artist.
- Photograph each piece for copyrighting, inventory, advertising/marketing, and ownership purposes.
- Provide services to properly exhibit each piece of artwork.
- Provide the space to exhibit/show their work.
- Copyright the artists’ work to protect their designs.
- Handle the sale and delivery of each sold work.
- Create a market place for works that the artists wish to sell.
- Exhibit items such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, fiber art, and jewelry.
The Artist/Artisan will:
- Submit artwork for approval and promotion.
- Be able to attend an opening for their exhibit, If possible.
- Be safe in expression, being heard.
- Be protected financially.
- Be protected through copyright law.
By overcoming adversities, women will realize that not being tied to societal rules, caste systems, or religious degradation gives them the freedom they deserve – freedom from poverty, freedom from being homeless, freedom from financial difficulties, and their health will improve – physically and emotionally.
In other words, CREATE, CREATE, AND CREATE. And when creation continues, it opens the doors of opportunities, positive energy flows, and good things start happening….