Migration Meditation

Friday, October 19, 2018, 6-9:00 P.M. — Third Friday Gallery Opening
Migration Meditation by Joanne Andrews.

The monarch butterfly embarks on an incredible migration from Mexico through the US to Canada every year. Sadly, its population has declined by 90% in the past thirty years due to loss of habitat. And now the building of a border fence through its migration route threatens a greater decline.

Joanne’s collage and paper constructions focus on pollinators, specifically honeybees, and butterflies. “In this body of work, I make connections between the monarch’s annual migration across arbitrary human borders and the migration of people coming to the US in search of safety and a better life. I aim to raise awareness of the interconnectedness of the environment and immigration and I encourage the viewer to find empathy in their heart for all who undertake a migration journey,” states the artist. Joanne will be donating a portion of her proceeds to Pupusas for Education, a local organization providing last dollar scholarships for undocumented and DACAmented students pursuing higher education. http://www.pupusas4education.com/

Born in the Boston area, Joanne moved to Durham in 1992. As a potter, she was the first studio manager at Claymakers and taught middle school art for 11 years in Durham Public Schools. After being crowned Beaver Queen in 2015, as Mz Polly Nator, Joanne began advocating for healthy habitats for pollinators and led a committee to secure Durham’s certification as a Bee City, USA. After retiring from teaching, Joanne attended Penland School of Crafts concentrating on a body of work centered on the Monarch butterfly.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018, from 6-9:00 P.M. with:

  • FREE festivities including light snacks, drinks!
  • FREE art-making in the Make and Take room
  • Speaker from Pupusas for Education
  • Scrap Thrift remains open for shoppers and gallery visitors until 9:00 P.M.

 

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