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

“Our Go: Black & White Images of Ukraine (1988)” an artwork pictures present by photographer Jay Strickland, shall be showcased within the West Davenport Arts Gallery Wall at Metropolitan Area people Church of the Quad Cities, 2930 W. Locust St., Davenport.

A gap reception shall be midday-4 p.m. Saturday, April 9, when peace-crane slicing will get began at 12:15 p.m. and the artist will reply ideas at 2 p.m., a information launch says.

In 1988 Strickland went to Ukraine on a Peace Stroll for Nuclear Disarmament. At the moment, Ukraine was nonetheless part of the USSR, as a result of this was previous to the Iron Curtain arrived down. The Intercontinental Peace Stroll was an effort and arduous work by individuals right this moment in america and within the USSR to get the job executed collectively for peace, the launch says.

In line with Strickland ,”By no means being what an individual would name a creator, my journal of the operate took the type of black and white photographs. It was superior to be there for a trigger that I imagine in, pretty than being there as a ‘vacationer’.”

Because the group walked by Ukraine, there have been rallies within the cities alongside the best way. Pretty than {photograph} the audio system and dignitaries, Strickland targeting the Ukrainian individuals within the cities. As a traditional “road” photographer, Strickland doesn’t get posed pics of women and men. As an alternative, he captures genuine occasions and provides the viewers a viewpoint into precise on a regular basis dwelling within the spots which he pictures the launch states.

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In line with Quad Metropolis artist and St. Ambrose College Artwork Professor Emeritus Leslie Bell: “Pictures for social change has prolonged been Jay Strickland’s ingenious plan of desire. His footage grows out of the humanist aesthetic of America’s WPA, France’s Magnum, and street pictures in regular.”

“The complexity of lifetime in movement poses tough troubles for the involved photographer and Jay is a be taught of this style,” Bell stated. “His illustrations or photographs of a Ukraine of the fading earlier remind us of how priceless distinctive lives are as so quite a few of them are threatened. Jay’s footage would make apparent how worthy the individuals right this moment of Ukraine are of flexibility.”

It was in Ukraine that Strickland found of Sadako Sasaki and the folding of paper cranes, which in Japan is a picture of intensive on a regular basis dwelling and happiness, the launch says.

Following Sasaki’s dying, the folding of 1,000 paper cranes grew to change into a logo for nuclear disarmament and for peace in customary. Strickland has led a number of crane-folding conditions over the many years within the Quad Metropolitan areas and guesses he has folded way more than 3,000 cranes for peace.

On the reception, Strickland will fold yellow-and-blue paper into 1,000 cranes, and can train people the best way to fold the cranes, as a assertion for peace in Ukraine. All are welcome to be part of in, the launch claims.

A framed print of a sunflower portray by Cathy Bolkcom shall be raffled off on the social gathering to raise donations for a humanitarian agency aiding Ukrainian refugees.

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For a lot extra data concerning the artist or this present, contact artist Bolkcom at [email protected] 

The West Davenport Arts Council Gallery Wall and MCCQC’s long-lasting paintings shows are open to the general public on Sundays from 10 a.m. till lastly 1 p.m. and by appointment both via the artist in dwelling or the pastor.

For way more info concerning the West Davenport Arts Council, communicate to the Rev. Plentiful Hendricks at 563-940-9630 or by e-mail at [email protected]