Art Start: OCCCA’s Holiday Art Sale
November 5 thru December 10, 2016
Gallery will be closed Nov 24-26 for the Holidays
Receptions: November 5th and December 3rd, 6-10 pm
Art is life! The creation of art is a defining characteristic of the human species. It reflects the world around us and expresses our unique spirit throughout time. We love popular art forms: movies, books, songs.... Along with mass- produced art, original works of fine art should be accessible to the public as well. It can be something that belongs to you and not just something you see in museums and galleries or resides in the basements of private collectors. The purpose of ArtStart is to offer gallery-quality art by professional artists at affordable prices to beginning art collectors, art lovers, and the general public. Whether you want to start your own art collection, buy a work of art for your own personal pleasure, or give someone art as a gift for the holidays, ArtStart affords you that opportunity. Art belongs to everyone.
Open Call for Art, Deadline to enter December 30, 2016
+++ All media will be considered, open to all countries +++
“If you would seek vengeance above all else, be sure to dig two graves.”
The U.S. now confines more than 2.2 million people in its prisons. This amounts to 1.2% percent of its population, more than any other country and eight times more per capita than Russia. Our incarcerated citizens have become a shadow nation, hidden and often forgotten. This shadow nation is supported by a budget estimated at 64 billion annually, or nearly 6% of our gross national product. Incarceration has become a big and rigorously privatized business. Our current approach has produced a profitable if brutal cycle: poverty and the absence of economic opportunity funnel individuals into crime, prisons militate against rehabilitation, convicts re-offend following release, and after arrest are returned to prison as compliant recidivists. As a result, U.S. recidivism rates are now at 68% and increase every year. In this environment, it's hard to tell where justice ends and vengeance begins.
How did we get here? Starting in the 1970’s, our prison population underwent rapid and unprecedented growth. In 2016, we house 700% more prisoners than we did in 1970. This increase happened in spite of steady decreases in violent crime. The growth of the prison population was fueled by the mandatory minimum sentences of the “War on Drugs”, and the accompanying “tough on crime” legislation. Prisoners are now overwhelmingly African-American and Latino, and the majority have been imprisoned for non-violent offenses. Many struggle with drug addiction and mental illness. Prisons in a single state, California, now house more of the mentally ill and drug addicted than all of the hospitals in America.
As grim as this situation appears, there are proven and equitable models for reform. In rebuke to our badly broken justice system, Germany, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden provide examples of what compassionate, evidenced-based approaches to crime and punishment can accomplish. These countries achieve exceptionally low rates of crime and recidivism with lower total and per capita expenditures. All of them provide intensive rehabilitation programs for inmates in an environment modeled closely on the communities where they will be reintegrated. This is followed by extensive coordinated support services after release.
Any path to reform will begin with a demand for justice: justice for the incarcerated, for their families, and for communities devastated by the loss of essential members. We have reached a critical moment in the struggle for a better criminal justice system. It is crucial that the chorus of voices making this demand includes artists and that these artists be willing to wield the power of art to inform, to inspire, and to heal.
Leslie Diane Davis
About the Curators:
Pat Sparkuhl My concern is making artwork that has its own fingerprint. I attempt to explore images that reflect my relationship to issues that I feel are relevant. I seek out unique and personal ways of integrating the various ingredients for my compositions, attempting to develop for the viewer an attitude of curiosity and discussion when viewing a particular artwork.
Curator of exhibits; Festival of Arts & Community Art Project at Wells Fargo Bank, Laguna Beach, Ca.Committee Member; Artists Advisory, Exhibits & Jury Formation, Permanent Collection, Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach, Ca “Photography and Jurying Seminar”, Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach, Ca.
Gregg Stone has been an Art Director at Orange Coast College Media Center, Airbrush Artist, illustrator for a publishing company and fourteen consecutive year exhibitor at The Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, California. A graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena Gregg has had numerous exhibitions in US and Mexico including notable museums including overseas.
He is also an award-winning signature member of the San Diego Watercolor Society and Western Federation Watercolor Society. Being trained in traditional design and composition which will aid him in judging work in any media. Also, he is an experienced competition judge in both U.S. and Mexico.
Leslie Diane Davis is a transformative sculptor whose work focuses on the role of art in response to social, environmental, and biological crises. After extensive training under Dale Chihuly at Pilchuck Studios, Leslie’s early work concentrated on the tension between biological forms and abstract ideas. Her pioneering 2003 exhibition “Worlds in Collision” marked the beginning of the “third culture” movement integrating art and science. Her latest project, “Incarceration”, explores how art can render the experience of imprisonment and inspire comprehensive criminal justice reform.
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