art for advocacy

Our November Art Walk saw the opening of a very special show: TRANSFORM. This show paired our own gallery43 artist Wellon Bridgers with photographer Whitney Runyon. Our Art for Advocacy event series presents a collaboration of two artists + organizations who believe in offering something for a greater good. TRANSFORM features original works inspired by the evocative images captured by Runyon. 

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"Before Dawn" by Wellon Bridgers
1,400.00

Acrylic on Canvas    
36x48    

FROM THE ARTIST:
The mother this painting is dedicated to became someone I loved. I saw the day she came: malnourished, broken, orphaned (mother, father, stepmother) and utterly without hope. She came to abandon her baby girl who was weak and sick. But instead…

But instead, we saw another outcome. A light in the darkness; a future where she and her daughter would receive care and nurture and she learned how to be self-sufficient. I saw the day she left, with her daughter. Broad smile, full cheeks, full of hope…like the dawn just risen.

“I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words…Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O Lord, according to your justice give me life.” Psalm 119:147,149

 

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"Shall Not Always Be Forgotten" by Wellon Bridgers
800.00

Mixed media on watercolor paper, matted and framed    
36x30   

FROM THE ARTIST:
One of the greatest joys in working in the world of orphan care is to see the innocence of children flourish. Children who once were burdened by loss and trauma learn to find their smile and laughter. It’s a profound experience to see a child who once believed himself invaluable to embrace the carefree joy of childhood that comes from safety, security and knowing you are LOVED. Even though their realities continue to present hardship (the roughness of texture, the unpredictability represented in the abstract), there is strength in hope, and even in each other (the four circles). Precious children, in places near and far who have lost their smile, you are valuable. You are loved. You are worth our remembering. 

“For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.” Psalm 9:18

 

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"More In My Heart" by Wellon Bridgers
1,100.00

Acrylic on Canvas    
40x30

FROM THE ARTIST:
The world of the vulnerable is often very dark. Those who would exploit them prowl; poverty breaks dreams; sickness robs strength and hope. But those determined to usher in hope are part of the transformation. It brings light to darkness. It enables freedom (think of the freedom to laugh!). May we be light in dark places, worthy of the role of empowering transformation.

“Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord! You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:6-7

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"In The Midst" by Wellon Bridgers
1,100.00

Acrylic on Canvas    
30x40  

FROM THE ARTIST:
For some, they are born into the world with a lifetime of hardship ahead of them. The complex beast of poverty is inescapable, and what may have been carefree dreams turns to hardened survival mode. All the color seems to have left…And yet…

That’s not the end of the story. Whether that life from day first to last is plagued in hardship, or whether that story tells of transformation in the here and now, the pain is not all there is. The light breaks in, the color peeps through. 

“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.” Psalm 46:4

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"A Stronghold" by Wellon Bridgers
800.00

Mixed media on watercolor paper, matted and framed    
36x30    

FROM THE ARTIST:
Over and over again through the Psalms, we see coupled acknowledgement of the prowling enemy with praise for the refuge found. To be honest, I never really paid attention to the “enemy” parts of these recurring passages…until I truly saw the reality of the global orphan crisis. The enemy’s prowl is real. It’s real in the failures of the legal systems; it’s real in the gender inequalities; it’s real in the impossible access to acceptable healthcare; it’s real in the endless ways the vulnerable are exploited for the gains of others. But some organizations are changing the narrative. Together (represented in the pair of lines, the trinitarian circles), another narrative is possible. Some believe in the dignity of every life, and that being poor does not mean you are worthless. Some believe that a familial bond is one not to be broken but upheld and empowered. Some are the exception, and these ‘some’ are bringing transformation.

“The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:9-10

 

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