Thursday October 22, is “Let's Talk About It” day in downtown Rockland, with domestic abuse survivors and victim-advocates “talking about it”, outdoors, with whomever wants to come by and talk about it.
From 9 a.m to 6 p.m. tables set up at Winter and Main streets will feature staff from New Hope for Women, and Patrisha McLean, founder and president of the new Camden-based, nonprofit Finding Our Voices, joined by fellow survivors in her group, many of whom are featured on the "Let's Talk About It" banners and booksmarks in the Midcoast and beyond. Printed resource material and promotional goodies will also be available. Face masks will be worn by all participants at both tables.
This event is part of the month-long Finding Our Voices’ “Artists Break the Silence of Domestic Abuse” exhibit of Survior/Soidarity artwork created/donated by 50 artists in the windows of 50 Main Street-area businesses.
“Displaying art pieces that convey the myriad of emotions felt by survivors of domestic abuse fosters opportunities for our community to engage in the discussions necessary to empower survivors and ultimately end abuse,” said Rebekah Shaw, education director of New Hope. “We are eager to be a part of some of these discussions on October 22.”
The window art is available for sale in an online silent auction that runs through October and can be accessed at FindingOurVoices.net/auction.
“Domestic abuse is complicated,” said McLean, in a news release, “and the range of art in this exhibit reflects this, ranging from a poem by Dave Morrison calligraphed by Amy Rollins in the window of Snowdrop Confections to an oil painting entitled "I Am Strong" of a woman in what looks like a graveyard by Doreen Dufour in FOG Cafe, to a children's book illustration from Chris Van Dusen in the window of the Farnsworth to an Indigo fabric homage to Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Antonia Munroe in the window of fourTWELVE clothing boutique."
McLean said, “Some of the work, for instance Sam Cady’s paper collage “Stop!” Is obviously about domestic abuse, but in other pieces, such as Cig Harvey’s “Your mouth is a greenhouse” signs at Daughters, the domestic abuse link is more obtuse, all promoting contemplation, revelation, and conversation— and that is what Finding Our Voices, this exhibit, and the “Let’s Talk About It” day with us and New Hope is all about.”
Vallie Gieger presented the request for the October 22 outdoor, downtown tables for Finding Our Voices and New Hope for Women to her fellow city council members for their unanimous approval. “Patrisha McLean’s work,” she said, “brings domestic violence out of the world of shadows, shame and secrets and into the light. As we talk about it, tell our stories, create public art, we light a path for another to find their way to freedom from abuse.”
For more information visit FindingOurVoices.net and NewHopeForWomen.org