BELFAST — Art and poetry to the theme Love/Not Love have taken over downtown Belfast through the end of June in an event breaking the silence of domestic abuse.
The Finding Our Voices-sponsored event features paintings, photographs, fiber art, collage, sculpture exploring healthy and unhealthy relationships by some of Waldo County’s finest artists in 45 windows of the City Hall and windows of 55 downtown businesses as well as two rooms of the Belfast Free Library.
June is Belfast Breaks the Silence of Domestic Abuse month, following a unanimous vote by the City Council. The outdoor exhibit includes all 36 pages of an illustrated book “Big Red Balloon” running along 11 windows of Darby’s Restaurant, chronicling how a young woman’s life is shattered by an angry and controlling intimate partner and how she is lifted up by the love of friends and family (and one very big balloon).
A concurrent online silent auction of the art on display is the main fundraiser of the year for Finding Our Voices and can be accessed through the home page of the group’s website at FindingOurVoices.net.
Saturday, June 26, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., in the park on Main Street in Belfast just down from Traci’s Diner, the public is invited to “Talk About It” with participating artists and poets, as well as some of the survivors on the Finding Our Voices window banners that are touring the state and are paired with the art and poetry in downtown business windows.
Finding Our Voices is a Camden-based, survivor-led non-profit organization empowering girls and women to recognize, avoid, and safely leave and heal from dangerous relationships, and marshal survivor Voices and community creativity to open eyes, minds and hearts to the domestic abuse all around us.