Thursday, October 9, 2008

Alicia's art on display at the Owatonna Arts Center

Starting the 9th of Sept. and running through the 1st of Nov. is a Children's-Book Illustrators Guild of MN exhibition at the Owatonna Arts Center in Owatonna, MN.

Owatonna Arts Ctr.
435 Garden View Ln,
Owatonna, MN

The title of the show is "A Child's Hope" and the theme includes scenes and images from the children who resided at the Owatonna Orphange as wards of the state until the institution was closed in the mid-1940's. Being that the location of the exhibition is housed in part of the former orphanage, it seemed like a logical choice of subject for the show.

Life for the children at the orphage was no better than at any of the other institutions that held children in that era. The children were fed, clothed but not nurtured. During its history, the Owatonna Orphanage housed around 500 children at any one time. There was a constant flow of children coming to stay and leaving. But some children spent their entire childhood there never to have experienced family life.

This piece of art looks at how a child develops a sense of belonging, personal space and privacy in a institutional-setting that may be their home today but not tomorrow. Typically, my color-pallette in my art is of vibrant, happy colors. I chose to use somber colors that suggest a sepia toned photographed from a by-gone era.

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