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July Art Walk Green Door Gallery
July 27 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us at Green Door Gallery for an evening with the artists and the chance to
view their work.
The EXHIBIT: Green Door Gallery is pleased to present #MeToo: A Visual
Dialogue, a group show. The show will include Billings artist, Jane Deschner,
Glasgow artist, Cathryn Reitler and Livingston artists, Angie Froke, John Garre
and Tandy Riddle.
The #MeToo: A Visual Dialogue exhibit is a visual expression of voice and
perspective that reflects experiences surrounding the #MeToo movement. What
began as a relatively straight-forward movement in which newly empowered
women were outing men, #MeToo has come to involve all genders as it looks at
the prevalence of the abuse of power in the context of gender, economics and
race. To what extent can our voices come together and work toward a collective
truth and toward a holistic approach to health in community? Much of the art in
this exhibition focuses on combining painted images with craft materials, that
define the powerful domestic history of feminine art forms.
Artist Cathryn Reitler’s work focuses on young women working in non-traditional
careers. She selected women to interview who fit into stereotypical American
ideals, physically speaking. In the paintings the women are naked, portraying
them as their male co-workers might imagine them, if thinking of them in a non-
professional light. The surface of each painting is sewn of the clothes each
woman wore to work. The interviews explored ways gender affects the way the
women were treated or spoken to on the job. Quotes from the interview are
embroidered by hand on each of the pieces.
Artist Jane Deschner’s work is from her Resilience Series and combines found,
vernacular photographs juxtaposed with the quotes that are hand-embroidered
Artist Angie Froke brings to the exhibit work in the form of knockdown textiles
and her ever-present sense of humor. The knockdowns depict revered Supreme
Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg in bird form, thus the title, Ruth Bader
Ginsbird. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the second female justice to be confirmed to
John Garre, with his wife Karen Garre, ran Garre Fine Art an art gallery in
Livingston, Montana for 15 years. His work in this exhibit is an acrylic and depicts
a person who is being stalked and the feelings of fear caused by predatory
Tandy Riddle is seeking inspiration and direction from the ancient Greeks and
Romans in her search to find solace and perhaps a deeper understanding of the
prevalence of the abuse of power in the context of gender, economics and race.
Drawing on the play “Lysistrata” which is notable for being an early exposé of
sexual relations in a male-dominated society as well as the notion that “we are all
the Sabine women,” Tandy hopes, through her art, to shed light on the truth and
give us the opportunity to change the balance of power.