This past weekend, on closing day, we visited an art show of a couple of dear friends. The show’s theme dealt with the emotional and existential hole presented when a parent leaves this world. The artist statement says it better than I ever can:
It was a beautiful show, expressing many, many memories going back generations in time, and SO much love. It was especially palpable and moving to us, as we knew the parents in question. I wish they could have been there to see it – how the kids turned their grief into beauty.
There was a fun surprise at the end of the show, highlighting one of the many aspects of departed family members that lives on after they’re gone; family recipes! In front of the large crowd that came out to enjoy the show, Mark made the apple pie his mother had taught him to make – which she had learned from her mother.
As fate would have it, the last day of the show also came with its own announcement of loss. This was the last show to be exhibited at the Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Clark College. The administration has decided to close it and turn it into a student center, of sorts. The irony is immense… The last photo shows the director of the gallery, taking in one of the pieces, on the very last day of the last show of the venue she has nurtured for the past couple of decades. Its closure is a huge loss for the artist community, and especially for her. Our condolences on her – and our – loss.
Rumor has it that the exhibit will be traveling after this. If it comes to a city near you, go see it!