On Sunday, March 11, Curator and Director of the Souls Shot portrait project, Laura Madeleine, had the pleasure of taking two groups of school children through the exhibition in it's current home at the Mainline Unitarian Church in Devon, PA.
The students were completely engaged with the images and the stories that go with them. They learned about the various approaches of the artists and how and why they were chosen to represent their subjects. They were able to touch Karen Schectman Cole's lovely portrait of Guy Anthony Green, pictured with one of his children. Ms. Cole coated the work with an encaustic surface which is a type of wax and resin mix. It creates a smooth warm finish and we talked about the comfort it will bring to the family, adding the dimension of a gentle touch to the experience of seeing the images.
It is our hope that many, many more students will have the opportunity to come to see the portraits and learn about the importance and impact of this project. And, of course, education for adults is a goal, as well.
On March 10, following the matinee of “26 Pebbles” at the Allens Lane Theater, there will be a panel discussion about the effects of gun violence on communities. The remarkable Diamond Santiago, pictured here in her portrait “16 Marigolds (Diamond)” by Lauren Vargas, will be on the panel along with MovitaJohnson-Harrell whose son Charles’ portrait is also part of the Souls Shot project. These are two powerful voices and, especially if you have not heard them, this is an event not to be missed. The discussion is free and open to all and should start at approximately 3:30.