Laura Madeleine met with several of the youth from the leadership group at the church along with Pastor David Smith. They learned the history of the project and toured the portraits. There was an in depth discussion of many aspects of the exhibition - the different approaches and media used by the artists, how details of the lives were revealed, the importance of these images, and the importance of encouraging more people to really look at these faces and be moved to action. Souls Shot portrait project is grateful to them for their questions, comments, insights, and dedication to helping spread the word about this poignant exhibition. Thank you!
Main Line Gun Violence Awareness Day is Saturday May 6 and will feature the Memorial to the Lost and the Souls Shot: Portraits of Victims of Gun Violence. The public display of a walk through the streets to bring attention to the issue will culminate at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church with the very personal experience of interaction with the names on the T-Shirts in the Memorial to the Lost and the portraits of the victims. All are welcome.
To all artists and families/friends of victims: The deadline to apply for artists and to answer the invitation to participate for families/friends has been extended! You now have until May 31, 2018. Thank you!
The portraits were installed at the glorious space at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. The Souls made into the space, thankfully, before the gale force winds kicked up! The staff there is thrilled to have the exhibition and looking forward to many visitors and to the reception on April 20th.
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.