JO HAY OPEN STUDIO GALLERY
167 Commercial St. Provincetown, MA 02657
Exhibition Dates: May 13 - 26, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday May 13, 1-5pm
THE RESISTANCE an exhibition of large-scale paintings in reaction to the current political and social crisis in the United States since the election of Donald Trump, featuring artists Tess Barbato, Jo Hay, O'Neil Scott and KJ Shows.
This exhibit will center on the theme of resistance through resilience-contemplating what it means to be an artist in a time where freedom of protest and expression is being challenged by the new administration in Washington.
Carolyn Kramer, founder and gallery director, was inspired by the Women’s March in Washington that took place shortly after the platform of hate, fear, and bigotry won the election. “This was the catalyst for me to exhibit art that clearly rejects the policies of Donald Trump as well as examining the role of artists to both protest and heal our nation through visual mediums” says Kramer.
British painter Jo Hay will feature two large-scale portrait paintings; Maddow a portrait of political commentator Rachel Maddow and Bombshell, a painting of gay activist Sam Brinton. “Both paintings embody the spirit of the resistance. Rachel Maddow through her political commentaries and determination to uncover the truth, and Sam Brinton in his relentless activism against conversion therapy”, says Hay. “I am an optimist by nature, so I tend to gravitate toward figures exuding tremendous energy and possibility to remain positive as we move through this very challenging and often terrifying time under the Trump administration.”
Hay’s work focuses on acknowledging human courage characterized by those who dare to stand up and express who they are or what they believe. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Provincetown Arts Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Provincetown Banner, and Provincetown Magazine. She was the first recipient of the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant 2010 sponsored by The Provincetown Art Association and Museum. She graduated in 2012 from the New York Academy of Art, with an MFA, Summa Cum Laude. Originally from Newcastle Upon-Tyne, England, Hay has lived and worked in London, and New York. She presently lives and works in Provincetown MA.
Political activist Howard Zinn once wrote that “dissent is the highest form of patriotism.” It’s a quote that Kramer lives by—and that the artists of THE RESISTANCE exhibition convey through their work.