Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29th, 7-10pm | Exhibition runs until May 27th
Members-only private preview from 6-7pm.
Every member of the U.S. Armed Forces and their family members embark on a journey of experiences that are both shared by many, and specific to each individual. Those experiences can be complex and enduring–perhaps lifelong. Their impact and intensity may be hard to grasp for those outside the Armed Forces community.
The “Journeys Onward” exhibition of 2D and 3D artworks, accompanied by the artists’ written words, reflects the military experiences of veterans or their family members. It creates an opportunity and forum for artists to share a personal expression of their past journeys, and those that may take them onward. Many veterans and their families want to tell their stories, but those conversations can be difficult to start. Often, art can be the starting place.
Accompanying the exhibition will be a series of film screenings followed by an audience-involved discussion.
5/5: Readings of excerpt from “SHADES” by Paula J. Caplan | 6pm-8pm at Hygienic Art
5/12: Screening of “Service” from the PBS series Craft in America | 6pm-8pm, Harris Place
5/19: Screening of “Art in the Face of War” by David Baugnon | 6pm-8pm, Harris Place
5/26: Screening of “Is Anybody Listening?” by Paula J. Caplan | 6pm-8pm, Harris Place
Banner artwork: Detail from “Night Rescue” by Cynthia DiDonato
Cover Photo: “Missing Peace #10” by Paul Bouchard
Early in his career, Paul’s photographic and journalistic experiences earned him a scholarship to Medill School of Journalism’s Summer Institute at Northwestern University. That empowering experience combined with opportunities to participate in Boston’s fast-growing software, networking and consulting hi-tech communities took him to many parts of the world which helped hone his vision and appreciation for widely divergent perspectives.
His approach to photography and life is to remain open, trust his instincts and discard labels that are divisive. He uses technology to increase his creative options and productivity but not to replace his vision and responsibility. Among those who have influenced his expression are documentary photographers Dorothea Lange and Helen Levitt, natural light photographer Jay Maisel, painter and photojournalist Librado “Lee” Romero, print-maker and pin-hole photographer Walter “Rusty” Crump, and designer and artist Ken Done.
Paul is a firm believer in giving back to the community through his photography and writing. Drawing on his aviation background, he was the lead author and photographer on three photo-oriented books related to the Rhode Island National Guard’s award-winning annual air show and their international military parachuting competition known as Leapfest. He has donated his skills to community efforts in several states.
Paul lives in Jamestown, RI, under the watchful guidance of his fearless kitty, Hailey, as well as others.