Monday, March 6, 2017
Artist Talk: Americans Who Tell the Truth
Shetterly's portraits will be on exhibit through the month of March. The portraits have all been done in the last year or so and include civil rights activist Bayard Rustin; the woman who climbed the flagpole at the state capitol in South Carolina to take down the Confederate flag, Bree Newsome; Indigenous rights activist Sherri Mitchell; and founder of the Bread and Puppet Theater, Peter Schumann.
According to Shetterly, the Americans Who Tell the Truth project sprang out of his reactions to 9/11 and the “manipulative use of the attack as a basis for the Iraq war.” “I began painting this series of portraits --- finding great Americans who spoke the truth and combining their images with their words --- as a way to channel my anger and grief. In the process my respect and love for these people and their courage helped to transform that anger into hope and pride and allowed me to draw strength from this community of truth tellers, finding in them the courage, honesty, tolerance, generosity, wisdom and compassion that have made our country strong."
The event is sponsored by the library and is free and open to everyone. For more information call the library at 374-5515.
Caption Info: Robert Shetterly, artist
Portrait of Bree Newsome