The Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC) is pleased to announce the opening of its new exhibit, “Educate the Girls of the World,” featuring paintings by award-winning artist Margaret Godfrey. Her work will be on display May 5 – June 24, 2023 in the Olive Street Gallery – a satellite exhibition space located inside Newport Performing Arts Center. A reception and artist talk will be held on June 7th at 5pm.
In what Godfrey describes as a “series of hope,” paintings are inspired by a global issue – barriers and lack of access to education among young women and girls. Each piece incorporates fabric, patterns, architecture, landscapes, or cultural symbols representing countries, cultures, and diverse communities with low schooling among females. Outstretched hands call to mind children in a classroom, ready to learn. They reach for the infinity symbol – representing an inner craving for unlimited knowledge.
“We are excited to present Margaret Godfrey’s powerful and inspiring work on the issue of girls’ education,” said Chasse Davidson, VAC director. “Her paintings shine a light on inequity, but they are also, ultimately, uplifting. Each is a call to action, urging us to consider how we can play a part in ensuring women worldwide have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”
In addition to the exhibit, Godfrey will teach a three-day watercolor/acrylic painting workshop titled “Playing with Patterns” on June 6, 7, and 8 from 9am to 4pm at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The cost to enroll is $250, and scholarships are available. (If funds are a barrier, please contact Sara Siggelkow, Arts Education Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-574-3364.) For more information on this class, visit www.coastarts.org/events/play-patterns
Exhibits at Olive Street Gallery are free to the public and can be viewed from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Tuesday-Friday, at 777 W Olive Street. Artwork is also on display and available for viewing beginning one hour before all public performances at Newport Performing Arts Center.
While you’re at the PAC, don’t forget to join the conversation!
Through May of 2023, we’re measuring the impact of non-profit arts and cultural institutions in Lincoln County, as part of Americans for the Arts’ Arts & Economic Prosperity Study 6—the nation’s largest, most comprehensive study of the Arts & Culture sector…and you can help! When you attend this event, please complete an “AEP6” survey before you leave the building (and every time you attend an event or exhibit at the PAC). 3 minutes, 13 questions, totally anonymous. Look for the iPads located in the lobby, or ask an usher for a paper copy.
To learn more about this incredible study, and what makes it so important, click here.