Art by and about trans* people and their lives, experiences, struggles and accomplishments is the theme of Stonewall Alliance Center’s exhibition Expressions of Resilience at monca, March 28-31.
Included in this exhibition is art from COFA (Coming Out for Art) artists whose scheduled art exhibition at monca was cancelled last Fall because of the Camp Fire. There wasn’t a person involved in that show whose life wasn’t touched in some way by the fire, and some lost everything. The exhibition was cancelled; those who still had a place to store their art quietly retrieved it and waited. It will be especially poignant to see this at the show.
One of those artists was Jess Mercer, whose work has since gained tremendous notoriety as she builds a great phoenix from Butte County keys which no longer have locks, as well as painting murals for schools displaced by the fire, establishing a mobile art therapy studio, and much more. The day after the fire, Mercer walked into Stonewall and said, “I need to help. I don’t know what else to do.”
Details: March 28–31, Thursday–Sunday 11am–5pm
monca, The Museum of Northern California Art, 900 Esplanade, Chico
Admission: Adults $5, Students and Children Free.
Grand Reception: Friday, March 29th, 6-9pm
The reception features live music, performance art, hors d’oeuvres and a no-host beer and wine bar. Suggested admission: $10. The suggested $10 donation directly benefits Stonewall Alliance’s trans* and youth programs.
Sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewery, La Rocca Vineyards and Chico Arts and Culture Foundation.