Events, Fall 2015

"Seeing the Elephant"
Artists Respond to Conflict and War

  • Informal gallery discussion with St. Lawrence faculty Donna Alvah, Laura Rediehs, and Melissa Schulenberg, Monday, October 5, 4:30 p.m.

The Art of Appropriation
Curated by Emily Shrope '16

  • Exhibition tour with Emily Shrope, Monday, November 2, at 4:30 p.m.

Graffiti and Street Art Lecture
Monday, November 16, at 7:00 p.m., Griffiths 123

  • Lecture by Sterling Downey and Melissa Proietti, co-founders and co-directors of the annual Under Pressure graffiti festivals and Fresh Paint Gallery in Montréal

Under Pressure is an annual graffiti festival that focuses on community development, artist empowerment, as well as positive youth development through ownership and responsibility of a shared space. Having just completed its twentieth year, the festival is the longest running graffiti and hip hop festival in North America. It’s an event done by the community for the community, kept alive on a volunteer basis. The festival takes place over two days during the first full weekend in August, throughout which stages are given over to performers from across Canada. B-boy and b-girl battles take place on Sunday afternoon. A kids' area lets little ones get creative, and a skate ramp is set up for competition and open jams.

Founded in 2011 by the Under Pressure Graffiti International Convention, Fresh Paint is an alternative project working on giving new life to empty spaces by turning them into temporary cultural spaces. Fresh Paint Gallery is a space for exhibitions, education, and events. Influenced by street art and graffiti movements, Fresh Paint shows collective exhibitions with a mix of local and international artists. The space presents the best of emerging artists in street art, graffiti, pop art, graphic design, and illustrations.

Fresh Paint offers an alternative to the institutionalized and commercialized cultural system for artists and the public. Forget white walls, posh openings, elitism and egos, their project is authentic, for the people and accessible. Their volunteer team works hard to develop the following:

- promoting urban culture values such as DIY, authenticity, sharing, mentoring, self-affirmation, creativity, work, and involvement
- demystifying visual art
- supporting new emerging generations of independent artists.

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Poetry for Peace
Readings are held on Mondays at 4:30.

    • August 31 - North Country Japanese Garden, Sykes
    • September 21 (special theme of gardens, in conjunction with the Arts Collaborative's Poetry Garden events) - Gallery
    • October 26 (special themes of pop art & NYC, in conjunction with the Brush Gallery exhibition)
    • November 16 - Gallery
    • December 7 - Gallery

Please come to read a poem you've written, a poem by a favorite poet, or just to listen to poems on a different theme. And bring your friends! You are welcome to read poems in languages other than English, but you should provide an English translation as well. Because we believe the empathetic community created by sharing ANY kind of poetry can lead to peace and social justice, we welcome all poems, not just those that touch directly on those themes.  Poetry for Peace readings are eligible for the First Year Cup. 

And dates have been set for the spring 2016 -- January 25, February 22, March 30 (in Carnegie 10), April 11, and May 2.

Poetry for Peace is active on Facebook!