“RETHINKING RECOVERY” Exhibition in Portland

I got this email from the Mark Wooley Gallery in Portland, which features the work of one of our members, Thomas Keifer. Thought I’d post it as a pleasant reminder that not everyone has forgotten about New Orleans. – Jen

Two gifted photographers…

Two years since Katrina.

One compelling 5 day show in our new location: Former Froelick space, next to AUGEN Gallery at 817 SW 2nd/Yamhill.

STEWART HARVEY of Portland and THOMAS KIEFER, formerly of New Orleans, present “Rethinking Recovery: Exhibition & Benefit commemorating the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans”

OPENING, with the artists, TUESDAY, August 28. Show then runs Wednesday through SATURDAY, September 1 daily from 11 AM until 6:00 PM.

This striking photographic exhibit will benefit the Alliance for Affordable Energy, which is a twenty-year old nonprofit group in New Orleans that promotes energy conservation and lobbies for sustainable rebuilding. 10% of each sale and voluntary donations will be sent to this group that is currently providing and installing free thermal barriers to homes in Holy Cross and other devastated neighborhoods.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

ST EWART HARVEY began the series of character studies and New Orleans cityscapes in the spring of 2003. His goal was to discover “What it was about this quirky and challenging city that I found so beguiling.” Katrina, of course, altered the project significantly. “It wasn’t the aftermath of the event I found compelling.” he says. “It was the resilient, quirky and creative individuals who survived and are going to rebuild the city.”

THOMAS KIEFER states: “Over 80,000 images in my studio, which sat in the wake of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005, merged with the murky waters that flooded the city where I was born and raised. These waters contained an essence both horrific, as well as delightful, but nothing less than a representation of how we combine with the world around us. The emulsion which once represented my vision…had transformed.”

We sincerely hope you will visit this rare and powerful exhibition and check out our new location.