Spring 2012 |
"Sparks of Imagination" will fly at the third annual Women Who Weld Art Exhibit. The exhibit, organized by local metal sculpture artist Melinda Eames, not only helps raise money and awareness for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation but is also a tribute to the ten talented artists in the show. One of the artist that exhibits in the Women Who Weld Art Exhibit suffers from Dystonia.
"Those who find a way to live with this disorder inspire us to create art that tells a story of passion and strength," said Eames. "Working in this medium is empowering."
This year's theme, "Sparks of Imagination," is not only a reference to welding and creativity, but also a reference to the hope that comes from extensive research and treatments that can 'spark' the brain activity in a person suffering from Dystonia.
Dystonia is a movement disorder that causes the muscles to contract and spasm involuntarily. The mission of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation is to advance research for more treatments and ultimately a cure, to promote awareness and education and to support the needs and well–being of affected individuals and families.
Each participating artist will contribute a sculptural piece to be auctioned off to benefit the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation. The auction is open to the public and will occur at the opening artists' reception on Friday, April 13, 7–10 p.m. at the Bancroft Street Market, 2702 S. 10th St. The show continues on Saturday, April 14–Sunday, April 15 and Saturday, April 21–Sunday, April 22. Exhibit hours on Saturday are 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1–5 p.m.
Art on exhibit is created by MCC students or faculty that have taken metal sculpture classes.