The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is presenting a solo exhibition of 30 photographs by Thi Linh Wernau, a Rockport-based artist and photographer. The work is from Wernau’s project “You. Are. Beautiful.,” featuring portraits which celebrate the human spirit and beauty in all people. The show opens on October 24 and runs through November 11. It will feature four events during the three-week period.
Stop in this weekend, Saturday-Sunday, October 26-27 from 2-4 PM, for the photobooth event. You can have your polaroid portrait taken by the artist, and your voice can become part of the project. You will receive one polaroid portrait to take home and one image will be added to the polaroid installation in the gallery.
“You. Are. Beautiful.” depicts portraits of everyday people with grit, grace and gravity. A wounded Marine and amputee, a stage-three breast cancer survivor or a skater are all celebrated for their own beauty and spirit. Wernau created this body of work from her travels photographing strangers and a few people she knew. The artist asked all of them to complete the statement, “I am beautiful because…” Moved by the power of a simple phrase, Wernau also included the phrase “you are beautiful” into each person’s set of portraits. Wernau’s primary mission with this project is “to spread love and kindness.”
Don’t miss these other upcoming events:
SAT, NOV 2 OPENING RECEPTION 4-6 PM
Enjoy wine, light appetizers and good company. There will also be an after-party at Short & Main in Gloucester, with 10% of food and drinks donated to charity.
SUN, NOV 3 PANEL DISCUSSION 3-4 PM
Listen to a talk with Cape Ann fine-art photographers, including Paul Cary Goldberg, Judith Monteferrante and Anne Rearick. The panel will also include a special guest artist, Joseph Geary, who was also photographed by the artist for this project.
FRI, NOV 8 FILM, ARTIST TALK AND VETERANS VOICES 7-9 PM
Watch the artist’s film and listen to her talk. Celebrate Veterans Day weekend with art and stories from local vets.
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is located at 6 Wonson Street in Gloucester. Fall gallery hours are 12 – 4 pm, Thursday – Sunday. Visit www.rockyneckartcolony.org or www.facebook.com/ThiLinhPhotography for more information.