Anna and I went to Thi Linh Wernau’s “You Are Beautiful” exhibit at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center this afternoon. On the way over, my mind was wandering with work stuff and other concerns. However, from the moment I stepped into Thi Linh’s world I was moved by beauty in people, all people. Her art has a profound affect on any who experience it. Walking into the Cultural Center I was impressed by her overall presentation. She has such attention to all details of her work. Like the other patrons in the gallery I took my time with each piece of art. Marveling at the beauty in her photography and the statements of her subjects. I am impressed that many of the people Thi photographed were strangers to her at first and how much they gave of themselves. She has a way of creating intimacy immediately.
This weekend she is inviting visitors to participate in her “You Are Beautiful Polaroid Project”. We found Thi downstairs where she’s set up a photo studio. Anna and I decided to participate in her project. Thi had us make our own “You Are Beautiful” sign and write a statement of why we are beautiful. Coming up with the statement was harder than you might think. Thi takes two polaroids of each person; one she keeps for her project and the other she presents to the participant in a beautiful black box. I was thrilled by the experience of participating in her art.
I am looking forward to going back in the coming weeks for the other events she has planned.
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.
Cape Ann Giclée
20 Maplewood Ave.
Gloucester, MA 01930