Thursday, April 30, 2009

micaela o'herlihy / paper boat

If you haven't yet been to Paper Boat, you have one more month to do so. Sadly, Faythe and Kim are closing their doors on May 31st, another casualty of the current economic black cloud.
I stopped by a couple of weeks ago for the opening of the final (sniffle, sniffle) show, and I would say it is one of the best shows I have seen there. Local artist Micaela O'Herlihy has created portraits of the bullies her 10-year old son encounters at his school. The most beautiful thing about the work, other than the portraits themselves, is the sentiment and emotion behind each one. The artist statement said that she started this project with her son to help him deal with and process his feelings about the fact that he was being bullied. Each painting was accompanied by a hand-written explanation from her son about who each kid was and what they do to bully him. It really touched my heart and excited my brain. Should you go check it out? Yes.

Paper Boat
Micaela O'Herlihy

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