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Press Release: Announcing Richmond Art Center’s Summer Exhibitions

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June 1, 2022

Announcing Richmond Art Center’s Summer Exhibitions

June – August 2022
Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat, 10am-4pm
Exhibitions and events are all free and open to the public


Richmond, CA: Richmond Art Center will present four new exhibitions this summer that shine a spotlight on artists with vital stories to share: Collective Care Is Our Best ProtectionThe Eastern Shore: Works by J.B. BroussardWomen Weaving Stories, and Emmy Lou Packard: Artist of Conscience.

Collective Care Is Our Best Protection

South Gallery
Exhibition Dates: June 22 – August 20, 2022
Reception: Saturday, June 18, 2pm-4pm

Collective Care Is Our Best Protection brings together a group of women artists who are at the forefront in activating public consciousness through muralism and printmaking. Created during the pandemic, the work on display illustrates the healing and protective power that resides in the act of collective care. Included are two large scale portable murals: one painted by Elaine Chu and Marina Perez-Wong from Twin Walls Mural Company; and the other painted by Keena RomanoLeslie Dime LopezVanessa Agana Espinoza Solari and Yazmin Shi Shi Madriz. Complementing the murals is a series of collages and prints by Favianna Rodriguez.  

The Eastern Shore: Works by J.B. Broussard

West Gallery
Exhibition Dates: June 8 – July 23, 2022
Reception: Saturday, June 18, 2pm-4pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, July 9, 12pm-1pm


In his solo exhibition, The Eastern ShoreJ.B. Broussard presents a selection of bronze sculptures, drawings and paintings that honors the legacy and expressions of freedom of the great 19th century abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass.

This exhibition is part of Art of the African Diaspora: Luminaries, a series of four solo exhibitions that shine a spotlight on the remarkable work of artists who have participated in Art of the African Diaspora but who have maintained an inconspicuous public image throughout their storied artistic careers. 

Women Weaving Stories – Mujeres Tejiendo Historias – Eje xuj nchachmon qa o che ex tuj

Community Gallery
Exhibition Dates: June 1 – August 20, 2022
Reception: Saturday, June 25, 2pm-4pm
Collaborative Learning Circle: Saturday, July 30, 1:30pm-3:30pm


Women Weaving Stories is an exhibition of a newly released art zine created by members of Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) an organization of Latina and Indigenous immigrant women with a dual mission of promoting personal transformation and building community power for social and economic justice. This project was done in partnership with NAKA Dance Theater. The zine was created by Latina and Indigenous immigrant women who came together in a series of collaborative learning circles where art was used as a medium to share stories, learn from each other, and give voice to their lived experiences as immigrant women in the United States. This exhibition is presented in Mam, Spanish and English. Oakland and the larger Bay Area is home to the largest Mam speaking community outside of Guatemala. 

Emmy Lou Packard: Artist of Conscience

Main Gallery
Exhibition Dates: June 22 – August 20, 2022
Reception: Saturday, June 18, 2pm-4pm
How Emmy Lou Packard Made Her Prints (demo): Sat, July 16, 12pm-2pm
Rebel Art: Emmy Lou Packard’s Legacy (panel): Fri, July 29, 6pm-7:30pm
Film screening of Rivera In America: Thurs, August 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Closing Reception Ft Great Tortilla Conspiracy: Sat, August 20, 12pm-2pm


Artist of Conscience explores the life and work of Emmy Lou Packard (1914-1998), a remarkable artist known for her paintings, prints and murals, as well as her activism. Packard’s linoleum prints celebrated ordinary people — their work, their history and their environment. Through artworks, photos and ephemera, the exhibition is be organized around key periods of Packard’s life. Packard was mentored by Diego Rivera and became his principal assistant on the mural he painted on Treasure Island for the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1940 (currently on view at SFMOMA). During WWII Packard worked at Kaiser shipyard’s newspaper, Fore ‘n’ Aft, in Richmond. Later in life, Packard mentored a generation of mostly female and Chicana artists in the Bay Area. She also led the movement to save the Mendocino headlands from development. 

This exhibition is curated by Robbin Légère Henderson and Rick Tejada-Flores.

Images (clockwise from top left): Twin Walls Mural Company, Protectors of the Sacred, Power: A Prayer for Buffalo Nation, 2020; Image: J.B. Broussard, The General, 2021; Emmy Lou Packard, Artichoke Picker (detail), circa 1955; J. Ramirez Pablo, Untitled, 2021
 
About Richmond Art Center
 
Richmond Art Center has been sharing art and creating with the community since 1936. Our programs encompass classes, exhibitions and events at our facility in downtown Richmond, as well as off-site activities that bring free, high-quality art making experiences to WCCUSD schools and community partners. richmondartcenter.org
 
For more information contact:
Roberto Martinez, Curator, roberto@nullrichmondartcenter.org

 

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