DesEscondido/No Longer Hidden at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido With Public Address
Exhibition Dates: September 28- November 18, 2018 Nina Karavasiles partnered with Andrea Villa to do our portion of the exhibit, “Alzheimer’s: Extending the Embrace”. This was an extension of Nina’s book “Alzheimer’s: Embracing the Humor”.These new pieces dealt with people going into memory care facilities and were interactive, meaning viewers could be opened and slide the pieces to discover things. There was a Questions Box and museum goers could ask things and make comments. Andrea and Nina used these questions during a book reading. Gerda Govine, as a poet artist, wrote words relating to each artist’s work. These were the larger vinyl wall letters. This was just one section of the group show, a much larger exhibition that also included a Dia de los Muertos parade, lectures, a Hugelculture project (Nina and Ruth Wallen), a gift shop, large installations, student work and a lot of meetings with Public Address and the Museum. Public Address An over 20 year organization dealing with issues and successes in Public Art. 18 of us at the full point and sometimes just a handful (and I mean a handful in temperament), we persist. We collaborate, we are colleagues in a business that competes, we are friends.
Hugelculture with Ruth Wallen and the City of Escondido's Grape Day Park. Ruth and I held a workshop with an after school program with dance students, who helped to make the Hugel and also danced in the tree formed trenches (dirt and water= mud, very fun).
Andrea Villa and Nina Karavasiles did a reading from "Alzheimer's: Embracing the Humor" where members of the audience volunteered to read a story, having small discussions after each one. Then we address the questions. The people who asked the questions were invited to the reading to talk further. It gave us learning from others and knowing that we are not alone with this disease.
Ralf Willruth (rwphotoartist.com) does a head switch with Nina and Robin Brailsford. Robin, Wick Alexander and Doris Bitar created the permanent mosaic for the entry of the museum which we are standing on.