What We Need Is Here

 
What We Need Is Here Heart Listening: Many Voices, One Planet
Heart Listening features new work by artists who participated in a series of seminar meetings from July 2019 through April 2020 exploring the theme of Healing and Belonging with a focus on the natural environment and cultural diversity.

Together, this dedicated group of artists participated in the St. Croix RiverFest river clean-up; visited a restored prairie and woodland; took a docent-led tour of Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists at Mia; met with the curators from All My Relations Arts and Two Rivers Gallery; toured the Somali Museum of Minnesota and did a weaving workshop led by Somali women elders; were given a special curator’s tour of Let There Be Space in Our Togetherness, a national exhibit of work by Southwest Asian and North African artists at SooVAC and organized with the Arab American arts organization Mizna; and participated in a dreamwork exercise led by Sheila Asato.

Heart Listening features new work that seeks to make connections and reflect upon these seemingly disparate experiences. At this time of great displacement due to global warming, human and environmental exploitation, and other unsustainable practices, it is important that we listen with love and compassion to all voices and use art as a means to tell our truths. Only in this way can we learn from one another to find common ground and create thriving communities – we need one another’s support through our healing. We all share the desire to feel we belong.

Exhibiting artists : Barb Bend, Vicki Ehlers, Deanna Grigus, Theresa Harsma, Jan Hayman, Janet Houck, Patty Kuebker Johnson, Paula Kelty, Michaela Mahady, Cheryl Maplethorpe, Lynn Pagliarini, Teri Power, Nan Riegel, Sue Rowe, Judy Saye-Willis, Theresa Schousek, Judy Smith, Laura Tiede, River Maria Urke, LeslieAnne VanHouter, Jill Waterhouse, and Linda Webster.