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March 13, 2007

Circle of Memory

One evening in the Fall of 2003 Carl and I drove to Oakland to support artist friends Eleanor Coppola and Robilee Frederick who were opening a temporary community art installation called, “Circle of Memory.”  

Neither of us had any idea what to expect.  

We were just curious about the latest effort of two artists whose kaleidoscope of work time and again  touches us deeply.  It seems to me that most art openings bring together a familiar group of like mind.  The Circle of Memory uniquely tugged a motley group of us from the nine counties that comprise the Bay Area community. Some walked from the surrounding downtown Oakland neighborhood, others drove in from Berkeley.  Still others took BART across the bay from San Francisco.  Our group drove from Napa.

By the time we saw the opening night installation, downtown Oakland neighborhood residents had discovered the installation and contributed to the interactive sculpture so that we found it fluttering with white notepapers bearing messages and filled with a palpable energy that profoundly moved and silenced our otherwise chattering group.   That we all knew Oakland was working hard to battle an alarming children's homicide rate added to the power of the Circle of Memory.

The journey of this exhibit can be tracked on http://www.circleofmemory.org/site.php

Wherever it is goes, this art installation is remarkable in its ability to inspire a unifying and healing dialogue.

If you have ideas about for bringing it to a new location, you’ll find suggestions on the site to help make this possible.

Personally, I’d like to see it in:  Japan, Ireland, Indochina, Africa and somewhere in New York.  If I can work with you to help make this possible, let me know.

Editor’s Note: For additional information contact Pam Hunter- 707-258-1699 x 15 or Pamela@studio-707.com

Posted by Pamela at March 13, 2007 10:42 AM| Share on Facebook | Art Education, Non-wine activities in Napa Valley

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