Big Bang Votive Fall Fundraiser

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
October 2020
05:00 PM EDT
November 2020
11:45 PM EST
GOAL $15,000.00
104.0% REACHED!

About Our Auction

LIMITED QUANTITIES! Bid now to collect a starry painting as is or schedule a session with the artist to create a personalized symbol for yourself or as a gift! Then grab a glass of wine on November 20, 2020, and join us online for a live conversation and Q&A with exhibiting artist Yvette Molina. Hear some of the stories that make up Big Bang Votive and have the unique opportunity to purchase your own night-sky panel.

*Please note that each piece is an individual work of art and backgrounds will vary.

About the artist and Big Bang Votive exhibition at VACNJ:

Artist Yvette Molina believes that when we share stories of love or delight, we enrich and heal the world. She explores this idea in Big Bang Votive—a collaborative storytelling project that will evolve over the course of the exhibition, utilizing the Eisenberg Gallery as a virtual exhibition space, an artist studio, and a place for virtual social interaction.

To begin the project Molina covered the walls with nearly three hundred paintings of starry skies, some incorporating cosmic phenomena such as galaxies, supernovas, nebulas and black holes. On various panels Molina has painted a single object floating against this cosmic background. These are votive symbols of delight or love taken from stories she has gathered from the public. The installation also includes a work table with the artist’s painting materials, a rug, comfortable chairs, and a “story catcher”—a nine-foot square of silk painted in deep indigo and scattered with stars.

Molina will be doing interviews throughout the course of the exhibition, where participants will share a personal story that sparks delight or inspires love. They will then choose an object to represent their story and Molina renders that image in egg tempera onto an existing “cosmos” panel from the installation. Once completed, the painting is returned to the wall as a votive offering that increases joy and love. Over the course of the show, a constellation of human experiences and connections will develop as votives are added weekly to the exhibition. Not all the panels will have painted symbols. Molina reserves some as a cosmic backdrop, reflecting the limitless capacity of the universe to accept all of our stories.

Please click this link to join us on November 20, 2020:

About The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey nurtures the capacity for personal expression, expands the creative experience, and fosters stronger communities by empowering people to see, make and learn about art. Through exhibition, studio school, and community programs, the Art Center engenders connection, curiosity, and creative risk-taking among its constituents.

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