Abaya and Beyond

January 11 5:00 PM Larson Gallery, 16th and Nob Hill Blvd, Yakima, WA 98902 (509) 574 4875 gallery@yvcc.edu http://larsongallery.org/
ABAYA AND BEYOND
YAKIMA, WA: From January 11-March 9, 2013, the Larson Gallery will exhibit the works of Dr. Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield. Dr. Pepin-Wakefield taught art at Kuwait University's College for women. Her artwork that will be featured in the exhibit Abaya and Beyond illustrates her fascination with the traditional dress of the women in Kuwait, such as the hijab, abaya and nigab. On February 13, 2013, at 7pm, Dr. Pepin-Wakefield will share her work, and her book Suitcase Filled with Nails in a public lecture on the YVCC campus. This lecture is made possible through the support of Humanities Washington and the YVCC Diversity Series. An opening reception will be held at the Larson Gallery on Saturday, January 11, from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Dr. Pepin-Wakefield taught art at Kuwait University's College for Women. During this time she completed four series of paintings; three of which were exhibited in Kuwait and the U.S. A fourth series "Abaya and Beyond" was never exhibited in Kuwait. One goal of this exhibition is to demystify the women beneath the abaya, to show that these women, like women worldwide, share commonalities in self-reflection and expression. The exhibit will feature 25-30 of these large 30X50 works on paper. Also on exhibit are hand-colored photographs of women and men in Kuwait, and acrylic paintings which center on the pomegranate, an iconographic symbol in the Middle East. On February 13, 2013, from 7:00-8:00pm, Dr. Pepin-Wakefield will share her work, and her book Suitcase Filled with Nails in a public lecture on the YVCC campus. Her experiences in Kuwait, the writing of her book, and the resulting artwork will be shared with students, artists, and the community at large during this lecture and powerpoint in Kendall auditorium next to the Larson Gallery on the Yakima Valley Community College campus. During the run of the exhibition, Dr. Pepin-Wakefield will be visiting five classrooms that have incorporated her book and artwork into their curriculum. These classes are English, Ethnic Studies, and Art. This particular program is part of the ongoing effort for curriculum integration in college classes. The Larson Gallery is open and free to the public, and invites classrooms to visit and participate in educational tours.

Through the public lecture and accompanying exhibit, it is the goal of the Larson Gallery to share Dr. Pepin-Wakefield's cultural challenges she faced during her tenure teaching art in Kuwait. Through an understanding of this culture and the women who wear these traditional garments, it is hoped the students and community in this area will grow in their understanding of a remote and mostly unfamiliar part of the world. As a result of the classroom curriculum integration, we will be able to determine the student impact. Through gallery attendance and direct feedback from both the exhibit and lecture, we will be able to gage audience understanding. Our plans are to survey the audience at the close of the lecture.

On January 17, 2013, Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield will be part of a panel at Allied Arts on censorship (5:30-7:00). On January 30, 2013, Dr. Wakefield will speak at Gallery One Visual Arts Center in Ellensburg from 5:30 – 6:30; this presentation is co-sponsored by Gallery One and Central Washington University Department of Art.

Larson Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am– 5:00 pm and Saturday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. For more information about the Larson Gallery Guild, or to become a member, visit www.larsongallery.org, call (509) 574-4875 or stop by the gallery. You can check out our Facebook page or visit our blog at lggartists.blogspot.com.
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