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Upcoming Shows at Cactus Gallery

The Love You Make, A Beatles inspired group show
Scheduled to run: July 22 - August 5, 2017
RECEPTION: Saturday, July 22 * 6p-9p
Many of you know of my big love for The Fab Four. I’ve been wanting to do some sort of Beatle show for many years, so with the recent reissue of Sgt. Pepper, I thought ‘why not now?' 

For this fun summer exhibit, artists will be interpreting a character from a Beatles song. So you won't find images of the Fab 4, but a representation of a character. For example, Eleanor Rigby… “picks up rice in a church where a wedding has been” (i.e, the old lonely woman)… or “wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door” (i.e. she puts on lotions in an attempt to look young). Join us for this fab show!

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Ulla Anobile (LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS, Sgt. Pepper)
Skye Becker-Yamaka (AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING, Revolver)
Jorge Bernal (The Engman from I AM THE WALRUS, Magical Mystery Tour)
Denise Bledsoe (PIGGIES, The White Album)
Andrea Bogdan (THE PEOPLE WHO GAIN THE WORLD from ”Within You Without You”, Sgt. Pepper )
Jodi Bonassi (LADY MADONNA, released as a single, B-side on "The Inner Light”)
Stephanie S. Brockway (The Eggman from I AM THE WALRUS, Magical Mystery Tour)
Megan Buccere (ROCKY RACCOON, The White Album)
Samuel Castro Urrutia (I’M ONLY SLEEPING, Revolver)
Anna Chung (LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS, Sgt. Pepper)
Carol Connett ( I AM THE WALRUS, Magical Mystery Tour)
Keith Dugas (POLYTHENE PAM, Abbey Road)
Eden Folwell (DEAR PRUDENCE, The White Album)
Rosie Garcia (BLACKBIRD, The White Album)
Annette Hassell (OCTOPUS'S GARDEN, Abbey Road)
K Howell (the BLUE MEANIES from the film Yellow Submarine)
Mavis Leahy (ELEANOR RIGBY, Revolver)
Dave Lovejoy (THE HENDERSONS from For the Benefit of Mr. Kite, Sgt. Pepper)
Ted Meyer (MR. KITE from For the Benefit of Mr. Kite, Sgt. Pepper)
Lulu Moonwood Murakami (Lovely Rita, Sgt. Pepper)
Nichol Norman (DEAR PRUDENCE, The White Album)
Daisuke Okamoto (drawing based on cover of REVOLVER)

Janet Olenik (HER MAJESTY, Abbey Road)
Angela Maria Ortiz S. (JULIA, The White Album)
Bobbie Polizzi (The teacher from MAXWELL’S SILVER HAMMER from Abbey Road)
Olga Ponomarenko (THE FOOL ON THE HILL, Magical Mystery Tour)
Myriam Powell (ALL WE NEED IS LOVE, released as a non-album single, later included in the US Magical Mystery Tour)
Johnny Quintanilla (NOWHERE MAN, from the British version of Rubber Soul)
Jen Raven (ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, first appeared on various artists' charity compilation album No One's Gonna Change Our World in Dec 1969, and later, in different form, on Let It Be) and others
Meghan Ritchey (JULIA, The White Album)
Joshua Roman

Salvage Art Sweetheart (SUN KING, Abbey Road)
Kelly Thompson (Melanie Coe, the teenage runaway from SHE’S LEAVING HOME, Sgt. Pepper and a Yellow Submarine wood cut out)
Sandra Vista (SEXY SADIE, The White Album)
Emily Wenner (ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, first appeared on various artists' charity compilation album No One's Gonna Change Our World in Dec 1969, and later, in different form, on Let It Be)
Simone Young (STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER, released as a single, February 1967 as a double A-side with "Penny Lane”)
P i n o c c h i o
Featured artist: Joe Alvarez
Scheduled to run: August 12 - September 2 
RECEPTION: Saturday, August 12 * 6p-9p
P i n o c c h i o will be exploring the important lessons learned during Pinocchio's misadventures. We will also get to meet the carnival of colorful characters that guided him to discover the true meaning of being human.
Participating artists: 
Donna Abbate, Joe Alvarez, Ulla Anobile, Denise Bledsoe, Andrea Bogdan, Lacey Bryant, Catherine Bursill Moore, Olivier Castillon, Nancy Cintron, Valency Genis, Annette Hassell, Patricia Krebs, Mavis Leahy, Malathip, Justine Mares, Jen Musatto, Janet Olenik, Jen Raven, Salvage Art Sweetheart, Carolina Seth and Joe Vollan.

BACKGROUND INFO:

Pinocchio was a wooden marionette and the protagonist of the children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883) by Italian writer Carlo Collodi. Carved by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a village near Florence, he was created as a wooden puppet but dreamed of becoming a real boy. The piece of wood from which he was created is animated, so Pinocchio moves independently.

Pinocchio's bad behavior, rather than being charming or endearing, is meant to serve as a warning. Collodi originally intended the story to be a tragedy. It concluded with the puppet’s execution. Pinocchio’s enemies, the Fox and the Cat, bind his arms, pass a noose around his throat, and hang him from the branch of an oak tree.

Pinocchio was basically good, but he often got carried away hanging around with bad company, though he always managed to get out. Pinocchio undergoes transformations during the novel: he promises The Fairy with Turquoise Hair to become a real boy, flees with Candlewick to the Land of Toys, becomes a donkey, joins a circus, and becomes a puppet again. In the last chapter, out of the mouth of The Terrible Dogfish with Geppetto, finally stops being a puppet and becomes a real boy.

Some literary analysts have described Pinocchio as an epic hero. Like many Western literary heroes, such as Odysseus, Pinocchio descends into hell; he also experiences rebirth through metamorphosis, a common motif in fantasy literature.

The structure of the story of Pinocchio follows that of the folk-tales of peasants who venture out into the world but are naively unprepared for what they find, and get into ridiculous situations. At the time of the writing of the book, this was a serious problem, arising partly from the industrialization of Italy, which led to a growing need for reliable labour in the cities; the problem was exacerbated by similar, more or less simultaneous, demands for labor in the industrialization of other countries. One major effect was the emigration of much of the Italian peasantry to cities and to foreign countries such as the United States.

The main imperatives demanded of Pinocchio are to work, be good, and study. And in the end Pinocchio's willingness to provide for his father and devote himself to these things transforms him into a real boy with modern comforts.