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Upcoming Shows at Cactus Gallery

 

 
BAD GIRLS & OUTCASTS
The witchy, wicked, wanton, weird women of fairytales, myths and legends.
Featured artist: Ulla Anobile
Scheduled to run: April 22 - May 27, 2017
RECEPTION: Saturday, April 22 * 6p-9p
BAD GIRLS & OUTCASTS will feature the women of fairytales, myths and legends who don't necessarily get Prince Charming. Or if they do, he leaves her for the goody-two-shoes Princess. These women may often go unrecognized (or is simply hidden away), because they don't fit the archetypal feminine canon of princesses and heroines, or the safe progression from maiden to mother to crone.

Our women may live, even thrive, on the dark side of the Moon, at the bottom of the ocean, in the depths of the primeval forest, in the hidden, rebellious, shadowy realms of a woman's soul, or in the rejected, often devalued parts of a man's psyche.

Our women are strong, wild, opinionated, seductive, bawdy, despondent, spurned, full of tears or fury. They can be crafty, vengeful, devious, evil. They go on their solitary way and do not aim to please anyone or ask for anyone's approval. They hope, however, to be recognized as who they are and to be seen.
Background

Exploring the theme of bad girls occurred to featured artist Ulla Anobile, who has headed our April show for the last 3 years, when she saw on one of her Finnish FB pages a mention of a novel she had read when she was young by her then favorite Finnish author Aino Kallas.
'Sudenmorsian' (The Wolf's Bride) was written by the Finnish-Estonian novelist in 1928 as part of a trilogy, in which each book dealt with the theme she called 'the slaying Eros', the forbidden love that kills.
Ulla sees 'The Wolf's Bride' addressing the schism in the contemporary psyche between its cultured, 'tamed', socialized side and the wild, instinctual, sexual one. This schism, any way you look at it, cannot really be cleanly resolved.
The novel's heroine hears a wolf calling her, asking her to join him, free and wild, in the bogs. Ultimately she cannot resist the wolf's call. At night, she leaves her house, pulls on a wolf's skin and joins him and others to return in the morning to her ordinary life as the wife of a farmer.

Participating artists:
Jaclyn Alderete, Joe Alvarez, Ulla Anobile, Christine Benjamin, Jorge Bernal, Denise Bledsoe, Andrea Bogdan, Lioba Bruckner, Lacey Bryant, Catherine Bursill Moore, Lauren Hana Chai, Anna Chung, Nancy Cintron, Sheri DeBow, Dolldrums, Eden Folwell, Rosie Garcia, Leonard Greco, Anita Inverarity, Rasa Jadzeviciene, Brooke Kent, Patricia Krebs, Mavis Leahy, Heather Lowe, Linda Lyons, Candace McKay, Malathip, Tammy Mae Moon, Janet Olenik, Jen Raven, Joshua Roman, Carolina Seth, Kelly Thompson, Ingrid Tusell, Kelly Vetter, Joe Vollan, Gabriela Zapata, and Julie Zarate.
Something Wild in My Garden
Featured artist: Olga Ponomarenko
Scheduled to run: June 10 - July 15, 2017
RECEPTION: Saturday, June 10 * 6p-9p
Something in My Garden will be exploring the plight of urban wildlife. Many of our furry and feathered friends have been evicted from their habitat by an exploding human population who in their search for progress are destroying their natural environment. In turn wildlife are forced into ‘residential areas’, placing their own and their neighbors’ pets in jeopardy, in order to find food for survival. How can we coexist with these defenseless animals, our companions in the biosphere, and share this planet with them without using or exploiting them?

Participating artists:
Jaclyn Alderete, Douglas Alvarez, Ulla Anobile, Julie B, Lea Barozzi, Skye Becker-Yamakawa, Terri Berman, Denise Bledsoe, Debra Broz, Lacey Bryant, Jon Ching, Nancy Cintron, Joshua Coffy, Henry T. Cram, Ashley Fisher, Rosie Garcia, Valency Genis, Corrie Gregory, Patrick Haemmerlein, Annette Hassell, Anita Inverarity, Brooke Kent, Lydia Moon Hee Kim, Patricia Krebs, Mavis Leahy, Malathip, Nichol Norman, Janet Olenik, Sarah Polzin, Olga Ponomarenko, Myriam Powell, Johnny Quintanilla, Bobby Rojas, Joshua Roman, Lena Sayadian, Kelly Thompson, Yuki Toy, Kelly Vetter, Joe Vollan, Michelle Waters, Emily Wenner, Holly Wood and more.