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I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.

– Audre Lourde

Until the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, women were not able vote in local, state, or national elections. Through immense effort and hardship, first-wave feminist activists fought to elevate the standard of women’s representation.  Their fierce, unrelenting fight for civil rights inspired the next generation of advocates: the second wave of feminism, also known as the women’s movement of the 1960s, brought together people of all genders to dismantle sexist ideologies, focusing on domestic violence, custody law and divorce law. From the Chicana and Black feminist movements in the 1970s and 1980s to the “Me Too” movement of the 2010s, generations of people around the world continue to fight against intersectional issues like racism and gendered violence and to advocate for basic rights like gender equality. While some activists choose to use words to advance these ideals, the female and non-binary artists in Speak to Me Softly utilize their crafts to address difficult issues. Using soft materials and methods such as fabric, yarn, and embroidery, the artists discuss queerness, liberation, public health, childhood trauma, and more. These artworks weave together threads of complicated topics and call attention to important, relatable issues that affect us all.

Exhibiting Artists

Amber Doe, Audrey Galat, Amelia LaChance, B Jean Larson, Charissa Lucille, Gloria Martinez-Granados, Laura Rodriguez, Karen Schumacher

Opening Reception

Friday, August 23, 6 – 8pm