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Sequencing art for AIDS Day

Imagine a Day Without Art

Galleries and museums across the country will mark World AIDS Day, December 1, by drawing a veil over art they normally display. The practice began in 1989, to bring attention to deep losses in the art world due to AIDS. In recent years, the Day Without Art has become a day with art, according to Visual AIDS, the group that has coordinated the event in the past. Visual AIDS now bills the renamed Day With(out) Art as a way to "highlight the proactive programming of art projects by artists living with HIV/AIDS, and art about AIDS."

Making art -- whatever the subject -- also provides a kind of therapy for people living with HIV/AIDS. With sponsorship from the Vermont Department of Health, the Brattleboro area will acknowledge World AIDS Day this year with exhibits of landscapes and seascapes made by clients and staff of the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont using the sequencing technique developed by Ric Campman at River Gallery School.

"The connection between art and the mysterious process of healing continues to offer opportunities for exploration for health care professionals and their clients," the program's sponsors explain. See an exhibit from 6 to 8 pm at the Wilder Block Open House for Gallery Walk evening only. The exhibit continues at Chittenden Bank (in their f ront window) and Brooks Memorial Library through December 8, reminding the public of how this international pandemic affects our local community.

Don't be surprised, though, if some Gallery Walk venues approach World AIDS Day by covering or removing some of the art you expected to see. Because, as all artists know, few things are more powerful than absence.

Copyright 2006, Gallery Walk, Brattleboro, Vermont

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