"To create today is to create dangerously." Albert Camus, circa 1950s as he contemplated the role of the artist as a voice of resistance.

In a the recent book review in Brain Picking, Maria Popova included the above quote. Not only is the quote interesting but the subtitle of the book caught our attention:

Salvation by Words: Iris Murdoch on Language as a Vehicle of Truth and Art as a Force of Resistance to Tyranny

The subject is relevant to today's social and political unrest and what roles we play, not just as artists, but as citizens and humans. We all have to decide where we fit in the spectrum of the racial debate, brought front and center again, by the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, while in police custody. How our nation moves on from this is unknown as the debate and unrest continues out in front of an impending national election. Rhetoric reigns unbridled on all sides.

So for today we share a story of one artist's "deed" and a related quote from Iris Murdoch from the late 1900s.

On June 5th Two Street Gallery reopened the doors of our gallery with a very special guest artist of the month. Award-winning artist Jennifer Moss of Fairbanks speaks little of herself when discussing art, choosing instead to talk about events and ideas. While helping us introduce her current show with a live Facebook event she revealed to us and to the public that she will be donating her entire proceeds to the cause of Black Lives Matter. Think about that. All the profits from her art will be donated to a local group that helps bridge the racial divide. Even here in Fairbanks, nearly 3,000 miles away from the events in Minneapolis that spurred a national debate about equity, an art show featuring nature and peace can contribute locally to make a difference. It gives us great pause to examine our own convictions, a pause that continues, while we wrestle and learn where we fit into the question of racism in America.

"Tyrants always fear art because tyrants want to mystify while art tends to clarify. The good artist is a vehicle of truth."

-- Iris Murdoch circa 1990s

Jennifer Moss is a good artist, not just because her art is beautiful, but because of her deeds and the vehicle of truth that she drives here in the boreal north. Thank you Jennifer. Let's make this show a sellout!

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Did you know that Bob Ross started his painting career in Fairbanks? All of those majestic mountain scenes with the “happy little trees” are a reflection of what Fairbankans see out their window everyday. Fairbanksans go a little crazy this time of year. It’s 24 hours of daylight and the the view outside the window seems to change every single day. Fish need to be caught, gardens and chickens tended to, mountains to climb and rivers to paddle. There are many things that make our part of Alaska unique and art is a great way to share our special part of the world with someone. The perfect wedding gift is a little piece of our crazy. Authentic art that reflects the place it was made is a gift that will be remembered. It’s even more special when you remind the person receiving it that the guy with the funny hair on PBS got his art start here too.

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“Art is a nation's most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Lyndon B. Johnson)

The time has come at last to open our doors at Two Street Gallery. The past few months have demonstrated how valuable art is to our being and to our souls. Art has offered us a richness and contemplation even if over the internet. Now is the time to embrace our community and see each other once again. Our opening day will be Friday, June 5 from 12:00 to 5:00pm. This month we will be open from 11:00 to 4:00 Monday through Saturday each week. In accordance with the State of Alaska guidelines we are limiting the gallery to 6 patrons at a time and kindly ask that you wear a face mask.

Our June First Friday will be a virtual First Friday on our Two Street Gallery Facebook page. We are excited to welcome Jennifer Moss as the guest artist this month. Her show goes Live at 5 pm on our Facebook page. Jennifer has a robust body of work and her show entitled Spring Melt will jump start all of our creative juices as we jump into summer. For a primer on Jennifer's diverse body of creative work visit her at https://www.jmossart.com/. The gallery space is too intimate to hold a traditional First Friday at this early stage of re-opening so we are offering both a live Facebook release of Jennifer’s art on Friday June 5 at 5pm and the ability to see her art in the gallery after June 5. Please join us as we celebrate Fairbanks summer and Fairbanks art. Long live summer!

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