The Big Picture: Double Feature Movie Screening

The Little Art Gallery Under the Stairs (TLGUTS) in Lynn, MA, will host a double feature movie screening on Saturday, February 27th, 2010, from 2-5pm. Films included in this screening event are “FEMLink, Fragility”, and “Who Does She Think She Is?”. This screening is part of three months of arts programming focusing on women and mothers in the arts.

Fragility”, is the first in a series of films created by FEMLink: The International Film Collage. The film, a collage of two minute videos created by seventeen different women artists from seventeen different countries, is focused on the theme “Fragility”. Artistic Director C.M. Judge will introduce the film and host a discussion immediately following the screening.

Utilizing a simple structure-- one woman video artist per country – Judge and Sapin annually invite an international array of artists to create a two-minute video based on a common theme. To date, 42 artists from 42 different countries have been involved with this project which has been screened in galleries and theaters across Europe, North America, South America, and the Middle East. The films were also recently acquired by the National Gallery of Prague. Gallery director Jocelyn Almy-Testa says, “Lynn is the perfect place to host a screening for this film project. With the number of countries represented by Lynn residents topping the 80 mark at my last inquiry with the Lynn librarians, we truly are a melting pot of cultures. This film not only fits with the gallery's current program of supporting women artists, but also ties nicely into the Lynn community which is deeply rooted in the idea of people from all over the world coming together to create a rich community of cultural diversity and collaboration.”

The second film being screened at this event, “Who Does She Think She Is?”, by Pamela T. Boll, focuses on artists who are also mothers. The producing team that won an Academy Award for Born Into Brothels, gives us Who Does She Think She Is?, examining some of the most pressing issues of our time: parenting and work, partnering and independence, economics and art.

The film follows five women artists as they navigate the economic, psychological, and spiritual challenges of making work outside theelite art world. From Hawaii’s Big Island to the suburbs of Ohio, from New York City to the deserts of New Mexico, we watch as these women—ranging in age from 27 to 65—fight to honor their vision and their families every day.

Gallery director Jocelyn Almy-Testa states, “Who Does She Think She Is? is not only relevant to mothers -- it is relevant to any person who is trying to shape their lives in a meaningful way. It is relevant to every working parent, and every person who must divide their time between their responsibilities towards those they love and their careers.”

Prior to and following this event, the TLGUTS gallery's current exhibition, VOICES: Mothers Who Create II will be open for viewers. Tickets include both films and a discussion with director C.M. Judge. Doors open at 1:30 and the screenings will start promptly at 2pm.

Tickets cost $15 and include both films and a talk by FEMLink's artistic director, C.M. Judge. Tickets are available on-line through the gallery website, www.tlguts.com, and can be purchased at the gallery.

This event is sponsored in part by the Massachusetts Local Cultural Council, Stainless Communications, Soraya Cacici, Remax Realtor, DTLna.org and LynnHappens.com.

The Little Gallery Under The Stairs opened in June, 2006 in the lower level of the LynnArts Building in Central Square, Lynn, MA.

TLGUTS is a privately owned gallery committed to exhibiting fine art and high craft which communicates a personal story, journey, or point of view.

The VOICES:Mothers Who Create exhibit is on display at The Little Art Gallery Under the Stairs through April 10, 2010. The gallery is located in the lower level of LynnArts Inc., 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA 01901. Gallery hours: Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm by appointment, and Saturdays 10-6pm. The gallery is free and open to the public.

For more info, email: jocelynalmy@tlguts.com, call 781-715-1445 or visit http://www.tlguts.com/

Printable (.pdf) directions:http://www.lynnarts.org/Directions%20to%20LynnArts%20Inc.pdf

Parking: There is street parking adjacent to and in front of LynnArts. The building is accessible to people with handicaps including parking at the back of the building with ramp entry, elevator, and accessible facilities. Please call ahead for assistance.

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