Friday, November 14, 2014

"Forgive Me" at LEA22 and Mount San Jacinto College

What happens when we ask for forgiveness?

Take a picture of yourself holding a sign that says “Forgive Me”.  How does that feel?  Can you do it seriously or is it too uncomfortable? Can you now post it on social media or in an art exhibit?

New York artist Stephen Beveridge has created a series of portraits of people holding the sign “Forgive Me”.  In an exhibition with his abstract paintings at the Mount San Jacinto College Art Gallery November 14th through December 12th, we will all have an opportunity to see how we are reflected in the art.

Stephen says, “The act of holding the Forgive me sign can lead to a posture of resignation. The space created by that posture is where grace goes. Witnessing that action, whether in the moment or recorded as a photograph, can reflect that grace in ourselves. The Forgive me photographs channel the power to initiate a moment of release in the viewer. All art created in that state of release has the ability to reflect the same state in the observer. For some of us we need a recognizable image others require abstraction.”

This exhibit promises to provide an opportunity for everyone to experience that state of grace art can provide. Stephen has invited anyone brave enough to take a picture of themselves holding a hand made “Forgive Me” sign and post it to social media with the word #forgiveme or send it by email to him directly at for inclusion in the show.

Mount San Jacinto College Art Gallery
1499 N. State St. San Jacinto, CA 92583
November 14th - December 12th 2014
Reception November 14th 4-7pm
Gallery Hours Monday-Thursday, 10am-4pm

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