ART SHOW BEAUTIFUL LIVES LOST
the Art Institute of Portland Marcia Policar Gallery
After the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead, Quin Sweetman, a full-time artist, felt helpless in the face of yet another national tragedy of senseless gun violence. But she wasn’t helpless. She had a brilliant idea to help us all grieve. Quin gathered 55 artists together via Facebook to make portraits of the 58 people murdered. She called the project “Beautiful Lives Lost”.
DON’T MISS THIS SHOW
The visual impact created by showing all of these people together is powerful. By volunteering our time and talents to honor their memories, we show that people care. Even people who don’t know them. It is a loving gesture to bring comfort to the families and their communities.
July 5th to 27
You’ll have an opportunity to see my painting of Calla Marie Medig, along with other portraits of victims of the Las Vegas shooting.
Reception: Thursday July 5th, 5-8pm
Just One Small Thing
So often when terrible things happen we are filled with sadness or anger. It’s easy to feel helpless. But feeling bad does nothing to improve things. Painting this portrait was one small thing I could do to help in our collective healing. I did not know Calla Marie Medig and still know little about her. I chose her because she reminded me of a friend’s daughter. I like that her name is a flower that I grow. She was beautiful. In pictures, her face is often tilted upwards and smiling so I imagine she had a zest for life and was optimistic in nature. I do know that Calla Marie was loved and will be missed.