mixed media; 36×18”

“In this mixed media painting of acrylic and magazine clippings, I was inspired by a black and white, vintage photo of 4 black girls during the time of civil rights reform in America. The central figures contrast among a soft pastel setting while the symbolism from the shoulder bags refers to strength in unity within black communities, yet weapons, while being a means of protection, is also a detriment to unity. As a child, I was encouraged to learn about current and historical events. This painting is a reminder, when conscientiously utilizing the power of your voice, you can elicit a teachable moment with words, deeds and imagery that could affect a positive change in your community and/or within the world for generations.”

ARTIST BIO: Cherie Garces is from Portsmouth, VA and grew up in Cincinnati, OH. She enjoys creating art in all genres, but her primary medium is acrylic and oil painting. She admires the global works of antiquity and female artists throughout history and her art is inspired by psychological, ethnic and cultural themes. Cherie attended Cincinnati’s SCPA and Withrow, subsequently receiving a BFA, minoring in Art History and Psychology from Mount Saint Joseph University. She has studied art in Egypt, London and Paris, and received graduate credit from her studies in Havana, Cuba. Her sculpture, Isaiah, is on permanent display upon receiving the MSJU Annual Art Library Prize in 2007, and in 2013, she was a recipient of the Summer Fair Emerging Artist Award. In addition, Cherie has displayed work at the Women’s Barn (2017), Clifton Cultural Arts Center’s, Golden Ticket (2020), Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s UPRISING outdoor exhibition (2020) and is presently a Kennedy Arts Collective member. Cherie has worked with children of all ages for most of her life and has held several positions in Cincinnati Public Schools for the past 27 years. She is currently an art teacher, facilitating creativity in hopes of inspiring her students with a lifelong creative curiosity.