Absolutely Art Final Exhibit – June 6th


Our neighbors around the corner are closing shop with a final exhibit coming up on June 6th from 5-9PM featuring work that received some assistance from one of our members. Swing in to check it out, more information check out their Facebook page or see below:


Madison, WI – Absolutely Art & Café Zoma are proud to feature a group show entitled, “A Discourse on Love.”  This exhibit, featuring over 45 artists, is the final culmination of a 9 month project by local artist Mallory Shotwell, called the “Study of Love.”  This is a eclectic evening will feature fine art, interactive projects, performance art, live music and much more!  Join us on Friday, June 6th from 5p-9p.  Enjoy meeting the artists; view their work, participate in a project, share your story of love, catering by Bunky’s Cafe & live music!  This is a very special reception for Absolutely Art.  After 9 years of First Friday Artist Receptions, June is our final event.  We are thrilled to have hosted over 100 receptions and events over the years.

A Discourse on Love is an artistic and philosophical discourse on love in Madison, Wisconsin.  The mission of the project is to connect community through collective experiences of love and explore the wide spectrum and many expressions that are within it.

A Discourse on Love is a three part project: 100 interviews, monthly community arts workshops, and the finale of the project is an exhibition featuring over 40 artists each creating new pieces that explores love of all kinds.

The interviews are the foundation of the project – where community arts facilitator Mallory Shotwell interviewed people in the city of Madison.  Visiting a hospice, schools, many coffee shops around, and many more locations, she was able to gather wisdom from all backgrounds and ages. Asking philosophical questions on love, it created a discourse where it allowed the participant to explore their own answer.

The community arts workshops invited participants to create either art or an experience together. Inspired by PostSecret, there were dropboxes placed around town, collecting love letters that were written, but not given.  This idea was well-received, as there was an outpouring of letters of all kinds.  There has also been a storytelling night, Valentine’s Day card making, a day exploring the gifts of love, and a variety show with comedy and music.

The opening reception to the project will be Friday, June 6 at Absolutely Art from 5-9pm. Join us for an immersive experience that encourages the community to connect and engage with love: its expressions, and its spectrum of experiences.  There will be many interactive elements available, including a robot that writes love letters, a listening booth, and materials from the many community arts workshops, tables with typewriters and cards from local card-makers to write to loved ones.  There will also be events throughout the evening of the reception: performance artists, music, a tarot card reader, and much more.  The art will be displayed June 6-28th.

Participating Artists include: Alex Costakis, Andrea Zehner, Ashley Rouillard, Audrey Mahlie, Rebecca Katzenmeyer, Kristin Joiner, Brett Stepanik, Briony Morrow-Cribbs, Char Devos, Claire Kellesvig, Danielle Lee, David Williams, Eli Quinn Elizabeth Oner, Enid Williams, Holly Meyers, Jackie Harrison-Jewell, Jaroslava Sobiskova, Jenni Leaver, Jennie Nuese, Jentri Colello, Joel Starkey, Joe Kerman, Laura Szumowski, Maggie Denman, Margaret Durow, Matthew Coen, Megan Mcmahon, Megan Monday, Melissa Ozel, Miranda Smith, Onga Dehniger, Paul West, Phil Porter, Phillippa Bergmann, Rob San Juan and Annie Sweer, Robin Lee, Ruth Manning, Ryan Robinson, Christine Rebhuhn, & Tami Dettinger.

For more info on the project: please explore the website: http://adiscourseoflove.wordpress.com/ or like it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADiscourseonlove

For interviews and more information, please contact Mallory Shotwell at [email protected]

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