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Looking for Hope:  The New Orleans Drawing Project 2006 – 2013 Documenting Post-Katrina through Drawings

BEVERLY, MA: Endicott College presents the solo exhibition by Gloucester artist Jeffrey Marshall.  His Looking for Hope, The New Orleans Drawing Project, 2006 – 2013 will be located in the Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery, Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly from Tuesday, January 21 through Friday, April 11, 2014. Gallery Hours:  Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Beginning in February: Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday: 2 – 4 p.m.   The reception for this exhibition will be held on Thursday, February 6 from 5 – 7 p.m.  The EC Jazz Rock Ensemble led by Ray Novack will entertain guests as they view the works and visit with the artist.  The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
 
Documentation throughout history has taken many forms.  Most recently, in the age of social media, the phone has become the quickest and most popular way to document an event and release it to the world.  In contrast to high-tech media, Gloucester Artist Jeffrey Marshall has taken on post-hurricane Katrina with his art supplies of grease pencils, ink, conte, pastels, paper and illustration board.  In the exhibition titled Looking for Hope: the New Orleans Drawing Project 2006 – 2013, Mr. Marshall uses these tools to document the devastation left behind by Katrina, and the progress, or lack of progress since 2006.
 
Artist Jeffrey Marshall was looking for a way to help after Hurricane Katrina, and it was clear to him that his response would be through drawing.  Marshall states “When Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana on August 29, 2005, I was in Gloucester, looking for a way to help beyond sending money.  I knew that my response to this tragedy would be through drawing, but the form was elusive, and I struggled with how to communicate so much from so far. For the last eight years I have been travelling to New Orleans, for two to three weeks at a time, drawing around the city to get a sense of its recovery.  My experiences drawing in post-Katrina New Orleans have changed me, turning my practice of drawing through observation from a personal activity to a political one. Representing a specific place, over time, reveals a breadth of reality that is hidden when an environment is only casually engaged. The question I find myself asking is: who holds the information that allows for a true understanding of a specific environment, and can drawing give me access to that truth?
 
The exhibition at Endicott welcomes viewers to experience Jeffrey’s drawings, his process work, and sketch books.  A gallery book accompanies this exhibition that was designed by Meaghan Kane, a Graphic Design major at Endicott College along with her professor Danielle Currier and artist, Jeffrey Marshall.  On the night of the reception, Thursday, February 6, Jeffrey Marshall will be in the Gallery to discuss his work, and the EC Jazz Rock Ensemble directed by Ray Novack will entertain guests.
 
For more information on Jeffrey Marshall: the New Orleans Drawing Project 2006 – 2013, and reception, and gallery hours please contact Kathleen J. Moore, 978-232-2655 or email kmoore@endicott.edu. Our website is: www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts

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