"This painting marks years of walking through a certain kind of night—a deep walk through ancestral healing of trauma around abuse, trying to listen and find a route …that could help clear this pattern of abuse in the family. This was medicine for that. ...There is help and assistance that is not always visible. It was a turning point for me as a mother, artist, and human."- Denise, portrait subject and co-creator

Her Crown is a Dome of Stars, 5'x3' acrylic and oil on canvas

Forming a creative collective, dreaming ways for art to touch people and communities

After a twenty-year hiatus, Jeffrey Dorsey began painting once again. Over five years, twelve rich and intimate portraits emerged, each portraying someone with a full and remarkable story. He calls the project Another Light: Making Space for Healing (you can seem more about his process, the people and the paintings on Jeffrey’s Facebook page for the first phase of this project).

Given Jeffrey’s heart for people and community and the breadth of being found among the portrait subjects, a gallery show doesn’t seem right. The goal isn’t to focus attention on the artist. The goal is to touch lives.

Which led to a pair of questions:

– How might this collection of story-laden portraits be a catalyst for profound public conversations?

– What if the answer was created collectively by the artist and his subjects?

Select details of the paintings

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This is just the sort of question that lights us up.

Platforms for voices that touch lives. Acts of collective creativity. Courageous conversations about trauma, healing, race, power, loss, and transformation. We couldn’t resist.

With Jeffrey taking point, the collective is starting to form. Okay Then’s Marc Rettig is supporting the work through planning and playful imagination, and hosting and facilitation. The next steps: adding detail to the dreams, and raising funds. We aim to stick with them through the long creative process, because we know something wonderful can happen when these stories meet new communities.

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