Our Pop-up gallery in downtown Lafayette, has very large windows facing out to what is usually a very busy street. Things are quieter now but still families walk and residents stroll while ticking off errands or getting their daily exercise. In my neighborhood where I live, it’s a typical suburban street with homes in a row and windows facing a tree lined street. Nothing unusual, but now in shelter in place, kids have painted and colored rainbows for their house windows and made signs to uplift neighbors… “hang in there” stay strong” etc. Lafayette artist Katie Korotzer tells her own story and response to shelter in place:

“About a month ago, children’s drawings of the rainbow began to appear in windows all over Italy, with the phrase “Andra Tutto Bene”, or Everything Will Be Alright.  Around the world, more and more windows have been graced with these rainbows; if we can’t reassure each other in person, we can share a beautiful symbol of hope for all to see.

It’s an anxious time right now for our world.   Every one of us is facing the unknown; structures and patterns that we didn’t even have to think about before are suddenly dismantled.  It’s easy to feel alone, frightened and discouraged.  Yet, we do have hope and hope is an extremely nourishing thing.

Art is nourishing too, it gives us a visual reminder that even though we may be physically separated right now, we are united in our common hope to see each other through this crisis.

I was inspired a few weeks ago by the words of Queen Elizabeth, who said that ‘better days will return, we will meet again’.  

In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy this rainbow series.  This work is a collage built from 1960’s and 1970’s sewing patterns, fabrics, family photographs, 1970’s Sears catalogs and Rolling Stone Magazines, pages from vintage Emily Post Etiquette books and the poetry of Rilke.  I’ve been digging deep into the family traditions that made me who I am, with a strong focus on the role of the family matriarch. 

For decades I felt somewhat embarrassed about all those feminine skills my mother, grandmothers and aunts emphasized.  Sewing, embroidery, cooking, preserving, decorating and holiday planning.  Those things did not seem as important as building a career in the business world.  But in recent years I began to recognize that nothing is as important as those things. 

The epidemic is bringing our collective attention back to the basics of food, shelter, companionship and love.  When these elemental needs are in doubt, we quickly realize their value.  Perhaps one outcome of this challenging time could be a more equitable appreciation of each other and the gifts we each have to offer.” Katie Korotzer

These mixed media works on panel are framed, $500. ea with a portion serving the California Association of Food Banks.