AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL: The Real & The Imagined

In conjunction with Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day:
“EXPERIENCE AMERICA!”, Sept. 18, 2021

An exhibition of photography, paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, video, and 3-D: landscapes, cityscapes and peoplescapes

Juried by Joel Simpson and Larry Szycher

Sat. September 18 – Sat., October 30, 2021

Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept. 18, 1-5pm, 2021


America the Beautiful

Participating Artists: Ellen Alt, Gwendalin Aranya, Silvia Aviles, Ayako Bando, Bienvenido Bones Bañez  Jr, Beryl Brenner, Orin Buck, Julianna Buckley, Linda Butti, Charles Compo, Alison Cuomo, Theresa DeSalvio, Rita Finnegan, Glen Goodenough, Richard Hatter, Miho Hiranouchi, Kumi Hirose, Judith Eloise Hooper, Susan Jacobs, Emma Anne Johnson, Sam Jungkurth, Yuko K, Keith Jinsub Kim, Julianna Kirk, Makoto Kishino, Akiko Kosaka, Oxana Kovalchuk, Eric Kwan Tai Lau, Ella Mackinson, Cecilia Martinez, Elaine Norman, Yasuko Okumura, Regina Bernadette Quinn, Julie Joy Saypoff, Larry Scaturro, M.Tasneem Shahzad, Joel Simpson, Linda Smith, Janet Stafford, Richard Vivenzio, Michael Washburn, Jeff Watts, Mary Westring

“America the Beautiful: The Real & The Imagined” is the third part of the WAH Center’s sequence of shows that started with “Lockdown,” (November 7, 2020 – January 17, 2021) followed by “Togetherness and Oneness,” (May 22 – July 10, 2021). I wanted to have the third show called, “America the Beautiful: the Real and the Imagined” after the second show, ”Togetherness & Oneness.”

in the small gallery:

Playgrounds for the Mind

a special exhibition of 31 prints by photographer
Joel Simpson

Special Free Event:
Sunday, September 26, 3 to 5 pm

A Slide-Show Lecture by Joel Simpson

“Is Geological Photography Neo-Modernist?”

This third show is to make us think positively about what we have experienced in America, which coincides with the theme “EXPERIENCE AMERICA” of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day, Saturday Sept. 18, 2021 in which we are participating.

We present an exhibition of photography, paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, video, and 3-D works: landscapes, cityscapes and peoplescapes to show the glory that we hold in our hands in America. We want that beauty and potential to resonate among all peoples, encouraging them to work together to appreciate and share the variety of peoples and cultures, the art, in the great landscape that is our beautiful America.

We have experienced the long-lasting dreadful Covid pandemic that has forced us into a long lockdown period. We’ve suffered and we are still suffering two other pandemics at the same time; one is a social pandemic which had divided the nation (racial, socio-economical and political division). The other pandemic is climate change (global warming).

Damage has been done to millions of people due to racial conflict and climate change (global warming). In other words, we are not respecting each other and mother nature. However, we cannot continue to dwell in misery forever. We humans have created many problems, and we humans can and should remove the impediments to happiness and togetherness from our life. We need to try harder to reflect upon where we are and try to improve our way of thinking and our behavior.

Looking back on my long life in America, I am overwhelmed by the positive side of American life that shines so brightly that I cannot help feeling that Americans should see great hope for better future.

I feel an urgent necessity to preserve miraculous mother nature for the world citizens for many years to come. Picturing the Grand Beauty of this county’s awesome landscapes I have seen with my own eyes, I am reminded of the familiar song, “America, the Beautiful.”

Oh beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America

The potential for peace, harmony, and unity far outdistances the grievances we have. Too often we only dwell on our dislikes and fail to appreciate the many good things. Let us then celebrate “America the Beautiful: The Real and the Imagined.”

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