Silverchair is proud to be hosting local artist Barbara MacCallum as part of Persephone Ascending, a multi-site show of Virginia women artists. Persephone Ascending is on view for the month of May in Studio IX, Chroma/Vault Virginia, and in a number of commercial windows on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall and off Harris Street.

MacCullum piece

About the Exhibition

According to Greek mythology, Persephone was a young goddess who was captured by the god Hades and forced to live in the depths of the underworld with him. Persephone’s father, Zeus, had secretly negotiated with Hades to take her. Her mother, Demeter, Goddess of agriculture, upon learning of this, lobbied for Persephone to come back to live and thrive in the sun again. Hades finally relented with an agreement to allow her to emerge in the spring, but tricked her into eating pomegranate seeds. She, eating only six before realizing their significance, was thus allowed to be on earth for six months - the six months of spring and summer, coming up out of forced obscurity to bring the bounty of spring with her.

Persephone Ascending is partly a celebration of the myth of the onset of spring, but it is also a modern fable about women newly emerging into positions of power and effect previously protected for themselves by men.

Artist Statement

"In a society that places science above art in its educational systems, its financial rewards and its methods of recognition, I am reversing the relationship by appropriating the materials of science, obliterating their usual function and reconfiguring science into art. My work has evolved through a collaborative relationship with my husband who is a physicist; I cast his body and recycle his published papers giving a new existence to the detritus of science."

Learn more about Barbara's work at www.barbaramaccallum.org.

View the show

  • Chroma/Vault Virginia (3rd Street S.E.) Gallery Hours - M-F, 10-4 (Opening Reception: Saturday, May 1, 5:30-7:00pm)
  • Studio IX (69 2nd ST) M-F 9-4, S 10-4 (Opening Reception: Friday May 7, 5:30-7:00pm)
  • The other storefronts presenting Persephone Ascending are:
    • Water Street Studios (Renee Balfour)
    • C-Ville Magazine (Bolanle Adeboye)
    • Act 2 Books (Rose Guterbock)
    • My Dance Shoppe (Megan Hillary)
    • Uplift Thrift (Nina Burke)
    • ReThreads (Dawn Hansen and Ann Ray)
    • Lavalier (Judy McLeod)

Artists

Among the other artists featured in the show are: Bolanle Adeboye, Susanne Arnold, Renee Balfour, Polly Breckenridge, Nina Burke, Ros Casey, Leigh Anne Chambers, Michelle Gagliano, Kathryn Henry-Choisser, Sigrid Eilertson, Jennifer Esser, Rose Guterbock, Megan Hillary, Sherrie Hunt, Veronica Jackson, Susan Jamison, Sri Kodakalla, Julie Madden, Judy McLeod, Aidyn Mills, Mary Michaela Murray, Faithe Norrell, Akemi Ohira, Amie Oliver, Beatrix Ost, Ann Ray and Dawn Hansen, Allyson Mellberg-Taylor, Linda Wachtmeister, Laura Wooten, Chuxin Zhang, Aggie Zed.Currently including Bolanle Adeboye, Susanne Arnold, Renee Balfour, Polly Breckenridge, Ros Casey, Leigh Anne Chambers, Michelle Gagliano, Kathryn Henry-Choisser, Sigrid Eilertson, Jennifer Esser, Rose Guterbock, Megan Hillary, Sherrie Hunt, Veronica Jackson, Susan Jamison, Sri Kodakalla, Barbara MacCallum, Judy McLeod, Julie Madden, Aidyn Mills, Mary Michaela Murray, Faithe Norrell, Akemi Ohira, Amie Oliver, Beatrix Ost, Ann Ray & Dawn Hansen, Allyson Mellberg-Taylor, Alexandria Searls, Linda Wachtmeister, Laura Wooten, Chuxin Zhang, Aggie Zed.

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