Since moving into their new location on Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville, Fenix Arts will host their first exhibition, Pronouns, a trans and non-binary/gender-fluid group show. The purpose is to give one of several fringe groups an opportunity to share their art work, as well as to participate in a discussion telling personal stories about how their creative process reflects their gender preferences and transition, according to a press release.
Pat Hennon, co-curator of Pronouns, is an artist whose work focuses on themes of gender, especially about internal and external feminine and masculine energies seeking balance. Hennon sees herself as a creative investigator. She/he says they are trying to know themselves and separate from the acculturation received from parents and society into something different.
“Being seen, being heard, being understood leads to cultural inclusivity. Art educates. Art heals,” according to a gallery statement.
Jewel Hayes, co-curator of Pronouns is a local musician, artist, electrologist, and public speaker. She demonstrates great passion for helping the trans community integrate into the larger community. Her home has become a safe sanctuary for trans individuals. She is committed to the individual values of freedom to make choices about one’s own body.
The exhibition runs from May 7 – June 26 with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 7. The artists will speak about their experiences and share how their individual transitioning process is reflected in their artwork at a panel discussion at the gallery at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 8 with a small reception before and after the discussion.
Fenix Arts is located at 150 N. Skyline Drive, Millar Lodge, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Gallery hours are 3-7 p.m. Fridays and noon to 7 p.m. Saturdays. Pronouns is free and open to the public. Follow Fenix on Facebook at @fenixfayetteville