Where are we now? Artists reflect on America ten years after 9/11

Where Are We Now, opens October 5 and runs through November 22, 2011.   America was deeply shocked by the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  Over the past ten years we have moved, year by year, into wars on two different fronts, including the longest war of our national history, a complex and difficult internal dialogue about the relationship between religion and nationalism, and a divisive domestic struggle over the opposing demands of freedom and safety.   These experiences have changed who we are, both as a nation and as individuals.  On this ten-year anniversary of those events, Chemeketa Community College invites the public to join with the college community in reflecting on the changes made by this momentous event in our national and personal lives.  Works by Pacific Northwest artists Rita Alves, Robert Bibler, Scott Blake, Aaron Bowles, David Tinman Edgar, Catherine Epstein, Tatiana Garmendia, Carol Hauser, Thomas Rude, April Waters, and Gary Westford invite the viewer to consider these changes.  Two opening receptions are scheduled on Wednesday October 5, 2011:  12:30-2: 30 PM, and 7-9: PM, with opportunities to discuss their works with many of the artists.  Associated discussions and events, to be posted on the Art Gallery Website, are planned throughout the quarter.  The Gretchen Shuette Art Gallery is on the campus of Chemeketa Community College, 4000 NE Lancaster Drive, Salem Or.  For further information please check the gallery schedule at http://www.chemeketa.edu/programs/art/ or call Deborah Trousdale at 503-365-4726.