The Artwork of Becky Carpenter-Barnes

The Brookings Arts Council will be exhibiting the artwork of Becky Carpenter-Barnes in its Main Gallery, from July 3 through July 27, 2018.

The artist, an Art and Graphic Design BA degree graduate from Upper Iowa University describes herself as a “multi-media artist” who doesn’t have one specific medium that she prefers over another. She enjoys working with a variety of materials though her creative process to see what she can dream up and produce. Becky and her husband are joint creative partners who own JarzBee Images, which combines art, photography services, graphic design and more. Her work has been exhibited in the USA as well as Great Britain.

Becky’s show, “Today. I am Reborn: An Exhibition of the Joys and Sorrows Associated with Infertility and Miscarriages,” sheds light on a topic that is very close to its creator’s heart through her art. A variety of works from screen print to sculpture will be displayed. She says, “My work has been designed to engage a conversation. A conversation to address emotions of loss and acceptance. By engaging outwardly about our experiences, I am hoping others will feel less alone. Additionally, I hope my work will spark a means to offer support through dialogue.”

The show tackles a difficult subject, showcasing pieces that abstractly express emotions and experiences through the stages of grief. She says, “my work takes on an ugly subject but displays the rawness of loss in a beautiful way. It is a special gift to see beauty in ugly moments. Sometimes we need to be reminded of natural beauty in the world. In seeing the beauty in something sad is a sign of hope. A sign the you are ready to face the world again and begin to move forward. It provides a path towards open discussion for those suffering with infertility and miscarriage.”

To see and learn more, the Brookings Arts Council invites you to an artist’s reception which will take place July 5th from 4:30-6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served, with an Artist’s talk to begin around 5:00 pm.

The exhibit is open to the public July 3rd through July 27th 2018. There is no admission charge. The Brookings Arts Council is open Tuesdays through Fridays, Noon to 5, and Saturdays from 9 am to Noon. For more information, contact 605-692-4177 or email artscouncil@brookings.net