The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation and the Edmonds Arts Commission will present the artwork of Judith Larsen in an exhibit titled, “Frontline Heroes” from Sept. 18 through Oct. 29, 2013. The show is an oil portrait series painted to honor the courage and memories of slain female journalists and human rights workers throughout the world. It opens on Wednesday, Sept. 18 in both the EAF Museum and the EAC Display Case at the Frances Anderson Center.
The artist, long time Edmonds resident, painter and radio reporter, Judith Larsen, recently came up with the idea to pay tribute to these journalists via a portrait series, after she became alarmed by the number of journalists being killed around the world. She decided to focus on female journalists, since they are less frequently mentioned in the news media. This series of fallen female journalists is also intended to honor the memories of their male counterparts.
This series features such journalists as: war correspondent Marie Colvin, often seen on CNN, and Japanese television reporter Mika Yamamoto, both recently killed while covering the uprising in Syria; Russian newspaper editor and investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, assassinated in Moscow; Iranian-Canadian photo journalist “Ziba” Zahra Kazemi, killed in Iranian custody while covering the student uprising and another Canadian, Michelle Lang, recently killed in Afghanistan while reporting for the Calgary Herald. Some of the other journalists include: Elizabeth Neuffer, Washington Globe reporter, CNN photo journalist Margaret Moth and Dickey Chapelle, National Geographic photo journalist and the first American female correspondent to die in a war zone, killed in the Vietnam War.In the conclusion of her artist statement Larsen says, “I am honored to have this opportunity to share with you this painting series and to remind each of us of the sacrifices few of us would be willing to make to protect the freedoms we take for granted.”
This exhibit is shown in conjunction with the City of Edmonds Arts Commission’s 28th annual Write on the Sound Conference on the first weekend in October. The public is invited to join with participants in the WOTS Conference at a free presentation by Judith Larsen about her memorial portrait series in the EAF Museum gallery on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 12:30 pm.
The EAF Museum and the EAC Display Case are located in the Frances Anderson Center, Main Entrance - 700 Main Street, Edmonds. Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 9 to 7, Sat – 10 to 1. For information call 425.771.0228 or 425.771.1984.