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Exhibit attendees are encouraged to take copies of the artwork to post elsewhere in the community.
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The Time To Choose: Vote by November 8 exhibit comprises a wide array of design and artistic styles and colors.
EDWARDSVILLE — Art not only elicits feelings and emotions in the viewer but can also motivate and inspire individuals to take action and achieve goals.
“Time To Choose: Vote by November 8” is an exhibit of get-out-the-vote posters from local and national artists intended to stimulate voter activity. The exhibit will be on display at Sacred Grounds Café, 233 N. Main St., starting later this month and running through election day Nov. 8.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the café. Candidates for office in local elections have been invited and the public is welcome.
The nonpartisan exhibit will display approximately 150 posters reminding and encouraging voters to go to the polls this year to vote. Multiple copies of each of the posters are hung on the wall in flier form. Exhibit attendees are encouraged to take copies to post elsewhere in the community.
The exhibit is being facilitated by the Gogh-Getters, a local group of creatives and design artists who manage the artwork at Sacred Grounds as well as Bigelo’s Bistro. The group rotates different artists throughout the year at the venues, occasionally with exhibit openings and receptions such as this one.
The Gogh-Getters formed about four years ago in the interest of supporting art and design in the area. Group members Dave Thomas, Kerry Smith, Jim Harper and Steve Hartman met while working at jobs in the design industry.
Each poster is free for the taking. The exhibit comprises a wide array of design and artistic styles and colors. The pieces will cover the café’s wall and create a compelling visual image, both individually and collectively.
Hartman said each poster is individually designed. The hope is the community will be inspired to play a role in democracy by voting and encouraging their own friends to do the same.
Organizers say the event was a great success during the 2012 election.
“The demand was so great we had trouble keeping posters on the wall,” Hartman says.
He characterizes the volume of posters taken and distributed as an “analog viral” event.
The majority of the posters are curated from AIGA, the Professional Association For Design. The Gogh-Getters have invited local artists and designers to contribute to the exhibit as well. Submissions are still being accepted.