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El Bote #19 by Mel Smothers, Oil on Canvas, 22x26
 
 
REFUGEE RAFTS 
 
MEL SMOTHERS 
 
Solo Exhibition 
February 15 - March 14, 2020 
 
Opening Reception
Saturday, February 22, 6:00 - 8:00pm
 
Meet the Artist at Opening Reception
Artist Talk at 7:30pm 
 
 
ARTIST STATEMENT
 
My use of refugee rafts began when I saw one abandoned on a sand bar in the Dry Torutugas, USA. As much contemporary sculpture as it was life raft, its message was a unsinkable narrative for painting. How desperate would my life have to be to put my family and little else at the mercy of this boat?
 
ARTIST BIO 
 

Mel Smothers: MFA University of Idaho, 1999. Solo, group, and public art commissions. NYC, Miami, Chicago, and San Francisco. 6 museum collections.

 
 
 
 
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