Information about the project
Penley, "Out of The Silence" Project Lead
The “Out of The Silence” exhibit comprises
58 pieces of calligraphic fine art created by some of the
world’s best calligraphers. Content and inspiration for the
art is based on Steve Schalchlin’s song lyrics, quotes from "Bill's
Story," impactful quotes
by some of the young people we’ve lost to suicide, quotes from
other LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender) youth, and others.
Artists were selected at the International Calligraphy Conference, which
took place in Portland, Oregon, in late June 2012. The art was created during
the remainder of 2012 and “Out of The Silence” opened
February 1, 2013, at The Urban Onion in downtown Olympia, Washington.
"There were tears in the eyes of patrons
at the opening, and their conversations expressed awe and
solidarity. I expected to read powerful words, and I expected
flowery and perhaps overly sweet lettering of these words. My
expectations were totally off the mark. Yes, some of the calligraphy
is a little too sweet and decorative for my taste, but much more of
it is visually astonishing. This is not just fine craft, it is fine
art; it is not just pretty lettering, it is words presented as
design with beautiful use of color and texture and composition and
inventive uses of materials. It's not just pretty writing; there are
paintings, a quilt, and hand-made books." — Alec Clayton,
February 6, 2013, Weekly Volcano, Calligraphic art exhibit "Out
of the Silence" promotes dialogue.Read the complete review
Following a two-month run in Olympia, the show
is travelling to the University
Of Washington Law School in Seattle
and continue to spread the word. At the end of the show's travels, in
June 2013, the original art will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to
Pizza Klatch, a
high school support program for LGBT youth.
Download the poster
(pictured left) for the show at
University Of Washington Law School here in
Purpose —Support – Educate – Advocate. Build
awareness. Move people to action!
The main purpose of the exhibit is to deliver a message of
hope—hope for a better future that celebrates diversity and equal
rights for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation and gender
identity. Some of the messages may seem negative on the
surface, but the intention is to raise awareness about the issues of
bullying, teen suicide and gay rights. People leaving the
exhibit should feel moved to action and want to continue the dialogue
about the plight of these young people.
Additionally, the exhibit should send a clear message to LGBT youth
that they are not alone. When they see these messages, many
of which probably reflect their own thoughts and feelings, they should
feel a sense of hope and purpose. They will see that they are
part of a larger inclusive community and that they are accepted for
who/what they are. They will know someone cares.
Thus, the target audience for this exhibit is two-fold: the
general public, especially the “fence sitters” who haven’t been close
enough to the issues to understand or be impacted by them; and the
young LGBT population about whom the show is designed to support.
Out of The Silence Exhibit
— The Art Gallery
"Out of The Silence" is a calligraphic art exhibit intended to promote a
dialogue about the issues of bullying and hate crimes against LGBTQ
youth who are committing suicide at an alarming rate. Thirty-nine
calligraphers from across the U.S. and Canada have selected
impactful messages and quotes to create 58 pieces of powerful art.
Some of the messages address the issues, and others promote love,
self-worth and hope.
All proceeds from the sale of the original
art and prints/cards on this website will go to support Pizza
Klatch. Pizza Klatch was started in 2007 because of the increasing
number of suicides of kids in Thurston County, Washington, who were
gay or thought to be gay. PK offers weekly lunchtime support groups
for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth
and their allies. They provide free pizza, two trained facilitators
for each group, and a convenient and safe forum for discussion and
education. Currently, there are 11 Pizza Klatch groups. The proceeds
from this exhibit will help the program expand to other communities.
For more information about Pizza Klatch and its goals, visit
Background — Bill's Story
And finally, here is the story of
Clayton, who took his life after a gay bashing at the age of
17, written by his mother, Gabi. It was Bill's story that brought us
all together and inspired us to create this project.
Here's Steve Schalchlin playing "Gabi's Song,"
which he wrote as part of "New World Waking" and performed on John
Lennon's Imagine piano: