Local artist to host first solo show

Artist Shirl Chouinard recently announced that her series “Unspeakable” was chosen for an art exhibition at Parkway United Christ for Christ, Northside Art Gallery.

Shirl Chouinard will have her artwork on display at The Northside Art Gallery.

Shirl Chouinard will have her artwork on display at The Northside Art Gallery.

Chouinard is an activist artist who is known for her poignant reused, repurposed and recycled sculptural vignettes that center on child abuse and domestic violence. The Parkway United Christ for Christ has selected Chouinard’s work for a solo show during the month of October which is domestic violence prevention month.

Chouinard lives and creates her art in Cambridge, Minn. and has been an artist there for more than 15 years. She received her BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and is 2012 Bush Fellowship finalist.

“I am honored to be chosen by Parkway United Christ for Christ for this show,” Chouinard said. “As an activist artist and survivor of child abuse, I use my work as a catalyst to convey truth, increase awareness to help prevent further family violence in order to build better communities. My work is necessary to push boundaries as I try to encourage new ways of thinking by illuminating hidden family secrets and hopefully daring to make a difference.”

The Northside Art Gallery is an outreach program of Parkway United Church of Christ located at 3120 Washburn Ave. N, in Minneapolis. Through partnerships with organizations such as the Northside Arts Collective and artists known in the community, they have been able to present impressive exhibits throughout the year. Hours vary; contact Parkway at 612-522-2982 for gallery times.

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