“Women as Voices for Change”
MaryRose, Judy Salton, and Karissa Salton
Nov 2, 2018 — Nov 24, 2018
A unique exhibit launches on First Friday in November at the Cooperative Gallery in Binghamton. Artists Judy Salton, MaryRose present “Women as Voices for Change” which will run through Nov. 24th, 2018. Karissa Salton, their granddaughter, will be exhibiting her photo collages “Women as Forces of Nature.” There will be events throughout the show featuring the women represented in the portraits. Judy and MaryRose are producing portraits of the women of the Binghamton Speakers Bureau, part of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. “We were introduced to these amazing women through Toastmasters and worked with them through the 2nd Speakers Bureau class in Binghamton,” explained Salton who, with MaryRose, is active in Toastmasters, a public speaking club. The women honed their speaking skills to use their voices to “to educate... on the root causes of hunger and shine a light on the often hidden crisis of hunger.” The Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s Speakers Bureau builds leadership and public speaking skills of people living in poverty and believe “people with lived experience must be part of the discussions to build and sustain hunger-free communities” according to their website. Karissa Salton has a BA in Art and Design from Binghamton University, and uses computer generated images to great effect. Judy Salton has a MA Printmaking and an MFA in Painting and Art History from the University at Albany and has also painted murals with the Dept. of Public Art. MaryRose has a BFA in Painting from Binghamton University. Both were among the founding members of the Cooperative Gallery in 2000.