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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 On September i, 2011, the West End Museum premiered a new art show featuring works of Boston art- ist Evelyn Berde. "Leaving the River" is a multi-media art installation which explores the impact the gov- ernment-ordered condemnation and destruction of Boston's thriving West End neighborhood in the late 1950's and early 1960's had on its resi- dents, including Berde's family, and, ultimately, on the artist's life and artistic development. Berde's work focus on three overlapping events from her child- hood: her family's forced eviction from the neighborhood as part of Boston's urban renewal; the tragic drowning of her brother in the Charles River and her medical battle with congenital scoliosis. Berde's art reflects how, as a young girl, she witnessed the tragedies of death and disability that befell her family and herself. The exhibit uses painting, sculp- ture, collage, period furniture and clothing, sounds and other media to recreate the life and death of the neighborhood and to document how Berde came to terms with its destruction at the same time she confronted the death of her 9-year- old brother. As her family sought comfort in the Church, Berde used art as a thera- peutic tool and a path to healing. Among the works included in "Leav- ing the River" are unconventional renderings of familiar religious images. The installation captures the reminiscences of surviving West End residents who describe the pain of watching the wrecking ball destroy the neighborhood -- and the sense of home and family they lost. "Leav- ing the River" interposes these sad reminiscences with other, happier Art Exhibit is Memoir of Life, Death and Healing IN THE OLD WEST END OF BOSTON ones through photographs and works of art documenting the stark contrast between the vibrancy of the West End of the 1950s and the desolation and rubble that re- mained after it was bulldozed to the ground. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS "Leaving the River" Opening Reception Thursday, September 8, 2011 -- 6:30 p.m., at the West End Museum. FREE. View the exhibit and meet the artist; refreshments will be served. "Leaving the River" is a multi-me- dia art installation which explores the impact the government-ordered condemnation and destruction of Boston's thriving West End neigh- borhood in the late 1950's and early 1960's had on its residents, includ- ing Berde's family and, ultimately, on the artist's life and artistic development. Berde's works focus on three over- lapping events from her childhood: her family's forced eviction from the neighborhood as part of Boston's urban renewal; the tragic drowning of her brother in the Charles River; and her medical battle with con- genital scoliosis. Berde's art reflects how, as a young girl, she witnessed the tragedies of death and disability that befell her family and herself. The exhibit uses painting, sculp- ture, collage, period furniture and clothing, sounds and other media to recreate the life and death of the neighborhood and to document how Berde came to terms with its destruction at the same time she confronted the death of her 9-year- old brother. Duane Lucia, Executive Director of the West End Museum, will serve as curator for this exhibit which runs through October 8, 2011. Movie: "Understanding Urban Renewal ..." Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., at the West End Museum. FREE. One of Jane Jacobs' only Boston appearances on film will be shown along with Ric Burn's episode 7 of his documentary "New York," which outlines the federal Urban Renewal program: Title 1, Title 2 and the Federal Highway Act. Artist Talk: "Leaving the River" Thursday, September 15, 2011 -- 6:30 p.m., at the West End Museum. FREE. Artist, Evelyn Berde, speaks about the process of creating her installa- tion: how the pieces evolved, the role art plays in helping to heal the memories of post-traumatic stress disease and how telling her story has invited others to share their memories through art. ptiil|il|||ll|l|il|l|llll|l|ll|l|llilgllll A MAGAZINE FOR AND O ABOUT ITALIAN AMERICANS SUBSCRIBE NOW TO PRIMO MAGAZINE & SAVE 20% Buy a subscripton atlhe discounted pdce and get half price off a giltsubscdplion West End Mass Sunday, September 18, 2011 -- i0:00 a.m., at St. Josephs Church, 68 Cardinal O'Connell Way, Bos- ton, MA 02114, stjosephboston.com, 617-523-4342. "Leaving the River': West Ender Reception Sunday, September 18, 2011 -- 12:00 p.m., at the West End Mu- seum. FREE. "Leaving the River" family recep- tion; art installation by former West Ender Evelyn Berde. View the exhibit and meet the artist; refresh- ments will be served. Artist Talk: "Art as Healer ... Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 12:00 p.m., at the West End Mu- seum. FREE. Magical Thinking and Play: Evelyn Berde and Dr. Susan Linn talk about how the creative process helps people survive. How do children sur- vive in the midst of trauma and d.epression in a family? This talk will focus on the use of art and play as coping methods for children. Artist Talk: "Telling Our Stories ... Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 6:30 p.m., at the West End Museum. FREE. Artist Evelyn Berde and Writer Susan Monsky discuss the value of art as memoir, the connection of words and images in creating a memoir and the different ways of telling our stories. How do we begin? 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