February 2018: The Big Bad Mood and Other Love Stories

February 2018: “The Big Bad Mood and Other Love Stories”

The SteamPlant Event Center will host “The Big Bad Mood and Other Love Stories,” an arts collaboration curated by Sue Ann Hum and Jennifer Dempsey, throughout the month of February, 2018.

About the Exhibition

“The Big Bad Mood and Other Love Stories” is a collaboration between 24 local artists, who will display new work inspired by the poems and prose of Salida’s own Jennifer Dempsey.

Each work is a visual interpretation of Dempsey’s words, which Dempsey and Sue Ann Hum (the exhibition’s curator) have also crafted into a one-act play, to be performed in the Paquette Gallery on Sunday, February 25 at 3:00 pm.

More Information

Salida resident Jennifer Dempsey began writing “The Big Bad Mood and Other Love Stories,” short works both humorous and dramatic, 30 years ago. Her writings reflect her struggle, accomplishment, self-doubt, infidelity, hope, loss, joy, love, fear, angst, confidence, and confusion as related to her experience of being a woman.

Participating visual artists are: Laura Barton, Paulette Brodeur, James Brown, Christine Davis, Jennifer Dempsey, Janine Frazee, Tina Gramann, Fay Golson, Katwin Hinerman, Sue Ann Hum, Erica Kinsella, Teresa Koransky, Julie Maas, Jim Marshall, Helen Martin, Sally Mather, Jessie Miller, Zoë Rayor, Max Ruppick, Jimmy Sellars, Karen Shaw, Roberta Smith, Dustin Tidwell, Rich Tyler, and Patti Vincent.

Displayed alongside the artwork will be both the poem that inspired the art and a brief note from the artist about his or her inspiration.

The monthlong arts collaboration culminates with an elaborately staged reading of the full works at 3:00 pm February 25, adapted for the stage and directed by local artist Sue Ann Hum. Local actors Paul Byers, Jennifer Dempsey, Denise Goetz, Sharon King, Athena Kintgen, and Sandra Levitt will premiere the now-scripted original poems alongside the exhibition in the Paquette Gallery.


Artist Reception: Friday, February 2, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm

Please join the artists for a reception on Friday, February 2 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm in the Paquette Gallery. Free hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine will be served.

Creative Mixer: Thursday, February 8, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Join the Salida Council for the Arts and the Salida Creative District on Thursday, February 8 in the Paquette Gallery for a fine and festive social hour from 5:30 to 7 pm.  Munchies are served, the cash bar is open, live music will be playing, Jenny will speak about her work, and you’ll hear news about the many creative projects being launched.

Join us, bring your friends, meet some new ones, and, if you have news about your own artistic endeavor, you’re invited to step up on the “Soapbox” to share the excitement.

Staged Reading: Sunday, February 25, 3:00 pm