This week at the WY Gallery — Melissa Dawn

ReminiscencePoster3DOCXReminiscence | Melissa Dawn

Events:            Reminiscence Movement Workshop, Exhibit, and Reception Dates:              Movement Workshop: Sunday, April 2, 2017 10am-2pm
Exhibit: April 3-7, 2017
Reception: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 5-7pm with movement sharing at 5:30pm Gallery:            Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery at the MSU-Bozeman Melvin Graduate Art Studios
2998 West Lincoln Street
Contact:           Melissa Dawn, (406) 579-9189

Reminiscence, a solo exhibit of hand-pulled prints, drawings, and photographs by Melissa Dawn will be exhibited at the Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery April 3 – 7, 2017.

A movement workshop will be held on Sunday, April 2nd from 10am – 2pm to coincide with the installation of the exhibit.  Last year Melissa Dawn’s dance quartet, also titled Reminiscence, premiered at IndepenDANCE at The Ellen Theatre in Bozeman, MT. She will share how text was used during the process of creating the dance, and participants will create movement phrases based on their own writing about personal memories.  These phrases will be joined into a sequence that will be shared along with Reminiscence at an informal showing during the reception for the art exhibit.  The workshop fee is $15. Registration by Monday, March 27th is preferred, but registration will be open until filled.

A reception will be held on Tuesday, April 4th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  At 5:30 there will be an informal movement sharing of the phrase sequences created at the workshop held on April 2nd and the quartet Reminiscence. This event is free and open to the public.

Reminiscence explores text, movement, and memory.  Dawn’s creative process in dance and art often begins as a response to writings that resonate with her.  The contemplation of the literary works informs her artistic practice by deepening her examination of memory, relationships, anxiety, desire, and the sensuous experience of movement and life. A reminiscence is not just a memory.  It is by definition a memory shared, and psychological studies have shown it aids in the consolidation of memory and can even change one’s perception of the recalled experience.  After creating the dance Reminiscence she began a series of photographs, prints, and drawings that continue to examine the movement and writings explored in the dance. The exhibit shares these explorations.

For further information about the exhibit and to register for the workshop, visit