by Sandy Colbert
You shuffle through old wooden boxes, dresser drawers and broken suitcases. You see us. We are sepia toned – unsmiling brides and grooms, hardly touching. We are old ladies in babushkas. We are old men in suits that were rarely worn.
We are so much more than that.
We were looking for something better, something that meant freedom and hope.
So we left.
There was so much fear mixed with our tears.
But, we survived. We prevailed.
So look to us for answers and inspiration. That is as it should be. For you are here because we were there. We are a part of your creation.
So tell our stories, visit our graves. Say our names.
Don’t let us be forgotten.
Sandy is one of six In Print members to have her work featured at the Allegory Project, an art space and exhibition co-sponsored by the Art Matters Artist Coop and the Rockford Area Arts Council. The Allegory Project plans to have a theme that is explored in various art forms: painting and sculpture, photography, repurposed objects, and the spoken and written word.
Abbie’s piece and the others have been framed at the gallery and are available for viewing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The show space is on the northwest corner of Madison and Prairie Streets in Rockford