“IT’S OK” Exhibition Opening at YAB HQ Gallery, You Are Beautiful, Saturday, 18. May 2019

It’s OK. 
This simple phrase can give so much comfort when said to someone else, or more importantly to yourself. How many times have you quietly whispered to yourself “It’s ok. It’s ok. It’s ok.”? An even more critical twist to remember is that it’s ok -- even when everything is not ok. 
On the heels of "Take Care" -- our first successful bi-monthly show -- comes a new body of work around the theme of "It's OK. We’re completely reworking the gallery space with this message, and will be sharing it with all of you at the YAB HQ Gallery on May 18, from 6-10pm. 
The work will all be based on the theme of “it’s ok”. Matthew Hoffman first started to work with the “it’s ok” message under the pseudonym “Sighn” in 2004, and has hand cut thousands of these pieces over the years. We will be reintroducing the original edition of “it’s ok” pieces, freshly cut in the new studio.
In September 2016, Hoffman’s solo show at Catich Gallery in Davenport, Iowa featured a large centerpiece which read:
IT'S OK TO NOT BE OK. BUT YOU REALLY SHOULD BE OK, BECAUSE EVERYTHING'S GOING TO BE OK. AND WHEN IT'S NOT OK, YOU'LL BE OK. AND YOU'LL HAVE TO BE OK WITH THAT.
Matthew’s body of work focuses on messages of self-empowerment, meant to encourage positive self-talk and a positive lens through which to see the world. The messages create a moment of hope.
The exhibition is in conjunction with Hope For The Day: proactive ******* prevention + mental health education. It's ok not to be ok, have hope. Last year, we created a large “it’s ok not to be ok” installation in their newly opened Sip Of Hope, the world's first coffee shop where 100% of proceeds support proactive ******* prevention and mental health education.
A portion of the proceeds from the IT’S OK Exhibition will go directly to Hope For The Day.

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A little bit about Hope For The Day
Proactive ******* prevention + mental health education. It's ok not to be ok; have hope.

A little bit about Programming at YAB HQ Gallery
Gallery Openings
Every other month or so, we’ll completely redo the gallery portion of our retail store with brand new work, all related around a new positive message. This is our sandbox; a place to play around with new ideas and concepts. We hope you enjoy the work, and would love to hear what you think.

Workshops
We offer a variety of Hands-On Workshops from making your own t-shirt and painting your own wood pieces to making your own LED letter, laser cutting, and learning CNC basics. Come and get your hands dirty as you learn more about the process of how we create works in our studio. Be sure to check out our Events Calendar () to learn more.

Tours
Want to see the behind-the-scenes operation while also learning more about the project and our practice? We offer regularly scheduled FREE Studio Tours. Check out our Events Calendar for upcoming tours.
Have a large group? We can schedule a custom tour or workshop for your school or group. Our tours and workshops can accommodate 10 to 50 people. To schedule, reach out to emily@you-are-beautiful.com.

Saturday, 18. May 2019, You Are Beautiful, “IT’S OK” Exhibition Opening at YAB HQ Gallery

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