What a wonderful week with two openings back to back. First we drove on Thursday to the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, CT for the second opening of the Our Fragile Home tour and then the next day to Springfield, VT to the Great Hall for an exhibit titled Earth As Muse where we are showing with four other fabulous artists.
Our daughter Cathy met and shared the Fragile Home exhibit, where, as frequently happens, tearful responses filled our hearts. This work is so deeply meaningful to those who struggle with the notion of our planet’s fight to survive. It is the greatest reward to have a viewer take one’s work into the heart and give it back. We had many who came, “just because they had read the review” so you can imagine we were pleased by the media exposure.
Robin Zella, the museum director, who did a stunning installation, was a gracious host for a very special evening in our lives. It is wonderful to see how each curator reacts and then blends the work into their own visual interpretation. We look forward to the next two venues on the tour, the Brattleboro Art Center and Museum and the Cantor Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross. And, good news, we have three bookings in the mid-west in Alabama, Arkansas and Texas as the beginning of the second traveling tour in 2014-15!!!
The exhibit at the Great Hall is in wonderful synergy with Our Fragile Home. It too is concerned with the Earth, its fragility, balance and order expressed through the device of muse. Fran Bull, Jenny Swanson, Richard Weis, Harry Rich and I each have a series of work on display in the giant old gear factory space reinvented as Vermont’s best venue for showing large scale art. I have older work from the Epilogue series which you may remember from its 1990s tours, and one piece from the first decade of this century pictured here. Ra, the Egyptian sun god.
Ra and the Epilogues speak of my concern for the forces that destroy the environment, both nature or human. In the aftermath or epilogue of such destruction, new life, new growth begins and the world is restored. Out of adversity comes a chance for new beginnings. This work will show until April 4 2014. Come by to see all of us!