Heady Week!!!

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.

Pat and Fragile Home at the Housatonic Museum

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 from the Great Hall

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!

About Pat Musick

For all of my life (since I was four), I have made art. Using my hands to create artwork is a privilege and a joy. If the art has a sense of peace...a zen feeling, then I have succeeded in my desire to make work that is harmonious and whole. In order to achieve that goal, the art must be experienced. This website will provide that encounter and introduces you to my sculpture, paintings and drawings that span a forty year period. You will be able to see from whence I came, the changes over time and where I am going today. There has been much growth. I began as a painter and transitioned to wall sculpture, then free standing works. Over the years, I have retained my interest in two dimensions by making works on paper. The art moved from expressionistic to abstract to conceptual and has undergone a steady reduction to simpler elements and media. The materials I use are stone, steel, wood, canvas and kozo paper and beeswax. Stone, wood, and beeswax reflect the natural world and steel, canvas and paper, the human. My artistic goal is to express the relationship between mankind and the environment and the tensions we exert upon each other. I search for resolution and reconciliation. I find it in the process of rebirth and renewal. From the natural world process of regeneration, I have learned that from adversity comes the chance for new beginnings. I make both large and small, indoor and outdoor sculpture and works on paper. My work is represented in the permanent collections of over fifty museums and public spaces in the country. I have MA and PhD degrees from Cornell University and I am the author of four books. I am represented by MK Fine Arts, Andover, New Hampshire, West Branch Gallery, Stowe, Vermont, Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont and in the Fall, 2011 The Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Massachusetts.
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