Renowned critic Saltz judges ‘colorful’ 57th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition. Read about the exhibition and my piece in the show in this article which appeared in the Chautauquan Daily, on June 20, 2014.
Gate also earned an Honorable Mention from Jerry Saltz and at the opening reception, when asked to comment on my piece he said, "I love it, I love it, I gave it a mention." Made my day.
I spent the summers of 2001 and 2002 at the School of Art at the Chautauqua Institution. I loved my time there; painting and learning what it means to be an artist. Before Chautauqua I did not really believe it was possible to be an artist. The artist/teachers were natural examples of what a life in art could look like. I would not be making art today without Chautauqua and the wonderful School of Art directed by Don Kimes. (thanks Don and Lois!)
Since my love for Chautauqua endures, I am thrilled that one of my embroideries, Gate, was selected by Jerry Saltz for inclusion in the 57th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art. (Over 750 pieces were submitted and only 39 were selected for the show.)
I was happily surprised that as I walked through the 4th floor of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, my friend and I commented to each other that we could not believe it, but we were interested in everything. I appreciated the curatorial perspective of Michelle Grabner. I found a strong personal connection to her focus on the artists' hand, handmade objects, tactile materials and rich color. It was really significant to see so many women and artists from the Midwest represented.
I moved to Lancaster in 2006 and soon became aware of (and enamored by) Fraktur – the Pennsylvania Dutch version of the illustrated manuscript. Around the same time I saw an exhibit of work by Clare Rojas at Locks Gallery in Philadelphia. I was struck by similarity between Rojas’ work and the historical Fraktur drawings.
Since 2007 I have been envisioning an exhibit that features original, historical Pennsylvania Dutch Fraktur folk art drawings set within the context of similarly themed artworks created in our time. This year I had the opportunity to curate Folklore for the Main Gallery at PCA&D. As I began to work on the exhibit I set out a brief thesis for myself, one that could be supported by my selection of artists and artworks.
I first identified a set of themes evident in the historical Fraktur drawings to which I wanted to call attention. These themes include:
- the way a particular occasion or event is commemorated
- the manner in which personal histories or mythologies are created
- the visual tension created when components such as color, shape and pattern are compressed in a flat space
- the humble, yet enduring power of visual forms hand-drawn on paper
It is my hope that by curating a selection of contemporary artists who also explore these (above) themes in their work, I have created a space for a rich conversation to be held about these works of art -created at different points in history- yet engaged in a similar pursuit.
Please join me this Thursday, March 20th at 4 p.m. in the Atrium at PCA&D as I moderate a panel discussion with artists from the exhibit, Clare Grill, Baker Overstreet and Benjamin Edmiston, as well as Wendell Zercher, a Fraktur expert from LancasterHistory.org.
I am excited to share that my 2014 Garland Calendar is now available for on-line purchase. This is a limited edition silkscreen print, signed and numbered.
Choose your favorite color (Pool, Pine, White or Sand) and click on the link to buy now. Calendars are 11 x 14 inches and $28 each. SOLD OUT
I recently enjoyed the laborious process of creating this edition of hand-printed silkscreen calendars. I hand painted the design on vellum and then transferred the images to screens which I printed in 3 colors, over the course of several days, on a variety of acid-free artisan paper. Many thanks to Eileen for her printing expertise and for allowing me to use her print-shop.
If you are looking for a decorative way to remember the date, this is the calendar for you. Click on the calendar to see all of the paper color options.
Priced at $28 this is the perfect gift for yourself and a friend.
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