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Newsletter May/June 2021
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Notes From The Curator

In this newsletter we are giving you a first preview of ceramic sculpture by Kelsey Bowen. The work is arriving with us early next week, and her show will open for Second Saturday Art Walk on June 12. We have everything up on her exhibit page ready, including two new films, so you can get the first look. We will be shipping sold work from this show the week beginning August 9. Find more about Kelsey's work and a link to her show below.

In the gallery we are currently showing two great shows. Our exhibit of intaglio prints by Yuji Hiratsuka continues through July 4. We are in the last couple of weeks of Morgan Brig's show, which runs through June 6. If you have purchased work from this show we will be packing it and getting it to you very soon. If you haven't seen Morgan Brig's mixed media sculpture, don't miss this opportunity to enjoy the show, while it is complete.

The gallery is open Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm and Sundays 11am - 4pm. For the time being we still require visitors to wear a mask, as we don't want to quiz people on their vaccination status. We are however increasing our visitor capacity from 10 to to 15. Our county is  moving to moderate risk tomorrow, and currently has a full vaccination rate of 41% (including us), so we are beginning to feel more confident about returning to normal soon. We continue to maintain a safe place to visit. Our website is great, but there is nothing like visiting the gallery for real. 

Morgan Brig's exhibition continues through June 6
Yuji Hiratsuka's exhibition continues through July 4
Kelsey Bowen

On-line Preview
Kelsey Bowen: June 12 - August 8
Kelsey Bowen’s main subject matter is the human body telling a story, especially the imagery of children. Her work is nostalgic, with an implied innocence that enables her to address mischievous or difficult narratives with empathy. She also works with a lot of rabbit imagery. She had rabbits as a child - so it is a direct link to her own childhood, and she employs their gentle appearance to evoke a more forgiving response to the behavior of her protagonists.

While much of her work originates from a single strong emotion or a memory that weighs persistently on her thoughts, sometimes there is no initial meaning or intent. Having developed a visual vocabulary of symbols and characters, she is able to begin a work with a simple form or gesture in mind. Through the act of making, the work reveals itself to her. Sometimes she will recognize the narrative and other times she is happy to manifest a rabbit in a pretty dress. She is drawn to sculpture because she can create a physical entity that occupies our space. From an inanimate material she creates an object that conveys a feeling, and a personality with whom we interact. MORE...
Go To Online Exhibit
Kelsey Bowen discusses her imagery and approach to work.
Kelsey Bowen discusses her techniques.
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