It’s Show Time!!
It is hard to describe how it feels embarking upon my first solo exhibition. I have every emotion known to man, I think! I’m excited. I’m anxious. I’m proud. I’m nervous. I’m happy. I’m moved to deep emotion as I reflect upon this journey. If you are in the Philadelphia area, I hope you will please join me for the Artist Talk and Reception after the student recital at 2 PM on February 26! Or, feel free to wander through on your own at any time now through March 16th.
The show is in the Lieberman Gallery, which is the recital hall for the Settlement Music School. Working with the director and staff of the Allens Lane Art Center, grants were obtained for the gallery to exclusively showcase the work of emerging artists and local artists in the Philadelphia Area. I was elated to receive the call last summer from Diane Connelly inviting me to exhibit. What an honor!!!! I knew immediately what my show title would be: Discarded.
This theme emerges from my very personal widow’s walk. After forty years with my husband, to suddenly be alone is an empty feeling that words cannot begin to express. There is such a feeling of uncertainty, desolation, indecisiveness, and worthlessness – not unlike a discarded element such as a coffee pod might feel, I suspect, if it, too, had feelings. And just as those used coffee pods were resurrected to new life through art, so was my life. Each of the sixteen displayed works depicts a different emotion or experience felt along my journey using thread — always thread! — and at least one other discarded item.
I hope you will join me in this celebration of new life, even if you cannot attend!