Terra: a group exhibition exploring environmental issues
Exhibition Dates: October 20 – November 26, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 21, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00pm, or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Opening October 20, 2017, the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild presents the exhibition TERRA, an environmentally based group show curated by Melinda Stickney-Gibson. There will be a reception for the artists and the public on Saturday, October 21, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. TERRA is a visual conversation addressing the environmental and sustainability issues facing today’s world community, and the immediate personal responsibility that belongs to each and every one of us. Eight artists present beautiful, thoughtful works, which vary widely in terms of the means of presentation, but which are steadfastly nature-based: a quirky self-portrait by Julie Heffernan that evokes Northern Renaissance painting; a wall of over twenty black walnut ink drawings of rocks and rivers by Iain Machell; a large totem-like twig sculpture by Nancy Azara; an installation of beautifully hand-carved “spoons” by Samm Kunce, painstakingly made from a fallen ancient lilac bush on her property; large-scale photographs by Edgar Cardenas, a sustainability artist/scientist; a pair of detailed, landscape paintings on large ash log slices by Alison Moritsugu, depicting the subtle destructive signs of the emerald ash borer and a compelling narrative on the decline of native species; a new project-specific sculpture by Ian Laughlin, and a series of small “damaged” books on found wooden ledges by Matthew Fasone.
The exhibition is part of the Kleinert/James’s year-round contemporary arts programming addressing issues of relevance to the Woodstock community and beyond.
Curator Melinda Stickney-Gibson is a visual artist who creates diaristic paintings and sculptural work, often incorporating words from her journals or writings by others. She has had over 25 solo shows. Her work has been reviewed in prestigious journals including ARTnews and Arts Magazine.