Featured Image: Lillian Michiko Blakey, Sticky Rice 22,000: Out Of The Darkness Into The Darkness, mixed media – Sumi ink and Acrylic on Shoji paper, 40” x 200”
The Conversation: Seventeen Artists Join
July 31 – Oct 23, 2021
Artists share their creative gifts, thought processes that inspire their artwork and, the connections to the materials with which they work. An exhibit intended to build comfort in engaging with art and bring forth shared conversations with artists, it is filled with many mediums to ignite curiosities: wood, metal, clay, glass, textiles, oil, acrylic, and encaustic painting, drawing and photography.
Lynn Bishop with Tom Loach, Lillian Michiko Blakey, Carmel Brennan, Ann Cummings, D. Ahsén:nase Douglas, Jean Eng, Fly Freeman, Dorsey James, Bert Liverance, Lynne McIlvride, Francis Muscat, Christl Niemuller, Mark Puigmarti, Saundra Reiner, Ernestine Tahedl, Gayle Temple, and Judith Tinkl
Note from Curator and participating artist, Carmel Brennan:
As artists, we have a gift that allows us to create our artwork, limited only by the materials we use and our physical environments. As the poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic Lewis Hyde said, “A gift is something we do not get by our own efforts. We cannot buy it; we cannot acquire it through an act of will. It is bestowed upon us.” He continues to say that the gift “is supposed to be given away…” (it) “must stay in motion”.
(Artists) thank you all for agreeing to participate in this upcoming exhibition, “The Conversation”. It is not a commercial venture though maybe for some of you, sales will be a by-product.
My aim in organizing this group exhibition is to encourage and allow you to share your gifts with viewers. I am organizing this program, but I am definitely not directing you in your paths. The sharing is encouraged but optional.