This exhibit will explore the world around us by capturing scenes of human impact on the natural world as well as scenes of nature unblemished by humanity.
Priscilla Anne Eliades: Priscilla was primarily a self taught artist. During the last few years of her life, she focused on dilapidated Vermont Barns. Her style often disregarded the rules of perspective, yet conveyed a strong sense of rural nostalgia ...... fallen roofs, exposed timber frames, broken fences, and defunct farm implements. She appreciated the complex roof lines and haphazard outbuildings that reflect generations of random additions to the central structures. She captured the essence of rural Vermont agricultural history in her pen and ink sketches.
Priscilla studied with several local artists and worked with various mediums over the years: clay, watercolor, metals, and her pen and ink works. She enjoyed focusing on one particular discipline for an extended period such as landscapes, fruit and vegetable still life's, and family caricatures; then, finally the pen and ink barn scenes shown here.
Evelyn Swett: What started as a simple celebration of color one winter afternoon evolved into a multi-year exploration of our compost pile. The pomegranates in winter, the apple peals in fall, and the egg shells year round became objects of fascination - - no longer mere kitchen scraps, they were celebrations of light, texture and the energy embodied in each piece of waste.
Over the past two years, I've visited compost collection and processing sites in Brooklyn & Manhattan, Hartford, CT and Hartford, VT, Lebanon and Hanover, NH. I've taken thousands of photographs and paid attention to details. What emerges is a narrative not just about our collective food waste challenge, about also about ourselves. For me, each image is a metaphor.
This is Compost is about looking your own unique reality in the eye and calling it what it is. Getting the Job Done invites action and the sometimes messy process of actually doing hard work. Micro-Dramas celebrates those small narratives that we take for granted but which, in so many ways, illuminate. Look at Me dives deeper into the details of those narratives. Quiet Time is about patience, rest, and reflection. And finally, Gorgeous Garbage celebrates the beauty of it all - - our dynamic, vibrant, collective mess.
To learn more, please explore my website: http://www.evelynrswett.com.
Shiela Swett: I love making ever-new discoveries in the natural world out my back door. I'm intrigued by the huge variety of shapes and colors and the symmetry of a maple leaf or the heart of a poppy, but most importantly, it's the spiritual peace that I feel while walking in the woods that inspires me.
I am older now than he was then, but as I take my own walks, I feel that same closeness to all aspects of Nature. My camera records its various surprises - - in the process, creating a visual journal. The natural world is always changing and offering more enticements. Sometimes I notice the light streaming through flowers on my dining room table; other times I observe the daily evolutions in a particular mushroom; or I record birds at my feeders or that lone crow posing on a dead branch beyond. It is all irresistible.
Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.