Each exhibit will feature 'Third Thursday Artist Talks' and receptions'
Artpark & Company has announced the schedule of Artpark Gallery exhibits for the 2017 summer. A series of "Artist Talks" and receptions will be offered every third Thursday of the month, from 6-8 p.m., in conjunction with each exhibit.
The Artpark Gallery is located across from the box office on the Mainstage Theater terrace. Admission and parking are free for the gallery and all "Artist Talks" and receptions. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays, and during Mainstage Theater events.
Artpark Gallery 2017 Schedule:
"Matters of Growth and Decay"
Suzie Molnar Goad
"Artist Talks" and reception 6-8 p.m. June 15
"Treasure: an Exhibit of Artworks Created from Discarded Materials" by Ani Hoover
"Artist Talks" and reception 6-8 p.m. July 20
The Trees Are Made Of Rain: Paintings" by Joseph Manuse
"Artist Talks" and reception 6-8 p.m. Aug. 17
'Matters of Growth and Decay'
Through a series of works on papers and sculptural ceramic pieces, Goad examines the instinctual connection to the cycle of life in nature through the artist's personal encounters with mental decay, and with the growth that struggles to be born from that. Though this work is an intimate portrait of individual experiences; the concepts within them are basic and universal. She says, "Heartbreak and loss, fear and anxiety, birth and love: These are mental struggles that challenge us to give up and die, or to find growth in our burdens and pain."
'Treasure: an Exhibit of Artworks Created from Discarded Materials' by Ani Hoover
Hoover's recent work features works made from discarded, trashed or thrifted materials. By starting with simple, unwanted or even ugly materials, she weaves, cuts and assembles trash to treasure. When Hoover first started to work with discarded materials, she did so because they were available and free, but, as she has continued to work with these materials (upcycled plastic, bike tires, used textiles), it has lead her to begin to think of materials in a more global way. She says it's part of on an ongoing commitment to using less, buying less and creating more.
'The Trees Are Made Of Rain: Paintings' by Joseph Manuse
Intriguing ideas of tone and key rise through the unpredictable color combinations that ribbon out of the paintings' sweet spots and into the viewer's space. He says a few select moves of the masters of time and color and placement in the broader idea of composition converge, and Manuse shares his vault of painterly abstraction with whimsy, communicating joyfulness and the conundrums of this present world. He notes a kind of gentle awkwardness in the elemental forms finding their place makes one stop and look more closely at the vibrant forms offered by the artist.