Alysa Bennett: A Change of Horse Artist Talk: Saturday, April 28, 12pm
Over the course of my career as an artist, I have sought to examine subjects that I find moving and mysterious. Horses have continuously been one of my prime subject matters and they have formed the core of my ideas and inspiration. I have created multiple drawings, prints, paintings and sculptures of them, each medium allowing for new interpretations. I was raised on, and often return to, a Western cattle ranch where I have the opportunity to enjoy both an immediacy and intimacy with these animals. I am intrigued watching them as they play, fight, rest or work, their gestures mirroring our own in a kind of universal language. It is the evocative power of these gestures that I strive to depict in the drawings and sculptures, hoping to articulate that even in a slight turn of the horse’s head there is something compelling and full of possible narrative.
John Kenyon: Life Lessons Artist Talk: Friday, April 27, 4pm
This exhibit is a tribute to those who have inspired and provided us guidance. Not on a large scale such as a celebrity or politician; but to those who have individually supported us on a deeply personal level… Life lessons is a celebration of those who have shown us the way through difficult times or as role models of for all to emulate.
Nicholas Gaffney: Orbiter Artist Talk: Saturday, May 5, 4pm
To photograph something is, often, to choose to make a seemingly insignificant subject meaningful. Significance can be found in the eeriness of wooden people placed in a corn maze, or in the beauty of an old amusement park ride called Orbiter. I tend to make images about the places around me, wandering with my camera in the fairly specific landscape of New Hampshire, Vermont, and Upstate New York. For this series, my thematic definition of “Orbiter” is something or someone that searches and observes over the surface of the things. My camera allows me to become an Orbiter, letting me examine my environment while remaining slightly removed and distanced from it. My photographs aren’t empty, but there’s a kind of emptiness in the subjects I’m drawn to, which the right combination of light and composition can fill. My desire and anxiety to create keeps me searching and hoping for something new to photograph and make significant.
Jay Mead: Re-Purposed Artist Talk: Monday, April 30, 7:30pm
Aside from being concerned about the lifecycle of materials and the fact that so much good material is discarded and becomes landfill, I have been intrigued by what time and the elements do to these materials. The roofing for instance, has a special patina suggestive of landscapes, lead, and atmosphere. This is aged galvanized metal and I find it continually interesting to look at.