Monday, August 17, 2009

Sacred Ground encaustic paintings by Marilyn Banner opens

Marilyn Banner's exhibit Sacred Ground is now in the New Gallery on the 2nd floor of the Center. Marilyn sent this post from her blog about the show. The Ceres Gallery is in New York.

"My 2009 CERES show is now at The Delaplaine in Frederick Maryland is up beginning August 15 and running through September 27. If you haven't seen this work in New York, please consider traveling to Frederick. Nine of these paintings have never before been seen outside of NY. Come for the reception or at any time during the rest of August and September. In addition to seeing my new encaustic paintings and the other shows at the Delaplaine, check out the town! We have eaten at two fantastic restaurants, Brewer's Alley and Acacia, both on Market Street, a couple of blocks from the Delaplaine. There are also lots of antique stores, and a generally upbeat charming atmosphere which is totally unlike the DC area or New York City. I love having my work up there!"

Monday, August 3, 2009

Geneva Girls and Other Works in the Side Gallery

Monday, August 17, 2009

Kim Curinga is a digital photographer and photo-illustrator. Her exhibit Geneva Girls and Other Works opens in the Side Gallery, Saturday, August 22. The reception will be on Saturday September 5 from 3-5 PM.

The artist talks about her inspiration for this show.
" The Geneva Girls series came about from a random purchase of a batch of old correspondence, envelopes and some letters dating back to the 1920's to and from girls incarcerated at the Geneva School. Using old census reports, of the names, family members, occupations and neighbors from the addresses and return addresses, I found myself drawn into their lives. Being unable to access prison records, and using research on the school and time period, I drew my own conclusions, at times, to what could have happened to these girls." These girls were often imprisoned for the slightest of infractions, or perceived misdeed. Kim juxtaposes "portraits" of these girls with pop-culture based female images to underscore the changes in attitude.

Kim includes the following quotes in her Artist Statement:
"I have always taken pictures the way people keep journals and diaries,of placing my ideas and feelings in a concrete form outside myself, of breaking my isolation."
Diana Michener

"While there is a province in which the photographer can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see" Dorothea Lange

I am a digital photographer and photo-illustrator. My work derives from two different mediums, the merging of the computer and photography. The photo-montages are the result of my need
to create personal landscapes from images I feel compelled to photograph, things I need to document. They're not always pretty, and the subject matter varies with what I'm seeing around me, and what is meaningful to me.

My intent is to diary my life through my work. In the end, this is my legacy, what I leave behind, what I was, and what I hold most dear.