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      Elizabeth Howard
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      [caption id="attachment_33608" align="aligncenter" width="477"] Loosely Tethered, Collage and mixed media[/caption]

      Judy McLeod: It’s a Wonderful World

      First Fridays Opening May 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

      First Floor Gallery | May 6 – May 29, 2022

      It’s a Wonderful World! Let us look with hope and promise and mystery and magic at the BIG picture of Planet Earth. Despite the Coronavirus Daze pandemic, despite the inequities and global conflicts, despite the ‘bad actors’ amongst us, let us look with love and awe at the fantastic reality (i.e. the miracle!) that we are here in our particular sliver of Spacetime. As we contemplate “our place in space” we employ our ever-expanding knowledge of this solar system and our galaxy and the universe and beyond. These collage/ideas celebrate this Wonderful World. 

      Meanwhile, the Maps and the History Maps direct the gaze at specific regions and specific cultures of Planet Earth.  The Maps are not time-specific but rather, convey events over years and centuries. The Maps and History Maps begin with factual geography and then elaborate visually with individual experience, memory, and recorded history.  Please enjoy.

      [caption id="attachment_33609" align="alignleft" width="300"] Klaus Anselm, Oregami[/caption]

      [caption id="attachment_33610" align="alignright" width="500"] Joan Griffin, Swept Away, tapestry[/caption]

      SARAH B. SMITH GALLERY

      Weaving Through Time
      Klaus Anselm + Joan 
      Griffin
      May 3 – May 29

      The pandemic prevented travel for inspiration, but the imagination provides many such journeys as the woven image develops on the loom.
      Klaus Anselm and Joan Griffin’s approach to weaving has many similarities, with the resulting tapestries being quite different. Both rely on the landscape as their source of inspiration, with particular emphasis on simplifying the shapes of the landscape and emphasizing strong color combinations using many shades of fine wool. Klaus is inspired primarily by landscapes of the southwest with a focus on strong, contrasting color patterns and movement while sparse in detail. Joan is influenced by nearby Virginia landscapes and focuses on an abundance of subtle color blending to reflect the strong forms of nature. For Klaus and Joan, tapestry weaving is a meditative process of slowly building one shape upon another as though one builds a brick wall. Tapestry offers them a creative and contemplative focus against the pace of contemporary life.

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