Current DisplayLedyard Gallery:
Meadow Fresh by Lynda Knisley
Paths, Streams, and Days of Small Things
Saturday, May 28 through Wednesday, July 27
The artist writes:
I grew up hiking and camping, with lots of free time out of doors; this helps me see textures both subtle and robust. I use colors both modest and loud to home in on ways paths and streams divide our landscape into compositions. Pastel and water color are so versatile, they capture familiar lights and weathers within our favorite seasons.
Leonardo DaVinci believed "if truth praises small things, they become noble" which is the second theme in this display. Painters Van Gogh and Matisse explored small things; kitchen objects, and art that lightens our load "like a good arm chair". Bonnard dwelled on the "poetry" in small rooms. A friend said "Days of Small Things........sounds quiet", and I agree.
WHERE DID YOU GO? "out"
WHAT DID YOU DO? "learn things"
There was no art instruction in my schools so my ideas about art were flexible and broad. My parents built their house and furniture, explored photography and writing, quilted and carved; it was a given that Dad would consult a library book on basketry and promptly weave a rustic container from grape vines in the back yard. Isn't EVERYONE a finder of and maker of things?
I addressed this question with an MA in Art Education, have taught learners of every age, and this builds a huge appetite for experimentation. I'm grateful for the catch-all intersection of ideas and materials called "mixed media". Cutting paper with tiny fold-up scissors and pasting it to paintings or drawings or prints is a direct route to being myself. Put the desire to arrange
shapes and colors to work, and collage is what comes out. I rarely get to finish assignments I give my own students, but multiple ideas nudge along in search of found materials that make each piece unique in availability and style.
Planning this display was a commitment to the big picture of our rural landscape and to small things that mark our days. As author Walter Wangerin Jr. puts it "This experience is discrete, having clear beginnings and endings...receiving therefore an especially concentrated attention".
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Display Cases in June:
Cafe Area Case: Andrila Chakrabarti: collection of Indian dance figures.
Teen Area Case: Gordon Spaeth: collection of board games from all over the world.
Ledyard Gallery in August: Printmaking by Josh Yunger.