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Last Week for Exhibition & Final Artist Profiles

“Keeping On” shares how GAC instructors have engaged with their art to help them “keep on” during this time of the pandemic, or even how they have struggled, or changed creatively. This exhibit is up in the gallery through March 27.
Admission is free and open to the community. Open W-F, 12-4pm, Sat 10am-4pm.
Here is the final grouping of works and artist statements. Enjoy!

Jonathan Weekes
Guilford Art Center, photography & 6 color serigraph print
“An exploration of the shapes and textures of the Art Centers architecture expressed through a six color serigraph. As an artist I am seeking opportunities in this digital media age to incorporate the hand of the artist. The silkscreen printing process allows for nuance and variations in the final result that cannot be expressed through digital replication. Subtle shifts in paper alignment, inconsistent pressures while pulling inks, and the unpredictable way multiple layers of color overlay and interact with one another allow the human element of imperfection to be part of the process.”

Linda Edwards
Group Gathering, metal

Lexi Lady McCrady
Fire Water 0204
Flasche paint on Arches platine on canvas, stretched
$870. 22h x 30w x 2d inches   
“I’ve taken a year out to make plaster and foam sculptures that are danger warnings which make fun of danger warnings. It’s what we, as a culture, do anyway. In art theoretical terms, I’ve been making plaster shelters about the threat of having your cardboard and sticks and cloth shelter swept away in mud and a tsunami. I’ve done this seriously for years, and it hasn’t worked – no one got the message that the climate deluge, in whatever form, was coming. LOL.
I make plaster because the process of painting in the studio became too existential, all those shapes with flames. The murmur in my head as I painted, with too many questions about neuroscience and personality … etc. So I make plaster with my girlfriend Claudia in Pound Ridge. She makes giant platform shoes, I make boat and playground shelters. We used to drive around Bushwick to art openings in her Mini with her three cats, but that’s over.
This painting is from a long series I started while I teach “Contemporary Painting”. I set out bottles and flowers and textiles and it’s a good way to teach people to REALLY LOOK at every detail, and paint that form your own point of view. I’m a colorist so my students learn brush skills, color relationships, compositions, and they make some amazing work in my classes. This whole series “Sea Out” is a still life foreground and a body-of-water background. This one was during fireworks above a picnic in the dark.”

Alice Chittenden
Cylinder Series, clay           
“This series of cylinders was the result of a desire to create a different glaze palette and utilize a new method of application.
I have been working with clay my entire adult life and have yet to grow tired of it. I doubt I ever will. The medium is extremely versatile. I can dream up new shapes, use a combination of forming techniques, work large, work small, make sculpture or dishes, add textures and draw or paint on the surface. 
I like what I do, I like being in the company of other artists and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with those eager to learn.”

Eileen O’Donnell
Stone Sculpture, “Dusty”

Harold Shapiro
Piccolo Trumpet, archival pigment print – photograph
“During this era of Covid-19, I have had two artistic responses to this global pandemic. I have been creating, posting and writing about new images every day on Facebook. The name for this reaction to the virus is called “Crisis Creativity.”
My other cultural answer to our current challenges, are private, free concerts, performed on the phone, Facetime or Zoom. These performances are called “Flute-O-Grams.” 
For thirty years, as a volunteer, I have played my flute for patients at Yale New Haven Hospital. With the infectious nature of this disease, going room to room, playing a wind instrument isn’t possible. That is how the idea for Flute-O Grams was born. I have done nearly 250 concerts since starting these in March, 2020. 
This image, “Piccolo Trumpet,” is from my series of photographs named “Luminous Instruments.” I started photographing musical instruments in the early 1980s, recently adding the element of movement to these photographs. An early ancestor of this photograph was exhibited in The Mill Gallery in 1983, in the “IMAGES” photography exhibit, presented by The Shoreline Arts Alliance.”

Claudia Schiavone
Leaf Bowl

Joy Raskin
Cage Pendant

Robert Parrott
Serving Bowl, stoneware clay, wax resist glaze          
“Fortunate to have a full pottery studio at home, I am able to go to work as always. The Pandemic has brought back customers of the last 5 decades to fill in inventory of long ago purchases. Calls have been coming in from across the country. 
Instead of Pandemic creating a wide open time to experiment with new work, I have ‘kept on’ with answering the call to complete old customers’ collections. I am grateful for this loyal following.”

See all of the faculty work here in our Virtual Gallery.
The GAC gallery is open Wednesday – Friday, 12:00-4:00pm and Saturdays 10:00 am-4:00pm. The gallery is free and open to the community. Mask wearing and social distancing is required upon entry. Click here for more information