Sunday, June 20, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Joseph Chirchirillo at Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester

Joseph Chirchirillo’s kinetic sculptures, inspired by cycles found in nature, will be featured in a show at the Southern Vermont Arts Center – Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, opening on July 3. The public is invited to a special free opening party on Saturday, July 3, held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and featuring hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Mr. Chirchirillo says “My work comes out of the spirit of using found objects and creating pieces that are fun to look at and to use,” and visitors to SVAC from July 3 through September 12 will have a chance to enjoy the works in a series of "Sculpture Systems" powered by small electric motors, pumps or sometimes by hand. This series, one that Joe has been working on for 10 years, is inspired by the cycles found in nature: the process of rainfall and absorption, or the impact of wind blowing through branches. All of the sculptures in this show are interactive, engaging the viewer in discovering the inner workings of the process.

Executive Director Christopher Madkour notes “Joe Chirchirillo has exhibited widely and received numerous grants and awards, including an NEA Fellowship. Southern Vermont Arts Center is pleased to welcome this nationally known artist, who makes his home in Bennington County, and to give the public a chance to see his creative and engaging work. We’re also very grateful to the support of Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert B. Silverman for their sponsorship, which has made this exhibit possible.”

The Southern Vermont Arts Center is a non-profit educational institution whose mission is to make the visual and performing arts an integral part of the life of the community and region. SVAC is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am-5 pm and on Sunday from 11:00-5:00 pm; there is free admission on Sunday (closed Monday). While enjoying the art, remember that Café Mamie at Yester House is open for lunch and for Sunday brunch (11:30 am – 2:30 pm), for dinner before performances at the Arkell Pavilion, and features the Vermont-sourced signature dishes by chef Mariah Macfarlane. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 802 366-8298. In addition to lunch, dinners will be served during Arts Center events.

Image: Artificial Wind