Thursday, July 29, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Four Artists featured at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland

The Chaffee Art Center is featuring four artist members during the Annual Summer Member's Exhibit. The featured artists are Nancy Weis, Richard Brown, Mary Crowley, and Lois Macuga. Their work can be seen at the ChaffeeArt Center through August 8, 2010. A closing reception is being planned for Saturday,August 7 from 4 until 6 pm.

Nancy Weis, an installation artist, has recreated an archeological site on the floor of the Chaffee. Her installation entitled Time Layers VII explores anthropology as a metaphor for universal meaning. Weis writes in her artist statement that "Physically in archaeology, and procedurally in scholarship, we uncover information in small, unconnected bits, allowing one fragment to draw us in search of another. Human beings classify things, assign meaning to them, and arrange them in ways that are meaningful to other human beings, but which may be understood very differently in different contexts. Our fascination with mysterious fragments tells as much about ourselves as about the cultures that produced them."Nancy Weis has recreated this installation several times, each time reflecting on the current season and location. The installation incorporates natural elements and sound.

Richard Brown is featuring his photographic homage series. Each photo is an homage to a famous artist, and/or piece of artwork. Brown uses the unique perspectives of each individual he is paying homage to in creating an image of his own. The twenty three images on exhibit includes homages to Claes Oldenburg, Alexander Calder, Georgia O'Keeffe, Ellsworth Kelly and Grant Wood. The exhibit offers a viewer a wealth of art history knowledge. Each image includes a historical discourse of the person and/or the work being honored and highlights distinctive characteristics of the work.

Mary Crowley is exhibiting her collection of monoprints and collages that were created during a stay at a workshop in Santa Fe, as well as a woodblock workshop held by Sabra Field in Tuscany. Crowley has become well-known in the area for her children's book I Love To Visit My Grammy. She has books and prints from the book for sale.

Lois Macuga is exhibiting her collection of watercolors. Macuga focuses on nudes, natural scenes, and landscapes. She is a signature member of the Vermont Watercolor Society, has taught art and shown her work throughout New England.

Images: Nancy Weiss installation Time Layers VII