Tuesday, April 10, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Harriet Wood at River Arts Center, Morrisville

The Gallery at River Arts is pleased to present OCCUPY Space, work by Harriet Wood at the River Arts Center in Morrisville, VT, April 26 – May 25. An opening reception will be held on April 26, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Visual artist Harriet Wood worked as a political protest (anti-war) artist and expressionist figure painter until around 15 years ago when she turned to abstract expressionism. Wood explains that "...even though it's no longer like jumping into the abyss like it was in the fifties, I find it still a relevant genre, drawing me in with more and more complexities and challenges."

Abstract expressionism has, in Harriet's words, "... offered me the physicality and emotional connection with my work that I needed and along with formal considerations has proved to be a psychically integrative process. My communication with the painting continues until it leaves my studio. For me, there is a connection between writing poetry and painting out of my unconscious, in the sense that both are grabbing the moment and distilling the emotions."

Wood attended the Art Student's League and Pratt Institute. She graduated from Goddard College with a major in art history. In her twenties she was part of a social protest group, the NO! Art group and showed in their gallery on Tenth St., the March Gallery, as well as the Coda Gallery. More recently she has shown at the Neue Gesellschaft Fur Dildene Kunst, Berlin, Germany, the Block Museum of the University of Illinois and the Chelsea Museum in NYC. She is in the collection of the Neue Gesellschaft and the Boris Lurie Foundation, NYC. She has shown in many venues throughout Vermont.

The Gallery at River Arts is located at the River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant Street in Morrisville, VT. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10-2. For off hours, please call River Arts: 802-888-1261. Admission is free. For more information, call or visit their website at www.riverartsvt.org.

image:"Untitled"by Harriet Wood