In the Loft Gallery
“Peaceable Kingdom,” an exhibition about the world of animals and curated by the Outsider’s Studio Collective, opens at the Loft Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center in Narrowsburg, NY on Friday, July 1, with a reception from 79 p.m. The show will be on view through July 23.
The animal kingdom is rife with meaning and importance. Humans relate to animals for sustenance, inspiration, courage, and companionship. By examining aspects of the animal world in nature and in relation to artists, the Outsider’s Studio delves into the chasm of their own collective psyche, reflected in humans’ relationships to beasts and other bodied kin on this planet.
“Whether we portray them as sentient beings or as monsters of predation, cutie-pie kittens or future porterhouse steaks, humans have been creating animal talismans since the beginning of time. We are intrinsically intertwined,” says the Outsider’s Studio Collective. “As artists in this show, we are very influenced by our pets and how we communicate with them. In our work, they are icons, saints, fables, metaphors, circus acts, and clinical studiesor, as Beston writes, ‘fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.’”
The Outsider’s Studio is a mobile arts event entity dedicated to “Bringing the Arts to Other Places and Spaces” in and around the Catskills, showcasing artists, filmmakers, writers, and musicians. The name “Outsider” refers to its original creators, Andrea Brown and her husband, Jeff Lackey, both transplants from New York City, and their support of untrained (outsider) as well as trained artists who work beyond the fringes of traditional art. Its new form is an artist collective comprised of four women who push for the nuances of art brut, and the “outsider’s” quality of transcending the traditions of what one might expect.
The nine artists showing work in the “Peaceable Kingdom” exhibit include photographer Elizabeth Ennis; painters Andrea Brown, Jan Harrison, Michael Staats, Patricia Sprott, and Susan Moody Ward; multimedia artists Joanna Hartell and Margaret Hillary Moore; and sculptor Joni Wehrli.
Loft Gallery is located at the Delaware Arts Center at 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the exhibit call 845-252-7576.
Delaware Arts Center
37 Main Street
Narrowsburg, NY 12764
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Alliance Gallery Director is Michael "Rocky" Pinciotti