In Memory of Jean Elizabeth Hosmer (1954-1999)
Applications are now open for the Northampton Arts Council Biennial Juried Exhibition which will take place in October 2015. Apply online to the Arts Council by August 1.
Grief and Resurrection: Scratchboard Etchings by Beth Filson
Still Lives Series: Photo Illustration by Dan Chiamis
August 4-28, 2015
Reception: Wednesday August 5, 5-7 PM
Dan Chiamis’s Still Lives Series is a set of photo illustration portraits of dolls and figurines taken at second hand stores.
Since ancient times, dolls have played a central role in magic and religious rituals, or used as representations of a deity. Dolls have also been toys for children and collected by adults, for their nostalgic value, beauty, historical importance or financial value. Dolls have traditionally been made as crude, rudimentary playthings as well as with elaborate, artful design. They have been created as folk art in cultures around the globe, and in the 20th century, art dolls began to be seen as high art. A doll is not simply an impersonal play object. Children, and by extension many adults, become attached to their dolls and share with them their deepest wishes, sorrows, and joys. A doll is given a name and an identity and a life of its own. Dolls often cannot, therefore, simply be thrown out when the age of play has passed.
Beth Filson is a writer and self-taught artist whose work is often featured in the art brut or outsider art community. Her simple etchings on scratchboard emerged when language failed her. “Grief and Resurrection” is the product of this time. Beth has been exhibited in a number of galleries throughout Georgia and her art has appeared in various magazines including The Perch, and The National Council Magazine. She is an independent consultant for MA Department of Mental Health piloting trauma-informed approaches for engaging people in extreme distress. She makes her home in Western Massachusetts.
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