Opening Reception

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Please join us for the opening reception of three new exhibitions on Thursday, June 5 from 5-8 pm. A special Q&A with Shop Show artist, Rachel Rader will begin at 7:00 pm.

Quirk’s Main Gallery artist, Elizabeth Kendall will present clay sculptures, wall works, and vessels in her show, “A Measure of Grace.”

“I work with lush white porcelain using tools and processes that are familiar to the kitchen, the sewing room and the clay studio. As I explore the curious and wonderful properties of this ceramic material I am also thinking about my history: childhood memories of my grandmother’s sewing room, my mother’s quirky sayings, red tutus and black ballet shoes; and my current life activities: sailing, travel, family time. The shapes that emerge are a conversation between my hands and the clay. They are fabric scraps and building blocks: bricks and windows that define space and celebrate light and shadow. The forms can move and meander along the wall or my eye and hand can explore space both within and around. By combining the past and the present and by exploring repetition and variation I can tell more than one story at a time. I can create different environments and opportunities to breathe in different perspectives-perhaps, like a musical phrase, offering a brief measure of grace.”

This month’s Shop Show, “His Majesty” from Rachel Rader will present jewelry and sculptural pieces as found artifacts. “The artifacts displayed in this space are the remnants of a lost civilization. Through recent excavations in the Crystal Pyramids at the Pivos Triangle, The Ancient Truth Investigators have begun to piece together how they lived. Under the reign of King Ea (approx. 7,000 BCE) , the Sea People were a society that prided themselves on their invocations of the Earth’s energies. Every dive that the A.T.I. team performs brings us one step closer to understanding the Sea People and their connection to our Human history.”

Mary Fleming will be exhibiting new drawings and paintings in The Vault. Her work incorporates bright colors and textures with recognizable products, objects, and other visual elements that all serve as signifiers of identity; how we choose to define ourselves based on what we drink, wear, drive, use, or consume.

These exhibits will be on view from June 5-28.