Featured Art Exhibit:
This is our online Featured Show. Of course we all miss attending the Last Friday celebrations in Hillsborough, and we look forward to doing them again later this year. But our artists are still creating new art and this Featured Show opening online on Friday, September 25th, brings exciting new works by Larry Favorite, Susan Hope and Jude Lobe.
LARRY FAVORITE states there have been times in my life when I have been excited to strike out in new directions, to develop new relationships, and to face new challenges. But we are living in complicated times. My spirit – everyone’s spirit – needs to be awakened (or re-awakened) to what is beautiful, what is everlasting, and what brings comfort. Nature awakens my spirit. In particular, trees and the living creatures of the forest awaken my spirit; they soothe and comfort me.
In creating work for this show, I found myself drawn to familiar patterns and motifs: a wolf baying at the moon, a hummingbird hovering over a flower, a deer poised against the night sky. These images remind me that there are things on earth that are constant, things that will outlive me and that will survive these difficult times. I hope my work (re-)awakens your spirit and comforts you as well.
SUSAN HOPE relates the statement ‘trauma transforms’ stuck in my head as I realized that the last few years, culminating in this event of 2020, have been impacted by much trauma. This is the poison or the treasure. Amazing isn’t it? The water and the wind move as they will, the world turns, our hearts beat and the sun rises. As our spirits awaken to those things that are truly important it becomes clear, we have much to appreciate.
All the broken chips of glass melt into a beautiful designs in the (trauma) fire of the kiln. It is my hope that as we look ahead with clarity and passion, to the potential hardship births, we will allow the transformative work within ourselves to bring forth treasure.
“Don’t worry, be happy… Every little thing’s gonna be alright!” And quoting John Lennon, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”
JUDE LOBE has been isolating in their mountain retreat in Maggie Valley since March. She said this show, SPIRIT AWAKENED, became very relevant this year with the pandemic bringing us all inside and separated from friends and family. In these days of such unsettling news and events, I feel gratifyingly disconnected from all the turbulence. The mountains have brought me serenity and gratefulness for the quiet and beauty that nature bestows on us. On day hikes I find places to sit alone and experience all the loveliness around me. Within awhile I feel a calmness wash over me.
I often write haiku poems that end up written on a blank canvas before I begin a painting or become part of the painting. Here’s a haiku I’ve written when visualizing the painting, Finding Calm.
Sit alone quiet,
Senses now awakening,
Calm washes over.