SAQA Atlantic members Penny Berens and Grace Butland will have work on display in the Quirks, Quarks and Quiddity exhibition at ARTsPlace in Annapolis Royal from July 7- 28.
The two fibre artists participated in a 13-week discussion series on Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way, beginning in January 2012. The diverse group was made up of a couple of full-time artists and several part-time writers and artists whose “day jobs” leave limited time for artistic pursuits. “Working as an artist is not a group thing,” said Penny. “I often feel isolated, and so when I heard about the Artist’s Way group I jumped at the opportunity of spending time with fellow artists.”
When the series ended, the group had formed strong bonds and didn’t want to end the process. One member suggested that they plan a joint exhibition for the summer of 2013. Other meetings and discussions followed, and the idea of Quotes, Quarks and Quiddity was born.
“This exhibition is taking most of us out of our comfort zone,” said Grace. “We are each creating a 7-foot panel of translucent fabric, onto which we have somehow imposed an image – through paint, stitch or writing – that speaks of our individual quiddity, that special something that makes each of us who we are. We have also jointly created some banners that reflect our group personality.
Quotes, Quarks and Quiddity will open with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, in the Chapel Gallery at ARTsPlace, 396 St. George Street in Annapolis Royal. The public is invited; there is no admission charge.
|by Penny Berens|
|by Grace Butland|