Please join us for special closing reception for Minds Aglow in the Gateway Arts Gallery. As this reception coincides with program hours, many of our artists will have the opportunity to attend and interact with their fans.
A statement on Minds Aglow, from co-curators Sarah Kershaw and Leah Medin:
As human beings, we strive to find what connects us to the world. Artists naturally explore and expand this relationship. In a world that is constantly changing, artists find both solitude and togetherness in their practice. The artists in this exhibition are part of broader universes – the studio, their local communities, the art world, the world – stars aglow in the wider cosmos. Each artist is also a star unto themselves, aglow in their own light.
The works in Minds Aglow explore universal lightness and darkness. Distinctively rendered in color and form, each reveals connectivity and individuality through process, technique, and subject matter. Kayla Johnson’s felt applique portrait “Erika Alexander” depicts the actress as Maxine Shaw–a star in cast of stars from the influential TV show Living Single. Amy Caliri’s embroidery on velvet suggests points of colored light in the dark sky. Sidney Perry’s embroidery and Margery Richardson’s fabric drawing boldly contrast with one another in their otherworldly abstraction. Throughout the exhibition, depictions of people, animals, plants, natural landscapes, and bold abstractions inform one another in their luminous portrayal of our universe.
Gateway Artists move forward and reach for space beyond themselves individually and as a collective. Each piece in Minds Aglow stands alone and works together.
Thumbnail: Jordana Simpson poses by her piece in the Gateway Arts Gallery
Banner Text Fill: Amy Caliri. Untitled. 2022. embroidery floss on fabric. 14.5 x 19.5 in.