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Among Friends: new paintings by Judith Brassard Brown with pastels by Wendy Goldberg and poetry by Martha Rhodes
November 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am - November 26, 2017 @ 5:00 pmFree
November 1-26, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, November 3, 2017, 5:30-8:00 pm
Martha Rhodes Poetry Reading: Friday, November 3, 8:15 pm
Friendships that span decades are rare, and even more unusual when involvement in one another's lives and artistic practice informs and deepens one's work over a lifetime. Among Friends presents the work of three artists, Judith Brassard Brown, Wendy Goldberg, and Martha Rhodes. These artists generate words and images, each in their own way, reflecting their common ground and concerns with the internal and external landscape of this human journey and following in the footsteps of others. "Brown's tendency is to resolve conflict and seemingly disparate entities through image-building whether written, collaged, or painted." writes curator Shana Dumont. "In her hands, memories and small revelations live with ancient concerns. Multiple, subjective realities coexist in images referencing both reality and dreams in her large scale mixed media oil and small egg tempera paintings." Wendy Goldberg exhibits pastels that have been variously classified as Intimist, Tonalist and Impressionist. In truth, they are difficult to categorize. Her atmospheric, semi-abstract, luminous landscapes have an eerie expressiveness, and the capacity to draw out the essential mood of a subject through simplicity and suggestion. The third artist in Among Friends is Martha Rhodes, author of five poetry collections including recently published, The Thin Wall. Of her work Rick Barot at the New England Review writes, "In books that are as demanding as they are beautiful, Rhodes has been mapping the psychic terrain of family life and romantic life in contemporary America. Spare and unsparing, The Thin Wall is Rhodes doing her most powerful work so far."
Image: Downhill Road, mixed media on canvas, 23 x 49 inhces, 2017.