A new group exhibit hosted by Imago Foundation for the Arts (IFA) opens March 16 featuring still-life artworks by IFA exhibiting artist Stephen Fisher and guest artist Crickett Fisher, along with artwork by other IFA exhibiting artists. The artwork will be on exhibit until April 23.
The public is invited to a free artist reception on Saturday, March 18 from 5 – 8 p.m.
at the gallery located at 36 Market Street in Warren. Music accompaniment will be provided by Cathy Clasper-Torch, a multi-instrumentalist, with a passion for improvisation and harmony.
Describing his still-life intaglio drawings, Stephen Fisher says, “Common to all my still-life drawings is an obsession with intense perceptual rigor, compositional manipulation, the viscosity of light, and the tactile, sensual nature of drawing materials. Objects are generally chosen and assembled with their allusive characteristics in mind, and carefully staged to produce a directed, evocative situation (a sort of implied narrative). Like a dream within a dream, the situation is concrete and familiar, yet transitory and unsettled, hopefully transforming the mundane world into a magical or poetic moment.”
Crickett Fisher is a maker of paintings, drawings, prints, and occasionally other things. She says, “With my still-life artwork I aim to breathe magic and mystery into inanimate objects, animating them with the dreamlike – or nightmarish – hallucinatory vividness of childhood imagination. Whimsical or unsettling, to me these scenes evoke a world in which things wait silently to spring to life when your back is turned. These images confront the picture plane, closing in on the viewer like the nonsensical space of dreams. Some are more traditionally discernible, while others are distorted through layers of light, mirrors, and madcap photo editing.”
Other IFA exhibiting artists who will be participating in this group exhibit include Sally Barker, Eileen Siobhan Collins, Mary Dondero, Philip Gruppuso, Carl Keitner, Eileen Mayhew, Linda Megathlin, Mercedes Nuñez, Anne Marie Rossi, Lenny Rumpler, Howard Windham and Meredith Wolf.
Regular gallery hours are Thursdays, 12 – 3 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
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