Below is a sneak peek at the exhibit that I curated for the Three Rivers Arts Festival called Now I am the Master. Join me for the preview and artists' reception on Wednesday, June 3, 5:30-7pm at 937 Liberty Avenue (2nd floor gallery). Light refreshments will be served.
Now I am the Master features the current work of twelve past recipients of the Three Rivers Arts Festival's Emerging Artist Scholarship. The scholarship grants selected local artists the opportunity to participate in the Three Rivers Arts Festival's outdoor Artists Market for the first time. You can read more about the exhibit here.
Artists include Daniel Baxter, Adalgisa Bosonetto, Kyle Ethan Fischer, John Flatz, Toby Fraley, Beth Gaertner, Dan Gaser, Alex Lobus, Aimee Manion, Olga Mihaylova, Maria Napoli, and Emily Reason.
Bear Disguised as Bird, by Toby Fraley (clay, wood, and acrylic finish)
You have to see this squid in person. It is huge at 30 feet, and has a cyclopian black, glass eye that you can see yourself reflected in. You can also see Dan's careful hand-stitching in fine, black thread.
Also in this picture is just a small section of John Flatz's photo series of the abandoned Western Psychiatric Institute. All 16 are on display in the exhibit. His images of the empty rooms with pastel, deteriorating walls and the curling layers of pealing paint are eerily beautiful.