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Gallery Reception: Barbara Ackerman - "Personal Geography"

Personal Geography new art by Barbara Ackerman
Opening reception Friday, January 12 6pm-8pm Gallery II
Exhibition Dates: January 12 - January 27

Personal Geography Statement

I walk in a landscape that is alive and reveals my identity and I look closely at my personal geography. Time changes and I live my memories while I’m aware of the earth responding to my footsteps. And all my loves walk with me, as I watch the dew dangle on the tips of the grass blades and soak the toes of my shoes.

I am overwhelmed with my move to a place where the landscape inspires my dreams and my daily movements. I start my day sipping strong coffee and watching the early morning sun reveal the new but familiar landscape.

I start my art with shapes that are familiar– patterns and colors that create a remembrance of the experience. I try to represent pieces of a world full of mystery–connecting the visible and invisible worlds, the material and the spiritual.

If I can spend a few minutes, or perhaps an eternity, watching the colors on the horizon change at the end of the day and listen to the shadows speak to me softly, then I can close my eyes at night and prepare for the next day filled with dreams that are at once both new and familiar.

Barbara Ackerman's recent work includes explorations in mixed media in addition to her studies in pastel. Her subject matter comes from her love of the outdoors and her painting technique is both representational and interpretive. She creates en plein air and also enjoys exploring abstractions of her observations in her studio. Color choices and composition are both visual and emotional responses to her surroundings.

Earlier Event: January 11
Visiting Writer: Brenda Shaughnessy
Later Event: January 13
Visiting Artist: Alex Kanevsky