Sunday, November 13, 2016

Reception Friday November 18

Please join us and share with Maryland friends!

Avian Inspirations:
Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein (the Myth Makers) Academy Art Museum Easton, Maryland

November 19, 2016 - February 26, 2017
Reception and Meet the Artists: November 18, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Curator-Led Tours:
Thursday, December 8, 2016, 12noon Tuesday, January 24, 12noon

Donna Dodson, Bantam, 2012
Wood, pigment, enamel

Andy Moerlein, Unison, 2015
wood, ceramic
Also as part of this museum show we built a monumental outdoor work "The Mighty Merganser". Our week long Artist residency as the Myth Makers engaged the entire museum community. The Chief Curator Anke Van Wangenberg drew on vast array of volunteers to help gather materials and provide housing. We were introduced a vibrant community of gallery supporters, artists and Easton community leaders. 
We were eager to try new materials so Donna and I harvested bamboo as well as our familiar saplings. 

Our scale was ambitious, the time was a brief week, but somehow we fit in two fun writing workshops. In these short classes we shared our inspirations for the Mighty Merganser, gave brief creative assignments and had fun sharing art ideas with literary enthusiasts.

Donna and I were drawn to the theme of this work when we saw a flock of Hooded Mergansers in the Manhattan reservoir in early winter and were intrigued by this hearty fish hunter. We researched the  Ojibwa (Chippewa) Native American story based on this distinctive winter bird. Shingebiss is a story which exemplifies the strength and virtue of perseverance and fortitude.
We also drew on the reputation of Fredrick Douglass who was born near Easton, Maryland. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writings.

 The Mighty Merganser 2016 by the Myth Makers,
Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein
 If you missed my solo show Geology in Boston in October? See the work here.

What a thrill! My two large works from GEOLOGY have joined the exceptional collection of work at 500 Harrison. Mario Nicosia and GTI continue their investment in Boston contemporary art. GTI continues to be an ambitious partner in the growth of SOWA as an art destination.
Also if you are near Muskegon Michigan? See Impossible until April. 
Now fully viewed against bare sky again!! 

an installation of handmade stones

It is hard to show the scale and beauty of the trees in Hackley Park in downtown Muskegon Michigan where Impossible is installed. Huge and lovingly maintained, the city trees show real history and an affection for place. 

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