Self-Portrait (Lilith), 2021 | Lauren E. Peters | Oil on canvas
On View April 21 – May 29, 2023
Opening Reception | Friday, April 21 | 6:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Coffee Break: Artist Talks | Saturday, April 29 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Coffee Break: Artist Talks | Saturday, May 20 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m.
Featured Artists: Maryanne Buschini, Lauren E. Peters, Adina Segal & James Terrell
Maryanne Buschini, Painting
“I explore the family bond and emotional narrative from my own viewpoint.”
– Maryanne Buschini
Maryanne Buschini explores ideas of origin, ancestry, history, and community in her figurative paintings. As a child of immigrants, Buschini uses her artwork as a tool to better understand her own connections to her ancestors and home.
Her most recent work looks at the history of the laborers who contributed to the construction of the New York City water system, a project that was an important part of her childhood, having grown up in the area and “seeing the reservoir lake and large dam almost every day…in a town where many of the immigrant/workers had settled.” The artwork is the result of her research, piecing together the family and cultural history of those who lived on the land used for the reservoir and displaying it in a personable way that evokes an emotional response in the viewer.
Maryanne Buschini will be showing her paintings in our Tile gallery.
Lauren E. Peters, Painting
“Lauren E. Peters is a visual artist working with the concepts of identity and gender through self-portraiture.”
Artist Lauren E. Peters explores identity, self expression, and the ties to gender in her vibrant self portrait paintings. Drawing inspiration from those who “do not live according to the bodies they were born into, who break through the constraints that hold them captive, and stand firmly in their own place on the vast spectrum of femininity” as well as from her own personal experiences, Peters uses the self portrait as a tool to reveal the complex relationship between her gender identity and gender expression.
Despite being self portraits, each painting is radically different from each other. Peters plays dress up, sporting colorful wigs, puffy scarves, and elaborate wardrobes, and notes that “donning wigs and costumes is an assembling of identity” and that her paintings “speak to the performance of gender and appearance.” These physical attributes can influence our perception of the person she is revealing herself to be and plays into the idea of what is revealed and what is left hidden in how we present ourselves in society.
Lauren E. Peters will be exhibiting her paintings in our Kelner gallery.
Adina Segal, Mixed Media
Book Room Gallery
“I am fascinated by space, not as an exact location, but as a mysterious place, an infinite place of wonder with shifting atmospheres and moods.”
– Adina Segal
Visual artist Adina Segal creates abstract mixed-media paintings inspired by her own intuition and the organic forms she finds in nature. Segal takes on an intuitive approach when making her paintings, layering thin coats of watercolor and gouache and letting the work naturally take shape by trusting the process and learning when to pull away.
She notes, “following my intuition and trusting when to stop and when to work back into the painting, is contrary to how I often exist in other areas of my life…I am a planner, a list-maker, someone who likes to know what to expect.” Letting herself create in this way creates compositions that feel fluid, expressive, and unique and allows for new artistic discovery.
Adina Segal will be exhibiting her artwork in our Book Room gallery.
James Terrell, Painting
Community Arts Gallery
“My art seeks to take the viewer on a visual ride through the silent places between thought, thereby allowing revelation and transformation of the human consciousness to occur.”
– James Terrell
Artist and educator James Terrell explores universal human experiences through his vibrant paintings and collages. Using bold colors to capture the viewer’s attention and intricate patterns to slow the viewer’s gaze, Terrell’s work is simultaneously loud and intimate. His art acts as a “reflection of joy, pain, confusion, contemplation, and deliverance” on a personal level and on a greater scale. He notes, “the paintings represent shared life experiences…the experiences, although individual to one’s own heart, are experiences that bind us and bring us together.” Each pattern, each color change, each paint stroke is representative of those experiences and the complexities within us and within life.
James Terrell will be exhibiting his work in our Community Arts gallery.