Artists were encouraged to enter the show with works inspired by the following statement from the juror, Laura Powers-Swiggett. The winter solstice is a turning point, not just astrologically, but also in our psyches. Artists since ancient times have mined its rich symbolic, metaphoric and spiritual imagery. The visual possibilities are endless. “Winter Solstice — Darkness to Light” is a theme that resonates greatly with my own work, and lends itself equally well to abstract and figurative interpretations.
The Huntington Arts Council is proud to present The Winter Solstice: Darkness into Light Exhibit, juried by Laura Powers-Swiggett. The exhibit is on display in our Main Street Gallery, 213 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743 from December 8, 2017 – January 6, 2018. The Opening Reception will be on Friday December 8, from 6-8pm. This is a free event, all are welcome to attend.
Congratulations to the following artists for being accepted into this juried show; Ennid Berger, Mary Ann Biehl, Amy Bisagni, Holly Black, Renee Blank, Terry Canavan, Wendy Curtis, Grainne de Buitlear, Ralph DeCarli, Dr. Denise Douglas-Faraci, Michael Fairchild, Vicki Field, Terry Finch, Jim Finlayson, Alicia Gitlitz, Andrea M. Gordon, William Grabowski, Susan Gromatsky, Jan Guarino, Lenore Hanson, Geraldine Hoffman, Jovanna Hopkins, Stefanie Kane, Joanne Klein, Robert Knepper, Julia Lang-Shapiro, Jacques LeBlanc, John Lynch, Celeste Mauro, Martha McAleer, Kathleen McArdle, Demerise Perricone, Denis Ponsot, Kara Reyes, Alissa Rosenberg, Coleen Ryan-Rivera, Che Sabalja, Jim Sabiston, Lori Scarlatos, Harry Schuessler, Roya Shamsdiba, Bill Shillalies, Ruth Siegel, Christina Stow, Mac Titmus, William Von Gonten, Amy Wagner, Alex Wallach, and Stephen Wyler
“I was excited by the range of responses to “Winter Solstice: Darkness into Light”. Metaphysical musings, polar sprites, stark winter landscapes, warm interiors, dreamy cosmic meditations, sensitive abstracts that create light simply by placing one color next to another. The anxiety and wonder of our human condition as we face the dark — what could be a more inviting playground for an artist?” Said Laura Powers-Swiggett
Executive Director, Marc Courtade added “The artists interpretation of this show is unique and personal. The use of color and texture reflecting “Darkness into Light” is powerful and beautiful, and at the same time very representative of the season at hand. I encourage everyone to join us at the reception or to stop by the gallery over the next several weeks and see this extraordinary show in person.”
About the juror: Laura Powers-Swiggett has lived and painted on Long Island for most of her life, where she has also exhibited widely. She works in a variety of media, including acrylic, oil and gouache. Her abstractions are intuitive explorations of light, color and paint, and convey sensations about people, places and things that excite her (including the island she calls home). Mostly they are about the sensual experience of applying paint to a surface — an open ended conversation with her materials and the work itself.