November 13 – December 19, 2020
Juror Caitlyn Shea
The exhibit is also on display in our Main Street Gallery, 213 Main St., Huntington NY 11743. Our gallery is open to the public, Tuesday – Friday 11:00am- 4:00pm and some Saturdays. We will have limited capacity, social distancing and require masks at all times. Please call 631-271-8423 in advance.
Congratulations to all of the artists accepted into the show: Diane Brown Ardell, Sheri Berman, Sílvia Soares Boyer, Christie Devereaux De Cesare, Ellen DiFazio, Eliseea Faur, Jim Finlayson, Jan Guarino, Sueey J. Gutierrez, Heather Heckel, Imperfectly Perfect By Wendy, Margaret Henning, Julianna Kirk, Sarah Lambert, Kirk Larsen, Allison Mack, Kristen Memoli, Kasmira Mohanty, Gail Neuman, Luda Pahl, Sophia Pirone, Andrea Rhude, Thomas “TJ” Roszko, Khurshid Saleem, Lori Scarlatos, Meryl Shapiro, Neill Slaughter, Christina Stow, Tracy Tekverk, Amy Goodfellow Wagner, Stephen Wyler, Allison Zhang
About the Juror: Caitlyn Shea, Walt Whitman Birthplace, Director of Events and Media studied painting at Pratt Institute and Skidmore College before graduating in 2011 from Adelphi University with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. Upon graduating, she received a Senior Thesis Merit Award and an A. Conger Goodyear Award for Outstanding Achievement. Her paintings explore both figurative and abstract representations of humans and animals by experimenting with the tactile relationship of acrylic paint, charcoal, and spray paint. While her palette explores upbeat color interactions, the loosely drawn, often chaotic figures leave a lasting impression of the sublime. Walt Whitman approached the world with compassion and curiosity; many of his poems are about observing nature and people. Similarly, Shea uses her artwork as a vehicle to study animal bodies and portray how awe-inspiringly beautiful the natural world is before human intervention. Whitman “loafed” in the grass and invited his soul, he wrote that every living thing is made of the same “stuff”. The chaotic use of abstract, painterly marks and lines in Shea’s paintings also allude to how every living being, plant, animal, human, and even stars are connected on an atomic level. She is inspired every day by Whitman’s love for humanity, his fascination with everything from grass to the cosmos, his boldness in writing about prohibited subject matter, and his inventiveness in breaking all the rules of writing to create his own style.
Public funding provided by Suffolk County
With additional support from Main St. Benefactor Members Beth and Charles Levinthal