After several months of waiting, 23 paintings are going on display at Lincoln's Noyes Gallery (119 S. 9th Street) this week. The opening reception is scheduled for Friday October 7 from 6 pm - 9pm. The paintings are part of a series entitled "Collective Individualism." The convex, three-tiered stack of paintings of barren trees represent a scene of people being crowded in one location yet not interacting with one another. Being alone together they are not producing foliage or fruit.
The sculpture of paintings can be walked around and into, revealing the backs of each canvas and how they are attached together. Each painting will be on sale on Friday night and throughout the exhibit for $25 each. Once the paintings are purchased and removed, the tower will begin to change and shift. Interaction will begin on a new level as I will then re-stack and build the structure as needed. Each painting will be accompanied by an ink pad and card explaining the piece and what to do with it. Patrons of the pieces are to place their paintings in a special location and as people visit they are encouraged to have them place thumbprints on the tree to create leaves. Through this process, the tree will begin to come alive and speak to connectedness and moving toward community. The trees then become symbols of family and interaction.
The project has its own Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/beyondcollectiveindividualism/ This is where buyers of the paintings are to post images of the progress of the "growth" of their trees. If you are interested in following the progress after Friday search for the page and "like" it.
On a Side NOTE: I'm excited to be part of the exhibit this coming Friday as it was put together by a woman I have had the opportunity to walk with in the arts for almost 10 years. She is really taking off in her artwork and she is the one who organized this exhibit. She also invited several artists friends of hers, many who she has met through involvement with the visual arts at Lincoln Berean Church. We look forward to sharing our art with Lincoln and patrons of Noyes Gallery.
Ann has worked as a professional artist since 2006. She currently works on her own studio artwork as well as large, commercial works and with other artists in any way she can.