Altars, Amulets and Shrines curated by Gay Schempp
With an opening reception on Friday August 25, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will premiere the group exhibit, Altars, Amulets and Shrines, curated by Gay Schempp. This exhibit expresses nine artists' exploration of personal altars, amulets or shrines used to create external representations of interior mysteries, memories or links between people, between things and between realms. The works range in a variety of disciplines and materials including sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, encaustic, assemblage and jewelry. Featured in the exhibit are works by Mary Lou Alberetti, Lori Barker, Suzanne Benton, Robert Dansik, Dawn Gaskill, George Herrick, Barbara Jarock, Gay Schempp, and Diane Wright. A reception with refreshments for the artists will be held from 5pm to 7pm on Friday, August 25. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, September 22. For more information call the library at 860-824-7424 or visit huntlibrary.org.
Gay Schempp, the curator of Altars, Amulets and Shrines, in a statement about the exhibit wrote, "People have been creating devotional memorials since the beginning of recorded time to the present. The impulse to assemble and & make special places for objects that nourish us and act as reservoirs of spiritual energy are present in our homes and places of work as well as our places of worship. When we gather together family photos on a mantelpiece, or carry a good luck charm, we compose a language of materials, the messages of which may include a memorial, memory space, honoring space, or meditation space. An object of art becomes a shrine when we make it a box, a box in which a spirit may take up residence, where we may find the interior world, the microcosm, that we're all looking for." Thomas Moore, The Reenchantment of Everyday Life. All the artworks in Altars, Amulets and Shrines were created for the exhibit which, after closing at the Hunt Library on September 23, will travel to the Underground Gallery in Collinsville, October 13-29, and the 22 Haviland Street Gallery in Norwalk, November 5-December 25.