So far summer is refreshingly normal at home in Western North Carolina, where neighbors can once again congregate. We dedicated a porch addition to the community building and sat down together for a meal for the first time since Fall 2019. Here’s the sign I made (paper cutouts collaged onto heavy brown wrapping paper)
I finished my last pandemic art series for the present. The six collages are inspired by Edward Gorey. My mixed media and bright color palette are very different from his style but I was drawn to his languid lizard-like characters, women fading into ornamental wall paper, leaping dancers, and odd lurkers. Most of these collages contain parts of the candy bar wrappers that I collected for months, as I ate mounds of chocolate.
Titles (left to right)
Walk in the Garden, Dancing Alone, Mystery Meal, Coffee Hour, The Library, Picnic
Carl and I traveled to Reading, Pennsylvania in June, and were pleasantly surprised by the unexpected art opportunities. Goggle Works (below, at dusk) is a former mid 20th c. factory known for safety gear that now serves as a very popular set of artists’ studios and gallery spaces.
We saw a fine wood working exhibit of early modernist pieces by Wharton Esherick Whartonesherickmuseum.org and contemporary work by followers of his style. Here is a sculptural music stand by Esherick.
We also discovered an alley behind the main commercial street of West Reading that hosted several blocks of colorful murals. It is such a wonderful surprise for urban strollers and must be a source of pride for the residents.