The last two weeks of the current “Book, Cowen, Reynolds” show at A Small art Gallery are coming up soon. Still time to see two good artists’ work. Stan book’s welded metal assemblages and Cathy Cowen’s clay sculptures on the theme of women’s labor and strength. One of Cathy’s pieces was picked up this afternoon by an excited couple eager to see it their home.
Looking forward, In October the Gallery will host a solo show for Brice Wood, painter. Brice has been a long time resident of the area having designed and built his home in Jerome in the late 80’s. Brice will be showing abstract collages, constructed reliquaries, and screens. Brice is one of the founders of the Jerome Arts Co-op and has shown in town before. This will be a good chance to see some very nice work.
People whom I meet at the gallery soon find out I like to tell the back stories of some of my work. It’s enjoyable to me to tell the story but even more to hear the listener’s reaction and then an extension to the story. Here’s the back story on “Hildegard”
St. Hildegard was, as I understand it, a nun or religious woman in the middle ages. A devout Christian and educated, she had an extraordinary talent for writing sacred music. Gregorian Chant, religious themed operas, hymns etc. To this day, many of her compositions are used in traditional church celebrations.
The really extraordinary thing about St. Hildegard was that she suffered from migraines and is in fact the patron saint of those suffering from migraines. In a time where not only was there little medicinal relief but also very little understood (and many time misunderstood, think witchcraft and possession theories) about migraines she pushed through the almost daily and debilitating pain to create some truly beautiful art. What an inspiration!
Drawing Down the Moon
Cathy Cowen’s latest series takes a look and one could say a position on women, their burdens and strengths. Her exploration of daily “women’s work” raises the mundane to the lyrical without “prettifying” it. Bearing burdens on their heads, gleaning the fragments of nourishment from the field, riding out the edges of life or sharing common ground with other women. These are the stories she uses to tell a small part women’s lives. “Drawing Down the Moon” is a powerfully strong piece that calls to the deepest part of our souls whether woman or man.
Who has not had those moments when from deep inside us we need to growl and wail at the universe.