CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — The nice Romantic Age English poet William Blake as soon as mused the next when requested about his connection to nature — on condition that he additionally was a painter and printmaker:
“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity … and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the [person] of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”
Blake’s meditation would possibly very properly reverberate with native artwork lovers as they converge on a brand new exhibition, “Celebrating Nature: Two Distinct Approaches,” which opens Friday on the Valley Artisans Market in Cambridge. The present will characteristic 19 latest items by native painters Judy Kniffin of Bennington and Barbara Sarvis of Shaftsbury.
Sarvis and Kniffin, longtime pals and properly acknowledged visible artists of their respective communities, have two distinct kinds. They determined a joint present was an apt method to supply counterpoint and context to the expansive topic of nature and its many interpretations amongst artists, particularly within the period of COVID-19.
Watching the solar stream into her studio, Kniffin famous that with rising dependence on, and involvement in, communication applied sciences, “it’s easy to take the natural world around us for granted, and even not notice it much.”
“Worse yet, the natural environment is increasingly a field to exploit solely in support of our technological growth,” Kniffin mentioned. “I suspect we’ve truly lost our sense of proportion and balance on this remarkable planet. ‘Interdependence’ is a term we have corrupted in our favor, but ultimately at our peril.”
Sarvis agreed along with her buddy, explaining that that her COVID-era art work exhibited on this present displays a time of her life within the late Nineteen Sixties, “when making art was a necessary act of expression.”
“Forty years later, I have returned to my roots, figuratively and literally, digging my feet into Mother Earth’s lush ground,” Sarvis mentioned. “The tree roots grab me around the ankles and keep me close to her spirit. She wants me to stay and I want to thank her for guiding me back to what is important, creating visual stories that reflect the need for change.”
In addition, Sarvis mentioned three of her pandemic lockdown work had been accepted into literary journals.
Indeed, the concept for the exhibition was born of the artists’ shared ethos, framed by the counterpoint of their two distinct kinds. Kniffin defined that whereas each ladies deal with “nature” of their work, “it’s clear that our natural responses invoke quite different responses from each.”
“[Barbara] celebrates a very spiritual connection and expression, while I hone in on the physical attributes and interdependence [between nature and humans]. Both collections call on us to consider our role. What seemed external, and eternal, pleads loudly now for our full attention.” Kniffin mentioned.
In returning to the unfinished canvas by her aspect, Kniffin emphasised that the 2 totally different celebrations of nature on this present stability one another out however ought to be seen in individual to be absolutely appreciated.
“Online viewing of new art creations is a good way to grab a quick take on the art scene,” Kniffin mentioned. “However, it should never replace standing before the actual piece of art, exchanging views or even facial expressions with those around you, as well as reading reviews by art critics who can and will share their own response to the works. Come to the exhibition and see for yourself.”
“Celebrating Nature: Two Distinct Approaches“ will run from Friday to May 10 on the Valley Artisans Market on 25 East Main St., Cambridge. An opening reception is from 3 to five p.m. Saturday. Call forward for COVID protocols. More data is offered on-line at valleyartisansmarket.com or by calling 518-677-2765.