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March 6, 2014

Gallery presents ‘Halcyon Days’ exhibit

TERRE HAUTE — Halcyon Art Gallery is presenting the regional juried exhibition, “Halcyon Days 2014,” on view from Friday until March 28. The opening reception will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday. This is the ninth in a series of juried exhibitions showcasing the best of contemporary art in all media.

Artists include Edith Acton, Clay Keeley, Debbie Anderson, Jo Anne Perigo Fiscus, Judith Lynn Smith, Korinne Lee, LaRysa Orman, Michael Tingley, Mike Bender, Robert Sorrels, Rod M. Bradfield, Ruth Brady, Sean Hoisin, Sheila K. Ter Meer, Stephanie Doty, Stephanie Standish, Susan Tingley and Todd Stokes.

The juror, Ray Chen, executive director and curator of the gallery, selected the theme. He states, “Opening up a conversation can be perceived as divisions between people and cultures. The communication shares the artistic language; conceptual as in the definition of a medium and the desire to strictly or loosely define an artistic form; an interpretation as a personal artistic language, a conversation to share, a message to state, a movement of shadows to follow, colors unpredictably to change, visual reaction from tradition to contemporary, a choice, an action, visible, invisible, intention, expressive. This exhibition is a broad concept and open to interpretation. Halcyon Days is expressing a personal vocabulary through engaging art materials to its limit.”

Chen says, “The viewing process and making decisions are important as to whether an artist has captured the essence of the subject and moved further to a successful and meaningful presentation. The works in the exhibition have opened a new understanding between form, media and possibilities.

“Technical precision, conceptual aspects, tangible evidence of expression, quality sensitivity and the ability to move viewers were involved in the selection process. The artists move beyond the boundaries of technical training and express their subject in a way which makes the statement uniquely their own.

“I thank all of the artists who took the risk to bare their souls by submitting their work into the Halcyon Days 2014 exhibition, and for giving me the opportunity to take the journey with them.

“‘Halcyon Days’ provides a response to the professional needs and interests of the state of the Indiana art community. This exhibition is to strengthen communications between local and the nation. Through art materials enable us to communicate the breadth of intellectual and creative endeavor that characterizes our artistic and regional community from the arts and humanities to fine arts and the professions,” Chen says.

The Artist Talk series will feature Debbie Anderson from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, with “Inlaid Wood Art” (“Intarsia Creations”). Anderson will discuss the process and inspiration, from using wooden boards to creating an art design piece by piece through her thinking and construction process.

In March, the Most Influential Artists series will feature Johannes Vermeer (1612-1672), a master of light and color, who excelled in creating the illusion of reality in his paintings.

Halcyon Art Gallery is at 25 S. Seventh St., next to the Swope Art Museum. Halcyon has free admission, and its hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Email raychenhalcyon@gmail.com or call 207-807-8799 for more information.

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