Great Barrington Public Theater Art Show PERSIST spotlights seven female artists
As part of GB Public’s 2022 summer season, in conjunction with Solo Fest (June 3 – July 10), the public and art lovers are invited to view a collection of gallery works created by seven women Berkshire artists. Curated and curated by GB Public Associate Artist, Elizabeth Nelson, PERSIST explores themes of erosion, trauma, reimagining, investigation, beauty and violence.
The art exhibition is presented under the Solo Fest theme of “Voices of Humanity”. There will be a public opening and reception with the artists from 5:30-7:00 p.m., June 17, coinciding with the 7:30 p.m. opening of Robin Gerber’s new play, The Shot, which features the film actor and well-known theater Sharon Lawrence as Katharine Graham, famed Washington Post editor, whose perseverance in life and career is a model of a woman empowered.
“Theater is the live public high school. It’s where contemporary culture expresses itself and enters into conversation,” says artistic director Jim Frangione. “We are going through tough new times, and Solo Fest is meant to express some of the big questions that are being asked now. When Elizabeth suggested an art exhibition installation in the on-site gallery, it was a natural fit. It’s an extension of some of the same issues that Solo Fest brings into play. In light of what’s happening around us in 2022, we all need to persist.”
Elizabeth Nelson, PERSIST Curator and Associate GB Public Artist, said: “I wanted to bring together women who have been creating in these turbulent times,” adds Elizabeth Nelson. “Creating as a way to process, to maintain purpose, and joy – to persist. What I’ve discovered is that we’ve all persisted in myriad ways from the beginning, as women and artists. I’m curious how these particular experiences working together in a live theatrical performance will affect the audience – what stories will unfold? What might the viewer discover about how they persisted and continue to persist ?”
Gallery works will include photography, drawing, flash/CNF fiction, and sculpture using recycled textiles, found and repurposed objects, and natural materials such as wood, bone, clay, and clay. feathers.
PERSIST artists include: Parasrevi “Toula” Taliadoros, owner and artist behind Make My Day Design; Deirdre McKenna, writer and performer at the Powder Keg Writing Group for Women; Merudjina Normil, interdisciplinary artist; Ariana Kolins, interdisciplinary artist; Lindsay Neathawk, owner of Neathawk Designs; Natalia Bystrianyk, intuitive painter; and Elizabeth Nelson, writer, multidisciplinary artist and marketing professional.
PERSIST will be presented from June 4 to August 6, 2022 in the Student Gallery outside the Liebowitz Black Box Theater at the Daniel Arts Center on the campus of Bard College in Simon’s Rock. The reception of the public is June 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. More information and performer biographies and samples can be viewed on the company’s website GreatBarringtonPublicTheater.org.