18 Ways of Looking at a Tree is an art exhibition that explores the myriad creative responses possible for a single subject. The show will be on view at the Palmer Gallery in Main Building from June 26 through September 4. An opening artists’ reception will be held on June 26, 4:30-6:30 pm in the gallery. This exhibition is free and open to the public.
Developed by the Hudson Valley artist collective Long Reach Arts, this exhibition was inspired by the Wallace Stevens poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” Long Reach Arts member Elayne Seaman recalls that fellow member artist Carol Pepper Cooper presented this concept to the group early in 2013. “The idea elicited such amazingly varied responses to the subject of trees that we all saw facets of our fellow artists never before revealed,” says Seaman. “It became clear that presenting eighteen individual and unique visions of this subject would happen naturally and spontaneously. The subject was already inspiring our individual creativity and we knew we had found our subject.”
The resulting exhibition features various landscape paintings as well as more abstract interpretations of the subject. “This is a beautiful show that really brings to life how artists can see the world in varied ways,” says Palmer Gallery director Teresa Quinn.
Long Reach Arts has been active since 1982. The group exhibits frequently in the Hudson Valley and New York City.
The Palmer Gallery’s summer hours are Monday-Friday 11 am-3 pm. Please call the Office of Campus Activities to make an evening or weekend appointment to view the exhibition.
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