Two New Exhibitions Launch at Leighton Art Centre on March 2!

Date: Feb 25, 2019

Deadline: Apr 13, 2019 - 11:45 pm

Please join us for the Opening Reception of 'just turn your head a little' and 'Context is Everything' on Saturday March 2, 2019 | 2 - 4 PM. Artist talks will begin at 3 pm, concluding at about 3:45 pm. Admission to Leighton Art Centre is Pay-What-You-Can.

just turn your head a little - Main Gallery

Artist Verna Vogel will be creating a site-specific string installation in the Main Gallery, paired with mixed media cold wax paintings by Frances Vettergreen. Both artists present works that are a reflection of their process-driven artistic practice. Both are inspired by the creative use of space and innovative use of materials.

Verna Vogel's installations are created directly in response to the room in which she makes them, drawing upon light, volume, and her body's reactions to the space. Frances Vettergreen paints from memory, using her peripheral perception as well as elements of abstraction to distill the critical elements of her experience of spaces and environments. Through their processes, both artists explore the edges of experience.

Context is Everything - Tower Gallery

From artist Monique Martin: Context is everything; each moment, each decision and each relationship we have in our lives, all the experiences we have had, come together and affect how we respond to stimuli. This project merges the flora of the prairie landscape with the human trait of judging people, events and circumstances too quickly based on our prior knowledge and insight. It touches the soul of any person that has ever been judged on any level, for their race, their religion, their sexual orientation, even to the point to what they are wearing.

Using the simple weed found in a ditch on the prairies as the impetus, this exhibition is meant to encourage people to take another look, to not just swipe left, and consider the person or the moment more deeply than just on impulse. This exhibition is timely as we face many new challenges in our legal system and in our reaction to that system. What makes a weed a weed and not a flower, and who decided which are better? Weeds can be beautiful.

Both exhibitions run from March 2 to April 13, 2019.