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Monday, May 16, 2016

House of Life Paintings by Anna Dibble

Image above: Hope is the Thing with Feathers 

House of Life
Paintings by Anna Dibble

June 8 - July 3, 2016 
Arts Night Out Reception: Friday, June 10: 5-8 pm

House of Life’ is a collection of recent work that was done during and after a three year stretch of loss and change in Dibble’s life. The subsequent deaths of her husband, her dog and her mother motivated Dibble to find ways to tame the pain of grief. “The grieving, which often seemed to be an outside force that attacked like an emotional terrorist, erased clarity and inspiration. It seemed there was nothing I could do to speed up the process and get to the elusive ‘other side.’’

She traveled a little, then sold the house that she and her husband had built and lived in with their two dogs, sold, recycled, and gave away 90 percent of their possessions, moved to a smaller space in another state, and switched from working in oil paint to water based mediums. Then she finally got to work, attempting to “paint into the pain with hopes I could paint my way out.”

In the process she found that it’s impossible to escape grief, but you can learn how to be patient with the dark, and find ways to live in a positive way with its presence. The resulting paintings tell a story of love, loss, change, hope and healing.


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