The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Monday, July 2, 2018

July in the Hosmer Gallery

Andrew Quient: Architectural Drawings and Ceramics 
Kichung Lizee and Erika Lizee: The Fleeting, Floating and Transient World of “Unsui,” Cloud and Water 

Exhibit: July 2-30, 2018
Reception: Wednesday July 11, 5:30-7:30 PM

With a dual background in ceramics and architecture, Andrew Quient keeps his feet in both worlds.
As a potter he creates wheel-thrown vessels, many with complex geometric decoration, inspired by his architectural training. As an architectural draftsman he is working on a series of renderings, in pencil, ink and watercolor, of notable Beaux-Arts buildings in New England.
Currently he is applying his skills to creating architectural form in clay. In this exhibit he will also include the series of renderings he recently completed in Italy.

Kichung Lizee from Shelburne Falls was born in Korea and trained in Eastern Calligraphy and Abstract Art, has had art shows and workshops around the world, and was an ordained Zen Priest. Her work allows spirit to flow through the brush and onto mulberry paper for a fluid and spontaneous style. Her Los Angeles based daughter-in-law, Erika Lizee, is gaining recognition as a visionary installation artist whose work has been featured in the Los Angeles International Airport, and major galleries and public venues.
Kichung was invited to explore the archives of Historic Northampton to seek an Asian connection. She discovered a poem sent to the founders of Historic Northampton, Thomas and Edith Shepherd, by a friend in Japan. The poem reflects the peace and serenity of a statue of Great Buddha that the Shepherds had found compelling. They had travelled extensively and maintained journals and photos of their travels in Asia that are now kept in the archives.
The poem and the Shepherds’ travel mementos from Asia inspired Kichung and Erika to create an exhibit based on the Japanese concept of “Unsui”, or “Cloud and Water”. In Japanese Buddhism this concept is represented by wandering monks and nuns who practice being in the present moment by inviting spirit to float through them like water and clouds.
It is their hope that this exhibit will inspire you to experience Unsui in a meaningful way.

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Monday 9-9 ; Tuesday 1-5 ; Wednesday 9-9 ; Thursday 1-5 ; Friday & Saturday 9-5 ; closed Sundays and holidays.

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