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.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Follow My Eyes: Recent Work by Jan Ruby-Crystal

In the Garden, with Feugo, Guatemala by Jan Ruby-Crystal, 2018 Volcanic Ash Monoprint on canvas, 30 x 20”
WHAT: Follow My Eyes: Recent Work by Jan Ruby-Crystal
WHEN: Opening Reception: December 15, 11-1 PM
WHERE: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Visitor’s Center, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA 01027

As I follow my eyes, I am often rewarded with an endlessly changing world of beauty and light that captures my imagination and inspires creative action. Sometimes my response is a drawing, others a painting or a sculpture. While in Guatemala, the continual eruption of the massive volcano, Fuego in Antigua, left layers of sooty ash upon every surface. The tragic stories of inhabitants fleeing ahead of the lava flows, others trapped in their homes and a lucky few rescued from rooftops while whole towns, generation of memories were suddenly gone forever buried under mountains of ash and rock. Some of my new work, based on techniques created by artist Kurtis Brand, is my response to the hailing ash of Feugo. I created a series of mono prints using sifted volcanic ash to design my images. These one-off prints explore the effects of the Volcanic eruptions on nature and its innocent inhabitants. As I follow my eyes, I am often rewarded with an endlessly changing world of beauty and light that captures my imagination and inspires creative action. Sometimes my response is a drawing, others a painting or a sculpture. While in Guatemala, the continual eruption of the massive volcano, Fuego in Antigua, left layers of sooty ash upon every surface. The tragic stories of inhabitants fleeing ahead of the lava flows, others trapped in their homes and a lucky few rescued from rooftops while whole towns, generation of memories were suddenly gone forever buried under mountains of ash and rock. Some of my new work, based on techniques created by artist Kurtis Brand, is my response to the hailing ash of Feugo. I created a series of mono prints using sifted volcanic ash to design my images. These one-off prints explore the effects of the Volcanic eruptions on nature and its innocent inhabitants.

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
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arcadia@massaudubon.org
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Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk

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