We are excited to announce the opening reception for the exhibit “Intersection” on Saturday September 30 from 5-7 pm, featuring the art ASCC faculty members Karen Arp-Sandel, Sayzie Carr and Nancy Kohler, who have taught in ASCC’s Art in the Library program, now entering its fourth year.
Karen Arp-Sandel is the Co-founder of FeMail, a worldwide network of mail artists, and teaches art workshops in diverse locations such as India and Italy. Arp-Sandel shares “I experienced the richness of poetry, artist book-making process, and art through my role as a teaching artist. For me, emerging intersections within my artwork involve expanding the conversation inside my imagination.”
Sayzie Carr has worked in textile design and graduate degree in art education from RISD. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Millay Colony. She shares that “Through art making I witness that everyone has innate creative abilities. The immediacy of discovery and exploration that children exhibit is inspiring. For adults, that openness required in the exploration of art making requires great courage, it entails in letting go of what we all ‘think we know’ at times.”
Nancy Kohler holds a Master of Arts, Visual Communication and Sequential Narrative from SUNY Empire State and is the recipient of ASCC’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2016. She shares “While immersing myself in research on the poets, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Walt Whitman and Edna St. Vincent Millay, I became enamored with local lore and history, enriching my students’ lives and my own. This has profoundly changed and enriched my outlook and approach to my own work in many ways.”
In addition to the textile, collage, and mixed media art on exhibit, the opening reception begins with a discussion in which the artists share how work teaching in the Art in the Library program has intersected with their work as studio artists. Artwork created by their students will be exhibited along with copies of the poems these artists have taught with by Whitman, Millay, Dickinson and others.
The program is free and open to the public, made possible in part with a grant from Humanities NY.