Quiet: the art of ASCC faculty Eileen Murphy & Arlene Santana Thornton

Winter brings a quieter pace to our region: longer hours indoors and often limited travel.  Snow seems to muffle sound as our landscape is blanketed in white.  Yet quiet can promote listening, deep reflection, and creativity. 

ASCC Murphy Thornton Quiet 2018Reflecting on listening and quiet as a process and a space both external and inner, we are exploring “Quiet” in an upcoming exhibit.  Featuring the work of ASCC faculty members Eileen Murphy and Arlene Santana Thornton, the exhibit is on view in our gallery spaces from January 18-March 8, 2018.  An opening reception to meet the artists is Saturday, February 3 from 5- 7 pm (snow date February 10).  The reception is free and open to the public and refreshments are served.

Reflecting on the role of quiet in her work, Eileen Murphy shares lines from Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem: “Quiet friend who has come so far, feel how your breathing makes more space around you. Let this darkness be a bell tower and you the bell.” Murphy holds a MFA from the Pratt Institute, and lives and works in both Brooklyn and Columbia County.   She has shown widely in New York City and at Carrie Haddad Gallery (Hudson NY).  She was awarded residencies to the Vermont Studio Center and Yaddo, and shows her work internationally through the US Department of State’s Art in the Embassy program.    More information is on her website: www.eileenmurphy.net.

Arlene Santana Thornton engages with abstraction in her work, often choosing monochromatic color schemes.  Her work often features water: rivers, tides, and rain, and elemental physical forms: bridges, paths, and islands which suggest the interconnections between the beauty of the natural world and the human experience.  She shares a quote from Henry David Thoreau: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”  Santana Thornton holds a BFA from Florida International University in Miami, and has studied at New York University and the Art Students League of New York.   Her extensive travels have informed her work, and she has exhibited her work in museums and galleries in Europe and America.  She now lives in Kinderhook NY.  More information is on her website: www.arlenesantana.com.

This exhibit quietly communicates much: join us to experience “quiet” through art!

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