As part of GB Public’s Summer 2022 season, in conjunction with Solo Fest (June 3 – July 10), audiences and art lovers are invited to see a collection of gallery work created by seven female Berkshire artists. Organized and curated by Elizabeth Nelson, UK Public Associate Artist, PERSIST explores themes of erosion, trauma, reinterpretation, investigation, beauty and violence.
The art exhibition is presented as part of the Solo Fest theme, Voices of Humanity. There will be a public opening and reception with the artists on June 17 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. to coincide with the 7:30 p.m. opening of Robin Gerber’s new play, The Shot, which features the well-known canvas – and stage actress Sharon Lawrence as Katharine stars Graham, famed editor of The Washington Post whose persistence in life and career is a model for a woman coming to power.
“Theater is the living, public lyceum. This is where contemporary culture is expressed and spoken about,” explains artistic director Jim Frangione. “We are in challenging new times, and Solo Fest aims to express some of the big questions humanity is asking now. When Elizabeth suggested installing an art exhibition in the on-site gallery, it was a natural fit. It’s an extension of some of the same questions that Solo Fest brings to the stage. With what’s happening around us in 2022, we all have to persevere.”
PERSIST Curator and GB Public Associate Artist Elizabeth Nelson said: “I wanted to bring together women who have made things happen during these turbulent times,” adds Elizabeth Nelson. “Creating as a way to process, to keep purpose and joy. What I discovered is that from the beginning we all existed in multiple ways, both as women and as artists. I’m excited to see how we make these special experiences collaborating as part of live theater will impact audiences – what stories will unfold? What could the viewer learn about how they exist and continue to exist?
Gallery work includes photography, drawing, flash fiction/CNF and sculpture using recycled textiles, found and repurposed objects and natural materials such as wood, bone, clay and feathers.
PERSIST artists include: Parasrevi “Toula” Taliadoros, owner and artist behind Make My Day Design; Deirdre McKenna, writer and performer with the Powder Keg Writing Group for Women; Merudjina Normil, interdisciplinary artist; Ariana Kolins, interdisciplinary artist; Lindsay Neathawk, owner of Neathawk Designs; Natalia Bystrianyk, intuitive painter; and Elizabeth Nelson, writer, multidisciplinary artist and marketer.
PERSIST will be on view June 4 – August 6, 2022 at the Student Gallery in front of the Liebowitz Black Box Theater at the Daniel Arts Center on the Bard College campus in Simon’s Rock. Public reception is June 17 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Visit the company’s website, GreatBarringtonPublicTheater.org, for more information, artist resumes and rehearsals.