“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” –Anatole France
In October and November, The David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village (CT) will present the group exhibition Spirit Animals featuring 45 local artists from the tri-state area and an ark-full of feathered, furred, and finned beasts. An opening reception with refreshments will take place on Saturday October 26, 4-6PM. An art salon talk with Master Conservationist Ginny Apple will take place on Saturday, November 16 at 4PM. The exhibit will remain on display through Saturday, November 30. These events are free and open to the public. For more information call the Library at 860-824-7424 or visit huntlibrary.org. Hours: Tues & Thurs 10-5, Fri 3-7, Sat 10-1, Sun 11-2. David M. Hunt Library, 63 Main Street, Falls Village, CT, 06031.
In a request to artists, curators Lilly Woodworth and Garth Kobal proposed the following, “Extract yourself from the quotidian for a couple of minutes and imagine blinking open your eyes to see yourself in the form of an animal. What animal best describes your nature and/or spirit? Does the very nature of these times, this season, your life experience or, daresay, personal moment, elicit a response in you? Is there an animal spirit or form that leaps to mind or a slow realization of an alternative animal inside?”
The response from artists was strong and passionate, creating an exhibition of 45 artists, featuring a pack of wolves, a stampede of elephants, a murder of crows, bears, bunnies, goldfish, racoons, rhinos, deer, owls, seagulls, moths, a mouse, a panther, a wild boar, a dog named Turtle, and many more.
Artists featured in the exhibit include Jeanne Allen, Marsha Altemus, Lori Barker, Megan Berk, Pamela Berkelely, Louise Black, Allen Blagden, Janet Andre Block, John Brett, Jane Capellaro, Eileen Cooper, Erika Crofut, Patricia Decker, Lesley Ehlers, Louis Farkovitz, Zoe Fedorjazcenko, Sergei Fedorjaczenko, David Fertig, Emily Fuller, Richard Griggs, Lazlo Gyorsok, Shaari Horowitz, Michelle Iglesias, Joey Jablonski, Sallie Ketcham, Mark Liebergall, Tom Lotas, Danielle Mailer, Sarah Martinez, Kimburly McDowell, Roger McKee, Terri Moore, Patty Mullins, Ken Musselman, Catherine Noren, Randy Orzano, Robert Andrew Parker, Susan Rand, Bernie Re, Diane Shapira, Joel Shapira, Jude Streng, Carol Timolat, Justine Valla, and Lilly Woodworth.
Most of the artworks in Spirit Animals are priced under $500 and a portion of each sale benefits the David M. Hunt Library.