On The Walls

Sleepy Hollow: Celebrating Change

by: Liz McKay

My first job after college graduation was as an interior designer/secretary for a small architectural firm.  The principal architect, Bob, was a nice older man who took a chance on a quirky artist with a knack for drafting and a keen eye for space planning.

Bob was a self-professed observer of human nature and one day – after giving me a quizzical look regarding the outfit I was wearing (crop pants with matching bolero jacket in black with white Egyptian hieroglyphs) – he asked me, “Are artists really weird or are they just weird to be considered artists?” At the time, I wasn’t sure how to answer his question. Thirty years later, I think I now have a better grasp.

While there are those who may put on an unusual persona in the hope that it will help them be perceived as an artist; true artists are not weird, at least to their own minds.  True artists see the world through a very different set of lenses and they interpret that information through filters that sift out what is to them the most fascinating aspects of this thing called life.  This process often results in artists gravitating to images, concepts and practices that non-artists might find out of the ordinary or weird.  It’s also the reason many artists find the changing of the seasons a time of renewed creativity.

Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is also a time when many artists find great inspiration and their creativity is sparked by the smell of leaves burning and the changing of the light.  It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.  These images dance through an artist’s imagination this time of year and here at Gallery 27, the result is our annual Sleepy Hollow Show.

This year marks our 5th Sleepy Hollow Exhibit.  We sincerely hope that you will plan to join us for the costume ball opening reception on Saturday, October 14th from 7-9 PM.

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