Deborah Addison Coburn
In her new exhibition, “One Family,” Deborah Addison Coburn steps away from abstraction to present a collection of portraits, drawn from treasured family photographs, in celebration of America’s diverse immigrant heritage.
As a daughter, even a great-great granddaughter, of people who came to the United States by choice, she was moved to respond to the antipathy being expressed lately toward immigrants. Members of her own family and others like them died because they could not find refuge when conditions in their countries became lethal.
The families featured in these pages are, admittedly, not drawn from a broad cross-section of Americans; they are from Coburn’s circle of family, friends and online acquaintances, in hopes of conveying the richness and diversity that immigrants contribute to this country; diversity which should be celebrated, not feared.
Can’t make it to the show in person? View our digital exhibition catalogue of One Family.
Receptions & Events (All Shows)
First Friday Reception: Oct. 5, 6-8 pm | Artists' Reception: Saturday, Oct. 13, 4-6 pm | ACLU Fundraiser: Thursday, October 18, 5-8 pm | Closing Reception: Saturday, Oct. 27, 4-6 pm
In the Downstairs Gallery
Something in the undulating stripes and somewhat rough outlined characteristics of a camel hair blanket have been a an influence since Harriet Lesser bargained for it as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria.
Lesser has returned to these works, adding here and there as it seemed needed. Bringing out contrast, subduing color or adjusting elements worked over time.
The stripes themselves have carried political implications as well as landscape and figurative manifestations. The weight of the fabric is a surprising balance to the flexing but sculptural lines of the charcoal. For Lesser, it is reminiscent of more ancient statuary but frozen in a moment.
The blanket both covers and reveals.
Can’t make it to the show in person? View our digital exhibition catalogue of CoverUp.
Barbara Williams presents a series of large works that reflect her experienced abstract style.
In the Garden Gallery
Nicole Ida Fossi & Suzanne Goldberg
Nicole Ida Fossi presents Soft Focus, a collection of recent oil portraits on paper searching for elusive tenderness, a softness revealed both through inspiration and implementation. Says Fossi, “A direct gaze couched behind a defensive posture or a ephemeral calm look amidst distraction; the collection centers on these individual moments of fierce vulnerability, united in revealing yearning isolation and subtle bravery. To capture such moments, I lay down lines and light layers of pigment in a method of studied incompleteness. As a result, the portraits balance interior and exterior, paint and paper, and foreground and background in an effort to invert expectations of what is shown and what is concealed. I am interested, especially, in subverting traditional depictions of masculinity and femininity by focusing boldly on soft sensuality and close, almost raw intimacy. Moments of exposed surface allow entrance into the portraits, signifying the emotional openness and vulnerability that drew me to the subjects in the first place.” Suzanne Goldberg presents The Galaxy Series, works on canvas stimulated by images of our spectacular galaxies which inspire wonder.