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Marlin Casker presents Questions & Answers

This month the gallery will show a group of prints by European and American artists. The lithographs, woodcuts, screen prints, etchings, and drypoints are from 1921 to 1972 and highlight the diversity of art of the period.

The show, which is called “Questions and Answers”, is eighteen works from the collection of Marlin Casker. There will be a gallery talk on the 18th of February at 3:30pm.

In the early years of the twentieth century artists in Europe and America were searching for creative expression which would more accurately reflect the mood, reality and experience of the changing times. Early efforts attracted attention and became movements whose names are familiar today, Cubism and Surrealism for example and others, Futurism and Constructivism. Abstraction also gained ground. By the 1920’s, through exhibitions and publications, the ideas became well understood and artists from New York to Moscow adapted these new ideas as they saw fit.

While there were many who committed themselves to modernist idioms there were more who retained the recognizable image – landscape or still life for example. The prints displayed here reflect the wide range of the art which resulted and the richness of art of the middle years of the 20th century.

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Johnsons Art Display in the Heritage Room

The Johnson Family has been doing Arts, Crafts, and Graphic Design, their whole lives. It is part of who they are. It may involve anything from Photography to Ceramics, and even if they find that a medium that is not their “cup of tea”, they like to explore different possibilities. The experience which often includes both enjoyment and challenges, enrich each day in varying ways. Of course they also enjoy sharing their creations, including the how-tos.

“Art is the activity by which a person, having experienced an emotion, intentionally transmits it to others” – Leo Tolstoy

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

Art is a very personal experience and can be intended to only be seen by the artist, or shared in order to convey a feeling, thought, or idea to others. The pieces shown in the gallery are a mixture of these. Some pieces were only intended for the creator and some were to share, but our hope is that you will find a connection, not just to the pieces or the artist, but to art.

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton

“A picture is a poem without words” – Horace

Please join us on the 18th, weather permitting, to try some different art activities and share how art can be very therapeutic, especially with things like stress. We hope that you will enjoy looking, but are inspired to pull out your artist brush if it has been awhile, try a new media if you need some inspiration, or investigate different ways to use arts and crafts to make your life just a little bit better!

Terrie, Kristin, & Ashley Johnson