Have artists forgotten about the most durable of all subjects? The flower. The Chernow Gallery at Housatonic Community College once again aims to remedy that with an open juried exhibition.
Not just paintings. All media are eligible and the artist doesn’t even have to LIKE flowers.
What more cliched and worn out device than the vase of flowers, the tired still-life pretty much made obsolete by the camera. But flowers are such incredible things, both visually and in their many layers of symbolism. What a pity if we discarded them, deciding they are too uncool for art school.
I like the wording in the exhibition’s announcement: “refresh the exhausted visual of the flower.” That’s quite a challenge. The link shows results from past shows; artists should consider whether they want to view it.
Entry deadline is May 31 and the opening reception for the resulting exhibition will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 17.
The Chernow Gallery is one of the most magical spaces in downtown Bridgeport, and that’s saying something considering the Read’s Gallery, which is too seldom open, and our beloved City Lights Gallery, are blocks away.