Charla Boteler’s on a roll: The Memory Show at WAC

Charla Boteler, and daughter Alison Boteler behind her, at Friday's show opening.

Charla Boteler, who charmed the Housatonic Art Gallery to win best in show, has more “stackings” on display at the Westport Arts Center. The “Memory” show opened Friday to an enormously receptive crowd.

The Boteler house is filled with antiques and heirlooms, just ready to be rearranged. No longer feeling any qualms about allowing stemware, lampshades, feathers plucked from a taxidermied pheasant,  and anything else found around the house, to balance precariously, Charla allowed new forms to emerge — balanced, graceful and strangely lovely. Charla’s “stackings” have been captured on camera by daughter Alison, who recognized a serendipity and artistic impulse that Alzheimer’s helped unleash.

According to the Westport News, the show was timed to coincide with the Westport Country Playhouse’s production of “A Diary of Anne Frank,” which, of course, draws heavily on a father’s tragic remembrances.

Other artists represented in “Memory” include Kok and Kirshenblatt; Christian Boltanski; Sophie Calle; Ursula von Rydingsvard; Nina Bentley; Larry Silver; D. Dominick Lombardi and Tracy Sugarman.

Charla’s works, framed, are available for sale.

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