InBEtween & Rooted
InBEtween, a touring group show | Rooted, Nancy McRay, Shanna Robinson, and the GRETA Project
InBEtween & Rooted
Aug 28 to Oct 9
Two very unique exhibitions, InBEtween & Rooted, are presented in the LowellArts Gallery this fall. InBEtween is a touring group show that examines questions around intersectionality, displacement, and otherness. The exhibition includes the work of artists from Germany, US, and India and is curated by NYC based artist Tara Sabharwal. Rooted combines the work of fiber artists Nancy McRay and Shanna Robinson with the works of the GRETA Project, an on-going collaborative of 9 artists who have created several pieces together about invasive species and endangered species. These artists all reside in Northwestern Michigan.
Tuesday - Friday 10am-6pm
*At this time, all individuals are required to wear a mask inside LowellArts regardless of vaccination status.
Ayisha Abraham, Barbara Beisinghoff, Kristin Casaletto, Helen Frederick, Cheryl Goldsleger, Leslie Jean-Bart, Tatana Kellner, Karen Kunc, Larry Millard, Veer Munshi, Roger Rigoth, Miguel Rivera, Tara Sabharwal, & Sabine Strange
The InBEtween exhibition is a touring group show, planned to promote unity in response to our divisive time. This show has been presented in 2019 at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, Georgia, and in 2020 at Studios Inc. Kansas City, Missouri, and Constellation Studios, Lincoln, Nebraska. Alternative shows and works were shown also in Germany and India. Exhibitions and venues are being planned through 2021 and 2022.
The present moment is all we ever know. It is the vital space in between what we have been and where we could be heading. It is always right there, our opportunity for change. InBEtween draws attention to our inherently open sense of self, honoring the process of self-examination and transformation.
– Tara Sabharwal, curator. In collaboration with David Gann.
This exhibition examines questions around inter-sectionality, displacement and otherness, through the work of artists from Germany, US and India, along with local guest artists. Curated by NYC based artist Tara Sabharwal, the show is part of an international travelling project with an emphasis on involving community and generating dialog.
In inhabiting different spaces, one encounters conflicting points of view, which work within the political/social/racial group but become suddenly inflammatory outside it. Often, we are not even aware of this, as we are, after all, an intrinsic part of cultural traditions and languages that have hierarchies, prejudices and privileges built into them. This show aims to foster dialog by experiencing diverse points of view and sharing our own.
The need for listening to each other is urgent. Artists live within communities as natural outsiders, forming their own borderless intersections. Could artists present a fresh approach, through their art, where reason and verbal structures fail?
From Germany: Nomadic sculptor Roger Rigorth’s installation of thin, fragile oars, Barbara Beisinhoff’s artist books on the poetry of Jewish poet and holocaust victim Gertrude Kolmar, and Sabine Stange’s photographs on perceptual transience.
From America: Tana Kellner’s monoprints on the US Bill of Rights and immigration, Cheryl Goldsleger’s prints of migration maps, Miguel Rivera’s overlapped drawings derived from his Mexican-American roots, Leslie Jean Bart’s photographs of Haitian American identity discord through photos of people in water, Karen Kunc’s woodcuts on rural urban migration, Larry Millard’s batons referencing entry permits, and Kristin Casaletto’s prints of community existence.
From India: Ayisa Abraham’s film of the life of a Nepali migrant living in Bangalore, Veer Munshi’s installation on his return to his exiled home in Kashmir, and Tara Sabharwal’s collaged silkscreen prints of refugees on boats encountering the ‘other.’
Rooted: Kinship with Nature
Nancy McRay & Shanna Robinson
GRETA Project - Jami Blaauw-Hara, Jasmine Lace Petrie, Nancy McRay, Marcia Meyer, Anne Morningstar, Shanna Robinson, Dawn Swaim, and Carrie Strand Tebeau
Nancy McRay - Nancy McRay holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan with an emphasis on Fiber Art. She has worked as a studio artist and community arts organizer since 1994. She states, "Weaving is in my blood and is my primary mode of expression. Making cloth with depth and dimension has been a consistent thread in my work, be it in tapestry, by creating depth and movement through composition, or in cloth that is anything but flat. I weave in response to my world, in recognition of what I encounter, and in acknowledgement of what stands out to me. What I want to express most often is appreciation, a sense of awe, and connection. If others can view my work and take away their own bit of wonder, all the better."
Shanna Robinson - A retired professor of art, Shanna Robinson lives and works in Horton Bay, MI. She earned a BFA and an MFA in Textiles at Eastern Michigan University. She states, "My artwork has always drawn inspiration from nature, whether making dyes and inks from plants, or mimicking the shapes of seed pods in sculpture. I am interested in my place in the world, how I came to be in this place, and my relationship to the life around me. This body of work expresses my understanding of the natural world through projects concerned with trees, birds, and the chronicling of my walks in places I love. Working primarily in textiles and printmaking, I employ a variety of methods and materials to express my ideas."
GRETA PROJECT Artists
Jami Blaauw-Hara - I am a Professor of English and Communications at North Central Michigan College. I am driven to express what it means to live in a declining world and how we make sense of the story of humankind and our relation to the planet on which we live. I believe art is the way we do this.
Jasmine Lace Petrie - I grew up in northwest lower Michigan and have been weaving and dyeing here for more than 10 years. I have a passion for community, local economy, and slow-scale textiles. My inspiration comes largely from the natural world and the old ways, but also comes from the dilapidated excess of an industrialized society. I enjoy working in all manner of natural fibers, natural dyes, and found items.
Nancy McRay - I am a weaver living on the edge of Elk Lake in northern Michigan. Weaving is in my blood and is my primary mode of expression. I weave in response to my world. Making cloth with depth and dimension has been a consistent thread in my work, be it in tapestry, by creating depth and movement through composition, or in cloth that is anything but flat. What I want to express most often is appreciation, a sense of awe, and a connection.
Marcia Meyer - I am a retired teacher living in Petoskey, MI. The natural world is my favorite setting. Whether it be my local woods, Michigan lakeshores, the deserts and mountains of the western US, or my backyard; outside in nature is my peace, my inspiration, and my joy. As I reflect on the daily, the seasonal, and the imminent changes to our natural world, I create artwork from natural materials and focus on natural themes.
Shanna Robinson - I am a retired Professor of Art. I am interested in my place in the world, how I came to be in this place, and my relationship to the life around me. I am currently interested in expressing my understanding of the workings of the natural world through projects concerned with trees, birds, and the chronicling of my walks in places I love.
Dawn Swaim - Dawn Swaim is a painter and fiber artist living in Boyne City, Michigan. She graduated from Maryland Institute, College of Art with degrees in Art Education and Painting. She taught for 39 years as an art teacher in Michigan Public Schools and last 13 as an adjunct teaching Oil Painting (with water mixable oils) at North Central Michigan College. Dawn is on the Board of Directors of Jordan River Arts Council, serving as co-president.
Carrie Strand Tebeau - I hold an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan, but I found that words are only part of how I want to express myself. My work is rooted in my identity as a woman and also as a human on a troubled planet. I am strongly influenced by the experience of spending my entire life bounded by four of the world’s largest lakes, and Michigan’s history and geologic pre-history often creep into my thinking and designs.