The Patterson Library Octagon Gallery is pleased to present "Things That Go Bump in the Night- a Halloween Exhibit" Oct. 18 - Nov. 8.
An opening reception for the artists will be held Friday, Oct. 18, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Frightening Halloween images and music will be the prominent theme for this exhibition featuring artists Stephanie Brash, Mark Gillespie, Jeffrey McMullen, Susan MacKay, Ann Parker and Richard Sin. Nancy N. Ensign, Curator of the Octagon Gallery states, "These WNY artists have been working on this themed exhibit for over one year. Please come and show your support to their dedicated efforts to commemorate their expression of Halloween themed art."
Stephanie Brash of Fredonia, NY states, "The inspiration for the flock of ravens derives from the pervasive spiritual and mythological significance of the raven found in cultures around the world. I am interested in the way we humans interpret and often personify the 'animal world,' placing value on other species solely based on our desires and observations. In recent years I have had the opportunity to fire my pieces in wood and wood-fired soda kilns with other ceramicists near my home. The actual fire enhances and assists in painting the work. This process is collaboration with the kiln. Because of the process, one is never sure what the final product will look like so I must let go of expectations and let the wood-fire process take its course. I also enjoy interacting with Chautauqua Area Potters splitting and stacking wood and the long firings after working alone in the studio."
Jeffrey McMullen of Cuba, NY shares, "Soon after our first shoots at the long abandoned Allegheny County 'Poorhouse' sanitarium, learning some of its history from the current owner and historical documents on the web, we found that we were not just photographing architecture and still life, but the former residence of ill or troubled souls of several decades. A sense of sadness and mystery pervaded our work. We learned that after two tragic fires, and due to whatever other causes, a number of these people living at times in deplorable conditions, passed on nameless, with all records destroyed, in graves marked only with numbers and grave stones finally have been all removed to a single pair of monuments on a hill over the hospital grounds."
Ann Parker of Machias, NY said, "Black cats, deep dark stairwells, the midnight train, rooms with a spectral view - all of these images conjure up the mysterious, the unknown, the inexplicable. At this time of the year, as the days shorten, the twilight evenings cast shadows as the red and amber leaves rustle on the trees and grinning jack-o-lanterns are lit from within, there is a feeling of strangeness and uncertainty. We rush to the warmth of our homes as chilly winds surround us, trying to find security in our havens of light. But, as the lights are turned low, a strange sound may startle us from our reverie. 'What was that?' spoken from the warm cocoons of our bedrooms. Possibly, something going 'bump in the night' piquing our curiosity, heightening our senses and making us look over our shoulders to get a glimpse of the unexpected."
Please contact Octagon Gallery Curator, Nancy Nixon, with interest in an art exhibition for the year 2015, or contact Art Escape programming at 716-326-2154 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Patterson Library's art gallery program is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Re-grant Program administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.