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Art exhibitions on display

Posted 10/30/13

Black and white nature photography by Adoniram Sides

Award-winning photography and paintings that make us rethink the world around us are on display this fall at Fitchburg State University. The work is being shown as part of the CenterStage at Fitchburg State arts and culture series.

Now showing on the Conlon Media Wall at Conlon Hall, 316 Highland Ave., is “Passage of Time” by photographer and Fitchburg State alumnus Adoniram Sides. Sides’ photography is focused on representing the passage of time and the patterns found therein. One of his images was given an honorable mention this fall at the 8th annual Black and White Spider Awards and another piece in the exhibit was nominated for the honor in 2012. The Black and White Spider Awards is the leading international award honoring black and white photography. The globally webcast awards competition reaches 154 countries.

There will be a meet the artist talk with Sides on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 3:30 p.m. The work will remain on the media wall through Nov. 13.

In the Gallery at Sanders, inside the Sanders Administration Building at 300 Highland Ave., the work of artist Nancy McCarthy will be on display from Wednesday, Nov. 13 through Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Park Tree by Nancy McCarthy“My current paintings are the result of slow, meditative studies of the shapes and colors that make up trees,” says McCarthy, a faculty member at the Massachusetts College of Art. “This work is about painting as much as it is about trees. The goal is to translate shapes of limbs, foliage and sky that trees are made of. The most important aspect of this work comes with the steadfast looking and analysis required of painting from observation. I see more and understand better how things, in this case trees, are made. It is in this act of discovery, of truly seeing what is in front of my eyes, that I become connected with the spirit of the tree. My attempt to translate this information becomes the painting. When working well, it is a synthesis of my own energy combined with that of the specific tree. The distinct hue and value of each shape, the speed of the brush, the thickness of the paint, are all decisions made quickly and intuitively; I am not thinking but acting in response to what I perceive. It is a balancing act: I am trying not to anticipate, just to move in response to perception. When I am able to do that, the painting is alive, it breathes, and has energy of its own.”

McCarthy’s exhibit will open with a gallery talk at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 in the gallery. Admission is free.

For more information, visit the CenterStage page.

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