The Middletown Arts Center is set to take a modern look at still-life, as more than a dozen artists come together to investigate that theme.
“It’s a traditional idea that’s done in a very contemporary way,” said Maria Seda-Reeder, the exhibition organizer of “Still Alive: Exploring Contemporary Still-Life.” She is a Cincinnati-based independent curator.
In addition to her role as curator, Seda-Reeder writes about art for a number of publications, in between her time as an adjunct instructor at several area arts institutions. She is also a founding member of Near*By, a curatorial collective.
The exhibition will open on Saturday, July 23, with an opening reception from 5-8 p.m.
“I’ve paired artists, who I think could work well together, so I have a ceramicist and a flower arranger, and I have a woodworker and a plant-based artist that are doing things together at the installation,” Seda-Reeder said.
Participating artists include John Auer, Amanda Bialk, Arynn Blazer, Patricia Duque Campos, Joe Castrucci, Sara Caswell-Pearce, Colin Klimesh, Pam Kravetz, Katie Parker & Guy Michael Davis, Brooke Shanesy, Mica Smith, Megan Strasser and Christy Wittmer.
Middletown Arts Center Executive Director Hilary Nauman said she is delighted about the installation work: “I have not had site-specific installation work done here before, so that’s one of the things that I’m very excited about is how are they going to transform our space in a way that is engaging for our guests.”
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