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“Lives Lived” & “Between Something and Nothing”


Carole Loeffler, “it’s fine, i’m fine," vintage housecoat, sweater, felt and thread each measure approx. Contributed.

NARROWSBURG - “Lives Lived,” an exhibition of sculptural objects by Carole Loeffler and “Between Something and Nothing,” an exhibit of paintings by Gregory Curry will open at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance on Saturday, September 21. The shows will be on through October 26. The opening reception for the exhibits will take place Saturday, October 5 from 3 to 5 pm. The event is free and open to the public.


‘LIVES LIVED’ IN ALLIANCE GALLERY


“My most recent works are a reaction to the post-election, toxic political environment that is enveloping the United States and the world. These pieces are an attempt for me to process what it means to be a woman, to be married to a family of immigrants, and to raise kind, thoughtful children in a world that feels upside down and inside out,” says Carole Loeffler who lives in Philadelphia, PA. “I've been thinking not only of my role in society but am trying to give a voice to the experiences my mother, father, relatives and friends have had, and may continue to have, in their everyday lives.”


Loeffler utilizes found vintage textiles with text to examine what it means to be a woman in our culture. The exhibition is comprised of found artifacts of femininity, such as vintage linens and nightgowns, in-scripted with phrases such as “It’s Fine. I’m Fine” and “Trust Yourself.”


“I strive to instill moments of quiet, peace, joy, awe, wonderment and nostalgia in the viewer. Suspending reality and emptying minds from the never ending to do lists.”


A native of New Jersey, Loeffler has had group and solo exhibitions in many states throughout the US. She spent over 10 years investigating the color red through a variety of abstract sculptural approaches and processes. She received her B.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and her M.F.A. from University of South Florida in Tampa. Previously, she taught and directed the Foundations program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the School of Art and Design. Currently, she is the Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA and teaches Sculpture, Senior Seminar and coordinates the Foundations program.


‘BETWEEN SOMETHING AND NOTHING’ IN LOFT GALLERY


Why paint when anything you could imagine can be created by computer generated images? What’s left for the artist to conjure? These are the questions Gregory Curry seeks to answer in the creation of his paintings. “I think the only answer is a hybrid between something and nothing,” says Curry. “That’s the key to these paintings, they are paintings of something—yes, but exactly what is impossible to know.”


The paintings engender new atmospheres that still seem familiar. They are not exactly abstract, not exactly landscapes, and not exactly figurative. Some details may look recognizable, but that’s not Curry’s aim.


Gregory Curry, “Tulip Fevered," Acrylic on Canvas. Contributed.


“They’re a bit like lurching forward into the future, not sure what you’ll find,” explains Curry. “They are painted not to see the future, but to recognize our present.”


Curry’s paintings have been exhibited at the Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn; Parkers Box, Brooklyn; Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn; Wall Space Gallery, NY; Tribe Gallery, NY; The Cooper-Hewitt National Museum, NY; Printed Matter, NY; Instituto Frances de Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain; Museum of Sex, NY; City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ; and the Visual Arts Gallery, NY.


He was the recipient of a Francis Criss Purchase Award and received a full scholarship to the Skowhegan School of Painting. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA degree in painting. His work is in the collection of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.


Delaware Valley Arts Alliance is located at 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm. The activities of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance are made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


For more information, visit delawarevalleyartsalliance.org or call 845-252-7576.

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