“Figuratively Speaking” on display at Clayton Center

“Figuratively Speaking” on display at Clayton Center

Nov. 20, 2018 

“Figuratively Speaking” is on display Nov. 1-30 in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Blackberry Farm and William “Ed” Harmon galleries. The artwork is a collaborative show by Sarah Curry, Andrea Geller and David King.

On Fri., Nov. 30, the public is invited to attend an art reception in the galleries from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Normal gallery hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Sarah Curry received her B.F.A. from Kansas City Art Institute with a major in illustration and her master’s degree in art education from Case Western Reserve University. She has since been teaching art to high school students at Brush High for 17 years.

Curry works in a variety of styles ranging from realism to abstraction. She has spearheaded over 10 public art installations in the Cleveland area, collaborating with local artists, students and community members. Much of her time is spent using art to make connections between local schools, businesses and artists of all ages. Her current body of work revisits familiar stories and reinterprets the themes, imagery and lessons through the contemporary eyes of friends and family.  

Andrea Geller studied painting at Cornell University for two years before earning her B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design in New York and her M.F.A. at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at William Paterson University, Bergen Community College in New Jersey and SUNY Rockland in New York. 

Geller’s ‘The Bath Series’ portrays the figure in all stages of the bath experience. Through the motions, the figure is transitioning from one state of mind to another during the intimate experience. The bath can be a symbol of renewal, as the figure engages in a transformative experience through the sound, light, color and the continual motion of the water. 

David King received his M.F.A. in painting from Kent State University. In 2014, King retired after teaching high school art for 30 years. Over the years, he has curated and juried numerous exhibitions and has been an active member of many local committees. He is a founding board member of ARTFUL Cleveland, a grassroots organization providing affordable studio spaces to eastside Cleveland artists. 

King’s series depicts the slippery efforts of the mind's eye to recapture time. It conveys a sense of urgency to preserve the disintegrating glances into our memories. The contemporary color palette represents the modern mind breathing life back into the image that was obscured by time's patination. Each piece contains a relationship between the person and the place that anchors the memory.


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