The Barrington Grand Public Theater presents the PERSIST summer art exhibition

The Barrington Grand Public Theater presents the PERSIST summer art exhibition

As part of the 2022 Great Barrington Public Theater (GBPT) summer season, visitors are invited to enjoy works created by 7 artists living in (and near) Berkshire. Under the curator of GBPT associate artist Elizabeth Nelson, PERSIST explores themes of erosion, trauma, reimagination, investigation, beauty and violence.

“I wanted to bring together the women who created in these turbulent times. Creating as a way of processing, maintaining purpose and joy – perseverance. What I discovered is that we all persevere in many ways from the beginning, as women and artists,” says Elizabeth Nelson. “I wonder how the shared experience of these concrete works as part of watching live theater will affect the audience – what stories will they discover on their own? What could the viewer discover about how they continued to persevere?”

Presented works will include photography, drawing, flash fiction / CNF and sculpture using recycled textiles, found and repurposed items, and natural materials such as wood, bone, clay and feathers. Some works will have an interactive component, allowing the viewer to participate in the experience.

Contributing artists include: Parasrevi “Toula” Taliadoros, owner and artist behind Make My Day Design; Deirdre McKenna, writer and performer from the Keg Writing Group for Women; Merudjina Normil, interdisciplinary artist; Ariana Collins, interdisciplinary artist; Lindsay Neathawk, owner of Neathawk Designs; Natalia Bystrianyk, intuitive painter; and Elizabeth Nelson, writer, multidisciplinary artist and marketing professional.

PERSIST will be able to be seen from June 4 to August 6, 2022 at the Student Gallery in front of the Liebowitz Black Box Theater at the Daniel Arts Center on the Bard College campus in Simon’s Rock. More information will soon be available at greatbarringtonpublictheater.org.

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