Thursday, January 14, 2010

Dara Engler, painter from ULM faculty, to be presented in Barnwell exhibit opening Sun, Jan 17, 2 pm

The Friends of the Barnwell invites you to view the new main gallery exhibition by artist Dara Engler.

Dara's exhibition has a lengthy title: "Zombies vs. Pirates: Line Up, Shake Hands, Good Game." It will be on exhibit January 11 through February 28, 2009.

An opening reception will be held Sunday, January 17, from 2pm to 4pm.

Engler's commentary on this collection of her paintings:

As a culture we walk a fine line. Struggling to balance the stresses in our lives. We battle between choosing inactive activities that allow us to hibernate and turn off our brains, and choosing hobbies that will enrich our lives. I paint secluded, vacant, zombie-like figures; who have relaxed in their habits until they have lost time. They have anesthetized themselves and become sluggish, jaundiced, and so lacking muscle tone that they hang over their chairs and defy anatomy. Opposing these figures are the ornery, striped pirates; waking up on the wrong side of the bed, they are more alert, and as a result, more grumpy. It’s well worth some pouting and furrowed brows to be certain that we don’t sleepwalk through our lives (If I were you, I’d put my money on the pirates).

The most an artist can do is paint the things they know and hope other people see things from a new angle. What I know is that if it were not for the act of painting, I would be lost to the worlds I paint.

601 Clyde Fant Parkway
Barnwell Garden & Art Center
Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 4pm
Saturday, 10am to 5pm
Sunday, 1pm to 5pm

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