The exhibition Rising Above: Art by Rosemary Barile, Karen Mobley and Deb Sheldon will be held at Terrain Gallery and run from April 2 through May 1, 2021. Artist Reception will be Friday, April 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.
“Like most artists I have been struggling to navigate the challenges of Covid over the past year. Cancelled shows, closed galleries, anxiety, fear, panic and anger, so much anger. Early on it became clear that I needed to find a way forward for the sake of my mental health, to embrace this gift of time and solitude brought on by circumstances so beyond my control. Not wanting to compromise my lungs I took a break from working in encaustic and picked up a needle and thread. I have a Master’s in Fiber Arts and a long history of creating art that incorporates fiber techniques. The five “Queens of Corona” included in this show were done over the first ten months of the pandemic. They were inspired by ingenuity and sacrifices made by women. The health care workers, teachers, grocery store clerks, moms, who did what women in difficult circumstances do. They persevered. I have also included artwork from ‘the before times” and my most recent encaustic/mixed media pieces. I’m still processing, still looking for the way forward.”
Karen Mobley will exhibit “doodles” from her pandemic project and recent oil paintings. During the Covid-19 shutdown, Mobley began a project where she created small, mostly 9” X 12” watercolor paintings on Yupo and other papers. The “doodles” reflect experiences from throughout the year which include drawings of the garden, landscape images from hikes, and micro-views of plants, rocks and other natural elements. She will also include oil paintings on board which developed from this group of small pictures. “I felt the impact of being confined and have worked to find beauty in the things I see and experience. I also made a point to use materials I had on hand. This has been a key part of the change in my color palette and materials. More reds, more yellows and weird greens from my stash of colors collected over years before the shut down.”
Deb will exhibit new paintings and mixed media works. “2020 was a year, for most people, of getting through. The loss of health, freedom, loved ones, created a shared grief. For me, the loss was my husband. Jason Sheldon died just before the Covid virus locked down our lives. I wandered from shocked pain to isolation. As an artist, I have tried to honestly share the way that making art helped me survive.”