The Bristol Art Museum announces its next exhibit, Breadth & Depth: Earth, Water, Air, Fire, a national juried exhibit that challenges conventional boundaries through which 51 artists from 18 states, express ideas about the natural world. The exhibit is on view from Sun., Feb 4 through Sun. Mar. 24, Thursday to Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. An Artist Reception is scheduled for Sun., Feb. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Karen Drysdale Harris, a Jamaican-born watercolorist and oil painter based in Rhode Island, served as juror for the exhibit.
Artwork in Breadth & Depth relates to one or more of the elemental themes of earth, water, air or fire that express the artists’ emotion and perception. Artists explore symbolism, textures, colors, and conceptual interpretations that evoke the essence of these elements.
“This exhibit ventures into the intricate interplay between the elemental forces of nature and the profound depths of human consciousness,” shared Mary Dondero, Curator and Museum Board Member. “Artists selected for this exhibit were challenged to push the limits of artistic expression and embrace the tactile experience. The result is a national exhibit of artists from around the country that explores the natural world."
The exhibit also features work by Stephanie Stroud in the Museum’s Brick Gallery. Complementing the primary exhibit, Stroud describes her work as “influenced by the variation in nature and landscape that New England offers.” She is an artist who works in fiber and felted wool.
Drysdale Harris attended Rhode Island School of Design where she earned her BFA. Her primary sources of inspiration are nature and the memory of her Jamaican roots. Her work strives to express both the colors and the gentle quiet of the Caribbean. Drysdale Harris is particularly interested in how her lost memories can be triggered by nature. She has been featured in So, So Rhode Island and the Providence Monthly Magazine and was awarded first place at the 34th Annual Rhode Island Open at the Warwick Center for Arts. Drysdale Harris attended I-Park Foundation’s artist residency and was recently featured in GoLocalProv.com’s Inside Art with Michael Rose.
Harris has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions including The Black Biennial at the RISD Museum, the Green Spadec Gallery at TF Green Airport, Sutton Gallery, Cheshire Academy, Imago Foundation for the Arts, AS220, BankRI Turks Head Gallery, and Johnson Wales University Bridge Center Gallery along with multiple group shows throughout Rhode Island, Maine, and Connecticut.
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