March 4, 2013 — The Perrella Gallery will feature a new exhibition featuring collaboration by artist Richard Saba and writer Mary Ashwood. The exhibition explores the interaction of the written word with pictures through more than 40 mono-prints co-created by the artists. The duo explained the concept of the exhibition in an excerpt from a statement written for the show: “The marriage of language and image has been an almost universal ambition throughout the history of culture. Every society has had its particular mode of articulating that relationship, which equally engages our mind and our eye; words giving form to perception and image giving body to thought.” The pair give examples throughout history where words and visual art have been combined, such as Chinese painting and medieval European illuminated manuscripts.
Richard Saba has had a long career as a painter and printmaker with exhibitions spanning over 40 years. A graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and the University of Washington, Saba has numerous one-person exhibitions nationally as well as having works in major permanent collections worldwide. Saba, a resident of Cherry Valley, NY, works with the medium of mono-prints utilizing highly charged colors, layer textures, and expressionistic use of words incorporated into or on their surfaces.
Mary Ashwood, also from Cherry Valley, has been a freelance writer and columnist for many years. Ashwood graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta as well as post graduate work in France, Germany, and Canada. Ashwood’s most recent publication is called September Song, a collection of poetry and prints published in 2012.
An artists’ reception is scheduled for Friday March, 8 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Gallery; refreshments will be served and the public is cordially welcome. Workshops presented by the artists will be conducted at FM at a later date, and will focus on the collaboration of image and words.
Gallery hours are Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with extended hours until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday or by appointment. The Gallery is closed weekends and holidays. For further information contact Gallery Director Joel Chapin at (518) 736-3622, ext. 8977 or the Perrella Gallery at ext. 8879.