May 26, 2021

“Art Speaks” Exhibit Coming to Small World

“SMALL WORLD COFFEE ON NASSAU STREET”: This work by Ryan Lilienthal is part of “Art Speaks,” a gallery show of paintings and photographs by Art+10 area artists. The exhibition will be on view at Small World Coffee, 104 Witherspoon Street, June 2 through July 5.

“Art Speaks,” a gallery show of paintings and photographs, opens Tuesday, June 2 at Small World Coffee, 104 Witherspoon Street. The show by Art+10’s area artists covers a broad range of subjects using narrative and abstract art forms.

Narrative art is distinguished from other genres in its ability to tell a story across diverse cultures. Narrative works in the show include Ryan Lilienthal’s painting “Small World Coffee on Nassau Street.” It depicts patron John Conway, the renowned mathematician, who died from COVID. Lilienthal says, “It speaks for those who can no longer share their voice.” Heather Barros’ said of her “Sea Gulls” painting, “… when art speaks … each of us hears a different story,” and fairy tales inspired Betty Curtiss’ “Big Bad Little Red.”

Other works use abstraction to evoke ideas and emotion. A mixed media work by Gail Bracegirdle suggests an artist’s pallet. Jane Zamost’s sun painting was inspired by Ernest Hemingway and Phyllis Wright uses a blast of color in a painting from her COVID-19 series, while a digital print by photographer Deborah Land employs shadows to form shapes.

These works can be seen at Small World in its “Walk Thru Gallery” during business hours. The show runs through July 5, and all work is for sale.

Art+10 is a collective of working artists. Participating in “Art Speaks” are Gail Bracegirdle, Ryan Lilienthal, Deborah Land, Phyllis Wright, Jane Zamost, Betty Curtiss, Heather Barros, and Katja Reutyer.

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