[Capdist-announce] Great Barrington Public Theater PERSIST Art Show

GBPT media.greatbarringtonpublic at gmail.com
Fri May 20 11:48:21 EDT 2022


Contact: Mike Clary, media.greatbarringtonpublic at gmail.com
<media.greatbarringtonpublic at gmail.com>

Elizabeth Nelson elizabethnelson817 at gmail.com

May 20, 2022

*Great Barrington Public Theater Art Show PERSIST Spotlights Seven Women
Artists Working in Different Media, To Reflect Solo Fest Theme ‘Voices of

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As part of GB Public’s 2022 summer season, in conjunction with the Solo
Fest (June 3-July 10), audiences and art lovers are invited to view a
collection of gallery works created by seven women artists from around the
Berkshires. Organized and curated by GB Public Associate Artist, Elizabeth
Nelson, *PERSIST* explores themes of erosion, trauma, reimagination,
investigation, beauty, and violence. The art show is presented as part of
the Solo Fest theme of ‘voices of humanity’. There will be a public opening
and reception with the artists 5:30-7:00pm, June 17, coinciding with 7:30pm
opening of Robin Gerber’s new play, *The Shot*, which features well-known
screen and stage actor Sharon Lawrence as Katharine Graham, famous
publisher of *The Washington Post,* whose persistence in life and career is
a model of a woman taking on power.

“Theater is the live, public lyceum. It’s where contemporary culture is
expressed and comes to conversation, explains Artistic Director Jim
Frangione. “We are in new challenging times, and the Solo Fest is meant to
voice a few of the big questions humanity is now asking. When Elizabeth
suggested an art show installation in the gallery onsite, it was a natural
fit. It’s an extension of some of the same questions the Solo Fest brings
to stage. In light of what’s happening all around us in 2022, we all need
to persist.”
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PERSIST curator & GB Public Associate Artist Elizabeth Nelson

“I wanted to bring together women who have been creating during these
turbulent times,” Elizabeth Nelson adds. “Creating as a way to process, to
maintain purpose and joy—to persist. What I discovered is that we have all
been persisting in a multitude of ways from the beginning, as both women
and artists. I’m curious how experiencing these particular works together
as part of seeing live theater will affect the audience—what stories will
reveal themselves? What might the viewer discover about how they have and
continue to persist?”

Gallery works will include photography, drawing, flash fiction/CNF, and
sculpture using recycled textiles, found and repurposed objects, and
natural materials such as wood, bone, clay, and feathers.

PERSIST artists include: *Parasrevi "Toula" Taliadoros*, owner and artist
behind Make My Day Design
<https://www.etsy.com/shop/MakeMyDayDesignShop>; *Deirdre
McKenna* <https://www.linkedin.com/in/deirdremckenna/>, writer and
performer with the Powder Keg Writing Group for Women; *Merudjina Normil*
<https://www.instagram.com/merudjina/>, interdisciplinary artist; *Ariana
Kolins* <https://arianakolins.com/home.html>, interdisciplinary
artist; *Lindsay
Neathawk*, owner of Neathawk Designs <https://www.neathawkdesigns.com/>;
*Natalia Bystrianyk* <https://talby.art/>, intuitive painter; and *Elizabeth
Nelson* <https://www.elizabethnelson.net/>, writer, multidisciplinary
artist, and marketing professional.

*PERSIST *will be on view June 4 through August 6, 2022 in the Student
Gallery outside the Liebowitz Black Box Theater in the Daniel Arts Center
on the campus of Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Public reception is June 17,
5:30pm-7:00pm. More information and artists’ bios and samples can be seen
on the company website GreatBarringtonPublicTheater.org

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