October 5, 2019 through October 26 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 5, 6-9pm
Third Thursday Reception: October 17, 6-9pm
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, 2-6 pm,
or by appointment.
In Paris Stories & Sicily: It’s Complicated …, the artists are exploring their origins and how they influence who we are through stories and various places. From physical locations to the world of the invisible and beliefs, we are who we are through our experiences and stories we have heard, created or followed. In their two-person exhibition, Sandrine Colson and Diane Modica, each tell stories about places close to their heart and beliefs by taking you through a journey of imagination or reality depending on the tale being represented under their brush.
For Sandrine, her journey as a painter began from childhood influenced by her grandmother’s artistic guidance and continued through various studies, her world travels, native Provence in France and current Boston residence. In her Paris Stories, a series of unique and original pieces of mixed media work each tell a different story about the “city of light.” Each piece – represents unique events, memories, words, and accounts of fictional or real people, past events or emotional journeys related to Paris. Each invites the viewer to let his or her imagination decides where the story goes, somewhat guided by the composition created.
For Modica, this exhibit reflects her continuing search for the connection to her family roots in Sicily. A Boston native, both sets of her grandparents emigrated from Mineo, Sicily to the U.S. in the early 1900’s. While one raised its family in Boston and the other in Portland, Maine, the two sides always remained in contact with one another.
As in previous shows, Modica mines the complex and rich history and heritage of her Sicilian roots. Sicily, a strategically located island at the boot of Italy , survived centuries of invaders including Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Swabians and Spanish all of whom left their mark on the island and its people. Using colorful mixed media including painting, collage, stitching, textiles and written text, she finds a visceral and visual bond of the past with the present.