Nantucket Events

AAN Kicks Off Season with Unique Exhibits

This season, the Artists Association of Nantucket (AAN) gallery will host fourteen unique exhibitions at the Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery, located 19 Washington Street.

Dimensional Perspectives–this year’s only exhibition that focuses on 3D elements–will open with a festive reception on Friday, May 16, 6–8 p.m. in the Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery. The exhibition, generously sponsored by Champoux Landscaping, will be on display through May 26. “At times artists enjoy a departure from their usual style, and while not a requirement, we are hoping many will go outside their norm and add some 3D components,” said AAN curator of exhibitions Robert Frazier. “It is not unusual for some of our artists to incorporate ‘outside objects’ into their work, normally referred to as mixed media, but we’re excited to showcase more than usual in this exhibition.”

Also on display until May 26 is Tree/Cloud/Bird/Time, an installation by longstanding AAN artist member Ginger Andrews. The artist used objects of nature paired with the softness of woven silk, enhanced by theatrical lighting. Andrews, an ardent birder, supporter of the local arts and theater–who for many years provided all the lightening effects for the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket–has used her love of nature along with her lighting expertise to create an intriguing display suspended in mid-air. Andrews says, “My work in the theatre gave me an appreciation of the ability of light to direct attention and shape perception. The use of electronically controlled lighting in a non-theatrical setting allows me to add the dimensions of change and time to a sculptural arrangement of silk fabric and tree branches. I wanted something that would steal up on the viewer and catch their eye unexpectedly,” the artist said. “The piece can be viewed from any angle—up, down, or sideways—and picked up at any moment, although the full sequence takes just over half an hour. Abstraction of certain elements in nature takes the mind on a journey; some things happen very fast, others more slowly.”

The Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery is open Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. For further information about the AAN and 2014 programs and events, visit or call 508-228-0722.

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