Cazenovia The Stone Quarry Hill Art Gallery has announced a retrospective exhibition of multi-media paintings by Shelter Island resident Janet Culbertson titled, “Paradise Gone?” This exhibit will display works from the artist’s “Industrial Park” and “Billboard” series as well as works from 40 years of her paintings and drawings. Many works are a politically charged response to global disasters, pollution, over-population and the obliteration of the landscape at the hands of our own species.
There will be an artist’s reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8 in the gallery; the exhibit will be on view through Thursday, June 5.
“Today the most dramatic changes are experienced instantly — there is worldwide information through the internet, cell phones and Facebook available to almost all. With it comes the compulsion for freedom … We live in exciting, precarious times and we witness these changes to our world in our living rooms. With the population topping seven billion, and the necessities of life diminishing, environmental awareness and active conservation are crucial to the life of the earth. Yet global warming is still questioned, industry calls its sites parks; clear cutting is called making open space; killing, is called harvesting; lying, misinformation.”
Culbertson has focused on the landscape, both its beauty and its diminishment. Her materials incorporate iridescent pigments which glitter deceptively as if they were bejeweled rather than toxic. Her paint, often silver, reflects the metallic look of machinery.
Culbertson studied painting at Carnegie-Tech University, BFA, and then earned her master’s degree at New York University in 1964. She has had one-person exhibitions at numerous galleries and prestigious venues including Galeria Nacional, Costa Rica; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; The National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. Wave Hill, Bronx, N.Y.; The Harrisburg State Museum, Penn., and most recently, The Islip Museum, N.Y.
For more information, visit stonequarryhillartpark.org or call 655-3196.