Saturday, May 4 through Saturday, June 15, 2019
Each spring Oxford Gallery mounts an exhibit of work based upon a given theme, and the theme for this spring's show is Metamorphosis. No, this is not a specific reference to the famous novella by Franz Kafka, in which the protagonist turns into a large bug. Nor is it a reference to the equally famous poetic stories by Roman writer Ovid, although Ovid's treatment of myths involving Pygmalion, Daphne, Arethusa, etc. contains many possibilities for artistic depictions of metamorphosis. "Metamorphosis" as intended here simply denotes an alteration or change from one state to another.
Frogs and butterflies are the subjects by which school children come to understand biological metamorphosis. But since almost everything changes state at some time or in some fashion, this theme gives an enormous range of possible treatments. Water becomes ice, day becomes night, summer becomes fall, youth becomes old age, etc. Even geometric shapes can 'morph' into other shapes and primary colors undergo additive change into secondary and tertiary colors. What is hoped, however, is that whatever the subject, the work suggests the nature and characteristics of the transitional process itself.
A Reception for the artists is planned for Saturday, May 18 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. The Reception is open to the public.
Phyllis Bryce Ely, Becoming Ice, oil on Linen
Bridget Bossart van Otterloo, Hologram Moth, watercolor & copperleaf on paper
Doug Whitfield, Where Did All the Phone Booths Go, oil on canvas
Thomas Insalaco, Enigma, oil on canvas
Richard Jenks, Metamorphosis, oil on canvas
Helen Santelli, Beautiful Bugs, ceramic
Margery Pearl Gurnett, Becoming, mixed media on board