SPRINGFIELD- Nina-Claire Gallant’s new watercolor series “Faces (MMX)” will be on display at the Donald B. Palmer Museum at the Springfield Free Public Library from June 14 to July 22. Inspired in part by the broken-spoked Americana lyrics of Tom Waits, and by her analysis of contemporary expressions predominant in media and real life, the water colors of “Faces(MMX)” explore the shifting terrain of expression as a fundamental human metalanguage.
“There is both an emotional density and a gentleness to them, a poignancy and conflict, that is a central component of our American culture in this time,” Gallant said in a recent interview. “If the eyes are the windows to the soul, the face is surely the map of the psyche. It is not my intention to decontexturalize this emotional weight, but rather to celebrate it in small-scaled works…we wear our lives so openly on our faces, all the harshness and the quiet moments, the sad and the playful…this is how we share ourselves.”
The opening reception is on June 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Friday and Saturday (in June) from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Starting in July, Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Donald B. Palmer Museum is located in the Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. For information call (973) 376-4930.
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