Two exhibits open at Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

| 29 Sep 2011 | 08:52

Narrowsburg, N.Y. - A double opening reception will be held at the Delaware Arts Center Gallery, 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, N.Y., on June 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. “Meditations: Flow,” paintings by Sullivan County artist Miriam Hernández, opens June 16 and runs through July 7 in the main gallery. Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Miriam Hernández has lived in New York City from the age of nine. She began her artistic training at the High School of Art and Design and received a B.A. in painting at Queens College and a M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. “As We See Us,” is an exhibition of self-portraits and portraits of and by 11 women photographers. The exhibition opens June 16 and runs through Aug. 4 in the Loft gallery. Miriam Hernández’s past work has encompassed many disciplines, among them photography, sculpture, printmaking and installation work, but it is in painting that she has produced her biggest body of work. For the past ten years her strong interest in traditional Buddhist art has dominated her art work. “The most recent paintings include personal interpretations of yoga meditation imagery and attempts to represent the capturing of energy present in the universe that can be channeled in and through the human body,” states Hernández. This new series of paintings reintroduces a vibrant color palette to her work and are intimate in intent and size (many of them 10 x 8 or 12 x 9 inches). The viewer is encouraged to step up close to the work and examine the details of layers of paint, ink, collage and pencil that make up each painting, inviting engagement and mindful interaction. The concept for “As We See Us,” a photography show “of women by women” is the brainchild of Sullivan County curator/artist/photographer Joan Glase. The exhibit is an engrossing look at how this group of imaginative women photographers see themselves, as well as each other. The exhibit will feature self-portraits of each of the women. In addition, each woman was assigned to create a portrait of one of the other women who are participating in the exhibit. These are not your typical portraits. The women participating in the exhibit are: Lauren Agasti, Joyce Baronio, Jane Derrick Biron, Jeanne-Marie Derrick, Joan Glase, Joanna Jennings, Robin Love, Joan Rafferty, Kate Warren, Leslie Yudelson, and Barbara Zweig. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the exhibit call the arts center at 845-252-7576.