TAG/The Artists Gallery of Frederick presents
A series of collage pieces by Julie Maynard
"Roll With It" A solo exhibit by Cathy Wilkin
June 30–July 30, 2017
O P E N I N G R E C E P T I O N
First Saturday, July 1, 5:00–9:00 pm
Maynard and Wilkin at TAG in July: rolling with the punches of time.
It's all about the journey at TAG in July. Two Artists Gallery members who share an interest in mixed media are opening solo exhibitions that turn out to share a common theme: the road trip of life.
Julie Maynard is showing a series of collage pieces called "Closer." "The idea came to me while I was walking through a field toward a distant tree," she says. "The foreground varied dramatically, but the horizon was serenely unchanged." In the first of the nine main pieces, a lone tree is barely visible beyond a rise of ground. "Daylight comes and goes, the seasons change, and the tree gets closer," she says. The series is based on a white oak near Burkittsville, with South Mountain in the background. Maynard's photographs of the tree and other details— blackberry vines, tombstones, crows, distant city lights— have been collaged in layers, with found objects that include leaves and small bones. "The process of collage just makes sense to me," Maynard says. "It's the best way I've found to represent the accumulation of time and the increasing weight of passing years." A member of TAG since 2011, Maynard is known for pieces that often include birds and staccato bursts of found text. “There’s less text than usual in ‘Closer,’” she says, smiling, “but there will be birds.”
In the second solo show, Cathy Wilkin is defying gravity with a new series called "Roll With It." "Everywhere you go, you come with yourself," she says, "so you might as well make sure you have fun. As Einstein said, 'Creativity is intelligence having fun.' I can think of no better way to validate our existence." Wilkin's canvases are collages of paper, paint, and ink in which recognizable images combine and recombine in surprising patterns. "We have no idea what it's all about," she says. "We delude ourselves if we think we are in control. We are in a total brain-frying fog when it comes to the big cosmic questions. We have no choice but to roll with it. Each day is the equivalent of jumping off a cliff." It's serious fun. "Art is a concrete way of affirming life's experiences," Wilkin says. "Art is powerful, all encompassing. Art is an adventure. Art gives purpose, meaning and dignity. Art makes some sense out of our collective questioning. "This is why I do it. I don't want to die before I die." Wilkin, a Professor Emeritus at the Loudoun campus of Northern Virginia Community College, has been a member of TAG since 2014.
These two shows plus a show of new work by all TAG members will run from June 30 through July 30 at TAG, with an opening reception on First Saturday, July 1 and an artists' talk by Wilkin and Maynard on Sunday, July 16 at 2pm.
IMAGES (L to R)
• Cathy Wilkin, “How Deep Is My Lake”
• Julie Maynard, “In the Beginning”
• Cathy Wilkin, “Prom Night”
• Julie Maynard, “With Every Phase”
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TAG/The Artists Gallery is an artist-owned gallery established in 1990 and features monthly solo exhibitions by members, as well as ongoing group exhibitions. A rich variety of subjects and mediums is always on view, ranging from realistic to abstract, and traditional to experimental mixed media creations. Please drop in and discover the wealth of talent right here in Frederick!