Main View Gallery & Studio’s exhibit, “Together,” opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. today at 73 Main St. in Oneonta, featuring large-scale paintings and the collaborative sculpture “Phoenix.” The reception is free and open to the public.
According to Main View Gallery curator Zena Gurbo, the idea for “Together” grew from a general theme of individual expression using the written word, performance and visual art. Working collaboratively, artists began to explore myths, stories and tales and gravitate toward creating larger scale paintings and sculpture.
“This really was a team of artists working together on individual pieces,” Gurbo said in a media release. “Everyone was rooting for one another, offering support and giving feedback. The process of creating the exhibit reflects the collegial atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement that has evolved over the past seven years among MVG studio artists, staff and teaching artists.”
Gurbo notes that the creation of “Phoenix” exemplifies the collaborative environment at Main View Gallery, which serves artists affiliated with The Arc Otsego.
“Judy Smith, a retired special education teacher presented the idea of creating a sculpture of a Phoenix rising out of the flames,” Gurbo explained. “MVG artists and staff enthusiastically embraced the idea and worked together to create the shared vision.”
The opening reception features refreshments, art for sale, and at 6 p.m., a dramatic performance by Main View Gallery artists inspired by the witches’ scenes from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” The performance is directed by Carmela Marner, artistic director of Franklin Stage Company.
“Together” runs through Sept. 19. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. For more information, visit www.mainviewgallery.org or call 432-1890. Main View Gallery and Studio is a program of The Arc Otsego. The Arc Otsego is a chapter of NYSARC, Inc. and a member of The Arc of The United States.