Palizzolo, Masks, Open at DHMC's Summer Art Exhibition
Alison Palizzolo's work is commanding that white expanse of gallery space in the Williamson Translational Research Building as part of the summer's multi-artist, multi-gallery art exhibition at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Her show includes a number of recent abstract pieces that are testament to Palizzolo's fascination with color.
A few of her works, such as Gilded, below, are especially bold in color and texture, her acrylic paints mixed with ceramic stucco and thickly layered onto her canvases. Newer works, like Just Before Sunset (featured photo, above), suggest a lighter hand but are just as vibrant.
Alison Palizzolo, Gilded, 2017, gold leaf underpainting, Liquitex heavy body acrylics mixed with ceramic stucco & iridescent medium, 30 x 40 inches.
Palizzolo is tending to two different exhibitions this summer. In addition to this one at DHMC, two of her works were selected for inclusion--and are available for viewing--in the 2017 Summer Juried Exhibition at the AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon NH.
DHMC is no stranger to art. Its Arts Program arranges for temporary exhibitions four times a year, featuring regional artists who are carefully chosen; there is a significant waiting list for artists who hope to display their work. Galleries are located throughout the medical center. I have written about them previously as a superb antidote to "championship-level waiting" at DHMC.
On Thursday, July 20, 2017, the Arts Program will host an opening reception and walking tour of 7 new exhibitions. Artists will be on hand to mingle with viewers and answer questions. The reception begins at 5:00 p.m at the Level 4 Mall Lounge (near the parking garage entrance) and continues until 6:30 p.m.
Another of the just-opening exhibitions is entitled The Faces of Mental Illness and Healing, whose works were produced by patients at DHMC. In addition to filling its numerous galleries with art for viewing, the D-H Arts Program also provides patients in the hospital with their own art experiences. This particular exhibition was inspired by a National Geographic article describing the use of mask-making as therapy for veterans suffering from brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. (It is an extremely interesting and visually arresting piece and worth a read. Click above.) The D-H Creative Arts Program team--Christine Orcutt Henderson, Marv Klassen-Landis, and Margaret Stephens--along with DHMC mental health professionals decided to offer something similar to inpatients in the psychiatry unit. The results of their weeklong workshop form this exhibition, staged in the medical center's rotunda.
Detail of mask, with poem, from The Faces of Mental Illness
The exhibition will continue throughout the summer and also includes the photography of Mark Bolton, Richard Perry, and Sheryl Trainor, Robin Weisburger's pastels and watercolors, Carol Keiser's acrylics, and various works from the Saxtons River Art Guild. Most artwork is for sale; a price list is available in each individual gallery. 25% of the sale proceeds supports the DHMC Arts Program.
(Photos supplied by Alison Palizzolo, and by Marianne Barthel, D-H Arts Program Coordinator, and used with permission. Mask photo by Glynis Leon)
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