By Resident Wanda Quay
The heart of the rich cultural atmosphere of Kendal at Granville is our Art Gallery. The Gallery Committee hangs six exhibits a year with an opening reception on the first evening to encourage artists and residents to interact. At the entry to the Gallery there is a locked cabinet with glass doors and shelves where three-dimensional art objects are displayed. These displays are changed six times a year, alternating opening dates with the exhibits in the Gallery.
For the current exhibit the Committee has brought together 34 paintings by 16 past and present Kendal residents. Operating under the assumption that after 13 years newer residents would not have seen earlier exhibits and that older ones would enjoy seeing them again, the Committee deliberately included some “repeats,” much as musicians repeat a theme in a composition.
The varied styles (abstract, art nouveau, impressionism, realism, etc.), the choice of subject matter (animals, flowers, landscapes and a lot more), and the range of media used (acrylics, pastels, oils and watercolors) make for an exhibit that is appealing to the eye and the senses. For example:
- Lennie Copeland’s slender stalks of blue delphinium stand in distinct contrast to the vibrant colors Joanie Haugh’s Medley of Flowers.
- The painting of Jesus with a crown of thorns, titled “For Us,” by Eileen Skivington reflects the religious focus of the preponderance of her art. A previous exhibit included her interpretation of the seven days of creation.
- Looking at Gloria Kidder’s impressive portrait of a regal and beautiful white llama you understand how she became a well-known portrait painter in Chicago and New York.
The subtle hues of green and rose in Ruth Elliott’s painting of Venetian Murano glass differ greatly from the stark black and white characteristically used by her husband, Stanley, in all of his works. Ruth’s works have appeared in previous Gallery Exhibits, as well as on the wall areas outside of the Art Studio located on the second floor of the Community Building.
On the other hand, Stanley’s work did not come to light until shortly after his death, when Ruth showed them to me, saying “I don’t know what to do with these. I did not even know about them until he showed them to me just before he died.” As a member of the Gallery Committee I consulted with the Kendal Decorating Committee, and Stanley’s collection was hung in Activity Room 269.
Overall, it’s the kind of exhibit you can view again and again without becoming bored. There’s always something new to catch your eye.