‘Sustenance’ for September
Belfast — Åarhus Gallery host one of its own, Willy Reddick, as guest artist for the month of September with a show titled "Sustenance." The show will run from Tuesday, Sept. 3, through the 29th. The public is invited to an opening reception Friday, Sept. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Reddick has been painting and making things since she was a little tike. Being raised by two artists she may have had little choice, but now that she is more than a half century past tikedom, she chooses to dedicate herself to making things. The 5-foot-2 Reddick was compelled to make big paintings of large-scale motifs such as excavation equipment and dump trucks. She painted the middleweight boxing championship crown in the bottom of Marvin Hagler's swimming pool; and a life-size mural of a humpback whale on the wall of a museum. From there, she worked with the technically demanding R&D departments of the toy world, hand-painting prototype toys.
These days, Reddick is concentrating her talents on modestly-sized white line wood block prints, as well as highly rendered miniature paintings depicting her immediate environment, specifically her garden vegetables, the chickens she keeps for eggs and the pastel hued eggs themselves. "Sustenance" also alludes to something more subtle, more connected to the soul than to the nutritional calling of the living body, and that is the call to create.
Also showing will be Åarhusians Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann and Wesley Reddick. Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St., is open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays; and Mondays by chance. For more information and a slideshow of the current exhibit, visit aarhusgallery.com or call 338-0001.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or email@example.com.