Between Two Worlds, Streaming the Light, and Drapery

Wallkill River Center for the Arts

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Manny Ofori Between Two Worlds

Emmanuel Ofori is a hybrid artist on a mission to create beauty from what Western culture has deemed undesirable. Born in Ghana, Ofori’s art is a cathartic exploration of his personal journey, everyday experiences in both African and American culture. The artist challenges the limitations imposed by Westernization; working with inexpensive materials traditionally hidden or deemed ‘less than’ in Western society, such as plywood and broom bristles, Manny is able to reclaim and elevate their place in art. By combining Africa motifs, symbols, fabrics and patterns with Western imagery and ideas, in his furniture and multi-media paintings, Ofori illustrates the bridging of the gap between both worlds. The final product is reclaiming, redefining, and elevating “what is gallery worthy art?” a space that has traditionally been controlled by Western gatekeepers and tastemakers.

Jennie Duke Streaming the Light

Jennie Duke works in several media; primarily painting, ceramics, and digital.  She tends to work with the different media concurrently.  Duke also collaborates with other Digital artists to create contemporary art.  She lives in an 1890 Quaker rectory in the Hudson Valley with her husband and they enjoy sailing the river when there is no ice.  Duke’s work has been widely exhibited in galleries, group shows, as well as solo shows at the Howland Center for the Arts in Beacon, NY and Gallery 40, Poughkeepsie, NY.

Juried Exhibit Drapery

A group show, juried by Emmanuel Ofori exploring depictions of drapery, from traditional studies, to apparel, to contemporary concepts and aesthetics.

Reception:  Saturday, November 12, 2022  3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Exhibit on View:  November 11, 2022 – January 22, 2023

Gallery Hours:  Friday – Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 pm

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