Celebrating Nature & Light, juried exhibition, Mills Pond Gallery
Today I went to the reception for the exhibition "Celebrating Nature & Light" held at Mills Pond Gallery. Participating as an artist in the reception is exciting. It feels like attending an open house at my child's school.I carefully check to make sure my beloved child is okay, that they are not in a dark and uncomfortable place, and that there is no damage.
I love Mills Pond Gallery more than anything. This is a charming and beautiful historical building. It feels like reliving the salon culture of the past. Salon means ‘social gathering’ or ‘parlor’ in French. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was a space where upper-class noblewomen invited people from the world of culture and art to their homes, where they could freely talk, discuss, and mingle. The reason why European culture during the Rococo era was able to bloom so splendidly was because of the art and cultural discourse at the salon. The discourses of intellectuals penetrated the trends of the times and created the spirit of the times, and also served as a learning space for women and ordinary citizens to open their eyes to history and the spirit of the times. So, I believe that this salon culture should continue and be revitalized in modern times. And I believe that modern people need time and space to fill themselves while enjoying studying like play.
In this sense, Mills Pond Gallery is like an artistic guardian angel who strives to preserve the spirit of culture and art in the region. I think that every time I hang my paintings here, they become safer and happier. I hope that through this exhibition, many people will be fascinated by beautiful watercolor paintings and experience the deep world of art.
Art traverses the boundaries that reality calls home. Silhouettes illuminated by soft sunlight; seascapes awash in mist; hints of humankind identified by what is left behind, Smithtown Township Arts Council’s latest exhibit at Mills Pond Gallery, Celebrating Nature and Light, explores environmental elements of everyday life.
Myungja Anna Koh