“Earthy” Virtual Artist Conversation to Take Place at Ester Massry Gallery


The last event in the “Earthly” art exhibit, displayed at The College of Saint Rose’s Esther Massry Gallery, will be held via Zoom on Monday, February 22nd, 7pm. Don’t miss these raw, insightful conversations with artists Laleh Khorramian and Odessa Straub, as well as “Earthly” co-curator Erin Sickler and moderator Robert R. Shane, as they discuss their works pre and post pandemic.

Left to Right: Odessa Straub, Laleh Khorramian

Both Odessa and Laleh have pieces in the “Earthly” exhibit with Odessa contributing a mixed media sculpture calledSupplemental Soul Suppository” and Laleh presenting a time-lapse animation called “Without End”. To join in on the discussion about these pieces and more, you must have access to a Zoom account. Click the link below to register for the Zoom meeting access code.


More About “Earthly”:

Left: Tamara Zahaykevich’s “Avo”, Top Right: Meg Lipke’s “Garden Gates II”, Bottom Right: Odessa Straub’s “Supplemental Soul Suppository”

“Earthly” is not a landscape show as the title might imply, but more about the body, our terrestrial selves, and the sensual. The themes of “Earthly” were originally determined in a pre-pandemic world, but as COVID-19 took over, these themes became more pronounced. Nature infuses the works in the exhibition, but the notion of “Earthly” upends common ideas of nature or landscape as a world out there to be mined, discovered or preserved. “Earthly’s” themes of regeneration and renewal hold out hopeful messages for the younger generations, who, inherit a climate crisis they didn’t create but must nevertheless fix.

The artists in “Earthly” cycle through, tend to, revisit and renegotiate materials, even returning to remake or reconfigure the same piece again and again. In this way, they speak to the flexibility and openness to process that we all are called to embrace in these uncertain times.

This exhibit is free and open to the public. Visitors must call the gallery phone at 518-337-2390 to gain entrance to the building and, due to Covid-19 precautions, all gallery visitors are asked to fill out this simple survey. Masks and social distancing required. The Exhibit will be on display until March 17, 2021.

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