Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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November 7, 2013

Dreaming of 'Animals' for fall art show

Two artists with Andover ties are showcasing their work this fall as part of a group exhibit titled “Animals: Dreamed & Dreaming” at the Concord Art Association.

The show is curated by Tamara Krendel of Andover, who is among seven award-winning artists lending their poetic interpretations of animals in a variety of complementary styles and mediums.

The exhibiting artists either share imagery literally — as in birds, frogs, cats, moths or simply animals coming into being — or traces of animals and their dwellings through atmosphere or light.

As curator, Krendel selected works that convey a sense of magic, mystery and/or transformation bringing to mind the visual poetry of dreams.

In addition to Krendel’s watercolors, the show includes paintings by Elizabeth Awalt and Susan Heideman, sculpture by Steve Hollinger and Anne Oldach, woodcut prints and poems by Jenny Lawton Grassl as well as the light installations of artist Beth Galston.

“I’ve been working on this exhibit since November 2012 — having the pleasure of meeting and visiting with the artists in and out of their studios,” Krendel says in a release. “I chose work that is not only marvelous singularly, but works in concert — complementing and enhancing the other artwork in obvious and nuanced ways to create the total dreamscape environment of ‘Animals: Dreamed & Dreaming.’”

Animals are also featured in the association’s pop-up case in the association’s smaller gallery. That display includes the popular clay dog sculptures of former Andover resident and devoted animal lover Carolyn Bonier, who recently moved to Lawrence.

Cut paper pieces by Pai-Fang Lin are also shown in the display case. And Nat Marden’s unicorn statue of vines and wires is displayed outside in the gardens of Concord Art’s historic building.

At an opening reception for the exhibit on Oct. 19, Krendel’s husband, David Clark, a jazz musician who teaches at Berklee School of Music in Boston, provided live jazz accompaniment.

The exhibit runs through Nov. 24 at the Concord Art Association, 37 Lexington Road, Concord. The featured artists will participate in a “behind the scenes” panel discussion on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m.

For more information, call 978-369-2578 or visit www.concordart.org.

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