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Winterthur, Wilmington Art Association create exhibit


The New Wilmington Art Association (NWAA) and Winterthur have collaborated to showcase the work of two new artists who have used the Winterthur collection as inspiration for their own work.

Carrie Mae Smith

Carrie Mae Smith

Nancy Breslin

Nancy Breslin

Their resulting visions are showcased in NWAA & Winterthur: A Collaborative Exhibition, which runs from April 5 to April 26 at the Chris White Gallery at 701 Shipley Street in Wilmington. The exhibition opens with a free reception from 7pm to 9pm on April 5. On April 9, after an introduction by an introduction by Michael Kalmbach, founder of the NWAA, both artists discuss their art at a Lunchtime Lecture from 12:15pm to 1:15pm. The Lunchtime Lecture is free for members and included in the admission price; brown bag lunches are welcome.

The Winterthur staff wanted to both support and build relationships with the burgeoning Wilmington arts community, and the local arts organization wanted to help to help emerging artists become more familiar with the many resources the Wilmington area has to offer.

The NWAA supports the creative interests, endeavors, careers, and lifestyles of local artists and fosters the development of a more diverse cultural landscape in Wilmington. During the past three years, the NWAA has presented numerous public exhibitions, events, and performances in the city.

In the spring of 2012, NWAA members participated in an open house at Winterthur that provided them with an introduction to the museum, garden, and library collections. Two artists, Nancy Breslin and Carrie Mae Smith, were subsequently selected to spend the next few months as artists in residence, taking inspiration for their work from the Winterthur collection.

The joint exhibition will include Breslin’s work with pinhole photography, cell phone photography, and video. Smith, who works with mixed media, will display several items she constructed, including an attic space she paradoxically installed in the gallery’s basement.

?As an artist in residence, I have been inspired to pursue several ideas, working with my pinhole camera and video, as well as with my cell phone because I have found that simple tools can yield surprising results,” Breslin said. “I hope these projects will stir the viewer to compare past and present, to see overlooked beauty, and to experience time’s movement more consciously.?

Smith said she observes objects, furniture, and structures that are historic and examines their construction, function, and conveyances from the time period.

“I work from this place, re-creating the object or form, employing contemporary methods of construction and materials, producing my own understanding or illumination of heritage,? Smith said.

For more information about NWAA & Winterthur: A Collaborative Exhibition, please visit winterthur.org/NWAA.