Hey there, I’m Kaitlynn. This is my first post for JAM and, well, I’m pretty excited about it so let’s get started, shall we?
The Washington Pavilion does something pretty cool every Tuesday; they let you wander around in the Visual Arts Center free of charge! Same rules apply on Saturdays from 10 to noon and 5-8pm on First Fridays.
So head on over and check out what’s up at the Pavilion right now. Speaking of right now, let me tell you about two of the six current exhibits in the Fine Arts Center at the Pavilion.
We’ll start with RAW Transformations, on the main level of the Visual Arts Center. It’s in the Permanent Collection Gallery, right off the Egger and Contemporary I Gallery.
When you enter the gallery, set your sights on the massive tapestry that inhabits most of the wall. It progresses through a range of earth tones and textures. At the end of it, you’re rewarded with an African mask whose origins aren’t precisely known. Then turn and take in the rest of the room.
Once you’ve had your fill, wander up the stairs to the next floor, which is my current favorite.
If you hang a left at the top of the stairs you’ll be entering the County Lines Gallery, which holds part of the Epilogue exhibit, “When the Distance is Too Much”. This series pulled me in initially because of the Midwestern scenery, but it held me there for a bit longer than I expected because of the artist statement.
Epilogue as a whole is three separate artists, addressing traumatic events through their art and processing how to move forward. “When the Distance is Too Much” is artist Nicholas Hruby processing painful distance from his family.
If you make your way into the gallery opposite County Lines, you’ll find yourself in Contemporary II, the gallery that houses the rest of Epilogue. I personally was intrigued by “I could go with you,” a series of photographs paired with phrases that somehow make sense without being too obvious.
I lingered. I hope you do too.
The other exhibits are worth it so be sure to swing by. And don’t forget-it’s First Friday this week!