New exhibit opens Friday at CCCA

NORWICH – The Chenango County Council of the Arts in Norwich is pleased to announce its first exhibit for the ‘07/08 season, “Childhood Fears” by Scott Higby.  The show will be at the CCCA Gallery at 27 W. Main St., Norwich, and runs from Sept.21 – Oct. 25. The public is invited to attend the reception at CCCA, 27 W. Main Street on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Gallery hours are M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. 

Scott Higby will be exhibiting two series of oil paintings created between 2001 - present.  The first, Childhood Fears, is made up of larger-scale works, averaging 36” x 46, that were done while completing his graduate work at SUNY Oswego in 2001. “This series contains paintings that are based on old stories and poems that I remember from my childhood,” Higby states. “When I was a youngster growing up, I loved scary stories and campfire tales.  So the series is based on stories and poems from my past that terrified me as a child.” Some of those stories include Ann McGovern’s “The Velvet Ribbon,” W.W. Jacobs “The Monkey’s Paw,” and poems such as “The Erl King” by Johann W. von Goethe, or “Clowns are Horrid” by Bryan H. Scott, among others.  “One of the main reasons for creating this series,” Mr. Higby continues, “is that it provided me the opportunity to break away from conventional/traditional portraiture (which I have mainly done for the past 18 years or so) and to create paintings that are a lot more disturbing and psychological.  The series is a psychological look into my childhood fears.”

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