Earlville Opera House Galleries Feature Three Artists, Openings May 6
Published: May 3rd, 2023

Earlville Opera House galleries feature three artists, openings May 6 Check out the work of artists Maren True, Steph Joyce, and Bill McLaughlin at the Earlville Opera House from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 6. Gallery visits and openings are always free and open to the public, and these three galleries will be available to view until June 24. (Submitted photo)

EARLVILLE — Earlville Opera House Art Galleries has an amazing line up of visual artist exhibitions this year. Our second series boasts the work of three incredibly talented artists representing different forms of artistic media. Come join us in celebrating these artists and their work on Saturday, May 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. Gallery visits and openings are always free and open to the public.

Featured in the East Gallery is textile artist Maren True, who recently moved to Sherburne from Arizona. She is an aspiring fantasy novelist and double majored in Psychology and Medieval and Renaissance Studies at The Colorado College. Maren titled her show "A Tale of Tangled Textiles" as, like her writing, her felt pieces speak to the varied experience of magic: from a vivid dragon who'd love to snare you in a conversation, to landscapes of subtle enchantment.

As stated by Maren, “felt is created by tangling fibers. Transforming a one-dimensional line into a creature of not two, or three, but four. For tangling is inherently something that tells a story of its travels through time. The fibers trace the path they traversed. They find strength in their turning points, from the others they entwine with. They tell a collaborative tale. The viewer can only see the surface of it, trace strands where they leap to light, the depths lay hidden.

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"Life is a tangle. Your hands mold it, but they don't control it. You'll find the eyes to see the beauty in the moment by unhooking your heartstrings from the losing battle of what they can't keep. There is magic in this world, magic in the doing. May it be yours.”

Learn more about this artist’s statements at the gallery opening, and visit www.marentrue.com to learn more.

A unique multi-media video installation called “Crow Calls Twice” by artist Steph Joyce is featured in the West Gallery. Steph is an artist and researcher gathering moss in Leipzig, Germany. Through situated encounters and installations with material and temporal elements, such as textiles, objects, performances, videos, or audio pieces, Steph centers the aesthetics and effects of subjective and interdependent relations.

Steph’s work has been presented in Germany, Latvia, Greece, Lithuania, Italy, and the USA at various artist-run spaces, institutions, and in public spaces. They studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (MFA 2021) and at the School of Fine Art Athens in Greece, and are currently part of a post-graduate program for artistic research at the Kunsthochschule Kassel in Germany. This film installation was kindly supported by the Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen.

Visit steph-joyce.com for more information.

In our Arts Café is Bill McLaughlin with his color photography exhibit “Face to Face: Portraits from the Precipice." Bill is a self-taught landscape painter and photographer living and working from his organic homestead in New Berlin. His paintings are predominately influenced by artists of the Tonalist Movement of the late 19th century, which emphasized mood and atmosphere while seeking to evoke emotion in the viewer.

Recently, Bill has begun to explore photography to address current issues. He is particularly interested in the "power of the portrait" as a vehicle to call attention to marginalized populations and also to combat the growing voices of division and exclusion.

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A previous photography project by Bill, “Living in Limbo: Portraits from the Border," was widely exhibited throughout Central New York during the last two years. Bill’s current exhibit continues the use of portraits to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of the upstate community while seeking to neutralize the rising tide of hate and bigotry. Come learn more about Bill and his work and visit www.billmclaughlin.net for more information.

These three exhibits open on May 6 and will be up until June 24. We look forward to seeing you here! Check out our website for more information at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com/artgallery.

Earlville Opera House annually presents 12 to 15 solo exhibitions of regional and national contemporary visual artists in all media. Galleries also feature annual group shows highlighting talents of regional artists as well as an annual exhibition of contemporary and traditional quilt artists. Curators may also propose group exhibitions. If you would like to submit your proposal, please follow the guidelines on our website.

Earlville Opera House Arts Center is located at 18 East Main Street in the charming Village of Earlville, NY and is handicap accessible. Masks optional. Please check our website for the latest COVID protocols, and for further information on our programs and services, and like us on Facebook and Instagram!

Events are made possible, in part, with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor of New York and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members. Special thanks to Golden Artist Colors for their support of our Visual Artist Program.

-Information provided by EOH