Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September Exhibit at Kent Library...

The Friends are pleased to announce an exciting exhibit for the month of September, A Cabinet of Curiosities, by Rena Marie.

A Cabinet of Curiosities comes to the Kent Library in a wondrous collection of natural items: skulls and bones, mammals and moths, and plants and critters assembled or refigured by Patterson artist and naturalist, Rena Marie.

Also known as "wonder-rooms", these cabinets of curiosities first appeared in the 17th century.  They were the precursor to nature museums and encyclopedic in their artifacts.  Rena Marie's cabinet is filled with mammal skeletons that instruct, or chicken bone chairs that delight.  A casual glance inside this cabinet door and the curious are swept to discovery after discovery.  Included in the exhibit are rare field books and nature study guides that led to today's conservation movement in America. 

Rena's natural art, whether paintings, collages, or constructions have been exhibited widely.  She is known for her scavenged art, both beautiful and horrible, and her studies in Nature's Laboratory.

The exhibit opens September 1st and runs through the end of the month as part of Art at the Kent Library.  It is sponsored by the Friends of Kent Library who support programs and equipment for the library. 

We hope to see you there!