New “MOVE!” Exhibit Opens at MAC and Virtually this Saturday

Photo: Tipsy, by Monte Brill (credit MAC Staff)

Join the MAC this Saturday, January 8th, from 6:00-8:00pm for a hybrid opening reception of the new exhibit MOVE!. The event will take place in-person at the MAC and live-streamed on Zoom. The exhibit features compelling work by new and familiar artists. Conversations with artists begin at 6:30. Masking is required in the MAC Gallery. Please register in advance to join on Zoom. A  link can be found on the MAC website at middletownartcenter.org/events.

Politically, spiritually, physically, and compositionally, the exhibit speaks to the theme of movement through diverse materials and content. From Monte Brill’s whimsical kinetic fountain sculpture made out of wine bottles and glasses to Ruth Richard’s black and white “The Laws of Women,”  the MOVE! exhibit invites you to stretch your edges and think.

“Water is a magical thing,” Kelseyville artist Monte Brill said of his whimsical kinetic sculpture “TIPSY”, an elegant, automated decanter that is somewhat of a riddle as to how it works. The design is inspired by the physics of shishi odoshi (deer scarer) – ancient Japanese devices made to frighten away animals that pose a threat to agriculture. Using materials found in modern wineries, two wine bottles perpetually refill and pour into revolving wheels of wine glasses below. The piece is mesmerizing in its motion and in the resulting sounds of moving water.

Artist Ruth Richards of Lower Lake created The Laws Women to bring awareness to the plight of the Zapatistas who declared war against the Mexican government in 1994. Her digital drawings depict the Women’s Revolutionary Law, a set of ten laws that grant rights to women regarding marriage, children, work, health, education, and political and military participation while protecting them from violence. Women fought alongside men in the Zapatista National Liberation Army in response to over 500 years of oppression, poverty and exploitation. The series is powerful, and always relevant.

The MAC Gallery is open Thursday – Monday, 10:30-5:00, or by appointment 707-809-8118. MOVE! will be on view through March 28.

MAC continues to innovate and adapt to offer arts and cultural events to the community at MAC and virtually, during this challenging time. Find out more about programs, opportunities, and ways to get involved, support, and celebrate the MAC’s efforts to weave the arts and culture into the fabric of life in Lake County ​at ​middletownartcenter.org.​ 

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