The Dedee Shattuck Gallery is pleased to present The Riches of Simplicity: Monastic Artists and Artisans. This group exhibition showcases the art and craftwork created by and in monastic communities of the Northeastern United States. Featuring work in many mediums, it ranges from textiles and candlestick holders to icons and beyond.
St. Benedict, the father of western monasticism, begins Chapter 57 of his Rule: "If there are artisans in the monastery, they are to practice their craft with all humility…". These artistic riches of a religious monastic tradition are placed within a contemporary gallery space as a way to witness a unique approach to creation, where the modes and motivations of making are often quite different from those of the contemporary artist, yet result in works that startle with their quality and beauty; that are worthy of the attention they claim—or don't claim—for themselves.
The four participating communities are the following: Mount Saviour Monastery in Elmira, NY; Weston Priory in Weston, VT; St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, MA, and the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, CT.
The exhibition is guest curated by Nick Maione. It will run October 31 - November 25 with an opening reception on Saturday, November 3, 5-7pm. The artist talk will be at 6pm. The reception is free and open to the public.